Yes, that’s right, Cedar Hill Farmhouse (the blog) was created 10 years in March of 2011. I named it after our farm, and hit the publish button. I had no idea what I was doing, but that never stopped me. It was one of the best decisions of my life, and opened up a brand new world to me that I could not imagine before. I started it to connect with other like-minded creatives and to share photos and stories about my house. I learned a lot, honed my writing and photography skills, made a lot of mistakes, learned all about internet trolls, and poured my life into the blog. I worked from early in the morning until late at night most days to create content for readers. I am thrilled that because of sponsorships and affiliate relationships, I have always been able to provide my content free of charge, even though this has been a full-time job for most of the 10 years.
The reason I mention all of this is to encourage you to follow your creative passions. Pick up that paint brush, start writing, or fire up your sewing machine. You probably know what it is that you want to do. But maybe you think it’s too late. Maybe you think it’s not worth the effort, or you worry that you really aren’t good at it. What if you fail? What if you are really bad at it? What if people think you are silly? The reality is that other people’s opinions of you are none of your business. I don’t want you to have that regret, that you never tried that thing that you always wanted to do. If you love decorating, offer to help your friends who are ‘design challenged’. They will appreciate the help!!!
If you’ve been reading this blog for awhile, you probably know a lot of this, but there are always new readers, so here we go.
This was the first photo I uploaded to my blog. Well, what can I say? I’m a mom, and I used to be a portrait photographer. The little one teaches 5th grade now!
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I’ve met so many wonderful people because of this blog. I’ve had so many opportunities to work with fabulous brands because of this blog. The magazine features HERE, my book HERE, and the fun of working on a TV show (in the background) has all been because of this blog.
TEXAS FLIP N MOVE HOUSE WITH KELLY
TEXAS FLIP N MOVE HOUSE WITH MY DAUGHTER
It’s been a fun, fun, fun ride. As I look back over the past 10 years, it is with much happiness. I remember all of the good times, and tend to forget the bad, like the time the free hosting service took down my blog and I didn’t have a backup. It was eventually restored, and I learned some valuable lessons,
- Always backup your blog.
- Pay for your own hosting, so you don’t have less worry about your free hosting taking down your site for no reason.
I also am looking to the future. Lord willing and the creek don’t rise, I hope to continue my blog, at a leisurely pace and to continue our weekly podcast.
I’m still decorating obsessed and I don’t see that changing. As for big projects, I am planning to add some space to our farmhouse in the coming years, anticipating moving there full-time in the not too distant future. I don’t have a date yet, but we did decide that is probably where we will land, so that’s something. It only has two small closets, and not a lot of countertop space in the kitchen, so I see several areas I would like to make changes. I’ll post about these projects when we start working on them. Right now, I pinning images for the project. You can follow the board HERE.
I also want to add more color to our farmhouse, so that will be part of my plan. I know a lot of you love color and are so tired of the grays and the neutrals. I get it! I am ready for a change too. I still like both, but now I want a change.
I wanted to answer a few questions that I have gotten lately here.
The rug I designed for Dash and Albert sadly is sold out, so it is no longer available. Someone thought I might have some inventory at my house, but that isn’t the case. It’s a cream linen rug with a blue stripe. I wish I had a stack of them, but I don’t.
I’ve been looking online to see if I could find something similar for you. I’ve found a few.
You can find the podcast Decorating Tips and Tricks in Apple Podcast app, Podbean, Spotify, etc. or go to our website HERE.
For an update on my book, French Accents, it looks like they are redoing the kindle version, and it isn’t available right now, but shows a new release date for any day now. It also appears they will be offering a paperback version (March 2021) along with the hardback version. You can find the book HERE.
Every year at this time, I think of you and am so grateful for your support. Well I appreciate you all year round, but every year on my blog anniversary, I try to express my appreciation to you.
We recently recorded this episode full of hot picks for your spring kitchen. It includes links for all of the products we mention. If you just want a link to the show notes, you can find them HERE.
Thanks for including me in your day.