I LOVE Pinterest! And I confess that I can get lost down the Pinterest rabbit hole more often than not. I do try to be restrained and stick to 10 mins before bedtime or first thing in the morning but invariably I end up wandering and lost. Happy, but definitely side-tracked and lost!
For those of you that might not know what Pinterest is, let me give a brief explanation. Pinterest is an online digital mood or vision board. While it’s considered to be part of social media, it doesn’t really work like Facebook or Instagram.
You can follow people and boards. You can like content and leave comments on pins but it works more like a search engine (think Google). You can search for every kind of content you can think of. You can pin images, blog posts and website articles.
Once you’ve set up your account, you then create boards e.g “favourite recipes”, “dream holidays”, “quilts I want to make and so on”. You can add pins to your boards within Pinterest or if you’re browsing online and see something you like you simply pin it from there.
How To Use It
There are many ways to use Pinterest from creating a mood board for a specific project to saving recipes or ideas for craft projects. Creating a vision board of favourite outfits or ideas for your home.
It’s also a great way of saving articles, tutorials or blog posts you want to read at a later date.
I love creating boards that are just lovely to look at. They don’t really have any specific reason. Merely a collection of imagery I love and find inspirational. For example, here’s my “So Pretty” board. A collection of imagery that I think is pretty and inspires me:
Pinterest for Makers and Quilters
However, my most favourite way of using Pinterest is collecting ideas for quilts, sewing projects and crochet makes. Generally, ideas for getting creative. I love seeing how others interpret a quilt or crochet pattern. I love seeing how using different fabric pulls can completely change the look of a pattern. All of this is done by searching on Pinterest and saving the results. It’s a great way to put together colour ideas for a quilt or sewing project. Finding new patterns and lot of tutorial from the very basic “how to” to professional and experienced.
Here’s a couple of my boards that I hope you’ll find inspirational and helpful too:
Quilting Tips & Tricks
A Little About Pinterest Etiquette
As a little side note about Pinterest, please remember that all the content you see on Pinterest was created by someone. And often it’s someone that has taken the time to create beautiful photographs. There are people who work extremely hard running their own businesses or websites and love to help and give away stuff. That doesn’t mean it’s ok to post it on Instagram or Facebook. You can pin images on Pinterest to your heart’s content. The image is tracked and there is an original source. You can click on an image and it’ll take you to the original website or blog post, gallery etc..
Don’t use those images on your own blog or social media unless you get permission first. Contrary to what many people think, just because something is on the internet doesn’t mean it’s “free” and anyone can use it.
There’s nothing wrong with saving an image to your computer/phone for your own personal use - to use as a reference for colour or something but it has to be just for you. A basic rule of thumb is treat other people the same way you’d expect to be treated. Imagine yourself in their shoes.
Down the Rabbit Hole
I have barely scratched the surface of what Pinterest is and how it works. I wanted to share with others how I use it and hopefully inspire and encourage. It’s great fun especially for us creatives and a wonderful resource for inspiration for our creativity.
Honestly though, I have lost many hours down the Pinterest rabbit hole! I kid you not. I don’t regret it though, ha! I love my Pinterest boards and I have also discovered some amazingly creative people and projects.
If you’re on Pinterest, please do let me know. Or follow my Pinterest board and I’ll be happy to follow you back. I love seeing how others use Pinterest.