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. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. Jan says:

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

  4. Jan says:

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

  5. 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…

  6. Beth says:

    oops…”too” not to….yikes!

  7. 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!

  8. 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.

  9. 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!

  10. 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!

  11. Elle says:

    Thanks for explaining.
    Noe because of you I joined Pinterest and lost two hours of my life in which time I could have done the dishes or folded laundry and instead I pinned lovely pictures of DIY tutorials and home decor ideas from the web…(well DH is watching spopts on TV instead of doing the dishes or folding the laundry… I think my use of the time was still more productive)

  12. nancyeileen says:

    I’m officially following you…on Pinterest.

  13. allyson says:

    I painted my 3 walls each in my living room and dining room with Revere Pewter, 3 years ago. I’m so trendy like that. ha!

  14. Lin N says:

    I am also one of the four (now probably up to 40) not on Pinterest. Armed with the info you provided maybe I’ll give it a shot. Thanks Karen.

  15. kelliblue says:

    OMGK. Like I don’t already have 500,000 pins and am already following about that many people! But I will definitely make room for you and yours. I made it easy on myself – I just followed ALL of your boards. :)

    And yeah, trying to describe Pinterest to those not in the know or worse yet-those who are non technical-usually goes about like this:

  16. Shauna says:

    I love Pinterest. It’s such an awesome time suck. Which, once it became popular, my work figured out and blocked us from it – pfff, stupid work. So, now, if I want to go on pinterest, I have to do it at home, in between all my motherly and wifely duties, that’s not as often as I’d like. BUT, I’ll make sure to go on for no other reason but to follow you. (and, to win the contest of course, but that doesn’t seem to matter because I’ve already joined).

  17. Langela says:

    I also have never been on Pinterest. I’m signed up now so I’d better win your contest, Karen. Whe they have you pick four things you like from their page? Then they make up your home page? I don’t want all that garbage on my home page. How do I get it off?

  18. Brenda J. M says:

    Wow, 1,000 repins on your garlic bread and I get excited because a pin I pinned has been repinned a couple times. Man… I feel so low. Magic HAH!

    • Karen says:

      Here’s something to make you feel really inadequate … my Guaranteed Crispy Sweet Potato Fries recipe has been pinned over half a million times. It seems to have hit a nerve that one … ~ karen!

      • Brenda J. M says:

        Karen, Did you ever hear of a book Steve Martin did back in the (ouch) late 70s…. something about “Cruel Shoes” ?? I think your wearing them and giving me a wee kick in my mega-butt with them. hahah.

  19. Angie S says:

    I love Pinterest – that’s how I found your wonderful website! My most “repinned” pin? Your perfect garlic bread! Check it out – over 1000 repins!

  20. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    I’m already signed up and following you so I am ready to win..or at least to see the 1000 comments that show up every time you have a contest..and yes I do have cute little animals on my Pinterest..who can resist???

  21. Dawna Jones says:

    I followed you!
    And you are right about Revere Pewter,I have recommended and used it on multiple clients home’s ,the joke around here is that know one has to pay me anymore for choosing colors cause they know what I am going to say!

    • Karen says:

      Dawna – My sister’s a decorator and for her it used to be Barharbor Beige, LOL. I’m actually considering painting my kitchen Revere Pewter. After painting my whole house white … I’m thinking of branching out. ~ k!

      • Brooke says:

        We just had the inside of our house painted (maybe we’ll be back in business with everything back in its rightful place by New Year’s Day if we’re lucky) and chose three colors–BM Super White for ceilings, trim, windows, doors; BM Cream Fleece for the LR, DR, hallways; and BM Revere Pewter for the kitchen cabinets, bathroom wall, and bedroom. At the last second, I chickened out on Revere Pewter, deciding it was just a tad too dark for my tastes, and went one step up to Edgecomb Gray–it is perfect.

  22. Chris says:

    Here’s how I describe Pinterest to those who’ve never heard of it… You know how when you find a website you like, you bookmark it? And then six months down the road, you remember that really cool site you found and you’d like to revisit it, but YOU CAN’T REMEMBER WHAT IT WAS CALLED? Pinterest to the rescue!! Say you found the perfect gift for your mother-in-law, a tutorial for making a cat bed, whatever. Instead of bookmarking the site, you “pin” a picture of that gift/cat bed/whatever to a “board,” (which is just a fancy way of saying category). Next time you want to revisit that gift/cat bed/whatever, you just need to click on the picture of the gift/cat bed/whatever. Voila! It takes you directly to it. Unless the gift is no longer available or the blogger who created the cat bed tutorial shut down their site or some other catastrophe happened to whatever. Try not to think about that.

  23. Apryl says:

    I can’t believe I’m not following your board already! Pinterest is my drug and I follow your blog religiously… and you’re right, Pinterest IS magic.

  24. nicole d says:

    OH MAN! Karen!
    1) im hooked on Pinterest, and actually ended up finding your blog via a Pin i stumbled across… (the one about the globe/garden lights) and now i am HOOKED on both!
    2) somehow i wasnt following you!? WTF?! so i am now.
    3)i just went onto my pinterest and noticed that there are SECRET BOARDS now!?! best idea EVER! (i kept not wanting to pin my gift/craft ideas, because everyone i would give a gift to is following me, and would see it, and would know what im making them for their birthday etc… haha!
    4) i am so super excited for your contest. :)
    5) that is all.

  25. Kat says:

    Just on a whim I joined Pinterest last week and am pretty darn impressed and of course you were the first person I pinned onto a board I just called “my stuff”. This sure will free up space and all those folders I can’t keep track of where I file stuff then forget about because I cant see the stuff in them.

  26. jenna says:

    I heart pinterest. A little too much sometimes. I am now a follower.

  27. Marion says:

    I’m not gonna lie, I planned my entire wedding using Pinterest. I don’t know how people function without it. Soooo excited about the giftmas giveaway!!!

  28. Jennie says:

    Lurker, no…stalker, yes….but pinterest rocks for reference stuff and it is VERY addictive.

  29. Eddie says:

    I LOVE Pinterest, I just started following some of your boards, I’ll be looking for you and happy pinning. Check out some of my boards too you might get inspired.

  30. Deb J. says:

    Karen, to help you feel better, I am one of the four not in Pinterest. My daughter is on my case to join but I’m not sure I get it. Plus I already spend more time than I should in a chair with my iPad – lurking mostly but occasionally commenting. Might get talked into pinning yet.

    • Karen says:

      Deb J – Well I have a big contest coming up and you really do need to be on Pinterest to enter so at least join. :) ~ karen!

      • Deb J. says:

        So Karen, I am now pinned. I can officially blame you for not completing – or even starting – the loooong list I things I should be doing:). How are we supposed to have Christmas done by early Decembef if we are all pinning all day!?!

  31. Joanne says:

    I am SO badly addicted that I now have 1,023 pins. Of course I’m going to try every recipe, knit and crochet every scarf and hat, and sew every baby gift…once I remember just what I pinned. I tell friends it’s like making my own personal magazine, and now I don’t have to buy any. Now if I can just find that inflatable beach ball so I can make lighted grapevine balls, since I spent hours last weekend slogging throught the bush and dragging out grapevines! I think the instructions are on my Noel board….

  32. Nikki says:

    I’ve been on Pinterest for a while now. I love it! I’ve pinned some of your pictures/posts to my boards to share with my Pinterest disciples…

  33. Mary says:

    I only pin things “I know” I’ll try out…. er well someday….when I have time….

  34. Ann says:

    Long standing member of Pinterest. No cute board!! Guess I really am boring.

  35. Jules says:

    Im a huge pinner and i cant believe i was stupid enough to not think to follow you..although you said you dont pin much so maybe it wont be as great as i think ..ha! So far I have been able to manage the pinning AND THE doing…but im sure it will get out of control at some has literally replaced by ‘tabbed binder” That i used for all this it. I noticed your DIY firepit has been repinned so much the last few days!!
    Cant wait to hear about the contest..!

  36. Mary Kay says:

    Karen – I love Pinterest, my sister loves it, friends love it. We even have a board we all share to pin stuff to that we want to make. My sister and I have dedicated a whole evening to recreating stuff we find on Pinterest. It is great like chocolate dipped chips great!

  37. CBuffy says:

    Hi. I’m CBuffy and I am one of the 4 people on Planet Earth who don’t Pin. But, coincidentally, just before clicking over to your post this morning, I was thinking “I really need to start that Pinterest thing, wish I knew how…”

    So, once again – you are tuned into the Universe. Or something. Thanks!

  38. Lisa says:

    I am one of the 4 remaining people in the world.

    Sigh. I’ll think about it. But when I want something from a blog that I read, I go to the blog and search for it!

    • Karen says:

      Lisa – I’m not a huge pinner (bad me) But it’s great if you’re looking for ideas. Way better than Google images or anything else. You just go to Pinterest, type whatever you’re interested in in the search bar and all kinds show up. Like if you want an example of a war time kitchen, or fur rugs, or whatever. ~ karen

    • SuperErin says:

      Ditto. I feel like I don’t need another time-sink in my life.

  39. Kristina says:

    I am on Pinterest but under an alias does that count?
    Holy Crow, Woman! That’s how I found you. I was a blog reading virgin. You were the first blogger that I started to follow. *blush*

  40. Paul says:

    I don’t know about the cute animals board but I do have I an entire board just for Chickens and Coops.

    Click on my name to go to my Pinterest.

  41. Diane Amick says:

    Karen, hold out hope for that gallery wall…I just did one (thanks to Pinterest!) on the wall holding my uber large TV (thanks honey) and it sorta makes the TV not so uber. Have a couple of very small holes to fill, but the hunt is part of the fun. Good luck!!

  42. Ruth says:

    I joined Pinterest ages ago, and I still don’t have a board for cute babies and animals. Hmmmmm….

    • Karen says:

      Ruth! We haven’t heard from you since the hurricane. I was starting to get worried. ~ karen

      • Ruth says:

        We made it through without a body count, in spite of the devastation, but it took more than a week to have our power restored. Water supply is still on and off (more off than on), but I’m here. :-D

  43. Pinterest is amazeballs !!!!! You can pin an entire imaginary life..with a clean kitchen, finished knitting projects, completed recipes, and quotes that make you pee your pants. I haven’t brushed my hair in 4 months, but my pinterest life is amazeballs. :)

  44. Annie says:

    I’m following you….even though the vocab sounds creepier (friending vs. following)….I find it way less unnerving than Facebook.
    On pinterest I’m runswithscissors for some reason.
    No cute animal or baby boards. Oh wait I think there is a squirrel pin. But it’s totally not cute…it’s um, spiritual?

    Yay pinterest!

  45. ev says:

    Well, guess I am not one of the twelve million! Just tried to join–used 12 different user names and they were all “taken”. And I don’t believe it. My new doggie’s name is unusual and I don’t think it has been “used”, as Pinterest says. Got any ideas Karen?

  46. ellareki says:

    Thanks for this info – I’d read somewhere ages ago that you had to be invited onto pinterest and, being an unsociable little sod in real life, I didn’t really know anyone who could (or would!) invite me. But it’s great to know I can just join up and not worry about having to be friends with anyone! Thank you :)

  47. Angela says:

    Please, for the love of chocolate, make sure that when you pin a recipe or a tutorial, the pin leads to the actual recipe or tutorial. Karen, this is not directed at you, it’s directed at all of the goobers that I follow who pin ‘an amazing list of places to shop’ or ‘the best chocolate cake ever’ and it leads to the main page of the blog or, even worse, to some other pinterest-like site that doesn’t have the recipe on it. It makes me want to scream.

    And I have a love-hate relationship with Pinterest, I’ve gotten some great recipes and ideas from there, but my mom comes up with ridiculous ideas that she’s seen on the site. Like mailing us a box of balloons filled with small toys, coins, and candy for my daughter’s birthday. That my husband has to inflate because that way she could send more. Does she really think a 4-year-old will enjoy popping a ton of balloons? Does she really think the 4-year-old’s mommy will enjoy the popping of a ton of balloons? Then there are the tutorials for making cutsie little onesies with ties or bowties or suspenders appliqued on, which are cute, but NOT my style. I told her she can make those for my sisters’ kids instead of mine.

    • jenna says:

      amen to every thing you just said about pinterest, I hate crap pins that lead to no where or worse the blog main page. AND ideas that do not work for me but others think they are amazing for me.


    • Maggie says:

      Ha…Love this Angela. I spend inordinate amounts of time discovering a pin I love and then tracking down the actual website from which it was pinned. And I’m disgusted at the amount of pins which are pure spam.

  48. Raymonde says:

    Hi, my name is Raymonde and I’m a Pinterest addict. I spend much too much time pinning stuff on my boards, most of which I’m completely sure I’ll use one day and yes, I do have a “cute” board with pictures of baby animals… Help me, please!!!

  49. Hmm – I was going to say that I proved your rule about needing a board devoted to cute animals or babies wrong, but then I realised that I have a ‘Baby gifts’ board which may have a few pictures of cute babies in it. Dammit – why are you right so often? It’s not fair ;)

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