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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**
Recent Activity
Im excited to have my own fairy, Rhonda. Yep there will be photos!
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Over the weekend, we visited Ava, MO again for a festival my son's family was co-hosting. While there, I spent some time down in the nearly dry creek bed gathering stones to make a fairy to leave on the beach.... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Karla's Cottage
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I'd been hoping to add some old trim to the new room, to age it up a bit. There were quite a few options I'd seen, but I kinda knew what I had in mind and didn't want to rush... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Karla's Cottage
Thanks, Holly, I think I needed some balance.
Toggle Commented Sep 22, 2016 on Chairs for the hearthroom at Karla's Cottage
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Its actually done now except for the mosaics I need to do in the floor, Jane. I hope to have photos of the completed room soon!
Toggle Commented Sep 21, 2016 on Chairs for the hearthroom at Karla's Cottage
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Well, this seems to be more of a photo of the puppeesh than of the new chairs, but I do LOVE these seats! I'm not a fan of recliners, but my husband is. I was thrilled to find a couple... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2016 at Karla's Cottage
Ive painted laminate this way. You could rough it up a it toe with sandpaper if youre worried, Susannah. And use a. Very good primer, maybe an oil based bonding primer.
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Sugarwings and Dewdrop are learning how to do aerial tricks. Dewdrop has a natural grace and already has rhythm and good dance moves, so it is coming natural for her. Sugarwings is more like my son, who we used to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2016 at Karla's Cottage
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One of the things we splurged on for the new addition was having a concrete patio in place of a wooden one. It wasn't that much more, but a few hundred dollars here and there add up if you aren't... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2016 at Karla's Cottage
Carrie, the silks are on a custom welded hook on a huge bolt with wide threads that were epoxied into the beam. It was quite the project to install them!
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Beth gave a brass door knocker to me for my birthday last May, and I had not used it yet. When I was finishing up little things for the new room, and painting outlet covers and switch plates to match... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2016 at Karla's Cottage
Yes, i think I need to create one for myself too!
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One great thing about having a big studio is hosting craft days. I love seeing friends pour in with piles of supplies and watching the creations start developing. My family was performing at a festival outside of St. Louis (where... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2016 at Karla's Cottage
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We are enjoying the new room! 15' high ceilings made the space perfect for hanging silks so the grand fairies could practice (and give us shows). There is still some work to be done on the space yet. These silks... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2016 at Karla's Cottage
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One thing I really wanted when we planned the new room was a coat closet for odds and ends, jackets, and a vacuum cleaner. But, we decided on generously sized windows that left no wall space for a closet. As... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2016 at Karla's Cottage
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In this photo, the room is close to being done. I still need a large, ornate, white frame for the smaller painting. Once it is on, I'll be leaning it against the mirror as it is now. Unframed, the scale... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2016 at Karla's Cottage
They are up, but far from perfect. But the fabric is so nice, it isnt noticeable.
Toggle Commented Sep 3, 2016 on Inspiration for a painting at Karla's Cottage
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How can summer be over???? We are trying to make the most of our last few days. I've been so busy with the new room, Sugarwings had a 3 week cross country trip, and Dewdrop spent the summer with her... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2016 at Karla's Cottage
Thanks, Rhonda, Im hoping to get started on the curtains soon, but have been a bit intimidated so far. Such beautiful fabric in the hands of a poor sewer doesnt seem right!
Toggle Commented Aug 30, 2016 on Inspiration for a painting at Karla's Cottage
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Too true, Janet! Thank you. This is done with acrylic craft paints, the cheap kind from Hobby Lobby or Michaels. Everyone tells me I should try Golden brand, I just might.
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Here is another little birdie friend in the 2nd painting I've done for over the mantel. Last spring, I found this top half of an old, ornate door at a flea market. It still had its wavy glass and I... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2016 at Karla's Cottage
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How nice of you to take the time to say that, thank you, Cathy!
Toggle Commented Aug 25, 2016 on Inspiration for a painting at Karla's Cottage
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Last month at Good JuJu I stumbled across the perfect curtains for the new addition. They are not what I was looking for, and I hadn't even planned on curtains. I thought I'd go with shades covered by lace sheers... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2016 at Karla's Cottage
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Well, it isn't Dewdrop's birthday, but after showing all those special Sugarwings photos I had to slide in some of our littlest grandfairy too. This kid is now a kindergartener!!!!!!!!!!! We've been trying to squeeze in as much summer fun... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2016 at Karla's Cottage
Ha! I doubt if the room would be considered clean, Veronica!
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