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Ahhhh, tomorrow is Halloween. It's never been my favorite holiday. I'm really not sure why. This year we put some orange lights on our fence and some fake cobweb stuff and now I like it a bit better. The yard looks cute and delightfully seasonal, I must say. My garden is one of those that is filled with grasses and meadow-type plants, and they look beautiful now. I love the season, I've just never been that into Halloween, even as a kid. The only costume I can really remember wearing is a giant footie sleeper — I was a "baby." I wore my hair in two high ponytails and carried a stuffed animal and sucked my thumb. In, like, fifth grade. Uninspired. I remember that I just wanted to be warm and comfortable and I didn't want to wear my coat. It was always such a bummer when it was cold or raining on Halloween and you had to wear a coat over your costume. I also remember one time, also when I was a kid, that I wanted to have a Halloween party in our basement because a character in a book I was reading had a Halloween party in her basement. Our basement wasn't finished. It was like a cellar. I colored about twenty pumpkins with colored pencils on notebook paper and cut them out and hung them around the basement. It looked pathetic. I don't know why I wanted to do this — it was not a good basement for a party. I think I stuck a notebook-paper pumpkin on the washing machine. It was there for the next twenty years. The party was a total bust. It kinda makes me sad for little me. I couldn't wait for it to be over. Amelia is obsessed with candy, so she can't wait for tomorrow. She never gets that much but even ten pieces of candy to her is like winning the lottery. She's really in it entirely for the candy. She went to a party this past weekend at a school friend's house and took her owl mask (she's an "owl princess," by the way) and wings off within five minutes of getting there. I asked her if she wanted more elastic for her upper arm, or another solution to those wings (not sure what it would be, but I could come up with something, I bet) and she said no, thank you, byyyyyyyyyyye. So we'll see. There's something to be said for the costume that's as wearable as possible. I'm not sure this is it. . . . But it sure was fun to make. (I used this pattern for the mask and this tutorial for the wings).

We went to the pumpkin patch with our dear friends the Montgomerys, with whom we've gone to the pumpkin patch every year since our kids were babies. I love these kiddos together so much, romping and falling and running and riding. Pure joy. They're getting big now. The weather this fall has been unbelievably gorgeous, mostly dry and crisp and golden. The rains came in suddenly on Saturday afternoon; Amelia and I were out in the country then, and we got dumped on. On Sunday afternoon, thunder rumbled across the sky from one edge to the other. Andy laid on the sidewalk and listened to it. The sky on the west side was steel gray; to the east, the bright-white sun was poking through holes in the clouds. Thunder . . . thunder . . . and swishing of yellow leaves on the trees. Soon, everything will have fallen, and it will just be cold rain. I'll like that, too, as I do, but I can see why people feel anxious about November. It's very gray and very dark. I honestly don't know how Portlanders who don't knit or crochet make it through the winter!!!

Here, we are allllllmost done with the yarn advent calendar. Now that Halloween is almost here, I feel like I can move forward with this. I know I haven't said that much about it, at least not in proportion to how thoroughly it has taken over this house and my life. All our lives, here. I'm going to put together a post about it and let you know the sale date and times (I think I'll offer it in two batches that day, at two different time — there are only fifty calendars available) early next week. I don't know how much to say about it, because I really, truly want it to be a surprise. That's been so much of the fun of it. I'll dish on the yarn details, but not the other stuff, I don't think. I'm doing so many things for it that I've never done before, and I have honestly loved every minute of getting all of it ready. That said, I'm also ready to be done with it, and send it all off into the world. It's almost time. We have thirty more skeins of yarn to wind and fifty more _______s to make and a whooooole lot of wrapping and tagging and assembling and boxing to do, and then we're done. . . . Yay!

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OR needlepoint! When you were saying how people make it through the winter by either knitting or crocheting OR NEEDLEPOINT! I LOVE! :) LOL

What wonderful Autumnal photos, Alicia!! I gasped at how grown up Mimi looked on the horse! Oh my! Now I want soup and biscuits! The mask you made is beautiful.. what a neat costume. Mimi is so lucky to have you as her mother.. and Andy as her dad. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Colleen C. Yarnell says: October 30, 2018 at 02:01 PM

I see glimpses of a preteen in some of these pictures. She is growing up fast!

Have a safe happy day tomorrow! cute owl costume!!

These pics were a treat to enjoy! Thanks, Alicia! Happy Fall and Happy Halloween!

I was a baby at least two or three times for Halloween myself, while I had these fleece pajamas that I thought were so great because they were made by Jordache. I guess I wore them until they stopped fitting. I had one of my brother's old pacifiers around my neck on a ribbon. A pretty lame costume, but I got a lot of mileage out of it! Hope you have a great Halloween!

Aaah lovely post! I check for posts regularly, and if there isn't a new one I just pick some old ones from your archives, and I never fail to soak up some inspiration! This morning I checked and behold! New post! But then I had to go be an adult and a mom and a dog-mom and a wife and it's now 3pm (New Zealand) and I just sat down with a delicious coffee, and there was cream on top of the milk (never happens) and I woke the computer up and your page was still sitting there waiting for me, and I'm sipping and reading and it's wonderful xx

It my favorite of all the holidays and now that my kids are adults, I'm left feeling sad and adrift without costumes to make or the excitement of seeing all the little ones in their costumes. I know it's a season and it will come back around another time as grandkids come into my life (a long way off). Anyway, I love Mimi's costume. It's lovely and definitely looks like you worked hard on it. I hope she wears it even for a little while tomorrow. At least you have a good pic! :D

My daughter is also an owl this year, and I made the same mask! I also added a strip of adhesive Velcro to her shirt, right at the neck on the back, and stuck the wings to it there. It has made it much more comfortable for her! Maybe your little one will keep hers on longer if it’s attached to the shirt underneath too!

Such beautiful pictures. Your beautiful golden girl shines where ever she is! Love her costume.

The owl princess costume is beautiful!

Now that my son is 19 and we no longer have the timely rituals imposed by school/scouts/music lessons my life seems a little adrift in terms of holidays. I miss sewing him a costume, so relish these years! All the young children have grown up in our neighborhood and we get almost no trick or treaters anymore, but I got out the orange/green/purple lights, plastic bats and rats and fake cobwebs and the little toilet paper roll wrapped in muslin mummy my son made in third grade and called it good. Thanks for anchoring me with your holiday traditions, it always a delight to see Mimi experiencing her milestones. She is growing up so fast.

Oh, I'm so excited for your special yarn (and etc.) advent calendar! I have never purchased one before but I know yours will be too special to pass up. I hope I'm lucky enough to buy one before they're all sold out.

Amanda Schnabel says: October 31, 2018 at 09:31 AM

I feel the same way as the commenter from New Zealand--just sat down to your post and cannot help smiling at your descriptions, your memories and your phenomenal talent at writing and photography. My interest is also very much piqued to see what the Yarn surprise will be! It's a very rainy Halloween here in Indiana, so I hope that your beautiful owl princess has a dry, perfect night where you are to collect her coveted candy on this special day of childhood! ENJOY!

I am also not that much of a Halloween person. I like it in theory, but never find much gumption in September and October to put any costume ideas into action (except a couple years ago when I was a Pawnee Goddess. I wore that one again to the 2017 Women's March so that felt like a big win.) Today I am just wearing my leopard-print maternity pants to work because they're weird and they still fit and they are very comfortable :)

After getting my first package from you (cross stitch kit and lotion bars), I think I would order anything you put up for sale! I may not be fast enough to get an advent calendar, but I do hope that after the fact when the lucky ones are done being surprised, you'll show us what went into them.

scooterpat says: October 31, 2018 at 11:47 AM

Any chance you could post a little moving picture? I would love to hear Amelia's voice.

Amelia's costume is so cute! I love your photos and seeing little glimpses of your home. So nice.
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I have never laughed so hard over one of your posts! There is a tiny plastic hamster that has been sitting on the edge of our bathtub for, like, twenty years, too. 'bout time to move it, perhaps. :)

That mask is a work of art, absolutely gorgeous, and the wings too. Even if she only wore them for 5 minutes it was worth it for the memory and the pictures, despite how long it took you to make (I have made things for the children that have been appreciated for 5 minutes then cast aside so I know the work involved...) it is still worth it. I have 3 boys, and every year I have to find costumes that are a) what they want to wear and b) a version of it that doesn't hurt my eyes :-). We've managed it every year so far, but it's always a slightly anxious time! But every year when it finally comes together and they are happy and proud in their costumes, and it looks good to my (unfortunately frustrated glitter and pretty-loving, sadly lacking in boys costumes!) eyes, I am happy and proud too. The children see Halloween as costume fun, fairy lights, pumpkins, sweet treats and a bit of pre-winter fun, and I love the innocence of that. I take the good bits and discard the rest! I have been reading your blog since way back when, and it really gives me so much pleasure. Thank you for sharing, your blog has always been a beautiful treat for the eyes and the heart. xx

I’m so excited about your advent calendar! Maybe you’ve mentioned it before, but do you have an estimate of how much it will cost? I’m on a budget over here, but looking for ways to make this happen! Xo

first, i'm so EXCITED for this advent situation. i really can't wait to see what it is. fingers crossed i can get my little mitts on one.
second, i've been thinking of your family as i think about my own niece (who is 4 and looks so much like amelia) and my LOVE of halloween. my mom used to take us to joann fabrics every october so we could pick out a costume pattern and get all the fabrics. she would then sew furiously, fitting our costumes often up to the day of halloween (there were 5 of us!). i just loved this time of year and all the effort she put into our costumes. (she also made our easter and christmas dresses from patterns of our choosing.) maybe you're instilling a love of halloween that really does go beyond candy for amelia. it might just take a few more years for her to realize it <3

I'm very excited about your advent calendar! Amelia's costume is so adorable. I hope she enjoyed Halloween and trick-or-treating.

Halloween as a holiday itself doesn't matter that much to me, but I LOVE to make Halloween projects, particularly little Halloween Putz houses. Somehow the freedom to make something kind of mismatched and distressed really appeals to me.

I love the owl mask. It is magical with all the layers and stitching and colors. I like the owl's wings too. They look a bit like leaves to me. I think just about every kid takes off their outfit as soon as possible because the outfits often interfere with play. And play is the thing.

The visit to the pumpkin patch looks so fun. I love seeing the kids in those barrels being pulled by a tractor. What a great, funny idea.

Thank you for sharing. I always look forward to your posts.

Lucy

Where oh where did your baby go? That photo of her on the horse - gorgeous, glowing and so grown up. It is such a privilege to glimpse these beautiful snippets of your life. Your blog brings such joy to so many.

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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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