I’m a frequent visitor of Twitter. I enjoy it. Short, to the point, entertaining, enlightening. But that’s for another post. I’ve gotten to know several Christian women, found great conversations and contests, and links to blogs I now follow.
It was while I was on Twitter that I kept seeing “Pinterest” pop up. “What the heck is Pinterest?” you ask. Well, because I’m nosy, I decided to go find out what it is. And I got pinned!
Pinterest is a sort of dream board online. A vision board. A virtual collection of favorite things. Pinterest is a clutterbug-messie’s BFF!!! I can collect my favorite things – make shopping lists – keep track of recipes – mark wish-list items – and share them with friends & followers and DON’T have to worry about finding a real place for any of it!
When you have a Pinterest account – which you can only get by invitation – you can set up your individual “boards” (think categories) where you can then “pin” pictures of your favorite things from all over the web. You can upload your own pictures, too.
There is pretty much no end to the creative license you can take in creating your own boards and adding pins.
You are given a standard set of categories which you can keep or delete. You can set up your own categories and add “pins”. These are the links / pictures you can mark as a favorite.
Say you see a vintage pattern that you love: Pin it!
Say you see a picture of a vacation spot that makes you happy: Pin it!
You find a recipe on Pioneer Woman: Pin it!
You find GREAT printables on a blog you like: Pin it!
If you see a recurring pattern, you can create a new board and move and rearrange pinned items to a more specific categories.
Here’s what Pinterest has to say about itself:
Pinterest lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and organize their favorite recipes.
Best of all, you can browse pinboards created by other people. Browsing pinboards is a fun way to discover new things and get inspiration from people who share your interests. To get started, request an invite.
I actually have a “S’mores” board. Many of the recipes I linked up with on my S’mores post this week came from Pinterest. And now, I have a S’mores Board.
It’s not like I could really have a S’mores shelf or cabinet at home. That would be a waste of space in my little kitchen – not to mention DANGEROUS with temptation.
I supposed I could create a S’mores section in my homemade cookbook.
Instead, I can keep my recipes (with gorgeous pictures) online via Pinterest and pull them up whenever I’m in the mood for a little toasted sweetness with melty chocolate and graham-y crunch.
PLUS! Pinterest lets me see friends’ collections of ideas, inspirations, and favorite things. It’s a fun way to peek into your friends interests. I can “like” something they’ve pinned, repin it to one of my boards (since imitation is the sincerest form of flattery) AND comment on my friends’ selections. It’s the best way to window shop – and learn something new about the people in your life!
Anyway – it’s a fun thing to do and if you are interested in joining – let me know!!! We can follow each other and share our favorite things!!!