Monday, March 26, 2012

Pinterest Projects: Success and Failure

I love Pinterest! It's clear by my nearly 2000 pins that I'm hooked. I keep my boards nice and tidy and really try to do some of the projects I pin. 

{{NOTE: If you've never heard of Pinterest, only know it in name or want to know how to use it better, I have the perfect post for you. Just head on over to Grey Likes Weddings. The author, Summer, has a fabulous post, A Pinterest Field Guide: Four Steps to Winning at Pinning. Even as an avid pinner, I learned a thing or two.}}

Okay, back to my projects. I recently found two that I wanted to tackle right away.

1. Oven Dried Strawberries: these look amazing, right? I'm always on the hunt for natural ingredient snacks. How could I go wrong with this pin?!?

Result: Here's how it could go wrong. After 3 hours and having completely followed the very easy instructions I had this on my hands.

Some of the strawberries were still mushy while others were dry as a bone. They're the least appetizing thing I've ever laid eyes on! I threw them all away. And yes, mama, I did use the brand new Williams-Sonoma pan you gave me. It's still soaking to be honest! This very well might have been a user error or maybe my oven is whack, but I can say I won't be drying strawberries like this again for a little while. I'm sure I'll give it another whirl because that first picture just looks so tasty! If you have tips on oven drying fruit, please let me know!

2. Pedi Perfect Feet: I need a pedicure every day of my life. I swear! I go one day after getting a pedicure and could stand to have another one. I can't afford a pedicure every day or every week. During summer months a monthly pedicure is a must, but I'm trying to find a way to spread them out a little throughout the rest of the year. I saw this post and thought, It won't work, but what will it hurt to try. I followed the instructions to put shaving cream on my feet (with my husband looking at me like I have 10 heads), then dipping a towel in a solution of listerine and warm water I wrapped my feet up in the towel for 30 minutes and waited. 

Result: I don't have a picture of my feet because feet are just gross in general, but it worked!!! My feet are extra clean and far smoother than when I applied shaving cream. I followed up with the suggestion of drying them with a hair dryer and then applying lotion. We'll see how long this lasts, but it's a much cheaper option to an actual pedicure!

So while every Pinterest project doesn't pan out, I do think it's a great place for brainstorming and storing potential ideas. It's a bevy of creativity for sure...just be sure you use good manners when pinning and correctly site all your pins!



  1. Oh my, I love how your strawberries turned out... Just. Real. Life. At one point when I wanted to dry some of my garden produce, I borrowed a food dryer from a friend. It pays to have an invested friend. :)

  2. I thought the first picture was your strawberries - I was sure of it - Now I know you too are human!! Seriously, your posts are great - enjoy them. Mary-Sue :)