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Many of you are familiar with Pinterest, also known as Crack for the crafty. I can spend hours pouring through websites and looking at pictures of really great ideas on Pinterest. It is set up like a magazine, you see something you like and want to return to and you just Pin the page as you would dog ear a page in a magazine. Like millions of others I follow the links to read the blogs and watch the “easy to do” hacks that will change my life in so many wonderful ways. According to the hype these things will make great gifts, my life easier, tastier, more organized, more colorful and richer in every way possible. I have over twenty-two hundred items pinned. I expected to tackle most of my pinned items once I retired. When I was teaching, I pinned and used lots of classroom ideas. At the time, I found it a great resource for teacher made classroom stuff. But since I’ve retired I’ve barely scratched the surface of the thousands of pins I have on my Pinterest boards. Despite the fact that I don’t follow through on most of the items I pin, I have continued to add to my “to do list” of Pinterest crafts I hope to attempt in the future, I even created a list of retirement projects for my husband to do. But the brutal truth about Pintrest is that it’s a major time suck.
Recently I embarked on the crafter’s Lollapalooza, The Annual Pinner Conference in Scottsdale Arizona. I don’t consider myself an artist, but I enjoy creating artsy fartsy items. I find crafting to be a creative outlet that is both relaxing and a good way to spend some free time. Although I wasn’t born with the talent I see in so many artists, I make up for my limited talents with enthusiasm and dogged determination.
I attended the Pinner Conference with friends and I felt like a kid in a candy store. Classes and make and take workshops were EVERYWHERE! The thing that was readily evident to me was how generous the craft artists were with both their time and their talents. Lots of vendors were selling different tools and techniques. Everybody made their technique look really easy. Who knew I really needed a rusty two tiered farm animal feeding dish? I did and I love it. It’s covered in chalk paint now and screwed together with some finials.
The reality of most of the crafting is you do it because you enjoy it, most people don’t make much money selling their wares. After you purchase so many of the supplies and tools for the various crafts you would need to sell a whole bunch of thingamajigs to recoup your original investment. So you make really fancy cards that take hours to complete and cost four stamps to mail because you love creating unique items and giving them to people you love.