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10/9/2017 12:01:00 AM
Why My Interest Isn't Pinterest

Tammy Wilson
Guest Columnist


I can’t say when I became aware that I don’t need Pinterest. Maybe at the beginning, when a friend warned me not to sign up; Pinterest will take over your life, she said.

I have enough on-line addictions: Instagram, Ancestry, my hometown Facebook page, to keep me occupied.

The official Pinterest website described the site a place for “recipes, home ideas, style inspiration and other ideas to try.” In other words, it’s a place for people who want to be Martha Stewart with a theme.

I get the theme part. When my husband Tym and I moved into our last house, we determined that it was to appear nautical. We took cues from that fabulous old restaurant in Myrtle Beach—The Sea Captain’s House on Ocean Drive. I asked permission to take pictures of their décor, their architectural features, lighting and wall and window treatments. A nautical house was something we could agree on—a seafaring house in the middle of the woods in Catawba County. Why not? Whenever we asked what could be put in our house, we asked what would the sea captain choose? Anything that appeared extraneous was explained simply: “The sea captain picked up some odd cargo.”

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Maybe I’m a closet Pinterest fan and don’t know it, but if given a choice of say, lobsters and anchors versus ladybugs and cute bees, I’m all in with the seashore. I don’t need a cutesy website to know this.

Patty says she “does” Pinterest but has managed to resist the temptation to become a Pinterest devotee. If she throws a party, she doesn’t check Pinterest for cute party favors or recipes or clever table decorations. You know, the glitter that gets on everything, the Mardi Gras beads that drape around candle sticks and old books and such.

I’ve heard of people, all of them women, who can’t host a gathering without Pinterest’s cleverness. This amounts to mass quantities of extra stuff—color matched tableware, color coordinated food, toothpicks, napkins, you name it.

Such attention to detail seems out of place in our loose-fitting world.. No one seems to obey the old rules of, say, white shoes after Labor Day, but woe be to the one who throws a bridal shower without Pinterest style.

Millennials have embraced Pinterest in a big way, although they may not be matchy-matchy elsewhere. Try decorating their digs without consulting the pros at Pinterest! Same goes for the gender reveal parties—a concept that still feels foreign.

Patty says that you can look at pictures without setting up an account. I’ve done some of this. I see picture-perfect rooms and blooms.

Thanks to Pinterest, there’s been an uptick in craft stores, home accessories and chalk boards with cute sayings on them.

I’m willing to bet we can thank Pinterest for the bumper crop of pillows on sofas and beds. They’ve invaded hotels to the point every time I check in, I have to harvest six pillows from the bed just to get into it.

Gone are the old-fashioned days of home-baked, lop-sided birthday cakes and hand-written invitations.

Several months ago, I tried to buy a pack of those old-fashioned party invitations that let you fill in the blanks. No luck. The only option was to buy themed computer-generated invitations to make them look “professional”— and risk several paper jams in my temperamental printer. Or, I could simply buy some nice blank note cards and handwrite them myself.

I chose the latter and went so far as to handwrite the envelopes because I know the first thing that gets opened in the mail is a hand-addressed envelope.

Take that, Pinterest.




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