Weekend links

Are you on Pinterest? It has seriously been one of my favorite Internet finds of 2011 (thanks, Megan!). It might initially seem like a time suck, but if you use it for good and not for evil, Pinterest can help you more easily find and store those things you’re always finding on the web. You know, those “What a great idea! I need to bookmark this in such a way that will help me find it and then actually do it, too” ideas. I’ve actually done a few of the ideas I’ve found there, instead of just admiring from a distance.

So for today’s weekend links, I thought it’d be fun to just link to some of my favorite Pinterest boards.

• I’d Make That :: My board for all things crafty and how-to. I pin here more than any other board, so I should probably divide these up into sub-boards, so I can find things a bit easier. Like this DIY lampshade recovering how to from Beach Vintage.

• I’d Agree With That :: Funny, thought-provoking, or just plain silly, these are great quotes I don’t want to forget. Such as this brilliant observation from NPR’s Ira Glass.

Another fun Pinterest find, a sign from Slippin’ Southern.

• I’d Hang That :: Being in full-fledged nesting mode since we moved to a new house about a month ago, I’m always on the prowl for art. I love original art, so this board is where I pin art I’m particularly interested in for our home. I adore this idea for displaying myriad kids art on a miniscule scale from A Thousand Words.

• Kids :: Anything I think my kids would like, I pin here. Craft ideas, funny photos, whatever, this board is for my three little people. Tate already made this can-knock-down game from Party NV.

• Fall :: I’ve got a board for each season, but fall is definitely getting the most love these days. Hopefully when the dust has settled on this new home and we’ve gotten into our school routine, we’ll do a few of these ideas. I really love this cider served in an apple idea from Gimme Some Oven.

And if you’re still not sure exactly how to use Pinterest in all its glory, Megan of Sorta Crunchy wrote an excellent beginner’s guide.

“Pinterest is like coffee. It’s a way to pick yourself up during a five-minute break, but don’t consume it at night or you won’t get any sleep.”Rachel Meeks

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Tsh Oxenreider

Tsh is the founder of this blog and just finished traveling around the world with her husband and 3 kids. Her latest book is Notes From a Blue Bike, and believes a passport is one of the world's greatest textbooks.

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  1. Oh my gosh! I love that graphic at the top. Awesome!

    I think you are SO RIGHT. After the initial WHEEEEEEEEEEEEE! rush of Pinterest, you *have* to reign it in and discover how it works best for you. Use it for good and not evil – absolutely. hee.

  2. I have tried more projects and recipes since using Pinterest. Our brain remembers visually and I really use my pins!


    Homeschool Boards: School and Fun and Art Ideas (I teach our co-op art class)

  3. I am sitting here coffee in hand TRYING not to head over to Pinterest!!! I love that site and have actually found some great recipes through it as well as some friends.

  4. Tsh, does this mean you’ve ditched delicious.com or how have you used both simultaneously?

    • I use Delicious for content—words, if that makes sense. Pinterest is very visual. And actually, even though I have a food board at Pinterest, I still use Delicious as my cookbook because of the tags. So… I use ’em both, in different ways!

      • Tsh,
        Thanks for the reply. I’m trying to decrease (or at least streamline) my media consumption, so I’m hesitant to even head over there, but I value your opinion, so…maybe when the weather is gray here in Seattle (‘cuz that never happens :)) I’ll venture over there.

  5. Thanks for the links!!! great posts indeed!
    Larissa from How to Look Natural MakeUp Tips

  6. I love delicious and pinterest. I think I am going to have to set up seasonal boards too! Thank you for the great tips!

  7. The makers of the push-pin need to watch out. I used to be that girl who’d rip pages from magazines and put them up on the corkboard. Not anymore with pinterest! I love it.

    Also love that quote about it being like coffee … so true!

  8. I think of Pintrest like a flickr for book marks. It reminds me a lot of google note book but more public. I really like how easy it is to be able to look at what I have collected at one time visually, rather than trying to remember the title of a page or blog. I also really like how you can explore what others are collecting. I try to use it for projects and “important things” but of course it’s pretty easy to wander through fashion and craft links.

    My homeschooling board: http://pinterest.com/inkspots/learning-happens/

  9. No!!!!! I’ve been avoiding pinterest like the plague, but now I’m just going to have to try it out. You know in my spare time 😉

    I’m a big fan of delicious for bookmarks.

  10. I’ve tried SO many new foods and recipes since discovering Pinterest! And I’m finding my creative streak that had gone missing for YEARS!!

    My name is Gena and it’s been mere hours since my last pin. 🙂

  11. I give up! Too many people saying too many good things about Pinterest! Going to set up account now …

  12. Please, please–how can I get the Narnia poster? Now Pinterest is just taunting me!

  13. Hey Tsh,
    I love following your blog from here in Quebec. I find this whole pinterest thing intriguing, so i asked them for an invite.. how long does it take them to get back to you? If you get a chance, would you mind sending me an invite yourself? (I’m assuming that’s how it works?) 🙂 Anyway, yours is the first blog that I’ve ever subscribed to, so i guess my world is slowly opening as my main social outlet was solely FB!

  14. “Hi TSh,
    I haven’t really tried exploring Pinterest, and now I feel like I am missing half of my life here. Thanks for sharing! :)”

  15. I’ve held out on Pinterest for awhile, but I definitely see how it could be useful – I’ve just come across a ton of DIY play kitchens there as inspiration for a Christmas gift to my two kiddos. If you have any invitations left, I’d love one!

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