Can You Smell That Smell?

Yup, the faint smell of bacon, spray paint, and sweat can only mean one thing… it’s Pinterest Challenge time (not sponsored by Pinterest or anyone else, just dreamed up by Katie Bower to make us stop pinning and start doing). So let’s do this thing, people. Let’s do it together. In bikinis (let’s be honest, bikinis haven’t been an option for me since having Clara).

It all started last June 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 gorgeous stuff that we’ve pinned (and call it… wait for it… The Pinterest Challenge). It’s a welcome slap of stop-pinning-and-start-doing. Because I’ve pinned over a thousand things and have only done about 1% of them. Yikes. And we ended up having such a great time with our first Pinterest Challenge last summer, and our second one in the fall, that we’re psyched to be back with the belated-but-not-forgotten winter edition (hey, it’s technically winter for a few more weeks, right?). So put on those sweat bands and let’s get this DIY party started!

The only rule is to do your own personal take on something inspirational that you’ve pinned (and link back to the original creator of the project that inspired you, be it a company like Anthropologie or a personal blog that got your wheels a turning). The project can be anything: big or small, decor or sewing or cooking related – or beyond! The first time around John and I made a clothespin light fixture for the laundry room (aka: big), and last time I tackled 38 homemade holiday ornaments (aka: small).

And this time, believe it or not, I thought I’d seize the opportunity to attempt a truce with my arch nemesis sewing machine (more on our “it’s complicated” relationship here) and try my hand at a homemade beanbag for the bean’s closet (which I mentioned here over seven months ago – so it’s about stitchin’ time). I’ve already pinned a ton of ideas, but I’m not sure which shape/fabric I’ll end up going with (here’s hoping my riff isn’t a lumpy misshapen mess) – but I’ll be back with all of the deets when I (fingers crossed) complete the challenge by next week.

Oh and you’re probably wondering who else is playing along with me and Katie Bower (aka: The Esteemed Bacon-Eating Pinterest Challenge Founder – who is actually nominated for an Apartment Therapy Homie in not one but two categories this year, woot!). Well, we thought it would be fun to ask different folks to “guest host” with us each time, so we’re thrilled to have:

So here’s the part where I extend my arm with a crooked smile and a true fear of sewing in my eyes and humbly invite you to join in on the fun by doing your own spin on something you pin! We figured we’d give everyone (and ourselves) the weekend to work on stuff and reconvene next Wednesday morning (the 14th) to share our projects. We’re hoping this’ll turn into the same über fun share-fest that we soaked up this summer and fall (check out all the amazing linked-up projects here and here). So just drop in next Wednesday to see what we’ve done – and to submit links to stuff that you’ve completed so we can all check it out. Maybe we’ll even pin a few things. And so the vicious cycle continues…

Psst- One more time, for the people in the back: regardless of the fact that I say Pinterest ten million times (well, not literally…) 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 watching a certain lovable serial killer or a show about the zombie apocalypse.


  1. J says

    Have you guys seen all the stories about how Pinterest is enabling copyright infringement? Some people looked into why Pinterest allowed people to display copyrighted materials when other websites (Facebook, notably), don’t, and basically when you sign up for Pinterest you sign away your rights… you should read the Terms of Agreement for the website before promoting this. It’s a lot like Napster – it enables illegal behavior but does nothing to protect you. If one of the people whose rights were violated decided to come after the site, they could ALSO come after you, for being the person who put the copyrighted material on the site. Even if you’re promoting your favorite artist by linking to them, don’t you think they should have the right to decide whether or not their work of art is on this site?

    • says

      Wow- that’s amazing! Go Ben for calling her and go her for chatting for an hour with a glass of wine! Since learning he has come up with a block code for any site or url who doesn’t want their work to be pinned I think he’s truly working towards the “the artist/photographer/crafter should have the right to choose whether they’re pinned or not” which is a great thing! We love being pinned but would never want someone who doesn’t want to be pinned to feel taken advantage of by our act of pinning or repininning, so I love that sites can block it from happening!


  2. Erin says

    i think you and Katie need to add “tanning your faces to match your bodies” (in your Survivor photos) to your Pinterest Challenge. :)

    I’m in!

  3. says

    Yes!!! I’m excited! I pinned a mirror last week that I found on a home decor blog. I couldn’t find the mirror for sale, but since everything else pictured was WAY over budget, I figure that’s probably a good thing.

    I guess I know what I’m making this weekend!

  4. Mary says

    I’m only just getting into Pinterest, but it seems like a lot of fun. Can you post a link to your board so I can follow? Thanks!

  5. Lori says

    This is just what I need! I started two of those beanbag chairs for the kiddos 2 YEARS!! ago and they are 95% done sitting in my fabric pile. I can check off a ‘dude, get on that!’ and a pinterest challenge in one :) Thanks for the motivation!!

  6. Alyssa says

    Yeah!! I just joined pinterest (yes, just recently) after a lot of avoiding because I didn’t need one more thing on the Internet taking up my time! But after seeing how helpful it can be, made me realize that I should join! Im excited to take part in this link up this time:)

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