Twinkle Twinkle

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Oh. My goodness. Has any child in the history of the free world ever blown out more candles for her third birthday? The cakes (and creme brulee, and chocolate mousse) just kept on coming. Wow. I think she thinks her birthday is a week-long national holiday. I think so too. We did so much stuff. I took so many pictures that they all got out of order, and I can hardly remember which days were what. Man, it was fun. We went to Sunday lunch at Jake's Grill with Andy's parents, who flew back to Chicago on Tuesday. Andy gave her the incredible crocheted squirrel from this pattern (his name is Marty, and he has his own birch-bark-sided house, with lights; the man is a crocheting genius) and the five crocheted acorns he spent all summer making. I gave her her quilt. We made breakfasts (both felt [cookies for breakfast] and real [pancakes]) and drove out to Multnomah Falls and its lodge for lunch. The day was silly gorgeous, the night filled with cake and candlelight. And suddenly my sweet baby is a little girl.

The house is recovering, and I've spent almost every lazy minute crocheting a blanket myself. Outside the windows the leaves fall and fall and fall, and the sky is more gray now on more days than it was a week ago. I've taken hundreds of pictures in the past week, and we've driven a zig-zagging spider web from one corner of town to the other, doing stuff. Autumn is short and so special now. It's dark after dinner, but I keep the window behind the sofa wide open in the evening, and sit with tea in the my flannel nightgown under a little comforter, and listen to the leaves rustling outside. Then I close the windows tight, and pull the blinds and close them, too, and we snuggle in.

P.S. Andy saw this post and sent me the actual selfie from the shot above:




So much goodness in this post, such joy!

I loved your picture with Amelia, you should more of those. Don't always be on the other side of the camera ;)

Michele H. says: October 20, 2015 at 06:50 AM

Sweet Baby Jesus, but you have the most darling family in the entire world!!

I have a knitted squirrel that I'm very proud of, but he doesn't have the ear tufts that Andy's does...curses!! Mine does, however, have a giant knitted acorn that he proudly carries. It's about half his total height, and makes me laugh. Ok, back to knitting my afghan, which would go much faster if the cat would stop stealing my yarn...

mamaSabina says: October 20, 2015 at 07:03 AM

You are such a lovely family! You are creating magic for Amelia, who is also creating her own magic for you. Sorry I wish I could express myself better, but English is not my native tongue and I can't find enough superlatives here. I really can't decide whether I like your beautiful pictures or your wonderful prose more. Maybe you could think about writing a book.xx

Thank you for your blog! I love it. You all are beautiful.

Great pictures! Looks like you all had a really great time.

Edith from Georgia says: October 20, 2015 at 07:23 AM

Just returned from 10 day trip to Pacific NW...saw your beautiful falls (picture), northern Oregon coast, Columbia Gorge, Seattle(Inn on the Market..thank you for idea from your blog). Stayed one night in Portland-saw Chinese Gardens(Japanese Gardens closed), and beautiful Rose Gardens. Stayed in the Pearl District. Walked from Chinese gardens to Voodoo Doughnuts and then Powell Books...wish we had had more time to spend in Portland!

Kristen from MA says: October 20, 2015 at 07:23 AM

Wonderful post. Wonderful people. :)

Oh those braids and those little cute. Am I too old to wear a dress like that and my hair in braids?

I think the last picture of her blowing out the candles on the cake is my favorite. Her little eyes all squinty. I love that you allow us to be witness to the happiness of your little family. It always brings a smile to my face.

I caught myself smiling several times as I scrolled through your beautiful photos. And what a treat to see a photo of beautiful YOU!! So hard to believe that Amelia is already three.

Love that squirrel! What a cute pattern!

And I love all your cozy pictures. Multnomah Falls is a great place to visit in the fall!

I had to laugh when I saw her hand going towards his face and wondered what the photo looked like. Glad your husband sent the selfie at the end of the post!! They are adorable at this age. My daughter is now over thirty years of age and I still remember those precious moments with her. The photo with the bridge is just awesome!!! I have never heard of Multnomah Falls but it sure is beautiful! It was a grand birthday party!!! May the Lord bless her always!

Oh it all looks awesome...The turquoise blue cake, the little squirrels, the long shiny hair and the braids and those grown up girl gloves with the little buttons. Yey to week long birthday celebrations.

Melissa L. says: October 20, 2015 at 09:46 AM

Well, thanks to Andy I've just lost over an hour to the interwebs... I started by looking at the Cyril pattern, which then led me to look at (and Pin) all her patterns, which then led me to her blog... yikes, she's darn near as awesome and luverly as you! Happy birth-day to you all!

Love, love your blog. It's generous of you to share your life. Oregon is so beautiful. Wonderful photos. And, oh my, that adorable child. Are you kidding me? That dress, those braids, her shoes, she is so cute. You are both such adoring parents. What a lucky child. And yes, she seems like she is now a little girl. Happy Birthday Amelia!

Penny Holliday says: October 20, 2015 at 11:18 AM

Quite a birthday celebration marking the transition to a "big girl" now! Beautiful pictures of a beautiful birthday girl ~ Amelia's face & smile just seem to radiate beauty & delight from within! Especially love all the pictures w/ family!

Oh oh. I don't think I've seen a more beautiful little dress as the dress and pinafore one Amelia is wearing with her grandparents. That is until I saw the one in the last photos. I love the photos with her grandparents. And so nice to see ALL of you here xxx And the squirrel is amazing. Those are some crochet skills. And that is the prettiest cake. Thank you for sharing so much delight.

What a gorgeous celebration for all! When I see the beauty and love in your family's life, I just cry tears of happiness. How I wish I could go back to when my daughters were small and be even half the parents that you and Andy are. Many blessings to all.

I like that you make shaped biscuits - we usually do moose ourselves. Andy's squirrel is amazing, and your quilt is amazing - a lucky girl - mostly because she is so very loved.

Thank you for sharing. You all look so happy!!

Melissa L. says: October 20, 2015 at 06:31 PM

What wonderful photos. Happy Birthday to your darling girl. Andy, I'm envious of your mad crochet skillz. And Alicia, we don't see your sweet smiling face often enough! Happy days to all of you. xo

Oh, that selfie made me laugh out loud!

What an amazing birthday for a beautiful little girl! x

So many amazing handmade things in this post! What are those sparkley things on top of that dreamy cake? It is so fun and heartwarming to be able to see all of her birthday celebrations. It is like the kick off to the holiday season.

LOVE the pictures! That squirrel:))) Oh my gosh! Please post a pic of the little bark covered house and acorns soon! As I was scrolling down...and I came to the picture of you and Mimi...I instantly had a HUGE lump in my throat! Its always so nice to see you...YOU are such an amazing, loving and talented Mother! Also...the shot of Andy's parents..what warm and lovely people they look like..Amelia has an uncanny resemblance to ALL of you! The dimples..shape of her cheekbones and eyes:) Andy looks so much like his Mom...She reminds me of Paula Deen! Beautiful pictures....and such a lovely BIRTHDAY week! Such a blessed little girl:) XO

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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.