My adventures on the information superhighway...

This blog chronicles the activities of my Etsy and Artfire shops, and my adventures as both a jewelry designer and information specialist.

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Friday, September 23, 2011

My Obsession with Pinterest

Over the past few months I've noticed references here and there to the elusive Pinterest. I'm older, though I hate saying that, and don't take easily to new social media, though it is my job and I'm trained in Information Technology. I still don't quite *get* Twitter (OK, that's because I talk too much!) so I'm a little wary of a lot of social media sites.
My main Pinterest page

Finally, I caved and asked a fellow Ohcanada teammie for an invite. Wow, is it ever addictive! I've been on Kaboodle for awhile for my fashion cravings/urges, and obviously Facebook and Twitter, but this is the first time I've been so totally hooked that it's keeping me up at night. My first board, fall fashion in orange and neutrals

I'm one of those crazed people that obsessively turns down pages in magazines of stuff that catches my fancy. I've been doing this since the early 80's. With the dawning of bookmarks both my IE and Chrome were chock full of links. I had an account with Delicious, but they've been bought out and I can't remember my original password.

My point? I can now chuck all the magazines and various torn pages stashed around my house dating back to the decades of neon and big hair, and forget about religiously bookmarking each and every "good idea" I come across on the web. Pinterest allows me to create themed "boards" with my own comments, which link back to the original posting. This is huge for someone who lives in a super small urban walk up. Truly, this might save my family from being on an episode of Hoarders ☺ Ok, I'll be honest, I probably won't chuck the "style books" I've already made. What did you expect, I'm an archivist by training. But going forward...this is huge...HUGE!

If you're not on Pinterest, you should check it out. Or not. How's that for a glowing endorsement? If you're an addictive personality like me maybe it's best if you steer clear. Truly. Personally, I'm justifying my activity and membership there because it's "job-related" ie: my library/archivist personna. Though I have yet to share my info with any of my IRL librarian and archivist friends. I should get on that...

My board of boot possibilities allows me to do a side-by-side comparison, while linking directly to the retailer.

Of course, one of the dangers with creating wish lists and shopping lists if you live in Canada is that by the time you get around to buying the item the season may have changed. I'm hoping against hope that that isn't so, while trying to balance my wants with what could conceiveably be worn before the first snowfall. Notice that I have yet to mention a budget. That's part of the fun. Wish lists should be fun and fantasy :)

My favorite pinboard of shopping and packing list for my upcoming girls' weekend in New York City!

Fall News 2011

Hello everyone! Long time no see...which is obviously my fault since I haven't written anything in a while. I've finally got some news to share that's worthy to print. I'm back from our wonderful Michigan summer vacation and not only are we now fully unpacked, but I've got a ton of beach stones and Petoskey stones to turn into gorgeous jewelry for my shop ☺ I'm also refreshed and full of inspiration for the Fall season.

We ate well, partaking of delicious local offerings, caught up with friends and family, took lots of long walks on the beach, and spent a lot of time just enjoying our gorgeous natural surroundings.

We also foraged for beach stones and treasures!

Back in my shop this autumn are Petoskey stud/post style earrings, and beach stone and Petoskey stone rings, as well as Petoskey stone and beach stone braclets.

Over the summer I used some of my Etsy profits to buy a Dremel drill as well as a rock tumbler so expect to see new items in my shop. It's been frustrating to me when I have ideas that I'm unable to carry out because I don't have the proper tools. So, I'm incredibly excited to start using both of them.

It's been a bit of a learning experience including trying to keep the little bear away from both! For some reason he thinks that anything that arrives at this house in a box is his.

I thought this a fitting weekend to write this post as we're having gorgeous end-of-summer-like weather here in Montreal, yet we've also had our first taste of the cold winter to come. Happy Canadian Thanksgiving, everyone! I hope it's a good one ☺ I'm excited to share more of the responsibilities of preparing our special dinner with my little bear (broadly stated!), and to get out and enjoy the last vestiges of summer.

Check out the sale in my Etsy shop! In honor of Canadian Thanksgiving, everything has been temporarily marked down.
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