Sparkle Shine

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Oh, sweetness. The days are cold and sun-sparkled, though it's dark and warm in the house. I'm done with all of my shopping and shipping and general fussing now so I'm feeling fine. We have a shop, above, and we sell, apparently, pillows, earrings, "anything you want to put on Susie Sheep" (Susie Sheep [i.e.: Peppa Pig's best friend] is the name of our dress form), and ornaments if you need to do some Christmas shopping. We are open for business at 6:00 a.m., and ready for you.

Imagine this: I get all day today to work in the studio and cook! Andy's doing Daddy Duty all day, including school runs, grocery shopping, and ballet. I'm very excited. It's not often that I get to stay home all day without having to go somewhere or other. I'm going to bake cookies and make some more chicken and dumplings. I've put cedarwood, orange, and pine essential oils in my diffuser and I am pretty excited. I might even write a Christmas card or two. I made a couple of pomander balls from Kyrie's recipe and I'm waiting for them to cure. One of my favorite memories of childhood Christmases past.

The rosy-cheeked dollies are dressed in warm sweaters. A few people have written and asked me questions about the dolls, patterns, kits, etc. So, here's my plan: I'm planning to release a pattern for the doll with an outfit, just like all of the animals had. She will also come in a kit form, and you'll be able to choose between two different skin shades and four or five different hair colors. The kit will come with fabric, yarn, and embroidery floss for the outfit, which is likely to be an 80s calico peasant dress with an embroidered pinafore along with bloomers and knitted lace stockings. Then there will be many different new clothing item patterns available, both for knitted and sewn clothes, and maybe even crocheted accessories. So far I've got a wool cape, a cross-stitched peasant blouse, a gathered skirt, knitted cable turtleneck, colorwork sweater, pixie hat, knitted skirt, knitted cowl, and ballet outfit. I'm also going to repackage all of the existing animal-family clothes patterns so that you can buy and make each of them separately. I am outrageously excited about this, if you couldn't tell. Nothing will be available until spring, sometime. It takes a while to make it all happen. But thank you for your interest and I'll keep you posted!

We went to see The Nutcracker downtown this weekend and it really was magical. That picture of the Waltz of the Snowflakes is by Blaine Truitt Covert and I found it online. They are very strict about not letting you take any photos of the performance but years from now when I look back on this post, I will want to remember that stage, and what it was like for us to sit next to our little girl in the dark auditorium with the orchestra playing and glittering snowflakes falling through the air, and all of those ever-lovely dancers twirling. The sweetest dream. A perfect day.


Of course you need to have that picture!!

Merry + Bright... yes, this is what you have and share and make.
Merry Christmas, Paulson Family~

Wow, that was the post I needed. Our much adored dog died this weekend and we’re very sappy, sad but so happy we got to love her for the last seven and a half years. Now I’m starting on your cross stitch and your post was just icing on the cake. Thank you.

heritage hall says: December 12, 2017 at 03:38 PM

So excited about your proposed doll kit....I fell in love with the
cute blonde with the braid...I just love your take on life in general and follow Amelia's development with much interest... She
is a mighty lucky girl to have so creative and loving a Mom.....

Oh I want to see The Nutcracker so badly,Xmas is looking glorious and cosy for you this year.

You capture the best of every season. Thank you. So thrilled to hear that your doll kits will have different skin shades on offer. If there is at least one brown, then I’m buying as many as possible. Every child should have at least one doll that looks like him or her, and one that doesn’t.

Linda A Gordon says: December 12, 2017 at 05:05 PM

I love love the white little mouse ornament with the skirt and holding a star wand. Would you PLEASE tell me how I can purchase this little sweet mouse? Thank you and Merry Christmas!

A glorious post full of fun and the joy of the season. I loved seeing Mimi at her desk.. yes, she looks like a shopkeeper. I bet she was amazed by the dancers in the Nutcracker! Pretty photo you found. I will be getting the doll kit for sure. I may need 2. Enjoy these next few weeks! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

*M*E*R*R*Y* * *C*H*R*I*S*T*M*A*S*!*

so glad for such blessings!!! I hope you had a wonderful day being able just to be HOME!

You capture such Holiday Wonders! Is that a candle-lit labyrinth? Wow! Love the chunky sweaters on the dolls, wish they were my size (wink). I wish you a most magical Christmas !

Lyndia from No. Calif. says: December 12, 2017 at 11:22 PM

I imagine Amelia was in Sugar Plum Fairy heaven watching the Nutcracker especially in light of her current enrollment with dance school. Every little girls dream to be in such a magical performance. Maybe for Mom as well :). Your dolls are adorable! I can't wait to order. Funny, I'm a granny with no children, but love making bits and pieces become a personality. Sadly, I'm not a knitter. Maybe someday you'll sell your sweaters as well. Just saying. In the meantime, I'll look forward to Spring. I keep saying how much I love your photography. You're so talented.

Gillian Hedge says: December 13, 2017 at 03:02 AM

Hi, I utterly adore your blog and follow with interest and am full of admiration for your creativity. However I’ve not received any emails since November 9th. Has something gone wrong? Happy Christmas, Gillian

Another wonderful, sweet post with so many beautiful images to capture this season!! Your description of your 'shop' made me laugh out loud! Your little one is a treasure for sure! Merry Christmas!!

I love the peace that your photos transmit. Merry Christmas to you and your family ♥♥♥

Love hearing from the festive season at your house! Your card is lovely, I've made mine last night and I love those afternoons with tea, carols and envelopes, thinking of all the loved ones!

I am busily working on a Christmas stocking for my grandson and then will hopefully begin your winter cross-stitch. So many last minute little things to get done but like you, all of my shopping and big stuff has been accomplished and it has been so great to be done early this year--I am totally enjoying the Christmas season. I can't wait to start on one of the doll patterns coming in the spring! Merry Christmas to you and your magical little family!☺

Stefanie P. says: December 13, 2017 at 05:46 AM

May you enjoy your day of doing whatever comes next! is a joyous thing when all the must do's are done...!...May this be a season of many blessings and memories!!!

I just love your blog, the pictures are great, your daughter is a doll and I love your patterns

Lol - I love your photo disclaimer. This is my daughter's 9th year in The Nutcracker and I have zero pictures of her bc of copyright law. Boo!

You included a photo of evergreens, candles, etc. in a spiral/circle on a large gym (?) floor...where was that taken? What was going on? It's a beautiful photograph and looks like fun.
Merry Christmas!
xoxo - Leigh

shari collins says: December 13, 2017 at 07:35 AM

I love to read your posts. Your photos are warm and comforting.
YOU are an amazing lady. I admire you very much.
I am wondering who did the painting on the wall behind Amelia (decorating the tree) I am a new granny and I love to imagine my new little Viola will be like your darling daughter.
Best Wishes and a very Merry Christmas.

You December sounds lovely. Enjoy your day alone today, yeah for Andy. Excited for the release of your new patterns.

Alicia, I see the Purl Soho tree on Amelia's bedroom wall and have a question--what are those little round things on the tree? Buttons? I've made the same one and am sticking each ornament on with a straight pin, but your method looks easier and better. What did you do differently? Thank you! Sarah

Absolutely lovely, as always.
I hope you and your family have a fun, warm and very memorable holiday season.
Also, how wonderful are those Snowy Day stamps? I've been buying all I can, and using them on all my holiday cards.

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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.