I used to be a Pinterest hater. In fact, I even looked down my lofty nose at all my friends who used Pinterest. Giant waste of time, I thought. So worldly, I sniffed. Well…guess what? I am now an converted user of Pinterest. It has been a great way for me to find homeschool ideas, recipes, craft plans, exercise routines, etc. My children have particularly benefited, since I now have the plans on hand to do any number of fun things with them that I might otherwise have never thought of.
To be sure, Pinterest has its faults. So I’ll get a few of those out of the way right now:
1) It inflates our already narcissistic natures. What is up with our national obsession in documenting every intimate detail of our life with posed photography?
2) It increases covetousness. After you look at 75 pictures of beautiful bookshelves, your own milk crate storage system seem a little, well, bland.
3) It can suck up a lot of time in a hurry. One of my favorite memes says something like, “Honey, please order a pizza for dinner tonight because I was too busy pinning nutritious recipes.”
4) If one doesn’t search wisely, one can see all sorts of immodest, immoral, and ungodly filth on Pinterest. No big surprise there!
Now, on to my point here. I always wonder how many of the things people pin they actually try. And of those things that they try, how many actually work? I have made it my goal to only pin things that I might realistically do. In other words, I have to have the time, finances, and practical interest in them. This way I avoid wasting time daydreaming about unattainable goals and I don’t make provision for discontent. So I’m not pinning pictures of million dollar homes, and I’m not pinning pictures of elaborate crafts that I don’t have the skills for.
I thought I’d share some pins that have been hits at the Dionne house and one that was a big loser. It’s hard to remember the losers, because I take them off my boards right away so that other people don’t repin them and have the same sad fate. But I really want to know what YOU are actually trying out on your own boards. What worked? What didn’t? Leave a comment and let me know!
Here is my short list of greatest hits (and greatest loser):
Carmelitas. Oh, so very good.
Cool 3D hand drawing. The kids and I had a blast doing this!
Embroidery tutorials. This has renewed my love for the craft and given me the tools to start teaching my daughters.
Shouting German. This just makes me laugh every time I read it. Na klar! To find this funny you probably have to have known my college German professor who stood only 5 feet tall but scared the pants off us when she shouted at us in German.
Science Experiments. These are simple enough that the older kids can do them on their own on those days when they want to be busy and I don’t have time to help.
Card holder for tiny hands. Pure genius! This has revolutionized game night for us.
Kid-tested jokes. We still giggle over these at lunch time. I won’t tell you which one makes us laugh the hardest.
Pepperoni bread. Perfect for taking to our church’s home fellowship groups on Sunday nights.
iPhone carrying case. I made a bunch of these for Christmas gifts, and they were so cute!
A quick guide to Southern grammar. Just the visual needed to explain this complicated concept.
Now the biggest loser!
Chicken pot pie muffins. These were so gross that my family named them “Barf Muffins.” I was unanimously asked to never make them again. Ever.