If I haven't mentioned it before, I am terribly in love with Pinterest. I've always been that girl who ripped pages out of my favorite magazines. I'd tack them to my dresser, or to my parent's dismay, scotch-tape them to the wall paper. Cut-out ideas of clothing and hairstyles, make-up tips, pics of my favorite TV stars or musicians- were all attached collage-like in my mess-of-a-room.
When I was older, I'd dog-ear kid-friendly ideas in books. I'd rip out recipe cards and paste them in notebooks or make collages of my favorite dream-home ideas and pin them up to a cork board. When that was full, I'd use the magnets on the side of the refrigerator. You can imagine how pin-happy I became once Pinterest came along. All the things I'd ever want to tag...were all in one place. It's been fantastic.
The hard part, as most would agree, is that while the recipes look amazing, I don't think I'll ever get to cooking much of it. Though the birthday party decorations are incredible, I probably won't be up to rolling my own paper straws or baking a seven layer cake that mimics a LEGO castle. By the time I share a funny quote with my children, they've already heard of it. 'Hard as it is to admit, will I EVER have that sapphire blue swimming pool that houses both a hot tub and waterfall? Will it also be accompanied by underwater tanning chairs AND a slide/ rock wall/ in-pool bar?
Probably not. But, I'm also not Mrs. Michael Jackson nor Mrs. George Michael (boy, was I naive!) My hair was never sun kissed blond from using Sun-IN spray and I never owned a navy blue Mazda RX7 sports car. Those were the things posted on my bedroom wall. Girls can dream. It's a lot of fun as long as we don't take it too seriously. It should also never make us feel inadequate; only inspired.
Here is a quick picture story of the "real-life" Pin-wall I created this past week. With the help of my boys, I was able to hang up an inspiration board that is personally more applicable to me. I use it for my drawings, apparel ideas, bags-on-deck, photos of loved ones and patterns I intend to make and review. The board is tangible, personal and interactive. There are things on this board that I will use. Things that I can smile over. Projects I will actually complete. I absolutely love it.
I will definitely keep pinning online. It's addictive and fun. But I'm hoping to be drawn a little more to the realistic board now hanging in my little studio. After all, I've got to pin my "crazy" somewhere. It's much more safe for all of us if it's hanging in a basement craft room.
Trying to clean out the disaster that is our garage, I decided to up-cycle an old crib spring. With all of the new safety guidelines in place for cribs, I think it would have been impossible to resell it.
The middle child is my new spray-paint go-to kid. He sanded, painted and repainted that bed spring until it matched the color of that cap. On the downside, our paint sheet now looks like something you'd find on a Dateline murder mystery.....
My boys helped the man hang up up the crib spring to a wall in the craft room. It's kind of a useless, bent wall, so it's perfect for something flat. We used gorilla clips, which I would highly recommend. The springs are so much heavier than they look. The clips hold a ton of weight, even on drywall.
This is a picture of some fabric that I've held onto for years. It is a cotton gauze and I'm in love with the pattern. Some fabric is really hard to cut into for me. I wasn't ready to get rid of it. Not for a bag, not for a dress. I actually have a bin of stuff like that. Hoarders, anyone?
I decided to use the fabric since it would be hanging on my wall. I'd be able to put it to good use while still holding onto it. Yes, Crazy #234. After measuring and drawing unbelievably crooked lines, I cut all of the fabric into strips.
You would be ashamed of me if you saw how I had to touch each "square" on the crib again and again to see just how many short and long strips I'd need.
The youngest and middle child then put their weaving talents to use. This was harder than it might look because it's hanging up. Once you pulled the fabric taut, it would fall off of the next section. After working for a long time, they finally finished. It's not really sweatshop labor if you pay in M&Ms, right?
I used lots of little clothes pins and S clips to hang up stuff on the board. Even with the tight weave, you can pin on almost every square.
From right to left : bags, ideas, bag beginnings, my first shellybean bag and a sweater my husband wore as a baby, family photos and clothing patterns I'm ready to sew.
There it is. You can barely see the fabric I was so in love with. It's not nearly as organized as my Pinterest page. Hopefully though, you CAN see a few things that I find important enough to "PIN".
Did you cut out things when you were younger? Do you pin now? What's your favorite stuff to pin?
Happy (very-late) Wednesday, friends.