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April 17, 2009


Wonders Never Cease

So interesting!
And poor Beauty! I've always been nervous about porch swings--that must have hurt!
I can't wait to see your finished product. The process is fascinating!


Beauty sounds like a lovely person...and I have enjoyed hearing about your book...looking forward to its release! Yippee!!!


Can't wait to see your new book! Enjoy your weekend digging in the deserve some quality outside time!

Carla (from Alabama)

I hope you have fun outside this weekend.

Your book sounds like it is going to be another great one. I have so enjoyed your first book and can hardly wait for the second.


It is so fascinating to hear about the process. I would love to have more of a sneak peek! And to hear more about your vision if you would like to share...

Kristin L

Ahhhh, I'm just so happy to hear that you're having an actual photo shoot. I've gotten the impression from many craft blogger/authors that one is expected to be a sort of superwoman who not only conceives and crafts fabulous content and can, of course, write lyrically about it, but also takes photos to rival a dedicated professional and probably even produces her own elegant illustrations. It's nice to hear that one mustn't have to do it ALL to create a beautiful, fun and inspirational book (which I'm sure yours will be).

Nicole Simmons

congratulations on letting go a little - that is one thing i am still working on!

SO jealous that you get to be outside digging in the dirt - OREGON dirt. i love oregon dirt.


This sounds like such fun even though I can understand the stress in trying to translate your vision to other people. Good luck in the rest of finishing up the book! :)


You are beautiful.


Oh, the weather should hold out. It should actually be fabulous! This fellow Portlander (faithful reader of your blog), is thrilled. I will also be out in my garden. I have a similar flat of patient plants to the one you showed yesterday, waiting to be put in the ground. Enjoy your weekend outside!


whew! I know just what you mean. Sort of. =) Well, about performance anxiety. I just lectured 250 undergrads on the life of Shakespeare for an hour. Yikes. I am SO GLAD that's over; I enjoyed the first part, but now I'm just enjoying that it's Friday and it's sunny and I am able to come visit this place and soak up some Alicia-time.

ah, that's better.


My girl and I built a fairy house yesterday in the back yard in our beautiful Portland sunshine, such joy! I took nearly 40 photos of the little structure to get just the right mood and atmosphere for my blog, I too had a 'vision'. Unfortunately blogger makes my pics look all oogly and it's devastating. I need to let go as well.

Lettuce, chard, beans are all snug in their beds as well but, more lovlies await at the farmers market tomorrow - I must keep in mind our small garden space, it's all so tempting!

I look forward to your impending publication, can't wait to see what you have visioned for us this time.

Vicki K.

So do you write out a detailed schedule for photo shoot day? Or is that part of the spontaneity? Kinda made me anxious reading about it. Can't wait for the book!


Green-Thumb weekend for the win!


I just love to get glimpses of people's creative process -- whether it is for a little tea cozy or for a big project likea book. Thanks so much for sharing with us!


i love digging in the dirt! digging in the dirrrrrrrrrrrtttt--best therapy ever!!


You MUST know that I loved every single word of this post :) Here's to your sunshine and go ahead and make those cupcakes for deserve 'em, lovely :)


Oh congratulations! What a milestone you celebrated. I hear you on forming the setting for what will happen, having that in your mind. I do that every time I give a concert. All the setting up, rehearsing, preparing...and then it becomes what it becomes when it happens. Let go and let it be what it is. You nailed it!


How in the world can ONE person be SOOO good at sooo many things?! I am overwhelmed with your talent and creativity!! I'm looking forward to the new book but when are we going to see a magazine on the news stands?! ; )


Oh my gosh- I clicked on your blog today and I am wearing the exact same shirt as the picture! Weird!


I read your blog everyday...and I just so get your "Ta-Da".

No one else on the planet would get it. My husband just sort of looks at me like-What???...

The Antidote

I can understand your anxiety, particularly when other peoples time and money have been invested.
Your sweet creativity will shine through, and book No 2 will be every bit as good as the first x


I can't believe how quickly this has all progressed - I'm sure you were only telling us a month ago about starting this off!
Good luck with the home run


Have fun in the dirt!


I find it fascinating to read about your process - and I am so full of anticipatory delight!

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