This and That

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Thank you so much for all of your kind words about the new ornament collection. Thank you, thank you! I'm very excited that you like them. I will put them on sale tomorrow morning, Thursday, October 3. Just come here to the blog and I'll have all of the photos and links and information right here.

I've been tucked in the office for the past few days, really digging into this project that, up until now, Greta has spearheaded. It feels really good to be back in the office with the girls (we have backup this week, too!), listening to Pandora, soaking up the occasional sunshine coming in through the skylights, getting soaked by the almost-constant rain when we take the recycling out, getting frequent visits from Amelia as her dad or her grandma bring her in to say hello, eating breakfast at my desk, singing every word to "Wagon Wheel," Andy pulling late nights listening to old Willie Nelson concerts assembling Ice Skating Afternoon kits and texting me (upstairs in bed knitting) frequently about how much fun he was having (not kidding — hilarious), and also texting me a long list of ways we could improve the ergonomic correctness and general efficiency of our system. Ha! Kinda reminded me of the old days, when he and I did everything ourselves. I don't think things have changed that much, really. We just do different things now, and we have Amelia here, who makes everything wonderful. I had to re-photograph all of the kit photos for each collection yesterday, and spent a little bit of time with each ornament, remembering how each of them came about over the years. I really love them. They have been a pretty big part of our lives these past six years, actually.

Over the weekend, it seriously poured. Wind, rain, wind, rain. We had a great, sopping-wet time despite it at the flock and fiber festival with Amelia's birthgrandparents. Ten minutes after we got back home the power went out because of the storm, and was out most of Saturday afternoon, until early evening. It was kind of nice not to be able to work, especially because Andy was home, too. I took a long candlelit bath, and Meems came in with me at the end. The girl loves water and I love playing in the water with her. I got to sit on the sofa-bed and read Vanity Fair (the magazine, not the book) while she napped beside me. When the power came back on on Sunday, Andy went to work and Amelia and I cooked. Butternut squash macaroni and cheese (I kinda made it up), black bean soup, no-knead bread. Our friend Sarah came for lunch on Monday. I bought a reproduction of a painting by Edward Hicks called David Leedom Farm, 1849. I love it. It's over my dresser. At night I've been working on the little sweater coat I've started for Amelia. I'm planning to line it with flannel. The pantry is installed and finished and I literally haven't had any time to stock it. Big preparations are underway for Amelia's birthday party. I really just can't believe it's been a year. Sweetest love, a whole year.

***To those that have asked about the book with the lamby pattern, it is I Love Patchwork by Rashida Coleman-Hale. I'll tell you more about my lamb after I give it to Miss Mimilove.


absolutely delightful!

my baby girl will have her first birthday in a couple of weeks and I can't believe how fast passed this year too!

sweet images as always here, thank you for sharing so much kindness.

love from México

I love coming here for a great big doses of joy in your everyday wonders of life. Thank you for sharing all of it.

Cannot believe it's been a year either. It has been so nice to you three being a sweet, sweet family! I see someone is reading an Agatha Raisin book!! I love M.C. Beaton. The Hamish MacBeth's are also wonderful!! Your food looks yummy delish! Ready for a little fall rain here, maybe some this afternoon. Will be good for my fall garden. Blessings to you all!!

I can't believe it's been a year either! She is such an adorable bug!

How did the butternut mac and cheese turn out? I love squash and pumpkin mixed in with things so that sounds tempting. Mac and cheese is so wonderfully flexible. I should start figuring out all the yummy variations possible.

The kitty in all the fabric is adorable. I think that is a new Posie Gets Cozy stock photo!

I can't believe Amelia is turning one! It seems like we were just ohhhing and ahhhing over her infant photos. She is absolutely adorable. You even make birthday announcements look! I am a HUGE fan of Agatha Raisin and wait with baited breath for her newest one (read them all, including Hamish Macbeth). So good!

*H*A*P*P*Y* * *B*I*R*T*H*D*A*Y*!*!*!* to Amelia.. just think, she had thousands of people who love her too! I made an apple pie yesterday, or "we" did.. I just posted about it. I made it in my cast iron pie pan.. :-) Next will be to make homemade pumpkin pie. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Sweet birthday wishes ~ and a celebration that matches the happiness and light she's brought into your lives.

Alicia, thank you... for every post, and every image, for consistently being a gracious example of living in the moment, enjoying those moments, and inspiring me to do the same. You raise the bar, truly, and restore my fond desire to do good.

Where is the sheepie softie from? I love it!

Sarah Andersen says: October 02, 2013 at 12:56 PM

Your invites look amazing;)) what's the book your using for the little lamb? Live up in Seattle and if you feel like driving up here to cook for our Fam I'll take it,,, food looks so yummy ;D

Bravo to "Nathalie, the chicken blogger" who said it just exactly right!!!!! ---- you, Alicia, do live in the moment and have taught the rest of us to see the way...... xox

You are reading Agatha Raisin!! I love those books!! Happy Birthday to the truly beautiful and scrumptious Amelia! Cx

I cannot wait until October 3rd..yet today the second..was awesome.
I love Amelia..
And my four grandsons would too.

Oh my goodness! Amelia is one? My dear sweet mother in law always was wistful when our kids were growing up. She would say, "you had better put a brick on her head so she doesn't grow up so quick"! ...funny. lots of love and happiness to you all!

Butternut squash mac and cheese - mmm.

There's just so much warmth and goodness in your photos - I'm just home from a too-quick holiday to the beach and feeling rather glum as the rain pours down outside - now you've inspired me to cook! Your wee invitations look so sweet! Love the painting, love the cover on that Agatha Raisin book. And it's so lovely that you've been blessed with Amelia - so lovely.

Oh how the time flies. And yet it seems as though she has always been there with you. A paradox. Beautiful photos, and such a beautiful painting. I can see why you like it. Glad you are all staying cosy in out of the rain. Hope you have a good weekend.

oh my, how can she be turning one? if i feel that way, i can imagine how you feel. your little blue coat is precious....and that lamb. the invites make me's always the same...a delightful visit.

So much sweetness and good here.
I LOVE the kitty snoozing away in your scraps, thats how it goes here too.
Man a year flew by, I can't believe how time went so quickly this year. I know her b-day will be a celebration filled to the brim with love.
Yes, omgoodness that lamby is so sweet!! Ugh, I will never grow to old to love a stuffed animal.
enjoy all that pure autumn happiness for me. I miss the wet rainy Octobers so much it hurts.

A Year already - WOW! Happy Birthday to miss Amelia ♥ her invited look sweet at can be.
BTW I think your next book should be a cook book - everything you make looks so amazing.

Happy Birthday to your sweet, little blessing!
The food photos look absolutely delicious!


jademichele says: October 02, 2013 at 04:27 PM

Happy Birthday to your sweet little girl! it is so kind of you to share your joy with all of us- i remember sitting here,so teary,reading about her and seeing those first photos you posted! God bless you and your lovely family.

I am celebrating with you and yours still :) Happy Birthday to Amelia! I have a little Grand who is almost 16 months months and we are expecting to welcome her little sister, Rosie in three weeks, which helps me to keenly relate to your delight in Miss Mimi.

You were very brave to make it to OFFF ! And I am so pleased that your lovely Posie business is thriving, Alicia :)

Gracie xx

PS I am trying the new Apple radio ap and am enjoying it as well as Pandora.

Wow, look at all of that flannel. I hope you sell a lot of kits; they're wonderful. Each year is cuter than the last I love M.C. Beaton books as well--aren't they such a joy to read? Congratulations on your soon to be one-year old girl.

Beautiful preparations. I am really eyeing that lamb, since my eldest babe, at age 11, is a sheep lover. Too sweet!

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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