Kristen of The Preppy Girl in Pink is my guest today. Kristen is a wife, mother of two tween girls and a lover of fan of all things pink and preppy… oh, and now Pinterest.
I can still clearly remember the day that we first met. It was back in the day when you had to be invited to join. My friend, Jennifer, author of the blog Jennifer P. Williams, had sent me an invite after I read a post about how much fun she was having on it and I told her that I didn’t even know what it was. I logged on, set up an account, took a look around and logged off. I didn’t log back on for several months. It wasn’t that you didn’t make a great first impression. You actually blew me away with your beautiful sunsets, gourmet dinners, desserts that went way beyond a box cake and tub of frosting, crafts galore and quotes put together with such beautiful imagery. Oh, the quotes! You really know how to suck a person in with those quotes!
I have to say though, you also intimidated me. I have let my left brain rule so much of my life that all of what you showed me in our first meeting seemed absolutely unattainable. Besides being a stay at home mom of two that can’t just pack her bags and catch the next flight to the most recently pinned paradise, I saw crafts, foods, quotes that made my left brain immediately shout at my right brain, “YOU CAN’T DO ANY OF THIS STUFF! YOU’RE NOT CRAFTY!” So, I pinned one or two things every once in a blue moon and let my left brain run the show like it always has.
Then one day it happened… I was working on the first end of season party for the field hockey team that I coach and decided that I didn’t want it to just be chips thrown into bowls. I wanted it to be something special. So, I turned to you. After scrolling through photo after photo, I could feel my right brain stretching and yawning, trying to come to life.
I started out slowly like you do after not using any body part for a time but my right brain became very strong, very quickly. I was clicking on pins faster than the laundry piles up! I was jotting down notes. I was bookmarking and printing my favorite ideas. I went from using your ideas for one party to my everyday life.
Now when someone sees a craft/decor I’ve made or tastes something that I’ve cooked they ask me if I found it on Pinterest. It is a huge compliment but I can honestly answer no to most of it now. You have inspired my right brain to be creative and experimental and you have brought out a side of me that I never thought would exist.
I can’t thank you enough!