Guest Post ~ I’ll Show You Mine if You Show Me Yours: How Pinterest Changed the Crafts Game

Note: This is a guest post by Sandra Coleman.

There was a time, not all that long ago, when the term ‘crafts’ conjured up images of grandmothers and knitting needles, or maybe the crocheted afghan that always hung on the back of Roseanne Conner’s couch throughout each season of the television show.

These days, however, when thinking of crafts, most people think of a little white ‘p’ with a red circle around it.  It’s the Pinterest logo, and you either know it well, or you’ve probably heard about it.  Pinterest launched in 2010 and has become a phenomenon with various demographics, many of them crafters.


A quick search through Pinterest reveals crafts that definitely do not conjure up visions of grandma.  Sunflower string art, horseshoe wreaths, beautiful hand painted mason jars, and distressed wooden signs are just a few of the crafts that I scrolled by in the first thirty seconds of tapping my Pinterest app.

According to, Pinterest now boasts over one hundred million users, and yes, you did read that right, one hundred million.  That’s a lot of Pinterest boards.  Over 85% of users are women, and being a user myself, I would wager that a huge chunk of those are either crafters themselves, or those who purchase crafts from others.

Pinterest isn’t just a place to look at and pin pretty crafts, though.  Many small business owners, including those with Etsy and Facebook stores are finding a way to use Pinterest to their selling advantage.  One only needs to create boards and pin their own crafts for sale to have the potential to drive up visibility, foot traffic, and even sales in their online stores. Online statistics from show that 75% of Pinterest users have purchased something that they saw on Pinterest.

But, it seems that most Pinterest users, this one included, just want to ooh and ahh over the handmade paper flowers, share pictures of immaculate craft rooms, and occasionally try our hand at making glitter ornaments, and that’s ok too. So, whether you are already a crafter, or just like looking at pretty things, log onto Pinterest and check out a crafty board, or even make one of your own. Oh, and don’t forget to read about the ‘Seventeen Hot Glue Gun Tricks That Will Change Your Life.’ I’m still reeling from that one, myself.


Sandra Coleman

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NaNoWriMo and Guest Post

Note: I planned my NaNoWriMo announcement to happen on Nov 1st but that didn’t happen. Life happens, work happens, so I’m not going to stress about it. I am just going to announce it now.


I am doing NaNoWriMo this year!!

For all of you who don’t know what NaNoWriMo is, it’s National Novel Writing Month where the goal is to write 50,000 words in 30 days (the month of November). Oh, wait! 50,000 words in 30 days? Uhhhhh, crap. Why do I keep forgetting how stressful this is? Right, because despite all the stress, it’s actually quite fun to do! There is a great community of NaNo participants and if you click that banner, it’ll take you to the NaNoWriMo website.

I have done NaNo in the past, every year (except 2014) since 2011! I made it to 50,000 last year, an all other years came pretty close. I’m hoping to ‘win’ again this year, but I’m off to a bad start. All that stuff that kept me from writing this post about it? Yeah, it all slowed me down. I’m at 10,012 words as of yesterday afternoon, which is great but also 6,658 words behind today’s goal. I’m not stressing too much. I have a 7 day stretch off of work (starting today) to get caught up or maybe even get ahead!

Now, for the other part of the title. A guest post will be appearing on my blog in a few days. One of the awesome ladies in a group I’m part of on Facebook needs help expanding her writing portfolio, so I am volunteering my blog up to her for a guest post. I already have it, and it’s great (written so much better than my posts! :P)

And now, it’s time to get back to writing that NaNo novel!