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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
Do you ever just make something for the pure joy of making it? In the past, I’ve operated that way, made what I wanted, then found a purpose for it, or not. But it seems like my life as an... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Karla's Cottage
This was a rare moment of harmony between our dogs. They no longer argue with each other, and are more accepting of sharing a home. But mostly, the littles and Honey have a pact to ignore each other. And Sugar... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Karla's Cottage
There are plans in the works to do more tutorials, foof up and add to existing ones, and get my Boutique filled to the brim once again. But I can't quite get to it yet. For now, there are more... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Karla's Cottage
My dear, Special K, the divine hostess, Karen Hillman has invited me to teach a Valentine class on Saturday, Feb.8th at her Cozy Castle. Whenever she comes to my home, she comments on some hearts I have hanging in my... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2020 at Karla's Cottage
Thank you so much to everyone who purchased fairies from me for their Christmas tree! I loved making each and every one. But just because Christmas season has passed, that doesn't have to mean that fairy season is over. These... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2020 at Karla's Cottage
Typically, I have all of my holiday decor put away by now. This year, we had Dewdrop visiting from North Carolina, so I left it up while she was still here. Then, Sugarwings was staying with us for a couple... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2020 at Karla's Cottage
While 2019 had some very rough moments, there were some major highlights for me too. Sugarwings and I have spent maybe about 10,000 gajillion hours together in the studio, and this year, she seemed to come into her own with... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2020 at Karla's Cottage
Our weather on Christmas Eve and Day was spectacular. Upper 60s? In Kansas on December 24th? You just never know, some years are blizzards, others are meant for being outside. We found a new trail behind the dog park that... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2019 at Karla's Cottage
Could I describe Christmas as both laid back and lively at the same time? Maybe what I mean is that we had a lot of fun with simple pleasures. Like princess cocoa parties with melting snowmen cocoa bombs while using... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2019 at Karla's Cottage
This year, I decided to feature some of my hand made ornies each day as a countdown to Christmas. I posted them on IG and FB daily and thought I would share them all at once with you here too.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2019 at Karla's Cottage
Making Sugarplum fairies has kept me so busy that I am just now wrapping gifts, today. My husband is in Chicago at a Chiefs game, Ryan is at work, Sugarwings with her mom, and Dewdrop won’t be arriving with her... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2019 at Karla's Cottage
I never turn down a Christmas invitation and look for as many holiday adventures to cram into December as I can. Meeting up with friends for lunch and going shopping? Yes, please! Especially a visit to Angie’s. She lives within... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2019 at Karla's Cottage
Oh my, that is true, we are not just near the end of the year, it is the end of a decade! My year is ending with a blast, I have loved hunkering down in the studio and making Sugarplum... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2019 at Karla's Cottage
On my annual Sister Trip to Florida, we were joined by all but one of both of my sister’s kids, thanks to Sissy’s generosity. Sissy also brought everyone bags from Gudren, and wanted a photo of us together holding the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2019 at Karla's Cottage
I had such a nice day at my friend, Tami's house. She generously invites a group of us for craft parties and supplies lots of fun things to make. While I was tempted by her table of goodies and the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2019 at Karla's Cottage
Last summer, I found a boxful of ugly snow globes at an estate sale. I had big plans to remake them, but ended up setting them out for sale at A Snowbird's Song. Apparently, no one wanted them... So I... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2019 at Karla's Cottage
In honor of the holidays, I made some gnomes and angels instead of fairies. I was inspired by these broken shells that already looked like toadstools. The tiny red noses were a lucky find by my nephew, who found a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2019 at Karla's Cottage
I have been having waaayyyy too much fun! These are addictive, I order making them. There are so many ways to create them, and I find it hard to stop. If you would like one, they are available in the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2019 at Karla's Cottage
Lesa Dailey’s class project at a Snowbird’s Song was a feat of engineering, and an object of beauty. I was thrilled when she gave the original to me! Especially since she had already given me this sweet snowgal riding a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2019 at Karla's Cottage
I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving? Mine was quiet, but that was nice, I had time to create, photograph a variety of Christmassy goodies, and get things listed in the Boutique! (I do have kits from the birdcage angel... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2019 at Karla's Cottage
As years pass and circumstances change, so do family holidays. I did not expect to have a big Thanksgiving dinner this year, but was happily surprised when we could get everyone together the Sunday before. After getting back late Friday... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2019 at Karla's Cottage
The Peeps visiting me for a Snowbird’s Song, came bearing gifts. Lori Oles created this gem for me from rough cut garnets and vintage treasures. For the tweets and gifts , I hand dyed fabric bags, and placed them out... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2019 at Karla's Cottage
After our lesson from Lesa with the magnificent swan, we were ready for something more laid back. Her class was 4 hours, with a lunch break, and my Angelique the Aviary Queen was a simple task to fill the rest... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2019 at Karla's Cottage
This is Lori Oles’ take on our first class of the weekend, Lesa Dailey’s “Seven Swans A Swimming”. And as With all of her projects, it has her own spin on it. Here is how Lisa Phillipi finished hers, it... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2019 at Karla's Cottage
A Snowbird’s Song isn’t all gluing and foofing. We had a couple of parties too. The first night, we gathered for homemade, French bread pizza, cupcakes and caramel apple sangria. Terry made the cupcakes and people were still talking about... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2019 at Karla's Cottage