How to Join Pinterest.
So you can enter my biggest contest ever!


Are you a member of Pinterest? If not, read on because you HAVE to be signed up if you want to enter the biggest contest I’ve ever had.

Pinterest!  It’s like a scrapbook, but it’s online. And you don’t need paste.

That’s how I always describe Pinterest to people who don’t know what it is or don’t understand it.  People like my mother.  And my sisters.  And ….. that’s about it.

The description never seems to help.  They’re still confused.

I’m gonna try to explain it.

So, I guess this post is for my mother and my sisters.  Plus the one or two of you who aren’t part of the millions who are on Pinterest right now.

Pinterest really is what I said. It’s a website devoted to letting you save everything you want to remember from the Internet. If you see something you like on the Internet, like my Pumpkin Diorama or someone elses recipe for Focaccia bread you “Pin” it onto your scrapbook. You can have different scrapbook boards. One for Food, one for DIY, one for Appliances, one for Funny Stuff and on and on.

And Cute animals. You can’t be on Pinterest unless you dedicate a board to cute animals and babies. It’s kind of a rule.

But the MOST fun thing about Pinterest is it’s MAGIC! Actually it’s not but I thought it might make it seem more enticing. Although Pinterest definitely doesn’t need me talking it up. At last count, it had around 12 million users and was the fastest growing website of all time.

To join, you used to have to be invited by someone who was already on Pinterest. But NOW, to join Pinterest all you have to do is sign up by going to the Pinterest Website.

When you go to the website it’ll look something like this …





Just click where it says “Join Pinterest”.  Then the fun begins! You start “pinning” (which is really just saving images with links to them) stuff onto your boards. You can organize your boards so they’re categorized like I mentioned before.  Hairstyles, Living Rooms, Pets, Flower Arrangements, Food, Feisty Fairies … whatever.  It’s your choice.

And … since you’re likely to get bored with yourself and you might need a little inspiration you can start following other people’s “pins”.  If you don’t know anyone else on Pinterest that you can follow (although I’m sure you do , think … family, friends, bloggers) you can go to the Pinterest home page and see if anyone’s boards interest you there.  Someone who has great taste or style or interesting content.  Just click “follow” and you’ll be shown everything they’re pinning.

This is my Pinterest page and some of the pins people I’m following have made …




As you might be able to see, I had just Pinned something myself.  The world’s most perfect paint colour according to many; Benjamin Moore’s “Revere Pewter”.

This is my Gallery Wall board.  You can follow it and see all of the stunning gallery walls I’ve pinned.  I’m thinking of installing a gallery wall you see, so Pinning all the ones I love is the easiest, fastest, best way to remind myself of the good ones.  When the times that I actually commit to doing a gallery wall, all I have to do is bring up my Pinterest “Gallery Walls” board and I’ll have all the info/inspiration I need.



I feel right stupid explaining this  to the 4 people out there who aren’t already on Pinterest but there’s a very good reason for it. As I said, I have a rather large contest coming up in a week or two. And to enter it, you *have* to be on Pinterest. So, since I don’t want you to miss out on anything … go join Pinterest. All you have to do is join. You don’t need to start a wall of boards or do anything other than join.

And no … this post and the upcoming contest has no affiliation with Pinterest whatsoever. Pinterest just works well for the contest I’m doing.

To join Pinterest click here.

Already signed up?

Then follow my boards on Pinterest. To follow me, just click here.  I’m not a big Pinner.  More of a lurker.  Following me isn’t a requirement for the contest.  Just joining Pinterest is.

Then keep an eye out in the upcoming week or so for The Great Big, Ginormous, Giftmas Giveaway.

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  1. estee says:

    I’m one of the 4 people that didn’t know about pinterest and what it is. I’m also probably like your Mom, still don’t quite understand..but I’ll try to sign up..maybe..

  2. Pilar says:

    How can I pin a picture serial on Pinterest? Some like “before and after” or “make x step by step”. I just can upload one picture at a time.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Pilar. You can only “Pin” one picture. Pinterest isn’t meant to post someone’s entire post … it’s meant to give a taste of it. Then when people click on the picture it leads them to the original website. ~ karen!

  3. Pilar says:

    Ok Karen, Now I’m infected with two further viruses: Pinterest and Antojitos! I love your inspiring blog and your tutorials. They’re very easy to understand -even for me! Thank you very much again for sharing!

  4. Delvalle says:

    Forgot to say I don’t tweet or face book or have a cell phone. I’m in the dark ages and I like it that way.
    Thanks Delvalle

  5. Barbie says:

    Now Following!
    But WOW Karen half a million pins for your sweet potato fries???? JUST WOW! I bow down to your superior pinnage!

  6. Sue says:

    I had joined Pintrest some time ago, but never really used it. After reading your blog this morning(which is one of the first things I do EVERY A.M….sometime even before I pee!) I thought I would check it out again. You have me TOTALLY hooked! And the best part is both of my “Fellas” (Son and Boyfriend) are gone for the weekend….I will definitely…aside from cleaning my parents attic…be spending some time “Pinning” this weekend.

    Thanks for putting a smile on my face EVERY day.

  7. Jan says:

    Well, you have an awesome number of followers- over 1000!

  8. Jan says:

    Already a member and already pinned some of the info from your site. Love your boards.

  9. melanie says:

    Karen- I just had to tell you… pinterest is how I found your blog. Y’know the log side table you made…. when I followed back for the instructions I started reading and got hooked…

  10. Beth says:

    oops…”too” not to….yikes!

  11. Beth says:

    Hi Karen, and all! I to, as someone mentioned above, tried to join Pinterest, but did not have Facebook, nor did I want to go back on Facebook…so I could not join. Now I am a Pinterest member with one board called “Wish List”…I think this will be fun!

    Thanks for the encouragement to join Karen!

  12. Alex says:

    It’s pretty much replaced my bookmark bar for “Home Decor Gardening”. Sort of like BlogLovin and my WP Reader let’s you finesse your fav blogs to read. Damn crack is what it is. The key is to find some really kick ass pinners that have similar taste to you and then they do all the hard work getting the good images for you. Crap I can’t believe I just wrote that.

  13. Beckie says:

    I deleted my boards a few months back when all the “copyright infringement” hullaballoo began

    I enjoyed it, but not enough to pay for everyone else’s lawyers if someone got sue-happy

    they may have since tweaked the Terms of Use…I haven’t been back since I deleted my boards so I don’t know

    have fun with the contest!

  14. Kat says:

    Here is a quetion as a newbie to pinterest. I have pinned a few things of yours but when I go to the section where it says who I am following your site is not there, how do I go about that part of it?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Kat – Pinning something from someone’s site doesn’t necessarily mean you’re following them. To “follow” all of their Pinboards you have to go to their main Pinterest page (I’ve provided you the link for mine in the post). Then you’ll see the word “follow” under all of my boards. Click on the ones you want to follow or, click the red “Follow All” button at the top of the page. ( while browsing Pinterest’s main page, to get to someone’s home page you just have to click on their name) ~ karen!

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