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A morning spent apple picking with school friends. Cool and clear weather, and what a joy to breathe fresh air out in the country. I've been cleaning and organizing the house like crazy this past week. My to-do list once school started was ridiculously long. Big projects and small projects and I am knocking them off the list. First up, go through the sand-dune of toys piled in the living-room corner. We don't have a dedicated play room or even a play space in this house. The living-room corner is where most of the toys live. Slowly but surely, toys have turned into puzzles and games. These are easier to put away and make me happy. I've never been one for a ton of toys. She seems to play harder with things like bottle caps, dead flowers, and tape, for better or worse, than any of her fancy toys. Nevertheless, she had a pile, including things like the giant blow-up hammer that said "I'm the Princess" (won at the fair) that slid down the pile of toys every time I tried to "put it away" (as if) and the two large mechanical arm-and-hands that basically made me insane in about seven different ways and now those have been re-homed, as they say, and this is not bad (for me; sorry in advance to whoever gets these). Andy and I also went through all of the books that were piling up so monstrously that they were lying horizontally in the entertainment center, threatening to come slithering out every time someone opened the cabinet door. It took an entire afternoon to enter every single ISBN number into the Powell's web site to see if they wanted to buy any of them, which they did, but only one-quarter of them. Three giant plastic boxes of books that we've had for ages went to Goodwill. I was astounded at how much had fit in the entertainment center without it collapsing into smithereens. And who says Ikea furniture sucks! NOT ME!!!

Next up was the linen cabinet, and everything came out of that, and that was just your basic insanity. Zero rhyme or reason, causing steam to literally come shooting out of my ears every time it was time to change the sheets. Madness. We also have approximately fifty pillowcases, and it appears that zero of them match. So everything came out and went into the laundry, and I did two giant loads on Sunday with lavender detergent until everything was freshly clean and smelling sweet. I refolded everything and reorganized the whole thing and put the sheets that corresponded with the beds they go on in the trunks at the end of those beds. Now I'm anxiously waiting for the lavender and cedar chips and sachet bags I ordered to get here and then I will have my own Private Moment of complete and utter satisfaction when I fill them and hang them in the cabinet and trunks.

Oh wait, back. Speaking of books, I finally finished Coming Home, the book that basically took over my life this summer. I liked it. It was honestly the perfect book for me these past few months. Now I'm making my way down the list of non-depressing books you suggested back in June or July. I'm constantly putting holds on things at the library and have just started Fever 1793 (though I must say so far, are you suuuuuure this book is non-depressing???). I finished News of the World last week, and that was a gorgeous book. That book was closer to what I wanted The Orchardist (which I read last summer and with which I was disappointed) to be. I loved News of the World. So, thank you again for the list, and I am excited to really dig into this year.

Back to my to-do list. September is ticking away. I have birthday projects I want to do for Amelia, including a new dress, a new doll (ignore the first paragraph), a birthday crown, and a cake topper. I have birthday party invitations to print and address and mail. I have more school clothes to make for if it ever starts raining and our children can wear long sleeves to school. I have a winter cross stitch kit I am done with the pattern for, and will probably take pre-orders for soon, because I have no idea how many to make. And I have more quilt kits for you that I will post very shortly, because I'm on a roll. But first

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Beautiful pictures as ever. I love September for getting organized. Looking forward to seeing your Christmas cross stitch and all the lovely things you will do for Miss Amelia's birthday.

Goodwill is a great place to donate books, but I like to bring bags of them to the local laundromats and without fail, they disappear. Sure, maybe someone throws them away (cynics), but I like to think that someone who wouldn't otherwise find them in a store would take them. That way I get I spread a little more loved books into the world...
Oh, and I'm going to try to make that pie one of these days. Every time you post about it, I have to think, "You know, I really want to make that pie." This week sounds like a good plan.

I love the apple picking posts.. such a good thing for kids to learn where food comes from and how to harvest apples for the family. Good parenting! There really is nothing better than the crisp juiciness of a fresh off the tree apple. That pie looks divine! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

My husband I spent a whole day while our 2 year old was at Grandma & Grandpa's house going through her toys. We gave away so much little plastic crap toys! Then we organized the rest into the Ikea kid bins. Much easier for her to put away her own stuff now! So satisfying.

Oh the satisfaction of a good declutter. I love the energy of September. Suddenly it's time to get everything straight and to get things done. There is a mountain of windfall pears here today, so I see a pie in my future too. CJ xx

Mary Ann in Vermont says: September 13, 2017 at 04:57 AM

So loving these photos and all of your offerings -- always! Amelia is so precious. That face, smile, and dress!! You made me think that I cannot wait until winter to do my organizing! I would love to know what lavender detergent you used. And a link to the bags for your lavender and cedar chip bags would be so wonderful! Thank you, thank you for always opening up our eyes to the sweet side of life, My friend. xox

We did a book sorting earlier this summer. What began as dusting the bookcase turned into a day of sorting. Our library system takes donated books so that's where the two big boxes of books ended up. The photo of Amelia against the apple tree trunk is beautiful!
Thanks for the Wednesday morning treat!

Wow, I love this post. Apple picking and little girls who love to play with tape. You've just taken me down Beautiful Memory Lane, thank you! Can't wait for the new cross stitch kits. Still working on Sweetie Pie Sampler and adore it. Happy organizing!

I have also used BetterWorldBooks with success. I buy a lot of books on half.com and usually buy from them. You can also put ISBNs in their site and they'll pay you (a tiny bit) for some, but will take most others as donations - I think if you donate something like 25 books, they give you a free prepaid shipping label. A little more work than a Goodwill drop off, but a neat option.

I'd love to know if you have any tips for simplifying vintage sewing patterns. So many linings and facings and...wow, I spend all day making something new and it feels like a ton of fabric at the end. I made the Simplicity 6054 caftan (size 2!) this past weekend and then saw that you omitted the ties in at least one version, seems wise! I also think with some bias tape and/or strategic seam finishes, some of the linings could be done away with and might make for a lighter finished product on such a little kid. I guess most of this stuff comes with time and experience, and I am definitely getting more comfortable with those types of tweaks as I go!

I love that fall warm colors, my favourite time of the year, always bring some hope and new ideas to me. Will definitely try this apple pie today.
Amelia is so big, so grown up, those long legs and little freckles, beautiful! Please, please, show us more of the dresses you've done for her! I want to see more detailes of the 1st day of school dress also:) I really miss the posts when you show us every dress you made:)

Dawn Andrews says: September 14, 2017 at 05:44 AM

Thank you for the pie recipe. I have apples dropping off my apple trees in my yard. I've already made and canned apple butter and applesauce but a nice apple pie sounds like another good way to use them.

Amelia's dress is adorable!

This post is a breath of fresh air. This summer has been brutal and fall cannot arrive soon enough! This week it looks like we'll get *rain*!!! So excited! My plants (and I) are parched and sad! Ready for all-things-pumpkin-and-apple, as well as chili, soup and bread. Your linen closet sounds like mine. Every time we have sleep-over guests I just buy new sheets bc I can't handle that closet. It occurs to me that this might be part of the problem. It's almost fall, y'all, we did it!

Julie Rosene says: September 15, 2017 at 05:44 PM

Oh the pile of toys in the living room! The precariously piled books! The linen closet disaster! I have all of those too- going to organize them this weekend, since my husband and our 4 year old are away. Glad I'm not the only one!

Hi! In your next post can you share the links of your lavender and cedar and bags? And also more pics of your cozy house? Bossy aren't I? Lol Have I told you lately how much I enjoy your cozy blog? Your cozy house is so well... cozy and so inspiring! Xxxx Jen

a new winter cross-stitch!?! Yes please!

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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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