Simple Gifts

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Marchprezzies2 Oh joy! A weekend, all to myself! It's 9 a.m. on Saturday, and I am looking at two entire days of puttering, muttering freedom. I haven't a single plan. The house is a little bit clean, even after our little St. Paddy's Day party last night. It's so quiet here now.

Actually, I do have a bit of a plan. I'm going to get my work stuff organized, and then I'm going to make some things for my internet friends. The mail continues to shower me with the sweetest of treasures and kind words and gestures. Sweet illustrated button cards from the lovely sweet Pam, a beautiful note from my dear Chris and Larry, colorful magnets and earrings from sweet Leisl, this gorgeous necklace from Lindsey, the tiny bunny and the loveliest note I think I've ever gotten from anyone from Toni, along with her only pair of striped socks (the brown, pink, and white ones at left), her way, she said, of giving me a hug, "and a tiny kiss on your little black shoe!"

So, you know, that makes you cry. That's just -- well. You know. I think that image will stay with me forever. It keeps rising to the surface of my mind every few hours, and I feel a warm little wave of peacefulness every time. Her own stripey socks, and a tiny kiss on my wonky old little black shoe. Are you a nurse, Toni? Yes -- she's a mom.

Nest1This is the necklace from Lindsey, and I just can't stop looking at it. I actually took it off because I haven't looked at it enough yet. It's so pretty. I wrote Lindsey yesterday afternoon when it arrived and told her that she couldn't possibly have known but I have been looking for the right necklace for myself for years. I never wear necklaces. I've never found the right one. When I unwrapped this nest from it's tiny granny-square packaging, I gasped. It's rare that I'm speechless, as you know, but this beauty speaks for itself. Wow. It's my necklace, the one I've been trying to find.

Do you know the tune to Simple Gifts?

'Tis the gift to be simple, 'tis the gift to be free
'Tis the gift to come down where you want to be.
And when we find ourselves in the place just right
'Twill be in the valley of love and delight.
When -- true -- simplicity is gain'd
To bow and to bend we shan't be ashamed,
To turn, turn will be our delight
'Til by turning, turning we come 'round right.

I know it's not talking about "presents" kinda gifts, but maybe it is. Things get lost and taken away from you. Other things, gestures filled with generosity and grace, come to replace them. The new things are bigger, and simpler, too. For a long time it has seemed like the most important thing in the world is a foot. I could be wrong about that. Thank you for these. I just turned a little bit. I would so much like to come 'round right.


Beautiful again, Alicia. You're a good writer. I link to you in my blog today.

That gift from Toni is just about the sweetest thing I ever heard. Few things make me tear up so early in the morning (except lack of good coffee) and what a truly gift. You deserve it all, you really do enrich our lives more than you know. I have such a crush on you. : )

I just realized I typed in "truly gift" and meant "truly thoughtful gift". Now, where's that coffee (apparently I need more).

wow, alicia. i sometimes worry about how everything in our world is becoming computerized and automated and the resulting lack of human contact. Being a part of this blogging world makes me less worried about that. Particularly when I see something like this: the generosity of people you have never met "in person" and their ability to touch you in such a genuine way. I love that, and it really gives me hope.

Not to minimize the generosity of those who have sent you such heartfelt gifts (honestly I think it's wonderful), but I believe your sweetness and openness inspire people to such acts of thoughtfulness. your kindness has the ability to travel through the internet and touch people in a very real way.

you deserve those beautiful, lovely gifts, and I'm so glad you finally found your necklace. it's gorgeous.

I think in the old Quaker hymn it says "'tis the Gift"--and the definite article there makes it into exactly what you're talking about: a special place of grace. So the song describes exactly what it is to have the Gift--to be simple, to be free, to be humble. Very sweet and very lovely. I want to have that song at my wedding, if I ever get married.

PS: I always enjoy what you say and how you say it.

Ah -- yes. Changing that. Thank you Eireann! I appreciate that!

You really do have a lovely way in your writing. I think it's just a continuation of your spirit which shows in everything you make, photograph, write and portray. Even that picture of your puppy dog eminates a wonderful feeling. I look at it everyday when I visit your blog. He/she is just the most darling poochie.

Man, this week sucked every minute out of it, and not enough of them available for reading my favorite blog. Shoot. Maybe tomorrow I can catch up on your posts. Meanwhile? You give my heart extra beats, if you know what I mean. Mwah.

Alicia, I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoy your blog and your writing (I just accidently typed wiring instead of writing...hmm, I think I might like your wiring, too)
So often, you write things that really strike a chord with me, or inspire me, or make me think differently about something...and oftentimes I want to comment, but I just hesitate because it doesn't seem like there's anything more to be said, nothing that i can say to add to what's already been expressed...If I could somehow comment with just a knowing nod of the head sometimes, I would, or a squeeze of a hand, something more than words....
So, this is my attempt tonight to do a little verbal 'putting arm around shoulders...squeezing..."
Thanks for your posts lately, for the song tonight, which I sang in my head and for all the posie-ness you share with us each day...

Awwwe, I'm so glad you love your necklace :) You took an awesome photo of it, much better than the one I have on my site!!!

All I can say after reading your words is that you must have a very blessed soul. If only there were more Alicias in this world.... thanks for being here.

"For a long time it has seemed like the most important thing in the world is a foot. I could be wrong about that. Thank you for these. I just turned a little bit. I would so much like to come 'round right."


Thank you for your simple gift tonight. It was exactly what I needed :>)

I always love what you say and more importantly how you say it. lovely lady - hugs!

This is an incredible assortment of beautiful thoughtful gifts from a group of extremely talented women!!

My heart plunged when I saw your gorgeous necklace. Luckily, she had one available "Home Sweet Home" on her lovely sight. So, I bought it right away! I am so excited and I wanted to thank you for posting about your treasure. It helped me find one of my own. I hope you don't mind.

Another one of my favorite treasures is your beautiful site. It is an increible source of inspiration!

You always right the sweetest entries! Thank you for giving us a peek into your world! Your openness and honesty are lovely and rare!

wow. that necklace is beautiful. just like your blog :) do you know where your friend got it? (i guess that's a stupid question because it was a gift, duh.) i am very happy for you that you have such a lovely trinket to treasure and wear:)

Of course I just had to go and buy one....they are so beautiful!

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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




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.