At Year's End

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Oh, the days, the lovely days! One after another, filled with light and love. I'm already missing it all, this holiday season that has been so simple and sweet and soft. I'd been meaning to get back here to update my blog last week, last sometime . . . the days rolled out and on, a blur of lights and cookies and carols and crows against the blue morning sky and I never could slow the roll long enough to take stock. Andy's sweet grandfather passed away just before Christmas. He would've been ninety-five in February. He always sang "Happy Birthday" to us, to all of his children and grandchildren and many great-grandchildren on our birthdays. I picture him with his date book and phone book, marking time and leaving these sweet singing voicemails throughout the year, year after year. Andy flew home to Chicago to be with his family in the early morning hours of December 26th, and Mimi and I spent the rest of the week curled together like fluffy kittens, snuggling under blankets watching movies, going out to the wintergreen woods for walks, trotting about downtown to see the lights and the people, going out to fancy lunches and ordering whatever we wanted, messing up every single corner of the house with our gifts and toys and treats. Bubble baths and storybooks, Christmas cookies and new nightgowns. This unexpected week where it was just us girls is one I will never, never forget. Andy got home yesterday evening and we all had a sleepy, sweet reunion. Our dear little Christmas tree is drooping and tired. The floors need sweeping, the beds need straightening, the big house and the dollhouse are basically trashed. But we have had love and joy in abundance and I am so grateful for it all.

Merry, merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you, my dear friends! Thank you for all of the generosity, kindness, support, and great friendship you have shown us this year and all these many years. I hope your holiday season has been filled with light, and I wish you much love and peace and comfort and joy in these last days of the year as 2018 trails off and we collect ourselves to begin again. Thank you all for everything you give here, and for all of your indulgence in and encouragement of me. You brighten and enrich my life more than you could possibly ever know. Thank you!

Love,
Alicia, Andy, Amelia, Clover Meadow, and, last but not least, our nineteen-year-old little Bee

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That photo with Santa!

And, I LOVE my lotion bar! I was just going to order one- for my boss for Xmas- but then I wondered whether I should really give one if I had never tried one myself, so I ordered two.
They arrived quickly, smelled heavenly, and were almost too pretty to use. This is the best form of hand lotion EVER and my boss liked hers, so it was a win-win!

Thank you and Happy New Year!


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year dear Alicia! I gifted your lotion bar to my MIL, along with a shawl I wove for her. You inspired me to try weaving a while ago, and it has become a joyful obsession! Thank you for that!
Have a wonderful start to the New Year! I can’t wait to see what hobbies you latch onto next!

Happy New Year to you!
Thanks so much for your continued presence in this space. I really appreciate the peace and beauty you share here!

Happy New Year to your entire beautiful family. And thank you ever so much for the breathtaking photos and endless inspiration. Pictures of peace and love in world that sorely needs it... I will be ordering my lotion bars in 2019 - can't wait!!

Loved this sweet post so much. Happy New Year to you and your family!

Donna Leach says: December 30, 2018 at 06:35 PM

So glad you've had a wonderful holiday but glad to hear from you on the blog. Happy, healthy New Year to all of you!

Hello Dear Alicia.. what a joyful collection of images you shared. I loved each and every one and enjoyed them so very much. I have to say that the Advent Calendar collection just made my December and Christmas! We learned the hard way to put our son's German Shredder in a kennel when we're away! Thank goodness all the yarn was salvaged. We did end this year with the loss of our beloved little dog Buddy, though. I am in such mourning. :-(

Anyway -- I'm looking forward to 2019 and our blog friendship.

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((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Her hair is getting so long! Memory Eternal to your husband's Grandfather! What a sweet man! I am glad you had good days this week and that you had some good rest. God bless you all! Peace comfort and protection for the new year! <3

Wishing you and your family a Wonderful New Year 2019!

Thank you for bringing such warmth and beauty into our homes!

I come to your blog to enjoy your writing and images. Everything you share is presented so beautifully. I always feel good after I visit your world!

Susan :)

A very happy New Year to you and your loves, Alicia. I hope 2019 is full of wonderful things for each and every one of you. XOXO Kate

Happy New Year to you and your family, Alicia! I love your blog, with your beautiful photos and words. You bring light and love to the world, and I hope it returns to you a hundredfold.

Happy New Year to all. Thank you for the pleasure that your blog brings. With love from Northern Ireland x

This beautiful post is a like a present. Thank you and Happy New Year! I can't wait to see more of the rug you are making.

What beautiful pictures, especially the decorated sugar cookies. Thank you so much for sharing! Happy New Year!

Love your beautiful posts and watching Amelia grow:) Happiest and healthiest of New Years to you.Cut out some felt yesterday for more of your ornaments that my daughters love so much♥

Oh such a lovely collection of photos and words! The picture of Amelia and Santa makes my heart just melt! My sympathies to your family in the loss of Andy’s grandfather. This time of year is the hardest of all to lose those we love through the years. You are so kind to share your treasured moments with us all! Happiest 2019 to all of you!

Holding y'all in the light as you mark the passing of Andy's grandfather. And thank you to you for sharing your happy moments and lovely pictures and especially your growing-up girl. I am the mother on an only child who this year went off to college. Your posts about Amelia have helped me to remember so fondly my days with a little one. They feel less fleeting as I read them and I am so grateful for that.

So, thank you. And a toast to a happy 2019!

I really like your quilt square. I hope you post a complete quilt when it is done. Te more complicated, the better I like them.

***--***--*** Happy New Year! ***--***--*** Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful pictures and words. You bring so much joy to so many readers. What a wonderful gift. Sending you best wishes for a peaceful, happy and healthy 2019.

**Happy New Year** to you & your family, and thank you for another year of your beautiful words and photos. I've been reading & seeing your world for so many years now that I think of you as my best and most favorite internet friend, though we'll probably never meet IRL. (Um, that sounds a little creepy, but really just...thanks!)

Happy New Year to you all may it bring you all much joy

Happy New Year 2019! May you find it be a treasure trove of the Lord's blessing on you all and each of your creative efforts. Your blog and little corner of creation is beautiful and delightful, and you're so kind as to share it with me. Enjoy your afternoon and evening and day tomorrow!

Thank you for all your generous sharing and beautiful observations over the years. You and your family have enriched my life in so many ways. It is one of the gentle undercurrents that ripples out in unforeseen cycles of creativity. Blessed be.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Thanks for your beautiful blog....the photos and the gentle words always fill my heart with joy and peace. All the very best to you....and continued blessings in the new year!

Shari Blakey says: December 31, 2018 at 01:23 PM

I very much enjoy reading your blog so thank you for taking the time to share your world with us! Happy New Year to you and your family.

(What is the name of the hat pattern? Very cute!)

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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.