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Tutorial Tuesday: Pinterest

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Tutorial Tuesday

Do you know which website I adore almost as much as I love Instagram (and you know how much I love Instagram)?  Pinterest.  If I’m looking for ideas for decorating or parties,  I’ll search there before I search Google.  Why? Probably because of the visual nature of the site and the ease in which I can find items and save them for reference later by pinning them to a virtual cork board. If I need inspiration for a mini quilt or color ideas, Pinterest, it’s so easy to create a new board and save every item that catches my eye.

How does it work?

I think Pinterest is the best tool for nursing moms who are holding the new baby in one arm and only have one free arm. To use Pinterest you only need to have one hand free for clicking the mouse. In fact when I was nursing my son I think my pins probably doubled in that time. The pins come from everywhere around the interwebs. When you sign up you can install a widget in your browser tool bar that is the little “p” logo, that allows you to find content all around the Web and pin it to whatever board makes the most sense to you. I have at least 10 boards that are only quilt related posts. I have 3 or 4 that are about different types of organizing, I have inspirational sayings boards, and some for recipes that I may or may not ever make (but they sure look good). I even have a board of items that I’d NEVER make in 100 years, it’s called Not in 100 Years!  (If you want more of that, look up @pinterestyouredrunk on Instagram, hilarious!)

Following Boards vs Following People

When you join pinterest you’ll be prompted to follow people you know who are on there, it really is just another form of social media after all, depending on how you sign in it will pull from your Facebook friends or your email (I think it pulls from FB because I noticed my profile picture is always the same as my FB picture). You can visit the boards your friends have created and pin from their boards OR choose to follow their boards.  I’d highly recommend you follow specific boards instead of following people because even though you love your sister and you may be interested in her quilt board and her ideas for fast recipes, you may not have any interested in her newly created board about hiking the Appalachian mountains. Anytime she pins something to the boards you are following,  those items will show up in your feed on your home page. So only following the boards you are interested in will keep your feed less cluttered. I made the mistake when I first joined of following people and ended up with 30 or so pins about wedding plans and tropical plants in my feed and realized I needed to be more selective.

A recent addition is that Pinterest will show related posts which are not from people you follow and promoted posts from people who are paying to get their content in front of your eyes. Recently, I’ve started seeing pins in completely different languages show up as related posts, which is rather annoying but I’ll talk more about what to do about that next week.

I hope this quick Pinterest overview has piqued your curiosity and you’ll consider checking it out. The Android app is really user friendly but the website is great too (they started out just before Smart Phones became the thing). If you decide to sign up, look for me, my name is craftygirlanna and I have something like 3500 pins for your entertainment (although most of them are quilt related).

Fair Warning

Oh and fair warning: Pinterest is the best way to waste time since Spider Solitaire (the computer version). When you start pinning you may get sucked into the time vortex and look up thinking a couple of minutes have passed and it has been two hours. So don’t say I didn’t warn you.

If I can figure out how, I’m going to link this up with Late Night Quilter (Stephanie) Tutorial Tuesday round up.

Happy Stitches!

Anna

National Craft Month – Organizing Tips

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I hear over and over that people who have sewing/crafting rooms want to get them organized so they can get in there an have a nice neat place to work (at least to start with until the magic starts to happen). I’m a firm believer that IKEA is the PERFECT source for storage solutions for a creative space and since this month is National Craft Month (I didn’t even KNOW that!) they’ve actually featured a craft room MAKEOVER on their blog!

I just saw their post about some quick tips to get started and I think they have merit (even if it is a knitter’s room and not a fabric hoarder – I mean quilter’s- room).  Be sure to check out the video at the bottom of the post for the tour of the room and the reaction of the room owner when she see’s the reveal.

Also, if you are looking for some other tips, I have collected A TON of ideas on my Pinterest board just for Craft Room Organizing! Look me up on Pinterest, my screen name is craftygirlanna. I also have a board called Studio Idea or something like that if you’re curious. That is what my dream studio would look like.

Lastly, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention a HASH TAG to search on IG to inspire you to get organized. Check out #honestcraftroomcleanup to see some of the transformations (I have some pictures on there from some time in 2014) of different folks’ craft rooms. What I love is seeing the before and after pictures. Seriously, if I could make a career out of helping people organize their craft rooms, I would totally do it!

So hopefully this gets you inspired to spend some of your snowed in days cleaning up or maybe do some Spring cleaning (whatever the case may be for your part of the country).

Happy Stitches and Happy Organizing,

Anna

Friendship Friday and a Sew Along

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A friend of mine from the San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild (SAMQG), Jen Eskridge, just posted today that she’s starting a new Small Sews Gifts Sew Along that is right up my alley! It’s mostly up my alley because I kinda suggested it. You see, the SAMQG has a gift exchange at their annual Holiday Party and this year we decided that instead of swapping a specific item (in the past we’ve swapped mug rugs and pillows), this year we voted for leaving it open slightly to include ANY small item (that was my suggestion to add to the voting options for our guild vote). We even created a totally awesome GROUP Pinterest board so that we can ALL pin our ideas and see what everyone else thinks is fun to make.  Since it’s a gift exchange, the sort where you can steal an item three times before it’s “frozen” and what you get is a complete mystery until you open it, the suspense is really building! As as I’m sort of a Last Minute Lucy, I have of course not made a single thing (but pinned lots of ideas) for this exchange. So I have to get in gear which is WHY the Sew Along that Jen just announced is PERFECT timing! I hope you’ll play along because she even has some PRIZES lined up!!

I just love a little extra motivation for something I already want to do! Oh and did I happen to mention that Jen is a published author AND offers amazing quilty workshops!? I’m hoping the HMQG will be able to host her for a workshop some time next year. Her hexagons are awesome!

Check back next week for another bloggy friend!
Happy Stitches,

Anna