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I don’t have a project this week, but that’s perfectly alright because I felt inclined to share some of my favorite pins lately over on Pinterest. The majority of the things I’ve been pinning as of late revolve around food I want to make, looks I adore that inspire my wardrobe, photographs that are beautiful, and any hand lettering goodness I find inspiring to my own craft, and stuff that my talented friends (and Internet friends, too!) are up to.
I began this Completely Pinteresting feature on my blog because I do find that beloved website so very interesting, and I wanted to share how I was using Pinterest to inspire me – maybe inspire others too! I’ve read a few things lately that seem to bash the idea of Pinterest, and I feel like I’ve got to defend it as if Pinterest is my best friend’s kid sister. Back off, Pinny, haters! (I just made that up on the spot now, I don’t call Pinterest Pinny! Although, that is pretty cute!)
I’ve heard people scoff at the “lack of creativity” of people using Pinterest, that they have to curate and reblog beacuse they can’t think of things of create things to make on their own. Yeesh! That’s crazy! I, for one, use it as a guide. Yeah, I’ve created things that are pretty similar to whatever initially inspired the project I’m making, but more often than not I’m putting my own twist on things.
The thing about Pinterest is you can totally get swept away in going pin crazy, but it’s the next step, the action, that’s the key. I feel motivated to do, to make, to create, after I spend time looking through friends’ boards. I don’t know if there’s proof to back this up, you know, proper studies of the pinning habits of the masses…but I think the most actively creative people are the ones embracing Pinterest the most. It’s fun to use it as a visual cookbook (to actually cook/bake the food I pin!), and to see the kind of inspiration others are having. It’s also incredibly interesting to see what seems to be trending, too. I’ve found countless blogs I know read regularly, and products that I’ve actually bought, after seeing them on Pinterest.
But, you know what? If people are simply just pinning things and never doing a thing beyond that, whatever! Why are people all up in their business anyhow? I know there are so many pins of recipes and DIY projects that I’ve yet to tackle, and I certainly don’t see a problem there. Right? Right. Okay, I’m done. I’ve used the word ‘Pinterest’ in this post a bazillion times.