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Birthday preparations are underway in the Paulson household. Cupcakes are in the oven. Amelia's "friend" party is tomorrow and we are excited. Her first friend party! Squeeeee! I think you're supposed to have one friend for every year, or something like that? Yeah. I did not get that memo. Apparently she's turning eighteen. . . .

But look at that face. I cannot deny this child ANYTHING, I tell you. Not possible.

On demand: A dress like Hunca Munca's. I might have sobbed with delight. I've finished the dress and am about to start the pinafore, in creamy white Swiss dot. I'm using Little Vogue pattern #1326. More to come on that. That one's for her family party.

A few weeks ago we went to the Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival, as we do every year with Amelia's birthgrandparents. Her grandma and I were looking at the punchneedle and rug-hooking patterns and I remembered the pillow I made several years ago, and remembered that I had an Oxford punchneedle (I have the Mini #14) and a big hoop. I bought a piece of monk's cloth at OFFF and then found this cute pattern on Etsy. Marijo Taylor, the designer, generously sold me only the paper pattern, drawn at 10"x10", and I enlarged it on my printer/copier to 18"x18". I think it's originally a rug hooking pattern (curious about the difference between punchneedle and rug hooking? Here is some information) but I wanted to use my stash of worsted-weight yarn, so that's what I've been doing. Punchneedle is FUN. It's really, really fun. The bunny, above, will be the first pillow I make as part of my new Personal Pillow Endeavor. When I'm finished I'll just back it with some calico (with an envelope closure) and stuff it with an 18" pillow form. I like bamboo pillow forms because they're pretty hard. I hate soft pillows, personally. I'll show you more about how I do it when I get closer to being finished. I was hoping I might finish for Amelia's birthday but I have a lot to do so I'm not sure. . . .

I finished the cardigan I showed you last week and it's still on the blocking board, though completely dry. That will get pale pink buttons. I still haven't put it on Ravelry. I like that sweater but I'm not sad to be finished with it. Next up, knitting-wise, are hats for everyone and gloves for me and a new neckwarmer for me.

Last night I made African chicken peanut stew and it was really good. You're here, October. I was so ready for you to arrive it was ridiculous. Hence the creative mania.

P.S.: I got that cute little painting a few weeks ago at Goodwill for $3. And the sweet invitation was from this Etsy shop; I printed it out at home on cards from Paper Source and made the envelope liners with their templates and a printable flower pattern from this adorable book (and CD) that I've had for years.

P.P.S: Oh jeesh, and thank you so much for all of your kind comments on my last post. I really appreciate them!!!

35 comments

Kerry Lucas says: October 09, 2017 at 11:55 AM

I love reading your blog and looking at all your creations. Your cooking photos always make me hungry. x

I just adore your pictures!!! So magical!

oh my goodness, that punch needle stuff does look so, so fun!!! I think I've just found my next craft addiction! Thanks!! Also, that invitation is the cutest, and I can't wait to see Amelia's Hunca Munca dress. I hope she has a darling, lovely birthday!!

did you buy your check curtains at Country Curtains?? is so did you hear that they are permanently closing shop?

Hi
I wanted to tell you that Wagner reading your blog since 2008
I finally have been out to beautiful Oregon
And have fallen in love.
I wondered if you could recommend
Neighborhoods for family living. We have a child finishing high school and one starting next year?
Thanks in advance
Suzanne Overton-OHara

Hi! Love your blog - love your family - hey I have a question - it looks like a lot of your blogs you have that you mention on your website sidebar - lots have stopped blogging? Do you have more that your follow that give you cozy inspiration? Would love to know what your favorites are now. Thanks! Jennifer

It's October 14th in Japan. Happy Birthday, Amelia!!

Your blog is such a special, beautiful place. I hadn't visited in quite awhile, but I will certainly be back.

I just love that she wanted a Hunca Munca dress. And it turned out so adorable. I love the peter pan collars in calico. Also, I love the invites. Super cute, even the envelopes are adorbs. Birthdays were always such a fun creative outlet for me when the girls were little. I remember a bird themed one for Avery with cardboard letters covered in birdseed spelling out happy birthday. Happy birthday to the beautiful Amelia. Enjoy this beautiful colorful Oregon season. The leaves and their colors are turning me into some kind of freak. As we drive and my screen-focused teens are looking down I point them out and ooh and ahh and they just don't delight in them. And it's okay. But isn't it lovely?

Thank you for sharing your wonderful photos, your wee grl as she grows & your beautiful stitching & food. So uplifting.
Kay.

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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.