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December 20, 2014


Gypsy Rose

Merry Christmas!
Karla, I love the idea of signing the books and handing them on the tree as memory ornaments. You could do this with every holiday and special occasion and add tos also. Thanks so much for the great tutorial.
Gypsy Rose
ps: waiting for the next swap...:)


Karla, the books are darling and the trees are so pretty. Thank you so much for sharing and Merry Christmas!


I, too, love the idea of passing around the little books for guests/friends to sign as a reminder for years to come. Thank you.

Also, I wanted to ask you what you use to die the brush trees, please?

Merry Christmas,


Love this idea Karla! Thanks for the great tutorial, especially the part about making the tinsel look old.

Karla Nathan

I trim and ink my pipe cleaners to age them for all my holiday projects, I think it adds a vintage look.

Karla Nathan

I use a little bit of whatever is handy for dye. Coffee, tea, koolaide, rit dye, fiber reactive dye, or glimmer mist. Anything that stains. Boiled avocado peels make a pretty, aged pink.

Karla Nathan

Ive got swaps on my mind too. So far, I havent come up with just the right theme, tho.


Thanks Karla! This is fun -- don't know if I'll have time to pull a few out of my hat before Christmas but you never can tell.

Just wanted to let you know that I gave a shout-out to you on my seventh anniversary post today -- you were one of the three people who visited me on my first post. The Gypsy has come a long way since then. Thank you!


Thanks for the mini book tutorial! I'm going to write guests names and the date on the first page and use them as placecards for a holiday dinner I'm having Tuesday evening. Thank you for all the inspirational tutorials you share. Merry Christmas!

Karla Nathan

That is such a cute idea for the little books, Liz! I hope you have a great party.

Gaby Bee

Your Christmas ornaments are enchanting! Love especially the little books!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


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About Karla Nathan

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