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The PINspiration Place

Do you love Pinterest as much as I do?!? Do you head there to find inspiration for all things food, DIY, party, home decor, holiday, photography, and printables???  I’m so excited to share that I’ve teamed up with a fabulous group of inspirational bloggers to bring you a Pinterest board filled with all of that goodness! It’s called The PINspiration Place, and YOU are invited to follow along!


Are you as excited about I it as I am?

I’m hoping that you already follow me on Pinterest, but this board was started by a friend of mine, so even if you follow me on all of my boards, you won’t be following this board yet. I’d LOVE for you to get all this greatness in your home feed on Pinterest. To do so, simply click below to FOLLOW THIS BOARD!

I’ll see you there!

Sharing is Caring

This is a quick little blog post to tell you to go read the very informative blog post of a friend of mine. It’s all about how you can help your favorite bloggers out, just by sharing. Sometimes it’s easy just to read your favorite blogs, but in order to keep us going, we need YOUR help! This post sums it up better than I can, so please GO READ IT (and the comments below). The only thing I’ll add specifically is that if you see a post or a picture from a blogger on facebook that you love, click SHARE, comment, or LIKE it! It helps us with our REACH, which helps us get more clicks, which helps sustain us enough to share!  Facebook has been frustrating for bloggers, and this is how you can help! But for now, click on the picture below, or go directly to this post on Sawdust & Embryo’s.

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How to follow your favorite blogs

I was having a conversation the other day with one of my good friends about Pinterest. She was telling me that she wished more of her friends pinned stuff because her Pinterest feed wasn’t moving very fast. I suggested she follow some of her favorite creative bloggers because if she likes their style, she will like what they pin. She didn’t realize she could do that. Once I got over the shock and lifted my chin up off the floor, I felt like a failure as a blogger and a  friend. Well, just as a blogger friend, I guess. This post might be basic for some of you may already know, but I want to share how to follow your favorite blogs {and other insider tips} and maybe offer a few suggestions and tips as well.

how to follow your favorite blogs

I blog because I love to share,  I love the community, I love the feedback, and I love the drive it gives me to do projects on my list. … Continue Reading

my great pinterest debacle

If you’ve been on my facebook page, you’ll know that I’m having some computer issues, so I’m not able to post some pictures that I’ve taken lately, but I’m hoping that today is a bright new day and that the computer angels will be able to fix it (and my external) today. In the mean time, I thought I’d be share some thoughts on Pinterest.

I’m not sure about the rest of you, but I have a little love/frustrated relationship with Pinterest. As bloggers, we do get a lot of unique traffic from people “pinning” their favorite posts (thank you!) and then strangers seeing those pins, hopping over, and discovering our blog for the first time. Hopefully that first impression is a good one, and those individuals will want to stick around and come back to see what else is in store for them. However, some people just want that one post and may never come back, and that’s fine, too. A frustration I’ve found is that it kindof lumps all blogs into one when people say, “I got this idea on pinterest” when in reality, they DID first see it on Pinterest, but the actual idea came from another source….but that source is forgotten.

I realized a year or so ago, that I don’t want everything on my boards that I’ve seen & pinned to be seen by others. It’s mostly when I’m in party planning mode. When I did a baby boy airplane shower, I pinned a million airplane ideas, but I didn’t want those attending the shower to see all of them before the shower. Some of them I was going to immitate, and others I took the inspiration and put my own spin to it.   I didn’t want the party attendee’s to see ahead of time, or hear from them, “I saw you pinned this and wondered what you were going to do with it.” I’d heard it before. I’m happy to admit that I used those ideas as my inspiration, but I put a lot of work into it, and for people to realize and mention to me at the party that they’d seen it elsewhere is a bit disheartening…but yes, I did first see it on  pinterest.  Maybe I’m a copycat sometimes, and just don’t want to be called out on it.

Now onto my last pinterest thought…and if you’re following me on Instagram,  you might have seen this (kristendukephotography on IG). On Sunday, I was visiting family a few  hours away and went to their church building, where a stranger saw my daughters cute outfit and said, “look at how cute she looks, it looks like something you’d see on Pinterest.” As she smiled and walked away, I should have smiled and thought “how nice” but instead I felt irritated as I thought, “I put this outfit together all by myself, thank you very much” and I know she just meant something about my skilled abilities of organizing an ensemble (wink, wink) was like unto creative ideas she’d seen there, but to have given “pinterest” the credit, when credit wasn’t due–totally bugged me!  I got the pieces at Target almost a year ago, and I was so giddy to pull the skirt from one section and the jacket from another section, not intended to go together. It’s pretty much my favorite outfit of hers right now.  Here is the outfit taken with my phone:

The fact of the matter is, it’s a double standard.  I realize that, I can’t be happy with the situation either way.  Sometimes I’m creative without pinterest, and it gets the credit. Sometimes I borrow ideas and don’t want to be found out.  I still love pinterest, and that I can see tons of creative recipes, exercise ideas, home projects, and photography all meshed into one place. I love it, I do, I even use it as a search tool now instead of google search.  But I’d love it if the conversation was able to change a little bit.

Here are some of my favorites that I’ve pinned lately from my Pinterest page.

From my Delicious Board (I really want to split this category into savory and sweet, but will those following it see that?)

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookie Dough Blondies

 (just made this last night, have yet to eat them, but the dough was amazing!)

{Handle the Heat)

Blueberry Coconut Baked Steel Cut Oatmeal Recipe

{Family Fresh Cooking}

In my brief looking around, I LOVED this site.  Beautiful colors, great photography, delicious recipes. Pinterest helped me discover a new food site!  Her pinterest boards are AMAZINGLY detailed, wih a whole lotta followers.

From my Home Decor Board, I found this little girls room that I LOVED:

{Ginny Phillips Photography}

This image is actually the inspiration behind my office makeover.  Remember my yellow desk? Uh-huh…I’m getting very close to finishing and I’ll show you the whole she-bang!

When we were designing our Barn Door TV cover, I looked up barns doors on pinterest, and pinned a whole bunch of ideas that helped us finalize how we wanted the design on our barn door. It was nice to see a lot of options all in one place.

{brown paper packages}

{House Tweaking}

Lastly, my Fun with Kids board I save ideas for activities to do with my kids. I actually showed them this board when we made our summer checklist to include some fun and different crafts.

Last weekend, we actually made these mini bow and arrows with cousins

{The Brooding Hen}

Those q-tips shoots FAR, and all the kids and cousins loved playing with them!

Yesterday, we checked another item off our list and spray painted T-shirts. I mean, I get paint on my clothes that doesn’t come out when I’m working on a project, but I never thought to do it intentionally! Love these stripes below, but I haven’t made mine yet.

{The Winthrop Chronicles}

My kids put painters tape all over as they wished, then we got out the cans in the garage, and they had a hay-day.

(someone on Instagram asked if we were Texas A&M fans b/c of the letters on their shirts–ha!  nope, just coincidence.)

There you have it!  I know my love/frustration with pinterest may be unique to me…may be irrational…but that’s what I do here…spew my thoughts whether crazy or not! Any thoughts on splitting up my food board into categories? Will people have to add those boards, or will they transfer if they are already following the main food board?