Sparkle Shine

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Oh, sweetness. The days are cold and sun-sparkled, though it's dark and warm in the house. I'm done with all of my shopping and shipping and general fussing now so I'm feeling fine. We have a shop, above, and we sell, apparently, pillows, earrings, "anything you want to put on Susie Sheep" (Susie Sheep [i.e.: Peppa Pig's best friend] is the name of our dress form), and ornaments if you need to do some Christmas shopping. We are open for business at 6:00 a.m., and ready for you.

Imagine this: I get all day today to work in the studio and cook! Andy's doing Daddy Duty all day, including school runs, grocery shopping, and ballet. I'm very excited. It's not often that I get to stay home all day without having to go somewhere or other. I'm going to bake cookies and make some more chicken and dumplings. I've put cedarwood, orange, and pine essential oils in my diffuser and I am pretty excited. I might even write a Christmas card or two. I made a couple of pomander balls from Kyrie's recipe and I'm waiting for them to cure. One of my favorite memories of childhood Christmases past.

The rosy-cheeked dollies are dressed in warm sweaters. A few people have written and asked me questions about the dolls, patterns, kits, etc. So, here's my plan: I'm planning to release a pattern for the doll with an outfit, just like all of the animals had. She will also come in a kit form, and you'll be able to choose between two different skin shades and four or five different hair colors. The kit will come with fabric, yarn, and embroidery floss for the outfit, which is likely to be an 80s calico peasant dress with an embroidered pinafore along with bloomers and knitted lace stockings. Then there will be many different new clothing item patterns available, both for knitted and sewn clothes, and maybe even crocheted accessories. So far I've got a wool cape, a cross-stitched peasant blouse, a gathered skirt, knitted cable turtleneck, colorwork sweater, pixie hat, knitted skirt, knitted cowl, and ballet outfit. I'm also going to repackage all of the existing animal-family clothes patterns so that you can buy and make each of them separately. I am outrageously excited about this, if you couldn't tell. Nothing will be available until spring, sometime. It takes a while to make it all happen. But thank you for your interest and I'll keep you posted!

We went to see The Nutcracker downtown this weekend and it really was magical. That picture of the Waltz of the Snowflakes is by Blaine Truitt Covert and I found it online. They are very strict about not letting you take any photos of the performance but years from now when I look back on this post, I will want to remember that stage, and what it was like for us to sit next to our little girl in the dark auditorium with the orchestra playing and glittering snowflakes falling through the air, and all of those ever-lovely dancers twirling. The sweetest dream. A perfect day.

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Merry Christmas! So cute that Amelia has a store like mom!! We made pomander balls every year growing up. I love their fragrance! Sweet memories! The dolls are adorable! Not sure I’m talented enough to make one but they are sweet! Enjoy each day of this season with your sweet family!!

I grew up about 45mins south of Portland and every year of elementary we got on a school bus and went up to Portland to see a matinee performance of the Nutcracker. So fun. I finally got my girls to their first professional performance of the Nutcracker last winter and it was magical.... Enjoy your holiday season!

Oh my gosh!!! You have outdone yourself with this post---- every picture is so particularly magical! Have a wonderful holiday! p.s. Can't wait for those dolls 😘😘

This whole post evokes a wonderful sense of Christmas. The photos are so lovely. Your choice for the Christmas card is perfect because her face is perfectly sweet and innocent. I look forward to the doll patterns, all of the kits, really. As always, thank you for sharing.

I've been looking at your photos a lot- I am in the thick of things with the Thomas Fire here in Ventura Co CA- usually I am just a bit jealous in the Winter of those with rain and snow and seasons.... now the smoke and friends losing houses make me want to hibernate even more- thank you for the loveliness!

Every child should have parents like you all. Today’s posting gave me serene Christmas feelings. Thank you!

December at your house exudes a warm glow, and just these few peeks I'm sure have raised my own body temperature a notch. Thank you for sharing, and I wish you a continuation of the winter coziness.

I have officially decided that you should come to my house and decorate for me so it is as cozy as yours. Is that a Waldorf celebration of Santa Lucia? The Nutcracker! I love it so much. My daughter danced in our local one 2 years in a row. It was just as magical seeing the behind the scenes as you could imagine. Have a wonderful Christmas!

LauraInSacto says: December 14, 2017 at 09:06 AM

Maybe Amelia is on to something....perhaps you really should have a shop for REALS!

Your pictures and words make me feel warm and cozy. Thank you so much for sharing with us. It's been a rough year, and your blog is a bright spot that reminds me of the peace and beauty that are still here.

Do you have a chicken and dumplings recipe you could share? I searched a bit and found your mom's chicken paprika - is that the one you usually make, or do you have another?

Thank you again for allowing us a peek into your beautiful world.

Happy Holidays!

As usual, your photographs are magical. I haven't checked in with your blog for a while, and I'm amazed at how much Amelia has grown and how beautiful she is. Merry Christmas to you and your little family!

so many beautiful moments. i love the way you share them! i have snowy day stamps on my christmas cards as well :) the sweet little things that join us all. merry christmas paulson family!

Love how you capture the joy of the holidays and the magic and share it with us! I've only heard of the oranges that are poked with cloves - I'll have to google a picture of a pomiander - and it'll be on my to-do list for next Christmas. Can't wait for the dolls and clothes - yay!
Merry Christmas to all of you!

I wish I could come to that little shop! The attendant looks so pretty! (But 6 am is a little early for me to be out shopping.) Hope you're having a lovely week. Thanks for sharing your life with us!

Those dollie jumpers are adorable, never more excited for spring now! I love Amelia's shop and how she is sitting there so purposefully. I think she might be an entrepreneur like her mama! Amazed Amelia sat through The Nutcracker. We always wanted to take our daughter but it never seemed a good idea as she freaked out in the cinema and we couldn't go for years! Now at 17 I think it would be her idea of hell but I love it.

so very very hygge! Thank you for sharing the beauty this past 2017!

I love the idea of a doll kit! Only I am not sure if I want it more for myself or my little girl - she is a month older than Amelia so it is so interesting to read about Amelia and her adventures :)
Merry Xmas to you and your family!

I have been reading your blog for years and love the glimpses into your lovely home. I like how the photo of Mimi's room shows the inevitable "stuff" that kids add to our homes. My girls also have those foam "squishies" and a collection of frames made from foam stickers. Also, the ever growing collection of plastic water bottles and cups. As well as beanie boos, rainbow looms, fidget spinners, slime (have you heard of this craze?) and it goes on and on. With three girls who are all a bit older than Mimi, we have so much of it! I remind myself that these things are important to them and that this is only a short period of time that I will have so much of this in the house. But, aside from the clutter, I have environmental issues with so much plastic and it makes me batty. Would love to read a post about how you incorporate these things into your beautiful home. It does end, though. My 13 year old wanted plaid throw pillows for her room to replace the cotton candy scented ice cream cone and cupcake she had on her bed. Happy Holidays to the Paulsons!

Lovely post! I see the dolls are ready and so cute! Love all these photos! Wishing you and your family a blessed Christmas time!!!

The snowflakes fluttering through Keller Auditorium is one of my very favorite moments of the year - the sparkling flakes and my three girls who never seem to get tired of it.

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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.