Today I am pleased to share with you Sunday Morning Coffee. This is a place to share, learn, explain, dream, and have fun.
Thanks for joining me for Sunday morning coffee. Today I am sharing my weekly thoughts about entertaining, decor, crafts, and recipes, and Instagram tips from my four years on Instagram!
A Little Bit About Me
My 100 Year Old Home is Four Years Old on Instagram and Today I am Sharing Instagram Tips
Yesterday was kind of a fun day. It was the four-year anniversary of my first My 100 Year Old Home Instagram post. Some of you might remember I was a full-time artist and started my Instagram because I was hoping to develop an audience who would buy abstract farmhouse paintings. I wanted to create an abstract painting collection for farmhouse-style homes.
Here is my first post.
I am laughing because I shared an eighth-month-old photo of our home. You would have thought I could have walked out in front of our home and taken a new one, right? Apparently not.
Fortunately things have changed a lot in four years.
What a wild and amazing ride it has been. Fast forward four years, and no, I never created the painting collection because everything happened so fast that I never had the time.
This is my full-time job. In fact, I recently hired my best friend (as in forever) to work together with me and I love every second of what I do. I never imagined, in a million years, that I could make living doing what I’ve always loved to do. I love to style my home, make crafts, create new recipes, and entertain. This has been such a natural evolution of combining my passions, my life, and my work.
When I first started my Instagram, I did get a little bit lucky. I did my homework and figured out the hashtags that I needed to use so that my posts would be seen. A few weeks after I posted my first post, Better Homes and Gardens reshared the photo of my home. By the next day I had almost 10K new followers. That is what I call lucky!
But as with everything I do, there is also a ton of work put in behind the scenes. That’s ok, as this is not about the destination, it’s about the journey. And, what a journey it has been.
The first few years of being an Instagrammer, I did pay attention to how many followers I had. There were many milestones along the way. I was in New Zealand with my family when I was really close to 100K followers. As I approached the magical 100K number, the number kept going up a few and then down a few. I finally figured out that it was my children unfollowing me because they each wanted to be the one to be the actual 100,000th follower. Aargh!
Since then, I have not focused on gaining new followers.
Instead, I focus on keeping the ones I have.
I think if you focus on sharing great content for everyone that already follows you, new followers will naturally find you. For me, sharing is the key, it’s not about showing. Why is that?
It is because there will always be a prettier house, a better recipe, and a more creative craft on Instagram. But I don’t focus or think about that. If I share ideas and teach how to make them, then this is a lot more valuable than just showing pretty pictures.
I prefer to teach things that I am passionate about. I actually feel that I have a responsibility to my readers to share creative ideas and thoughts they haven’t seen anywhere else.
I wake up every morning thinking about this.
I don’t know if these were the Instagram tips you were looking for, but you really need to just be yourself. Share, don’t show and, don’t worry about how many followers you have. Have fun!
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I am blessed that this is my full-time job and I can make a nice living doing this. I get asked all of the time how I make a living, as in who pays me?
I earn most of my income in three different ways:
- I partner with brands, just like a magazine, to share information and photos about their products.
- I have advertisements on my blog. You don’t have to click on them, but if they are of interest to you, that is great too.
- Lastly, I earn affiliate income. If you choose to make a purchase on anything I have shared, from Amazon as an example, I make a small commission. Of course, it doesn’t cost you any more.
After four years, my business is now a small media company. I work hard to continually evolve my brand and pursue new opportunities. I have some exciting plans this year and I can’t wait to share them with you.
But I will always remember one thing. I couldn’t do this with out all of you.
I am so grateful for your support.
Around Our Home
The New Worldwide Headquarters
I want to share a little behind the scenes with you today. Last week I moved the “World Wide Headquarters of My 100 Year Old Home” up to the attic on the 3rd floor of our home.
I know you are probably laughing, but it really was a big move. Suddenly my business feels 1000% more like a business. I am much more organized, I have a HUGE space to work, and at the end of the day (or night) I can turn off the light and head downstairs for family time.
This space is so perfect.
Ok, it’s not perfect. I already have a list of renovation ideas, which includes an awesome wood tabletop that goes on top of the pool table, lighter painted walls, slipcovers for the couch, painting the coffee table, recovering the chairs (I did choose that fabric for the seats many years ago …) and maybe finding a vintage table for our desk.
Functionally, it is perfect.
We have double computer screens, a TV which we project information for our daily morning meetings (from our phones or computers) and also to gain inspiration from shows like Fixer Upper, TLK … The Lost Kitchen, and any Nancy Meyer movie ever made (because of the spectacular decor).
The wall space is awesome because we now have my editorial calendar up on the wall. You may not realize this, but I plan out my blogging and Instagram content weeks and months in advance. And yes, everything is color-coded.
Right now we have three months of content ideas on the calendar. I know it will change but the ideas are all there!
The pool table is a phenomenal space for staging, crafts, organizing and planning, much to my family’s chagrin. Someday, we may learn to play pool. Just kidding. As I mentioned, I want to cover up the pool table with a wood table top.
It’s also amazingly convenient that my Craft Room Storage is on the 3rd floor also.
We also have a great lounge space for meetings and reading.
In the last four years, my “office” has literally been all over my home. But none of the places never quite worked.
I started working on my family room table, then moved to my craft room, and relocated to my family room couch during Covid.
This was my spot in the family room. With my laptop on my lap.
The problem with trying to work on my laptop in the craft room was that I needed the space for crafts. The problem with working on the couch in our family room is that every time I sit there, I have a reflex to grab my laptop and phone, which my husband (and I) did not love.
Now that the WWHQ is now in the attic, I have a much better delineation between work and home. One of my goals has been to not work as many hours and having a designated space has done wonders to my state of mind.
Thanks for joining me on a tour of the new World Wide Hadquarters. Haha.
A Tip For Your Home
Mix it Up
When I first started styling tables I often mixed glassware, silver, plates, chargers, and placemats. I didn’t do it because I was being clever. Rather, I did it because I didn’t own enough matching pieces!
Over the years I have collected a lot (and I mean it is a lot!) of china, silver, and glassware. Now when I set a table I always mix it up and don’t even look to see if I have enough matching pieces. That’s because I don’t want it to match.
Try this. It is so much fun!
I used four different dinner plates on this table. I love it so much.
Reflections on the Week
What a fun week we had! I loved sharing a few things about our Waco home, our “temporarily gray painted home”, my obsession with apothecary jars, gluten-free donuts, and photography tips!
My Favorite Things
In the Craft Room
My friend KariAnne at Thistlewood Farms made these No Sew Pillow Covers. I love them. Follow this link to the complete DIY.
Janine at Happy Happy Nester made these Easy Tissue Paper Flowers: Pear Blossoms. Aren’t they beautiful?
I found these on marthastewart.com and love these Clever Ways to Reuse Empty Wine Bottles
Accounts I Love to Follow on Instagram
Carleen @Prarie Wood Design.
Erin @Erin Sunnyside Up
Christina @The DIY Mommy
Shanna @Simply Mine Designs
Things I Love That Are On Sale
… but usually never are!
As far as I know, the Cricut Maker has never been on sale at $100 off the regular price. If you have been thinking about buying a Cricut machine, this is the machine you want. So buy it now. Because they won’t last. And it may never be listed at this price again.
Good Things From Martha
Martha Stewart listed the 2021 Craft Trends they are inspired to try. Click on the article to see what is trending. I was happy to see crafts like Paint By Number Kits and Embroidery Kits on the list.
My Favorite Comments
This is one of my favorite comments ever. The fact that anyone would think I am Joanna Gaines is the nicest compliment ever!
Patricia: OMG I just connected who you are. I watch your show all the time, and when you mentioned Magnolia it dawned on me and my husband loves Chip. Keep doing what you do!
Leslie: Oh my gosh Patricia, you just made my day! Sadly, I am not Joanna Gaines, but I love Magnolia and everything they do as much as you do!
One Healthy Tip
Going Gluten Free
I mentioned last month that I am now Gluten-Free because I am following a new health plan to ward off Alzheimer’s disease.
The last eight months of “gluten-free” eating have been so much easier than I expected. Why? Because there are a lot of great gluten-free products available at your local markets.
Here are a few of my favorites:
- Gluten-Free Flour – King Arthur flour, Better Batter
- Gluten-Free Soy Sauce – Kikkoman or San-J Organic Gluten-Free Soy Sauce Tamari
- Gluten-Free Crackers – Good Thins or Milton’s
- Gluten-Free Pasta – Barilla (They have every kind of pasta you want.)
As you saw in the photos of my post-it notes, we have a lot of content planned out over the next few months. This week I will be sharing two new blog series. The first is Get Better/Feel Better and it’s all about helping and bringing love to others. The second series is called Make It or Break It and I will share ways to make things that are expensive to buy.
This week I am also sharing Flower Arranging with Fresh Flowers, a Fireplace Dinner for Two, Favorite Spring Wreaths, and a Bread Recipe that I have wanted to make forever!
I promise there is never a dull week at My 100 Year Old Home.
Catch up on Sunday Morning Coffee
- Sunday Morning Coffee Volume 7 – Why I Love to Entertain
- Sunday Morning Coffee Volume 6 – February is All About Living Beautifully
- Sunday Morning Coffee Volume 5 – Our Beach House in Ventura, CA
- Sunday Morning Coffee Volume 4 – The Story of My 100 Year Old Home
- Sunday Morning Coffee Volume 3 – I Think I Might Be Martha’s Biggest Fan
- Sunday Morning Coffee Volume 2 – A Tribute to My Mom
- Sunday Morning Coffee Volume 1 – How Chip and Joanna Influenced My Life
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