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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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I was looking through past blog posts to see if I could find photos of Ryan that I didn't have in files. Here are some stories that I discovered in my archives. I hope Ryan knew how much pride I... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Karla's Cottage
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We had sprinkled ashes around the farm on trees given as memorials, by the wind chimes Ryan had hung, and by flowers he had planted. We want to take some to Wyoming and Florida also. Ry was not a traveler... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2020 at Karla's Cottage
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We had sprinkled ashes around the farm on trees given as memorials, by the wind chimes Ryan had hung, and by flowers he had planted. We want to take some to Wyoming and Florida also. Ry was not a traveler... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2020 at Karla's Cottage
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We had an ancient oak on our property, just over the creek. My husband would snuggle under it with his little grand fairies and tell them family stories. He wanted to share memories of people who had passed and places... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2020 at Karla's Cottage
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Ryan was helpful around the yard. At first, I thought he was just trying to make things easier for me. It would start with him keeping me company as I worked on something, and before I knew it, he had... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2020 at Karla's Cottage
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Sugarwings went caving and kayaking with her dad last weekend. While there, she gathered rocks and shells for me, calling it a “fairy kit to go”. In the box of pretty rocks, was just what I needed to make an... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2020 at Karla's Cottage
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I did a digital sketch on my iPad while missing my boy. It is preliminary, in planning a larger, acrylic paininting that I can frame. Every heartfelt message that was left on my posts about Ryan is appreciated, thank you.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2020 at Karla's Cottage
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Our family took all the precautions we could to maintain our household and keep from being infected. But were we so busy worrying about catching the virus that we overlooked other health risks it could cause? Anxiety, fear, and worry... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2020 at Karla's Cottage
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Ryan Joseph Nathan was born on January 27, 1978 and grew up in Lawrence, KS, attending Lawrence High. He passed away from natural causes on May 23rd. He leaves behind his parents, Rich and Karla Nathan, his brother, Adam, two... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2020 at Karla's Cottage
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Quarantining had been going fine for us. Sharing Sugarwings with her mom’s household, had added their home to our “quarenteam” so we didn’t feel too isolated or lonely. Plus, meeting friends for social distancing walks and zoom calls, kept me... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2020 at Karla's Cottage
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It might be closer to June than May, but little peat pot baskets are nice any time of year, right? I didn’t get them delivered by May Day either. My buddies and I met up for a socially distant walk... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2020 at Karla's Cottage
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There is a painting app, called Hello Watercolor, that I have enjoyed using on my iPad. There are several brushes, pencils, erasers, and pencils that have a real life effect. But, my old iPad wasn’t compatible with a stylus, and... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2020 at Karla's Cottage
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Remember the “squishies” I was making in animal shapes from memory foam? Sugarwings got into cutting them up too. But she would take a 10” piece of foam to make a 1” critter. She was really into the snipping part... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2020 at Karla's Cottage
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While most of the last few weeks were spent on little projects around the house, big ones around the yard, and tasty ones in the kitchen, I have also done a lot of walking. Ryan and I walk around the... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2020 at Karla's Cottage
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There are many things that social distancing has made more complicated. And hosting a birthday party was one of them. Sugarwings spends time between our household and her mom’s, so our two groups have been able to mingle, but sadly,... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2020 at Karla's Cottage
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Lately, I have been seeing some lovely loaves online and thought I would give it a try myself. I made a batch of dough, same way I usually do, then pressed half of it flat onto a cookie sheet. I... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2020 at Karla's Cottage
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My friend, Mary, who has Sugar’s BIG, and by that, I mean GIANT, brother, Pip, said she’d like to celebrate the doggies’ birthdays. She and her daughter brought over bones and birthday treats, plus another brother, Wolfie. The brothers are... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2020 at Karla's Cottage
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Does anyone else deal with Corona Clutter? At first, it seemed temporary, and we were adjusting to figuring out what paraphernalia we needed as we came in and out of the house. But after a few weeks of seeing this... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2020 at Karla's Cottage
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Wow, did I actually do something creative? Yes, I did! I had a dear friend who turned 60, and I wanted to make something special for her. She teaches yoga, so I thought I'd whip up a wrap bracelet with... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2020 at Karla's Cottage
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I don’t think that I ever followed up on my story about our Grandfather Table. I shared the process of creating it, and there have been photos of it in the background here and there. But I haven’t shown you... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2020 at Karla's Cottage
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Nurses and other essential workers are putting themselves in danger for us and sometimes, the risk is too big. My good friend, and sister-in-law is one of the many whose selfless hard work and service caused her to become ill.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2020 at Karla's Cottage
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When I planted this tree as a little baby, I had no idea it was two trees in one. Half pink, half white in the spring, and in the fall, it produces two tones of berries. The leaves are even... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2020 at Karla's Cottage
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Because of my knee surgery, I have spent very little time in the studio. When I finally went out there, I was greeted by my pile of blues, ready to build kits for the Texas event, Beauty in Blue, that... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2020 at Karla's Cottage
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Our family cannot all be together for Easter. As many families cannot. We will get to be with Ryan who lives with us, and hopefully with Sugarwings and her two moms, if all goes well. We are two separate households,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2020 at Karla's Cottage
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Ryan and I walk along this pond as often as we can. For the first time, we noticed that the fountain forms a heart shaped splatter. Is it new, or had we never paid attention? It isn’t from the wind,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2020 at Karla's Cottage