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Hello dears. The wind whips around the house today. Out every window is flashing daylight and blowing branches. Something on top of the roof of the studio clanks and clanks. It's some sort of metal flap. Over and over again it's slapping against the roof. The power went out once this morning and then came right back on. Every few minutes comes a raging, howling gust. I'd better write this quick, before all electricity leaves, as it seems it surely could.

I've been tucked into the studio, spending most of my free time with floral fabrics. This is good medicine. Why should it soothe? I don't know. Thank you for your kind words and enthusiasm about the new quilt and the pending quilt-top kits! I couldn't be more thrilled, and am trying to collect so many fabrics that I want for these. They're more rare than I thought. I can't believe how beautifully they all work together, though. In the back of my mind I'm constantly thinking about how to offer these kits. The amounts of each fabric that I'm able to get are so varied. I'm not sure exactly how to display what you'll be getting, as there will be too many different arrangements to photograph each individually. Maybe I'll have to describe them in general terms and let you trust my design sense. I'm not sure yet. I'm pretty much finished with the pattern, which offers a toddler size, throw size, twin size, full/queen size, and a king size. It's been kind of fun working on all of the layout diagrams for each size. It's not all there yet but it's getting there.

February. I don't feel quite ready for it. I think we'll make Valentines today. Spread a little love around.

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Loving the picts of the inside of the dollhouse!!! Kind of looks like my actual house, tossed like salad. Oh! the wind! How do the birds survive this? Good idea to spread some love around. <3

Spread A Little Love Around, I Love It!!

Gorgeous sky photos! That playground looks dreamy. BTW, I wonder if your dollhouse was ransacked and possibly robbed! So many treasures inside. Darling capture of the two dancers.

So lovely to see your daughter grow and change, and I love the image from the ballet studio. That little boy looks so earnest (let's hope he stays that way - hah!). I think we all need a little more love right now.

Stefanie P. says: February 02, 2017 at 01:04 PM

Your collection of calico fabrics brings back memories...my mom was a sewer and made most of our dresses...I have a few snippets of some of them in my fabric bag...snippets being the operative word...Thank you always for a wonderful glimpse into the Paulson home!

Calicos~Such pretty ones, too.
Maria and I are dreaming up a train ride, back to Oregon, back to Portland, and these weather reports make me shiver... with excitement? Oh my! We might be in for something wilder than we enjoyed over summer. As always, you make home, and city, look warm and welcoming.

The dollhouse is just adorable, so you! Love the sense of it as a lived in place, or maybe a played in place. Sweet.

Love the sweet ballet pic! So adorable. The quilt looks fabulous. So glad you are going ahead with the quilt kits! Thank you for sharing.

Oh my goodness, please spread some love around. The dollhouse is the sweetest. When my step-sister and I were girls our parents made us each a Barbie house. They got rug samples for each of the four rooms and my step-mother made the prettiest fabric-covered beds and sofas with hassocks and pillows. I still have the furniture. Your little dollhouse reminded me of that. Lovely!

Ann Vennerbeck says: February 02, 2017 at 02:09 PM

Yes Love Yes! A tip for doll-house Amelia :A good rule of thumb is Groundhog Day = time to take the Christmas tree down. Has always worked for cottage-house me. xoxa

The sunsets are glorious. I see the dollhouse is well-furnished now. Amelia is so cute in her ballet outfit. Cute in everything, really. But she is growing up so fast. It is amazing.

I can see from the photo of your sewing table that your daughter is like mine, and enjoys coloring pretty pictures on furniture :). I have art in all corners of my hone.

Your daughter is adorable and your home is so charming! Could you tell us about the roses on the fireplace brick?
Thanks,
Emma

Love, love, love the quilt! Could you offer it in different color schemes then you wouldn't have to search for the same fabrics. Just a thought. I love your blog, the pictures, recipes, etc. and of course Amelia!

Oh what joy when I sit down for my afternoon tea and I see a new post from you! :) I'm so excited for your quilt project and can't wait to learn more.

There is a store in The Kansas City area called Fabric Recycles that purchased fabrics (often from estates). They could possibly be a good source for your vintage calicoes. I'm not sure if they have an online store but certainly a website. Your quilts have such a soft, well lived vibe.

Making something new is so exciting - looking forward to seeing the kits. The quilts in your pics are always a joy to see, so cozy and inviting! It is a blessing to read that your work is also a balm for you. Hugs & Happy February ♥

My thirteen year old daughter still makes houses with playmobil stuff and legos too. It is awesome. We love looking at your little house. Wonderful to spread some love, we will too!

Heather Tewksbury says: February 02, 2017 at 04:26 PM

Okay I would like a doll house, a walk in the woods,daffodils and a quilt. Thats all thank you

janie hemmings says: February 02, 2017 at 04:43 PM

I would totally trust your design sense!!! :-)

I completely would trust any kit you put together, without even seeing the colors first. I believe in your sense of color and loving attention to design. In fact, your photos and words can brighten even the gloomiest gloom. Thank you for giving me hope and joy with each blog. You restore my faith in crafts and homemade beauty.

The wind hitting you is coming from our house.. lol. Talk about gusty and cold.. and the freezing rain has begun here at 5 pm. I wonder how this storm will play out.. we'll soon find out! LOVE the dollhouse photos. The candle on the table looks like your own candle on the table which I found totally charming. And that basket of yarn.. where did you find that? Fun fun fun. Stay warm. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

I love the stack of blue calicos! They remind me of our wedding many years ago. In fact, the fifth fabric from the bottom is what we used for our flower girl dresses. It was the 80s and, for me, all about the homemade country wedding! We made everything by hand, from dresses-mine, bridesmaids, and flower girls (beautifully made by my mom)-to all the decorations and even the family dinner afterward! Thanks for the memories!

Love peeking inside the 'messy' dollhouse with its tipped-over and strewn-about items! I can just imagine the lovely little person who lives inside, going about her busy day...

There is such love in your photos, in your home, and even in this little dollhouse. Thanks for sharing these moments.

very fun, all these lovely pictures!! I think in part we would have to trust your eye for the quilt kits, a verbal description sounds good - maybe with a picture of the most dominant fabric or something? Or an example of it, even if it is representational of what one would get, as in not exactly those prints... that is a challenge, but I am sure you will find a way!!! . I am excited to hear more as time goes on!!!

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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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