Do you hang out at Pinterest?  I just “joined” or whatever you do there but I don’t have a clue how it all works.  I know there’s lots of great stuff there . . which means I may never cook or clean house again.

Is there a Pinterest for Dummies book out there?  I’m just not “getting” it yet!


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    I have been a fan of Pintrest for months now. I love it.
    So many great ideas about so many wonderful things. I already have used some of the interesting things you can do to amuse children. My grandchildren love the ideas.

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    bev/mo says

    Judy, I feel your pain…..I have’t figured it out yet either but sure have found some wonderful recipes! Good luck..

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    Melissa Crosby says

    I’m relatively new to pinterest also, but here’s what I understand. You “repin” the ideas/pages that you like or want to try. You can name as many ideas as you want (Ithink) for your boards and pin ideas to them. So many photography ideas, food ideas, crocheting, diy/craft ideas! Good luck!

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    I’ve joined or whatever you call it, but I cannot figure it out and maybe that is a good thing. I already spend way too much time on the computer. 🙂

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    Karen says

    Oh good, I’m glad I’m not the only one who hasn’t a clue as to how it works. Anyone have a tutorial?

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    Melanie says

    I love Pinterest, but I’ll warn you, it’s a timesuck! I almost wish I didn’t know how to use it! I have found so many good ideas especially for entertaining my kids, but I have allowed it to become a bit of an obsession…

    If you have any questions I would be more than happy to answer them! Let me know!

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    Diana says

    no clue here either about Pinterest
    btw not to change the subject – know how you feel about tv but also have seen you refer to Pioneer Woman for recipes. Did you know she had a series of shows on Food Newtork last fall? Just saw today she’s also having a Christmas special this wknd, should be good. Love seeing her with kiddos and MM on their ranch. – just thought I’d mention somewhere

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    I’m right there with you ladies. I also joined / got invited and am clueless as to the first step on how to post anything there, or what to do. My crafting already keeps me so busy, but before I can finish one project, I’ve go three or four more going on in my head, thanks to Pinterest!

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    Linda in NE says

    I’ve only recently heard of it, so I’m no help. I should probably stay away from it…..already spend too much time on the computer.

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    I got on it a month or so ago and didn’t do much with it at first but now I love it for when I find a new idea. I am not sure how it all works though. I did get a notice that you started following me 🙂 and I will see if someone else pins my pin but I don’t have a clue how that works. I’ll be watching to see what you find out!

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    I have to be very careful…Between Blogland, Facebook, Pintrest and Ravelry a whole day can be wasted in front of the computer screen. How do I know this??? 😉

    I have a Pin It thing on my tool bar…. I have no clue how or where I got it. But when I find something I want to pin, I click on that and the photos from the page show up and I can put the one I want in the category I want-complete with a link to the original page. Totally confused??? I am. 🙂

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    I like Pinterest. It’s like a virtual cork board where you can pin things to remind you of stuff or for inspiration or whatever your heart desires!

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    I’m on Pinterest, but still figuring it out. Now that you mention it, maybe that’s where I saved that cute little girl skirt I was going to make.

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    Roberta says

    WOW what a time sink and I was just looking at the home page. Really neat pictures and some of the food looked really good especially the oreo cheesecake in the cup cake papers.

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    Click on the Popular or Everything site. Browse. If you like it, repin it on one of your boards and say why you like it. Usually, when you click through, there’s a link that will take you to the actual site it came from. (Credit where credit is due.) You can do searches for just about anything. Feel free to look at some of my boards and ask me any questions. I’m new to it too, but I’m willing to figure it out for you. Pinners you follow would be where your friends’ pins end up. You should see mine there.

    It’s fun, but it can be a gigantic time waster. So limit your time spent there. 😀


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    Willie in GA says

    Well I feel better,My GDIL told me about it so I joined and I have no idea how to use it.They sent me an e-mail saying my other GDIL was following me,don`t know what that means,but really thought it was nice.If you find that book for dummies,let me know.

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    peggy says

    It is good to know many of us are in the same boat. My niece suggested her mom and I should be on Pinterest to keep track of what she had pinned because she is planning her wedding. At first, we couldn’t even figure out how to get onto the site. I’ve figured that out, but most of it is still a mystery to me. I clicked the pin it thingie on my toolbar for Ravelry, but then my niece informed me I should only pin a single thing I like on Ravelry. Mostly, I don’t think I need to find yet another way to pass the time online.

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    I joined last week and have no clue what to do and how to post it on my blog. I did get an email with some photos. I am retired and my husband has been home all week and he asked what are you going to do today, “sew”.

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    Kim Webb says

    Okay, I don’t even know what this is, so I guess I have to go investigate to see what everyone is talking about.

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    Teresa in Music City says

    Judy, I just joined today! One of the girls in my book club was raving about how much she loves Pinterest, and I asked her to “invite” me. It looks interesting so far but it definitely looks like there’s going to be a learning curve!

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    Kathleen says

    I love this site. I have to limit myself to no more than 30 minutes per day. I could spend all day there. I love the food boards!!! Can’t wait to follow you.

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    Joan says

    I know what you mean. A quilt friend got me to sign up, but I still cannot figure it out. Sheesh!! technology can be such a pain!!! Have gotten some great ideas from the friend, now just need to go over to her house and see how it all works.
    raining here–no snow YET! Right at freezing so suspect by morning the ground may be white again. Can hear the rain, so its raining pretty hard.

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    Oh, dear…I saw you started today to follow me on Pinterest and I was very excited as I planned to ask YOU how to work with Pinterest. I joined it awhile back at the encouragement of some friends, but I have no clue what to do or how to do it or when…….so if you figure it out, let me know, okay?

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    I know a lot of people like Pinterest, but I just cannot get into it. If I see something I like, I print it out and file it away. If I pinned things on Pinterest, I would never look at them again. I hate sitting at the computer.

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    Diane in CA says

    Pinerest looks great.. I love foodgawker too… Pinerest has a how-to page in the About drop down menu.. but I need more help that that..

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    Kathleen says

    Glad to know I’m not alone! I resisted knowing it can be a time consuming addiction, but ‘joined’ this week. Haven’t been accepted yet either. I really have no clue what it was all about or how to use it, but it looks so interesting! I found a good tutorial on the Pleasant Home blog (10/31, I think)

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    Darlene S says

    This is the first I’ve heard or seen anything about this new “thingy”. Guess I’ll have to investigate too. I agree that I do not need to spend more time at the computer, but I do like to know what’s going on in case someone talks about it at our quilt clubs.

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    Mel Meister says

    I am avoiding it like the plague. I spend far too much time on Facebook and in my own email as it is.

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    Diane Hines says

    I have yet to get the pin icon or whatever it is on my computer. Maybe one of us can tutor the others. A lot of us seem to be in the some boat.

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    Diane Hines says

    I have yet to get the pin icon or whatever it is on my computer. Maybe one of us can tutor the others. A lot of us seem to be in the some boat.

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    It’s a virtual bulletin board where you “pin” things you like to your own boards.

    There is a little icon you install to your toolbar that lets you pin things from a web page you’re visiting. If you see something you really like on a web page, you click your little icon and a page will open with all the images from that page. Click on the image you want to pin and then choose which one of your boards you want it to go on. You can create different boards from the default ones.

    You can also “re-pin” things from other people’s boards.

    There are tons of recipes and great ideas for homes, gifts, quilts, etc.

    When you find something you like on Pinterest, click on the image and it will take you to the page of the person who pinned it to their board. Then click on the image again to go to the page with the original web content on it.

    I just joined last week and don’t have much on my boards yet but it’s fun, fun, fun.

    Did this make sense??? or clear as mud??? 🙂

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    Judy I love Pinterest. It’s a bit confusing at first but it doesn’t take long to figure it out and it can be addicting for sure. But it’s a great place to put an idea/thing, be it recipe, quilt picture or tutorial, quote, decorating idea, etc. , all in one spot. Oh you could bookmark those places but with Pinterest you put a picture and when you click on the picture it takes you to the website. I like having the picture because my memory is jogged when I see it. blessings, marlene

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    I need help too. I keep asking to join and they say they will send me an email.. Never comes. What am I doing wrong? I’m felling so left out!

    Frustrated in Atlanta, Pat

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    Laurel from Iowa says

    Wow, another thing I’ve never heard of. So do you join or do you have to be invited? I’m confused. But I don’t need to sit at the computer any longer each day and the consensus above is that you can get addicted. 😀

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    I’m not on Pinterest “all the time,” but I do find it really super useful when I see a photo of something that I really don’t want to forget!!! For instance, we’re thinking about remodeling our kitchen. If I see a photo of something I love in a kitchen, I can “pin it” so I can go back for reference “when the time comes.”

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    Rebecca says

    I am on Pinterest, but not (yet) addicted. I did Google a specific question, and found some tutorials.

    The most common piece of advice for getting started was: look at the “Everything” feed. That will give you ideas: what is popular, what boards you might want to make. It might also lead you down paths you never thought you’d venture onto. I know one of the tutorials I read listed a few specific boards which I would have never found on my own, but were very interesting!

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    I, too, just joined Pinterest. I have received lots of emails telling me that different people are following me. No idea how they even found me. I was so overwhelmed by it all, that I just got off of it. I still have not figured out how to get the pin thingy. Oh well, didn’t really need another computer time consumer anyway. (grin)

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    To Lauel from Iowa – Re: About Joining / Being Invited… when I went to the Pinterest site on Nov 19th to “join”, I went thru the necessary sign up steps thinking it would be simple, then I received a message that I was on the “waiting list to be invited” to join. Strange, I know. On Nov 30th, I received the “You’ve been Invited to Join Pinterest” message…. So today Dec 14th, I decided to go ahead with the next Join / Get Started steps… yep, I’m still confused, but seem to be making some progress. I have created some “boards” whatever that is.