A co-worker of mine once said, “The best of Monday is being on Pinterest and pretending it’s not Monday.”
Yup. That sounds about right.
Are you on pinterest? I can’t get off it. Sometimes I blame it for zapping my creativity (too much looking – not enough doing) but I’m not fighting it right now. I love Pinterest and Pinterest loves me. And while it is wonderful to have a feed full of new ideas and input from hundreds of people, there are a few I find myself pinning over and over (Want to know who you repin the most? Look in the upper right corner of your profile page). There are oodles of amazing people on Pinterest, but these five keep coming up time and again.
Disclaimer: I don’t know any of these people, I just feel like I know them based on their taste in jewelry and brownie recipes.
Bink & Boo. When I see something on Pinterest and think SWEET-N-SOUR JESUS I WANT THAT, there’s about an 70% chance Bink & Boo was the one to pin it. I dig her style. She has better taste than me but it’s all still funkadelic. Great eye for pattern. Vibrant. Clever. Happy. Her pin boards just feel good.
Toshiko is the great curator of what I would call light handed crafts (the opposite being heavy handed crafts, something that plagues Pinterest and my second bedroom). She ferrets out projects that are personal and thoughtful….dare I say “artistic” rather than cute or crafty or holiday-specific. There is something delicate and artful in everything she pins, which is something I admire to no end.
Amber Interiors. If Penny lane from Almost Famous grew up and became an interior decorator, Amber might be it. Very cool. Very California. Some great ethnic Etsy and Ebay finds mixed in with high-end design. Contemporary, but not intimidating. She also has great hair. I’m so jealous.
Speaking of decorators…Black & Spiro is the store belonging to Anna Spiro, the Australian decorator I would probably be stalking if she did not live in Australia. I know that sounds cute, but really, no, it’s a good thing we don’t live on the same continent because I would probably be rifling through her garbage looking for buried treasure. Then I’d get arrested. Thank goodness I can keep tabs on her via Pinterest, because that is way less creepy.
Lefa has a tremendous eye for color. And even though she puts out a high volume of pins, I can usually spot her stuff before I see her name just based on the vibe. Colorful. Craftabulous. Retro kitsch. Uplifting.
PS: I doubled my boards over the last year, so if you are already following, now might be a good time to drop by and “follow all.” Or not. I won’t be offended if you don’t like my pins. Speaking of offended, two points of Pinterest etiquette worth mentioning…
1. When you pin from a website, remember that the person who runs that site can see your pin comments and description when they run a search (we do that on occasion). If you pin something with a description that reads “Yuk! Who would make/do/eat/wear this?” The site admin is going to see it. And if it’s someone me, they’re probably going to comment on it and call your rudeness in front of your friends. So yeah, don’t do that.
2. It’s considered rude to copy the whole of a post’s text/instructions/recipe and paste it into the description. Instead, just use the description to entice people to click through and read the info directly on the site.
So that is what I know. Do you have any favorite folks you are following on Pinterest? If you do, leave a link to their profile in the comments (feel free to leave your profile link as well and then we can all follow each other and get a bit of a party going on. K? K!)