AUTHOR: Carolyn Savage | POSTED: August 14, 2012 | COMMENTS: 37 Comments
Have you heard of Pinterest?
My guess is you have, unless you live in a hole—and if your hole’s even a little bit pretty—it’s probably been pinned. Unlike the 1090 people pinning every minute, I’m a bit late to the Pinterest game, only joining–or excuse’ mua…being invited— a few weeks ago. At first I didn’t get it, in fact I’m still not sure I do, but it only took a few visits before I succumbed to its intoxicating images of inspired décor by some pretty crafty (and I’m guessing a little neurotic) pinners.
What caused me to enter into the land of glue guns and glitter?
I was looking for some ideas for the twins’ first birthday. Thinking I’d be inspired by a creative party favor or cake design, I requested a Pinterest invite, not realizing I was about to get sucked into a vortex of ribbons and bows.
It was most unfortunate, because I’d planned on keeping this soiree simple and small. There were signs early on that I was in trouble, but the addict emerging in me urged ignorance. In fact it was easy turning a blind eye to the earliest symptoms, as I was too busy obsessing about cake tables and centerpieces. I should’ve known I was in trouble when the Hobby Lobby cashier asked if I was decorating a wedding reception. “No silly woman! I’m throwing a first birthday party!” When she pointed out that all the crap I was purchasing was from their bridal section, I wasn’t even phased.
I finally realized I was in over my head on the eve of the party when Sean asked if I’d misplaced my meds.
Me What? I’m not on any meds?
Sean You’re not? Well…you should be!
To which I scowled while subtly threatening him with my pointy-edged bow maker.
It wasn’t until my sister-in-law and fellow author (of our mythical book) reached out that I crumbled…via text message.
She was right. I needed to adjust my expectations, accept who I am and love myself for my inner beauty—not my outer crafting diva.
But oh the cake table…
And the candy bar…
And the buffet…
And the center pieces…
Were my efforts completely misguided?
I’d like to think not, but the whole episode has me pondering. Why do I knock myself out over such meaningless stuff? It’s a bad habit of mine, like organizing stupid shit before company or over crafting a first birthday party. Is it that I want people to think that I’m all that and a bag of chips? Maybe (accept I kind of publicly confess all my shortcomings on a regular basis…well…here). I’d like to think that it was more of an expression of how happy I am to have this occasion to celebrate. After all, it was an event that I’d once believed would never, ever happen. I wanted it to be special.
So I did it up big…
In hopes of creating a memory.
So that is my excuse of delving a tad too far into Pinterest! I’m happy to report that it’s not a permanent phase. I was right back to wrinkled clothes and uninspired cooking the very next day!
Pinterest Inspired Give Away!
In keeping with the spirit of the post, and realizing that I may have inspired a reader to go temporarily insane, I’m giving away a $40 gift card to Hobby Lobby! To qualify you need to leave a comment below this post describing your craziest or most inspired crafting experience. The winner will be chosen from the comments and announced on my Weekly Smiles post next Monday, August 20th! Good luck!
Oh…and follow me on Pinterest! I’m likely to lose my sanity again in September with another party to plan!