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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
I've been busy as can be, putting kits together for not one but two classes, here at the cottage on Jan. 26 and in Florida at Karen's on Feb. 16th. Actually, it ends up being 4 classes, two on each... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Karla's Cottage
My husband loves recliners. I hate them, but love him. We found a compromise! I love these chairs- and they recline!! They are from Pottery Barn (typically out of my budget, but these were worth it). They have velvet fabric... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Karla's Cottage
Are you up for some romantic crafting projects? I have two opportunities for you to join me in creating ruffled, lacey, crepe paper wings, adorned with vintage millinery along with a charming autograph book, inspired by a very old and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2019 at Karla's Cottage
Our Dewdrop was home for the holiday and we made the most of the time with her. Lots of snuggles happened, lots of fun too. Christmas was a repeat of Thanksgiving. It was such a good day, why not do... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2019 at Karla's Cottage
2018 was a year of oceans and celebrations for me, I took advantage of turning 60 by getting in as many celebratory trips as I could. This heart wrapped flock of fairies, that says "Thanks" and "Blessed" sums it up... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2018 at Karla's Cottage
For quite a while, I've been wanting to make a furry, lil, gnome guy. Then, my Sissy sent me photos of some she collected for her holiday display and I was freshly motivated to make one for her as a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2018 at Karla's Cottage
I hope your day is a blessed one. Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2018 at Karla's Cottage
My holiday foofiness was hung around the cottage early enough that I've had plenty of time to enjoy it this season. But with Christmas just around the corner, I'm already starting to be sad about seeing it packed away. Maybe... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2018 at Karla's Cottage
Our family is on the countdown to Christmas and trying to fit in as many festivities as we can. Sugarwings and I went to see the plays Elf, Rudolf and Annie... checked out the holiday displays at Legoland... (although, Dorothy... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2018 at Karla's Cottage
I couldn't remember if it was my 4th or 5th annual holiday book club party, so I looked back at my blog (which is my journal, and the only way I ever know when I did what) and saw that... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2018 at Karla's Cottage
Our pal, Angie lives in an apartment overlooking the KC Plaza with a glorious view of the holiday lights. The view inside is pretty dang great too. Angie arranged a delectable feast of loveliness for us after a day out... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2018 at Karla's Cottage
Beyond ugly, huh? I saw this at the flea market and couldn't walk away, because under the hideousness, there was good stuff lurking. First of all, this is big time, VINTAGE. Second, lookie at the OLD tinsel!! I love that... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2018 at Karla's Cottage
No! No! I’m too sad to admit it’s going away. I always thought someday I’d be back to sell again. I love that place and will miss redos with you.
My sister, Bobbie Sue just celebrated her 50th anniversary with her husband and their darling daughters threw them a party, that truly surprised them. Their last name is Valentine, and my silly sis LOVES goofy photo ops. So, I painted... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2018 at Karla's Cottage
My pal, Tami, once again invited a group of local Peeps to her lovely home for a holiday crafting day. She is always generous with supplies and ideas to share with friends. This time, we were elfing around and making... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2018 at Karla's Cottage
I got to spend some time with Dewdrop's mother in North Carolina on our trip to pick up our snuggle fairy for Thanksgiving. We went out for a lunch in Asheville and took our time, chatting and catching up. Before... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2018 at Karla's Cottage
While in North Carolina, we visited my husband's mom. She had some artwork I'd done years ago, framed and hung on her walls. This is a painting of the house she grew up in. And this is the home her... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2018 at Karla's Cottage
My husband had a business trip to North Carolina, and while he was there, he offered to snap up Dewdrop from her Asheville home and bring her to KS for Thanksgiving. Since he'd be getting her on her birthday, I... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2018 at Karla's Cottage
When we went to The Other Karla's son's wedding, Beth and I made a stop in Des Moines to visit some of our Birdsong Peeps and have a crafting sleepover at a rustic, charming, and cozy, Airbnb barn. Our Peep,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2018 at Karla's Cottage
I can't imagine a nicer Thanksgiving. Kia helped me prep quite a bit the day before and we had a pretty laid back Thursday, with all of the chopping done ahead of time. We even baked a double batch of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2018 at Karla's Cottage
I'm still enjoying the bounty of paint pours from my creative binge this summer and am now using the pieces to make holiday tag books. You can purchase them HERE, in the Boutique. I seriously adore the technique and the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2018 at Karla's Cottage
Sugarwings and I LOVE decorating for the holidays, but we try to hold back and wait til after Thanksgiving. Our reminder to each other is, "We must respect the bird!" Last year, our home was on the holiday tour plus... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2018 at Karla's Cottage
Our sister trip to Florida included lots of craft time. I pack my portable printer and we slap photos into the books I made for us along with doodles, scraps, and other memorabilia of the day. This is a drawing... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2018 at Karla's Cottage
My son and his family live on a sprawling, 13 acre piece of wooded land that they call Kismet Forest Farm. There is a barn full of possibilities sitting on the grounds, and last week a group of friends came... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2018 at Karla's Cottage
The beach house I rented with my life long buddies for our birthday get together was so nice, I rented it again with my sisses! And like I did in April, I also made a seashell fairy for each of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2018 at Karla's Cottage