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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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I'm in love with the dollhouse furniture. Could you please share where to find them. My grandchildren would just enjoy playing house with these items.

I've always enjoyed your blog and read it religiously. Seeing Amelia growing up is so sweet.

Thank you for sharing your family and all the recipes and sewing projects.

How I love to look at your posts, your pictures are so beautiful. Now I am not very good at geography generally, but the other day a random picture of a mountain came up on a TV programme. My husband commented on it. I said casually, oh, I think you will find that is Mount Hood! He was astonished.. then i had to confess I had been looking at your gorgeous images of it for some years now!

Well in that case, happy Valentine's Day. I love, love, love that park in the woods. What a fantastic spot for a child to play. The woods are just the best for little people. Adore the doll's (cat's?) house, so beautifully lit and so cosy. Wood in the fireplace! Have a good weekend Alicia. CJ xx

I agree with an earlier poster, Mariko; I would trust any kit you put together. I would not have to see pics. The photos of the quilt you are working on are enough to give me the concept. You have such a good eye and such a strong sense of design, that any kit will be gorgeous. Thank you for your photos and writings; they always cheer my days. I am laid up with broken ribs so they are of particular delight right now. Enjoy the coming spring.

Oh the ballet lesson. How sweet.

I can't wait to see the quilt kits! I love the quilt you made so I'm sure the kits will be charming.
Thank you for reminding me what a fun book The Tomten is. A copy arrived the last time I took care of my granddaughter and we read it twice without a pause.
What a wonderful playground and an interesting photo!
Thank you for today's post!

What a yummy blog! Needed that charm today as we head into the last home school day of the week with a 14 year old boy! Oy! Thanks for your wonderful posts - and sharing of all things beautiful!

Sarah Hartfield says: February 03, 2017 at 08:05 AM

I trust anything you put together! I'd actually probably prefer it--I always end up thinking my choices come out too bright. Also, The Tomten did not disappoint! Such a sweet, funny little story. Happy February to you, Alicia :)

love that the doll house photos look as if there was a drunken brawl! And the shot from dance class is adorable--what a sweet scene.

Omg! The photo of the two ballet students....one female (your daughter) and one male!!! Holding hands and both pointing a toe.......the most precious!

And thanks for interjecting a photo of Oregon green once in awhile. I'm starving for green here in the winter of Montana.

Love the little ballet dancers!

🎶💓Happy Happy Birthday~! Such lovely thoughts and ideas for these bleak months. Yes, please~! Do make kits available for adorable quilts~! I trust your choices implicitly.
XOXO ~C.

Kristen from MA says: February 03, 2017 at 10:07 AM

Does Mimi's dollhouse have its own little dollhouse?! So CUTE!

Re: the quilt kits, again I don't sew, but I'd certainly be willing to rely on your design sense. :)

Hi Alicia! Keep warm! I just wanted to tell you that if you go to my website, then subscribe to my newsletter (which I promise won't be sent very often unless there's some great news), you can download all my valentines (which I'm selling on etsy) for free on my website! Just thought I'd let you know even though you are creating some too! ;) Happy February!

You should offer the quilts by color family, maybe? Predominantly blues, say, or pinks, or... whatever, with the understanding that there will be many colors in the kit? I want one, I would completely go on trust with you on that!
Your little girl's room looks like such a happy place, all those lovely soft colors and handmades!

Oh this doll house! And this ballerina, how adorable!

I love the picture of Alicia in her slicker making a very Andy face. I don't know you but your family and your generosity of spirit make the world seem a bit kinder and safer.

a basket of wools with knitting (pins) needles and pancakes with bananas. that reminds me of the hours we spent looking at jean marzollo and walter wick's 'i spy' books. the playground seems to be very interesting. i hope it isn't lonely. it needs children in it. lovely lovely post, as always, alicia. thank you.

Good morning from OZ (Australia) The fabric your searching for is some of the first I used when I started quilting popped into our local spotlight store this morning and lo and behold they have the fabric your after for $4.99 a meter they have a website so go check it out know the postage is a killer but might be worth a look all the best and keep up the great work and website always look forward to your posts .Cannot get over how that little love is growing what a treasure love and hugs Maggie.xx

Your words and images so beautifully capture love and coziness. Spread it all around.

And too add to everyone...I'd be very interested in a kit and whole heartedly trust your design sense.

SUSAN SEWELL says: February 03, 2017 at 06:18 PM

That darling little girl; so earnest, willing to smile for you and full of life. I wish I could be the surrogate Amma and have a playdate with her and her new little doll house.

What a visual BONANZA! But oh! the ballet picture gets me right in the ticker!

Joan Lesmeister says: February 04, 2017 at 05:26 AM

Lovely, always, thank you.♥

Hope your quilt making is soothing your soul. I've been watching way too much news so I'm definitely up for a soul soothing project myself.
I love that dollhouse - looks so homey.

Your sweet photos of Amelia make me smile. She looks so much like her daddy! Isn't that amazing? Their smile is so much alike. I have a friend with an adopted son, and her grandson looks so much like her it is crazy.
Sometimes little miracles just happen!

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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.