Tuesday, July 26, 2011

A Confessional

I've "discovered" a new site on the internet that is both handy and fun.  The site is called Pinterest, and it's quickly gaining popularity.  Pinterest is a virtual pinboard where you can organize and save all of the recipes, tutorials, photos, and other fabulous things that you find on the internets.  So, for example, I am about to embark on my first quilt, and I have only a clue as to how to go about starting.  So if I do a search for "quilting tutorials" on the web at midnight, I get a lot of hits back that look interesting.  But it's midnight and I don't want to read them all right now.  So I can pin them to a board that I've named "Quilting" on Pinterest.  This is my board and I can organize it, name it, and use it however I like.  But here's the other cool thing: other people can see my boards, and I can see theirs.  So I can also do a search on Pinterest for Quilting Tutorials and see what comes up there.  Trust me, there is A LOT of cool stuff on Pinterest, and I've had to limit my time there (because I could easily spend all day looking at other peoples collections).  I personally have 35 different boards, and I love it that I can come back to them, click on the photo, and it brings me right back to the original location where I found it.  Recently, I found a crochet tutorial for making bowls.  I printed out the pattern and promptly made four nesting bowls; aren't they pretty? 

Now I know that the internet is vast, and our time and attention are limited.  Pinterest isn't everyone's cup of tea, but I love it so much that I thought I'd better share, just in case it is yours.  You can follow my boards on Pinterest, if you decide to sign up; see you in the ether!

7 comments:

quinncreative said...

Thanks so much for explaining it. I've heard Pinterest, but sometimes I just feel overloaded with all the things you "have" to do on the interwebs. But this is EXACTLY what I have been looking for--a way to hang onto research in one place till I can go through it and find the really useful ones. Thanks!

Colleen MacDonald said...

You bet! I totally know what you mean about so much obligatory web-ness. Twitter? It just isn't my thing. But Pinterest is fabulous!

Victoria said...

I JUST read another blog post on Pinterest! It was only a few weeks ago that I stumbled upon it, and decided that yes, I am apparently living under a rock, as I was clueless to its existence. ! Hope to join soon!

Colleen MacDonald said...

Let me know if you want me to send you an invitation, Victoria. Sometimes when you request an invite it takes a while for them to get back to you. If that's the case, I can just send one to you...

Lilyworks said...

How interesting this Pininterest! :-)
Would you be able to invite me?

Colleen MacDonald said...

Hi Lily,

I just sent you an invite; check your spam box if you don't see it. Have fun!!

The Mayberry Sparrow said...

Gorgeous! I've been looking for some quick projects to take on the go with me, maybe i'll give these a shot!