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    Posted February 7, 2012 by
    Las Vegas, Nevada
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    What's Next: Turning pins to projects

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    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     lissables uses Pinterest to create all kinds of wonderful things for her son. "I've learned to sew, quilt and crochet by finding tutorials on Pinterest," she said. Take a look at just a few of her impressive projects above.
    - rachel8, CNN iReport producer

    I have been a member of pinterest since May of 2011. I was 5 months pregnant and it was the greatest time waster, but also very inspiring. I know a lot of people have a hard time following through with using their pins but I love when I can complete a project I have found on there. I have recently gone through my boards to see I have finished 32 projects. I still have 4233 pins on my boards not completed! But Im working on them one day at a time!

    They range from recipes to hair styles, and decorating to photo idea's. Most of my pinterest projects have come out perfectly. (there was one where it was a complete fail.) I learned how to sew an entire baby blanket, without having sewn before. I learned how to crochet baby hats and successfully made one for each of the 5 little boys in our family. I made my baby's nursery have stand out items from idea's on pinterest. Some of my favorite photo's were inspired by other photo's on pinterest. I found a new technique to decorate cakes with and its now my favorite go to with birthday cakes. Even my birth annoucement was inspired from pinterest!


    I've bought items I have found on pinterest too! By clicking on the image it takes you to original site. This is where you will find the tutorial to make your own project. Or where you can find that item if you want to buy it. I think that it has helped sites such as Etsy where people have online shops of handmade items for sale. I had browsed Etsy before, but it wasn't until I was a member of pinterest and saw actual items and reviews on pinterest that I too started to buy items from different Etsy shops. Which is great, its promoting small business. I feel that there is also some projects which I have learned and felt I could open my own Etsy shop to sell, since I know how popular it is on pinterest. I have also bought items commerically I have found on pinterest. Just last week I was directed to a baby item I wanted and its now sitting in his dresser because I ran out and got one. It was from a store I wasn't even aware carried Children's clothes.


    I even use it to direct traffic to my blog www.lissables.com. When I have created a tutorial of my own, or have added a recipe, I pin a picture from it to my pinterest boards. If someone likes what they see they will click through to my blog and maybe return in the future for more idea's. Some of my own pins from my site have been repinned up to 23 times. That's a lot of extra traffic and easy advertising for a personal blog. It's always exciting when I see my own projects being pinned and repinned by new people. I have started following other blogs as well because I do the same thing.


    It's really the most perfect site, since you can do so much and so many different things. Be inspired as little or as much as you want. For me it's even replaced most of my google searches. It's not perfect, since sometimes you can't find a pin. You really want to click through to the actual site and the original pin was pinned wrong and you cant find the item or tutorial. But it doesn't happen often enough to discourage me from using it.


    I make sure to visit pinterest at least once a day, but usually I am on it in the wee hours of the night and can't stop browsing it. I can see what my friends are pinning on my home board, by following select people and boards I have similar interests in. And others can follow me. I have 166 followers and most of those are strangers who have stumbled onto a pin of mine and like my style/pins enough to want to see everything I pin in the future.

    Pinterest is currently invite only, but if you have a friend with it you can always request an invite through them. If you don't have it, you'll want it soon. I can't remember what life was like before pinterest. I love it and hope to continue being inspired by pinterest projects.


    You can follow me at http://pinterest.com/lissables/ for more awesome pinterest projects!

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