Are using Pinterest to it’s full potential?

I’ve seen an awful lot of people bashing Pinterest lately, my least favorite is the quote that says something like … Pinterest is a place for things you can never afford, never obtain, never make or never be clever or creative enough to do on your own.

Could we get any more pessimistic than that? nope, don’t think so. Besides, these people are missing the whole point!

Pinterest is the place where you can catalog your dreams, plan for your future and develop your own personal style. Seriously, in the year I have been pinning I have learned more about the “real me” than I ever knew before. When the real me starts to feel cloudy, all I have to do is check out my boards and there I am all laid out in full color details.

Besides that, Pinterest does just the opposite of that silly quote. It gives me the opportunity to get as close to my dreams as I CAN afford,  instructions on how to MAKE just about anything, and use the inspiration I find here to be CREATIVE in my own ways.

I keep a board called, For the Home, where I chronicle things I want to do in my home or things that would be awesome in anyone’s home. Thanks to this board, my home has really begun to transform in to something I am proud of. Here are a few pins I’m using as inspiration this month.

Baskets as cookbook storage - A Bowl Full of Lemons

I had 3 of these country living wire baskets, I got for $3 on sale and had no idea what I was going to do with them. Thanks to this pin, one now houses coloring books, homeschool papers and magazines on our dining table so they’re never too far from reach and another in the living room holds library books and read along books we’re working on with the kids. Cute and functional, love it!

Next up, is this droolworthy storage piece featured on Norway’s Bolig Pluss.
Stunning, right?

It just so happens I have two very similar dressers in my dining room almost the exact same color (a little distressing should do the trick) and I have been wanting to add pulls just like these for ages, but have been too scared to invest in that many pulls without knowing how it would look.

Score, it looks better than I could have ever imagined! Can’t wait to knock this project out. (Thank you Lisa!) Oh yeah, I even have the vintage suitcases and an old rickety wooden crate, meant to be I guess.
photo wall display
And my personal favorite, the family photo wall.

We had the MOST gorgeous family photos taken in May (promise to show them to you soon) and I have been scratching my head trying to figure out how to feature them in my home. This look is perfect for us, we even have the ledge already, I can’t wait to see it all come together like this.

All I need now is 32 drawer pulls, some sandpaper and a Kohl’s coupon so I can order a few more frames! I’ll post pictures as I finish each project.

I say it all the time, but Thank You Pinterest, for helping me visualize and put my ideas to action. So what do you think, are you using Pinterest to it’s full potential? Tell me how it’s improved your life and leave a link to your pins, I’d love to see what you’re doing over there.

My happy place

I love blogging – reading, writing & connecting with all of you.

Really, I do.

But, some days I find myself completely happy just living in my own little world I’ve created on Pinterest.

So why haven’t I been sharing this magical place with you here? Why don’t I take YOU to a few of my HAPPY PLACES!
Like this outdoor wonderland …
Image via French By Design

Ahh, doesn’t that look relaxing?

Maybe while we were there we could share stories and something sweet,
like these Strawberry Lemonade Scones, YUM!
Recipe from Munchkin Munchies

We could dream out loud together about what our perfect home would look like
Image via Country Living but broken down by Belle Mason

Or where we feel like we could be our most creative self
via BHG

Whew, we’d probably be tuckered out after all of that exhaustive mind work … so, I’d share a favorite no-bake recipe with you and send you on your merry way

Recipe via The Kitchn

Until next time, I’ll be pinning away here.
~ Stacy

If you’d like to see more of my favorite pins, or want an invite so you can make a happy place of your own, please leave a comment. If there’s an (P)interest {<- hehe},  I’ll make this a permanent feature on the blog. If you know the sources of any of the unknown photos, I’d love to know that too. Thanks.