Probably Too Much

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Ornaments2Ready for tomorrow. I'm bringing three genres of things tomorrow: stuff I've made, a few very cool things by other designers from Ella Posie (embroidery kits, craft books, pastry-shaped soaps, baby shoes), and a preview of some vintage holiday stuff for my booth at Monticello, like these pretty sacks of old and new ornaments, feather trees, and snowflake garlands. It's probably all too much, but it feels good to have things ready, for once.

As I mentioned, yes, the holiday postcards will be on sale here, right on the blog, on Tuesday Monday, November 7 6, at 2 p.m. PST. And it's very sweet for everyone out-of-town to be worried that there won't be anything left for them. Don't worry. I, at least (can't speak for the other girls), will begin photographing everything and updating the Posie site starting next week, so I'll let you know about that. That means that Sock Corgis, Wool Blossoms, Scallop Borders, Sweater Stockings, and lots of other special one-of-a-kind items you haven't seen yet will be for sale then. 'Kay? It's truly not that you're getting the leftovers, honestly — it's just that I don't have time to finish all the WIPs, take all the photos, and fix the web site until after the weekend. (I forgot how hard it is to take nice photos in gloomy Portland weather, too — there is such a small window of time every day to use the natural light it's amazing. You really notice the light when you're actually trying to use it for something, no?)

It's weird, I don't feel even remotely conflicted about preparing things for Christmas early. I feel relieved. Will this backfire halfway through December when I lose steam and am ready to be done before the final round? I don't know. We'll see, I guess. It's going to be raining for the next week in Portland, at least, and I feel the need to play with some of these bright and shiny sugarplums.


Wow! Sounds like such a great time! I can't wait to get started on the holidays. I doubt you'll be burned out before the final round. That's when you'll get to relax and sit back eating Christmas cookies and drinking hot chocolate! No one loses steam for that! :)

Chris Howard says: November 03, 2006 at 08:48 AM

Oh Wow, now I REALLY wish I could go to studiocraft. And a website update? It feels like christmas already!

I am always burnt out by December, so I figure anything I can enjoy doing now is excellent....

We had measurable (but not very much) snow yesterday, so it wasn't too much of a stretch to work on my Christmas letter a bit.

Presents, though, oh dear, I don't even have ideas.........

I really wish I could be there for Studiocraft, but probably a good thing I am not.. I would be destitute within a matter of minutes: )

Everything is just going to be lovely. I do not think you will have anything backfire.. you will just have time to relax.

Love your shiny baubles pkg.

I've always enjoyed starting my Christmas prep early. That way I can go at a less-frenzied pace. Truth to tell, I buy Christmas and Birthday gifts all year 'round for the same reason. I like knowing that I was inspired, as opposed desperate. And I can avoid line-ups.

Your trunk show reminds me that I should probably start looking for those local Christmas Craft fairs that I love so much.

Best of Luck, Sweetie! I hope it all goes smoothly for you and that you're able to enjoy yourself :)

Oh dear, is that a lightbulb? What a beautiful idea!

Oooh, you're getting me in the Christmas mood! Those ornaments are making me think about getting out my tree, already.
By the way, I love your new banner!

Oh, how I wish I lived to Portland today! Have a wonderful time sharing your treasures with old and new friends......I miss you!

Good luck at Studiocraft, wish, like all the others, I would be there to see it. Love you love your photos love you stuff.. as per usual.

Alicia =^..^=

Your little bundles of Christmas cheer are wonderful. I do hope you manage to capture a picture of your booth at the faire, I doubt I am the only one that wishes to see your artistic display!

As for getting ready early for the holiday season ... I cannot express to you how much you will enjoy the season even more this way! I learned long ago ... You will always have plenty to do (never fear ::giggle::) and with the monster pressure off to enjoy, it makes for a Christmas of Peaceful reflections. Perfect.

Happy weekend! =^..^=zU
(I am now going looking for my old tree light bulbs -- That IS a great idea!)

I know what you mean about having things ready early. I am ahead of "schedule" and it's beginning to freak me out more than a little. You know - sort of like that fear of walking into church with your dress tucked into you pantyhose... Oh well - maybe December will find me with my tushy hangin out there for all to see, but for now - I'll just keep working!

It's definitely NOT too much! Never where you're concerned. :o) Have a wonderful and successful day tomorrow. I so wish I could attend!

Never too much. Love those bags of Christmas decorations, I have some from my Grandmother's in just those colours. She bought them in Selfridges, Oxford St, London about 40 years ago.

love the colors! never too much when it comes to christmas! i think my kiddos are old enough now to have glass balls again...yeah!

yowser, what a haul you’ll be bringing. it sounds fantastic and i wouldn’t know where to start; scott and i would definitely have a strategy established in advance.

on a serious note, one thing this event has done for me, as an out-of-towner, is get me to make new things. i’ve had a hard time finding creative energy over the last few months, and i’ve really enjoyed reading about the treasures you’re all getting ready for studio craft. there’s so much inspiration in what you do, and everyone is so generous to share their resources with the rest of us. i can’t wait to receive the new japanese craft books i’ve ordered to teach me the correct way to make a stuffie even though i think the one i made is pretty cute (the fraying linen naturally provides a perfect place to hide those stitching imperfections).

but, don’t think i won’t be perched in front of my computer when you all upload the treasures that have escaped the clutches of the locals. i just hope i’m home at the time to be able to get my hands on one of those wool blossoms!!

have a great time!

cheers … cindy

ps what type of location is it being held in - a store?

I don't feel confliucted either, though I expected to. I have been digging out all of my vintage christmas things and loving going thorugh all of the boxes. Now if I could just find those 12 big gorgeous turquoise glass balls- they have to be here somewhere!

oh it all sounds just divine and not too early at all. just right I'd say. i wish I was organised but this year I am so not!

sarah x newgreenshoes x

Really looking forward to seeing all the stuff at the sale tomorrow! Glad to be local!

One of the things I like about looking at blog photos is trying to find the author/photographer in the picture. Figuratively or literally.

Good luck at Studio Craft! I'm hoping you have a fabulous day AND that you have plenty of left overs!

Ooooh...I think the time has so come for the Posie book!! ....I mean, you are like the Willy Wonka of craft and living!!

A day does not pass without incredible offerings of eye candy!!

I know I speak for all of your fans when I say that this Holiday is bound to be filled by bits of Posie on and around all of our trees, tables, and gift bags!!!
Thank you so much for the wonderful inspiration!!

xoxo Jenny

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About Alicia Paulson


My name is Alicia Paulson
and I love to make things. I live with my husband and daughter in Portland, Oregon, and design sewing, embroidery, knitting, and crochet patterns. See more about me at




Since August of 2011 I've been using a Canon EOS 60D with an EF 18-200mm kit lens and an EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro lens.