Birthday Dream

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Boy did I ever have a great birthday. The self-timer picture above, with the camera on the tripod, was taken just an instant before Andy blew out all of my birthday candles. We were going to do it altogether but I don't know what happened. We tried again with just three candles, one for each of us, and that time Amelia blew all of those out one note before the song was over. There was a three-fold stunned pause followed immediately by the most sheepish little "Sorry, Mom" you've ever heard in your life, and then Andy and I, on exactly the same beat, burst into huge peals of laughter. It was the funniest, sweetest, dearest thing, and I'll never forget it. I love these two so much. When it started snowing around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday night, I thought I might explode with pure joy. It took Andy two and a half hours to get home on the streetcar and bus; he was giddy with delight though frozen solid when he finally walked through the door, neither of us realizing that it was even supposed to snow that day. Indeed, getting more than eight inches of snow here overnight pretty much threw the whole city into a complete state of wonder and disarray (and a few other things, I'm sure). Snow absolutely paralyzes Portland, Oregon, and this much snow hasn't fallen in this short amount of time in almost forty years. It was just extraordinary. It's still on the ground, and will be for several more days. Snow day after snow day after snow day. They hardly plow anything here, and they almost never salt. It all shuts down, and they tell you to stay home (though medical personnel never can, so Andy always has to go in, but he has had the past several days off). It's glorious. Everything's canceled, everything's quiet. The light in the house is so clear and bright I can hardly believe it's the same house. I put on the Yaktrax (bless those things — I've had them for about five years now and they have been life-changing) and we walked and walked. It's a bit colder now, and a little icy, but for the first three days it was just perfect snow — cold but not too cold, no wind, perfectly white. I mean, it was just . . . totally . . . excellent. We had lunch and hot cocoa at the bakery, went sledding at the park, hung out with all the neighbors, made waffles, ate dinner by candlelight (and thank you for all of the birthday wishes and birthday-dinner ideas; I wound up taking Nickie's suggestions of chicken à la king over rice and it was great snow-day food — thank you, Nickie!), played with the dollhouse (I'll tell you more about that later), took baths. Made miniature baskets. Hung out with neighborhood friends. Read books. Watched movies. Watched birds. Saw the full moon rise last night, and cut out old fabrics for a new quilt. I don't know. It was the best. It was just the total best. Xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo.

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Oh I just love the way the snow reflects the snow inside and makes everything feel both calm and joyous at the same time! Happy birthday!

Happy Birthday, Alicia!
Glad to hear the glorious details. And excited to hear you're beginning another quilt. I tend to start quilts soon after you do. The fun is infectious.
Greetings to you all!

Love the contrast between your snow-covered outdoor seating and the Sylvanian creatures snug in their warm beds.

alicia ~ after soaking up your photos and becoming wistful for the cuckoo clock my father brought back from germany when my sisters and i were young (..what in the world happened to it?), i began perusing clocks on etsy and happened upon an itty one that i think you and amelia would adore for the dollhouse ~ ! xoxo
https://www.etsy.com/listing/398311791/miniature-german-cuckoo-clock-dollhouse?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=cuckoo%20clock&ref=sr_gallery_13

Belated Happy Birthday. It looks like you did your day in fine style! Here in Vancouver BC we have had more snow than ever! I can only imagine in Portland. How lovely your photos express your joy. The one that struck me was the achingly beautiful blue sky. I have visited Portland twice once in summer (OMG it was hot!) and once in winter. The colour of your skies are so different from farther up north SO BLUE! Thank you.

I so love your posts. Here in Nova Scotia, on the east coast of Canada, we had one snowstorm 2 weeks ago, and the ground is bare. The ground in Boston is bare too. Tomorrow we are to get rain. Enjoy the hygge!

I enjoy your blog. It is so sweet and lovely and uplifting. Please don't go political as SO many have.
Emma

Happy Birthday! Your photos look like a winter fairy land.

Happy Birthday Alicia! Your photos are delightful and positively relaxing to look at. You remind this occasionally (erm, always) frenzied mom to SLOW DOWN. And take some pictures already.

I just stumbled on your blog via pinterest (where I was searching for wallpaper inspiration). Among admiring so many of the things you've made, I am dying to know how you outfitted the dollhouse you show snippets of. I have 3 daughters who would like a dollhouse and I don't love most of the stuff I readily find. The furniture, textiles, etc in your pictures are amazing! Maybe you've made it all, but on the off chance that even a little of it is purchased, could you share sources? Thanks so much!

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About Alicia Paulson

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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 aliciapaulson.com

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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.