Late-Summer Garland

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I've been trying to break out of my usual color palette lately, first with the hot pinks and lime greens of Arden's quilt (which is so cute, and finished, and I'm planning to give it to her next week and get a photo) and this past week with an idea for an autumn apron (inspired by the maid's apron in this Marple) in linen with some jewel-toned satin stitch. I didn't really set up this photo, just snapped it as it lay when I put it down so it's not a great pic, but the colors really grew on me, I must confess. I show you the finished 'pron when it's, (er), finished.


Thank you for all of the potluck suggestions! Yippee! Now I'll have to choose! I'll let you know what we come up with. I think I need to branch out with my cooking a little more lately, too. I did wind up printing out all of my internet recipes and putting them in a binder. That took a whole four years and . . . ten minutes. So, I am now ready for more. Thank you!

Andy's two-week vacation starts today! Awesome. We're having a staycation this year, but those are nice; the county and state fairs are coming up (oh joy!), the U.S. Open (on TV, of course), I bought a new puzzle to work on (the ultimate in vacation recreation), have one (measly) night booked at a campground, our block party (fun), an afternoon at the pool with niece and nephew (double-fun), I can't remember what else. I plan to make homemade ravioli. I want to work on the Blueberry Buckle quilt. But I think that's it. That's enough.

As I write, Clover Meadow is rolling around on the floor, moaning pathetically and trying to look as adorable as possible (on back, with paws dangling like a sea otter; on side, batting eyelashes) so that Andy will be convinced to get up and take her to the park. He just looked at her and said, "If you get it cute enough, we'll go."


I'm a fall jewel toned person, so I'm loving your new project!
Sounds like you have some end of the summer fun planned. Have a blast! :)

I love that color of linen! The jewel tones look gorgeous on it.

Susie Sears Taylor says: August 21, 2009 at 10:01 AM

I had a staycation with my cousin. She and I went to some local sites i.e. Cincinnati Zoo, Newport, Ky aquarium, local picnic at a friends porch while we watched a wild rain, thunder, lightning storm. Lots of shopping and eating....home and nearby places can be fun. Love the embroidery, an old, old art but never out of style.

We had a staycation this year too. I can honestly say it was the most relaxing holiday we've had in years. A x

The linen fabric is gorgeous and the embroidery is double gorgeous!

I love your new project! I am new to embroidery, and I always wondered if it was safe to put the hoop over the finished work. I see it is!

We're having a staycation here as well! I don't know if you're a Charlie Harper fan, but there is an exhibit of his work at the Washington State Fair, just an hour south of Seattle. Thats the furthest we're going to go this summer, an over night trip for art!

Oh, she'll get it "cute" enough, I'm sure!

Such beautiful stitching!

Beautiful embroidering!

It sounds like you have a lot of goodness planned for the next couple of weeks. Enjoy it! I can't wait to see the Blueberry Buckle quilt.

Teehee! I don't think Clover is going to have to work that cuteness of hers too hard to get that walkies.

I love the image of her as a sea otter on her back Alicia, so darling and perfect.

(I guess I can always be counted on to comment when there's a Clover mention! I will try to work on being a more well rounded poster.)

We're also enjoying a staycation this year. Actually we were supposed to be doing a beautifying the house staycation but that has been junked on account of sheer laze-mo-itis. We're barely moving under our own steam this summer, so pathetic. Good food, good books, good flicks and good naps. :)

This really reminds me that I've got pillow cases in the drawer of my bedside table waiting for me to finish! Hmm, it's a rainy day today. I just might. I can always look to you for inspiration!

WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR ENERGY? Really, you are some kind of energizer bunny. Love this blog.

That is beautiful. I love the new color palette.

Have a wonderful time on your staycation. Sometimes, I think, those are the best. They really make me appreciate HOME.

Big Hug!

I so love the word 'staycation'! Over here in England we say that we are going to 'Costa Del Backgarden', which comes from the fact that lots of Brits go to the Costa Del Sol for their hols. But Staycation is brilliant!

Alicia, I so love your blog! You make my day - are you my American twin, I wonder, because everything you do is absolutely gorgeous and always something which I would love to do myself. Thank you for the ideas and the inspiration and long may you continue.

By the way - what is half and half (from the recipe yesterday)? Have been trying to figure it out but I'm afraid I cannot work it out at all. The soup sounds so delish!

What a cute project! I love the idea of embroidering on a gray background. And I never knew to stitch the outline of the motif first, then fill it in with satin stitch. You learn something new--from Alicia--every day!

Lovely embroidery! I look forward to seeing the FO. And your vacation sounds HEAVENLY to me! I'm married to Mr. Go Go Go!

those color on the linen are really lovely. can't wait to se the finished product

mmm LOVE these colours. I am SO READY for fall! (I think I've probably said that before; in fact, I've probably said it multiple times lately)

Our Siamese plays the same belly-up "aren't I cute?" trick in order to be let outside for supervised play in the backyard! Little meows and chirrups accompany hers, as she rolls on the rug in front of the back door. How funny are these animals? They sure know how to work the right angles!

The embroidery on the apron is gorgeous.

Troy Louise says: August 21, 2009 at 01:56 PM

Wow, this is so pretty - for special occasions only? Enjoy your stayaction - sounds very nice! I think our four legged babies enjoy them as much as we do.

jo anne hervi says: August 21, 2009 at 02:01 PM

being the mom to a very cute border collie and 5 assorted cats, i especially love the comments about the pets. your handwork is lovely and the quilting is inspirational. enjoy your staycation. we had a week in salt lake doing lots of fun local things and it was truly relaxing.

Natalie B says: August 21, 2009 at 02:44 PM

gosh, I just love that embroidery. looking forward to seeing the finished product :)

Beautiful colours - mellow and rich at the same time. And, of course, perfect embroidery!

We're having a stay-cation in a couple of weeks. Can't wait - a week of relaxing and being creative, instead of chores. Bliss.

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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.