So many little ones, so little time


I frequently receive requests for finished items, and even though I reallyreallyreally want to make elephants and owls for all those sweet baby nurseries and dolls for all the adorable kiddos, I just no longer have the time. Sigh. But. I know there are lots of talented stitchers out there who are making beautiful creations with my patterns, and I would LOVE to direct the requests your way.

So. If you are a Retro Mama Stitcher, please give me a shout in the comments or send me an e-mail. I’ll be posting a directory for where to buy finished RM goodies and I want you to be included!

Please read the following for my simple requirements and other info:

1. Make sure that you are following all my policies (particularly that you put the credit line, "This item was handmade with a Retro Mama pattern" in the description for every product made with one of my patterns).

2. A link to my pattern product listings in your descriptions is very much appreciated, though not required.

3. I specifically get many requests for elephants and pincushions, just so you know.

4. Be sure to post your photos on my Facebook page!

Here are a few finished RM items that I found on Etsy


pear pincushions by sewfaithful


elephant softie by eamylove


Greta dolls by whimsyvintage


dachshund softie by bouclenoire

Keep up the gorgeousness!

Happy Stitching!


felt like it


I added some smaller cuts of felt to the shop...

You'll get 42 6" squares, one in each color, including two brand new grays, pebble (left) and slate (right).


It's a great way to get a sampling of all the colors, or just a nice collection of felt for little applique projects.

If you do want to make your own swatch card, you can download the PDF for free right here (the file has been updated with the new colors).

Happy stitching!




Just returned from a lovely visit with my mom...I brought my good camera with me to Florida, but ended up leaving it behind because I was terrified that I would drop it in the sand after a recent, and very unfortunate, incident involving my laptop and a glass of water, so these photos were taken with my phone...

we went to the beach every morning


saw Crab Island, a submerged island where the water is waist-deep and you can park your boat and swim or fish or play (this photo was snapped before it got busy)


visited my grandpa's boat, the Sweetheart, built in the 1940s, and newly refurbished by her new owner


dined at Dewey Destin seafood restaurant, a local favorite. Delicious seafood (don't be fooled by the trailer-kitchen) and a fun place to eat...


...even if you happen to be a "saucy wench"


and later while shopping, discovered "redneck" goblets, for the sophisticated moonshiner


I also had the good fortune to be introduced to the wonderful Michelle of Flutterby Antiques, who very generously invited us to peruse her immense button collection. Here are just a few of the goodies that I brought home


And with that I must bid you adieu. I have two rowdy boys who are insisting that we take a dip in the kiddie pool. It's not the gulf beach, but it'll have to do for now!

Happy Summer!