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I love Pinterest! Pinterest has taught me how to recycle everyday trash into useful items. Pinterest has taught me how to improve my garden for less. Pinterest has also introduced me to many great blogs that I may not have found otherwise.

What is Pinterest?

If you've never heard of Pinterest, it is an online bulletin board system where you can save pictures of things you love and share them with others. For more information on Pinterest and how to sign up, check out my article To Pin Or Not To Pin - What Is Pinterest And Why Should You Use It?

You can find information about anything on Pinterest. Perhaps it has to do with the people that I follow, but the topics that I see most are home decorating ideas, gardening tips, how to make your own cleaning products, tons of recipes, arts and crafts ideas, and a lot of do it yourself (DIY) projects.

What I've learned from Pinterest

Pinterest has opened my eyes to upcycling, which is recycling items you would normally put into your recycling bin and using them for other useful things. As someone who is expanding her garden, I was intrigued by a pin with the idea of using gallon milk cartons as mini greenhouses to begin my seeds. And because of the design of the milk carton, you are able to keep the cartons outside, even in the coldest weather, without threat of damage to the seeds. Brilliant!

I saw an awesome tutorial through Pinterest about making your own solar lanterns. I read the tutorial on the attached blog and decided to try it myself, but on a cheaper scale. I went to my local Dollar Store and purchased a garden stake with a solar light attached as well as a glass sugar jar (the kind you would see at your local restaurant). I unscrewed the solar light from the top of the stake and placed it in the bottom of the sugar jar. I am using this solar lantern as a night light in my daughters room. The tutorial was much more complex than this, but since I needed to remove the solar light each morning and place it on the window sill to charge up for the next night's use, I preferred making it this way. Total cost of a non-electric using nightlight - $2.

I learned through a Pinterest link to another blog that using vinegar on weeds kills them. It also kills everything else, so use this with caution. I purchase a gallon of white vinegar and a new spray bottle for $3 and will use it this weekend to spray all the grass and weeds growing in the cracks of my driveway and sidewalks. Much cheaper and environmentally friendly that Round-Up.

I also saw a pin about regrowing romaine lettuce from the "stubs". So after using up my lettuce, I placed my stub in some water and sure enough it regrew! I took a can that previous held kidney beans and painted it and used it as a planter for my newly growing lettuce. Four weeks later, I am ready to harvest my lettuce. The size is not nearly as big as what I get in the store, but I read it only regrows to about half the size it originally was. It certainly is enough for a few sandwiches! Two great Pinterest ideas combined into one fabulous activity that my children loved!

Have you made anything from your discoveries on Pinterest? Share your accomplishments here!


Street Talk

  

Hello everyone. I've been reading up on some of the information on the internet about Pinterest liability. Nothing definitive yet, but it sounds like many artists and photographers are upset that their stuff is being used without their ok. I'm in process of going through all my pins and deleting everything that I think could be questionable and only saving links to blogs that seem Pinterest friendly. I realize this may still not be 100% safe. It's a shame we are so Law Suit happy that it comes down to this. My opinion is I am giving the blogs / sellers business by providing backlinks to their products, so I don't see the problem but that's just me.

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  about 6 years ago
AnnMarie  

Yeah, I thought the same thing, why wouldn't they want more exposure? I don't repin much but LOVE IT when something of mine gets re-pinned. Most of my pins are for my own endeavors so I WANT others to share the links. I even put my street articles on my boards if I have a picture on the article. It's a great way to get backlinks I think (I could be wrong about this but it makes sense to me) and it's a great promotional tool. Logically speaking, if a site has a Pin It button then you are safe to share it. But this world is short on logic. (There are all sorts of article ideas in that last statement). :)

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  about 6 years ago
  

I agree, AnnMarie. I pin all my articles and absolutely love it when others repin it. From what I've read, Google takes every pin as a new backlink, so it's great exposure for our articles. As a matter of fact, I have a few more I need to add.

  
  about 6 years ago

Thanks for the tips. I will try them out!

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  about 6 years ago
  

You're welcome Queenie. My advice, if you pin, pin directly to the website in question, don't "repin".

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  about 6 years ago
AnnMarie  

Hooray for Pinterest. I have a few boards but don't spend a lot of time there. You inspired me to visit Pinterest more often. Thanks for the great read!

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  about 6 years ago
  

Thanks AnnMarie. I love Pinterest. It's such a unique way to share ideas. I wish the controversy wasn't surrounding it though.

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  about 6 years ago
Ally D  

Cool I'm trying it out!

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  about 6 years ago
  

Have fun, Ally! Make sure you're careful with repinning and always make sure there is a link to the original owner. I don't know if that will solve all the controversy, but it certainly can't hurt!

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  about 6 years ago
Al4256  

Nice article. I'll have to give Pinterest a closer look. I don't have it on Classic Sociable plugin and had to put it in sidebar or go Skyscraper to have it on my website. I'm probably missing something. Oh yeah this is about your article, which I enjoyed. Keep em coming.

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  about 6 years ago
  

Thanks, Al! I pin all my articles on Pinterest and get lots of great backlinks and traffic from it!

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  about 6 years ago

Some good ideas. Have not tried Pinterest yet. Heard some stories about it but that is it. Great article once again. Thanks

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  about 6 years ago
  

Thanks, Daniel! Give it a try. If you need an invitation to join, check out my SA profile.

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  about 6 years ago
Joan S  

Hi AJ. Haven't joined Pinterest yet. I'm slow at joining groups and have been so busy. Glad to hear it has been valuable to you. Read something about Pinterest making members share in the expenses if they (Pinterest) are sued. Do you know anything about that?

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  about 6 years ago
  

Thanks, Joan. I haven't been able to locate any articles about that yet. I'm going to keep looking though as I'm intrigued as to what's happening as well as concerned over what it means to us pinners. Thanks for the heads up!

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  about 6 years ago

Great article as usual AJ I am a little worried about all the talk of copy rights being bandied about at the moment. I have tended to stay away for awhile, unless something really grabs me.

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  about 6 years ago
AnnMarie  

You can Pin your own sites and articles to keep clear of any copyrights. I am following a few people there and have re-pinned some things and your comment has me wondering...maybe I'll take some pin off my boards...hmmmmm...

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  about 6 years ago
  

So far everything I've read is photographers and artists concerned about their copyrights, so I've deleted all my boards like this and I'm trying to focus on keeping blogger type stuff only. When I learn more, I'll share with all!

  
  about 6 years ago
  

Yeah, I need to learn more about these copyright concerns. I cannot find anything definitive on the internet about it yet.

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  about 6 years ago
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