Time of Flowers

comments: 49

24Afternoon2

24Afternoon2

24Afternoon2

24Afternoon2

24Afternoon2

24Afternoon2

24Afternoon2

24Afternoon2

24Afternoon2

24Afternoon2

24Afternoon2

24Afternoon2

24Afternoon2

24Afternoon2

24Afternoon2

24Afternoon2

24Afternoon2

24Afternoon2

24Afternoon2

24Afternoon2

24Afternoon2

24Afternoon2

24Afternoon2

24Afternoon2

This is my absolute favorite time of year. I do love winter, but this time, on the far edge of winter about to tip into spring, is my favorite. The daphne is blooming. The daffodils nod, heavy with a thousand rainstorms. The sky is gray and bright, the ground soaked, the rivers high and brown. I went to Starlight Knitting Society for the first time this afternoon to get some yarn to make a sweater for Amelia's Easter dress (cutest little Laura Ashley dress that I found, used but in perfect condition, on eBay). I had parked a couple of blocks away and walked through the neighborhood to the shop. The air was deeply, darkly fragrant with wood smoke and magnolia blossoms and mud and oh, spring, you are deeply enchanting.

Thank you to every one of you for your orders and your kind words and your patience about the quilt kits. As I said in my update on the last post, I will be making more. I've already found more fabric and it is on its way. And I don't think I was able to find more than three or four of the original prints I had, if that, so this next batch will be entirely new. Now that the pattern is done I will have more time to just focus on kits, so, never fear! I will definitely do at least one more round, and I will keep you posted on this. But more than that, I just do sincerely want to say thank you, and I really will do my very best to deliver as many as I can.

This past week Stacey and I untangled all of the orders and got them organized. She went on vacation and I am going to start shipping them all tomorrow. At night I've been working on my Beatrix Blanket, although I was trying really hard to make this Anya cardigan and it just proved to be beyond me right now. I'm going to pick it back up, but I needed something easier after this week, when I also got together all of the volumes of paperwork for the accountant to do the taxes, too, etc. Bah. I need a vacation. Alas, for the next two weeks, Amelia is on vacation from preschool for spring break, so rest will not be forthcoming. But that's okay. It's spring and that is exciting. I'm not sure what we're going to do yet. It's still pretty wet, and I believe there's still a lot of rain in the forecast, so, I don't know. Lots of play dates. I feel like watching Anne of Green Gables. And making another rhubarb pie. And some egg salad. Currently it's raining so hard we can hardly hear ourselves talk.

49 comments

Laura Nelson says: March 26, 2017 at 11:36 AM

did you hear that Netflix will be carrying the new Anne of Green Gables, that is so exciting. How lucky you are to be in the land of spring. Portland has the most wonderful one Ive ever seen. Here in Maine its still the land of cold and snow, 21 this am. And spring is a long cautious process, sooo slow.

I am so loving the Beatrix blanket! Have a great spring break. I always loved spring break when my girls were little. We would shop for spring and summer clothes, swing and blow bubbles outside, get out the sidewalk chalk, go to the library and out for ice cream...I feel so lucky just remembering it. Enjoy the joy!

Ekaterina says: March 27, 2017 at 01:50 AM

Oh I love this first signs of spring! And this girl that is really enjoying her dance classes. That old floral calicos remind me of my own childhood when I could just sit and watch my mothers fabrics for hours. And sometimes I cut little pieces and made clothes for my dolls. I just cut little squares at the edge (I thought so) and after many years my mom found out that I cut the middle of the bundle so the hole piece had little square holes all over:))
Love your bag, it looks great, where is it from?

Spring is so shy here in Portugal. All rainy, no flowers. Beatrix Potter is one story I love and once made a cross stitch chart for a friend and her twin kids (http://pontoaquipontoacola.blogspot.pt/2016/06/beatrix-potter-parabens-as-gemeas.html ) I was so great to get all the characters together. Amelia is aiming for ballet? I do hope she has a lot of fun!

I swear every time you post a picture of your deck I think that house next door is my mom's house. She kept all those Beatrix Potter books of mine -- one of the very few, maybe only, things she kept.

Thank you for the stacks of fabric photo <3 Inspired by my pattern purchase, I came up with three quilt plans this weekend, one ditsy floral calicos and dots to use in the pattern, another inspired by your lemoncello quilt, and another using panes of large botanical prints and hand-dyed odds and ends. I have a great local non-profit source for donated fabric off-cuts and leftovers from manufacturing, plus individual donations, where I find most of my bits and pieces for quilts. I absolutely love putting the different textures together!

i got serious childhood nostalgia when i saw that woodsey log house toy. glad those are still out there to be played with.

Granny's Favourite may prove a little easier than Anya.

it's anne of green gables time <3
and oh, beautiful photos - like i always say :)
love,urska

I know it's not everyone's cup of tea, but when you said it was raining so hard you could hardly hear yourselves talk, I was jealous. Maybe it's because I don't have a toddler at home. Probably because I don't have a toddler at home. But enjoy the time.

kelli ann says: March 28, 2017 at 11:03 AM

as probably so many have already mentioned, annE started up this past week here in Canada; for some reason I didn't have any sound when I tried to stream it today. (as in, the advert. before the episode sounded fine.) Not to detract from the series with Megan Follows; different animal, I'd expect. And I'm difficult to please, I was enthralled with the books by L.M.Montgomery. I did buy the novel (translated into French) for my girl:: and so far she doesn't seem interested. (enough! cheers)

Spotted the Woodsies play set there. I still have mine from when I was a kid, including all the accessories. I am almost 48 now.

Oh, that sweet Irmi lamp is the most darling thing. All the pictures are the best thing. I so need a little dose of your cozy blog. Thank you so much!

Anne of Green Gables sounds perfect for Spring, though that movie is good any time of year... the change of seasons is so vividly portrayed, they are almost their own characters, if that makes sense. I think I may need to watch as well, maybe with my daughter... she's 7, I think it's time.:)

People have likely mentioned that CBC here in Canada are airing a new, "Anne", although I can't say I favour it over the Megan Follows version, it's still enjoyable. Also, if you haven't dived into Sullivan's, "Road to Avonlea", there's that. Happy Spring!

Vacations + kids always feels rather like a joke, doesn't it? No rest for the weary, sometimes, as a Momma! It's so completely worth it, though. :-)

I totally get the knitting.. there are just some times when it's just not making sense. Maybe it's in my hands, maybe my brain. I've been working on a new cotton sweater, & just can't seem to get the back right. Of course, why would I use a pattern... it's all my eye, feel, & fit as I knit. The front is done, though... so there's that!

Dear Alicia,

thank you so much for all the great pics - especially the one with your daughter playing with vintage fisher price! I did play with school and merry-go-round, slide and swing myself many years ago.
I used to live in BC, Canada for a while and even though it is quite a different many of your photographs remind me of my wonderful time up north. Thanks a lot!

Wish you all the best!
Jenny

The downed ballet instructor pic is killing me! I love it.

The woodsies! O M G! My little brother had those. I must remember to look for some somewhere, not that my girls would even......at 12 and 14 those days are gone. Thank goodness for nieces and nephews under the age of six.

I love that Mimi's dollhouse has a teeny little yarn basket, no doubt like yours, and little rubber boots, just like hers!

Vanessa Hernandez says: April 09, 2017 at 08:30 PM

Ohhhh the squirrel log house! I had one of those when I was a kid, is it one of your toys too? I see many "vintage" ones in that pic! I wish I had never given that one away!
Hey, do you know where I can watch Anne of Green Gables online? It's not on Netflix, at least not in Costa Rica.
Love to visit your blog, always so inspiring!

Oh, it's been so long since I've checked your blog. My your girl is growing so fast! They always do, don't they? She's beautiful and looks like a very happy child in a very happy home. So happy for you all. I've been so busy and keep forgetting to check out things here on your blog and I've really missed seeing it all. I always love seeing all your beautiful needlework, Alicia. You keep your little girl looking gorgeous in such fine clothing. What fun! Well, hopefully I won't be so long between visits anymore.

What a great collection of images. loved the blanket with the patterns.

I must say the barber's haircut is FUNNY!

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Working...
Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been posted. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.

Working...

post a comment

About Alicia Paulson

About

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

Archives

Photography

Photography

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.