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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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Freddy Teddy Olivia Ryan Osa Molly Charley These are just a few pictures of babies in their new homes, I am having trouble with my blog host and not all are loading correctly. You can see more at Cottage Doodles on Instagram. And if you have pictures of one of... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Cottage Doodles
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For Christmas, I had some blown glass pendants and beads made from Ryan’s ashes. They are done by a local artist, Vaughn. They are even prettier in person. It is hard to get a good photo to show the luminous... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Karla's Cottage
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The artist/carpenter who built our dining table and dog crate also made this cheese board for me. I’m always on the look out for found hearts in nature. This is a log that was in our woodpile. My husband cut... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Karla's Cottage
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Ta Dah! The crate is finished and I am thrilled with it. It’s very spacious inside, actually a bit larger than our wire crate. And a whole heck of a lot prettier. We keep a crate by the back door... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2021 at Karla's Cottage
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It was time to take down my holiday decorations and trees. I didn’t do a lot (for me) this year, mostly trees, pinecones, and lots of lights. The warm white lights had brought me a lot of joy this season.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2021 at Karla's Cottage
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I’ve had this little terrarium for ages and always thought I’d try to make it look a bit more vintage. (This is the after) Here is the before. Then I saw that Hobby Lobby still sells the exact one, and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2021 at Karla's Cottage
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Katie Tree’s wing making idea was just plain brilliant for our family’s holiday. The crafting started on the Winter Solstice and we had a tasty Ramen take out meal, so no one would have to stop to cook. That part... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2021 at Karla's Cottage
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The construction part of my wings is completed. I think I’d like to add dangling ribbons and flowers to the center. I have Katie Tree to thank, not only for the group project itself, but for actually helping me craft... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2021 at Karla's Cottage
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Once the puppies were living in their new homes in November, I found myself at a loss on what to do with my time. Those babies were pretty much a 24 hour a day job for me for months. Those... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2020 at Karla's Cottage
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Merry Christmas! We had a surprise visitors! Dewdrop and her Daddy hid under our tree on Christmas Eve, Sugarwings and I did not know they’d be here. It just isn’t Christmas unless Sugarwings’ Daddy falls asleep on the sofa with... Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2020 at Karla's Cottage
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Katie Tree brought over all the supplies we needed to create fantasy fairy wings to wear for winter solstice. The rest of the family was making life size wings, but I wanted to check out the materials and get a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2020 at Karla's Cottage
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I hadn’t planned on doing a lot of decorating this year, and kept the inside of the house mostly just twinkle lights and plain trees with pine cones. Since our only get togethers with friends can be outdoors and socially... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2020 at Karla's Cottage
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After having so much fun making wooden birdhouses into gingerbread, I just had to make more. Of course, I tend to go all in with a new craft and flood the market with my creations. But this year, I was... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2020 at Karla's Cottage
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I was so happy with the way the new curtains from Amazon updated and brightened up the hearth room, that I decided I wanted some slip on chair covers too. I already have full skirted ones that I typically cover... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2020 at Karla's Cottage
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Well, as everyone around me knew would happen, even though I said that it would not, we kept one of Honey’s Butterballs. Sugar and Honey were both overwhelmed with excitement when we returned from our cross country trip and brought little Molly home with us. The excitement hasn’t relented, these... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2020 at Cottage Doodles
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One of our favorite holiday traditions is making gingerbread houses. This started way back, when Sugarwings was even younger than in this photo. She would have a house that was a work in progress for a month or so, adding... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2020 at Karla's Cottage
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The bark cloth rose curtains that I found for the hearth room, are a treasure. I’ve been thrilled with them. But being cooped up for so many months had me, not exactly tired of them, but just ready for a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2020 at Karla's Cottage
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This year is different. Way, way different. I just wasn’t sure how I wanted to handle Christmas and vacillated between nothing or all out. When I contemplated not having any decor, I felt deflated. When I thought about facing the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2020 at Karla's Cottage
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Molly (Molasses, to go with Sugar and Honey) is about as laid back as any dog I have had. Sugar was that way as a pup, too. They seem to understand what is said to them with very little effort.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2020 at Karla's Cottage
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This tee shirt was started as a birthday gift for a friend in September. Then, 16 puppies took over my world and everything else fell to the side. I loved those babies to pieces, but damn, they were a lot... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2020 at Karla's Cottage
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Earlier this year, my husband helped me gather some vines in the woods to make a wreath. I’d added a few dried hydrangeas and turkey feathers to it for fall. When it came time to redo the mantle for Christmas,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2020 at Karla's Cottage
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When we lost Ryan, friends and family were generous in their out pouring of caring. Lots of kind messages and keepsakes came our way. So much thoughtfulness, that I decided I needed to be a better friend. I saw examples... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2020 at Karla's Cottage
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Was our cross country trip to pass out puppies only four nights? So many miles, so many places, so many happenings, all in just a few days? Days were long in the car, but between audio books, This American Life... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2020 at Karla's Cottage
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Our cross country adventure with four dogs unexpectedly turned into five dogs instead. This guy needed to be picked up in Nebraska the night before we left for NY. My husband was my hero, Rich sped off to get the Butterball on a moment’s notice after his new owners decided... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2020 at Cottage Doodles
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Our cross country adventure with four dogs unexpectedly turned into five dogs instead. This guy needed to be picked up in Nebraska the night before we left for NY. My husband was my hero, Rich sped off to get the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2020 at Karla's Cottage