Midsummer Magic

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Oh, in the midst of summer! What a lovely weekend it was: glorious weather, great fathers and grandfathers, a festival, lazy mornings, good company, good food, tiny lights, sun spots, a picnic on the hill, cool breezes through the pine trees, ukelele songs, a wedding in the distance, baby singing, bright nights, rose mallow blooming, a sleepy kitty in my spot on the chaise, a baby bunad, a band playing. Birds singing. A blue jay that visits us in the back yard lately, making me feel like little Mary Lennox. I was buzzed by a hummingbird. Oh, June. You've been so good to us, June.

***I will definitely tell you about the dress and the lights when I have a minute more to write. And to make the daisy chain you just pick a bunch of little daisies that grow in the grass at the park, keeping their stems as long as you can. Braid the stems tightly together (with the flowers at the top), adding new daisies in when you have about an inch or so of stem left on the previous daisy. The stems are flexible so just tie the end of the chain gently to the beginning flowers when the crown is big enough. Place on baby and kiss one thousand times.


Kathy, FRANCE says: June 18, 2013 at 01:37 PM

What a delightful post! the piture of Amelia with the carrier bag is adorable!!

What a lovely little family you have! ENJOY!

Beautiful pictures, so full of life and love. The festival looks lovely and your garden looks particularly dreamy here

Oh my gosh she is such a beautiful munchkin/fair maiden..with her daisy chain Maypole tiara!
Love her..and that dress?:)

Magnifique et mignonne !
I never tire of dimpled fingers:)
Or rose pins in hair dos:)

Elle est belle belle belle.

What an adorable little bunad! My husband, My little girl and I all wear ours on our constitution day and for weddings and oter big occations, my girls have bunads like the red plaid one in one of your pictures (the skirt has stripes). So nice to see that they are in use in the US as well. I look forward to hearing the story behind your daughters bunad!

Oh, what a magical summer weekend! Amelia is the sweetest ever in that little precious dress! And your backyard and lights are just perfectly beautiful and magical! Ahhh... summer is finally here!!!

Beautiful photos as always, i love the daisy chain and new dress, cant wait to hear about it. If you have time i have some bunny pictures on my blog ready to pin? Thank you sarah x

She is the sweetest little baby girl in all the land. My little strawberry blond dumpling is the sweetest little baby BOY in all the land. Aren't we lucky?! Wow. Life is so precious.
*so looking forward to stitching up my bunny kit this weekend!

pure bliss!! xoxo

karen on bainbridge island says: June 18, 2013 at 02:06 PM

That daisy chain is the most adorable wreath on the most adorable head.

I would kiss those smoothy little cheeks also. Just too adorable!

Stop it! Baby in a daisy wreath? I really can hardly handle the cuteness. There is no way that I can possibly convey to you how much I enjoy the photography in your blog; just seeing them makes me feel a little cooler here in Florida. And I just knew that Amelia was going to be the best dressed little girl ever. She's getting so big!

*Adorable* baby bunad, Alicia! Your interest in Scandinavian heritage is an added pleasure for me as I am of both Norwegian and Swedish descent.
You guys can order traditional bunad jewelry for kids too. Check this one out, you will love it: http://www.sando.no/en.html
Sort of related but not really:
Have you checked out Norwegian pulsevarmere for winter? They are wrist-warmer bands with beads knitted in, made with traditional patterns. Not hard to make and very special:

My town has one of the largest Norwegian Constitution Day(17th of May) celebrations in the U.S. The poodle and I went to the preparade activities this year. A lady visiting from Norway said the dog was a (sp?) "feana pudel" Tons of women in gorgeous bunads and men in traditional dress as well. Wonderful to hear the language spoken by my grandparents too.
Amelie looks especially lovely in her bunad. Such a cute lille jente!

OMG. Does that baby have a more beautiful complexion in her white blouse and dark blue/black jumper. DAISY CHAINS, so sweet. Once again thanks for the view, its lovely. With love Col

She looks 2 years old in the pic with her standing. My goodness time is flying
I love that you can still wrap in afghans in june outside!
What an amazing weekend. So full of love and smiles
June has been good. Unseasonably cool here which is a blessing
Not cool enough for outside afghan usage but cooler than normal

catherine.dunster@gmail.com says: June 18, 2013 at 03:08 PM

Lovely, simply lovely! Are you willing to share the source of your padded patio chairs and umbrella? I live locally, in Concordia. Thanks, Catherine

wonderful june I can see in your photos and very lovely baby with Daisy
Paola from Italy

I just love your photographs. The many colors and patterns that blend so nicely in your home, it looks very cozy. And the little one is really growing. Enjoy her time passes so quickly and the baby is gone, hug, hold and kiss every moment you can.

That picture of her smiling down at whatever is in her hands just kills me! So precious and beautiful! What a gorgeous, sweet baby you have.

O.M.G. That dress. Amazing.

Oh Alicia the dress is so beautiful, and looks darling on little miss Amelia :) I can't wait to read more about how you made it.
Nice to come on here to your magical part of the world and get lost in summer splendor. I'm having a lovely day today, as I celebrate my 30th wedding anniversary today, and I received the most thoughtful and beautiful gifts. Coming on your blog for a break today reminds me to slow down and enjoy the delights of midsummer :)

Best daisy chain instructions written to date.

The dress is wonderful!!!!!!!!

Jut love the pics of your sweet girl in her daisy chain crown!

How precious! You do give the impression of living a charmed life.

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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 aliciapaulson.com