Monday, September 26, 2011

Something Missing

Well Hello, Blogland friends!

Can you tell I have been busy? Its only been six+ months since I've posted. Remember that job offer I accepted back in February? Well--let's say that I didn't really have a full understanding of how much time would be left at the end of the day for me when I took it.

Its a classic story, right? Getting back into the full-time world of work after five years of working from home and consulting. All of a sudden in this new world my time is not my own. It has taken some getting used to, and some strong organizational skills to navigate.

I haven't been wholly absent from the social media sphere, however. My Twitter account, though mostly geared toward my work at Ovation has been growing steadily. I am also a regular poster on our blog, OvationNation. And even though I am enjoying the job immensely, part of me is missing. I've been mulling it over for a few days.

I have a family blog, Under A Shady Tree. I have this blog, which combines my love of antiques, crafting, baking. But really, what it all is is storytelling. I am a storyteller through and through. But where do I blog when I have a few precious moments? Under A Shady Tree? Here? I feel pulled in two different directions. What I am considering is closing Under A Shady Tree and posting family content here. Why not? Those of you who read VP get the occasional family tidbit anyhow. And why not? Its part of the fabric of who I am.

And--I'm a marketer, through and through, and I gotta say, the ring that Vintage Pollyanna has as a blog name is so true. It resonates with me, and clearly with the thousands of readers who stop in here to lurk, or to read, or to say hello.

I've missed you guys. I think I am coming home. Stay tuned.

Monday, February 21, 2011

A Fun Ruffled Scarf from an Old T-Shirt

So as I mentioned in the previous post I have been absolutely dying to buy one of Lindsey's scarves over at the Pleated Poppy. But, now that we are adding up the initial costs of full day preschool for James and daycare for Ella, my start-up clothes allowance for my new job is shrinking. So, I looked at her scarf, searched around Blogland a bit, begged a t-shirt off of my husband and tah-dah!! I made this scarf in about five minutes.


Make it!

I found a great tutorial here.



Friday, February 18, 2011

A New Venture -- But Don't Worry, VP is Staying Put

Oh my goodness, readers, I know you have been waiting on pins and needles to hear this, so here goes:


Whoo hoo!! I know, I know, it has been a simply CRAZY whirlwind of a month since I found out about the opportunity and went for it with guns-a-blazin'. I mean, I worked my HINEY OFF and with such a great result!

The position is a senior level Marketing Director for a company that I really admire. I'm not going to say who just yet, as I will be signing the paperwork to make it official next week. Then I'll let you know. But in the mean time, I need to start building a wardrobe!

Now, while the true, born-in-the-wrong-era Allison wishes she was going to be headed off to a Mad Men-esque office, I don't think I can really pull off the Joan look. I mean, auburn hair is SO HARD to maintain, right? (tee hee).

But I can remember to have little pops of Allison style coming through, which means I need to start pulling together some key items for my office wear!

It is time to shop! Of course I will need one of these, from my own collection:

And then I'll need to buy this pattern from V & Co. to make a fabulous skirt:

Of course I'll be sporting this necklace around the office:

But I also need one of these fabulous ruffled scarves from the Pleated Poppy:

And I DEFINITELY need one of these Pedal Pusher pins from the Pleated Poppy as well:

A girl needs a little funky jewelry, too, so I also have my eye on this pendant from SaraWaxWing on Etsy:

I am a little eclectic yet conservative to a point (especially in office wear) and I tend to wear a lot of black and grays but with nice pops of color or chunky accessories and of course the occasional ruffle!

Do you have any great suggestions for me from Etsy sellers or Blogger that you love? Tell me in the comments section, and be sure to give me a link!


Tuesday, February 15, 2011

So Long Tell me Tuesday, It's Been Fun!

Hello my friends! If you are checking in to post for Tell me Tuesday, I have sad news. I am no longer going to be hosting the party.

There are a couple of reasons why this is the case.

The first is that McLinky Tools is now charging a subscription fee. While I understand that, I don't currently sell any of the items that I create here on VP, so I can't really justify the expense.

On another note, my current interviewing process for a job I would adore is winding down, and I am very close to finding out if I have received the position. If that is the case (and I have my fingers crossed) I will be returning to full time work and will need to let some things go, among them Tell Me Tuesday.

That said, I do not plan on ending my blogging here on Vintage Pollyanna. I have developed a nice group of followers, and I still enjoy having this space to share my treasures.

And speaking of vintage treasures, my Dad has some fabulous items in his Ebay auction this week! Here are a couple of them:

Vintage Wooden Painted Folk Art Bird

So again, I am sorry if you were coming to link up and I have disappointed you. I have really enjoyed making new friends, and hope that you will continue to come back and see what is going on here in the world of Vintage Pollyanna!


Saturday, February 12, 2011

I'm Back! with A Little Love Day Goodness

Wow, readers, what a whirlwind of a week it was!

I am 85% sure that there will be some great news coming out for me at the end of this coming week, so I don't want to jinx it and mum's the word for right now. But THANK YOU for hanging in there with me!

Last Year's Valentine's Day Handmade Goodies

With all of the craziness going on the last few weeks with this possible new change, I have completely forgotten about Valentine's Day (or Love Day, as my boy calls it). Last year I was a sewing crazy lady and pumped out about ten fun gifts for family and friends. No such luck this year!

I know, me, the woman that always tries to make handmade cards and gifts took the store bought route this year. Sometimes you just have to know what to let go of to make your life simpler, and this year I thank Hallmark for stepping in and delivering my messages of love.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, and a sweet as chocolate Love Day!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Taking A Little Break

Hello my friends, remember when I mentioned that I have a lot of things going on, including the possibility of returning to full time work? Well next Friday I am giving a presentation that will hopefully seal the deal for this new position. That said, I am taking a little break from Vintage Pollyanna to work on my presentation. There will be no Tell Me Tuesday for February 8th, so that I can prepare.

Thanks for all of your support and stay tuned for new developments!