the goods: how-to pinterest

By now, someone you know has told you about their newest online obsession, something called Pinterest. In fact, there is a good chance that Kristi or I were the ones to tell you. So you’ve heard a lot about this new website but you can’t figure out what exactly it is. We’re here to help.

After forcing inviting friends to join and then subsequently explaining why the site is so wonderful (again and again) to them, I decided to do a quick post on it.

So what exactly is Pinterest?

In technical terms, Pinterest is a digital, image driven bookmarking site. Which means what exactly?! Get ready to clear some shelves, it’s time to recycle all those old issues of Martha Stewart you’ve been saving. Pinterest is a website where you can now save and catalog links to inspirational images, quotes, recipes, craft projects, gadgets, clothing and much much more. This is a site that will allow you to stop keeping a binder filled with torn out magazine pages and pages of ideas printed from the internet. Because you can now keep a digital binder/catalog/file of anything you find interesting.

One of the best perks of Pinterest is that it also moonlights as a social network. So you can find people who inspire you and follow what they post so that you can get ideas from them. These can be people you know or people who’s taste you like. It’s like going to a dinner party, eating an amazing dessert and you happen to be sitting next to the person who made it, who conveniently printed out a recipe card for you and hands it to you right there. Like I said, Pinterest is dreamy…

How do I get started?

Pinterest is currently an invite only service. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Email us at and we will invite you to the party.

Ok, so I have an account, now what?

1). Download the Pin It Bookmarklet (aka the pinmarklet)

First things first, download the pinmarklet. Here is a very informational video on how to do this:

So as you can see, the pinmarklet allows you to pin anything to your account without having to go to the site. So if you are on say, and spot a sweater you like, you can click on the “Pin It” bookmark select the image of the sweater that you like and pin it to your boards. All without leaving

2). Set Up Your Boards

Then, you want to start by creating a boards. You’ll want to organize these according to similar topics so that they are easy to search. Pinterest does not currently limit the number of boards that you can have so the sky’s the limit. In my opinion, I’ve found that because I like to go back and find things that I’ve pinned that it works best for me to have 8-9 categories that I file things under. Things like house, craft projects, recipe ideas, clothing I want, etc. But this is entirely up to you, I’ve seen people who have entire board devoted to the color navy blue or around a specific concept (like halloween). Also, you’ll want to categorize your boards within Pinterest. At the top of each board, there should be a drop down menu prompting you to do this. Doing so, will allow your pins to show up in those different category boards. I’ll explain more about those later.

3). Start Pinning

Once you have boards, it’s time to start adding things to them. When I first joined Pinterest, this meant going through email to find the links that I had emailed myself. You’ll find that in no-time you’ll be pinning things all day long.

4). Start following others

Like I mentioned earlier, Pinterest is also a social network. So it allows you to connect and follow what other people are putting on their boards. Probably the best part of this is that you don’t have to follow all of a users boards, you can pick and choose the boards you like best. It’s up to you.

You can follow us here!

To get you started, here are a few of my favorites (along with favorite boards):

Rex & Regina — favorite board — party party party
Style Me Pretty — favorite board — beautiful brides

Elements of Style — favorite board — for the home
sfgirlbybay* — favorite boards — living rooms, sleep here & dining style
westelm — favorite board — chevron
Hammocks & High Tea — favorite board — home studio
Lonny Mag — favorite board — Lonny Kitchens
Christine Martinez — favorite board — interiors I dream of…
Erin Loechner — favorite board — black and white
Simple Song — favorite board (love them all) — fonts
Oh Joy! — favorite boards — for the home & graphic design
Bonnie Tsang — favorite board — b’s style

The Beauty Department — favorite board — hair color

Nina Garcia — favorite board — interiors & dapper men
Michael Kors — favorite board — spaces
Refinery 29 — favorite board — street style
lemlem — favorite board — love lemlem

Food & Drinks
That’s so Michelle — favorite board — michelleoshots
Susan Leahy — favorite board — Comfort Food
Real Simple — favorite board — weeknight meals
Whole Foods Market — favorite board — sweet tooth

Once you are following others, you can repin things that they’ve posted. To repin something simply hold your mouse over the upper left hand corner of the image. Two boxes will appear, click on the one that says repin to add it to one your boards. Follow the prompts (change the captions if you’d like) and voila, you’ve saved that project for later.

So how do I get the recipe or instructions for something I’ve pinned?

Pinterest uses the images to store the links. To go to the source of the image for the recipe, instructions, etc. you simply need to click on the image so that you are on the pin’s page, then click on the image again. You should be redirected to the source. Couple of things about this, hopefully someone pins something with instructions/source details but a lot of time images come from google search and/or tumblr so it can be hard to find out more. Here’s where you can tap the social network aspect of Pinterest. Comment on something and ask if anyone knows where it is from. You may just find the answer.

What else do I need to know?

* it’s addictive to watch a pin of yours get repinned. Everyone loves to be a trendsetter, Pinterest is no exception to this rule.

* Use search, it’s a great resource both for searching your own catalog and for finding projects, ideas and inspiration

* Bored and looking for some visual stimulation. Explore by category. If you look at the top of the page, underneath the Pinterest logo, there are the following: Everything, Pinners you Follow, Categories, Popular & Gifts. These are all categories to help you see what people are pinning in specific categories. (this is why it’s important to categorize your own boards)

* Last but not least, if you have a Facebook account and you log into Pinterest using it, Pinterest activity will be published there. I prefer to keep those things separate but it is up to you. Consider yourself warned.

That’s it! Go forth and pin! Let us know if there is anyone we should be following!



stitch: iPad case Tutorial

I finally had the chance last week to finish my iPad case. You can read about my first attempt here.  This time around I used a lightweight interfacing and it made all the difference in the world. Click here to download a PDF of the tutorial. Cheers!

the goods: January 2012

I don’t know about you guys, but I cannot believe that it is January 27.  Where did January go?  I don’t know if it’s the mild weather or the fact that I’ve been keeping busy but 2012 is flying by —  especially the past two weeks.  Thank god for iPhone cameras to capture some of the moments.  Here are some of my latest discoveries (Mason Pearson and Pop Corners are my latest obsessions) and works in progress (quilting, purses and DIY art).  Can’t wait to share the final projects with you in the coming weeks.

Happy Friday and enjoy the last weekend in January!



whisk: gold rush brownies

Gold Rush Brownies hold a special place in heart — these are somewhere between a cookie and a brownie with a rich caramel and chocolate flavor.  One of my best friends mother’s would make these regularly and I can still remember waiting for her to cut the crusts just so I could have a taste!  These brownies are rich and pack a flavorful punch.  Wait, I haven’t even told you the best part.  This is all from only three ingredients, 5 minutes of prep time and 35 minutes in the oven.

Here are the deets:

1 pack of Graham Crackers

1/2 – 1 full bag of milk chocolate chips

1 15 oz. can sweetened condensed milk

Preheat over to 350 degrees.  Pam and line the bottom of a 8×8 pan.  Set aside.

Then, remove the graham crackers from the wrapping and place in a zipper bag.  Using a rolling pin, can, your hand, etc. crush the crackers.

Place in a bowl, add the entire can of sweetened condensed milk and the desired amount of chocolate chips.  I like these to be on the more chocolate side of the spectrum so I usually put in the whole bag but you should put in at least half of a bag.

Pour into your prepared pan and bake for 35-40 minutes until golden on top.

Once finished, remove immediately from pan and set on a rack to cool.  Cut crusts and serve, preferably with a cold glass of milk.

Hope you enjoy these as much as I do!



listen: Mix of the Month

I’m constantly looking for new music and last year I stumbled upon DJ Lucy Wrubel’s Mix of the Month Club. What is it exactly?  Think of it like wine of the month club, except for music. Every month you receive 80-minute mix of great music. Seriously, her mixes are awesome and range from reggae to alt country to bluesy tunes. So if you’re a music nerd like I am, sign up for Season Two here. Cheers!

live: location, location, location

Like Kristi, I’ve been on the hunt for reasonably priced artwork for my house and I’ve been swooning over the modern map collections by Jenna Sue Maps.  I’ve always loved the idea of subtly paying homage to the places where you have lived.  If framed properly (I would crop out the city names), these illustrations could pass for modern art not street maps of different towns.  Plus I love the variety of cities available, including some smaller towns, like my current home of Boulder, Colorado.

I’m planning to order the Boulder, Manhattan and Brooklyn maps in grey, white and black.  I am also going to contact her to see if she will create a custom map of Martha’s Vineyard for me.



all photos from jenna sue maps on etsy

stitch: Singer Featherweight

As Katie mentioned yesterday, my Bernina has all of a sudden stopped working. Thankfully, I have a wonderful backup:

The Singer Featherweight is an awesome, amazing, easy to use sewing machine. If you ever run across one at a garage sale snatch it up as soon as you can. So while my Bernina is in the shop, I’ll be sewing away with this lovely beauty. Happy Friday!