I am going to keep things short today, not because there is nothing happening, but because I have been busy working on the new patterns and everything is rather going according to plan.
While that is good news for me, it doesn’t seem to make very interesting reading.
I have been pretty focused on the new patterns, but in the back of my mind, I am working on a couple of new ornament sets for the upcoming holiday season. I also have a project that is going to be due for the magazine that needs to be something of a spring time theme and I have a few ideas about that.
I am hoping to button up this series of patterns today. While it may seem as if I am moving as slow as molasses on it (well, it does to me anyway!) when I finish the series, I will have ten additional pattern to add to my arsenal. So I need to be patient.
While ‘winding down’ last night, I decided to crawl the boards on Pinterest. I am finding that is fast becoming one of my favorite places on the web. The more that I explore it, the more I enjoy seeing places and things that others consider significant enough to ‘pin.’ For those of you who have not visited it or heard about it yet, you can see what it is all about at www.pinterest.com.
What it is, is a place where you can organize favorites things by creating ‘boards’ (as in bulletin boards). You create an account (very easy to do) and then you can create any number of boards you wish, in any subject that you choose. You can easily put a button in your bookmark bar to “pin” a site, page, picture or whatever to any one of your boards. It is a great way to visually bookmark places and things you like. Unlike traditional bookmarks which are just listed in your bookmark folders, the boards provide a visual reminder of what you bookmarked, so that it is much easier to remember what you saw.
I don’t know about you, but I have an extensive list of bookmarks, yet for many of them I don’t even remember what I bookmarked the pages for or what was on the site. This system through Pinterest allows you to immediately see what and why you “pinned” a particular recipe, project, inspiration, etc.
What is cool about this is that everything is shared. When you pin on a board, it is ‘out there’ for all to see. I know that many of you are concerned about ‘privacy’ and all of that, but this is a public entity for sharing so there is no way to make boards private. While that may bother some of you, I find it to be a wonderful way to share information and see wonderful things and learn about things that I wouldn’t have come across myself.
If you see someone you like, you simply ‘follow’ them and their boards. You can follow just a particular board from another person, or follow all of their boards. You can also ‘repin’ things that they have on their boards to your own, building your own customized board library. It is quite a bit of fun and quite addicting.
I began following this board from a lady called Aunt Ruth and I spent nearly the entire night going through the wonderful things that she had pinned. She has over 20,000 ‘pins’ on her boards in a wide variety of subjects from causes to crafts to beautiful photography. I really enjoyed reading about the people, places and things that she pinned and I found many inspiring ideas and beautiful photographs. And many times, when clicking on one pin or another, it lead me to a whole new world of ideas. And that was just one person’s board.
You can also just go on the main page (the link I provided above) and just go through the categories of what may interest you. There is everything from crafting to travel to recipes and anything you can imagine. While you don’t have to have an account to look through things, I can bet that before long you will find some cool things and want to ‘pin’ them to your own boards and start your own collection. Again – it is a great way to be inspired and is wonderful ‘eye candy’ and a great way to explore new things.
So that is my post for today. I hope to have some new things to show you soon. They are in the works and I am itching to get back to the scroll saw and get my paint brushes out and make something creative. I am still planning on taking Sunday to do some cool Halloween stuff and I am working hard so I can take that time for my own pleasure ‘guilt-free.’ But first there is work to be done.
Here’s a LOL cat to start your day today . . .
Have a great one!
(Oh . . . and Happy Friday!) :D
-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts, Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"