Pinterest: As bad as Crack…(Part 1)

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I admit it. I have a problem. My name is Holly and I am addicted to Pinterest. Just like substance abuse, it typically takes someone close to you to be brutally honest with your change in behavior. In this case, it was my husband saying, “You’re on Pinterest AGAIN? Aren’t you spending a lot of time on that?”

He didn’t understand. I was working on building my boards and was extremely productive in pinning. He still didn’t get it. “But what does it accomplish? What happens after you’ve pinned everything?” he asked.

I looked at him like he’d lost his mind. “You’re never done pinning! You just keep pinning… FOREVER. It’s like a Santa list that never ends. You put all of the things you love the most, or wish for desperately or someday hope to do in neat little categorized boxes.

Pinterest is all about aspiring to travel to exotic places, make amazing desserts, re-organize all your closets and decorate your front door in seasonal or holiday color without ever getting up from the computer.

I’ll never create, craft, bake, build or visit most of the things I’ve pinned. But Pinterest is the best time suck I’ve ever experienced. I have flittered away hundreds of hours of my life doing this.

It brings me some sort of sick joy when someone I will never meet in my lifetime decides to start “following” me. As in following my boards, so that every time I pin something, it is sent directly to their own personal site.

It’s more than an imaginary friend. They’re real. And they want to follow you. They copy your work and mark it as their own. They stalk your every move on Pinterest.  If you think about it that way, I guess it sounds a little creepy.

I’ve always loved the scent of lavender. I never thought about the actual plant until I created a board about it on Pinterest. I have over 300 images of lavender. There’s no purpose to having that many pictures of the purple plant, but strangers now go to my board and copy those images.

We never communicate directly with one another except through silent pinning. We are purple plant loving people that share an interest in staring at fields in France that end up in aromatic soaps and lotions.

Don’t get me started on my board titled, “Autumn.” The cult like following for colored leaves is out of control!

The hard and searing truth is that pinning quilt patterns is not the same as actually sewing one. Pinning tips on dream organization will not clear my kids bedroom floors. And pinning “Good to know” handy household tips will not get my mountain of laundry done.

I know it’s a slippery slope, a pit of quicksand, a black hole of never ending yearning. I’m going to spend less time on Pinterest. I’m going to take a step back and regain my life.

Isn’t the first step in recovery admitting that you have a problem? I recognize it, and plan on working on it… as soon as I pin more cookie and appetizer recipes.


What is your crack?









August 29, 2013


  1. Autumn Clark September 10, 2013 #

    Holly we have been following each other and pinning each other’s pins for quite a few months now. I just thought I would come here to your site and say “Hi”. I think we have alot in common by the amount of pins going back and forth – Ha ha.

    Love the post – I am definately addicted. Pinterest is my guilty pleasure. My kids think it’s funny.

    See you on the fun boards!!

    • Holly Varni September 19, 2013 #

      Dear Autumn,

      I have thought for months that based on our similarity of Pinterest boards we would be best friends if we lived near each other! Seriously, I feel like I know you. 🙂 Love what you post. My kids say, “Step away from the computer” when they see me pinning.

      Thank you so much for checking out my website and blog! You are definitely a kindred spirit.

  2. Sarah August 31, 2013 #

    Haha, I introduced you to Pinterest, so that makes me an accomplice!

    We have actually made the lace tiaras that I’ve been pinning. Each pin has a different way to do it, involving 3 to 7 layers of fabric stiffener. Each pin says a different brand is best and a set way to do it all. Some say to coat it with glaze at the end, some mid podge, some lawyer.

    R and I found that the best way is to just use sparkle spray paint and coat both sides, then super glue the ends when it is dry. Now, mine may not last as long or be as reusable. But my way got it done in time for my daughter’s princess tea party. They really are pretty, and I never would have thought of it if it weren’t for Pinterest.

    I’m not addicted. Nope. Not me! ;-D

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