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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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I made two of those owl masks a few years ago! Sadly one has been missing for quite a while. I'm super excited to see the advent calendar :)

Please, please, parents everywhere... put safety hats on your children when riding horses. Children are precious, and no matter how docile the horse may be, they can be spooked very easily and throw the rider. Here in the UK, protective headgear is a requirement at public events. Common sense should remind us all to be more careful with our children's safety.

Love this time of year and waiting for rain in Northern California. Oregon sounds like a wonderful place to live and I love seeing your pictures - the scenery is truly gorgeous. I wonder what people do who have no hobbies at all. I can't imagine that. Mimi's costume was so pretty. I think most costumes are not practical though. Enjoy your little one and all those fun things - they grow up way too fast. Looking forward to your Advent calendar, although I don't believe I've seen one like what you are making.

Do you ever look at a child and, just for a moment, see a glimpse of what they will look like as an adult? The first photo of Amelia on the horse, looking down with her hair sweeping to the side, did just that. How lovely!

Your style and art are so beautiful! Nothing but warm fuzzies reading your blog.
Would you tell me where you purchased your tree, please? I’m guessing it’s not real being up so early but if it is, what is the secret to making it last till Christmas? I live in Canada where real trees for Christmas are plentiful however I wouldn’t have anything but twigs Christmas morning if I put one up now. Your tree has the simplicity I’m looking for. Thanks!

The owl costume is soooooo lovely!! You definitely need to keep that as an heirloom for your grandkids someday! Amelia looks so grown-up in that picture of her riding the horse. My daughter is a similar age and it's so weird how every now and then you'll just catch a glimpse of them and all the baby/toddler/preschooler-ness is gone and it's just a grown up kid staring back at you, and it's sad and wonderful all at the same time and it almost takes your breath away. And then in the next instance it's gone, like sunlight glinting through the trees. :)

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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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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.