Another Unsuccessful Attempt To Keep It Cool

Alert: Regardless of the fact that I say Pinterest ten million times (drinking game, anyone?) this wasn’t paid or perked by them or anyone else. We’re just eye-candy obsessed gals who love a good pin-fest. Sometimes while eating Oreos.

You guys know my Pinterest addiction runs deep from this heartfelt post of yore. So when Katie called me to say that she thought we should challenge ourselves to make one thing each season that’s inspired by all the amazing stuff that we’ve pinned over there (and call it… wait for it… The Pinterest Challenge) I thought it sounded like fun. It’s a welcome slap of stop-pinning-and-start-doing. Because I’ve pinned 738 things. And I’ve done four (this onethis one, this one, and this one). Well five if you count this haircut – but I outsourced that.

Look, Katie even whipped up a spiffy little graphic:

Oh and because Katie and I geek out whenever we’re together (even just virtually for a little self-issued challenge) we got more than a little goofy and decided to make this video to explain the whole idea of the challenge. And there’s a pretty exciting cameo in it (and I’m not talking ’bout Burger- although he does try to steal the show). So don’t scroll down before watching the video unless you’re a fun-hater and you wanna ruin the surprise (or you’re at work so you can’t watch videos – well I would still watch it on silent before scrolling, but that’s just me):

Ah outtakes. They’re my favorite thing ever. I’m working on a theory that outtakes are the window to the soul. My soul’s apparently a total nerd, but hey, nerd is the new jock. Anyway, I told you Katiekins and I go crazy when we team up, so you were adequately warned. Or maybe it’s just the camera that makes it impossible for me to act normal (as demonstrated here). That’s another theory I’m working on. Camera-induced-insanity.

But back to my Pinterest project. John and I were brainstorming a chandelier or hanging pendant light for the laundry room and came up with the idea of using a mega-amount of clothespins to create some sort of shade. And what do you know, when we searched Pinterest to see if anyone else has tackled something similar, the perfect pinspiration (har-har) popped up in the form of this project (originally from here)…

…. and this project (originally from here)…

What are the odds? Not one but two clothespin light fixtures to use as a jumping off point. Oh happy day.

So far we’ve installed a $5 light kit from Ikea…

… and have picked up these materials for the shade part of the pendant:

We’re definitely going to put our spin on things (so it might end up looking like sort of a hybrid between the two amazing fixtures above) but we’ll just have to see where we end up. I know I’m weird, but sitting on the floor playing with various clothespin patterns sounds like a good time to me.

Oh and did you catch the part in the video where we invited you to partake in the challenge along with us? First, here’s the “us” breakdown:

So here’s the part where I extend my arm with a warm smile and a wobbly curtsey and humbly invite you to join in and do your own spin on something you pin. You know, if you’re into that sort if thing. We figured we’d give everyone (and ourselves) the weekend to work on stuff and reconvene next Tuesday morning (the 2nd) to share our projects. We were hoping this thang (yes, I got twangy on you) could turn into a fun little creative par-tay for anyone else who wants to get in on the fun, so just drop in next Tuesday to see what we’ve done – and submit links to stuff that you’ve done so we can see what you’ve been up to. Maybe we’ll even pin it. And so the vicious cycle continues…

Psst- We’re talking about how photo albums are dead to us over on BabyCenter today. Check it out and tell us what you do with all your pics.

Update: If you want to get in on another challenge (with prizes), we just learned that Rebecca over at BetterLifeBags does one every month. So be sure to check that out too!


  1. says

    Loved the video! Apparently my 3 yr old did too because she is dancing around the room singing “Oh My Gggg”. Can’t wait to start the challenge, I never need an excuse to loose an afternoon on Pinterest :D

  2. JimmerD says

    You guys are so fun. :-) I think you should consider an amendment (or a part II! “Keep It Cool the sequel: the dark side of pinterest”) to your video where you start out like you’re in a recovery meeting… (“Hi, I’m Katie/Sherry. And… I’m addicted to Pinterest. But it’s been three months since I’ve actively created anything from my 6,425 pins…) (Ok, that started to sound like half AA-meeting, half Catholic confession, but you get the idea! :-)

    Looking forward to the fun projects!

  3. kelsey says

    omg you and Katie are ridiculous,in the best sort of way of course :)I cant even imagine you guys coming up with the script? LOL
    btw your hair looks great sherry!

  4. Marissa says

    I’m game!!!! This will a nice little push to get stuff done!
    Ohhhh where to start? Which Pin should I pick!?

  5. says

    What a great idea! I have 2542 pins, and while they certainly aren’t all for making things, there are plenty that I really should make or use as inspiration to make something.

  6. says

    That’s my favorite video of yours yet! And Emily Henderson is so great, this is super exciting! I hope I can participate, although I’m out of town at a conference all week so won’t have much time to work on a project. Maybe I can find something simple to try.

  7. says

    How did you get Emily Henderson in on the challenge?! OMG! (yes, I meant to steal that from your video) That video happens to be why I love this blog so freaking much. I’m ready to partake in the challenge! Can’t wait to see your chandelier!

    • says

      We randomly mentioned her in a post about a month ago and then she tweeted us to say thanks (and we flipped out). Then she actually said we should team up on something (insanity) so Katie had already come up with The Pinterest Challenge idea, so we asked her to join in on the fun. Amazingly enough, she was game. Still pinching ourselves!


  8. says

    Love this idea! My Pinterest stats are pretty bad too–211 pins, one completed project! I just started writing a post about my first Pinterest-inspired project, so I’ll be sure to come back next week. :)

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