Sunday, May 12, 2013

Finding Pinspiration

It's finally happened - I have caught the Pinterest bug. I kept clicking linked images online and being redirected to the popular bookmarking site, so one day I decided I may as well sign up. It took a few weeks to actually figure things out and get the hang of it, but once I did...

If you're a Pinterest user you already know how easy it is to become practically obsessed with pinning. It doesn't help either that the site's computer sends out emails letting you know who has repinned your pins. If you're anything like me, you'll take a look at which pin it is and then peruse that person's board to see what they've found that might be of interest/use to you.

It's quite easy to spend hours upon hours just looking through one person's well accumulated pins, and of course, those pins tend to lead you to others, which can lead you to others and before you know it, the time is 2:00 am and you've scarcely accomplished anything with the evening.

It's okay though, because you really needed that recipe for caramel covered cheesecake with brownie crust, as well as all those great landscaping ideas for when you get around to spending more time in the garden. Not to mention all those great sewing tips and craft tutorials for all those fabulous things you really are going to make. Really...

It's hard to believe it's already been five months since I started pinning and that I have already amassed over 3,000 pins on 57 boards (and counting).

Some of my favorite craft pins:

Paper ballerinas

If I had a little girl her bedroom ceiling would be full of these! So simple, yet so lovely. These would be great as a Christmas decoration or for a ballet themed birthday party. I may just might have to make a couple for myself, though I have no idea where I would hang them.

Roses made from maple leaves!

If this is not one of the coolest crafts ever, I don't know what is. Whomever thought to take such an ordinary material as a maple leaf and turn it into a rose is absolutely brilliant!

Cute Key Fob from scrap fabric

I think this simple little item is adorable and a great way to use up fabric scraps as well as create unique gifts to give out at holiday time. Now I just have to figure out what I did with that packet of split rings I bought.

Quilled paper earrings 

I am passionate about paper and find it almost unbelievable that these pretty drop earrings are completely made of paper. Quilling has been on my list of crafts to try for a couple decades now and these earrings make me want to drop everything and get started right now!

Cute crochet bracelet

This bracelet is my inspiration for a belt I hope to create sometime in the not too distant future. I could do without the beads here, but I'm not likely to wear this on my wrist since it would be too warm for most of the year. This design could make a nice trim for a pair of gloves though.

Some of these have tutorials and some are just Pinspiration. All of these items (and oh so many more) can be found on the following boards: For the Love of Paper, Crafty Inspiration, Sew Crafty, and Created in Crochet pin boards. Visit them here:

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