What is Pinterest all about?

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife

Pinterest…. I pronounce it pin-terest.  

Follow me on Pinterest here

What is Pinterest?


Pinterest is a virtual pinboard.  It allows you to store and organise (known as pin) images you have on your computer, find on the web or in the Pinterest application itself.  Images that may inspire you such as quotes (yes this is where I find all my quote of the day’s), yummy recipes, bedroom or office designs, hairstyles, outfits, craft projects the list is endless and full of possibilities.

How does it work?

Let’s say you find a chocolate muffin recipe you would love to make one day.  Click the pin it button (which can be added to your toolbar, details here) it will pin it to your account and allow you to choose a specific board to pin it to.  When you are ready to make the chocolate muffins, click the image which takes you to the original website and page of recipe.

What is a Board?

You can organise all your pins into specific named boards, like folders on your computer.  This makes finding a pin at a later date easier.  I have many boards (hmm…66 of them 😕 ).  When I first started I had a board labelled food, my tip is to be specific with your labels as there are so many wonderfully yummy recipes on there.  This is what I have now:

  • Food – Savoury
  • Food – Sweet
  • Food – Lunchboxes
At a later date I am sure I will split them up more such as Food – muffins – cakes – slow cooker etc.

What is follow?

You can find other users on Pinterest if you like what they are pinning you can follow them.  You can then repin the images on their boards to yours.  Follow me on Pinterest here.

Is there an app for Pinterest?

Yes at this point in time there is only an iPhone app, found here.  This app can be used on the iPad too.

How to join Pinterest?

I’m not certain why, but Pinterest is invite only.  Visit their home page to request an invite.

Why is it addictive?

For me, it’s a quite moment away from cleaning, blogging or kids… just 5 minutes to myself, lol, who am I kidding i do get stuck for longer.  I grab my iPad and pin.  I enjoy finding recipes to add to my meal plan, quotes that inspire me which I then enjoy sharing each day on facebook and inspiration on decorating my home.
My favourite board
I heart IKEA Expedit Unit I love all the clever ideas on how to store crafts, books and toys
My favourite Pin
I love this picture, so beautiful.  I have made it my iPad background
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Yummiest Pin
Cookie dough stuffed cupcakes.  I haven’t made them (yet) but they sound so tempting
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Strangest Pin
LOL, I probably lose more though
Pin on my To-do List
I want to make a wall filled with family photo’s.  I am collecting white frames, just not certain if the photo’s will be black and white or colour?
Funniest Pin
This just makes me laugh every time I see it, I love The Big Bang Theory
I couldn’t just choose one, Sesame street and muppets meets angry birds

More questions and help about Pinterest can be found here.

If you are a blogger you can link up to tinagray.me That’s Pinterest…ing each Sunday

Are you addicted to Pinterest?


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Cate Brickell on Facebook September 28, 2011 - 7:13 AM

Please do a follow-up post about pinning the proper URL, not just the front page or a picture.

The Organised Housewife on Facebook September 28, 2011 - 7:22 AM

I should definitely, was thinking when I went to bed there is so much more to add, will do a part 2 for sure. Pinning etiquette and boards I like to follow (wink, wink!!).

Kathy perrusio September 28, 2011 - 7:31 AM

I am in love with pinning …I used to tear pictures out of magazines … Now everything is pinned to a board

Melissa September 28, 2011 - 7:44 AM

You know what you are, Miss Katrina? You’re a PIMP! You’re feeding the masses the addiction.

And yes, my name is Melissa and it has been 2 minutes since my last pin….

Kate @ Puddles and Gumb September 28, 2011 - 8:19 AM

I just love Pinterest, such a great way to find beautiful and inspiring images and ideas. Plus it is a much more convenient way to save things you want to go back to rather than bookmarking them!

Tina ~ Tina Gray {dot} Me September 28, 2011 - 9:13 AM

My name is Tina and I am a Pinterest addict. But I’m loving it! Thanks for the link love, Kat xx

Alyce September 28, 2011 - 11:55 AM

Pinterest is one of the best ideas ever!!!

LisaW September 28, 2011 - 1:22 PM

I’m definitely addicted! I look at pinterest every morning before I get out of bed. Its always nice to see something pretty and inspiring before the madness of my day begins.

Larissa September 28, 2011 - 1:26 PM

I am so addicted to pinterest! It really isnt what I needed in my life but neither was Facebook, twitter or polyvore!!! Can’t live with them, but I REALLY CAN”T LIVE WITHOUT THEM!!!

Naomi Ellis September 28, 2011 - 8:21 PM

I love a little pin session. Very relaxing as you say and I find such awesome stuff on there. Love those cupcakes….to totally die for!! N x

Kelly September 29, 2011 - 6:29 AM

I love it! I wish i had more time to enjoy it.

Adalita September 29, 2011 - 5:33 PM

I do a weekly meme on Wednesday with Pinterest. I love it; an utter time waster. What a good way to waste time by pinning.

amanda toyer October 2, 2011 - 10:26 AM

i follow you on pintrest and your pins are always inspiring!

Agree a total time waster but a lovely way to waste time!


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