Tuesday, November 8, 2011

I love/hate pinterest

This DRIVES ME BANANAS. Back in March, when I thought I was buying that house which had all those tans walls, I had the idea to use white contact paper and PAINT designs on it for the baby's room. I had painted these large, abstract flowers using house paint and acrylic paint, and then cut them out to apply to the walls (mine were more like large, long decals). Well, we didn't move into that house, and the apartment we DID move into had/has the horrible textured walls that contact paper won't stick to. So I threw them all away.

Fast Forward to this morning when I saw the above image on pinterest. Oh what a great idea, painting on contact paper. As seen on Apartment Therapy and now going to be all. over. pinterest! I know this shouldn't get to me, and there are rarely ever any completely original ideas (my art teachers used to always emphasize this), but still. I want my blog to bring you fresh, new ideas and things you haven't seen done a bazillion times! And now, because of good ol' pinterest (which I really do love most of the time), ideas like this (and many others believe me) are no longer new. So boo. If I do do it for a future apartment I'll let you know:(

Does this happen to any of you??!!!

8 comments:

~April~ said...

I feel like the "do it yourself" vibe Pinterest puts out is hurting handmade businesses like mine! Of course, that is only my feeling and not in any way based on facts. I don't have the data for that yet!

paige and jord said...

i have been following your blog for a long time, but i rarely comment. as soon as i saw your title, i knew i had a friend in this. i think pinterest is TOTALLY taking the originality out of everything! i hate that i see something and think "i already saw that on pinterest". i do think it has its benefits.. but i have more of a hate relationship than a love relationship. im thinking about deleting mine....

bonniegetchell said...

I feel the same way too! I love pinterest, but every time I come up with an idea, I feel like I have to search it on pinterest to make sure it's an original idea. 9 times out of 10 it's already on pinterest. Like you said, though, there are rarely completely original ideas.

-Bonnie @ Revolutionaries
http://bonniegetchell.blogspot.com

Tyler-BabyLuxDesign said...

this happens to me ALL the time!
but what you have to remember is people follow your blog for lots of reasons- sure mostly your crafty arty ideas...but I've been reading your blog for a bit now because you blogged about a variety of things not just one particular art form....and you make it personal when you talk about sewing for yourself and your girls...that sets you apart from the rest, and makes it more entertaining than pinterest.
pinterest also doesn't explain "how" to make things or offer tutorials.
chin up art is a wild beast with or without pinterest in the mix!
-tyler

sarah / book bound bindery said...

i hear you! i've been using pinterest to pin what i like, but i rarely look at what other people are pinning. it's a little too claustrophobic for me.

Katie said...

Yes! It happens to me all of the time. It's the best of both worlds though because I have been inspired by projects I've seen on the site too.

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d0537b92-9537-11e1-827a-000bcdca4d7a said...

I agree, as an etsy shop owner, I already feel etsy makes original Ideas hard to come by, because so many creative people all crammed on one site, but pintered and their darn tutorials take the art and skill out of stuff and tell people exactly what to buy, cut, place and assemble, making those months of trial and error us crafters went through all for nothing!!! It's frustrating, especially when you get that light bulb and are so so so excited to run off and craft then I pause check etsy and pinterest and it's been done 30,000 times :(