Sunday, September 9, 2012

Thank you, Pinterest

Forward: this is basically a post about how much I love

Most of you have heard of Pinterest and probably even dabbled with it, pinning anything and everything to your boards in hopes it'll inspire you or just to reflect on later. This is me. I've jumped on board and feel like I'm driving this fad bandwagon with all the pins I'm collecting. Recently, I decided that if I'm going to pin something I need to actually do it/ try it not just hoard pins and pretend I'm creative or a good cook. Then, after trying the new recipe or craft I'll repin it to a new board entitled "Been there, Done that" so I can see how much of my goal I'm accomplishing. (I still need to move those pins over).

Patrick and I have been really into doing things around the house this summer especially now that he has his shed built and equipped with his stereo system and power tools, oh, and lights so he can see. His first big project to test out his woodworking tools and learn some basics about woodworking was this growth chart I found on pinterest.

After a couple hours of planning, testing the tools and stains on scrap wood, he was at it sanding, carving, staining, and painting. Yes, he carved every line and number with his tools. He's a perfectionist in a good way. I would not have had the patience to do that. It turned out great!

The handful of crafty things I've made, thanks to Pinterest, are as follows: bedroom curtains for Miles (great tutorial here), funky painting on canvas, two toilet paper roll flower designs, gel ice pack, dry shampoo, tub cleaner, laundry soap, microfiber couch cleaner, measurement conversion chart for inside the cupboard, and growing green onions. Some of these were great ideas and others were not, like the green onions. They grew, but took weeks to get about 6 inches and were starting to get all slimy in the glass. Gross. I'll also be putting notes on each thing I have tried so if you want to know how this all turned out, follow me on pinterest.

Funky painting

Toilet paper roll art

I've also found great recipes through pinterest. Here's another cumulative list of what I've tried: Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Cake, crockpot chicken and dumplings, crockpot hawaiian chicken, crockpot cheesy chicken spaghetti, sweet and sour meatballs, pizza casserole, salsa,  grilled pulled pork pizza, cinnamon pull-apart bread, crockpot chocolate lava cake, baked doughnuts, chocolate chip peanut butter pound cake with peanut butter glaze, s'mores french toast, little debbie cookies- the oatmeal and cream filled ones, and 2 minute microwave peanut butter cake.

Spinach and mushroom stuffy shells

Grilled pulled pork pizza

Reese's Peanut Butter Cup cake (very rich!)

2 minute cake (cook in the microwave!)

Basically, Pinterest is my favorite website right now and hopefully I'll be able to add my own pictures of the crafty things I come up with or bake so others can pin it. But for now I'll just hoard my pins and test out every one I can. Up next, a crocheted cowl scarf in the wheel stitch. Sounds fancy but is actually pretty easy!

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