I do love Pinterest, i have been using it since it first launched. Put simply, its an online scrapbook, (without the mess of a glue stick!) You can collect any and all sorts of inspiration from around the web, and place those pictures with their links to certain blog posts, or online items, on your boards. It gets a lot of what you have swimming around your head trying to keep track of online, out and into an easy place to re-find the info when you want it!
Lately they have been aiming to get more UK users into pinning, with a Pin it forward series of posts, so i thought i would take part. The board i have chosen as my feature one is ..A touch of shabby chic. The links for the top image and those below can be found on that board.
Shabby Chic styling from some of my favourite authors along with the special details of the handcrafted, feature on my board. Helping me with decor choices of my own, and also ideas for what to look out for in terms of thrifting and upcycling.
thrifted fabrics, faded florals, memories gone by, and the old made new, shabby chic how i love you
Overall i have 46 boards
I have my ideas boards..... If i find craft ideas i pin those to Craft corner. I have a Looks i love for outfit and hairstyle ideas. I have boards for my favourite room settings, and one for more smaller interior details. I also keep one for wrapping inspiration and one for floral displays And one for books i am interested in buying or love alot
Then theres the mood boards...... (i like pinning to these the most) Simplicity A touch of shabby chic Enchanted wood Vintage days Gorgeous and feminine Free Spirit A walk through a magical meadow Once upon a hanger Peaches and cream Softest blues multicoloured dreamer
I also keep inspirational boards.... Meaningful words Hope and Inspiration these give me upliftment to look through.
my Pinterest boards are a good reflection of my interests, my passions,
and what i love. Before pinterest i would save things sometimes on my
computer, but i dont need to now, as i can pin it and refer back to it
Here's some more of the front covers of my boards...
alot of what you add to your boards, can be re-pinning things from others that you follow. but you can also choose to pin easily from many sites now, that give you a pin symbol to click, or you download a pinning tool to add to your toolbar, enabling you to pin from a web page anywhere.I also like to grab a website and type it direct into the pinterest app, and then pinning from my ipad is possible too.
Not only is it a great way of collecting what you yourself find, its also a great way to pick up on what others are into, and find new ideas, things to purchase, and looks to recreate. I follow all my friends and fellow bloggers, and people i respect or admire in fashion, and interiors.
I would recommend only pin what you really really like or love. The boards will be with you a long time, its not about filling them up fast, sometimes its quality over quantity or it gets to be a case of just pinning for pinning sake, and that takes the inspiration out of it a bit.
You want to aim for what makes you feel good looking at individual boards when you go back to browse them.
i would like to finish by adding the link for the next blogger taking part tomorrow in #PinItForwardUK : Paula Holmes of The Pho diaries
I love the way the name sounds and rhymes! I found out about this candy coloured Etsy store, from Jeska. I have been most impressed with the service. My order was delayed in posting, so i was refunded shipping When my items arrived, they were beautifully packaged The ribbons are stunning colours and textures and SO inspiring to me I have been looking for some of those soft floaty type ribbons for a while and this store has them in abundance! Also every colour of baker's twine, and the prettiest paper flowers.
i am popping these lovelies into a post to share under my Instagram Love category. The credits are the names at the top of the image, you can look for them at instagram Find and love their feeds there if you are on instagram. I love the photos in the top image and how pretty they look set against that fabric, the colours of which are just like the ones below....
this wrapping style is so vintage and it inspires me to want to source similar papers and strings
Some flowers from spring, it seems a long time ago now, i love the pink and white together and the background paper too
Beautiful outfits that Linnunrata has. This pleat skirt and blouse - gorgeous together don't you think?
Today was a day for appreciating flickr again
Instagram, is perfect for that instant fix of pictures.
But sometimes a slower pace and a chance to browse pure photography
is just what feels right
and here i am with some new flowers in my hair, a decorated slide from April of Garden of Whimsy on etsy, i just love the nature inspired hair accessories she does, and am always tempted when i browse her shop.
My blog has an anniversary this month, so I hope to hold a giveaway for that soon.
love and wishes kat x
I noticed these images i found on flickr lately, seemed to compliment one another. I like it when that randomly happens when you collect together favourites. They include touches of orange, which isnt a colour i am usually drawn to. But here combined with bright pink, i find i am loving it for some unknown reason!
The crystals and pouch Yvonne made as a gift for her niece. I love pouches with pebbles and crystals in, little treasures that mean something only to you. Like a little bag of magicalness.
These pom poms, are perfect to decorate with for a celebration, but i imagine once up, they'll look so good, you wouldnt want to take them down
I got some of these beautiful squares of Liberty fabrics, many printed in Japan, from a lovely seller Lilymeru at Etsy. I was so pleased to have found her. Etsy is just so wonderful for bringing Japanese things to us in the Uk.
I need a bits of beauty post today, to lift my spirits.
So here are some things that speak to me....maybe they speak to you too.
Thank you for all the blog recommendations, its been lovely seeing your likes.
I shall post more to do with that topic once i can.
I feel i want to update my sidebars, possibly make them less full.
do you think i should remove some of the box links, or do you like seeing them all?
arent these words we all need to hear sometimes....
by Stephanie Ryan, who is just the loveliest girl and makes such pretty art, i love her outlook and the energy she puts into her pieces, its like a perfect mix of strength and delicacy, colour and muted shades.
You can see her beautiful art come to life in this video at her blog Small sweet steps
i got this dress from Zara i am loving that they sell online to the Uk now, they have such nice things at good prices. i want to wear this with tights and a thick wool cardi.
these oak leaf earrings are to come as part of the new collection by my favourite Alex Monroe
isnt it amazing about the 33 miners in Chile, seeing their relief and bravery, mixed with their elation at freedom and the sheer love of their family reunions, meant more than a few tears were shed here too.
This mosaic is a token of admiration and respect for Lynn Gilderdale and her mum Kay and all they have lived through. I watched the Panorama programme on BBC1. I let tears roll down my cheeks, just as they have when i have read about her before. I do not often cry about the illness as a whole, but when its reflected back to you like that, its more than moving, it touches something much deeper. (An article here summarises some of the programme and gives the background of the story i'm speaking of.)
Even though i did not know them personally, as i say their story has moved me. It resonates with my own experience of living a life with severe ME and the decade i spent bedbound needing care from my family.
Lynn and i both took ill at 14, a year apart, i in 1990 her in 1991. Despite the terrible experience of being as ill as i was without strength to sit or leave bed for over 10 years, i was never as seriously ill, or in as much physical pain as Lynn, who was not able to eat and could not move her legs.
Like Lynn my Mam has cared for me and been my support through so many things i never dreamt that i would have to feel.
After such a long time of intense pain and health complications,Lynn had to escape that amount of suffering in the only way possible for her. Her situation is one that many would find impossible not to feel compassion, and total respect towards. She had coped for 17years with what many would find unbearable for a matter of months or weeks even, it shows how strong she was in spirit, that she handled that for that length of time.
I have moved into easier times, and i have the gift of hope that there can be even better ones waiting, I wish with all my heart that the same had been so for Lynn. Had she been able i'm sure she would have loved the blog community and the care that exists here.
I chose images that i felt she would have been drawn to, softness and nature that i know she will have missed for so long. Candles for light in the darkest of hours, a heart for love from those who understand. So this is for you Lynn,(and also my friends and anyone out there who is very ill with ME) i didnt know you, but in a way i feel i do,(i think you will understand what i mean) i just want to thankyou for your beautiful Spirit, honour your courageous heart and i wish you Peace in Heaven darling (and energy to dance free). love kathryn xxx