Have you heard about Pinterest? Oh, LORD, how I love Pinterest!!! It has quickly become my absolute go-to place to find inspiration for pretty much anything at all. I'll try to quickly explain the awesomeness that is Pinterest.
Pinterest is a website.
You sign up and become a member of the Pinterest community.
Once you are a member (you have to have been invited or you request an invite) you create "boards".
Your boards can be named whatever you want them to be. (i.e. For the Home, Party Ideas, DIY, Style Board, Recipes to Try, etc.)
If you are surfing the internet and come across something you like and want to remember for later, you "pin" the item to whatever board you want it to go to.
For example....I'm shopping online at Kate Spade (I wish, but this is just an example) and I see a handbag I can't live without, or at least I want to just remember that I can't live without it. Maybe I have to wait until payday or to win the lottery, but I want to remember EXACTLY where it was. The OLD way, I would add it to my Favorites list in your internet. My favorites were getting out of control and there was no way to organize them. NOW, I use my little button that I downloaded from Pinterest and all I have to do is click that button and then the nice people at Pinterest ask what board I would like to assign that item to. I chose to put it on my Style pinboard. The picture of the handbag is now pinned to my Style pinboard along with the exact link to take me back to the website once I've fallen into a pile of cash and can afford the bag. Now that I've pinned that to my Style pinboard other Pinterest users who follow my boards can also see what I'm pining over. Maybe one of my Pinterest friends feels like they will need a matching bag. Easy enough, all they have to do is re-pin my pin to their boards and now they have a way of remembering the awesomeness that is that bag.
Here is a screen shot of my boards!
Pinterest is seriously the greatest invention since the internet. The wealth of ideas and inspiration is almost overwhelming. It has been SO much fun to gather ideas for our new house, things to make and things to dream about. Like I said previously, people who belong can follow your boards if they like what you pin and want to keep getting updates on things you pin. Well you could have knocked me over with a feather when I got the notification that COUNTRY LIVING was following ME!!!!! Not that it means they are going to ask me to quit my job and come and work for them (although I think they should) but how cool is it that they are also seeing the things I pin and can take a little inspiration from me!
Now, here's the fun part! It's been awhile since I've done a giveaway, and this is a quick easy one :) I have 6 INVITATIONS to join Pinterest that I would love to give to you! (You do have to be invited to join Pinterest by a member or request and invitation which can take awhile.) All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on the blog or on FB and tell me your plans for the summer. I will pick at random (using Random.org) 6 lucky folks to send Pinterest invites to. As soon as you receive the invite, you can start pinning away! I will accept entries beginning now and will close at 9:00 am on June 17, 2011. Happy Pinning!