Little Buds

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Fairy flowers and a manor house. Tree-root-laced paths, nodding buds, and a mossy cottage tucked into the dell. It had been three years since Amelia and I were here. The last time, she was in an umbrella stroller (this is not the place for an umbrella stroller), newly walking and I was afraid to let her out lest she fall into the creek. This time she flitted and flashed between the trees, racing down the paths, dancing under the arbor, quacking at the duck, building a nest for the wood sprites who were sure to come out after we left. It's an enchanted place, for sure. The river was high and green and foggy with spring run-off. The rickety, metal bridge was up, lofted high above the water for another month or two, I would expect, so we couldn't go across to the cottage or to the fireplace. It's been, apparently, the third-wettest March on record. They said that spring was getting a late start; everything was about a month behind. No matter. I sat on a bench by the creek and she whirled and twirled around me. She knocked on the pretend door to my pretend house and I invited her in for pretend tea. She gave me pretend cookies. I gave her real kisses. I hope the spirits of dearest John and Lilla Leach, creators of this magical glade, were smiling down on this little forest fairy and her fox from above.

Her sweater, Little Buds, made almost five years ago and fitting perfectly now is, once again, detailed here.

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Honestly Alicia, your photos are in a league of their own, absolutely beautiful. I especially love the ducks and the camellias and that gorgeous garden room. How lovely everything is looking outside right now. Glad you had a good day out. It's nice to look back too. Hope you have a good weekend. CJ xx

Valerie H says: March 30, 2017 at 10:14 AM

How lucky your little girl is to grow up amongst such beauty, and with parents who realize the value of being in the woods! Love the pictures, as always. Your posts truly calm my day. Thank you for sharing!

Hi Alicia.. I knew right where you were.. it's a special place. I know many of the volunteers who help out there and they're very dedicated. It's great that you take Amelia there as it's so much like a fairy tale place. Love the photos you captured. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

You've found the enchanted forest. Lovely, lovely photos.

Lynn Marie says: March 30, 2017 at 10:43 AM

Your photos are remarkable today--they always are but there is a sharpness today--you feel like you can reach out and touch the flowers, trees, and duck. Beautiful!

M. Michael Payne says: March 30, 2017 at 10:47 AM

We're headed out to Hillsboro today for Larry and Beth to rearrange their photos in the cafe. Beth has promised me lunch for my birthday. Hard to believe the old gal is 66 now. [eye roll]. It looks like the rain is finally letting up so plan more days in the woods. Isn't it nice we have so much forest around us? I'm working on an alpaca lace scarf which should take me at least another year to complete. At the rate I go I'd have to start a sweater 5 years in advance just to get it done in time. I'm so slow but this sweater you made is lovely. The details are exquisite. Your work is always excellent. Kisses and hugs, Grandma Payne

Enchanted spring day! Mimi looks to be in her element. I knit that same pattern (in duck egg blue) for my sweet B, and I love it. I must admit I didn't realize that the sleeves were 3/4 length when I knit it, though!

Lovely. I remember the first visit, the post, how inviting a place it looks, and like that time, I feel, again, eager to visit, too. What a difference three years makes, yes? Some places have a storybook feel to them, and you have a gift for not only admiring and respecting those places, but looking as though you are just another lovely page, one more compelling chapter in those stories. You always make me thankful for your blog.

So magical and beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing. You bring peace to my day.

Oh those pics, how sweet your little girl is! Such a happy life you're living together!

I think I must have made my daughter's little buds sweater right after I saw it here on your site. It was just the right size for her then and she still wears it! It is the only thing I've knit for her that she stills wants to wear. Such a great sweater. Thank you for pointing me to it!

Patty Ryan says: March 30, 2017 at 01:57 PM

So, so perfect:)

A beautiful sweater on a beautiful little girl!

Paula Barnett says: March 30, 2017 at 02:52 PM

Your wonderful blog transported me to that beautiful place. Thank you. And the sweater is gorgeous.

I skimmed through the beautiful pictures and without reading your words, thought she looked like a little woodland sprite, magically flitting about....

Alicia,

As I scrolled down through each of your photographs my heart sung. The song within grew and grew breaking my heart open. Then came your words describing the fairies and your little fairy twirling around you and it brought the images even more to life. You certainly create magic within the simplest sweetest glimpse from your days. Thank you for sharing your bit of the world with each of us. And for reminding me to get outside and explore and dream and make fairy cottages.

With lots of love and admiration,
Annette

heritage hall says: March 30, 2017 at 03:29 PM

Alicia dear
Amelia looks as though that enchanted forest were made for her...
such a match... I went back to your original entry about Leach Garden and my throat caught at the sight of that wonderful couple
with the realization they are no longer with us to be thanked personally. They say Heaven is everything you ever wanted it to be
and that magical place to me is a bit of Paradise right here.
Bless you for those exquisite photographs, so generously shared with us. Yours is a sensitive, discerning soul.

She looks like the heroine from a fairy tale, racing through the forest.

What beautiful place. Love the sweater - looks lovely on Amelia.

Enchanting . . .
every fleeting, moving, beautiful, moss haven, child moment . . .
and the sweater . . . oh my . . . lovely . . .

as always your photos and words transport me .. always enchanting .. so hard to believe three years have passed .. it is always so evident with a growing child .. her and her fox reminded me so much of my girl at that age with her little black puppy 'fuzzy' that she carried everywhere .. what beautiful memories you continue to make :)

What amazing photos you take! A little treat for me today in gloomy, rainy Connecticut! And right after a warm, sunny day yesterday! Thank you for sharing these beautiful images - and your darling daughter! Happy weekend!

I remember reading about that adventure. How was it three years ago?! EHr fox looks well-loved.

I really enjoy popping in on your blog since I found it about a year ago thru a 'favorite list' on another's. Thank you for sharing so much of yourselves.
I grew up with a mom and grandma who embroidered, crocheted, and quilted so I learned to do those things very young. Years have gone by with other demands on my time but thanks to some good changes I now have time to be creative again! My girls are 11 & 13 and have embroidered a tea towel, sewed an apron, and the oldest has learned three crochet stitches (the younger one is just happy to make the longest chains you've ever seen). I love that you sew clothes for your little angel. My sewing switched to Barbie and American Girl doll things long ago and now even their interest in that is fading.
Looks like it's back to quilting for me! Your speedy sell-out of quilt kits was a great eye opener to me that I am not alone in my love for pretty fabrics and my need to make things.
Keep being you and be proud you have wonderful family values; a rare thing in this modern world.

Oh , I remember building tiny cottages between the tree roots and taking pride in using the very shiniest leaves and softest moss !

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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.