Once More to the River

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Riverside: To wake up to birdsong and mist rising in clouds of steam. To go to bed to crickets sawing and bats swooping and the big moon rising above the trees. To make s'mores near the firepit after dinner and have first coffee on the grass with your feet wet with dew. To sand on the chairs and the creakiest decks in the world and banana slugs that make your stomach drop. To rocks covered in crusty crud, ospreys that circle silently overhead, fish that jump, and happy babies that love boat-rides by sea or land. I love rivers. Thank you for all these gifts this summer, our many lounged-by, loved, and lovely rivers. You were so, so, so very good to us. Thank you.

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You could seriously just post pictures and your posts would still make me catch my breath. What a glorious wrap up and ode to summer. An aside, was that a crawfish in the water??

Seemed to me this was no ordinary river visit, and sure enough, I see you settled into something extra long and lovely. And by the way, this post, so full of gorgeous and darling river moments, was long and lovely, too~ thank you for the virtual visit, it felt leisurely and leaves me smiling. {And I must add: Mimi's River fashions are fabulously runway worthy~}

I as well love rivers and I am missing the rivers of France. I Live in Greece and enjoy the sea but have a nostalgy for rivers and freshness! Your pictures are wonderful, and so is your little girl!

Michael Payne says: September 09, 2014 at 11:49 AM

I'm laughing. The hat. Helmet head. That outfit! She's going to be really annoyed when she's a teenager to know you saved those pictures of her in that outfit. But you save em. You can use them as extortion when she's being specifically stubborn. Believe me, there'll come a day when having something you can use to extort her cooperation will come in handy and threatening to show her current boyfriend...will come in handy. So save em. And I'm still laughing. What a character she is! Looking forward to the fiber show. I've been spinning up batches of fiber and will have several skeins done by then. Cooler weather is inspiring. I've been knitting too and at least half done with another sweater, a quarter done with a lace shawl (at least i hope it's a quarter of the way) and just starting a scarf (like i don't have enough projects going at once already). me

Ohh.....So much beauty, including that precious, sweet, darling baby girl of yours....I'm a mess of tears. What a gift you are, Alicia! Your photography is such a source of joy!

Through the tears, I had to laugh at the shot of Andy carrying Amelia like a sack of potatoes! Priceless!

Such a little golden girl...
I just love her sense of style‚ô•

lucy in london says: September 09, 2014 at 11:55 AM

lovely lovely river days. bless you all. love mimi's style.she is great.

Absolutely amazing photographs. Amelia is just the cutest thing.

Alexandra Kinga says: September 09, 2014 at 12:16 PM

Alicia, you are ceaselessly inspiring to me - most recently I decided to begin a blog of my own because of the kindred spirits you've managed to gather into your virtual space. It's really such a feat the quality of people you've conjured into your world, simply by sharing and communing; yours is really the only comment section on the internet I read!
I've also roped my husband into Posie - we're young(ish) and both our families are in Chicago and Poland, yet here we are on the west coast alone. Your blog is comforting and relatable, and (forgive me if this seems a bit "heavy") the model of family you present has been so meaningful to our future plans. From feeling alienated and alone in a too-fast, too-modern world, we somehow feel validated, and we have distant compatriots to boot! Thank you x a million!

Beautiful pictures as always. I love Little Mommy. My three year old does too. The brown dress you made Amelia made me think of her dress in the book. A similar vintage book that I love is My Dolly and Me illustrated by Eloise Wilkin. I collect her books and just love them. The clothing and interiors are so lovely in her books.

This is a lovely post. Oh, I think I might've said that before! :) This looks like your best summer. And guess what? next summer will also be your best summer. All those wonderful river things and your wee darling who is growing and looks so curious and cheeky and happy.

Squee! The stripy chub, how scrumptious! Love seeing the photos of the PNW, transports me from this Eastern soul-sucking sprawl. Okay, Andy's boots. PLEASE tell me where he nabbed those? I want a pair just like 'em!

Beautiful, beautiful. The Star Wars pillow was hilariously incongruous, love it! :-D

Laura from Sacto says: September 09, 2014 at 01:17 PM

Beautiful. You certainly live in a glorious area. I love the Star Wars pillow case. Always a classic.

Oh, what a lovely post with remarkable photos! I would love to spend time by the river in a setting just like that.

zo lief dat kleine meisje, zo lief haar kleertjes, zo lief haar speelgoed... ik geniet van al de mooie foto's.
Groet,
Ria van Oosten.
Delft Holland.

Just.......swooooooon. The river. The flowers.The evening sky. The quiet water. The looped- through- the-arm toddler. The house. The moccasins ( where did get those!! ). The knitting ( please, what yarn is that.....alpaca? ).
Your photos take me back into those perfect summer evenings listening the lapping of the water across stones, with the crackle of a wood fire. What heaven. Thank you.

Beautiful! I can't believe how quickly Amelia is growing; too fast. She is just gorgeous, model gorgeous!

Aw, the river is GOOD! You guys had a sweet time of it. Little Miss looks gorgeous in her cozy outfit!

Is that Andy's or Amelia's Star Wars pillow case? Or yours? :-)

I love your pictures so much! I love the soft, quiet, filled-with-love world that they reveal. You have such an incredible way of capturing the light of the seasons as they pass. I am in awe - and a tiny bit teary.

Well, that settles it. I have to order myself a Basil Fox pattern. Stat.

Outdoor life at it's best. Such beautiful late summer pictures, you've capatured the season perfectly, all of that mellow light. CJ xx

Hi! Wow, those moccasins are fantastic!! Where did you find those?...or did you make them?

Thanks :)
Elisa

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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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