I resisted the idea of Pinterest for quite a while. Who needs one more addition to their internet routine? But a year or so ago I finally caved, and am I ever glad I gave in! Pinterest inspires my cooking, decorating, parenting, and photography, and is the perfect tool for cataloguing great articles and ideas I find elsewhere on the internet.
Where else would I find these homemade vanilla instructions, this great updo tutorial, this creative photo idea, this ingenious under-the-table-hammock picture, or this to-die-for trifle recipe all in one place?
With its depictions of other people's seemingly perfect patios, birthday parties, and hand-painted vintage china hutches, Pinterest can sometimes be overwhelming. But if I remind myself that other pinners share their edited moments, not their weedy gardens, dirty dishes, and unwashed clothes, I am able to feel inspired but not inadequate.
I also try to avoid inspiration overload. If I've pinned five baby toy ideas and five recipes, perhaps it's time to shut the laptop lid, roll up my sleeves, and transform a few of my pins from dreamland to reality. Most of my pin-to-reality success stories come from my food board. (Probably because we have to eat every day, but we don't necessarily have to have mod-podged lampshades on our nightstands.)
Are you on Pinterest? What's your favorite way to use the site? Have you implemented a successful pin-to-reality ratio, or do you use the site more for entertainment and elusive "dream house" inspiration? Who's your favorite pinner to follow?
Gotta go--I need to make some homemade fruit snacks!
Image credits: skinnytaste.com, boysgerms.com, loveingreeklife.tumblr.com, saralynnpaige.com, thehealthyhomeeconomist.com, pinterest.com.