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Hi and welcome to Mary Martha Mama!  I’m Cat and I wear a lot of hats as a 30 something woman, wife, and mama to two little boys here in Cleveland, Ohio. Prior to becoming a stay-at-home mom I was a teacher.  I love to travel, craft, sew, and spend time with my family.  I completed a 4-H Textiles project when I was younger but I really learned to sew when I was pregnant with my firstborn and on a whim I decided to make a quilt for my sister.  I’m not afraid to try new things and honestly that can be both a blessing and a cursing.

This blog is something that was on my heart for a few years before I started it in 2014.  I wanted a place to let out a little creativity and encourage others to try new things, to pick up that glue gun or sit down at a sewing machine.  Nothings makes me happier than to hear from readers that a tutorial has helped them figure it out and try something new.

So why did I choose “Mary Martha Mama” as the title of my blog?  It has to do with all those different hats that I wear on a daily basis.


In the Bible we read several accounts of interaction between Jesus and the sibling group of Mary, Martha, and Lazarus.  Mary is often remembered as the one who sat listening to Jesus’ teachings.  I find my identity foremost in my relationship with God.  Before any other role, this is the one that defines me.  I am loved and redeemed by the Lord Jesus Christ, and so I am a Child of God.  As wives and mothers, sometimes our lives are very full, but it is so important and refreshing to stop and listen and focus on our spiritual growth and development.  And so here I hope to stop and reflect, and share about my spiritual life and in particular books and other resources that I find helpful which in turn I hope helps others.


While Mary was sitting and listening, Martha was busy preparing the meal and making the house preparations for the guests.  The home maker part of me really relates to Martha.  I love to make a great meal for others and we are working on making our house a beautiful, comfortable home for our family and guests to enjoy.  Sharing great recipes, cleaning tips, and decorating ideas is so much fun and I am greatly looking forward to it.


I cherish my two boys.  They are absolutely gifts from God.  Having kids is the most rewarding and joyous thing I have ever done, but it is also the most difficult.  Hands down.  No contest.  So many moms out there have helped me by sharing their experiences and ideas that I hope to be able to do that for someone else.  And let me just say, this is a judgement free zone.  A lot of moms out there feel the need to be judgmental about other moms’ decisions.  If there is anything that motherhood has taught me, it’s not to judge.  Yes, you should feel passionately about your decisions and experiences, but don’t assume that your choices are the only correct ones or the right ones for another mom’s situation.  We often only see a very small piece of someone else’s picture, so we really can’t know everything that is going on in that mother’s life.  Instead of judging, I want to focus on sharing in the journey of motherhood and helping each other along the way.

I am not terribly original and I may not be an expert, but perhaps by sharing my experiences and ideas that I have picked up along the way, then I can help someone else out there too.  So come along with me and let’s have some fun as we encourage and inspire each other.


Suzanne Gilbert, LMT

Friday 22nd of March 2024

Hi Kat. Thanks for the how to sew pajama instructions. Great job! The photo and words don’t jive to me, where you’re inserting one pj leg into the other. Is it right-side out-leg goes in wrong-side -out leg? Or the other way around? 🌈Suzanne


Sunday 24th of March 2024

Sorry, the inside out leg goes on the inside. Hope this helps!

Valerie Greenwood

Wednesday 13th of December 2023

Hi Cat, I just tried making your pot holders but between the thick fabric and multiple layers, my machine can’t handle it. I have a maximum of 6 mm of thickness per Brother. I think I may have to get a heavier machine. Can you recommend one? I’m seeing Singer heavy duty is getting pretty good reviews. I love the ease of the Brother so was hoping they had one but don’t want to risk getting the wrong one. I’m just getting into sewing and anticipate making pillows, runners, pot holders etc. Thanks in advance,Valerie


Wednesday 13th of December 2023

Hi! My sister has the Singer Heavy Duty one and it works well for her. Based on what I've heard from others it is a very good machine. The insides are made of more heavy duty stuff and it can handle more. Hope this helps!


Tuesday 14th of November 2023

Hi, Cat! Please forgive me if you have already addressed this on your site and I have overlooked it....are you ok with your printables being used for church use? I'd love to use the Advent booklet with our preschoolers if allowed, but I also understand if that's not permitted. Thank you!


Tuesday 14th of November 2023

Yes! Totally ok for church use!


Saturday 23rd of September 2023

Thanks for sharing your faith in GOD's son . Jesus loves so much. Have a blessed day. Doris


Monday 25th of September 2023

You're welcome! Thank you for your kind words of encouragement.

Lea Joy Shortlidge

Tuesday 19th of September 2023

Just found your site on a whim looking for a Mini Tree Skirt Pattern. Thank you so much for providing me with not only a pattern but directions. I taught school for 40 years both here in the USA and in Australia. I am also a strong believer in having God in my life. I am retired now and spend my time sewing, quilting, reading, and taking care of my dog Sox. Bless you, Cat, and I look forward to reading more about you in the future.


Tuesday 19th of September 2023

Thank you for your kind words Lea!

Mary Martha Mama