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It's starting to look like a deck-dock! That's Jozo the Amazing, who also built our beautiful stone-quilt. Things are coming together. I've been moving and cleaning and priming and painting and patching for days and days. I'm going to my friend's house this morning for a bit of a break. Hopefully she won't mind visiting with me while I lay on her couch. I'm so tired.


Jozo, the stone quilter! Doesn't that have all kinds of lovely associations, up there with dream weaver, sky writer, wind dancer, storm chaser. I'd probably like to give raindrop beading a chance, if that were at all possible.

Enjoy your break, your friend's sofa and company, Alicia. I can hardly wait to see how it turns out!

Rest up! Painting always leaves my muscles sore .. even the ones I didn't know I had.

So much work!! I know just how you feel. Rest up and enjoy the couch : )

It will be a dreamy space. I would love to visit one day, in that totally not creepy threatening stalker way. Just a dreamie space. With dreamie people. And pets.

Of course you are tired. You've done so much! I'm tired just thinking about it.

oooh looks a bit scary there - lots of mess and tools - your poor yard. It will have a very happy outcome though. Enjoy your rest and daydream about hanging out on your lovely new deck.

Rest! teehee... progress is good, but so is rest.

I am so thrilled to get to see all the photos of your home coming together. Truly, when you are finished, it will be close to perfection I do believe! Can't wait to see the finished deals!!!! Thanks for sharing and yes, go take a much deserved (especially after all the sampler kits you put together) rest!

Jozo the amazing!
it's going to look fabulous.
I had an amazing surprise in the post today....a wonderful package from you no less... my daisy chain sampler has arrived and looks beautiful, thank you so very much.
I have just embroidered a pillowcase for my daughter (my first embroidery project) i used your embroidery companion book for guidance, gosh it was so helpful.
I'd love to know what you think, i have blogged about it today.
thank you so much again are my guru :o)
hope you had a lovely rest on your friends couch!
j x

It will look amazing when it is finished. Hang on in there.

First of all, I LOVE your blog and have enjoyed it for years. You are talented and lovely. But....I've noticed in the past, even though you are living in a "gray weather" area of the country, as I did when I lived in Buffalo, NY(now live in Phoenix), paints her house, inside & out, with varying shades of gray. Don't you see enough gray skies to make you want to make the interior of your lovely home shades of maybe warm beige-y colors or earthy rust colors, or peachy-brown colors? Just asking. No offense meant. Whenever you redecorate, it looks beautiful, but there's something to be said for cheery colors. No?

enjoy your certainly deserve it..jane

How's that bundle of gorgeousness, Clover, bearing up?

It's coming along nicely! Enjoy your well earned rest. :)

S&R xo

the arts and crafts door is lovely. i understand the fatigue because i am painting a bedroom. however, the end product makes it so worthwhile. but you know that! you'll probably be walking out and in that door a lot during the first week just for fun...until the novelty wears off. job well done.

Marianne says: July 14, 2011 at 05:24 PM

Oh please tell me that Jozo the amazing is Croatian, like my father Jozo! (also amazing)

Am very much looking forward to seeing the finished product and the paint colours you pick too. We have so much to do to our house inside and out, that I wonder whether Jozo would want to come to Canada and work on our house too!

Ohhhhhh looks good!! Progress! Progress! very exciting! I can't wait to see more! And I am dying to see what colors you have picked out! soooo curious!

Susie Sears Taylor says: July 14, 2011 at 07:32 PM

I am with Tina about the gray but of course you can add color with the assesories you put into a room. I am more concerned about the size of the deck. I never met a deck that was big enough once it was done. Get some rest, you deserve it.

It is looking amazing. always nice to see your visions come to life. Enjoy your rest at your friends house. When I was 7 months pregnant I went to visist my friend and her new baby and I was so tired I fell asleep on her living room floor. Being a new mom and a great friend she just covered me with a blanket and folded her laundry while I slept.

Constantina H says: July 15, 2011 at 04:48 AM

It is lovely to see your house coming along.

By the way, my kit arrived in Greece today! I am in heaven. I am still at the 'look and feel' stage but may make a start soon. Thank you so much and for the hand written message too, you must be in desperate need of a holiday having written all those (come to Greece)!!!

I want to see the fast-action film that shows the before and after in 30 seconds flat! Jozo the Amazing would be running around like a little cartoon character, you'd be peeking out lickedy split about 100 times in the 30 seconds.....then, tada, all done! Love you!

The hubs and I keep trying to fool ourselves into thinking we're about done with the renovation/excavation/restoration of our 80+ year-old house. Ha! It's never done, never done, never done (she mutters wandering through her yard). This clearly calls for a nice glass of white wine and a movie outside. Have a wonderful weekend!

It will be so worth it when it is finished! I enjoy seeing the stages.

I have 2 letters left to finish my daisy chain sampler! I'm trying to finish it before we leave for Haiti on Monday. I have loved stitching it with my 10 year old daughter hanging over my shoulder, admiring every letter. She even got a stitch or two in on it. We've named all of the letters to describe them: A is adorable, B is brilliant, C is charming, D is delicate,... . Once it's framed, I'll get to enjoy it until next May, when it will become a graduation gift for my niece, who is in my stitching class and who has won awards for her own needlework. It will be a perfect gift for her.

Hi Alicia! I love seeing your progress!

Would you be able to tell me what color/brand of paint the exterior of your home is? We are trying to paint our house this summer and I am trying to track down the perfect charcoal colored paint. Thank you, thank you! :)

Hi Alicia! I can't wait to see the finished deck! In the meantime, I saw this video and thought of you and all your renovations... I hope you get a kick out of it like I did!

Have a great weekend :)

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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.