Random Monday – Pinterest Edition

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• I love Pinterest. I do. But I find that Sarcastic Deb chimes in a lot when I am surfing Pinterest. She has a lot of opinions, and she’s kind of snotty.

• For example, all these projects that call for making furniture out of pallets. Where do you acquire pallets? Where do you find decent ones that aren’t all mangled and broken? Making furniture out of pallets will be dirt cheap until the instant I go to Home Depot and then they’ll inform me that pallets are $100 each.

Side Rant: My personal style is sort of Mid-Century Modern meets Rustic Minimalism, if that’s a thing. I love a lot of mid-century furniture. Mad Men has ruined this for me, because now all the really cool stuff isn’t sold at thrift stores anymore, it’s at “antique stores” and it costs a mint. Thanks a lot, television.

• Also, what are all these little bird jokes I see all over Pinterest? “Mustaches are the new ‘put a bird on it.'”  What is Put a Bird on it? Was that some kind of design trend thing and I missed it? I don’t have any birds. Or mustaches. Well, I have a mustache, but I wax it. Shut up.

• How about this idea that you scent your toilet paper rolls with essential oil? Listen, at my house we have 4 people who are all here, all day. We got through at least a roll of tp a day. It irks me enough to spend money on something whose sole purpose is to be thrown away, I certainly don’t have time to SCENT MY TOILET PAPER EVERY DAY.

Gah. I am 41 years old, you know.

• Or pins that suggest making your own paint out of flour and cornstarch and water. I even saw one called Potato Paint. Made with MASHED POTATOES. You know what smearing mashed potatoes all over your walls sounds like to me? A dinner invitation to every bug in the vicinity of your house.

• I saw a pin saying you could make an ottoman if you upholstered a styrofoam cooler.


How is that even remotely practical? It’s an ottoman you can’t actually put your feet on, no one can sit on it, and if you have any other humans in your house, it will get completely wrecked inside 15 minutes. And then you will cry, because UPHOLSTERING STYROFOAM sounds time-consuming.

• How about making an American Girl closet out of old cereal boxes? I don’t know what kind of children other people have, but mine aren’t the variety that can play with anything made of cardboard without annihilating it. Heed my words, people: covering up a cereal box in fancy wrapping paper and pretending it’s American Girl furniture will only lead to heartache for all parties.

Don’t even get me started on these ideas that require me to save hundreds of toilet paper tubes for months before they can be crafted into something that will STILL BE CARDBOARD when you are finished.

• Speaking of Pinterest, how do they make any money? They must be spending a FORTUNE on servers and hosting, but how are they paying for it? Pinterest doesn’t have ads. And we all use it and pin stuff and link to pins for free. Are they sinking a ton of money into it in the hopes that it will be acquired by Google (who will then ruin it) for ten million dollars? What do you think? I’m serious. I want to know.

• Happy Monday, y’all! Link up with your own randomness below!

13 Responses to “Random Monday – Pinterest Edition”

  1. chocolatechic Says:

    I have tried the scenting the tp roll. It DOESN’T. WORK.
    chocolatechic´s last blog post ..November 12

  2. Kristy Says:

    You raise some excellent points, my friend.

    Just started watching Mad Men…love it!

    That is a very good question. How are they paying for everything?
    Kristy´s last blog post ..Random Monday

  3. Delinda Says:

    We have six in our household, four of which are home all day together. Yeah. Toilet paper scenting is the least of my problems. A toilet that magically flushed “scents”… that I would buy.

  4. hi kooky Says:

    Here’s my guess about Pinterest. They don’t advertise DIRECTLY. But marketers pay for access to what sort of things people pin so they can post coordinating ads in those people’s browsers and perhaps facebook too (I’m sure they’re all in bed together). There’s my theory for the day. Pinterest makes billions by secretly pimping everyone out.
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  5. Sarah Says:

    I love pinterest, but I’m always thinking “did you think that through before you pinned” when i see some of the pins people post.

  6. Nan | wrathofmom.blogspot.ca Says:

    “My personal style is sort of Mid-Century Modern meets Rustic Minimalism” — we have the same style. And I agree, that Mad Men has made it so much harder to find mid-mod stuff at a reasonable price.

    My husband’s employer has a surplus of wooden palettes and they’re unsure of how to dispose of them. This was mind boggling to someone at head office, “Don’t the teenagers up there steal them for bonfires at bush parties? That’s how we get rid of ours.” Personally I think they make better fuel than furniture.
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  7. Connie Weiss Says:

    My toilet paper smells like sh*t. Because it’s right next to the sh*itter.
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  8. Kevin Says:

    I think hi kooky is right on the money, as always. The marketing information is valuable and can even, for wild example, be used to pin down the interests and activities of people in particular precincts so that political pandering could be targeted. Hypothetically.

    put a bird on it. I have to admit, things do look better with birds on them. Mustaches, not so much… excepting, of course, Mr. Stache.

  9. MJ @ Creative Madness Mama Says:

    You always make my day!
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  10. Lily Says:

    You sound a little bitter today, Deb, lol. Perhaps you’re reading the wrong pins? Aren’t you supposed to feel motivated and inspired after spending any time on pinterest? It’s my new favorite place to get ideas on how to rearrange my current furniture for dramatically different results. And for planning the garden I’ve always dreamed of when I have a million dollars. And the best way to organize my homeschool art supplies. Although I do agree with your points. Mainly, there are many easier ways to scent a bathroom, like a candle. And, we use a lot of toliet paper too. 😉

  11. Diane Says:

    Love your posts.Your random points are always great at starting conversations.
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  12. tara Says:

    The “put a bird on it” is from a Portlandia episode and is making fun of the bohemian clothes craze where people just “put a bird on it and called it art.”

    Sorry if you were being sarcastic and actually knew that, but I’m a nerd and I think “put a bird on it” is hilarious and didn’t want you to be out of the loop…..
    tara´s last blog post ..how to make a sweater into a skirt diy

  13. Meghan Says:

    “Well, I have a mustache, but I wax it. Shut up.”
    You make me laugh out loud. Me too…and I make my husband wax it for me because nothing is sexier and I’m clearly invested in keeping the spark in my marriage.
    Meghan´s last blog post ..Let’s Talk Turkey