Mr. Bug and I brought our Subaru to the spa today in preparation for a two and a half hour drive through literal woods and real-life snow to get to Auntie Marilyn’s house for Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow. Of course, Minneapolis is covered with dreamy Christmas-like snow that’s traveling north, so we’re not sure if we’re going anywhere. Perhaps we’ll be staying home, power-watching Buffy, which I missed the first time around and so far is much better than Twilight. Also, second episode, Buffy had a totally adorable dress (with a bow) on! Holy 90’s tv. Brings me back!

So. Here’s some eye candy in lieu of actual sewing work… who’s on Pinterest? Anyone? Anyone? It’s only the COOLEST THING SINCE iPODS!! For those of you who don’t know, Pinterest is a website sort of like Facebook, mostly like ripping pictures out of magazines and pinning them on the wall behind your sewing table. Once you get your account set up, you can set up as many ‘boards’ as you’d like, add the ‘pin it’ button to your toolbar, then when you see a cool picture on the web, you click the little ‘Pin It’ button to add the picture to your board. I’m still figuring out how to use mine, but here are some of my boards… click to see them a little bigger.

There’s ‘Dwelling’ – pictures of interior designy type stuff that I like…

Then I made one called ‘Clever’ – this is my favorite. These are cool pictures to projects with instructions (anyone recognize the Colette mini-bloomers on the board?) Also – those purple knee highs on the top row? That photo links to a knitting pattern! And see the make-a-bear-from-a-glove pattern?? Wow!

Of course I had to have one called ClothesShoesBags… chock full of mary janes, of course… and honestly, when am I going to get over this obsession with mustard?

And there’s the general, everything is cool board, called, appropriately enough, SnugBug! (anyone notice a repeat from the board I just posted of those anthro boots with the ruffles? I want so bad!)

So… now for the bad news… first off, as I’m sure you will all be salivating to get going on Pinterest asap (if you’re not already), it’s still in beta and is invite-only. You can request an invite, though – I got mine within a day or two. It looks like I can invite up to six people, so if anyone’s interested, drop me a line and I’ll send you an invite – not sure how that will work though!

Also, as usual, everything cool is better on a Mac. I have a PC, Windows 7 and I usually use Internet Explorer 8. Pinterest doesn’t work so great with I.E. – again, it’s in Beta. I broke down and downloaded Firefox so I could do things like edit/add/delete boards. I can still surf and pin easily enough in I.E., though.

Back to the good! In addition to being an excellent way to gather ideas, it’s also very functional – it’s set up to do comparison shopping, so there’s a field to enter a price if you were, say, madly shopping for the perfect silk charmeuse to line your new winter coat. (oooooo… a whole board of silk charmeuse!!) Also, the link for the photo stays with the photo (so it’s a little like a visual bookmarks folder), you can add notes AND you can tag it! The options for sewists are endless. A board for fabrics, one for pencil skirts, another for fitting tutorials… Or, how about this… does anyone else get obsessed with finding the perfect pattern for the next project and endlessly flip from one pattern photo to another (is it just me? please say no…) imagine having all the pattern envelope photos on one board! Oh! The comparisons we can do!

AND! Like I said, it’s like Facebook, or maybe a little like Flickr. Once you get set up, you can ‘repin’ other people’s pins, follow other boards or follow everything a certain user pinned, and ‘like’ other pins. And you get your own ‘webpage,’ so you can link to it from your blog (check out my page here!) OK. Now everyone get an account and come back here with an update in the comments when you’ve got your user name so we can friend each other!

Alright. Back to Buffy. If you’re in the States, enjoy Thanksgiving. If you’re not, I’m so glad we have you to carry on the blogging while we’re busy stuffing ourselves and re-living our teenage angst at overwhelming family gatherings!

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