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About The Pinterest Effect

I hate Pinterest.  Well, at least at one point I had that feeling and that is what sparked the creation of this blog.  I’ll start at the beginning….

I am, like so many other bloggers, a stay at home mom.  I have two wild boys ages almost 4 and almost 1.  (To learn more about me click here). When I first heard of Pinterest, I thought I found the best thing that the internet had ever produced.  It sucked me in for hours, way too late in the night after the kids had gone to sleep.  It got my mind spinning with fun ideas of things to do to my home, activities to do with my boys, gifts to give to my friends, outfits to buy if I ever loose the baby weight and food to make when I’m throwing lavish parties.  I loved my life and now it was going to get even better with this online guide book on how to be awesome.  Days went by, and turned into weeks. I always had Pinterest up on my computer for my precious few minutes of down time, I dreamed of all these great things I was going to start doing soon.  You can probably figure out  the rest.

Not long after I discovered my newest obsession, we decided to sell our tiny 1925 home in the heart of one of Seattle’s hottest neighborhood (Ballard) to move just a few miles north to Edmonds to provide our kids with more room to grow, and most importantly, lots of space to run around with a huge yard.   We got busy with the move, yet I kept pinning ideas for our new home and  how perfect it all would be.  It provided a light at the end of the tunnel that is the stress of selling/buying a home and moving.

After settling into our new dream house, I started to really resent the way I felt every time I logged onto Pinterest.   I was reminded of all the things I haven’t done, all the things I felt I’d probably never do. Pinterest had just raised the bar in my mind of what my life should be full of.  Lame, right?  My days were spent unpacking boxes and just trying to keep up with the daily grind of the new house.  As it turns out, when you have two young kids, even unpacking a few boxes is a huge accomplishment.  To top it all off, I see all my friends pinning away all these amazing things they MUST be ACTUALLY doing.  Wow, what great moms, home decorators, photographers, style mavens, wives, housekeepers, cooks, fashionistas they all are!  Right?

Finally, the tipping point.  My younger sister, Olivia, was raving to me about a project she just did she found on Pinterest.  I remember thinking ‘you mean you actually DID something you pinned? I didn’t know anyone did that!’  It was at this point I just HATED Pinterest.  How could something so great, make me feel like such a huge failure!? Like I said, I truly love my life.   I thought about starting a blog that was called, but Olivia talked me out of it.  She reminded me if you actually do a project/recipe/etc. here and there, it is an amazing resource.  So, I decided to stop pinning and start doing!  I have a blank slate of a beautiful new house to turn into a home (the name of my board I’d been pinning to – HOUSE TO HOME) and two awesome kids who could use some fun preschool/baby activities, my wardrobe needs serious fixing up, I want to learn more about photography, and I could use all the help in the world when it comes to cooking,  the list goes on and on.  So, I’m going to do it.

I started this blog, honestly, to keep myself accountable.  To have a place to reflect when I feel like I have gotten nothing done beyond the daily duties, nay, joys of mommyhood.  I’m not doing anything novel, just ask that lady who blogged about cooking her way through Julia Child’s cookbook.  I’m not doing anything heroic, there are much bigger problems in the world than completing dreams ‘pinned’ on the internet.  I do not claim to be an expert in any category whatsoever, but just getting off the computer and doing something will be so fulfilling – or will it?  This is also a test to see if actually doing these project will make me feel like the person I think I’d like to be.   Will it fill the need for a creative outlet in my life?  We shall see.

I figured I’d need to set some ground rules or guidelines going into this, so here they are:

The Pinterest Effect’s Top 5 Guidelines

1. Projects will be inspired by pins found on Pinterest.  Some will be following the instructions provided (with my own twist I’m sure), some will simply be inspired by an idea, photograph or words.

2. In the Pinterest spirit, I will always give credit where credit is due.  I will credit and link back to the original website if it is provided and credit the pinner by linking to my original pin.  (Click on the photo of the original Pin to link to my Pinterest Board).

3.  I will be sure that my projects are diverse.  They will not just be crafty-stay-at-home-mom-sensory-table ideas,  just kids art projects or freezer meals.  I will cook recipes, apply decorating ideas, do kids crafts, grown up crafts, hairstyles, tell stories inspired by quotes,  and who knows what else the year will bring.  I plan on trying to incorporate very trendy Pinterest themes (can anyone say Chevron or Ombre? Two things I didn’t know about until Pinterest came along) as well as rare finds.

4. The year will start July 1, 2012 and go through July 1, 2013.

5. I will complete 100 ‘projects.’


5 Comments leave one →
  1. Trisha permalink
    April 24, 2013 5:54 pm

    I want to be in on the remaking of the wardrobe one. Please?

  2. Holly permalink
    July 2, 2013 1:12 am

    I can’t believeI’vefound your blog just at the day after your end date – how bizarre! I love it! Your comments re Pinterest resonate greatly… we have a spare room I refer to as the Pinterest room! Mine is a very recent obsession!


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