My latest and greatest favorite website is a place called Pinterest. Have you heard about this already? If so, good for you! Because then you already understand my appreciation for it so much. I mean, isn’t it absolutely fantastic?! If you haven’t yet heard of this site, please do keep reading… I should be upfront in telling you that I’m *slightly* two thousand and late on this discovery; the site first launched last year (May 2010).
Back in March, my thoughtful and oh-so-current husband had attempted to tell me about Pinterest and that he had opened an account. J. tends to sign up for many things out here in internet-ville because, well, he has a passion for all things fresh and exciting on the web. At the time, I didn’t fully understand the point of the site and was feeling fairly hesitant to join yet another online community that would potentially become a new distraction, eating up additional minutes of my day. But because I’m one curious cat and love any type of place that encourages organization, I decided to scope it out. I had saved the original email that J. had sent me with the invitation, so one evening I went ahead and signed up. The first thing I read was this: “Pinterest: a place to catalog the things you love.” Um, heck yes!! From that small sentence, I knew Pinterest and I were going to be friends. Now that I’ve acquainted myself with the site, it actually reminds me of flipping through my favorite magazines minus the annoying ads and stinky perfume samples. Sa-weet!
But back to my point. What the heck is Pinterest, anyway? Pinterest is a virtual pinboard where you post photos and links to things that you love. These things can be all sorts of goodies you enjoy – from savvy gadgets to wedding inspiration, sewing tutorials, funny quotes, and DIY projects to places you’d love to visit one day, delicious recipes you want to try, and more! In a word: Brilliant. I have found everything from paper packaging ideas, seasonal decor, furniture, and artwork to stunning room inspirations and how-to’s for the home. It’s the perfect place to find attractive bits of inspiration and share them with others. All accounts are public (thankfully, site regulations require things to be clean and appropriate) so the Love Nesters’ Pinterest is open for all to see. And much like Twitter, you have the option of following friends or like-minded individuals whom share similar interests with you. How cool is that?! If you think you’d like to start “pinning” things for yourself, then you simply can request an invite.
Here is what our page is looking like these days…
It’s very convenient to have a place to store all of the things we imagine for our home and directions for how to create certain projects on our own. I always write myself captions underneath my pin that say things like, “Possible idea for the guest room!” or “I would love to paint a mural like this in our future nursery.” or “How to build our own rain barrel.” as a friendly reminder to myself about why I pinned it there in the first place. And voilà! The photo is pinned with a direct link to the website from which it came. Which means no more messy folders cluttering up my desktop. In fact, Pinterest is sort of like our new virtual filing cabinet.
For the past several weeks, I’ve been fairly active on the site. Every time I see something beautiful that I just have to share or bookmark, I pin it. Here is the direct link to our own Pinterest page right here. One other remarkable feature is that you have the option of adding a “Pin-It” bookmarklet to your toolbar to create your very own pins. This makes it super easy to pin things that you love directly from the webpage you’re visiting. Isn’t that great? I’ve tried both and they’re great fun!
To get started, you can simply request an invitation for yourself right on the Pinterest homepage, but I think the current waiting period is approximately 2 weeks. If you would like an immediate invitation, we are able to send out a few of them, so please email us and soon you’ll be on your way to storing all of the things you love! Happy Pinning, everyone!