Fairy Godmothers

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31wallpaperWhen I was a child, my father was a working musician. He had been playing music since childhood, as had his father (who was a longtime member of the Italian American Musicians Association in Chicago, and let me just tell you, if you were looking for an incredible summer barbecue to go to in the 70s, this annual party was the best  -- Italian food and accordion players and old Italian ladies in black shoes and men in suspenders, dancing -- what I wouldn't give to have one of those Saturdays back!). My dad's band, UFO (not to be confused with the more famous UFO, who later, according to Dad, bought the name from my dad's band) was the house band at the Palmer House Hotel in Chicago during the 60s and 70s, and my dad was away most weekend nights, playing there and later at various venues all over Chicago. He did this for years, from before I was born until I nine or so. I was babysitting at my sister's this past weekend and they were playing the only original album my dad's band had recorded in 1964, a demo, made when my dad was only 19.  It was the first time I'd heard it, and I could not believe how cool it was. I need to ask my mom more about this, and see if I can find a picture of those guys, wearing their space-suit sort of outfits, surrounded by their go-go girls.

31bunny_1 But at the Palmer House in the 60s was a woman named Dr. Nakutis who was very good friends with  my parents. When I was born, they asked her to be my godmother. I really never knew her; she was much older than my parents and she died when I was pretty little. But I do remember one really magical thing that happened. One snowy night I was at my next door neighbors'. My parents called and told me to come home. When I walked in, the front room was filled, and I mean filled with presents, covering the floor, almost to the front door. Dr. Nakutis had brought me some things for my birthday! It blew my mind then, and I still remember it. Everyone was so excited. I believe Dr. Nakutis was Lithuanian, and her presents were of the expensive, European variety: Steiff teddy bears and Hummel music boxes and smocked, Polly Flinders dresses. I still have a lot of them, and they are even better now.

31necklace When these lovely things come to me in the mail, I am reminded of  Dr. Nakutis and the presents every time. In the past couple of weeks, these pretty things have arrived, and I've wanted to wait until I had a sunny day to photograph them. At the top, a package of dreamy, dreamy, dreamy vintage wallpaper pieces from my original, most-sweet ever-humble fairy-blog-godmother, Pam. She might not like being outed like this, but if you remember this box of wonders, you'll see what I know: This girl has got my number sooooo bad. I had to put these with my vintage tissue bells, they matched so well. See the door behind the mannequin in the post below? About to be patchworked in vintage wallpaper. I'm actually terrified of wallpaper in general, and have never actually put it on a wall, but there is no way this stuff is not going up. My tendency would normally be to hoard such a collection, but I'd rather look at it every single day. Man, I hope I don't mess it up.

31callybox_1Then there is the sweetest little flannel calico bunny from Beki. She is so so so happy in our guest room, and I know one little guest who is going to adore having her company when she sleeps over. Beki told me that her daughter had named her kitty "Alicia" but then changed it to "Keisha" -- she is quite specific in her names, apparently. (Maybe she could help all of us business namers, eh?. . .) I forgot to ask Beki is she had asked her daughter the name of the bunny again. I know that my niece will want to know. Beki is about to have a baby in about five minutes so how she has time to make stuffies is amazing to me.

The wonderful necklace is from Maize. She makes this amazing jewelry from silver recycled from film. She says that it is extracted, ground down, mixed with a binder, then fired in a kiln, and is the purest silver you can get. The back of this charm says "Cherish." It's just lovely. And I don't think we've ever had anything with our names on it before.

31cdThe covered box of treasures is from the illustrious Cally, who just said today that in her first month of blogging she has written 73 posts. Cally makes me laugh just about every day. I'm completely charmed by her, and this photo of my Cally-caramel box really does not do justice to how sweet and special every single thing in it. The girl likes little, little things. The bird pin is felted, the cards are stitched, the birdcages and teacups -- I don't know how she does these. They're beautiful. And there is an annotated list of everything in this little box, which is probably five inches in diameter. Beautiful.

Lastly but not leastly, a mix CD from Leslie, who asks, "Is there a moment quite as keen/Or memory as bright/As light and fire and music sweet/To warm the winter's night?" And, I can tell you, it sounds just as wonderful in spring. Take it from a musician's kid.

Thank you, everyone. Wow. Thank you!

18 comments


Fairy god mothers are a must in this world. A girl can't have to many of them...it looks like you have some very special friends...priceless treasures...enjoy!

Great Story - how could you forget a pile of sky high presents?

Gorgeous, gorgeous. What a lovely reminder of how you touch other peoples lives!

What gorgeous things!! clever ladies - must be so touching to know you inspire people like u do!!
My hubby and I have 4 godchildren and we love them so much! For us its a real honour to be asked to be a godparent and they mean the world to us!

And THANK YOU! I received your package today - you are too much. I plan to hang it in my studio, if I ever get that room finished. I did want to tell you that I asked Lily if the bunny had a name, she thought for a second, then told me that the bunny's name is "Angelina". I was quite impressed.

Lucky, you have the best fariy Godmothers!! You must have been born with a star above your head! Of course your blog is a wonderful star too...but I think it goes back to a time when the gold dust was being sprinkled, you must have been right underneath the pot!

What a sweet post. I feel speechless and am in such awe of you.

As you know, my collage is on my studio wall.

There is strength in numbers.

ROCK ON!

Maize

I wish I could take credit for that quote - I'm embarassed to say that I can't remember who wrote it! I am so pleased that you are enjoying the music.

Friendship is a funny thing - how you do something from your heart without expecting a thing in return. And then a beautiful (red!) collage turns up at your door on a rainy day. How connected we all are.

Thank you Alicia!

that some amazing mail you have there. with all of the goodies you receive, i think that you have thank you-ing down to an art form. ;) great post!

Love your blog. Thanks for the wonderful eye-candy photos of your goodies from your friends. You have such a delicious personal palatte!! I'm posting to tell you congratulations on your bit in Romantic Homes! Fun to see a name I knew even if it is just through a blog!!

lots of lovely things. Your aprons are beautiful as well.

I had so many comments and emails to respond to on saturday I never got time to read your blog, and now I know why, they all found me through you!

I'm so glad you like your package, I get so nervous making things for people I've never met. Thanks for making me a written part of my favourite blog.

Actually, I wanted to say, MrP heard a thing on BBC Radio 4 about the BLOOKER prize, an award for people who's blogs become so well developed they end up as books, which I am still convinced yours will. And then you could win the prize!

I loved hearing about your Dad and the godmother giftgiver, wow.

Love your blog. Always full of the most delicious things.
Mia

wonderful goodies! thanks for sharing!

Wow....lucky you!
LOve the necklace - very cool Alicia ;o)

Oh wowwwww, I can't believe it took me this long to stumble across your fabulous blog! Oh my goodness, what to look at next! Everything in this post is just GORGEOUS. :)
MissMeshell xx

What lovely goodies! I was lucky enough to meet Pam in person last week at ArtFest and now I have a vintage wallpaper pack of my very own. I'm fairly new to blogs and you and Pam and a few others are my absolute favorites for bringing beauty and sweetness to my day. Thank you..!

LOVE your site!
Your pics make me smile...
I love vintage anything... I just posted my collection of PYREX... makes me so happy!
Keep posting!

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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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