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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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Sometimes, Sugarwings will find my camera and take a few pictures with it. Her favorite subject is Dewdrop. I don't blame her, what a cute model! Even though the poor kid was sick that day, full of spots from some... Continue reading
Posted 11 hours ago at Karla's Cottage
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In February, we had a benevolent blast of early spring. So Gorgeous (with a capital G) that we had to spend the weekend outdoors. I cleaned the winter buildup of dust, dog hair, and detritus from my car, used a... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Karla's Cottage
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Our littlest grand fairy is taking ballet lessons. I just can't imagine anything cuter than a little girl dressed up for dance class! I'll be dancing off to Disney with this sprite, and will be gone for a bit. Please... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Karla's Cottage
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We won't be at the parade today, I'm taking the Grand Fairies to Disney World!!! Then, Dewdrop will have a week with her mommy and Sugarwings will be at the beach with my husband and I. I've pre-posted on my... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Karla's Cottage
Too bad the chicks won’t answer to those names!
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We had some that laid a pink egg a few years back, Jane. How pretty. I miss those. We have had the blue egg layers for three years now and every single time I go to the coop, they act like Im a coyote or a fox, not the one who feeds them!
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I'd never heard of Cinnamon Queens before. (The name sounds like a drag show in New Orleans or something). But once I looked up the name and found out what they really are, I was thrilled to be getting a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2017 at Karla's Cottage
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I do tend to obsess. When I start making something, I GO FOR IT! Ah, but do you blame me? Lovely old wallpapers, soft faded ribbons, aged millinery, luscious laces, darling images, THE GOOD STUFF, is all soooooooo wonderful to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2017 at Karla's Cottage
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Recently, I mentioned that I went through all of my Easter ephemera and wouldn't be able to make any more bunny themed banner kits. So, I worked on a few Spring themed ones instead. Then, Ta- Dah! I came across... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2017 at Karla's Cottage
The circus apparatus in our house gets a lot of use, more than I ever thought it would. I wondered when we added it, if it would be an eyesore. But it ties back tidily when not in use, and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2017 at Karla's Cottage
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My studio is full to the brim with art journals. They are a passion of mine, and I make so many, that I'll never fill them all up! Now, don't get me wrong, I love filling them as much as... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2017 at Karla's Cottage
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It has done my heart good to be cutting, gluing, and playing with ephemera again! Working with lovely, old things makes me grin. These kits were especially fun to make. I glued the wallpaper to the pennant pieces, and coordinated... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2017 at Karla's Cottage
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These are just too much fun to make. And I hope that you guys think so too, my previous kits are sold out! So, I made up a few more, this time making the tins into baskets with vintage chenille... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2017 at Karla's Cottage
Thanks, Yvonne, I hope to gather more kits together!
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It has been waaaaay too long since I played with vintage wallpaper. So, I got out my prettiest pastel tones and started covering banner pieces in old paper. I made tons. That is kinda how carried away I get. I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2017 at Karla's Cottage
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Don't you love tart tins? I never pass them up at estate sales. I especially enjoy making holiday decorations with them, like this Easter egg to hang. I'll list the steps here if you'd like to make one yourself. Since... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2017 at Karla's Cottage
I sure agree, Amy! And it was such a fun day. Tami already has a playdate scheduled for April too.
Toggle Commented Feb 24, 2017 on Galentine Crafting fun at Karla's Cottage
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Im still making hearts now!
Toggle Commented Feb 23, 2017 on Galentine Crafting fun at Karla's Cottage
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My pal, Tami, has been hosting craft days for a group of friends, many of us who met at Birdsong. It means the world to me that some of theses buddies were introduced to each other at my home and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2017 at Karla's Cottage
I thought about that, but my cakes arent very dependable for staying together. They tend to crumble, so I hoped a thin one would do better.
Toggle Commented Feb 22, 2017 on Ice Cream Sandwich Cake at Karla's Cottage
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Dewdrop asked for an ice cream sandwich cake for our Valentine party. I had a heart shape cake pan, but not a big enough pan to do layers, like we wanted, so we had to come up with a plan.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2017 at Karla's Cottage
It was a fun day for us, thanks, Holly!
Toggle Commented Feb 17, 2017 on Happy Valentine's Day! at Karla's Cottage
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The beads from you are gorgeous, Regina! I just made mermaid necklaces for some grand kids for Valentines too. Thanks again!
Toggle Commented Feb 17, 2017 on Gifts from the sea at Karla's Cottage
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My sisses and I love the beach, and some of my favorite times have been spent there with them. For Valentine's Day I wanted to send them a remembrance of our Sister Trips, so I made some beachy toned, genuine... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2017 at Karla's Cottage
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This is one of my favorite days of the year! It is also the anniversary of the day my husband adopted our boys, so we have made this an anniversary celebration with gifts and parties, instead of the traditional romantic... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2017 at Karla's Cottage