Fall Frolics

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Happy Halloween to you! We have a fluffy pink kitters here that hasn't stopped meowing for three days. She's also hardly taken her plushy duds off since they were finished (by me, and no, I don't enjoy sewing polarfleece, but this is what she picked out, and it is, at least, very forgiving to sew!). Her fur is already matted and filthy, mostly from crawling around on all fours (while meowing), which cracks me up. She's showing you her paw here, FYI.

Thank you sooooo much for the First Snow pre-orders! Yaaaaay! I'm thrilled. We are going to go ahead and make all 600 kits that we have enough floss for. This should get us all the way to Christmas without selling out, so I'm very pleased that there is interest in this. The fabric has been ordered, the pattern is finished will be sent to print tomorrow, and Andy is going to pull floss for me this time. So we are on-track, and I will keep you abreast of our progress. We'll ship as soon as we have everything together; I'm still thinking it will be about three weeks (and the PDF-only option will be available at that time, too). But again, thank you so much for your enthusiasm for this design. I couldn't be happier with the response, and I will be doing a few informational cross-stitch posts between now and ship time. I've been meaning to do these for a while, so I'm looking forward to them.

The weather here has been ridiculously excellent. We never get autumns like this — crisp, cool, colorful, crunchy, perfect. We've been sincerely spoiled this year, and it's really nice. We've been able to get outside quite a bit and it's been wonderful. Today is Halloween, and the weather is gorgeous. I'm so happy for all of the kids!

I've been toying with the idea of moving my office out of the house. I would love to hear what those of you who work at home OR have space to work outside the home think about it. I've been working at home for seventeen years. It has mostly been a wonderful experience. But as Amelia gets older I'm wondering if we need more space for living instead of me working. Posie is pretty bulky. Right now my business takes up two fairly large rooms in our fairly small house. We've thought about building a second story over my studio, which is already an addition (built by the previous owner). But it's too expensive. We've thought about maybe putting a shed in the backyard, but the yard's too small and I think the shed would be too small for what I really need. I really like the convenience of working at home. But it does feel isolating sometimes. I feel like I'm in the house too much sometimes, and I get antsy. But maybe I just need to take myself out to lunch. I've thought about getting a studio space closer to where Amelia will be going to school next year, which is about twenty-five minutes away, so that I can be working while she's in school and I'm not driving back and forth quite so much. But that neighborhood doesn't really seem to have any spaces available, at least ones that are advertised. You know what neighborhood does? My own neighborhood. :/ Womp womp. Sort of defeats half of the purpose. Also, I don't know if I could afford to pay rent on a space outside of the house, because my dumb neighborhood has gotten so trendy and expensive. Oh, decisions, decisions. What do you think? Any thoughts about this? I'm in no rush, but this will be a future consideration, and I feel like I want to get my bearings on it. If you've lived either of these experiences, I'd love to hear your advice.

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I always look forward to your autumn and Halloween pics.

My husband and I have worked out of our home off and on for the last 25 years. Sometimes it was me, sometimes it was him, for one horrible elbow-jabbing patch it was BOTH of us...now he works here half-time and I assist when he's on the road.
Yes, it does take up more space than I would like. It feels like part of our house is always "the office" and it's hard to just shut the door and ignore it.
If it had been practical I would have loved to have an off-site space for business so we could both just turn it off and go home. Too late for that now I guess!

What is the pattern for the white cowl Amelia is wearing on the merry-go-round? It is so pretty!!I would love to make that cowl.

that pink kitty....oh my goodness, can it be any cuter? wow, you do have some decisions don't you? I think you need to consider when you work. if you only work during school hours, it might be great to do so in a studio space close (or sort of close) to amelia's school. it makes perfect sense! but if you slip in at odd times when you have a few minutes...like when amelia is sleeping, it might be wise to stay home. i love working here at home in my studio. it's a small space but i love it. i love the idea of having a little studio outside your home in the yard. it you went "up" rather than "out" could you find the space? a little two story one over one space? i suppose adding on would be the greatest idea, and in the long run you would come out ahead as it would be part of your home...and what you paid to build, would not go to rent. i hate rent personally. you'll figure it out and it will be perfect! fall. the best season on all and no one does it better than you!

Just a thought... we have a co-op in my neck of the woods for crafters. It is a very large space for making wood crafts. I believe you pay an upfront fee to belong and then pay small monthly dues. They have all sorts of large saws and equipment at your disposal. Crafters like that they don't need to own the equipment and simply use it when needed. They also enjoy being around other woodworkers and learning from them. (I'm not a member - learned about this in the news.)

Perhaps you can get together with like minded crafty people and pool resources to set-up a space? It would have large work areas, and locked storage areas and, of course, some tables and chairs to enjoy a hot mug of coffee or tea.

I know, this sounds good on paper but will require a bit of work to gather people and set this up from a legal stand point. Perhaps talking among friends, family, and your community will spark others to get involved.

I worked from home when my children were little. After the youngest went off to school, I shifted back to the office. It was such a relief to separate work and home. My life was less cluttered and it opened me up to be more creative.

Also, keep in mind nothing is permanent - the only constant is change. Sending you good wishes for the best solution for you!

I'm a bit late to the party here, but I do have some thoughts. I stayed home raising our 3 children (now all in their 30's). I loved being home; capital L loved. Now, however, in my early 60's I do feel that I missed out some by not having any kind of network outside the home. Sure, we have friends -- but not work buddies. There is a difference. I wonder if those feelings are playing with you. Some people really need the energy of other people! Some people who don't think they need it actually do! I honestly wish that i would have found something that I just did every week with a bunch of like minded adults; preferably the same group of people each week. I'm not sure what, but something that took me away from me, the house, and my many projects and perfect dinners. Spaces at home -- we have a huge attic with an installed drop down folding ladder. I'm sure that would make it much easier to get up and down -- they can't be that expensive. Be careful when you are storing things in the basement that you put things up on pallets in case you spring a leak in a heavy downpour. We bought some incredibly cheap plastic shelving from Home Depot and just didn't make the shelves -- each shelf works for us like a lightweight pallet.

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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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