Off (Again) to the Country

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From Embroidery Companion

We're headed back out again today, this time to the Oregon state fair. Yippee. I mean Yeehaw. The sun is shining here and it is a gorgeous late-summer day. The fair goes through the weekend if you haven't made it out yet.

Something extremely exciting happened on Tuesday when I got a seeeeeerious, like professional-grade, photo printer with archival-quality ink and all of that. I have been wanting one for several years. I have been playing with it nonstop for the past two days and I am in love love love love love. I think it's time for me to start making actual photo albums again. More on this to come.

I picked up a bunch of bookplate requests from my P.O. box last week — thank you, thank you! — but I've been so busy fooling around that I haven't signed them all yet, but I will this weekend, I promise. I also ran out of books (both of them) because I am a space cadet and can't count, either, but more are supposedly coming today, so all of those will go out tomorrow (promise promise). Sweet Margaret the gardener is giving away two copies of Embroidery Companion if you will tell her how you are transported by gardening — either with real flowers or embroidered — by midnight tomorrow. And, as always, if you would like a signed bookplate for your book, just send me a self-addressed stamped envelope and a note about who to sign it for (and yes, you can certainly request more than one! :-). My address is P.O. Box 33274, Portland, OR, 97292-3274.

Now, Avett Nation: You know I don't want to make you feel bad if you missed Monday night's show at the Crystal, but oh my word. Holy awesomeness. We were literally twenty feet from the stage. There were only 500 people there. The boys were . . . oh man. That was a once-in-a-lifetime show for me, I know that. Our conversation on the way home:

Me: "Oh my gosh."
Him: "Wow."
Me: "That was awesome."
Him: "Oh my gosh."
Me: "Seriously, right?"
Him: "Totally."
Me: "Holy."
Him: "Dang."
Me: "I can't hear anything" [ears ringing].
Him: "What?"

Man. People, if I haven't convinced you yet, if you take one single thing away from ever reading this blog, if you can allow me to give you just the slightest bit of unsolicited advice, please do yourself the biggest favor ever and go see these guys live. It was seriously beautiful to be that close to the stage and look back and see the crowd, singing every word, as we were. I was right next to the curtain that separated all of us from the backstage peeps, and all of the Terra Nova High School kids (the show was a benefit for their farm) were back there, watching. They'd made dinner from their farm for the band and crew earlier. There are some great videos of the show here. JFC, this set list is for you (they covered Woody Guthrie's [very dark] "Portland Town," and there were also a couple of songs ["Let Me Live," "Pretty Girl from Michigan," and "Never Been Alive"] I can't get on Grooveshark).

The Avett Brothers set list, Crystal Ballroom 8-30-10:


thanks so much for the Avett nation list. lol. can't wait to see them in their native NC on my birthday weekend! might even see them again a week later in my VA hometown! you intro'd me to these guys a few years back ... my siblings and their kids thank you too!

A serious thank you for the blogged heads-up about the Avett's show last week. We were there Monday night and it was so. freaking. amazing. We were also way up front by the stage and the energy was just so great.

Thanks so much for the Avett Brothers recommendation, Alicia - I am just about to buy some of their albums from emusic (yay) and am so excited to listen to something new and beautiful!

I'm sure you've seen this article in today's paper but I thought it was very sweet:

If you want the clipping we get the paper and I'd be glad to pass it on. There are some nice photos!

Splendid! I needed an afternoon soundtrack as I'm trying to wrap up the work week. This works.

I had never heard of the Avett Brothers. You mentioned (mentioned, right)and I listened. Then I went to Youtube and listened and watched. I am in love. What more can I say? Except that "I and Love and You" is my favorite song now. I can also say Thank you.

It's so cool that you can put a playable songlist on your website. I've been listening to your Avett Brothers playlist for the last hour, and it's wonderful! I may have to go get their CD now. :)

Oh I love the Avett brothers! They'll be in my town next month and I've had my ticket forever :) Good stuff.

I'm a little jealous after reading about the concert! My husband and I love the Avett Bros and listen to their music all the time. It’s one of the few bands that we never grow tired of hearing. Our three-year-old is even a huge fan. His favorite song is"Die Die Die”. Weird? Maybe. It’s hilarious when he sings it. I’m glad that you guys had an amazing time. It sounds like the perfect concert. I wish I could have been there. We missed them when they were in Texas. Thanks for sharing the playlist!

hello alicia,

in a sort-of related note ...

i received my postcard today announcing your new book. the card is perfection: the image, the layout, the font, the sly peek at toys on a shelf.

i am placing that card on the memory board over my desk as my motivation, inspiration, ... posie-ation!


Loretta Beaumont says: September 04, 2010 at 08:22 AM

Didn't know you were a fan of the Avett Brothers. I first heard them streaming from the Newport Folk Festival. Saw them live in LA two years ago and my love and I follow them - they are "our" band! Nothing like them!

I"ve loved your blog for years! You certainly fuel my creative urges. Thanks for that.
Hey, the Avett Brothers were featured on CNN on line this very morning! Did you see the video segment?

So many cute outfits.

Love the Avett Brothers!, one of the bands my daughter and i agree on. I missed them when they were here in Santa Barbara, but my daughter went and assures me I MISSED it.

I'm looking forward to your new book, i love to embroider (and i loved your first book!)

Oh Boo Hiss on you! I love the Avett Bros and have for many years. I don't think they'll ever make it to Australia and even if they do I doubt they'd make it over to my side of it...although Calexico (who I also love) have come twice recently so I'll keep my fingers crossed. Also if Iron & Wine and The Besnard Lakes would also please come...

Can I ask what kind of printer you got? I'm in the market for a new one.

We experienced the Avett Brother's live last Friday and Oh my what a passionate group of musicians can't wait to see them again. Can't seem to get enough of them

Glad you get a break and off to the fair. I hope you take lots of pictures!

Love the colors in your photograph. Is it taken against your new blue wall? It's beautiful!

I used to go see the Avetts at Stillwater Taproom in Augusta, GA when they were just getting started- it was a very intimate setting and those memories close to my heart. They still have a huge fan base here. Glad you got to enjoy them up close and personal, it's the best way!
I always enjoy your blog.

Hi Alicia,

Thanks for sharing! I also want to share something with you. This month's issue of American Art Review Magazine features an article called "Schoolgirl Embroidery from the Connecticut River Valley." It outlines the unique set of conditions that led schoolgirls in this part of the country to produce detailed samplers and other various types of needlework. Apparently, the needlework from the Conn River Valley Needlework is different from other needlework in New England. There are lovely pictures of the finished pieces dating back to the 1700's.
Just thought you might be interested in it.
Take care,

I'm listening to the new Avett Brothers album right now! Love it! I bought Embroidery Companion and over the beautiful-weather-here weekend tried embroidering (when I wasn't playing outside with my fiance and dog) for the second time. The first time I tried it was ribbon embroidery and my grandmother helped me, so that's a nice memory. Thanks for such beautiful projects and friendly directions!

I too love a State Fair, as well as County fairs. The sounds from all the rides, the smells from the food vendors, and of course the people. I especially enjoy it when the fair is in the early fall time when there is just a slight nip of coolness in the air. It is very refreshing after a long, hot summer.

Thanks for the trip down memory lane.

You prompted me to finally line up a sitter for the Avett concert in Oct. Aren't they amazing live? We discovered them 4 years ago at a festival and have been hooked ever since. Amazing as the CDs are, they don't hold a candle to the live show. Crafts & Avetts, what's better?

Whoa, that is an awesome setlist. I've seen the Avetts twice now...can't wait for the next time!

I hope that you have a great time at the fair. I love to get outdoors and smell the food cooking and the animal hay and feed. I hope that you get to use your new toy soon, too. Check back with you later. I know that you will be sharing all of the fun things that you did.

I cannot thank you enough for writing about the Avett Brothers; you were so persuasive I got hold of the album "I and Love and You" and where have they BEEN all my life? Lucky for me, they're playing Radio City in October. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

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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