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November 04, 2013


Faith proctor

I love the bloomers with the brown dress. Did you use a purchased pattern for those or make up your own?

Marjorie Hansen

Try putting sweet Mimi's footies in Robies. Great toddler shoes from Canada.


Little Miss A is growing so fast. Her Halloween costume is so cute. Love the photo's you've taken, the leaves, neighborhood, especially the last one of Little Miss Amelia's tiny feet.

Not to worry about the coming rain - just means you'll have tons of time to use your new sewing machine (lucky lady).

Can't wait to see what you'll make first.


I so know what you mean about the sewing machine purr.
I have had only two machines in my life and my first was a exact to my grandmothers vintage singer. Once I got a new one 10 years ago it too purred but now it is on its last leg and I can't seem to give her up.
Your descriptive details of your walks send me goosebumps.
I miss all those things soooo much.
but I also miss the rain so I would be happy with that too.
Happy Autumn


This is just way too much adorable to handle. I love her little costume.


Sweet, sweet clothing! When Hubby and I first married 42 years ago, I bought a brand new Sears Kenmore sewing machine for $100, and it is still with me, going strong. It, too, is a basic and very heavy portable made of mostly steel. For a while, I dreamed of a new one and treated my machine with benign neglect(didn't keep up with the cleaning and oiling). Then, I discovered that many quilters love this machine! I cleaned it up, appreciated it anew, and am now cranking out clothing for my little granddaughters as I did for my four children.


All so adorable! I love the picture of Amelia toddling with her Daddy, and Miss Clover watching from the corner. too sweet! My "little" girl (who turns 8 tomorrow) wants a costume like Amelia's!! You are so clever, she looks beautiful. Your new machine sounds fabulous ... I was just thinking a day or two ago, that mine is doing well after 13 years ... my mother-in-law bought it for me when I got engaged to her son :-) It was the best present she could've thought of.


Hi. I've been following your blog for about a year now. I'm not much for commenting, but I just wanted to let you know how much pleasure your blog gives me. Thank you.


your fall sounds blissful. amelia is gorgeous as always. love the brown dress. one of my favorite colors and the boots are just awesome! perfect addition to her wardrobe!


Fun! I also love the whole 'retro vibe' of the photos. And DAYS of rain? This is why I just sit here in warm Orange County, California and wail while reading your blog. Any rentals on your street? ;-)

jody mellenthin

congrats on your new machine which will rock your sewing world! Your skills are first rate, so you should have a machine that can keep up. I felt guilty when I upgraded my 25 yr old Bernina. Sometimes I really want to go back to it!
Mimi looks delicious in her dresse with pantaloons! She is the perfect model - little miss peaches and cream! Sometimes when you post pics of her napping, she has a 'nappy' effect on me - I want to go and find a quilt and cover up for some zzzz's!

Margaret Stedman

Lovely photos. I have been lurking on your blog for ages. I bought my sewing machine 51 years ago and it is still going strong. An Elna from the days when they were made in Switzerland!

Vanessa {a Fanciful Twist}

Alicia, I have a serious question.

HOW on earth can you cope with Amelia's utter complete and total cuteness??????


I would want to squeeze hug her all day and just watch her cuteness every second of every moment.

Wait, I bet ya do ;)

What a girl, what a girl!

Oh my.



Your daughter is just simply gorgeous......

Erin H

Oh to think about how many more dresses you can make for Amelia in less time with such a fast new machine. I always love reading your blog. Working full time and settling into a new (old) house we seem to always be busy and I haven't broke out the sewing machine or knitting needles in way too long. With all the beautiful things you make for Amelia it's nice to see a little shirt or outfit from Baby Gap that I recognize. There is a lot of ugly clothes for 1-year-olds out there so it's difficult to find cute stuff unless you make it yourself.

Carrie Matson

How funny- I had a feeling you would have Amelia be a matryoshka doll for Halloween! I am going to e-mail you a picture of my little matryoshka doll from this Halloween!


I think that Amelia has a better wardrobe than me. Love those piles of autumn leaves. Isn't it exciting to have a new machine - I got a new Janome about 3 weeks ago - I love how I don't need to use the foot pedal, just have to remember to push the stop button.

Teresa Kasner

Hi Alicia! I always get excited when your blog pops to the top of my list.. it's like I've come to visit with you and get to have tea and hear the latest news. I packed up my pumpkins and have brought out my turkeys.. :-) I hope some dry days come back for your walks.
((hugs)), Teresa :-)


Little Amelia looks like a doll in her Halloween outfit…. so cute! Her clothes are all so precious, too! I love seeing photos from your walks and around Portland. Portland looks just glorious this time of year… even with rain. And I love your dining table photos with the soft candlelight!


Awww Alicia how is she possibly up on her feet already?! Wasn't she just born two minutes ago? I absolutely adore her costume, how delightful.

I empathise with you on the rain. Here in Scotland it isn't just that it rains, but it almost rains sideways thanks to the wind and it's literally freezing here - we are just home from a school Hallowe'en/Guy Fawkes night and it was 2C (35F) on the car themometer. Ahhhhhh never mind it's only 5 months until Spring...

Beth in Maryland

Brown is definitely one of Amelia's colors! What an adorable little dress.


I always look forward to your new entries - your writing, talents, and family stories are always a ray of sunshine. Not to mention your posts make me want to visit Portland. Beautiful. I know you haven't asked for input, but we moms [sometimes compulsively] like to share what worked for us..... Baby Gap Socks and Robeez soft soled shoes were the only things that would stay on my boy's feet and they never seemed to bother him. Not to mention you have the excuse to shop for the sweet little girl styles.

glenda penner

Oh goodness. I didn't have Halloween on my mental radar as I scrolled down through your pictures and I thought Amelia was wearing a beautiful baby rain poncho, instead of a costume. Could actually work amazingly well with sleeves added and made out of waterproof breathable fabric.
We get a bit rain obsessed here on the rainy coast.


Killing me with this cuteness! Literally gasping as I scrolled through these sweet pics :) xoxo


Darling clothes for your sweetheart! The crocheted dress reminds me that I recently inherited a magical box of old knitting and crochet patterns from the 1930's through the 1970's. Included in the mix is a great booklet of children's crochet patterns from 1939. The influence of Shirley Temple and Princesses Margaret and Elizabeth is sweetly evident, and the copy is very much of the era. I'm not a crocheter, but thought of you. PM me if you'd like this fun book for your library! It's actually in amazingly good condition, considering how old it is.

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