How to put Pinterest to work for you!

I know you all know Pinterest, and i know you all can loose hours upon hours lost in the pinterest world! But how many of you have to put it to work for you? Now i am no expert but two things i hear a lot from friends is how they got lost in pinterest, how impressed they are when they see me make things i’ve seen off there. So i thought maybe some of you are like my friends just pinning away but never actually doing anything and i’m hoping maybe my Pinterest system will work for you.

Ok like i said i’m no pro so my system may be basic or to much work depending on how you like it. but here it is….

First create specific boards for ideas…. So rather then i have a “food” board i have, food: Breakfast, Food: dinner, Food: Dessert, Food:slow Cooker/one pot. I have 11 seperate food boards (9 for ideas and 2 revolving more on that in a sec), 5 for style, 11 homeschool, 7 crafting, 5 kids/baby, 6 party, and several other single topic boards) having specific boards helps you get to what you want when you want it. No looking through a thousand food recipes to find that one dinner recipe you pinned months ago!

Second Create revolving boards…. I have 5 current ones… Currently crafting, This weeks meals, to name a few and then 3 completed boards… Things i’ve cooked, Things i’ve made, and homeschool projects. The way i do it is every week i go through my food boards do our meal plan and move pins from food bards to this weeks meals. Once i’ve cooked them they get moved to things i’ve cooked. i do the same with homeschool and crafting just not as often. This helps me get to the pins i need quickly, and gives me a way to reference back in the future without sorting through hundreds of pins.

Third be practical: Create boards that are useful a board for christmas lists, books you want to read, ideas for your sons first birthday. It’s ok to have a board for all party ideas but be practical and pin things you are actually going to use or fit a specific theme you have in mind. It really cuts back on that overwhelming feeling when you look at the board later and realize you don’t have the knitting skills to knit all those things on your yarn craft related board.

My last tip is not to have pins that aren’t useful. I pin gift ideas, books i want, articles about apps or blogging tips. All kinds of things but if i find a pin i don’t like or one that i don’t need to reference in the future i delete it. That means if i buy the gift the pin gets deleted, if I try a recipe we don’t like i delete it. If i pinned something for the home or an outft and months down the line my taste changes and i decide i don’t like it after all i delete it.

Hope this helps! What tips do you have for getting more use out of your boards on pinterest?



Do you use Instagram?

I do and i love it! But there are so many other companies and apps that have played off it. I wanted to share two of my favorites! the first is called Instagrid. I love it cause one thing i hate about instagram is there is no way for me to see my pics unless i have posted them to twitter/facebook which i don’t always day. Its so awesome! I love it!!!!

But more than that i love Instapparel!

Here is the shirt my hubby designed….

Photo: Ha!  We live this tee!  These kids are having the time of their life!  Right?
How cool is that! and man are these guys fast! You go on sing up, design your shirt, its prints in 24 and then ships to you. We got ours in just a couple days!
Want your own instapparel shirt…
Photo: Your response to our launch was INCREDIBLE!  And for that awesomeness, we would like to offer up discount code LAUNCHWEEK as a thank you for helping our little startup get off the ground!  This code gets you $5 off your order, still with free shipping ($3 shipping for our international friends) and gets even more people in on the creativity!  Thank you, thank you, thank you and feel free to share the code with everyone you know!  Code is good through July 1st!
They are also offering free shipping!
go go now and design your super cool shirt!


sewing class

I am so excited i’ve decided to start teaching sewing classes. I’m going to be hosting some this summer in Santa Ana at the belly sprout and as soon as i get the details i’ll be sure to share them with you all but until then i’ve hosted one here. We did a beginners sewing class where we stitched up a basic hostess apron.

They turned out so cute! and the girls did a great job!!!!

That brings me to my question what kind of things do you want to learn to sew?



———- UPDATE: For anyone interested in learning to sew the apron above i will be teaching them thursday June 28th @ the belly sprout in Santa Ana, CA —————————-

Pinterest Fun

Have you taken the dive to pinterest yet? I’m pretty sure i’m addicted! I’ve done the french tips using tape like you see above….

DIY workout shirt

I’ve made a new workout shirt…..

.bookmark must make!


and i finished my planner out of an old book…

book repurpose to planner. . . so doing this!!!

Zipper pouches….

Zipper pouch tutorial.

and whipped up a couple maxi skirts…

how to sew a maxi...

I made this yummy tart for a shower…

Lemon Yogurt Icebox Tart

cinnamon sticks….

Cinnamon Sticks - just use pizza dough!

yogurt dips….

Frozen yogurt bites! Drop yogurt off spoon onto wax paper and freeze.  bag them up for a sweet treat

Blueberry Yogurt Bites

yummy strawberries…

Dried (in the oven) strawberries recipe, so chewy and delicious! They taste like candy but are healthy and natural.

a new pulled pork recipe….

pulled pork i made for the hootenanny @Lindy Thomas

Yummy sweets…

Thin Mint Truffles

and did i share my most favorite dish ever? its the one we’ve been giving to all the new moms at church…

stacked roasted vegetable enchiladas

Like i said i may be an addict! What about you?


Follow me SherrieW

Pinterest Party RE-cap

Well a round of colds has hit our home and has circled back around again as march begins. 😦 the down side of so many in one home i guess. Those colds have left me resting in bed cuddling with babies and not really doing much else, so pinterest february didn’t go quite as planned but hey I got a few things done and wanted to share them…

I made the letter T out of some pipe cleaners and yarn for the boys’ alpha wall in their room….

Tutorial Here

pipe cleaner and yarn - love - darling idea for Primary Christmas trees

and I made a charging station for our ipods and iphones….

I also have some lemon peels soaking in Vinegar for a homemade cleaner, & stitched up so,e old diapers for new rags…
We also made some fun pipe cleaner glasses..
Oh & lastly I crocheted up more hearts like i did last year & stitched them on as elbow patches…
(the multi pictures is a result of doing the monthly photo challenges)
February photography challenge - gonna use this as my guide for Project 2012

I also did a lot of pinterest cooking this week…

Thin Mint truffles, Black Bean brownies, & Yogurt dipped fruit.

And over valentines week i put some pinterest gift & date ideas to work as did my hubby during our “I Love you More” week. Which you can read more about here if you want.

Want the tutorial or recipes for the projects I did check out my pin boards.. thing’s I’ve made & Thing’s I’ve cooked.

Pretty and Practical #4

Its the 31st and time to wrap up the Pretty and Practical before February’s Pinterest Party. I have a couple projects to finish up tonight when my hubby gets home such as….

Hanging some little mailboxes i got

kid's mailbox. Wanted this so bad as a kid. totally gonna do it for my kids!

and in the next week or so we are gonna make this guy (Our saturdays flew by us!)

Love it!!! I want it!!!

and i need to go pick up a cupboard organizer for some of the snacky things we buy, an idea inspired by this…

i like those containers the potatoes are in

and i’m hoping i can get him to do this to a book i have…

Make your very own iPhone Charging Dock that will take the place of that ugly white cord lying across your nightstand.

We’ll see if i make it that far tonight! And if so i’ll update you on my final Score but as of now this is where i stand…

Yarn/pipe cleaner letter, A height ruler for the boys, and my Perpetual Calender. I Also finished my 2012 Bucket List (Jar on the left, more on it later!)

I also made an “I love you because” board and the little frame on the bottom is a Chore chart for Harvey with photos of each chore using Instax film.

I also bought baskets to organize my fridge plus a lazy susan for it also.

all that gives me a total of : 19 points for those projects (most of them were free! wahoo!)

So total pretty and practical points: 44


*** Update, Nothing got finished last night as hoped, Final poibts : 44****

Pinterest Party

Profile Picture of Pinterest

I’m having so much fun with the Pretty and Practical challenge i thought i would do my own month long event. It’s gonna be called Pinterest Party (that takes you to the projects i’m thinking of making) anyway the party will last for the month of february. I’m telling you all now so you can get planning and start pinning!

There will be a points element…

1 point for each task you accomplish that you’ve pinned. Cook it, sew it, crochet it, craft it, print it; I don’t care just if you see it on pinterest and you like it i suggest go create it and give yourself a point for doing so!

Simple huh?

The Prize- you’ll feel accomplished!

Blog it and Link up? There may be something in it for you!

Meanwhile i’ll be pinning and creating myself and of course sharing them with you!

But the best part of the month will be my Pin it and Win it contest. The whole month i’ll be running a contest the prize is still to be deteremined and you will see why…. Here is how it will work….If you see something on my blog you like you just need to pin the page. Then at the end of the month i will randomly generate a winner and they will win the prize, it could be something they pinned or it could be something else i have in the works. We’ll see, but i promise whatever it is you’ll love it and really how easy is that, All you have to do is pin what you see here! The more you pin the more chances you’ll have to win!

Happy Pinning! I’m off to start planning my in home pinterest party at the end of the month!