Cranberry Countdown

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Good morning, coffee! Here we go!

Well, the house is clean, the menu is set, and the guests' plane arrives in about an hour, so I am excited.  Clover's been walked so she should sleep for most of the day, and I should go turn on the basement refrigerator, which I always forget to do. We got an electric turkey roaster ensemble this year for the first time. I didn't even know they made such a thing! How awesome — you stick the turkey in it, turn it on, and then your whole oven is freed up. I hear that the turkey may have trouble browing in this thing, but I'll let you know how it goes. I think Andy is going to start it off in the oven, then transfer it over for the rest of the cooking. He does the turkey by himself, I just eat it.


Santa Lucia kits are getting assembled and are on track so far. I placed another order for wooden parts and paint so those are on their way. Unfortunately, if you didn't get one by Friday, they are sold out since I really want to get them to everyone on time and with the numbers as they are I feel like I am pushing it. Which is a good problem to have! But I am really sorry if you didn't get one. It's a busy time so there isn't a lot of wiggle room, unfortunately. But I think I'll redo these kits with general fabrics, not as Lucias but just sweet little calico sisters. In a few months, though. More for spring. Yada yada.

Anyway, so, okay — signing off here for a few days. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone — I wish you happy cooking, family happiness, and much general fun and joy!


Delurking to wish you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Wishing you and your family much happiness and love! Thank you for the beauty and kindness you bring us often!

Happy Thanksgiving to you, Andy, Clover and your family! Have a fabulous time with your guests. I'm thankful that your blog is here to continually provide inspiration to live life beautifully and artfully. Thank you Alicia.


SO happy I got to get one of the kits. They are going to make THE perfect gift. Happy Thanksgiving to you...hope that turkey turns out perfect!

Wishing all of you a grand Thanksgiving, cozy and wonderful! Blessings!

My mom has one of those electric turkey roaster things, kinda like a big crockpot just for turkeys! I think it works great! The turkey tasted great and if I remember correctly it was browned, although it was already carved up and on the platter, but the most important thing is it tasted the same! Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, Alicia. I am thankful for you, your words, and your talents that will light up my mother's eyes on Santa Lucia Day. May you have a cozy, wonderful, loving week with the family (and an outstanding Turkey from Mr. Paulson). Can't wait to hear all about it!

Happy Thanksgiving!

One of the things I'm thankful for this year... your blog. It's a bright spot in my day to visit with you and see all the projects you have going on. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.


I have been using one of those turkey roasting ovens fot a few years now, with excellent results. It is sooooo nice to have the oven free, and your turkey will be very moist! (Thanksgiving is my FAVORITE holiday, so I would not be recommending something that would mess up the turkey!!!) Have a Happy Thanksgiving and thank you for sharing your sweet self, precious dog, and inspiring ideas with us.

happy thanksgiving, Alicia!

Happy Thanksgiving to the Paulsons. Thank you so much for all you share here.

Okay, so ... This might sound weird, but my daughter (age 15) and I recorded Crafters Coast to Coast just so that we could see your episode. (My daughter simply knows you as "Clover's Mom", as she loves Corgis.) Anyhow, I just loved the episode and, after reading your blog for over a year, it made me brave enough to leave a comment.

So ... hey there, Clover's Mom. Have a great Tuesday.

Have a glorious Thanksgiving, ya'll!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!!

Happy Thanksgiving! Your kitchen looks beautiful!!

Not that I was being nosy, or anything, but the waterfalls on Friday sounds like a great idea. :)

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! I thought I was the only one who put (sp?) on my lists - made me giggle. Have a great week. Cheers.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Gobble, gobble.

happy thanksgiving to you alicia and the whole family - we don't have thanksgiving where I live but it's such a lovely holiday I feel I must join in...and anything that involves sweet potatoes or pumpkin is something I want in on...happy dayxx

Oooh. Yes, please on the general kits. Happy Thanksgiving.

Ack! Just reading this... I'm getting excited for you!!

Happy Thanksgiving to your and your families!

Enjoy it all!

It sounds like you are going to have a wonderful Thanksgiving! I love your kitchen, it looks beautiful with the twinkly lights. (Is twinkly even a word?)

Happy Thanksgiving to you, Andy and Clover!

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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