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March 19, 2013

Irresistible pins

Why call myself a pinhead? Well, because I’m addicted to Pinterest, the online content sharing service, and I can’t stop pinning. And looking at other’s pins. And, re-pinning them. Not familiar with Pinterest? It’s the online equivalent of those snazzy, sometimes wall-sized bulletin boards — pin boards — designers and artists use in their studios for posting inspirational images, postcards, magazine pages, objects, whatever. Simply, Pinterest members create boards, name them and then pin onto them inspirational images that link back to their sources (blogs, websites, etc.). Pins can be sourced from anywhere on the web, but they can also be re-pinned from other member’s boards. It’s terrific fun, and a great way to see tons of idea-kindling images. For a creative person like myself, it’s a complete time-gobbler: I can spend hours doing keyword searches and touring the pin boards of others, following links and re-pinning images I love to my own boards. Plus, as a member I can post images from this blog there, then watch as they, in turn, get pinned and re-pinned, on and on, all over the world. It’s probably not a stretch to imagine that there are Pinterest boards on every subject; my personal faves deal with design, art, gardening and crafts. Oh, and food — type in a keyword search for “food porn” and prepare to salivate! The images above are a tiny sampling of those that caught my eye this afternoon. Each displays a level of creativity I find irresistible and could inspire a future Rancho project … er, that if is I closed down my computer and went outside!

Click each board’s name to see more:

1. PERUVIAN RECYCLED TIRE SEATING in Lima, Peru; recycling meets public park seating. From the board, If I Could Have it All.

2. BOTTLE CAP MOSAIC TABLETOP makes colorful metallic waves. From, Projects I May Be Capable Of.

3. RECYCLED GARDEN HOSE DECORATION elevates the mundane to the classic. From, Garden Ideas.

4. GUERILLA GARDEN STREET PLANTER merges graffiti style with greenery. From, One Day I’ll Make This. 

5. PALLET PLANTER WALL in basic black is the perfect foil for cool-colored succulents. From, Pallet Ideas.

6. STICKS & STONES loosely arranged; the unforced beauty of nature. From, I Found It On the Ground.

Pinterested? Go to and register today. In no time you’ll be creating boards, sharing and pinning … And,  click here for my most popular board, Outdoor Room and Garden.

29 Comments leave one →
  1. March 19, 2013 7:04 am

    Love the garden hose sculpture (#3). Great folk art.

    I too have been finding myself addicted to Pinterest. It holds more interest than TV, has more content and availability than books or magazines and it seems like hours go by before I have to tell myself to ‘shut the computer down’! Yep- addicted to creative-mind stimulation. Oh, there are worse things to be addicted to, I tell myself!

    • reubix1 permalink*
      March 19, 2013 1:57 pm

      Much worse things 😉 … The garden hose sculpture is fantastic … I just wish I could find out more about it, however. And that lack of further info is sometimes a drawback of Pinterest. Still, I’m happy that I can at least see it … Seeing being my favorite way to experience things!

  2. March 19, 2013 7:42 am

    how creative !

    • reubix1 permalink*
      March 19, 2013 1:53 pm

      Just the tip of the creativity iceberg, I’m afraid … Just when I think I’m being creative I go onto Pinterest and am blown away by the ideas of others!

      • March 19, 2013 4:36 pm

        Oh yes, Pinterest is great for getting idea’s but I never ever will just copy something, I always make it different.

      • reubix1 permalink*
        March 19, 2013 6:03 pm

        I agree; who wants to just parrot someone else’s idea?! But it’s fun to see something and have it trigger one to act creatively …

      • March 19, 2013 7:10 pm

        exactly !

      • reubix1 permalink*
        March 19, 2013 7:14 pm


  3. March 19, 2013 9:44 am

    magnifiques ! j’adore les pins … je vais les récupérer aussi sur mon pinterest ! merci !

    • reubix1 permalink*
      March 19, 2013 1:52 pm

      Merci, Willow, vous allez adorer j’en suis sûr!

  4. March 19, 2013 12:40 pm

    I am in LOVE with Pinterest too! I just spent at least 20 minutes reading this blog and clicking on your links… do I really need to go to work… can’t I stay home and play… I have a whole front yard to have fun with!!! BTW, are you pinning any of your personal items for inspiration to all the pinners out there?

    • reubix1 permalink*
      March 19, 2013 1:49 pm

      Hey, WF, as I said pinning is addicting! And, yes, every time I post I also post images to Pinterest, too … It’s fun seeing my images on other people’s boards.

  5. March 19, 2013 2:50 pm

    I love Sticks & Stones. BUT NO NO NO…….I must resist, I must resist, I must resist……just spent a half hour or more looking around (seemed like a minute)……SO fantasic to look at……

    • reubix1 permalink*
      March 19, 2013 2:56 pm

      I love STICKS & STONES, too! So simple and so effortlessly gorgeous. Reminds me of some of your garden moments, Guida.

  6. Catherine permalink
    March 19, 2013 11:07 pm

    I’m with you!! I love all the things you post…food for the soul 🙂

    • reubix1 permalink*
      March 19, 2013 11:08 pm

      Thanks, Catherine … for reading, and for the compliment!

  7. March 20, 2013 2:40 am

    Your art is so much fun, and inspires so many new ideas. Thank you.

    • reubix1 permalink*
      March 20, 2013 3:01 am

      Thanks, Charlie, I appreciate it …

  8. Vickie Perez permalink
    March 21, 2013 7:36 pm

    As all of those who’ve commented, Pinterest is great. As is Reuben’s blog. Both can really pique the creative part of us all. But what to do? Too many choices. Guess I better stick with my versions of all the influences. But looking is a great way to avoid what I should be doing. Back to work. Yuck…………

    • reubix1 permalink*
      March 21, 2013 9:07 pm

      I agree, Vickie: TOO MANY CHOICES! As for procrastination being the result of all that looking (and having too many influences), you’re right again. But it can work, at least for me: I do my best work pushed against a deadline!

  9. Vickie Perez permalink
    March 22, 2013 5:17 am

    I do so agree with being against a deadline. Have had work that I was doing for a customer taken from me with the paint wet. They thought it was finished but to this day I still think otherwise.

    • reubix1 permalink*
      March 22, 2013 1:43 pm

      😉 I’m familiar with the paint-still-wet turn-over, Vickie … The only time it did me wrong was during an oil painting critique in college when the professor got too close. When he saw that his pointing finger was now the color of my painting he threw me out of class! Good times …

  10. Vickie Perez permalink
    March 23, 2013 3:59 am

    Great story.

  11. March 25, 2013 2:17 pm

    Love your creations. I have become addicted to succulents….so many different colors and shapes. Thanks for sharing your designs.

    • reubix1 permalink*
      March 25, 2013 2:28 pm

      You’re welcome, Val and thanks for commenting!

  12. March 27, 2013 5:30 pm

    NOW you’ve done it, Reuben. I had never visited any Pinterest sites before you led me down this Yellow Brick Road. This could be insanely addictive.

    • reubix1 permalink*
      March 27, 2013 5:40 pm

      See you when you come up for air, J. A.! 😉

  13. April 8, 2013 3:49 pm

    You are so right J.A., it is addictive. And for me, more fun than Facebook. Beautiful pictures and great ideas, like the ones from Reuben.

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