July 1, 2014

Be Sure to Pin This!

Pinterest is a dangerous, dangerous thing. If you are on there you are well aware of this. First, it's a colossal time suck. You go on thinking you're just going to look up a recipe for that chicken that needs to be cooked, and the next thing you know it's been 4 hours and you're now planning your dream wedding--even though you've been married for 20 years! Second, it's the leading cause of what is becoming known as "craftastrophes". This is what happens when you see a seemingly simple craft project and set out to duplicate it, only to realize you don't have a crafty bone in your body and you've now glued your fingers to your cheek while coating yourself in pink glitter and popsicle sticks.

Here's a warning to all: Pinterest is not to be entered into lightly! Be prepared to enter into a twisted, complex maze of boards, links, and rabbit trails.

For me, the biggest problem is that I CAN make a lot of the stuff that's on there, and so I hoard crafty pins like I hoard ribbon and scrapbook paper. Because, by golly, one of these days I AM going to make that wall art made from plastic spoons!

Like others, I do have my dream boards. You know, those boards that are filled with the "I wish..." or "If
only..." pins--like the one filled with enough clothing and outfit pins to put the local Neiman Marcus to shame. Or the board filled with healthy, nutritious dinner recipes that would ensure my family eats non-processed, organic, gluten-/soy-/cruelty-/flavor-free meals that will have their skin glowing and their bowels regular, all while supporting villages in Ghana where they make their clothes out of hemp. So, I do have those boards that even I am willing to admit are a longshot at best, but for the most part, my pins fall under the category of "To Do".

And there are so many things to do, so much imagination to tap into. If I find a particularly cute pin I want to hide it away where no one else can see it. That pin is mine, MINE! I saw it first! (Forget that it's probably been pinned 13,000 times already.) Not only do I want to be able to say, "I'm so creative (for pinning this)!", but also, when I am trying to sell that item at a craft show, I don't want to listen to passersby say, "I saw that on Pinterest. I could totally make that myself!"

And it's not just crafts. I have planned out Halloween costumes for the next few years as well as parties in which to celebrate my favorite holiday. I have a perfect garden and landscape plan for when we move into a different house. And the interior of that house? To DIE for! If our country as we know it starts to break down, I have prepper plans at the ready. Hey, if you're not prepared for the zombie apocalypse, don't blame me.

The best thing about Pinterest is the possibilities. All those recipes, all those how-tos and step by steps, all that inspiration and motivation is just sitting there, right at your fingertips, just waiting for you to break out your sewing machine, glue gun, or crock pot. It's enough to make me want to run away from work and head straight to the nearest Micheal's, screaming, "I throw off the yoke of employment so that I may embrace my Pinterest muse and make the world a healthier, homemade, organized place!"

And one of these days I'll do it. Right after I finish learning how to make my own toothpaste.

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