Getting There?

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Whooooosh! That was spring "break." Yes, it almost broke me! Firstly, when I scheduled the shipping of kits, I forgot that spring break was the same week. Secondly, I thought, up until 8:00 this morning, that they went back to school today, but they don't. (Thank you, Joyce.) Thirdly, I did assemble and ship all of the Time of Flowers kits last week, and the last batch is going out to the post office today. And fourthly, the house is trashed. Like — I don't even know. It looks ransacked. I was going to clean it today while Mimi was at school but, as above, it's still apparently spring break until Thursday, so no go. Also, broken dryer that has finally bitten the dust, so: laundromat. Etc. Life! :)

Nevertheless: THANK YOU GUYS for all of the Time of Flowers kit orders! Oh, my heart swells when I pack the orders. So many familiar names, year and year. I'm so grateful to you for all of your support. Thank you. I have 56 extras that are in the shop right now. I will be working on my cross-stitch post and releasing the PDF-only option later this week, when Mimi does actually go back to school and I have a minute. But for now I truly hope you enjoy working on these kits and I sincerely thank you so much for your orders and your interest. Summer and fall designs are swirling around in my head and I have loved every minute of working on this series so far, with more to come.

Also swirling around in my head are . . . I don't know . . . a million things. Andy took a week off a few weeks ago and completely cleaned out our basement. It (and he!) is spectacular. Next up is my office and our "annex" office, which is where I store a lot of Posie stuff, including floss, yarn, fabric, packing supplies, works in progress, so much stuff. I've kind of been in a state of . . . I don't even know what to call it. Sort of a mania, I think. I'm changing as Amelia changes, I think. Her independence literally grows before our eyes. And as it does, I'm discovering new things for myself, as well. It's a seriously exciting time, but it's also, like, weirdly uncomfortable. I have a million ideas I want to pursue, but I need to totally reorganize my office first. The things in these small spaces that once served me — really, for the seven years (I think?) since we last re-did the office — just aren't serving me or my current interests right now. So I want to repaint (what color?) and remove things that I'm just not working with currently, and move in the things that I am working with (yarn, dyeing supplies, new doll ideas, etc.). This feels like a huge job. I'm reading the tidying up book and I'm all-in on it, conceptually — it's literally just a matter of finding time. And reimagining a space we've lived in for eighteen years without a major reorganization. So, it's almost like my brain is reorganizing and my space is reorganizing as I prepare for what it will be like to have Amelia go to kindergarten next year. I want to make all of these changes good for our whole family, you know what I mean? And I want to start thinking about it now, and working on it now, so that when we all get to that place next fall we are feeling good and excited and ready for the next phase. I can see that part of me has really been flying by the seat of my pants since becoming a mother, and honestly, I'm ready for things to feel a little more . . . dialed in.

Have you experienced this? I don't even really know how to describe what I'm feeling. I know this is abstract. It does have something to do with the fact that our child is no longer, like, pulling tablecloths off the dining-room table and can, instead, run her own bath. . . . You know what I mean? There's more time to think of things, in a way or, at least, I can see that time coming. . . . Tell me what you think.

***My mom has an incredible blooming yard as well as three chickens, so we have fresh eggs constantly and they are delicious. I love eggs! Also, we went to see The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show by the Oregon Children's Theater and we loved it. Highly recommend for this age.

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Yes, I do think organization comes in time increments. My three granddaughters are entering a new stage and have outgrown so many of the toys I have here in our home for them. Things are being donated or sold on Ebay. The wonderful Pottery Barn children's farm table and chairs were donated too. (A great craigslist find and so sad to see it go!) Now they have a drawer in my new desk for art supplies. New interests and new pursuits. Life is always changing, and I have to be ready for the changes!

KristenfromMA says: April 02, 2018 at 12:20 PM

I always order your downloadable patterns because I have such a huge mountain of stash, but I want to order a kit just so I can get one of those lovely envelopes in the mail. Even your packaging is lovely!

Painting! Never easy but the results are amazing. May I make a pitch for Pratt & Lambert? Their colors are spectacular, the paint has magnificent depth, and while it's a bit more costly, the results are worth it. As for colors, their 'linen' (a golden white that changes color throughout the day depending on the light) on the walls and 'astrachan' (the most subtle and heart-lifting blue) on the ceiling is pure magic.

xoxo

I think I know what you mean. My twins are 13 now, and I have done more 'revamps' of routines, arrangements of furniture, and 'triaging' of toys than I can count. The largest bane of my existence has always been the paperwork that comes with school - and by paperwork, I mean the art work, but also everything else. It seems as though their preschool/elementary/after-school care all felt obligated to send home any piece of paper their hands ever touched (truly - even small scribbles came home with their names dutifully penciled on it), leaving me to eventually sort through it, toss a lot, and try to 'curate' the rest. So I would advise devising a strategy for that ahead of time. I eventually got there, but had to go back and sort through so much, so I wish I'd had it from day one.

Yes, one thousand times yes, I know what you're talking about. We had two babies in less than two years, moved three times during the past four years, and dealt with three major family health crises during the past two. Flying by the seat of my pants and just trying to keep our heads above water. I love seeing my four-year-old son become more independent, and the idea of getting a handle on my life and organizing things and pursuing my interested is amazing... but I also wish I could freeze time and snuggle up and read The Magic Treehouse for the first time a million times more, and see my daughter pedal a trike for the very first time again and again. Best of luck with your office reorganization. Can't wait to buy some of your beautiful new yarn! By the time we get home from our whirlwind Easter trip through the Upper Midwest, my cross-stitch kit should be in our postbox. Something to look forward to. :)

Haha - I hear Connie's advice about prepping for the avalanche of paper treasures that come home from school. Maybe you've already got this going on with preschool. We adopted a 'Marie Kondo' approach with the kids: respectfully acknowledging their work before placing it in the recycling box :) We wrote their name and date on the back of the most joy-bringing pieces and kept in tubs with their names on it which they love to look back on now. [of course many a crumpled scrap was also pulled out of the bottom of backpacks and hidden under newspapers in the recycling without ceremony]

I also love planning and feeling prepared for known times of life change... although doesn't always go according to my planned-out plan. Good luck!

Your pictures make me feel so happy! About house not being a mess... well I can't say, ask me in about 18 years maybe?! : )

I would say beware the false free time of kindergarten! I'm not sure if you are full day or half day kindergartners, but I remember thinking I would have SO MUCH more time when the kids were in kindergarten, and it just wasn't so (even with my last who had full day). What happens is that your after school times get killed with all the things you used to do during the day - dance class, swim lessons, etc. So, some of that afternoon activity (shopping, errands, cooking) gets re-slotted into the day time and BOOM, all your imagined time is sucked away.

You are so sweet, and funny... I am not laughing at you, but with you.
I am reading, and nodding in recognition, and agreement "...flying by the seat of my pants since becoming a mother, and honestly, I'm ready for things to feel a little more . . . dialed in." Oh, yes! Totally! But I've been like this for 27 years (oh my gosh) and my baby just registered for high school (not actually possible, yet true.) I am in no position to offer words of wisdom or sage advice. In fact, I will be watching this space for clues, insight, and inspiration from YOU! My gosh, Alicia... you are soaring, in motherhood, in business, in art and creativity, in sincere and honest living. Thank you, for this~ Carry on!

Also... chickens. Lovely, lovely bonus.

My twins are now 32. Daughter is getting married on May 19th; I just went suit shopping with her "man of honor" twin brother-my heart was full, and then some, as we explained to the salesperson what/why/ we needed.

So many memories flooded my brain at that moment it's no wonder I teared up!

Kindergarten was half-day for my guys, and I went back to work as my Ma retired and she was the one who picked them up from school, etc. As a teacher, I had summers/breaks off with them so that was great-but as one other person already warned, PLAN your time so you don;t get lost in the kid shuffle-and it's really easy to do, even with just one lovely little spunky girl :)

PS- I forget to say that what you are doing right now is "pruning for growth." I use Feng Shui in my home, and FS encourages one to cut clutter to make room for wonderful things yet to come.

Your want/need to change things up is simple growing pains :)

How beautiful the envelopes all look lined up and ready to be off for their destinations! Mine arrived this weekend, and it made my day.

The youngest of my five children turns three tomorrow. I have loved always having a baby in the house, and now I am excited for the next (diaper-free!) step. Independence is a wonderful thing! On the other end of my children is my older daughter, who turns fourteen soon. I love that her interests and mine are similar, so we can collaborate and discuss. It’s such a different kind of joy to “do with” than to “do for” or instruct a younger child. And as all of my children age I’m excited to change our space to reflect their growth! Vicariously excited to see the results of your reorganizing, too!

I was so looking forward to both kids finally being in full time school this year. I planned to work a bit more, revamp the house, be more involved in community groups I love. August, I was totally thrown to be mournful and weepy daily, immediately in the vortex of a midlife shift I’d never seen coming. I packed up toddler dishes and toys while weeping in front of emptied cabinets, turned down work I knew there was no way I wanted to do, immediately did not want to be involved in many things that previously held great meaning. Eight months in and I’m still figuring out who this lady is- the one who has everything she wants. My life was defined by longing and unmet desires. Now, I have it all (great husband, lovely kids, stable finances) and don’t know what to do with myself! A crisis born of luxury, but very uncomfortable nonetheless.

How exciting it was to receive a Posie envelope in the mail right before Easter! But with the busyness of readying for and hosting dinner Easter dinner I put my treasured envelope aside to enjoy after things settled down. So, it awaits to be opened as only this evening is that settling happening. My youngest graduated from college last May, and I am still going through the revamping . . . I miss having my children home all the time. The Lord has truly blessed me with their lives and being a stay at home mom, and I miss those days. Those swirling head ideas? Well, I have too many of those and can't focus on any of them. I want what I do to be done well and God-honoring, but yet I dabble unable to settle in on one or two things. So, I do understand those ideas of which you speak, and yes, it's hard to describe those feelings.

How nice that your mother has chickens! I was wondering if you'd put a chicken coop in your yard. How far from your house do they live? I hope close! Our chickens are laying like crazy. How nice that you can re-do your office.. I remember how pretty it was last time you did some decorating in there. I need to clear out my studio.. but I'm so bad about getting rid of things. I remember the feeling of elation when my 3 kids grew to the point of being more self-sufficient. As an artist and craftsperson I loved being able to do more of my own thing as well as taking care of them. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Every second you spend with that little girl will be worth it. My little girl turned 41 last week. Time does fly by and Mimi will be grown before you know it. So enjoy it all. Time is precious.

Reading this and knowing the feeling!

Agreeing with Kate, yes... time is so precious.

My little girl will be 42 this year and my son just had his 35th birthday. How often do I dream of turning back time to relive precious moments and feel the joy I felt once more seeing them both grow so fast, the relief that came with them becoming self-responsible and independent and even the tiny bit of pain that came in realizing you need to let it all happen.

I wonder if the restlessness is a spring thing? I get itchy myself, wanting to move mountains. My head spins with ideas and I get unsatisfied and figidy when I don't make headway with any of it.

Beth... I feel for ya!

My full respect goes to you, Alicia, with your creativity and passion, reflected in your beautiful home and all you do, most of all your stamina and assertiveness!

So many plans! Excited to see what you do next :)

I just got my kit in the mail yesterday, and even the way it was packaged is just so beautiful. I cant wait to get started!

We love the very hungrt caterpillar in our household, I think it's a favourite worldwide xxx Enjoy the rest of your Easter break xxx My eldest starts secondary school next september here in the UK and I am preparing myself for that next stage xxx

Mothering is ALWAYS about flying by the seat of your pants! But, if there ever was a mother who personified the storybook beauty and perfection of motherhood, and what we all aspire to create for our children, it is you! From the hand made home and the from-scratch holiday meals and decor, to the charming dresses, knits, and toys. Mimi won't even remember how clean or orderly your office was, but she will treasure every moment you spent with her and for her. You'll always be flying by the seat of your pants, but the pants will be hand made and the pilot (and co-pilot) are wise and wonderful.

I ordered the new kit and the winter kit (!) and I can't wait for them to arrive, how exciting.
I'm in a flurry of re-organising and shifting and changing and evolving too. It's actually hard work but I am finding peace in letting go. I'm letting go of a lot, only keeping what brings me joy and things that I truly love. I'll be spending a few Saturdays selling my stuff, at a car boot sale, this spring.
Now if I can just make sure I don't bring anything new home with me, haha.

I recently painted my craft room Gray Owl from Benjamin Moore. Love it! And I truly do love owls so it's perfect for me. Maybe consider what you truly love re paint color for your creative space. And yes I totally get the "manic" feeling you have. It's necessary to coming out on the other side and then you are on your way to fulfillment. I just received your beautiful envelope containing the latest kit in the mail yesterday. I can't wait to get started. Thank you for sharing your wonderful spirit with all of us "groupies"!!

I too am letting go of things. I ask myself the question, “What reflects my life now?” Some decision making is hard, but so far I haven’t missed anything. By the way, I love that women of all ages enjoy this blog!

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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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