We were living in our first house when my Mormon neighbor introduced me to Pinterest. I know my eyebrows attempted to invade my hairline when she spoke of “pinning” things to one’s “board”. She mentioned it was similar to pinning things to a clipboard at your house. My mind pulled up a really congested clipboard – something that would likely be seen within the chaos that was my life. At the time, I passed it off as some weird Mormon thing and continued on with my life.
A few days went by and for some reason, I saw others speaking of this Pinterest thingy. Isn’t it amazing how something recur with eery significance? That sentence would seem far more ominous if I wasn’t speaking of a website. However, I am not one to scoff coincidence so, like a fish going downstream, I logged in and felt around this strange site.
At first the notion of a blank canvas felt overwhelming. If one has the ability to search for something, what do you start with? Adding a few friends helped to see what they were interested in but needless to say, I didn’t see the addictive quality. That changed when I moved into a rural area and away from the modern conveniences of Walmart and fast food.
You mean I actually had to cook? All my favorite easy snacks were 30 minutes away!
So, I started the search for easy recipes even my picky husband would like and naturally found my way back to Pinterest. I found a few simple ones, ones that looked good enough to make my stomach rumble and somewhere in between I inhaled the addictive aroma. Without realizing it I pinned Star Wars pictures, Downtown Abbey fashions, recipes, fun crafts for kids, and Jane Austen paper dolls. Unfortunately, the place I went to organize the chaos of my life looked like a mirror of it instead. Everything crammed into one labeled category akin to a monthly to-do list. Letting out a breath, I organized and sorted my passions, ideas, and interests into categories – all done without buying over priced coffee.
Like the boys who used to play Magic the Gathering on the bus ride home during middle and high school, how about we get together and play pinterest!
(Windowing out to grab the link, I ended up pinning some sewing ideas for my kids. Man, I LOVE that site!) WHEN I am ready to tackle the maelstrom that is my sewing room, my kids might just get some cute DIY (Do it yourself) dresses.