My Pinterest Problems

I know lots of people with Pinterest problems.  Some are pining and pinning away.  Others are simply passionately pinning!  Some others are scared of the legal implications of Pinterest (They have some very valid points.).  Some aren’t sure how it all works yet.  Some try the Pinterest crafts and recipes with less than successful results (I’ve also seen evidence of beautiful results!).   I often fall into the less than successful results category. I’m certainly guilty of occasionally pining as well as passionately pinning (I do try to be discriminating though) and have I ever mentioned (close to a million times already?) how I’m not crafty?   However, I have an entirely different type of Pinterest problem.   This problem also brings a bit of frustration.   Let’s refer to my Pinterest problems as the practical husband and the picky family.    

You know that pizza casserole that was all over Pinterest a few weeks back?  I prepared it and guess what?  Not one person in our family liked it!  I have to be honest and say that I didn’t care much for it either but the practical casserole hating husband and picky boys are starting to rub off on me.  I guess that tends to happen after a few years of marriage.   I also had high hopes when I made this dish one night.  Another miss for our family but we’re clearly in the minority according to the pins and comments on those two recipes!  We do have the occasional Pinterest recipe hit which gives me just the excuse I need to keep on pinning 😉  These peanut butter pancakes scored high points with all of us and they come with a history lesson!    I’ve learned with my picky family it’s best to keep it simple and separate (casseroles do not please them!).  I just “pretend” cook many of the other dishes I find on Pinterest.  Cleanup is much easier that way!

My other problem provides a bit more frustration.  Let’s discuss the practical husband.  I’m sure some of this problem also stems from my not being very craft inclined.  I think perhaps they should have had me repeat the whole cutting, coloring, and pasting part of kindergarten.  He calmly explains why the best Pinterest ideas would not really be practical.  I think sometimes it’s also because he doesn’t want to do the project (he tends to take over my projects but that’s an entirely different topic for a different day!).  So if I’m perusing Pinterest and he’s around, our conversations will go something along the lines of me saying, “Where do you think I can buy appliance paint?”  What?  “I saw the best idea on Pinterest to paint the refrigerator!”  Then comes the look.  It’s the I’m a contractor/I’ve been in lots of other homes and nobody really does that/I know how these products function and that sounds like a huge ordeal not to mention it won’t look nice after about 2 weeks of wear and tear from our family look.  Then come the questions (or if you know my husband perhaps I should say the answers!):  We are not painting our refrigerator.  Every time you washed it, the paint would come off a bit and it’s going to look terrible.   I also saw this which I thought would be perfect for the tiny bathroom we recently added to our bathroom where space is at a premium.  The faucet handle hits liquid soap bottles causing them to fall on the floor.  Our current solution is a bar of soap placed on the sink but I miss my liquid soap!  “Hey, look at this!” Okay.  “Do you think we could put something like that in our bathroom?” Why?  SIGH “Because the soap keeps falling.  We could put the soap there.” If you want a shelf in there, I can add a shelf but I’m not putting it above the toilet paper.  I’m just going to “pretend” to complete my Pinterest projects.  They’ll all look a lot better in my imagination anyway.  One day I may just surprise my husband and take on one of these projects without consulting him.

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17 thoughts on “My Pinterest Problems

  1. Patty@homemakersdaily.com

    I’ve had a few problems, too. My biggest problem is that I click on a recipe I pinned but it’s not really there. I did that yesterday and it took me to a car site. Or the site has been blocked. Or it’s a photo of the recipe but no instructions.

    I saw a craft I liked the other day but it wasn’t one you could make – it was a finished product you could buy.

    I still go on there and still pin my stuff but it’s definitely not all it’s cracked up to be.

    And painting the refrigerator isn’t an awesome idea. We’ve done that and it doesn’t last. The paint does start to fleck off and then it looks worse. If you don’t mind re-painting it frequently you could go ahead. But that’s a pain.
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    1. Jean Post author

      I click on the recipe before I pin it to make sure it goes to a real site. One thing I noticed is that if the site has been blocked by Pinterest, you can still click on it (if you trust your antivirus program) and the site is fine as if there’s a kink in the Pinterest system. My husband will be happy to hear someone offered evidence that he was right.

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  2. Hannah

    I haven’t had too many problems on Pinterest. I’m pretty practical and I don’t like to keep stuff around that I’m not using or that I know I won’t use anytime soon so before I pin, I always ask myself it I’ll REALLY do the craft or recipe in the pin. The legal stuff is better than it used to be since so many people left the site due to the issues and Pinterest changed some of it’s policies.
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    1. Jean Post author

      It sounds like you have really figured out the whole Pinterest thing! Those are good ideas to think about before pinning although I do like to pin things “just because” every once in a while.

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  3. Julie

    I pin so many more foods than I make…lol I tried a dip once and it didn’t seem like it was much of a hit. I also tried some cookies that were pretty good. I really want to use some chalkboard paint in the kitchen but my husband can’t understand it and doesn’t want me too.
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    1. Jean Post author

      I think it’s easy to succumb to pinning all the foods on Pinterest! I love the chalkboard paint projects (I saw one for a refrigerator!) and wanted to do it in one of the boys’ rooms when they were younger but my practical husband said “no” to that project as well. His probably valid concern was with the chalk dust that would likely be everywhere.

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  4. susan

    You know how I feel about Pinterest from that “confessions of a former food blogger” post I did. I totally enjoyed pinning that on Pinterest (hee hee).

    My epic pin fail? That floating glitter jar for time outs. Boiling water + glitter + plastic bottle = mess. I’m just glad I’m the one who got burned and glittered. (Is glittered a verb? It should be).
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    1. Jean Post author

      I really loved your former food blogger post! Oh, I must have missed the floating glitter jar idea. I did ruin a perfectly good Mason jar back in May trying to make a glow lantern though.

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    1. Jean Post author

      I’ve had a tiny bit of spam show up on my Pinterest as well and I do love the visual aspect of Pinterest.

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    1. Jean Post author

      Well, I like to think if it weren’t for the picky family and practical husband, I’d be doing all those projects and cooking gourmet food but somehow I doubt that would be happening!

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  5. Christie

    I pin mostly for inspiration. I use it as a virtual pinboard rather than a physical one. DUH! LOL Anyway, it is more for an idea to spark another idea than to actually follow that particular thing to the letter. I am NOT crafty so I don’t even try to look in that area!! For example, I keep seeing all this organizational stuff and I got inspired to do some of my own. I mostly like the some e cards the best anyway!!

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    1. Jean Post author

      I love those e cards; they always make me smile. That’s a really good way to use Pinterest not get hung up in the exact details. Good for you in doing some of your own organization!

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    1. Jean Post author

      It is quite addicting so watch out! I did have a few legal concerns as well but I do believe they are constantly working on improving those issues. In the meantime, I just follow the “when in doubt, leave it out” mantra in regard to what I pin and re-pin.

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