I’ve talked about Pinterest before, but I didn’t fully start to take advantage of it until this fall. If I were pressed to name the most helpful internet app in existence for folks like myself, who love crafting, clothes, design, food, etc. etc, it would definitely be Pinterest. It is a total game changer.
Pinterest works by allowing you to grab screenshots of images that you like and when you click on them later, it takes you directly to the website where the image came from. This is huge for DIY folks who want to save a project idea for later or for shopaholic who want to remember that cute outfit. As you can see from above, it is also a OCD paradise for folks who like to keep their visual lists organized.
I find that I am pretty consistently shocked at how useful Pinterest is. You would never think, or at least I wouldn’t have, that looking at fitness inspiration pictures would be enough of a push to get you back to your regular work outs, but it is! Or alternatively, how quickly you could spiral back down the path of glutton with all the great recipe ideas. In fact, my entire Festivus food menu this year was based on stuff I had seen on Pinterest (with the exception of the buffalo chicken dip from Ryan’s Megan).
Your boards become insightful about what really moves you aesthetically, too. I probably could have told you that I like soft neutrals, classic touches like picture frame and crown molding, but when I look at my board as a whole, it is pretty obvious from what I was drawn to when I was poking/pinning around the internet. As my friend, Erin, pointed out, it seems like I’m never completely satisfied with how our home looks, but when I look at my For The Home pinterest board, I see the future potential for fun tweaks and not drastic changes from what we now enjoy.
As I’ve mentioned before, I do have a love of clothes and have a pretty distinct personal style that has evolved from my days of 15 layers of oversized boy clothes. (Trust me when I say my teenage years were NOT cute.) I love that I have at my finger tips, access to great images of outfits on which I can put together my look. You don’t have to own everything in the pictures, but if you can take the concept and run with it, then that is fantastic.
I’m probably heading a bit too far down Navel Gazing Lane at this point, but I’ve leaned pretty heavily on Pinterest this year for quotes and images that soothe my overactive brain. In a tribute to the great Miles, I named my favorite board “GreeninBlue” (backwards from his track, Blue in Green on the album, Kind of Blue, of course). Even now, while I’m typing up this post, I find myself getting sucked into the quotes and thinking about what was going on in my life when I pinned them. There is so much wrapped up in the words and images. Memories, good and bad.
Anyway, if there are any of you out there who have not jumped happily on to the Pinterest bandwagon and wanted to give it a try, email me. I’d be more than happy to shoot you in invite and do a quick tutorial to get you started!