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:


I saw the Avetts at the Calgary Folkfest and they were amazing. Totally fuelled my addiction/obsession. Would love to have caught this show!

I like to go to fairs, too. Our fair is not until October. I hope that the weather will be good this year. The crowd is much better if it is good.

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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