Winter Spring

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Thank you for all the nice house tour comments! You guys are all so sweet. So sweet. Thank you. I guess our house has changed quite a bit since we started redoing things last year. Redoing the windows and then the bathrooms was a pretty major event for us. We were not redoing-type people but now maybe we are a little bit. Not much, but a little bit, I guess. Good changes. It kind of made me want to do a before-and-after photo kind of thing. I have a photo album of the very first pictures we ever took of our house twelve years ago when we bought it. It was early spring — March and April — when we moved in. We were so happy. The first day we got there there was no furniture yet or anything. There was a fireplace and an area rug. Neither of us had ever had a fireplace before. I remember Andy built a little fire and I took a nap on the floor in front of the fireplace. When it was time to go back to our apartment for the night, we didn't know what to do with the fire, which was still going, so Andy picked up the burning log and ran with it through the living room and out the front door and then threw it into the front yard. Then hosed it down. I was still lying on the floor the whole time laughing so hard, thinking, I don't know what you're supposed to do with it but I'm pretty sure that's not it. Oh man. Still cracks me up so bad.


Wow - I hadn't checked in in awhile. Glad I did or I might have missed the house tour. Such fun. My favorite pic is of the home's heart on Mt. Hood - the very last shot. Priceless.

Mary Deckert says: January 27, 2012 at 09:57 PM

Three things: 1)your fireplace is so beautiful. What are the roses made of? I've never seen anything like it. 2) love the door to your deck. 3)I'm in total agreement with comment above about not knowing what my style is. You seem to have refined your style and it's so lovely. I'm all over the board and need help.

Oh my goodness, I am still laughing! That is such a cute story, and I can just picture it happening!

Alicia, your home is so cozy and your sister did such a nice job on the tour...thank you for sharing with us. I love all of your needlework and sewing as well...and you have a darling pooch. My father has a saying ..."if you play with fire, you'll pee in bed"...hope that didn't happen to Andy:)

The house tour very inspiring - lovely atmospheric photos and nice to see all the winter touches you have there. Now I had better go and do a bit of tidying myself! Not my forte I'm afraid :o)

Couldn't help myself, had to laugh,too! Hope he knows a better way by now. :-)

Alicia ~ I enjoy your posts very much. They always brighten my day. Do you know any history about your fireplace? It is charming with the rose vines...I have never seen one like it. Loved the home tour. Warmest regards ~ Leslie

That is really funny... what a picture!

May I ask... if you remember it, what is the color of paint you used on the wall where your fireplace is? It is just beautiful. We're not really re-doers either, but are going to try a little work on our kitchen. I love the serene feeling of that gray. Thanks!

I love your pics! I work in the mental health field and it would be great to have pics just like yours- really nice and large in my office and place of employment. I say this because I find something soothing and calming in your pics. They have become my form of therapy! So thank you for my therapy- lol!

This blog is my therapy, as well. I am hooked and check every day!

I've just taken the tour and enjoyed it immensely! Just one thing Alicia - you know the little red shelf with the horses on top - why don't you turn that horseshoe underneath the other way up? It'll keep all the luck in the round bit at the bottom that way - or at least that's what my Mum used to say. We all need to hang on to our luck! BTW - you've got a beautiful home, you two.

Well, it's a wonder you didn't burn the house down on your first day there! :)

What' lovely pictures and a nice blog, it leaves a peaceful feeling.

Gee whiz, there is always something so darn calming about your phtos I can imagine a serene sense of peace in your home Somehow I just cannot explain to my cats they need not rearrange bureaus and countertops constantly :} I visit here often and adore it

Love these photos. Love your little spoiled pupprs in the blankie.
xo, Cheryl

I love how silver everything looks in this photo series.

Yes, you must absolutely keep that book I sent. It will get used. I just know it. xoxo

Love the pic of your little tart pan collection. Love the burning log story, too :)

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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.