Pinterest can be a lot to take sometimes. Don’t
get me wrong — I love Pinterest. It is an excellent source of inspiration, and I
honestly don’t remember how I kept track of anything I liked before it came
around. But sometimes Pinterest’s steady diet of craft perfection can make a
person feel kind of inadequate.
I went onto Pinterest a few hours ago looking for a cute way
to tie a scarf, and now I have an overwhelming desire to serve my friends milk
in tiny jugs with handmade mini doughnuts as garnishes. But my house is a mess
and I don’t know how to make doughnuts and I think my friends are all either
gluten-free or lactose intolerant. I need more pin-able friends, preferably
with beards and/or nail art.
Pinterest Stress is a thoroughly modern ailment, known to
target young brides and mothers with toddler birthday parties to plan. We know
we’re not supposed to judge our lives by someone else’s Pinterest board, but
sometimes all the perfection just makes a person feel inadequate. When that strikes, nothing helps banish it like a quick reminder not to take
Pinterest so seriously. When Pinterest Stress hits, I recommend stopping by one
of these Pinterest parodies to put things in a bit of perspective.
All those beautiful pins make crafting look so easy. We plan
to do them someday, but Sonja Foust actually takes them on, and her attempts to
recreate beautiful pins can veer into terrifying places. I don’t know why I
would want to cut a glass bottle with fire, but the threat of flying shards of
fire scares the Pintester not.
Read The Pintester to remind yourself that not doing every
DIY tutorial you see is probably extending your life by a few years.
My Imaginary Well-Dressed Toddler Daughter
The adventures of Quinoa and her shockingly well-dressed
toddler friends never fail to entertain, and it’s good to remember that there’s
more to life than being really, really, ridiculously well-dressed.
This seemingly endless trove of Pinterest Fails and
terrifying attempts to bring Pinterest projects into the real world is so
hilarious I often find myself a little disappointed when a project actually
comes out as intended.
Pinterest, You Are Drunk
Including helpful advice like, “When your DIY starts with
‘saw through a grand piano,’ it might be time to simplify.”
Not everything on Pinterest is gold. WTF, Pinterest
finds some of the most bewildering pins out there, including some of the
strangest Pinterest comment fights you will ever see. There's nothing like a 100-post flamewar over a Doctor Who quote to remind you not to take Pinterest too seriously.
(Image: Nicole Crowder / Found Treasures in Teeny & Aaron's DC Apartment)