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Stop Pinning, Start Doing…

December 15, 2011

You may or may not be aware of my mild obsession with the website Pinterest.  It’s described as a place to pin all the things in life you love.  Basically, it’s a virtual bulletin board.  I mostly use Pinterest for recipes, crafts, home design and décor.  The entire website has become my virtual tear sheet book.  Yes, I still have a hard copy with all my design and decorating ideas, but sometimes it’s just easier to “Pin It”!

Tear Sheet book vs Pinterest.

Tear Sheet Book:


In some aspects there’s just no way Pinterest can compete, such as color swatches, fabric samples, and mobility (if you don’t have an iPad or smartphone, like me).

I am especially impressed how the site has grown in the year I’ve been onboard. When I made my discovery, I posted a shout-out on Facebook asking for an invite.  No one even knew what I was talking about.  I ended up requesting a membership from the website (it’s an invite only thing).  They made me wait about a week or so before I got the “you’ve been approved” invite via email.  The website can be so addictive.  Pin, pin, pin….which leads me to the topic of today’s post….It’s time to stop Pinning and Start Doing!!

I went to my DIY board and picked out a ‘pin’ to knock off the list.  I’ve been saving pickle jars, salad dressing bottles, and wine bottles for a few months now and they are starting to pile up, hence my decision to craft something using them.  I had 4 pins on my DIY board that involved glass jars.

I decided on the lower right pin, covering vases/jars with rubber bands and spray painting them.  This past weekend I gathered some of the jars and set up shop outside.

I took rubber bands and wrapped them around two of the jars.  I didn’t want all of the jars to look the same, so I decided to rubber band just two of them and leave the other two plain.

I used Krylon spray paint in Blue Ocean Breeze and Rust-oleum Semi-Gloss White.  I applied two light coats  to make sure they were all evenly coated.  To make sure there was no over-spray between the jars, I separated them with a piece of cardboard while I sprayed.

Because the temperature was only 40 degrees on Saturday, immediately after I sprayed the jars I moved them into our heated garage to dry.  40 degrees is way too cold to paint, fyi!  I let the jars dry for about 24 hours hours, then came the unwrapping…

The lines weren’t as clean as I would have liked them to be, but sometimes you just have to let it be!  I actually like the imperfectness of them, it lets everyone know I took the time to craft something rather than buy it off the rack at (insert retail store here).

(yes, that is a tag still on the bonsai tree…I keep the tags on just about everything home decor-related, you just never know when/if you will find something better!!!)

Now I just need to find some flowers to go in them…maybe my wonderful husband will surprise me with a bouquet (?).

I haven’t decided where this completed ‘pin’ will end up in the house, but at least I can knock another one off the Pinterest list!  Maybe they will become candle holders instead….we will just have to see.  I can now call Mission: Stop Pinning and Start Doing: Complete!


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