I like to fancy myself a bit of a Martha Stewart type, admittedly, I rarely come up with my own ideas. I am however, quite good at executing an previously devised idea. Martha, unlike myself, has a staff of amazingly creative individuals who’s primary job is to create & source new and exciting things to publish. I have a staff of 1. Me, myself and I. So, with a desire to impress all, have the greatest hostesses gifts known to man, host the most amazing parties that people will be talking about for years to come and to provide you, my readers with innovative crafts & inspiration I have look elsewhere for aid in my most desperate creative moments.
Enter Pinterest. If you have never heard of Pinterest, then you might have been living under a rock. Most of us creative types have been hooked on it for a while. But make no mistake, Pinterest is for anyone. In Pinterest’s own words:
“Pinterest is a tool for collecting and organizing things you love.”
And it is really that simple. Find things you love and “Pin” them. As long as you have the “Pin it” add-on on your browsers tool bar you can Pin anything cool you find while you wander through the net. And as you do, anyone who “follows” you on Pinterest will also see the awesome things you Pin. As the people you “follow” find and Pin awesome stuff, you too will see it and can add it to your now growing list of awesome things to try, do, make, bake etc. In fact, its so damn distracting that while writing this blog post, when I simply “popped” over to Pinterest to copy the short-cut to my Pin boards, I couldn’t help but to be drawn in to for a couple of quick pins. I just added 5 more pins to my already full boards. And lately I have found that many of my sentences start with “I saw this awesome thing on Pinterest……”
If you have stuck with me thus far, you might be asking, the following:
“But Blair, what does this all have to do with Rubber Stamping?”
And if you have ever read my blog before you would know that I am a Independant Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator from Canada who’s primary crafting focus is Rubber Stamping. Friends/followers/strangers abroad, you might be interested to learn that Pinterest has been my number one source of inspiration for months! It would seem, that people Pin (for the most part), the best of the best. And the quality and type of Pins you see when you log in is based on those whom you follow. I follow A LOT of Rubber Stampers, and therefore, I am presented daily with LOTS of fantastic cards and rubber stamping projects to inspire me. I have been on a creative upswing as of late, and I am blaming Pinterest directly.
But make no mistake, I don’t just pin crafty stuff. I also pin food. Lots and lots of food. I love to cook and bake. I am always looking for new and yummy things to add to my repertoire. So, I thought I would show you a few thing that I have made lately.
The Pin that I found:
The Card that I made:
I didn’t have all the same products that were used in the project I saw on Pinterest, so I improvised a bit, changing up the ribbon and the sentiment but the basic look and feel of the card was the same. This is one of the cards we made in one of my month VIP Stampers Club gatherings.
Here is treat pin I found:
And here is a picture of them from this weekend:
Yes, I made these!! And they were super simple and delicious!! Even those who do not covet Oreo’s thought these were yummy! Just a couple of notes on making these. The Pin does not direct you to instructions. If you continue to follow links you get to more detailed instructions. The sticks do not fit into the cookies, you need to take the cookies apart, place the sticks in and “re-glue” using some of your melted chocolate. I then put them in the freezer for a few minutes (5-10) to firm up the chocolate before dipping. I placed the dipped cookies on a cookie sheet covered in parchment paper and then sprinkled the sprinkles on.
Thank you Pinterest for making me look awesome. Thank you everyone who’s orininal ideas I have CASE’d (Copy & Share everything) as I don’t have enough brain power left after working a Full-time job, running a part time business, raising 2 kids, organizing a household, managing a relationship with my husband, taking care of my elderly father, ensuring that the 2 dogs & 1 hamster are fed and taken care of, and finding time to breath and otherwise maintain my sanity, so that I can continue to pretend to be the crafty, domestic goddess of my dreams. And while I am at it, thank you Martha Stewart for setting the bar so damn high!
Feel free to “follow” me on Pinterest too. Hopefully the things I Pin will inspire you to do awesome things too.