Lately I have been visiting Pinterest and thinking about my inspiration pre- Pinterest.
I have always been a "tearer".
As I looked through my favorite magazines, I would tear out pages of things I loved, decorating ideas, recipes (for Steve to try), places we should visit, quotes...
You name it, I tore it out and had files of tear outs.
About 20 years ago, I began putting all the torn pages into books I spiral bound.
I created 39 books before I found Pinterest.
|a few of the books on a shelf in the attic|
I know the exact number for two reasons.
I recently moved them to the attic and it was a pain to carry them up our pull-down attic stairs.
And, I numbered them to help a little for organization -it only helped a little.
I should have created a different book for each different interest - like Pinterest boards.
Since I have been using Pinterest and reading magazines on my iPad, I rarely buy magazines anymore.
And with fewer magazines, I don't tear pages out.
So, no more books.
All 39 books take up a lot of space and I debated tossing the books.
Something told me to just keep them in the attic for now.
I am glad I did because yesterday I remembered an article I had torn out titled "What Makes It Cottage?"
When I got home from work, I pulled down the stairs and went in search of the article.
I remembered that it was before we moved to our present home so it would have to be in one of the lower numbers.
#7 to be exact.
|they had to have titles|
|I used craft scissors so I didn't have to make straight lines|
It was fun to flip through the books although I didn't make it through all 39 books.
What I noticed was:
my style has changed from book #1 to present day
I actually followed through and copied looks I liked.
I bought or made things, decorated rooms and visited places I pasted into the books.
I found this photo of a sofa I liked
and, until last summer, this was my sofa.
I obviously was thinking about white slipcovers
long before I decided to make new slipcovers last summer.
I pasted these beach buckets into book #7
and here are two of my favorite pails.
I wonder if this picture was torn out before or after we moved to the beach
because it seems that I got my inspiration from the picture above.
This picture must have sparked my interest in benches
because this is my coffee table bench today.
Who knew that when I tore this picture out
that I would one day have a dining room with mullioned windows.
Metal baskets filled with books?
And, these were just things I noticed in book #7.
What amazed me most was that I don't recall looking at the books before I bought things or decorated.
The images must have been burned into my brain.
How many ideas from the other 38 books made it into the house?
In 10 years, if I look back at Pinterest I hope I have copied a lot of my pins because I have a lot of great ideas there.
I am linked up at
No Minimalist Here - Open House Party
Common Ground - Be Inspired
Homespun Happenings - Rustic Restorations Weekend
It's A Hodgepodge Life - Hodgepodge Friday
My Romantic Home - Show and Tell Friday