Making Progress

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Okay. Hi. How are you guys?

Bread. Make it!

Really, you've gotta make it! It's so easy and so good.

Bunnies. Yay for little bunnies! I'm getting a lot of questions about them which I'll try to answer here. Here's where we are: We (and when I say "we" I mean mostly the amazing Greta) are still in the process of preparing all of the materials that will go into the kits. We're planning to start assembling them next week. The kit will include a printed pattern (with instructions and templates), all the felt you need to make the bunny and the boots, embroidery floss, dress fabric, ear fabric, yarn for knitting the capelet, and elastic (to finish the dress). Once all of the kits are completely assembled (it will probably take the whole week), I will put them in the web shop and make an announcement here on the blog. ***UPDATE, 2/26/13: We are making really good progress on assembling the kits, and I'm hoping to put them on sale in the web shop on Friday, March 1. Thank you! There will be twelve different dress fabrics (with coordinating yarn for capelets). This will probably be a kit that we will try to keep permanently stocked in the web shop, but the dress fabrics will definitely be changing once these particular ones are sold out, so if you want a particular dress, don't wait too long. We do ship overseas. There will be a downloadable PDF pattern released at the same time that the kits are released for those of you that already have materials — and materials lists will be posted in the web shop so you can see what you need before you purchase either the kit or pattern only.

I'm hopelessly in love with this bunny, whose name, by the way, is Maggie Rabbit. This pattern (and kit) that we are working on right now will only include instructions (and supplies) to make the bunny herself, a dress, a capelet (yes, you need to know how to knit, or find someone who can), and the boots (all pictured here). But I have many more clothes planned. Like, a lot of clothes planned. I can't help it. This little blue knitted dress? I designed and made it over the weekend and it made me very happy. I expect it will be the first in a line of items all designed to fit this bunny. Those patterns will all be available (as I design them, one at a time) only as downloadable PDFs, and we will stock the yarn and most likely the fabrics separately, so you can pick and choose just the ones you want. My plan is to have crocheted things, boy-bunny things, more knitted things, and a basic wardrobe of sewn things.

I expect I'll have the blue dress pattern ready in a few weeks. But I want to finish these kits first, and get them out the door.

What is perfect about this for me right now is that I do all the design while sitting on the chaise lounge with Amelia sleeping between my legs. I don't have a lot of time to get into the studio (though she does like to sit in her bouncy seat in there — skylights!!!), so tiny clothes are things to work such great things to work on out in the living room. My sweet muse is just so inspiring! I have a million ideas for things I want to make for her. She already loves to play with Maggie. I bought her a vintage doll closet thing and some tiny hangers on Etsy the other day, because she will need it!!! Anyway, it's so much fun.

We also got her the cutest little play gym (that's what they call them, I guess — this is the one we got) last week. It's kind of amazing, because last week she was just sort of looking at it. And this week she is completely into it. Now she reaches for it, talks to it, calls to it, makes bubbles at it, bats at it, laughs at it, tries to roll over under it, looks at herself in the little "mirror" thing. It happens so fast. Every week, every day, she can do something she couldn't do the day before. It is so exciting. Her favorite toy is still her burp cloth ("burpie"). And her dress. She likes to hold the hem of her shirt or her dress in her hand. Everything she does fascinates me.

Let me know if you have any bunny kit questions and I'll come back and answer them here, okay? Thank you!

*The bunny and boots are completely hand-sewn with 2-plies of embroidery floss and blanket stitch (this is a great tutorial). The dress is machine-sewn, with a row of running stitches at the neckline and cuffs to gather. The capelet is knitted in garter stitch with short rows (and for these short rows, I just turn the work and start knitting back — no wrapping or anything else). Very easy.

*There will not be a separate pattern or kit for a boy bunny, but you can easily make this bunny into a boy bunny by changing the ear fabric (just use something less flowery, like stripes or gingham or polka dots) and leaving off the blushy cheeks. There will be boy clothes — pants and a shirt and a sweater and overalls — coming soon.

***UPDATE, 2/26/13: We are making really good progress on assembling the kits, and I'm hoping to put them on sale in the web shop on Friday, March 1. Thank you!

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So much GOODNESS!!! I am REALLY hoping that I am not at work the day the bunny kits are available!! I am so afraid I will miss it!!! I really...REALLY...want to make one for my grandaughter..and now that I know there will be clothes patterns too..well, I know, YOU KNOW, just how EXCITING that news is:) Give sweet little angel baby Amelia a kiss from me on her perfectly plump cheeks!!! I love ALL that you do:)

you seem to just be percolating with ideas, bubbling over with plans and projects...how exciting. it is lovely to see life with baby unfolding in this way for you...i can only imagine how content you all must be. love the colors of the liberty print and the green ball of wool...

I love to see pictures of Andy with Amelia and maybe this sounds crazy, but I think she looks like him!

Can you talk a little more about hand sewing the bun? (I am a knitter with minimal sewing skills, especially when it comes to hand work.)

One of my friends is pregnant, so I was looking at your projects on Ravelry for ideas. Amelia has already grown and changed so much in this short time! (I have started a Dale of Norway cardigan for my pal's baby---it's hard to go wrong with something so traditional.)

Cannot. WAIT. For BUNNIES!!! =) AAAAAAHHH! SO EXCITED! =)

And SO MANY PEOPLE are having babies ... I'm going to need to make a lot of bunnies! =)

How do you do it? When I had babies I could barely dress myself, let alone sew and knit clothes for a bunny. *sigh* Some people . . . :)

This is such a cute bunny and I love all the ideas you have for her. I imagine a whole bunny world — bunny bedding and picnic linens, pajamas and rain boots, bonnets and perhaps her own little basket of knitting. Sadly, I know that my own sewing and needling skills are nowhere close to your and that my bunny will end up looking more like a distorted, puckered version of yours . . . *again, sigh*

Those ruddy cheeks and bubbles are killing me.

Those golden, actually golden! threads through her hair.

The look of pure love on Andy's face.

LOVE love love all of this.

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You will SO love these Alicia. Your bunnies are gorgeous, and these dolls are just fabulous!

A matching dress for Amelia and her bunny! I love it. Amelia is the cutest thing EVER. Love and hugs to you all.

You certainly have the best of muses! :-)

Bread, Amelia, and bunnies! It doesn't get much better than that. As a bunny lover, maker, and seller - different in style of course - I am very excited about purchasing and making your beautiful Maggie. I firmly believe there can never be too many rabbits in a little girl's room.

Can hardly wait for Maggie Rabbit! You are so clever, Alicia! Love the Amelia photos and news.

Amelia grows more lively each week; isn't her development just the most amazing experience you have ever been witness to in your life ?~! I LOVE babies and how they grow-I began looking after a little guy born Nov 29th and what a joy it is to hold and snuggle all day with him. His name is Wyatt and my husband asked with a grin, "Wyatt burp?" He's a cutie like your darling and about the same age too so we can have fun together watching them grow.

That little one is so adorable! What chubby little cheeks!

That has got to be the Dutch Oven Bread!
You've made us baking believers with this recipe.
Maybe our weather is in synch... hot bread would
be ideal, right now.
Maggie Bunny is darling. Amelia is extra darling.
Shall I go on?
Yes. Yes, this is a completely darling post. I am
smitten.

So. The blanket + coffee mug + chair + outside = one very lovely morning.

And. Baby. Precious sweet girl. You are so very blessed.

Awesome. The bunny will have to be something I pick up. A great project.

That bread looks good, but this (similar) bread is the one I turn to. I have made it dozens of times in the past year.
http://joythebaker.com/2012/02/easy-spicy-garlic-bread-in-a-pot/

oh my! how cute is that bunny Maggie and Amelia! Thanks as always for sharing such a sweet peek into your life. By the way, love Andy's shirt, looks like a Liberty print, did you make that for him!? Can't wait to create my own Bunny!

This is so exciting! Thank you for your bunny kits! I am expecting my first child and can't wait to make one of your bunnie designs! My mother knits so I will delegate that...lol Honestly, you knitters fascinate me with your abilities! I would lose count all the time. But give me a sewing needle or a sewing machine and I am your girl! Thanks for sharing your creative gifts with all of us along with your beautiful blog! Working on one of your samplers now.

Those cute lil socks! OMG.

how timely. i was just at trader joe's for bread flour. it is supposed to snow up to 14 inches this week here in omaha, so bread making sounds perfect. i love your sense of humour...'floor model'. cute.

I love that bread! Cannot wait for bunny kit!
Your daughter is beautiful.

That bunny is stinkin' cute but still pales next to Amelia! So sweet. And I think her pants are shrinking!
We always liked the Plan toys too. My youngest daughter had a set of wooden boxes that opened and stacked and made a doll house with all the little furniture. I sort of liked the modular design of it. We still have it all, of course. Oh, she'll be 20 next month!! So happy you are so, so happy.

oh my where to I begin?
It is all so wonderful and I must make a bunny.
What a wonderful creation.
Your Amelia is just so sweet and I just had a ton of memories of my boy at this age come flooding back.
WOW!
Amy

That bunny is perfection! I'm so sad my girls may be too big to play with a darling bunny, but I may just make it for *them* anyway (and I in NO WAY mean for me :)

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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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