Have you lost your creative juices while trying to redecorate your master bedroom? Are you at a loss as to what to wear this fall? Just can't decide between Halloween costumes for your kids and spooky treats to make for your annual party? Planning a wedding and want to find some unique ideas? Well, there's a Web site out there designed to let you put all of your inspirations in one place. But I warn you, it's highly addictive!
Pinterest was launched in March 2010 as a place to organize all "the beautiful things you find interesting on the Web." It's broken up into 17 subcategories, everything from Art & Architecture to Science & Nature and Photography. When you click on a category, a Web page will display all of the "pins" that people have uploaded to the site. If you see something you like, you can "repin" it to a board that you customize, so all of your favorite things are in one place. I have been on the site a week and I already have four boards (home, fashion, kids, and recipes) that I pin to almost daily.
It's not just inspiration the site provides, either. You can find tutorials for any number of DIY projects, as well as recipes, how-tos, templates, and videos for just about any project you can think of. Once you begin navigating the site, there are lots of things you can do to make it as social as possible:
- Invite friends to join you on Pinterest.
- Follow other users to see what they pin and share ideas.
- Comment on pins you like.
- Mention friends in your pins so they can see what you pulled for them.
- Like a pin or a user's board.
When it comes to kids, the amount of information and inspiration on this site when is amazing. There are craft projects, no-sew clothes, decorating ideas, educational toys, art, and books all designed to keep kids happy and engaged. I have lost count of how many times I say in one day, "Aw, that's so cute! I have to try it."
To get started, go to www.pinterest.com and request an invite. Shortly, you will receive an e-mail accepting your request. I requested an invite and was pinning away within five hours, so while it's not immediate, it's not a long wait, either. It's free to use, free to pin, and easy to navigate. If you can find the time in between creating boards and getting ideas, find me! I'd love to see what you're pinning.