Tuesday, October 4, 2011

an interest in pinterest: halloween goodness

A friend in my neighborhood posted on our Google group, looking for ideas her kids could make each other for Christmas. I suggested she look on Pinterest. Here's a follow-up to my reply:

I agree with Pinterest, but be warned, it sucks you in like a giant crafty black hole, never to be heard from again. Evil. Awesome evil.

I busted up. It's true. And yes, I was the one who shared the "awesome evil" with Denise. I'm so ashamed. :)

Yep, I'm officially addicted to Pinterest. I refer to it all the time in my conversations and a couple of times, I've even dreamed I was pinning--really.

I'm always surprised by how many people don't know about it. If you're not familiar, it's a place to gather the things that interest and inspire you and "pin" them onto boards you create.

pin + interest = pinterest.

It's the perfect organizational tool. I used to have a million posts and websites "bookmarked" on my computer. But trying to find them again was a daunting and time consuming task. Now I simply go to Pinterest, open my boards, and the information is all there, attached with a photo. It's pure genius.

I get ideas for activity days and Relief Society meetings, recipes, tutorials, home decor, crafts, sewing, quilting etc., from the site. Here's a list of my personal boards (or categories):
  • buttons
  • celebrate
  • cupcakes
  • digi
  • ella's room
  • fashion love
  • garlands
  • health
  • hints
  • holidays
  • home
  • kate
  • kids
  • little fashion love
  • make
  • organization
  • it's all in the packaging
  • photography
  • pink
  • polka dots
  • ribbon
  • ruffles
  • salads and fruits
  • sew sweet
  • stuff i love
The boards pretty much sum up my lifestyle and the things I love.

Here are a few things I pinned for Halloween onto my "holidays" board:

1. fabric pumpkins pattern: retro mama etsy shop; 2. spider handprints: childsource.ca; 3. halloween wordart: coco prints etsy shop; 4. pumpkin-filled lanterns: inspiration for decoration blog; 5. halloween crackers: martha stewart; 6. halloween tablescape: gordon gossip blog; 7. trick-or-treat bucket: two sisters designs etsy shop; 8. halloween labels: blush printables etsy shop;
9. monogram pumpkin tutorial: butler's blog

Another great aspect of Pinterest, is that you get to see what everyone else is pinning and can pin them onto your own boards. That means there are a million other eyes out there looking for the best ideas and inspiration. It's a major time saver--unless you spend too much time pinning and that's when the evil comes in. :) You can also follow others boards who have similar tastes and styles to see just what they've added. I spend ten or fifteen minutes here or there pinning away. It's my un-guilty pleasure.

If you want to join in the fun, drop me an e-mail and I'll invite you. Or you can request an invite on the site, but it takes much longer.

So celebrate Halloween early and enjoy some awesome evil-ness. :) Get pinning!


  1. I also am on the addictive website called pinterest. I now spend more time there and feel less guilty then telling people about my time I spent(note I said spent not spend) on facebook. I love your blog that I stumble upon and after I finish this comment to you, Ill be checking you out on pinterest. So all you people not familair with pinterest check it out both of us highly recommend it!

  2. I just found you through pinterest - I am writing this at 9pm at work when I should be home! I have already amassed a number of crafts I would love to do at home, and I will probably end up spending more time on pinterest then making them at home! Looking forward to following your blog!

  3. Another pinterest addict here... but you already knew that! Love following your pins!!

  4. Yep, I love pinterest too! I have a board dedicated to "festival of nativities" since I'm helping design a wall in the gym this year :)

    New to your blog, found you from your activity advent post!

  5. What did I tell you? Too much fun! I think Karen takes the award though--still at work at 9pm--because of Pinterest!? Funny. :)