Wild Week

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Good morning, my friends. Hello, hello. I hope you are well! We've been well and buuuusy! Which I like, but now I'm tired. I didn't even take any pictures this week. But we have all of the First Snow pre-orders out and on their ways to you. The downloadable PDF-only version of the design is now available here. (And yes, the kit is still available, no problem — it is here.) I hope you like this pattern and kit. I wound up doing all of the shipping myself — Stacey was in Japan and is now back but will be taking more classes in January and won't have time to work with me anymore (tears). Andy and I wound up doing everything on this kit together. He pulled all the floss and cut all the fabric. I stuffed all the kits and did the shipping. But it was quite an excellent experience for me to do all of the shipping myself again. It's been a long time since I've done it. I found it very poignant, and got a little bit emotional. I love seeing everyone's names, and your addresses, and your streets and towns and cities and countries. I recognized sooooo many names from over so many years of doing this. It made me think of all the years, and all of our conversations, and all of your comments and your sweet notes and just . . . I don't know. How much I love all of this and how lucky I am to do it and how, when I was a little girl I think I actually always wanted to do this. My parents were into mail order and they had a few little businesses throughout the years. I had my first mail order business when I was thirteen. It was called Autumnbrook Farm and I made model-horse blankets and saddle pads and little stuff like that. I made enough money to buy a pair of really pretty dark-brown suede chaps at Hinsdale Tack Shop and I wanted to write a tearful letter of gratitude to the readers of Just About Horses magazine (where I advertised), thanking them for their orders of tiny horse halters and for making my greatest dream (chaps) come true. I did love those chaps so much. I guess I thought better of it then and did not submit that particular letter to the editor, but I feel the same surge of emotion every time I get orders and every time I ship. Thank you. You'll notice that my handwriting on your postcards looks deranged. Sorry about that. I don't really write by hand anymore ever. Do you? Compared to how much you used to? It's so weird! I was speed-writing, admittedly. But I can usually write much more nicely, FYI.

Anyway, so, thank you for everything you do here and for all of your kindness and support. I means more to me than I regularly say. XOXOXOXO

I've spent the last few days working on a new doll design based on my animal patterns. She will have the same body shape and size and will be able to wear all of the same clothes. The idea for her sort of exploded out of me the minute I was finished shipping everything. I actually do get a lot of ideas in the shower. It's really cliched but true. It's the only time I'm just sitting there not doing anything else at all. I think I had thought about doing a girl doll for a long time but I didn't really know it. I started cutting and sewing in every little spare minute, littering the living room with needles and felt and floss and yarn in a way that I haven't done in a while. My first animal patterns came out maybe in . . . 2013? It's been a few years. Maybe it was 2014. People ask me about whether we'll make more of those kits (there are five animals total). And no, we won't. There will now be these new doll kits sometime this spring, though. I've been thinking relentlessly of all the ways to do it. Andy cracks up when I have the making-fever. I read him the list of all of the clothes I had planned for the doll: new blouse, new skirt, and cable sweater, cardigan sweater, beret, flounce-collar blouse, cape, cable cowl, knitted skirt, bloomers, pixie bonnet, detachable collar, lace legwarmers. Your basic insanity. He gets me. Right now the doll prototype looks mildly feral. This is possibly no coincidence. I've turned into a wild animal.

I made a pattern for a Santa Lucia (which is December 13) crown with hellebore flowers, mistletoe, and holly for you. My model was freezing when I took her picture in her nightgown on top of Mt. Tabor on the only not-raining (though totally freezing) day we had a couple of weeks ago. She is part Viking-descendant but she doesn't like the cold. I love her.

Flowret for Blog

The pattern is free and you can download it here: A Flow'ret Bright Winter Crown Sewing Pattern. The candles are removable, so you could take them out and just wear the crown. It's adjustable in the back (elastic) so you can make it any size you want. I hope you like it.

It's Thanksgiving week here in the U.S. We're having Thanksgiving here at our house and I expect we'll get our Christmas tree this weekend, and maybe start decorating. We usually do, anyway. I'll be back to show you next week. Until then, I wish you all a wonderful, wonderful week of peace and joy and slowing as we enter the holiday season. I'm very grateful for all of the love and kindness and deep thoughts and un-deep thoughts and humor and joy you share with me constantly. It helps me understand the world and understand myself so much better than I would otherwise. You all bring light to our days here and for that I sincerely thank you. Thank you. XOXOXO


"peace and joy and slowing" -- thank you for the truly best wishes one could receive.

Oh, I just love the pattern for the Lucia crown. I did my first crown for my daughter when she was almost three (http://missyvanee.blogspot.com/2014/12/st-lucia-day.html). She now crams it down on her head to fit. I've been planning on making another one for her, and yours is a step up from mine, which is great. My youngest daughter, almost 2, is named after Lucia because I love St. Lucia so much. I just might have to make two new ones. You are ever so thoughtful and kind for giving us the pattern.

Thank you so much for this beautiful Santa Lucia Crown pattern!

I'm so grateful for you, Alicia! Your blog is a little oasis of happiness and contentment and beauty on the internet. I always feel so calm and happy when I come to your blog. Happy Thanksgiving to all the Paulsons, two- and four-legged. You bring joy to my world!

I love to hear about your pattern making ideas process, i can just imagine! Thank you so much for the Santa Lucia crown, well it just about made my day!!! I wonder if i can convince my (almost) seventeen year old to wear one and bring us all St Lucy buns in bed. Well, if not i shall wear it myself ;o) The picture of Meems on the front is lovely, what a trooper! Hope you all had a glorious Thanksgiving.

YOU bring light to OUR days. Thank you for your lovely words.

Dearest Alicia – I have been following your blog for so many years now. Can't remember how I found you (probably at my desk at work looking at pictures of crochet). It was long before Amelia came into your life. I remember well all the struggles surrounding that joyous occasion. I even remember when you got the first new sofa! I was very surprised to see it was being replaced so soon – although I completely understand the need! I've always wanted to send you a note-you have been such a happy part of my days-sorry it's taken so long- now it seems this note may end up taking up way too much space. I really just have to tell you what an inspiration you are to me as I know you are to so many. Your family, photography, cooking, sewing, and all the beautiful things that you do have touched me so over the years. Watching Amelia grow and The Bee and Clover Meadow (I just wanna kiss that face!) - love love love them!! I was in Portland a couple of months ago. We have family up there and a niece was getting married. When we were driving along the beautiful tree-lined city streets I was looking and trying to see what might be your house-hoping to spot Amelia or Clover playing out on the sidewalk. I was happy just to be there and imagine – such a lovely town. Anyway, I just had to write and say thank you for the years of friendship that I feel like I've had with you. I'm going to be 65 in January. I'm retired now, live outside of Sacramento and find it hard even now with extra time to be very creative, but I still get inspiration from you and your beautiful blog. So...Thank you.
Sincerely, Linda

Beth in Maryland says: November 27, 2017 at 11:32 AM

Alicia, thank you so much for the wonderful pattern. I made two with my granddaughter and grand-niece (both 7) over the weekend, not your beautiful design exactly but a git-'er-done-stripped-down version. Each girl decided how to array her flowers and leaves, and they had a fantastic time. If they remember to bring them back for our family Christmas party, we'll try to add the candles. I hope you had a wonderful holiday! you certainly contributed to ours.

Yvonne Welty says: November 28, 2017 at 11:56 AM

Your blog and merchandise always make me happy. I have purchased your softie patterns before and they are wonderful. Can't wait to see your new one. I check in on your blog weekly to see what's new. Thanks for sharing!

I can't wait to make your doll pattern - I will name mine Alicia and she will have a place of honor in our house to remind me of the beauty in the world. Thank you for all you do!!

I received your First Snow Kit today in Queensland, Australia! - it's a present for my daughter in law, I shared the pattern for Love and Joy with her recently and I hoping she'll show me how to embroider! Thanks

thank you so much for this pattern. my little girl loved it.

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About Alicia Paulson


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




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.