Happy 2nd Birthday, Josephine Mae!

  Dear Josephine, Happy Birthday sweet girl! Today you are 2 years old and I can hardly believe it. It seems like just yesterday you were learning to smile, crawl and walk, but here you are transitioning from baby to big girl so quickly. You talk and have so much personality all rolled up into one. There are some things that I would like to remember about you when you turned two years old and some things I think you might like to know about what you were like when you turned two. Here goes........ … continue reading

Fabric Destash Sale

Hi there! I just wanted to pop on the blog to let you know that I am having a big, giant Fabric Destash sale this week on Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 10AM (CST). The sale will take place over in The Cottage Mama Etsy shop (click HERE to visit the shop). You won't be able to see any of the listings until they go live, but you can see some samples of some of the bundles being offered in the picture above. If you can believe it, I have tons more! I absolutely love fabric and tend to have lots of it around my studio. The studio is getting too crowded and I need … continue reading

The Jolly Bar Book Giveaway Winners!

I'm excited to announce the 5 winners of the Jolly Bar Book Vol. 1 from the Fat Quarter Shop! Here are the winners in no particular order........ … continue reading

Taos Taco Soup Recipe

  My Grandparents lived in Taos, New Mexico for as long as I can remember. My Mom was influenced the the hatch green chiles that come from New Mexico and we ate many southwestern meals in my house growing up. Unfortunately I can't find fresh "hatch" green chiles where I live, but the canned variety does the trick just fine. I think I could eat green chiles every day - they are just SO tasty!! Anyway, this Taos Taco Soup Recipe is from my late Grandma Marge that was given to my Mom and was since given to me. This is one of mine and my husbands absolute favorite … continue reading

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