Goodbye, Ella Posie

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ShopimagefulGetting stuck in the lettery past almost made me forget that things will be changing around here in the near future! Today it is official: After a lot of thought, we have decided to close Ella Posie, our little shop in Portland. This photo was taken a couple of weeks after Ella Posie opened in our first location. I've always loved this picture.

Although I'm a little sad to leave the shop, I'm so looking forward to moving back into my studio and focusing on Posie and my own product line full time. Posie is my true love, and I've missed having time and energy to lavish upon her the way she deserves. She has patiently been waiting for me to come back and play. Ella Posie will officially close on August 5, and sometime this fall I also plan to start a small booth at Monticello Antique Marketplace where I can offer some of the vintage beauties I've been collecting for a while. I am really excited about all of these new things.

Thank you to all of you — especially those of you not only from Portland but from around the country and the world — who read this blog regularly and have come to our shop over the years. Your interest, enthusiasm, support, and friendship has meant more to me than I can really figure out a way to say, and you know I'm rarely at a loss for words. . . .

So I'll just say thank you. You're the very best pals a girl could have.


Alicia - Wow. I'm stunned and sad and so happy for your future time to work on your personal art endeavors. I am one of your national fans and plan to pop into your store before it closes - looking forward to meeting you...or at least to you coming into the store and hearing that a woman from Connecticut popped in with a bit of fan mail! Take good care of yourself over this next month - I know you'll be held by lots of well wishers and artists who appreciate your gifts.

Beautiful store! I'm bummed I won't get to visit it. :-(

But, change is good and I'm sure you're bursting with ideas!

Congratulations to you for having the courage listen to your heart. Not always the easiest thing. I wish you an easy transformation from the shop back to your studio!

well -- knock me over with a feather duster!

oh, so sad! but i will say that the monticello antique store is the very best one in portland!

Alicia - Smart decision. You are fine tuning your business and making time to do what you do best.

So sad I never made it to Portland in time to visit your store. All the best for the new endeavours!

Thank YOU, Alicia, for sharing the ins and outs of being a creative, inspiring shop owner.
I wish you lots of luck with your new venture and look forward to seeing future Posie delights.

This makes me sad as well, I will be that way in the Fall and so wanted to visit the shop, and perhaps run into you... Guess it will be to the Monticello Antique Marketplace to at least look at some of the wonderful things you have collected.
I can understand wanting more time to devote to Posie though.
I wish you all the best and hope the transition leaves you to be more inspired : )

NO! I can't believe it! I won't believe it! You don't know how much I've dreamed of visiting Portland just so I could set foot in Ella Posie! Oh, I'm so sad Alicia!

But I totally understand where you are coming from and know how hard it is to spread yourself around. Now, I'll just have to visit your little booth at the Antique Mall...xo

Feeling sad I never made it to your lovely store, but comforted that we can all burrow into this little lovely jewelry box you've created on the web. I lift a glass to clarity of vision, to lavishing love and time and attention on your passions. Missy in SC

well i have to say im a little sad i couldn't get up there before you closed.. i hope this is just what you need, my dear. i look forward to more great things coming from you in the future! :)

Oh, wow, congratulations on the big changes. It sounds like you're following where your heart is leading you. I hope it's everything you wish for and more times a zillion. You deserve it all!

Oh so sad to hear that - can imagine how u gals feel.
its a beautiful store!! one I would have liked to have seen when I visited the USA
I wish u all the best with your new endevour - sounds exciting!!

I read your blog regularly but rarely comment. I often foudn myself nodding along with the things you said about running a business and how to and not to do it or approach a biz to sell your things. I closed my store of 10 years about 3 years ago when I discovered what was to be my next great undertaking.. a baby. It was bittersweet but ultimately I made the right decision as I am sure closing Ella Posie will be for you. I am comforted to know that your online shop will still be here along with the words that I look so forward to reading. I wish you good luck and fond memories.

Alicia - How sad and wonderful at the same time! Just last night I was daydreaming about visiting Portland and popping in to Ella Posie "for reals." I doubt that's going to happen before Aug. 5, though. :(

Congratulations on realizing that what you were doing wasn't taking you where you wanted to be going anymore and having the courage to change. Sometimes we get caught up doing something because we think we should and not because it is leading us where we want to be.

Best of luck and happy Posie! I'll be looking forward to all the lovely confections you'll be dreaming up for her!

I, too, had some grand idea that I would finally visit Portland and drop in one of these days.

Yet, I am excited for you and have been feeling like some big change was on it's way for you for awhile.

I've been away from the computer for awhile and have been heart warmed by the letters you've been posting about upon my return. You are a true gem, Alicia, the world should be filled with more caring lovely souls just like yours.

Living in TX, I've never had the chance to visit your shop. Sure is a beauty.

It's is good and wise to listen to ourselves. [I am not going back to my highschool art class this fall in order to be a full time artist/craftswoman/etsyowner. ;)
Nourish yourself and your art. It's a good thing.

Picture perfect photograph! I must come visit before the shop closes. I'm happy you are at peace with the new change.

I'm so sorry to hear this. I was hoping to one day get a chance to visit your beautiful store. Best wishes!

wow! my husband left this morning to go on a business trip to portland. i mentioned your shop and tucked a business card in his wallet in the hopes he might find time to go and pick me up something. I really hope he does now.

One door closes and another opens. Good luck on this next phase of your journey.

Chris Howard says: July 11, 2006 at 02:27 PM

Gee, I honestly don't know how to react. I feel a bit sad that your little shop is closing. It was a thing of beauty and I really enjoyed reading about it. I am happy for you though, because you are closing it for good reasons. You have your vision and you know what you want to do with it!

I look forward to seeing the wonderful posie-ish things you come up with now (in fact, reading this blog is always a high point for me). Please continue to document your wonderful creative life and new antiquing adventure and remember that you always have a loyal online customer in me :)

Alicia - I have recently discovered your blog, and I must say how amazing I think you are. The picture of the original Ella Posie store is absolutely scrumptious! Congratulations on a new chapter in your life!

All I can say is that I cannot wait to see what's in store for Posie if you are given more time to work on it! It'll be fabulous! (Sorry, I was with someone the other day who said fabulous as an answer to every question. Feel free to slap me when you see me, it'll be fabulous!) Change is good, always has been for me.

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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.