Before Pinterest

20200207_190736What did we do to save ideas before Pinterest came along?

I have newspaper and magazine clippings going back to 1973. That’s what we did!

I had a bulletin board hanging right above my sewing machine where I’d tack those recipes, crafting and home decorating ideas, advice columns, fashion tips, and whatever else suited my fancy that I had torn out of the daily newspaper, my magazines or my mom’s, or even magazines that were at doctor’s offices. (I had no shame.)

The bulletin board would get covered, and then I’d take them down, put them in a box, and start all over again.

A few years back, after the advent of Pinterest, I thought perhaps I could organize them and give them to my then daughter-in-law. We shared an interest in home decorating, crafting, and sewing, so I was sure she’d want them.

I took what had become multiple boxes off the shelf and sat down one Saturday morning; totally focused on this new organization project. I created stacks of clippings; a pile for all things chocolate, one for Valentine’s ideas, one for plants, one for Christmas crafts, and so on. Along the way, I tossed many that I figured were too outdated. (I regret that decision.)

I labeled files, and put all of the clippings in their new homes. By the time I had finished, it was a little after 4 p.m.!

In the end, my daughter-in-law wasn’t at all interested in them and although my feelings were temporarily hurt — I kept them and I’m so glad I did. She didn’t need a box full of files when everything we could ever need is at our fingertips — on the Internet.

But let’s fast-forward to now. I’m in the process of reorganizing and “prettying up” my craft room — known as Studio Sydney — and I have these drawers of files filled with “I’ll get to it someday” ideas.

Today is the day!  And you get to come along for the ride.

Every few days I’m going to pick a clipping from a file — one that’s appropriate to the time of year — make that particular creation and show you how it’s done.

I can’t wait to get started and I hope you enjoy it, too.

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