Thursday, November 20, 2014

Along Magnolia Lane -- A Brand New Blog!

I kind of fell off the edge of the earth for a while there, but I'm crawling back on -- and with a whole new look!

I found myself stressing much too much about blogging, and trying to keep up with two blogs -- and in reality, nothing much was getting done on either blog. Mostly, my vintage blog, Magnolia's Attic, was the one falling apart at the seams, but Magnolia Surprise seemed to only have posts for Alphabe-Thursday and not much more.

Sooo, I thought and thought, and fumed and worried, and finally decided to reduce the stress and only have one blog. So I continued to think about how to accomplish this, and what I wanted to write about…. and came up with Along Magnolia Lane. So, although the look is a  bit different, it's still me behind the keyboard, and I hope you'll keep following -- and that Magnolia's Attic followers will join me here on Magnolia Lane as well. I basically just changed the name and look of Magnolia Surprise -- I didn't want to start a whole new blog, just spiff up the existing one and merge the two.

I wanted to keep the word "Magnolia" to tie in with my Etsy shops, and I wanted to blog about the things I make and the things I find on my thrifting excursions, as well as adventures with Noli, fun stuff I happen upon, and of course, letting Oliver take over my blog every now and then (he's got his own kitty agenda so "letting him" isn't exactly the right word…..) Anyway, I think this is the right direction to take, and I can again feel the excitement of an idea popping into my mind, or taking a cool photo, and rushing to the computer to write it all down!

I had some fun yesterday designing my new banner…. Magnolia Roseville vases that were my mother's, Magnolia aka Noli, a sweet and serious pic of Oliver, and some crochet foodies. I have purchased a pattern for a crochet magnolia which I plan to put in the place of the food…. so the food is just a holding place for now. I thought the Roseville would indicate vintage, the crochet magnolia would be for crochet (duh!) and of course Noli and Oliver are my partners in crime. 

Oliver insisted that I include a photo of him and threatened dire consequences if I didn't
So I got him good..... and only showed his foot and tail.
That'll teach him!

Don't expect that crochet magnolia for a while yet, although I'm anxious to make it….. I've got to work on replacing foodies in Magnolia Surprise that were depleted by a large order! Yay!! 

Double yay for the little girl who will find a bunch of fruits, veggies and desserts under the Christmas tree!

Wow, I've really got to get used to these larger photos! They seem HUGE!

I have written a little introduction about Magnolia Lane and I'd love for you to read it -- it's an imaginary place but hopefully explains a bit about my three Etsy shops in a fun way. I am not one to bombard you about the stuff I sell, but since that's a large part of what I do every day, it only follows that I would write about it!

I can't wait to get going on my new blog and hope you will follow along!  It's still a work in progress -- I really need to change up that right sidebar!

Funny how Along Magnolia Lane just happens to begin with the letter "A" and coincides with the 10th beginning of Alphabe-Thursday. You'd think I planned it that way…..

~ sharing on 
Alphabe-Thursday where we are studying the letter A
Ivy and Elephants for What's It Wednesday
Knick of Time for Vintage Inspiration Party
Share Your Cup Thursday



storybeader said...

how great to consolidate your blogs! I'll love to see the antiques, along with your escapades. I never realized where Noli's name came from. Is that just a nickname that you made up, or her real name? Everything looks wonderful - congrats.! {:-D

carol l mckenna said...

Great blog ~ love the photos ~ especially your cat!

Went through cutting back to one blog ~ these things can consume much time ~ even thinking of more simplifying ~ will see,

Happy Weekend to you,
artmusedog and carol

Jim said...

Nice job, Sarah B. My favorite is a tie, the eggs and the carrots. You see I like food.

Good "A" fodder also, it worked fine. Good too on the consolidation. I should consolidate my two also but somehow I can't figure out how to do it good. A whole NEW blog might be the answer (Jim's Little Photo and Poem Place and Jim's Little Blog).

Then there is the other I keep active but haven't posted on it so far this year ["ask Dr. Jim (blog)].

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

I think it's an excellent idea to combine the two. I can barely keep up with one so I can't imagine how you would keep up with two.

I love the new look and look forward to reading about your adventures!

Natashalh said...

Two blogs is definitely a hassle! I love the new banner - Oliver's feature photo is great.

pasqueflower said...

Congrats on the new blog. I like your new look.

Duni said...

Congrats on the new blog look! Simply by looking at the header readers will know what it's about! I like that you inlcuded pics of Noli and Oliver :)

Paige @ Little Nostalgia said...

Two blogs is such a hassle. I tried to do it for about a year and it just wasn't happening. One of them always got neglected, haha. I'm excited about what you're doing here! It will be so much easier for you. :-)

Wandering Wren said...

I love bigger photos on a blog, 'all the better to see you with ...!!!" The cat photo is absolutely fabulous.
I'm impressed you have had two blogs, you enjoy the new look, single blog, we your readers certainly will!
Wren x

Kc W said...

I love the new look and I'm glad you have found a way to make it work rather than giving up blogging. I know I'm going to enjoy my visits to Magnolia Lane.

Memories for Life said...

The new look is great. And I think it's smart to put everything together. It's all still part of your life, so it makes sense to put it all together :)

Anonymous said...

I know from experience, it's hard to keep up with more than one blog - and very time consuming! Your crochet foodies are cute:)

EG CameraGirl said...

Wise decision, methinks, to concentrate on ONE blog. It's not worth the stress to have two, which I found out the hard way. :)

Jenny said...

I can just feel the relief emanating from your words!

Too much is just... umm...too much! ha!

I love the idea of crocheted fruit for a Christmas gift. Hopefully I will remember that next year for my baby niece!

It was nice visiting you!

It made me smile when your link opened up.

Thanks for linking to Alphabe-Thursday Letter A.


Jann Olson said...

Looks lovely Sarah! Keeping up with two blogs would be exhausting. lol! Can't wait to see more!! Thanks for sharing with SYC.


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