Apple Picking 2016

Apple picking has become a family tradition of ours since before Brett and I even had kids. The only year we didn't make it out to the orchard was last year. The season got away from us and before we knew it, the apples were gone. So we knew we had to make it happen this year. Life gets so busy with four kids and all sorts of weekend activities. So we found a window of time in between Caspian's morning soccer game and Savannah's ballet rehearsal to fit in one of my favorite annual family traditions! … continue reading

The Jolly Bar Book Vol. 1 Giveaway!

Today I've teamed up with the Fat Quarter Shop to bring you a fabulous giveaway. Fat Quarter Shop has been a very long-time sponsor of The Cottage Mama. They were one of the very first online shops that I ever started ordering designer quilting cotton from when I started sewing. I always felt confident ordering from them because I knew they only stocked the best and the continue to stock amazing inventory all these years later! So today, we are not just giving away 1 copy of the new Jolly Bar Book Vol. 1 by It's Sew Emma, we are giving away 5 copies of this … continue reading

Pixie Noel Georgia Vintage Dress

Isn't this fabric just the cutest?!? I'm in love with the Pixie Noel fabric collection by Tasha Noel for Riley Blake Designs. I always adore all of Tasha's designs, but this one just has my heart with all these sweet winter and Christmas illustrations. When I was asked to create something with this fabric line, I didn't even have to think twice about what it would be! My Georgia Vintage Dress pattern is my favorite pattern that I have ever created. I love the fit, the way it can be customized, the ability to use many different patterned fabrics and all the little … continue reading

Happy 5th Birthday, Caspian Finn!

Dear Caspian, Today is your 5th birthday! Happy birthday, buddy! You are growing up so fast. You've been looking forward to this day for months now, constantly asking us 'how many days until my birthday?'.......'Is it on THIS day?' Well, today is the day! Today, on your birthday, there are some things I would like to remember about you when you turned 5 and some things you might like to know about what you were like on August 31, 2016. … continue reading

Happy 1st Day of School 2016

Happy 1st Day of School 2016! Our three oldest are finally starting back to school today. They are SO excited and I am SO excited! I love having them home with me, but having a family with four kids, we definitely thrive on a schedule. We are looking forward to getting back in the swing of things and getting our routine going again. … continue reading

More Back to School Sewing

Can you believe that summer break is coming to an end in a few weeks and the kids will be heading back to school? Summer always seems like it's going to be so long and then it flies by in a blink! We've already received our teacher assignments, so back to school is right around the corner! I wanted to share some sewing patterns that I think are really great for More Back to School Sewing. Maybe you want to make your little one, one special item for back to school or maybe you want to make them a whole bunch. Either way, this list will get you started! … continue reading

Another Pillowcase Dress for Africa

I have had this pillowcase dress hanging in my studio for a little while and realized I never took any pictures. So I snapped a few this weekend before I send it off to be donated. I loved creating those pillowcase dresses for Dresses for Africa a few months ago when I taught at Baby Lock Common Threads. The message of Dresses for Africa really spoke to me, so I decide to create another dress to send over there when this fabric arrived from Michael Miller Fabrics. These dresses are so quick to sew and really don't take that much fabric. If you have an afternoon, … continue reading

Apple Picking Bundle Box Pre-Order

I'm excited to announce the Apple Picking Bundle Box Pre-Order now available over in The Cottage Mama Etsy shop! I know a lot of you were hoping to grab one of the first bundle boxes that sold out in under 4 minutes, so I'm please to offer you a new bundle box for this next month. Now, I'm still leaning towards doing a subscription service, but that is going to take my web developer a good amount of time to implement subscriptions onto the website incorporating all the features that I'm looking to have as part of that service. … continue reading

Old Vintage Sewing Book

I have a thing for vintage related sewing and cooking items. I love old spools of thread, vintage patterns, vintage sewing kits, vintage notions, vintage cookbooks, vintage cookie cutters........you name it, I love it! Now I haven't gotten into collecting old sewing machines like a few of my friends, but I do think that those are a thing of beauty whenever I come across one in an antique store. … continue reading

Easy Magnetic Pin Holder Tutorial

I have been meaning to write a blog post for over a year about this Easy Magnetic Pin Holder, but as life would have it, I just never got around to it. But today is the day! My mom sent me this darling magnetic pin holder that she made last year and I use it so much in my studio. My mom and I have a thing for little dishes. We love to have little cute bowls and dipping dishes around for snacks, etc. We believe you can never have too many cute little dishes! I like having multiple pin holders going at one time, so I can have straight pins within arms reach at … continue reading