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

51 comments

Nickie Gorsky says: December 31, 2018 at 02:01 PM

Lovely...all of it. Thank you for making my world that much brighter. May you find joy in the New Year...pack up all your cares and woe and put them safely away. Can't wait for the quilt square pattern!

Sandra Boyd says: December 31, 2018 at 04:32 PM

Happy New Year to you all! I love reading about your crafty projects and lovely forays into the woods. Wishing you a happy, healthy and peaceful 2019 and here's to lots more cross stitch.

Many thanks for sharing so many lovely photos and stories throughout the year. Best wishes to all in 2019!

Happy New Year to all of you as well!
You have made so many sweet moments for me by what you capture and share in this space that Thank you! seems so inadequate.
I wish you the best in the New Year to come and I can't wait to see what you work on in 2019.
Many blessings to you, Alicia. ♥

Thank you for one last post of 2018! a small slice of peace and love.
Happy New Year to you five...from Vancouver, Canada

Dear Andy and Alicia! I am very sorry for your loss! My condolences! And all the best wishes for you and Amelia and your extended families for the new year! And the pets too, of course!

Happy New Year sweet Paulson family! I'm so sorry for the loss of Andy's Grandfather...he sounds like such a good, and kind man. Thank you for ALL the beauty you share here! Mimi is getting so big...she is so beautiful..I look forward to enjoying all your lovely posts in this coming New Year <3

Deepest sympathy for the loss of a grandfather. Grandparents are such a treasure. I have a few things around the house that belonged to mine and think of them often. Glad you enjoyed your holiday week anyway. This is life - the good & the bad all mixed up together.
Oh my stars! The Santa photo! LOVE
Your granny stripe blanket is the most pleasing color palette and growing nicely. So fun to see the update.
And your beautiful daughter is getting to be quite the pro at cookie baking...good job momma!
I hope she enjoyed the ice skating. My daughters are going less the older they get but when they were her age we'd go a couple times a week and I'd happily read a book while they skated. Miss that.
**Happy New Year to you all**

May each day of this new year be filled with love, adventure, laughter & sweet memories.
Happy 2019 to us all.

Very best wishes to you all as we close the door on 2018 and begin another 365 day journey around the sun. I hope this year is one of the very best.

Happy New Year, Alicia, and to your whole family, on whose full lives you let us peek in here on your blog.

These photos from the end of the year are warm and evocative as usual; what a special time you had with your daughter! That pink fungus caught my eye -- I've never seen anything like it, even in the Olympic Peninsula rain forest.

I hope you find plenty of joys in the coming year, and time to keep on sharing.

Hey there, I just spotted your great lamp over the sink. Will you let me know where you got it?

Thanks!
Kristy

Oh my goodness! Those HUGE trees your adorable daughter is standing by ....sigh....

Happy 2019

This is my first time visiting your beautiful blog.
As I read what you wrote, I could visualize it all. Your pictures are beautiful.

So sorry about your husbands grandfather.

I look forward to following you
Have a fun filled day

Much love,
Rose

My condolences to you and family for the loss of your husband's grandfather. Thank you for the serene and absolutely lovely photos you share. May 2019 be a wonderful year for you and yours.

Happy New Year! I saw the photo with Santa on your instagram and for some reason I just love that photo. One of my goals for 2019 is to work on my photography. I at one time did a lot of photography with a manual camera back in the day of film...now just use my phone but I really want to start taking photos again with a digital camera.

Your photos are such an inspiration, they convey a lot of emotion and mood and I love them! What camera do you use?
Thanks!
Adrienne

Janet Servatius says: January 03, 2019 at 11:00 AM

Hi to all,
I have been following your blog for years and have never commented. It is such a huge pleasure to follow your family and all your wonderful photos. Truly it is. It is a gift you give to us all. I am an artist too and get so much inspiration from cooking to decorating to outside walks, it goes on and on. Please dont ever stop what you do!!
I will always come back and check your latest blog to see your dear daughter, your quilts, its just mind boggling what joy it brings.
Thank you to your whole family as it is so exciting to follow you.
Janet

Melissa L. says: January 03, 2019 at 02:04 PM

Your home is so especially beautiful at Christmas. Thank you, as always, for sharing these things with us. Bless you all and Happy New Year! xo

I’m in love with those cookie cutters! Do you have the website where you got them?

Happy new year to you and yours, Alicia! Thank you for brightening my world!

Nathalie Carles says: January 05, 2019 at 11:14 AM

Happy New Year to you and your beautiful family and I hope I will be able to read you for ever.
I so love your blog (your Instagram too), so beautiful, so full of love and kindness and huge amount of creativity.
Thank you for the joy I get from reading you and all your creations a very very very happy new year!

I do hope you all know how much you have enriched our lives as well. These soft pictures with with all the love and light of the season are such a good example of why we love you so much. Happy New Year Dear Ones!

Amelia and your home just look so ideal. Tramping through that forest is the perfect winter activity and her fair isle jumper and mits are so divine. She has a better wardrobe than me haha

There is something magic and sweet on your pictures. I love look at them an imagine what shall be like to live there... Thank you for sharing with us those beauties, the nature, your lovey house, sweet Amelia, your recipes... XOXo

your photos bring me such peace. thank you

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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.