Morning Light (and Night Neighborhood)

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Oh my, the mornings! Honeygold and fragrant with apple blossoms and lilac. We moved some chairs to the front yard and that one hour, from about seven a.m. until eight, is now my favorite of the day. Andy had the whole weekend off, which rarely happens. The weather was consistently beyond glorious, which rarely happens. I said I wasn't going to make a cross stitch pattern and then five minutes later I did, which often happens. Good thing my capriciousness is so predictable. It keeps me employed. And out of trouble. More or less.


Love the light and the sweetness of a three year old dancing and thinking. And that sampler! I would really like to make this one. I like the meandering little path it traces and the wee insect creatures. The colours are great too. Brilliant design yet again!

We spent the weekend in Portland and I have to agree, the weather was fabulous! Wonderful pictures.

I grew up reading Beverly Cleary, and I have to say that I never pictured the weather in Portland as nice as you have shown me it is. Beautiful!

Night Neighborhood, well I just can't wait for this. You are just so darned talented, I'm so glad that you!!

Patti Dunaway says: April 18, 2016 at 11:52 AM

Oh my my my another pattern!!! Just as I'm finishing grad school and waiting for the birth of my first grandchild. You did this just for me, didn't you! I can't wait!

Posie Gets Cozy is the good book that you never want to put down.

Your pictures are amazing again, I love them

Natalie, The Chickenblogger took the words right out of my mouth! You are perfect and I am so grateful you share. xxJen

Some really wonderful photos here! You are rich in dogwoods over there. Just hauling yard furniture outside here today - finally!
Thank you for your blog posts.

I'm smiling and remembering when my daughter was three and used to stand on one leg - arabesque style - for photos.

I enjoyed each and every image.. but the one of Mimi hanging down is adorable. I'm happy daddy got to spend this magical weekend at home with you two. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

I would love to see more of the half-square triangle quilt. Have you shown it elsewhere on the blog?

Cat McKenzie says: April 18, 2016 at 01:50 PM

Oh how lovely! This early summer in Oregon is a treasure and you have captured it so beautifully. I just love your blog, it is a happy place for everyone who reads or even just looks at the photos.
Love the yet to finish Winter Woods, the ABC one is on my list and now this one...I will have to move from knitting to cross stitch and summer is the perfect time to make the switch.
Enjoy the warmth and sunshine and early morning goodness.

Ohhhh.. Kit for the pattern please!.....and Thank you

Anne Marie says: April 18, 2016 at 04:13 PM

I hope you make a kit of that pattern. I would be your first customer!

Sweet, sweet photos.

I want this sampler!!! Love it!

I love the light this time of year. Our backyard is a disaster and still the light makes it beautiful! Is the Half Square Triangle quilt new? I love the colors and would love to see a bigger picture of it. Yes, I stalk your quilts!!

The park looked like great fun, and we surely had the weather to enjoy it this past weekend! I visited the Japanese garden in Gresham on Sunday for the first time and loved it. Your new stitching is very sweet :) Happy Spring, Alicia! xx

Thank you thank you thank you for continuing to post - I enjoy your words and your pictures so much. You are a very talented lady. Also, I have two questions - do you plan to create a pattern for this house cross-stitch project of yours I seem to be oogling? - and .... in the past when you have posted a photo of your mantel, there have at times been some items (hung on the wall over the mantel) which look as though they could have been hand-painted (by you?). They have flowers or fruit repeated around the circumference and are just so refreshing. They look so cheery and pretty and colorful, and I'm wondering what they are called, and how you did them (just popped out of your creative brain, or followed a pattern, etc.?) and did you have to make the wooden base, and what kind of paint, etc. I don't know even how to look it up on google, etc. Could you point my toes in the right direction, please? are such a treat in my week! Thank you so much, Alicia. Hugs to all of you.

She's getting so big!!
Chickenblogger is right...sometimes in my impatience for a new post i read your old ones.
There is something quite calming in your pics and the text that follows...always soothing before bed. ❤

Beautiful pictures, as always. How lucky you are to have such great weather! Spring is FINALLY hitting Utah and I can't wait!

Reading your blog has always been a delicious pause in my day, and I'm loving how you capture your wee one's everyday shenanigans. So adorable!

love love love your photos as always

such joyous light and colour.

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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.