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.


Hilarious!!! I needed a laugh and that was a good one! Thanks! (still chuckling.)

Clover looks so worried. Such a good girl.

HI - i just read your sister's blog post and the Houzz post - wonderful but what made my heart stop was Andy's comment;"Actually, I like anywhere Alicia is." - precious - you two are lucky ducks to have such love for each other.

I've decided to unlurk. I have to say that I love the pictures you take. It makes your house and your world, in everyday happenings, beautiful and extraordinary. I'm certain that you life isn't always magical (in fact, I read long enough to know it isn't) however, you manage a beautiful mystique.

Thank you for sharing your life with us in such a marvelous way. Your talent often fills me with admiration and a desire to imitate.

Those are the stories that make for happy and funny memories.

Congratulations on how far you both have come. Well done!

Ha ha ha - now THAT is a great story, love it. I just adore your house - it really does welcome you with a big hug. It is a honor to be able to see all your hard work of the past year - it looks AMAZING. I REALLY want to paint my kitchen cabinets now. And replace my windows. And get new hardwood floors. I live 5 minutes awat from Ikea and I am the happiest girl when the new catalog comes! I just love browing in the marketplace :):):)

Thanks for sharing your beautiful home and heart with us.

Oh - and love that pic of Clover - what a sweet girl.

That's why I like ur blog so much! I am reading from Germany and do not miss any postings from you.
:-) <3

What a great image! I can see it in front of me. Though, now that I think of it, I'm not sure what you're supposed to do with the fire, either. I've never had to leave the house before the fire burned down on its own...never mind the fact that it's been years since I lived anywhere with a fire place. Thank you for the hearty laugh!

The love that you two have spills over in everything you write and photograph... it gives me such peace, happiness and HOPE. God bless you two in crazy, ridiculous amounts. xoxo

I love your house. It oozes comfort and thoughtful details.

Cindy Pittman says: January 27, 2012 at 07:10 AM

What a fun way for "us" to visit your home! It is such a show-quality home and yet totally liveable. Gotta do liveable! My own home has more of the Colonial colors and feel to it and I always have loved that, BUT, as I was admiring your home, I thought, when Gloria marries in 2 months time- I'm going to turn her bedroom into an Alicia- inspired room! Made me happy just to daydream about that.

Any more snow on the way? I'm a real weather bug and after I check our weather, and our college daugher's weather, I check Portland's. Sending snow wishes your way,


Lauren (in PA) says: January 27, 2012 at 07:11 AM

I second Lois' comment...what are you doing with your tart pans?! I have some I'm not sure what to do with!

And I just about snorted diet Snapple through my nose with that story...mostly because I couldn't imagine what the neighbors were thinking!

I have looked at the house tour probably 3 times now- I just love it and find it so inspiring!

If you don't mind me asking, what are your plans for all those little tart pans? My mother in law just gave me some that had been her mother's and I can't think of anything to do with them, other than filling them with stuffing, covering it with fabric and making little pin cushions out of them. Anyone have any thoughts?

aw, what a really sweet memory! we are finalizing a contract on a little cottage in NE portland excited to make memories of our own:).

hahahahahahahaah. A good belly laugh is so gooood.

been there, done that.

The fireplace story is priceless, oh what the neighbors must have thought!...and reminds me of the first night in my house. A friend, Mr Gadget!" and his wife were there and he played with my gas fireplace. They left and I went to bed, exhausted from packing, moving, unpacking, etc. He woke up at six the next morning in a panic that he had not turned the gas off....his wife, my BFF told him it was "too late now!" We laugh about it to this day.
Love your house. Now I must go work on mine.

Linda Heintz says: January 27, 2012 at 10:29 AM

As much as I love your stories & photos, Clovermeadow does it for me. Thanx.

Truly, you guys are adorable.
Thanks for the home tour -- loved it.
Thanks for the tutorial; looks like something I would deeply enjoy -- please now, where do I go to buy "time"?

Thanks, as always, for sharing.

I would love to know more about your fireplace. Those roses left me speechless for a good 10 seconds. :p

Oh, that story is hilarious, and kinda sounds like something Mr. Andy would do, from what I have read about him here in this space over the years! I love the comfort and warmth of your home now. It seems like a place where you would feel both serene and calming, yet with enough beauty around you to inspire. Great job you two!
My husband and I bought our red brick century home eleven years ago. It has taken a lot of gumption, time and love, but it is now finally become the beautiful place we imagined it would be. We have learned so much from the making and doing of it, it has changed us right along with the transformations in the house. I only wonder if we had known it would take this long to get here back then, would we still have taken the plunge? I'm so glad we did!
Thanks for sharing your home and hearts with us everyday.
A love letter from Canada. xo

That cracked me up too, too funny! I've been meaning to stop by properly (as opposed to via the Reader) and say thank you for the cross stitch tute, all looking good so far and looking forward to part 2. Also I loved the house tour. You guys have an amazing space there, I love it so much, v inspirational.

Hahaha. That's such a funny story. It could happen here. What are you supposed to do with it, by the way? You can tell we don't have a fire place here, can't you? :)

What a great memory (I love the ones that make you not just smile, but actually laugh out loud).

Beautiful photos! I have a set of round tart tins that belonged to Richard's grandma. My little sister came for a visit when my girls were young, we made button tarts (a recipe we found in a Victoria Magazine), and had a tea party! It was so fun to dress up and capture photos of it all!

I didn't get a chance to look at your house tour yet. Been feeling a little ill with a viral bug...:/ I will have to go visit your sister's sweet blog and view it.

Happy Friday to 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




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.