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Karla Nathan
Lawrence, KS
I am a Lawrence, Kansas artist with a love for anything vintage and pretty.
Interests: hobbies: **art (or is that a life force, not a hobby?)** gardening** watching way too much tv** floating around on lake clinton in our boat, especially in the moonlight** writing** collecting old wallpaper and millinery** playing with my little fairy girl, sugarwings** junking/auctions** redoing my home -over and over, it is a work in progress and i hope it never ends** talking (and sometimes singing -badly) to dorkies**
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We finished the guest room last week, and I was able to shuffle around things I already had, to put it all together. Oh, sure, I talked big about not wanting a room that was filled with left over bits... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Karla's Cottage
The paper is painted too, its more durable that way. Ill glaze it and the step to help hide dirt, then clear coat it.
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Our newly redone guest room is two steps up from a little closet area that used to be a laundry room, years ago, before we moved the washer and dryer downstairs (best idea EVER) and before we carved this room... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Karla's Cottage
I guess Birdsong is kind of a tour of my home. Usually, I have house guests, so I cant show the guest rooms, but mostly people can wander around the yard and house as they please, that is kind of nice. It is a lot of work to pull a home together with a bunch of handmade or hand done elements, so it feels good to see someone look around at what Ive done!!
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Terri, that is such a nice thing to say, thank you. Sometimes I feel like Ive piled up too much, cheap garage sale crap around my house. Its nice to hear from friends who have been here that that it doesnt look junky.
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Thanks, Myrna. Every time I do an article, I figure it will be the last one. If this one is, then, Im going out on a happy note!
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Thanks, Barb!
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The photos of my home that Fifi and Mark took a while back were split up between Romantic Country (last fall, I think) and Country Sampler Homes Tour 2015. I am beyond pleased with the photos, the colors are printed... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Karla's Cottage
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Here is a message from Gail Sell (gsell@comcast.net): The Birdsong Cottage House Swap has NO DEADLINE! Purchase a SMALL 7 inch chipboard / paper mache house from a craft store (Hobby Lobby carries them for less than $4.) Decorate your house in whatever style or theme you want (suggestions could... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Birdsong FIVE
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Fabric Nature Book Swap · Host: Tami Hacker shankful@kc.rr.com · Unlimited Peeps people can join · Please bring your completed swap to Birdsong 5 · Create 3 fabric-base pages, decorating front & back pages = 6 completed pages · Fabric page-bases not to exceed 8” x 10”, although trims, edges,... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Birdsong FIVE
Ha! True, Kathy. An odd conversation. Even odder journal entry!
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I did buy four of those really old ones, so, some cutting will happen!
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Yes, Im kicking myself for not clearing out the whole table!
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At Bottom's Up last week, I bought some books from Gwen. A few, from the 1760's, were simply too wonderful to be art supplies. I tied a silk ribbon and flowers to these to set out in my living room.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2015 at Karla's Cottage
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Deb Dusenberry of Curious Sofa and Top Hat Mercentile has offered to give each Peep who comes to visit her at the Old West Bottoms antique district a Top Hat market bag. This area is a wonderland of vintage shops, all in converted warehouses in what was once a semi-abandonned... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2015 at Birdsong FIVE
Be careful, you might end up with new light fixtures too. The table and chairs look good!
Toggle Commented Feb 17, 2015 on Old vs New? Less vs More? at Gathering Dust
I used to cringe at some of my old, discarded attempts at art that my mom hung on her walls! She loved them, no matter how bad they were.
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Your space was so pretty, as always, Joyce!
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Im saving those book for Birdsong kits, but we will delve into some on craft day tomorrow too, Carol! Looking forward to seeing you then.
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I really wish I got to the West Bottoms more often. It is a major shopping experience that seems to expand every time I get there. I especially love Top Hat Mercantile, one of the newest additions to what has... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2015 at Karla's Cottage
My mom was a quilter and upholsterer, very creative, Linda. Its been a few years now, but I think of things I want to tell her every day
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That never goes away, does it, Pallas?
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Happy Birthday, Mom. I'll always miss you! These are some roses I painted recently. She'd have loved them. She liked anything I did, no matter what. You just don't have a fan base like that once your mom is gone,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2015 at Karla's Cottage
Partty, I have a passion for old paper. And we will be cutting into it while youre here for Birdsong.
Toggle Commented Feb 15, 2015 on A Sweet Valentine Gathering at Karla's Cottage
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Its my favorite room, Jeannie!
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