The Dangers of Pinterest…for a potential addict like me (and a crafty give away!)

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Carolyn Savage

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’ muabeing 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. 

 Full-fledged denial?

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! 

37 Comments on “ The Dangers of Pinterest…for a potential addict like me (and a crafty give away!) ”

  • Shelby Clauson | August 15th, 2012 7:04 am

    BWAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! I love it!!!!! I bet everyone had a great time! Too fun and too funny!!! I joke sometimes that my kids are Pinterest orphans…but then again, my twins will sit next to me and get sucked in too! I mean, they are tweens afterall!!

    See you on Pinterest!!

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  • Carolyn Savage | August 15th, 2012 6:54 pm

    I keep hearing that girls are getting sucked in with their moms. Love that. I can’t wait to do the mother/daughter bomding thing over crafts (or shopping…or pedicures…or cooking….)

    THanks for commenting!

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  • Kim | August 15th, 2012 7:15 am

    Beautiful party for beautiful girls! I am a fellow Pinterest addict myself! My husband should be thankful I only came to be a follower of such after our daughter’s wedding! When I look at all the wedding ideas I’m glad I have another daughter to plan for!

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  • Carolyn Savage | August 15th, 2012 6:55 pm

    Oh…I haven’t even searched wedding decor. I can only the imagine the decoration ideas. And I have three to plan for (albeit a few decades from now…hopefully 😉 )

    Thanks for commenting and reading. Means a lot to me!

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  • Hannah | August 15th, 2012 8:32 am

    Yeah, I used Pinterest for my son’s first birthday party – unfortunately my ideas paled in comparison to my MIL desire to THROW THE BEST BIRTHDAY EVER for her first grandchild so it really didn’t matter that I “had a plan” and even a board to devoted to it…

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  • Carolyn Savage | August 15th, 2012 7:43 pm

    Oh no…sounds like you may have a boundary issue there. So sorry. DId you get to implement any of your plans?

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  • lynda crossman | August 15th, 2012 9:06 am

    I don’t see that you went tooooo over board… the candy table looks great! the food table does look too bad, at least you didn’t have chocolate fountains(shame on you for that, hahhaha) and huge wedding cakes….that they will have to eat until they are 18. I see alot of similarity in our spirits… I like a little pintress for ideas- even though I am queen of the craft tables…over the yrs I have slim lined the skills so it is easy… I do special sheets for the holidays and lined curtains that I make. I make special shower curtains and birthday t-shirts…for the six yr olds b-day- I redid his room… new bed, mattress, curtains, play rug, chalk board on the wall, painted everything 🙂 so I understand appreciating what you have and enjoying your kids ( all 5 of them). Don’t beat yourself up… you did well and the memories you made with pictures is awesome!!! take care!! and enjoy!! lynda

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  • Carolyn Savage | August 15th, 2012 7:46 pm

    Thanks, Lynda. It could have been worse. It was definitely more than I did for MK who basically got a cake and a few family members. (Granted, I was six weeks pregnant with Logan at the time, so still kind of reeling in shock!) I will make it up to here someday!

    Thanks as always for reading and commenting!

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  • marguerite smeda | August 15th, 2012 9:40 am

    I love it all and the ideas are fabulous!! I would have loves a first birthday party like that. Your twins are blessed baby girls!!

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  • Carolyn Savage | August 15th, 2012 7:47 pm

    We are blessed to be their parents! Thanks for reading!

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  • Kelly masters | August 15th, 2012 10:06 am

    Too funny Carolyn. Thank God Pinterest was not around when my kids were younger. I would have been certifiable for sure!

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  • Carolyn Savage | August 15th, 2012 7:48 pm

    Oh Kelly…there’s still time for you. I’d imagine the mother of the bride role has lots of pinterest potential!

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  • Nicole Cantwell | August 15th, 2012 10:19 am

    Oh I’ve fallen in to a pintrest craze before also!! For my little miracle’s 2nd birthday I had to go big!! Everything had to be minnie, including (but not limited to) a wreath I made out of 1000 tissue paper circles that were then hot glued and pinned to a Wreath shaped like Minnie’s head. Of course I had to entrap my 14 year old son to help with said hot gluing because I had a thousand other PIN’s to put together also. Like the homemade Cupcake stand, that I then broke the day before the party and had to make a rush trip to the thrift store so I could hurry up and make another one!!

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  • Carolyn Savage | August 15th, 2012 7:49 pm

    Oh…wow. A homemade cake stand and Minnie wreath. Wow. I think we may have had similar out of body Pinterest experiences! Thanks for the comment. This one has me laughing!

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  • Betsy | August 15th, 2012 11:10 am

    I am prepping for my twins, but last Christmas was a pinterest overload! Just ask the pine cones and fresh holly berry attached to each present, or the felt “wreath” that’s still a styrofoam loop in the craft box! But it sure was our prettiest Christmas ever!

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  • Carolyn Savage | August 15th, 2012 7:53 pm

    Oh…you are expecting twins? Expect this Christmas to be less Pinterest and more practical. And congratulations. Wow…that’s just great!

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  • Sara | August 15th, 2012 12:09 pm

    The party looked great! I love Pinterest and regularly have conversations with Kate about ideas I have for her future children….10 years down the road! Like you, I have turned to pinterest for 1st birthday ideas. I have a board dedicated to Addysons first birthday and have been adding to it for months…..her birthday is still 2 months away! My dining room table is regularly covered with crafts and failed attempts including my ideas of being able to teach myself to use a sewing machine.

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  • Carolyn Savage | August 15th, 2012 7:56 pm

    So where exactly do you think I first saw Pinterest? Perhaps on somebody’s FB feed? Let me know if you need anything. I have a few decorations that I didn’t have time to get up and they’d be perfect for Addy!

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  • Sara | August 16th, 2012 7:57 am

    Anything you have would be great. I think the monkey theme we are going with is bright pink and green as well. I was glad to see it looked so great together at your party (I typed wedding first LOL).

    I forgot to mention the sewing machine pinterest made me buy 🙂

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  • Carolyn Savage | August 16th, 2012 11:30 am

    You are the second person who has admitted to buying a sewing machine bc of pinterest.

    I have a couple of Happy 1st bday banners that I didn’t use that are adoreable. I also have all the candy table crap (glassware) and ribbonry. I didn’t save the cake table skirt…got it at Party City for $7.99 and lined it in ribbon.

    Cakes came from Brieschkes, but I’m betting you use Kate’s future MIL for that task.

    I bought the flowers at Sams and made the ctr. pieces myself. Easy.

    And I have the lime green butterfly felt placemats. I found them at Meijer for $.74/piece. I bought a bunch of them thinking I could use them in a playroom on a wall. They came in handy for the ctr. pieces!

    Can’t believe your little one is almost one! She is just the cutest!

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  • Debbie Schaaf | August 15th, 2012 5:04 pm

    Your forgot the chair covers on the chairs outside. SHAME!!!! on you!!! Love love love your posts………………………You always make me smile

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  • Carolyn Savage | August 15th, 2012 7:57 pm

    Oh Debbie…Don’t think I didn’t think about chair covers. I had to draw the line somewhere, though! For the sake of sanity!

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  • Elise Buchhop | August 15th, 2012 9:57 pm

    I was finally up early enough to hear you on The River! With that creativity, I think you need to come help out with the decor at our school auction! I’ve been the decor committee head for five years, and that’s where I wear out all my creative ideas. I just started using pinterest for ideas last year for our wild animal print theme “Puma-Matata.” This year it will be a big top theme. Every year, I say it is going to be my last, because it is so much time and work. But, every year I see the results of our hard work, and do it again and again. Your results were so fun, and I’m sure you will get out the glue gun again soon! 🙂

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  • Carolyn Savage | August 16th, 2012 11:21 am

    Oh my goodness…when did they rope you into that job? That’s a HUGE undertaking! I haven’t been the past couple of years but am excited to reconnect with a bunch of St. Pius X parents this upcoming Saturday at a fund raiser for Missy.

    I miss you all. I’m so glad to be able to check in on you through FB!

    And…thanks for commenting and reading!

    XOXO

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  • Elise Buchhop | August 19th, 2012 1:11 am

    I think I’ve done 5 or 6 auctions now…lost track! 🙂 Man I miss that amazing lady! I have her picture in my office as a model of a model human being!

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  • Marion | August 15th, 2012 10:47 pm

    Craziest craft experience = me learning to knit just so I could make our kids mittens which didn’t fit and had holes in them where I had dropped stitches. I was driven to this knitting insanity out of guilty while watching my niece wearing the jumpers her mother had knit for her (so I thought I would be a “good mother” and have a go). In the end I didn’t tell anyone I made the mittens because they looked like something I found in a dumpster. Our daughter loved using one of hers as a sleeping bag for her barbie though. In my ‘knitting box’ I have multiple colours of wool which have been in there for over 5yrs because I got so excited during my “good mother” fantasy that I bought them all.

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  • Carolyn Savage | August 16th, 2012 11:22 am

    Dumpster mittens…Hilarious. But hey…a Barbie sleeping bag isn’t half bad. Thanks for the laugh!

    And…thanks for reading and the comment. Left me smiling!

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  • Jesabes | August 16th, 2012 10:08 am

    I threw my daughter a very crafty pinterest-inspired tea party birthday. When it was over I realized my son’s birthday was in 3 weeks and I hadn’t planned anything. I hadn’t even sent out invites. Oops. (He’s too young to care. We pulled something together.)

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  • Carolyn Savage | August 16th, 2012 11:23 am

    Well isn’t that how it sometimes goes. I’m sure your son wasn’t even phased and sometimes the “pulled together” parties are the very best kind!

    Thanks for reading and commenting!

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  • Amy | August 16th, 2012 1:28 pm

    Right now I would LOVE to win this! I am so not a good crafter but I recently suffered my 6th miscarriage and I needed something to keep it off my mind. So I took up crafting yarn letters. It’s easy right? Just wrap some yarn? I finished my first name in 12 hours using thick yarn. But feed back from friends said they preferred the look of thing yarn. So moving on from my daughter’s name to her twin brothers name I switched yarn types. Oh good lord. The B took me 3 DAYS to finish! It was seriously the biggest PITA I have ever had the misfortune to get myself involved with!! I have since told all friends and customers if their name orders involve a B I won’t be making it! Only mostly serious!

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  • Kristen | August 17th, 2012 12:35 am

    The decorations look great.How old is MK?I was looking at the pictures of her from your vacation trying to figure out how old she is.I was guessing three.

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  • Carolyn Savage | August 17th, 2012 7:21 am

    Hi Kristen, MK is 4 going on 14! Interestingly, we are considering red shirting her for kindergarten because she is so petite! They’ll be a post about this next spring as our decision draws nearer!

    Thanks so much for reading and commenting!

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  • Kristen | August 18th, 2012 2:44 pm

    That’s funny I like that 4 going on 14.I agree she sure is petite.

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  • Lisa | August 20th, 2012 12:00 am

    I gave in to madness & threw a perfectly accessorized Halloween themed party for my twin boy’s 1st Birthday – a costume party for all the kids at the zoo (literally at the actual zoo with animals and all) 2 cakes – goblins and frankenstein – with carnival style food that they couldn’t eat (because they were 1), party favors to match and the whole 9 yards…it was insanity…and they were dressed as railroad engineers…with red Chuck Taylors…I used temporary dye on my hair and all to dress up myself. I am a nutball.

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  • TheNextMartha | August 20th, 2012 11:28 am

    I was an early adopter of Pinterest. It’s changed my life. The party turned out fantastic! great job.

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  • Carolyn Savage | August 20th, 2012 3:11 pm

    Thanks! Coming from you, that means a lot! Thanks, as always, for reading!

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