The Sweet

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Oh, the luminous, exquisite loveliness of early March. I tried to capture the riotous beauty of our plum tree day by day as she blossomed, her lacy boughs like garlands against the storm-dark skies. Amelia walks around the house in pink ballet slippers (which I've decided must be the best baby shoes ever, as they're the only thing she's never taken, or wanted taken, off her feet). She carries a model horse in each hand. Back and forth, around the table, to the toys, to the door, to the sofa, to the chair, back and forth. It was the sixteenth anniversary of my accident last week, a day which can alternately feel like it was a thousand years ago and then, occasionally, and only for a few seconds, like it was just yesterday. I remember looking up at the sky out the back windows of the ambulance. I remember the trees as we went up the hill. Amelia stops and kisses the little black horse squarely on its baby-mouth-sized nose and makes her humming-kissing noise, holding it out toward me. I try not to explode with secret joy, a charging froth of pink plum petals shooting straight out of my heart. God, how lucky I am. Thank you, thank you. Thank you, God.

Spring does seem to have truly arrived this week. I spent yesterday morning looking at photos of the gardens of Piet Oudolf and dreaming of new borders for our front yard, inspired by his enchanting meadows. It's time to clean up. Our yard is a swampy disaster. I do rush to the clean up because so much is blooming — it's just buried under piles of dead leaves. My 'Minnow' daffodils and my pink woodland violets. My one little hellebore and a carpet of blue vinca. We walk through the neighborhood and look at everyone's parkways. Things are a mess all over, really, though every once in a while we'll come across someone who has already laid a new carpet of compost and mulch, and I love that earthy, strangely medicinal smell. This is my favorite season, this long, chilly, wistful, anxious, shyly budding month of awakening and hope. At night we keep the bedroom window open and can hear train whistles calling off in the distance, and birds waking and singing at the same time as Amelia. In the big bed she stands and pulls on the shade, falling over and pointing, "Buuurdy?" Eyes bright, inquiring. "Tweet, tweet," I say, pushing her hair out of her face. "He's singing to you."

My to-do list is a million miles long. All I really want to do is build block towers, watch movies, sew hexagons together, and plan perennial borders and future rail vacations to Glacier National Park. But: taxes, patterns, logos, floss winding, bill paying, paperwork, blah. I've really been procrastinating lately. Spring forward. I gotta do that!!!


I adore seeing photos of your beautiful life, and your home, and that adorable little girl. She is the sweetest! I love your words today.

She is EXQUISITE. Cheeks to lips to eyes to hair.
Belle belle belle..
My daughters had babushkas.. came with a little purse set from a friend in the USA.. over 30 yrs ago..
I still have to wait for my blossoms..but I know they will come..:)

I don't know the details of your accident and no I am not fishing - my point is only this - You enjoy life so completely that you must have been close enough to losing it to gain new respect. The joy in nature, Amelia, the things you do and the things around you. I have also been in awe of your comfort in your own skin. I wish you much more joy and wonder in your life.

We spent Saturday finishing our yard, all pruned, clipped, trees planted, bushes and lawn fertilized. We're in Reno, it was 75 that day.
And we're moving to Portland this summer to live nearer our son and d-i-l, if the house sells here. I love your posts, I get to see what things look like in every season, so we will know what we will be getting when we live there.
Thank you for posting all your wonderful pictures and stories!

I love, L O V E, that first photo. It reminds me of Vincent van Gogh's Almond Blossoms. And your new quilt is coming along ever so nicely!

As usual . . . love every bit of this . . .

Your photos as always are stunning, and as for Amelia, well she is just beautiful. Thank you for sharing
Caz xx

The combination of Amelia being an absolute DOLL and your eye for photography makes your blog my favorite :)

The photo of Amelia on the Rody in the kerchief... be still me heart!
These years when they are little are so heartbreakingly beautiful. Every day is a miracle.

Those blossoms, I anticipate them each day here in NJ. The snow is still melting though I can see most of my yard now and I really want to get some stuff in the ground in the next few weeks.

Hi Alicia--the blanket in the photo of the stroller is amazing. I am very very hopeful you know the name of the pattern & are willing to share it :) Thank you! I have never commented before, but I love the authenticity and beauty of your blog. It cheers me up on these cold days in Alaska!

I love your blog.... and such a beautiful uplifting Spring post. Thank you. Pat x

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Yay, spring! Our train trip from Portland to Glacier with our two little guys last summer was great (Felix is just a few months older than Amelia). The train ride was just the right length, I think. I wrote a blog post about it here:

Love the cherry and plum blossoms in pdx this time of year! We were lucky enough to get out and snap a few photos this weekend as well. The weather and the blooms are definitely telling us to stop hibernating and get to it, I'm happy to listen. Love the spring garden planning as well, please do share your plans!

Love seeing photos of your GORgeous baby girl! The squirrel pic is so cute! Envious of your spring bursting out all over. (As I am in the northeast and still snow-covered..grr)
Love the paper piecing! Makes me want to grab my scissors and go to town :) And again, that baby girl is GORgeous! xo

You are a very inspirational lady and I love reading your blogs. Blessings from New Zealand.

Howards End is one of my all-time favorite books. I hope you are enjoying it! Amelia is cuter everyday, but you already know that! Happy Spring!

Thank you for sharing your life here. I, too, have a moment of tragedy that took years to survive. The wonderful and the tragic... there is never life the same from then on but rather life before and life after, markedly different from one another. And the person you were before and the person you were after. I miss my naivety. I love looking into the faces of my children simply because they still do not know that such pain exists and I can see the world as I once did when I see it through their eyes. I am thinking (after reading the post "An Anniversary") that you are so brave and perhaps I might be able to find that same kind of bravery in my own way.

A tiny, sudden thrill ran through me upon recognizing one of your hexis (the greige one with the little green-stemmed red and yellow flowers) as one I have too! As much as you love your little one, we all love you and hope for you just the same! What a light-filled person you are, Alicia. Look how much joy, quietude, fellowship, and dreamy reflection you bring to the world! You are so loved.

I LOVE this post. The picture with Amelia with a flower in her hands is magic. She's so cute playing with the spoons. Crêpes and chocolat chaud (or cofee?) picture is very gourmet, beautiful Colors!
Nice Bunny card on the table. Wonderfull flowers in your living room, what a beautiful arrangement!
Very nice little blue "gilet" (vest?).
How do you do to take these pictures of the moon, they are incredible.
I love the picture with the candles that are alight.
You keep your HOUSE so cosy! I love to see that. So many things to say!
Thank you. I started gowing outside with my little Amandine, in the morning. The weather is so mild here next to Paris.
We don't wake up so early for now. I hope being able to do it very soon. I think I stay too long time outside, because she falls asleep before eating her lunch. Today We were outside from 9.30 am to 11.30 am. Fortunatly I had something ready to eat at home. I think I will spend less time outside to be able to do my chores. I sleep at nap time for now. I think this situation will change as I get more energy, gowing to bed earlier. In the afternoon, Amandine go to her nap, and at 16.15, we go to get her biger sister at school (she's 5 years old and alf). We eat in the way home mots of the time, then take a bath, then time together and dinner preparation. CatiSP

I cannot get enough of your sweet girl's face. She is simply exquisite! And your photos and words make me want to move to Portland. Thank you so very much for sharing your beautiful home and life with us all.

Ahhh, Glacier National Park and the best views in the world. My favorite place!

Amelia is such a beautiful child. Exquisite! And also, my girls had a Roby! Great memory.

"a charging froth of pink plum petals shooting straight out of my heart" - This line knocked me over. Exquisite writing.

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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.