Well where to start... It's been a long time since I've written blog posts (about ten years!), so you may have to bear with me a little at times!
Since becoming freelance and working from home I have known that I would need to over haul my website, my social media life and just get with the times. 7 years in industry and the security of the monthly pay packet has made me a little out of touch with technology and where to even start with marketing myself and finding work. Hell even my laptop / computer and printer is circa 2009 and is in desperate need of an update, but more on that another time. Today I'm going to tell you about the creative workshop I went to on Tuesday at the home of Alice in Scandiland.
I've been following Alice and her Alice in Scandiland blog on and off for about a year or two. It was while we were in the process of renovating our own home and sourcing furniture online that I first stumbled across her page. I think it may have been our joint love of Ercol Furniture... but also I really love reading the odd blog here and there.
A few weeks ago I saw on instagram that she was offering up a creative lunch to learn more about Instagram and I found myself thinking... do I need to learn about instagram? do I want more followers? do I step out of this comfort zone that is my house and go and meet some new people and see where it takes me? And I thought hell yes and I also thought her cooking looked pretty damn good so why the hell not!
Unfortunately by the time I had got in touch with Alice I had missed the boat and I had to wait until she launched more dates in August. I looked around and felt a little bit disappointed about the prospect of not actually leaving the house, sad even! I carried on with the weekly routine, searching online for new work, working on projects for current clients and doing the lidl shop...
However, on Monday evening I received a message from Alice saying she had last minute availability on her workshop the following day. I sat and thought about it, pondering whether to make the drive to St Austell... and whether I needed to be spending money on a workshop... and whether I actually felt ready to put myself out there... I mean I don't even have business cards or a logo I'm happy with!
But you know what, I am so glad I did. It was flippin' fantastic. Alice was an incredible host, making us feel at ease and welcome right from the get go. Her home and garden is as beautiful in real life as it is on instagram and was adorned with gorgeous flowers including a wreath on her front door.
I instantly admired Alice and her bravery for inviting strangers into her home and holding such an event, truly an inspiration! Upon arrival she seated us in her garden which is full of wildlife friendly plants including some exceptional Fox Gloves. I got talking with Kelly a lady whom I instantly recognised as we had met 10 years ago on a Interior Design course in Truro. She runs the Midtown Deli & Cafe and Penperth Farm (which I am now desperate to go and check out when I next head to the Roseland). Soon after Anna and Kim arrived, they run JUNO, a stunning homeware and clothing brand of which they make everything for, which is just incredible!
Alice made us introduce ourselves and then spoke about the session and introduced herself. We were invited into the kitchen as it began to drizzle and we were served a delicious lunch of salads and flatbreads. We then chatted about life, business and of course Instagram and how to make it work for us. Alice spoke with such confidence, teaching us the ways and secrets of the platform and I loved how she made each point relevant to each of us.
I learnt so much... with a mismatched instagram feed of homelife, cats, flowers, crafting and travel it was clear I needed to find some consistency and actually figure out 1. What it is I actually am and 2. Post images that will be beneficial to helping me find more work... I'm sure it will come together in time. If you want to find out more about how you can make Instagram work for you you'll have to sign up to one of Alice's workshops ;)
As we left I felt a little sad to be leaving the comfort and warmth of Alice's home, but it was time to put everything I had learned into practice and she had given us some lovely little goody bags to take home.