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Its 2 in the afternoon, and I need an idea for a snack that my son can take to school for the class. I go to check out Pinterest, and there are a million super creative ideas that would be perfect for children, but how do you have the time to be so creative if you actually have children? Bleh! I go with making banana bread.
My daughter announces she wants to be a fairy for Halloween, and while I have a few ideas, a few more wouldn’t hurt. I start checking things out on Pinterest, and before I know it six hours has passed and while I have found some beautiful fairy costumes, none of them are DIY and they are all for sale through Etsy for big bucks. I go back to Plan A, make her a no-sew tutu, and buy the fairy wings & wand with a coupon at Joann Fabrics.
I’m tired of the same old dinner recipes. I pin a ton of recipes that look absolutely delicious and relatively easy to make. An hour before dinner time, the chicken is defrosted, and I go back to Pinterest to find a recipe for that night, and none of the pins are actually linked to a recipe. They all just go to photos from magazines, or foodie websites, and that’s if I’m lucky. Ugh!
Does any of this sound familiar? Then you too have been sucked into Pinterest. Don’t get me wrong, I do love Pinterest, and check it out about once or twice a week for a little while for ideas. But that’s it. Ideas.
I know that some of the things that I see on Pinterest that catch my attention fall into the same category as pages I rip out of magazines – great in theory but not realistic in this season of my life for whatever reason (usually because of finances or time).
But, even still, I love Pinterest. I hate that I let it suck away my time that I could be doing other things, but I feel like it could be a valuable resource for ideas. Why not! There are worse things I could be doing with my time.
I don’t have a separate Pinterest account for RAFOAB, but here is my personal page if you’re interested in seeing what types of ideas catch my attention online.
Do you have a love hate relationship with Pinterest? Have you tried any of the projects that you have found there? Were they successful? I’d love to hear about it!
I have been bitten by the Pinterest bug.
At first, I didn’t understand the appeal. Why go around and “clip” photos of things you like and then “pin” them to your board for all to see? Then, I actually tried it out and I’m hooked.
You see, the appeal is that you can create a visual idea file of things you like or want to try.
Planning a wedding? Create a board to gather ideas that you can share with your fiance, florist, wedding coordinator etc. Having a baby? Create a board of ideas for the nursery. Like to cook? Have a board of photos for all of the yummy recipes you want to try.
The ideas really are endless. I have a recipes board, one for fun food (making healthy stuff look appealing to kids), cupcake ideas, sewing projects I want to try, and so forth. I think my two favorite boards are my organization board and the DIY & Crafting Board. I love flipping through magazines to get ideas for these things, but would end up with pieces of paper all over my desk of projects I’d like to try, that would never happen. Now, all of those little clippings are on Pinterest and I have them at my finger tips for whenever I get the desire to complete a project.
Just a note: If you join Pinterest through Facebook, then ALL of your activity will be shared on your Facebook wall. Join through the link above or by posting a comment below and I’ll send you an invite. Sometimes, Pinterest will put you on a waiting list, and if that happens then you need a direct invite from someone currently on the site.
So, what do you think of Pinterest?