Don’t know how long I’ve been a Pinterest addict. Just a few months I’m guessin’. Say, did you know in its very short history, Pinterest is the first website to break 10 million unique visits in just one week? I read that somewhere. Yep, in the great flip book that is life, the site is a lot like Ghirardelli 60 percent bittersweet dark chocolate, more than a tad addicting. If you haven’t been formally introduced to the world of Pinterest, it is a cyber place touted to be a “virtual pinboard.” Not a great way to describe it if you haven’t been there, but it can be used to file visually stunning pictures, as opposed to wordy text, on subjects that interest little old YOU in subject folders you create on their site. Boy, that was a mouthful. For instance, visualize this, I pinned a photo of a gooey-looking spinach artichoke grilled cheese sandwich onto my recipe “board.” As a side note, did you know April was grilled cheese month? Remember that for next year. So clicking on the Pinterest photo a week later led me to the place on the web, a married couple’s food blog, so I could create the recipe in the Frantz kitchen. Scored two thumbs up from hubby! So what is so interesting you say about a cheese sandwich recipe? Not too much all by itself, but I’m just getting started. Basically, getting the most out of Pinterest kinda depends on what you are interested in. If you might be into fingernail art, yarn bombing, intricate sand castles, hard boiled eggs painted to look like Angry Birds characters, wine cork art, kitchen makeovers, amazing wedding ideas, tattoos, food, photographing your kids growing up, fashion trends, decorating for every possible holiday on the planet, and last but not the very least, 40 ways to tie a scarf, you just might be interested in Pinterest. I have boards about new recipes, humor, books, quilting, holiday decorating, travel, photography, and I’ve even got a “board” entitled “Potential grandkid stuff.” In fact, I just pinned on my board “10 restaurant games to play with kids.” OK, so in the Frantz grandkid department there is absolutely nothin’ on the horizon. Yet. Just thinkin’ ahead. Probably WAY AHEAD if you ask my kids. Oh, and did I mention you need to be invited? And don’t be shy. Just go ahead and invite yourself to be a Pinterest subscriber. That is what I did. You get put on a wait-list for like a whole day. I tapped my left foot the whole time waiting for that invitation email, and then I was officially in the front door! And just so you aren’t all alone on Pinterest, you can “follow” your friends and pin some of the interesting treasures they find on your own boards. Before you know it, friends will be following you. But be very careful, there will be people following what you pin that you don’t necessarily know. Not a tragedy really. But it can be annoying … like crafty Cindy. Personally, I like to peek in on Pinterest in the morning. It gets the creative juices flowing almost as good as a double latte. So I’m into quilting and one morning I happened to start following this Cindy chick because she pinned a couple of interesting quilt ideas. Trouble is she seems also to be heavily into tatting and pincushions! And yes, just so you know, tatting has nothing to do with tattoos. Tatting is a whole ‘nother animal. I don’t know how she does it, but Cindy pins at least 10 tatting and pincushion photos a day. I might have to “unfollow” her. I also created a “board” entitled “great quotes to live by.” There are lots of great ones floating in the land of Pinterest. A couple of my current favorites are “Don’t yell at your kids! Lean in real close and whisper, it’s much scarier” and “Wash your hands and say your prayers, God and germs are everywhere.” My most recent pin is “Cinderella is proof that a new pair of shoes can change your life.” Oh yeah! So it seriously looks like there is a Pinterest anonymous support group in my future. Anyone care to join me? I’ll bring the chocolate! Dixie Frantz is a long `time Kingwood resident and newspaper columnist for the past 16 years. E-mail Dixie with your comments at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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