Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Published in Mingle Magazine!

I am blissfully honored to have my Cozy Cottage Christmas event published in the Summer, 2013 issue of Mingle Magazine!

It is a gorgeous publication which features artful events around the country and seeing my feature overwhelmed my heart with joy..

I am presenting A Cozy Cottage Christmas 2, Roses in the Snow this November!  Would love for you to join me...All details coming soon.  xoxoxo

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Flora Bella Weekend Retreat! September 27-29, 2013

I am beyond thrilled  to host and announce this special art retreat weekend!

To be held in the lovely central Florida town of Micanopy,  this is a weekend all about the beauty of flowers....

Our home away from home for the weekend shall be the gorgeous HERLONG MANSION!

Visit the website here:

The featured  project will be presented by the talented Cassandra VanCuren!  

I am certain if you are here on my blog,  you know and follow the works of Cassandra.  

 She is one of the most creative spirits I know who is full of artful knowledge!

Visit her at:

 This is your chance to take part in a weekend beyond imagination...

The featured project is The Flora Bella Bodice... an intricate and divine art piece!  You will  create your own hanging dress form beyond imagination!  

You will learn many different fabric flower techniques which will embellish this decoupaged dress form...  The kit provided will allow you to be the master creator from start to finish......

It is a breathtaking piece of art for you to hang and display year round..perhaps in your art studio, your bedroom, a powder room, a guest room etc!

After breakfast Sunday morning I will be teaching some  floral and herbal home made bath products!  When you return back home that evening you can relax and escape in a long hot bath and savor the memories of this special weekend!

Here are some details about the weekend:

$275 includes all of the project materials, lunch both Saturday and Sunday, and a sit down dinner Saturday night.  This fee can be sent to Karen through Paypal at  

The mansion has several rooms ranging in price from $119-$189 per night.  You are responsible for booking your own room.  The rooms can accommodate 2-3 people.  The rooms will fill quickly so be sure and call to reserve your room right away.  Let them know you are with The Flora Bella Art group.

Micanopy is a wonderful historic town with many antique shops.  If you would like to shop, we encourage you to arrive a day early!  Due to the special nature of this one of a kind project, we will want  to spend all day Saturday and most of Sunday at the retreat.

If you have attended one of my events before you will be receiving a complete detailed email about Flora Bella.  If you are not on my email list and would like to be, contact me here through my blog or you may email me at

Can't wait for this beautiful weekend getaway with special friends!  Would love to see you there!!

xoxo Karen

Friday, June 14, 2013

Published in Creating Vintage Charm!

I am honored that my Beauty in Blue event, story and photos have been featured in the May issue of Creating Vintage Charm Magazine! 

 This is a gorgeous publication full of inspiration!

You can order the magazine here:

A beautiful  8 page spread showcasing an unforgettable weekend in Texas, along with the work and creations of other amazing artists around the country!

If you are an artist who loves to create, you will find bliss in the middle pages of this magazine every month!  

They exist for your crafting pleasure and I do believe this is a little added gift given within each publication!

Thank you Sonia for this eye candy magazine which pleases the artists soul!!!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Birdsong 3!

 I have just returned from my friend Karla Nathan's Birdsong event!

How can one put in to words the amazing beauty of being within an art studio beyond description?  And on top of that, being in the presence of one of this world's most talented artist's ever??

That would be my friend,  Karla Nathan...

 I found myself feeling more inspired within this place than I have ever felt in my years of being a creative artist/ spirit....

I wonder if Karla really realizes her impact on  the artists who gather at her event.... we all leave with the inspiration to follow your dreams, and follow your art..where ever it may lead  you...

And we have you to thank sweet Karla..

I shall be a Birdsong QUEEN FOREVER!

A cozy little seat in the art studio...

Beauty is stacked to the ceiling!!!!

Everywhere a bird shall greet you!!

I found myself LOST in every single place of Karla's studio... 
BEAUTY  Surrounds...

I can't wait to return!!!!  Thank you Karla for a weekend beyond words..

Lovely Lampshade!

I will post some better photos soon ... I had a little weekend getaway to my incredible artist friend Molly's house and we created covered lampshades!  

I only had my I phone, and these aren't the best photos,  but this can give you an idea...we had wire lampshades and covered them with fabric and hankies, etc!

We lightly painted over it with a fabric stiff medium and embellished to our liking!!!  

What a FUN and Fabulous project!!  This one shall hang in my cozy cottage!!

Sunday, June 9, 2013

In love with The Great Gatsby.....

I must confess...this girl is Great Gatsby Obsessed...  I have just seen the film for the third time and still feel as though I can't take it all in!  

It is a true feast for the eyes and the beauty overwhelms me.  I am fond of many era's from the past, but I do believe the 1920's is  my very favorite... a time when women stepped out and dared to be different, wore makeup and cut their hair...and they were able to vote for the first time!

My all time favorite movie is Moulin Rouge and Baz Luhrman, is the same producer of The Great Gatsby....he has done it again with a film so true to the decadence of the 1920's!

I am so excited about my Spring 2014 event which will be called "Gatsby Queens"!  

Keep posted for details!!!!

The film has inspired me to create Gatsby inspired pieces and I started with these head pieces!  These are worn across the top of the head.....

While These are worn across the forehead in true Gatsby Girl style!  All are available for sale!

Posh Pillows!

It was time to go through fabrics in my studio and put together some "fresh for Summer" posh pillows!  I love the mix of old and new fabrics including cottons and crochet.

These range in price from $45-60 and await their new home!  Wake up a room with some Summer shabby beauty!