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Rainy-day ways: Walking, walking (in any kind of weather). Every morning, we are out, rain or shine. It's quiet, and the birds are singing. The robins hop around in the squelching grass, looking for breakfast. The wind blows the rain from the dripping tree branches, and everything's soaked. It's cold and quiet. You can hear the wind. It won't really be warm for a while, though compared to the rest of the pitiable, winter-locked country, we're balmy and flourescent here. We talk as we walk or sometimes she sleeps, only to wake at the bakery where we frequently have our breakfast (chai, toast, blueberries). She sits in the high chair, watching all the people, occasionally stopping to munch while she quietly watches. She comments: "Uh oh!" if a dish falls. "Hi!" to every and all. "Da!" and pointing at every pendant lamp (there are many — now I notice them everywhere we go, because she does). Signing for "more" (put your fingertips together) breakfast. I drink tea and read my book (my gosh, I had to put down The Little Stranger! Right after the party scene [i.e.: not very far in!]. I was so scared I couldn't continue. You warned me!) while she people-watches, turning her head to follow anyone moving, sometimes just sitting and looking like she's listening to and considering other peoples' conversations, chewing. She loves everything. I love everything with her. Sixteen months. I love this age. Just starting to talk. "Hi baa!" at the store, waving to a bin full of colorful rubber balls. Hi pendant lamp!!! Hi new glasses!!! Hi flower that smells like spring!!! I clip a sprig of daphne to put in a buttonhole on my shirt every morning. She brings me her scarf, her boots. I put them on her and she wears them around the house after we get home.

I'm procrastinating. Taxes, pattern writing I need to do, a yarn order that was received without everything on the packing slip, and a funky, almost-felted cone of sport-weight wool needs to be returned, along with the pajama jeans that are too big and the raincoat that I ordered for myself without realizing it was a kid's coat (what in the world). Also, the Minut lamp for the crocheted lampshade needs to be the large size, not the small — the pattern doesn't specify. Naturally, I bought the small. Instead of doing chores, I sew, and find Simplicity pattern 6713 from the year 1966 to be just about the most perfect shape ever conceived — the circular yoke, the right amount of fullness, such nice angles at the sleeve. I've made it for her before. This time, I used the gray with yellow flowers (from JoAnn's) which was so lightweight it almost felt like lawn. You hand-sew in the bodice lining and the hem at night while watching Psych (and yes, we are crying on the inside during these last six episodes — Andy was seriously disappointed in Wednesday's episode; I was, too, but I think it was just a set up. They have a lot of loose ends to tie up, if they do wind up tying them up. And if James Roday I mean Shawn does not ask Maggie Lawson I mean Juliet to marry him I'm going to start shreiking with pineappled frustration, FYI. Yes, James Roday I want to see TWO WEDDINGS [yours, and yours] come out of these six episodes, dangit!!! Or at least two engagements. C'MON SON!!!)

Now: Bobby and Bibby. The deep-sea diver and the squid. Crocheted by DADDY. Who is also writing an album called The Bobby and Bibby Show, a variety show featuring original songs by every one of the most-loved stuffed animals in the house. Bobby, Bibby, Nighty Knight McNye-t'aghin, Mr. C, Heather, Margot, and Billie. So far. The man is amazing.

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You make me want to do my kids' childhood days again, just so I can copy everything that you do. Mimi is absolutely adorable. I love the toys that Andy made for his darling baby girl. I keep telling my family that we need to relocate to Oregon. I am fascinated by the place, and that picture of the sidewalk with the trees -- heaven.

Such a gorgeous smile!

But please, don't keep us in suspense, we must know more about these fabulous-yet-elusive knitted sock boots! :D

Best wishes from Wellington!

Neasa Hogan says: March 05, 2014 at 02:35 AM

Would you just look at that! Amelia is growing up so brilliantly. It seems you guys have a wonderful, engaged, life together and Baby Sign, I love it, my two littlies did baby sign too and now they are teaching their little cousin.

Bobby and Bibby are fabulous; can I suggest 'Tiddler' by Julia Donaldson as the perfect story to go with them. .

I was awake super early today, 6:30, not by your standards I know! However, finding i had time to spare I read this post in bed with my cup of tea. What a delightful start to the morning!
The dress is exquisite, just perfect for a spring walk I think. Bobby and Bibby are awesome, clever Andy. I can't crochet for toffee. I love the photo of Mimi reaching out for them.
Your cafe breakfasts sound delightful. Baby signing rocks! I loved being able to have conversations from such a young age.

My youngest baby is 17! Oh how I miss those baby days and love hearing about yours.

I do so hope you will share his songs here. One of my very favorite posts contains the video of Clover and Daisy set to his Cavie Creek Scramblers song written in the dentist waiting room. Amazing! My 10 year old daughter often asks to watch it. Love it all!

Janet Coulon says: March 05, 2014 at 07:02 AM

The one and only item in my gratitude prayer today is that you have a blog and share your amazing gift with all of us. I can't tell you how much you inspire me with your words, not to mention all of the beautiful things that you make. Thank you, thank you.

So many beautiful pictures! I just have to say THANK YOU for introducing us to Psych back in the day. It was your blog that caused us to give the show a try and we were instantly hooked!! Our whole family has enjoyed watching it for years now!! We are crying right along with you as it feels like the end of an era :( Love your blog so much and often go back and read past posts when I am feeling down. Have a wonderful Spring :)

There is so much to love about this post...the words, the pictures, the word pictures, her face, the dress, those toys. And he writing an album?! As if you two weren't cool enough already. :)

Love these vintage patterns that you use . So sweet on your little one.

is it any wonder why we are all in love with your life?? cozy, humble beauty abounds every time :)

Every time I look at your posts I can't help but smile... knowing this is the land where my momma lived as a young adult. she moved there fresh out of high school to help her older sister take care of new babies... then she went to beauty school and open her own shop. she talks about the area with such fond memories... my memories are vague at best having only visited a time or two over 40 years ago.

and Amelia... how is it that she is looking so grown-up recently? that she has grown so quickly? 16 months? already? Such a sweet sweet wee slip of a girl!

Thank you for sharing! you truly are an inspiration! whether you realize it or not your charming abode has inspired me to see the potential in our home. so thank you once again!

Gosh -- your posts always make me miss home! I'm a PNW girl, born in Portland, who now lives in the Midwest. Can we send you some snow??? :) My question for you is about the scarf Amelia is wearing with her blue-grey dress. My grandmother made me one like it when I was little, and my aunt has been unsuccessfully looking for the pattern ever since. Now that I have started knitting, I'd love to find it as well. Is it one that can be found on Ravelery or ?? Please advise. Thanks!

OMGoodness! Lady Amelia is walking. Amelia, you and Andy are truly blessed to have this beautiful child in your life.

Thanks for sharing. Enjoy every minute with your sweetie pie. Every walk in the stroller, every giggle, every big eyed wonder, every hug, every slobbery kiss, every chubby cheeked smile. God bless your little family. So meant to be.

I love how the signs of spring are beginning to pop up everywhere. I live in a very brown place during the winter, so I love to see the lushness of your area. Just gorgeous.

Love your blog so much! Lovely photos, Mimi (and her fabulous clothes!) is just scrumptious, and now Bobby and Bibby? Beyond adorable!!

That little western vest is killing me!

She is so adorable and is growing up so fast...just lovely! Oh how I enjoy reading about your days...beautiful photos too!

It bugs me so much that Alice à Paris only goes up to 10 ans and my 8 year-old nearly needs a 14 ans! Thankfully, Il était une luciole has even junior sizes! You might like that shop. They've got beautiful stuff (I actually like it better than Alice) -- and the winter styles are still on sale.

Jennifer Bell says: March 07, 2014 at 08:10 AM

Can't tell you how much I love Amelia's gray and yellow dress!

Oh I want that top! Why is the wardrobe of your girl so much nicer than mine? :)

Gorgeousness abounds in this post. Fabulous photography, a gorgeously scrummy Amelia and inspiration in every image. Thank you, J9 x

If she isn't a fashion statement! The raincoat and boots? I want some..lol! So cute and her sweet dress that you made for her. Is Andy crocheting? Love that man! I faved the diver and octopus. I just tried some amigurumi and loved it. Spring is coming slowly here...the ice/sleet is melting fast as it is in the 50's now. Quite unseasonably cool for the South but I love it all. Happy Springtime!

I'm madly in love with the deep-sea diver and the squid. Thank you Andy, for that! This puts you in the "daddy of the year" hall of fame! I think that's the highest "daddy"award there is!?!

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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 aliciapaulson.com

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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.