Frost Fields

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Oh, hello! How are you? I've been doing almost nothing but making dolls, doll dresses, doll stockings, doll capes, doll hair, doll sweaters, doll blouses, doll skirts, doll collars, and doll hats, and then remaking them trying to get them how I want them. It is so much fun. I have so many ideas. I'm thinking about all the details quite a lot. I dream about them at night and wake up with potential solutions in the morning. Then I try to work them out that night. Yesterday we forgot Amelia's ballet slippers and had to borrow some from the ballet mistress. She asked me what size slippers Amelia wore. I told her I wasn't sure, but said I knew what size my doll's feet were (16 sts around on size US5's in sport weight yarn). Everyone in the foyer laughed nervously. The teacher turned and asked Amelia. Amelia said she was size 11. I knew that!!! Sheepish.

Did you have a nice Thanksgiving weekend here in the U.S.? We sure did. My family came and squeezed around our table and it was great. My sister Susie stayed on afterwards and made me laugh for hours with her work stories. Me, in nightgown, falling asleep: "Good lord, this story is taking forever!" Her: "Dude, I told you, I work 12-hour shifts! A lot of stuff happens!!!" On Friday I hung my two new prints that I got for my birthday last year from the English artist Jo Grundy. I had wanted these forever and I am so glad that I got them (for Andy to give to me [wink]). They inspired my mantel decoration this year, which is a frosty-winter-fields theme. Andy worked on Saturday and Amelia and I went out to Craft Warehouse and got some new little things: the lighted willow garland and a couple of little resin birds and her absolute favorite, the snowy owl. Believe it or not, I had almost everything else already, and a lot of it came from Craft Warehouse (a local indie craft store here in the Portland area) over the past few years. The little wooden plinths and the woolly trees and the metal houses (not sure where those were from, actually) and the cottonwood wreath I already had. Andy's grandfather carved the tall Santa many years ago. We bought a spray of fake frosted fern leaves and cut them off and scattered them around, along with a couple of little bottlebrush trees and juniper sprigs. The teapot was from Goodwill for $3. The snowflake garland I've had for years and years, and the stockings are from Etsy. We couldn't find Amelia's bunny stocking but I think it's in with the Christmas ornaments; we're getting our tree this weekend and I'm sure we'll find it when we open those boxes. Speaking of, Andy brought up everything seasonally related from the basement — Christmas stuff, other fake-foliage stuff for spring and fall that makes Andy insane, wreathes and such. We went through it all on Sunday and that was sort of an exhausting exercise. At some point while Andy was still cleaning I tried to pluck Amelia from the fray and took a bath while she played on the side of the tub. This is one of our favorite winter activities. I love winter baths and I never cease to give thanks for them, and for hot water. Afterwards, when everything in the living room was clean and pretty, Andy put on carols and made us some hot chocolate and it felt like the perfect start to this lovely (my favorite) season. Winter is here. I wish you peace and warmth and kind shelter and love in the days ahead. XOX

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Laura Smartt says: December 02, 2017 at 04:32 AM

Oh so lovely! I do so love this time of year and wish for lots of snow every year , but alas I live in middle Tennessee and only get rain for snow! But a girl can wish! Can't wait to see the doll patter(s)! Have a cozy week and wish snow for you also! Laura

Your mantlepiece is so beautiful. In spite of hot weather in the southern hemisphere, I love your wintery decor and I feel nostalgic for winters in New York. I love the snow paintings. Happy December!

What is Amelia stirring in that pot?!?!? I think a recipe book could be your next project?

Inspiring mantelpiece! I really love your colors and theme. Thank you for sharing some of the reality/back story of going through seasonal decorations. You make decorating look easy in the midst of a busy life but this bit of reality gives me energy to get on with making time for decorating instead of just admiring your house. ;-)

Your mantle is just gorgeous! I re-decorated our mantle on Saturday. I feel like it is the grown-up version of decorating a doll house 😂 Your comment about Amelia's ballet slippers made me chuckle - people that don't craft simple don't understand!

Oh and I forgot to say Jo Grundy is local to me, so nice to see you have some of her prints, they are lovely!

I love everything about this cozy post-the prints, the mantle, the rooms, the bathtub...oh to have a place to soak again! This is my favorite season too and I hope to soak up every moment!

Adele Bartlett says: December 04, 2017 at 01:07 PM

Such lovely photos and ideas.
Do you know another English artist Lucy Grossmith (heart-to-art). I think you would like her prints too.

I think you would enjoy reading the book The Magic Apple Tree by Susan Hill.

Happy Christmas.

I love those prints! (And beautiful, matching Christmas decor.) :)

Your mantel is absolutely perfect. So original. So Artful. (the metal buildings look like ones that Terrain sells, very cool)

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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.