Ahhhh, Pinterest. How I love this silly little site. What did I do before Pinterest entered my life? Where did I find and store all the wonderful recipes I want to try? How did I manage to keep my house clean without all the nifty little tips and tricks that can be found there? Was I really ok living in a house that wasn't organized to within an inch of it's life? Or donating perfectly good furniture when all it needed was some spray paint?
Pinterest has given me some fantastic dinners, and has gotten me off my lazy ass trying out various craft projects and organizing our house (MUCH to my husband's chagrin), but there have also been a few duds. I know I always post recipes, but today I would just like to post a little Thank You! to my most favorite website. A site that can make me feel both inspired, and completely inadequate, all at the same time! (Thank God this site wasn't around when I was getting married...the wedding pins are crazy)
I've gone around the house and photographed some of my favorite and most helpful Pinterest projects. Today I share them with you...
1. The all-in-one herb garden. This thing has been AWESOME. I was buying fresh herbs every week at the grocery store, but they're kind of pricey and they go bad fast. This lets me just walk out back whenever I need something for dinner, and pluck it fresh from my little garden! I got this garden pot on Amazon and even though it came with enough inserts to plant 9 herbs, I only need 6 right now.
2. The weekly menu board! This was something I pinned very early on. I really wanted to do it but couldn't find a picture frame with 7 spots (the original pin had 8, but I really didn't want that extra spot). I stumbled upon this frame at Big Lots one day and was so excited...$10! I used some scrapbook paper and letters I already had and Wha-la! A dry-erase menu board!
3. Painting with Elmer's Glue. Turns out of you mix Elmer's Glue with a TINY bit of water and some food coloring and paint it onto glass, it will dry with a soft sea-glass effect. I happened to have everything I needed for this, so I just tried it one day. It's really cute! And you can paint anything...candle sticks, mason jars, glasses, bowls. Just be aware though that it will wash off, so don't do it to glass you plan on eating or drinking out of. It's great though cause you can do so much for parties, or vases. Just scrub of the previous color and paint on a new one!
4. The Crochet Baby Crown. This little pin actually had me open up an Etsy Shop. I made one of these for my best friend who just had a baby. Then another friend (who's a professional photographer), asked if I would make a couple for her so she could use them in photo sessions. She's the one who suggested I make a bunch and open an Etsy shop...so I did! They're so cute, and I like making them, so that's been a fun and unexpected little hobby :)
5. Carlashes. I LOVE these things. Heath HATES them. Whatever. It's my car, and my car is looking fiiiiine! The fabulous Miss Millie just needed that little something extra to make her look even more fabulous. Women love these and always ask me where I got them. Men just look at me and sadly shake their heads. They're no fun.
6. Cookin' and lookin' awesome. The minute I saw this Star Wars apron, I knew I had to have it. Unfortunately so did a bunch of other people. The Etsy Seller who makes these was out of the fabric and it was on back order. I waited three months for this, but it paid off. I finally got my super cool Star Wars Apron!
7. Attaching a rack to the inside of cabinet doors. As you can see...I like this one :) It's so simple, and I've walked by these things at Lowe's and Target a million times, but never really stopped to think how handy they are! I will always have them now, in every house we live in. Just for the pot lids alone (those things suck).
8. More Kitchen Organization. I saw a pin with much larger metal flower baskets hung on a wall for fruit and veggies, but I opted for the smaller baskets as a test run. If I didn't like them and never used them, then no worries since they were only a few dollars a piece at Lowe's. I actually do like them though, and use them all the time, so when we get to the new house I'll probably ditch these and get two baskets that are a little larger. As for the closet on the right...I've been wanting to do that forever. Seeing all those neat and organized pantries on Pintrest finally made me get off my ass and do it. Not gonna lie...HUGE pain-in-the-ass buying all those containers, then transferring everything over and labeling them. BUT, totally worth it in the end. Plus you can always see when you're about to run out of something, so that's also helpful!
9. Closet Organization. Now, I've been a huge fan of the 9 hole cubby organizer for quite some time. Jesse's playroom has 3 of them in there for toy organization. When it came to my closet though, I always used the cubby organizers that hang from the clothes bar. Well, that's all fine and dandy until the weight of all your clothes hanging pulls the entire closet system out of the wall...good times. Heath re-attached it it to the wall, but then I was scared to hang even a scarf from it, so I opted for more 9 hole cubby organizers! I don't have a traditional dresser. Dressers take up a lot of precious floor space in a bedroom, so if I can get everything into my closet, I will. These cubbies hold FAR more than any dresser I've ever had, so I'm never going back. Even the smallest of closets (which I will have in the new house...yay) can hold at least one of these. I may have to stack one on top of the other instead of having them side-by-side, but that's ok. They definitely hold all my clothes just fine (and the little shoe cubby up top is where my socks/bras/underwear are...works out great).
10. And finally...Pinterest 101...right behind mason jars and cake pops...using a shoe holder for everything other than shoes! Ya know, I've been using shoe racks for actual shoes forever. NEVER occurred to me to use the damn things for something else! This is in my master bathroom closet. It got all those little medicine bottles and lotions and shampoo out from under my sinks and in the back of the closet, and into a nice neat space where I can see everything and it's easily accessible. Genius.
Well there you have it! My little 'Ode to Pinterest'! There are so many other neat little hints and tips that I've come across, and crafty things that I can't wait to try (I'm just waiting till we move before I start them), and cool little rainy day games and projects that I plan to do with Jesse, but I'll leave those for another post. In the meantime, have a great rest of your day, and Happy Pinning!
**Oh, and before I forget...***
THIS IS A LIE!!!
I tried this...followed the directions exact (they're pretty simple)...I made 12 eggs. First issue is, wherever the eggs touch the muffin tin, there will be brown spots on the eggs that are there even AFTER you peel them. Not the end of the world, but if you're making something like deviled eggs, you don't want brown burn marks on your eggs. (maybe try a silicon muffin tray?)
Second issue was the unevenness of the eggs being cooked. 1/3 were under-cooked, 1/3 were absolutely perfect, and the last third were over-cooked. Not sure if this is my oven, or the way they're sitting in the tin, but when I boil them, they all come out the same way.
And last...THEY ARE ABSOLUTELY NOT EASIER TO PEEL!!! I don't know where this came from, but (for me at least), it was a total lie. I tore apart about half of the eggs because the shells refused to come off cleanly. Some of them had to be tossed completely because they were such a mess.
In the end, boiling a pot of eggs really isn't that big a deal, so I'm just gonna stick with that. Hopefully you have better luck with the whole 'bake a hard boiled egg' thing, but it was a complete bust for me.