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For the record I am not, and never will be, a Scrappy-Do fan.

He may have been the thing that killed the cartoon in the hearts of children all around the world.

In fact I’m not sure I know anyone who actually liked that annoying pup.

But the alliteration was calling to me.


I love pinning and will continue to do so but I really want to use Pinterest to drive action and results in my creativity rather than just being a mood board.

Last year I made few things from my pinterest boards.

elsie pinpumpkin pinink blot pin

Souces: dress via A Beautiful Mess; cookie cutter pumpkin tutorial; tote made with ink blot tutorial

This year I want to aim for at least TEN makes from pins but would love to do TWELVE. A bit like the Pinterest Challenge (which seems to have gone a bit quiet lately).

So how are you going to do this Amy?

The “Don’t Just Pin In!” Challenge

I’m not going to allocate each month a pin but instead go with the flow.

I mentioned my desire to conquer blouses in this post so I made a pinterest board for my blouse inspiration.

I  also want to action anything I’ve pinned that incorporates scallops into my clothes! And definitely in collaboration with the above point.

Recipes are encouraged as it will develop my cooking skills. Ideally I’d like to make more savoury food than baking but I am obsessed with sweet treats so let’s see.

And finally anything home or DIY related would be great to include.

My first pin turned to reality for 2013?

karahi pin

Fish Karahi – Fish cooked with onions, peppers, tomatoes, garlic and ginger to create a rich authentic taste.

I made this the second week of January by sort of following the recipe here and what I remembered of an amazing meal at from Akbars restaurant.

What next?

There are already some front runners for this year:

pinata cookie pinThis is likely to be the next make. Piñata Cookies for Mr AR’s Birthday.

blouse pinAfter that, this blouse by Charlotte Azou has been paper drafted using a similar pattern and I’m currently refining the collar.

topshop pinAlso lined up is this polka dot Topshop dress. I have fabric and a pattern ready!

fabric paint pin

Next, if I manage to overcome my previous fabric stamping fails I’ll be making a horse print dress just like this.

quilt pin

And if we move to a new house this year I’ll definitely be making a triangle quilt.

I want this exact style but with slightly different colours.

So do you use Pinterest for making mood boards? Or do you actually turn these pins into tangible real life makes?

I’m taking the Don’t Just Pin It challenge this year. Anyone want to join me?


**And yes I know I have one too many full points in my ellipsis but it took me sooo long to make the graphic and the button while poorly that when I spotted it I didn’t have the heart to amend it, even though the professional editor in me is very disappointed in my sloppiness**

(9) Comments

  1. Scrappy-doo was the Cousin Oliver of the cartoon world. I must admit and acknowledge that I am an eye-candy pinner. MY brotherinlaw shows up at events with recipes he’s made off of pins and I have nothing but 65 boards of glittery stuff! I considered starting a ‘I’ll nevr actually do this’ board, but it got too exhausting transfering everything to it! I want pinata cookies.

  2. Ooooo I might have to have a go at this. I’ve pinned loads of things I want to try but never have.

    I was going to order the fish Karachi from akbars the other day but didn’t. Looks great to make.


  3. *fist shake* scrappy doo! Total cartoon nemesis. I haven’t had a look at my Pinterest board in ages… Might go have a look and see what is doable (too many home renos on my boards!) teehee

  4. Oooh, I like the Charlotte Azou blouse – and the horse print is great fun!

    Happy sewing, I look forward to seeing what you make!

  5. Ah, Pinterest. I’m not quite sure it’s a good idea (I have boards, but I’m not so great at using them for inspiration). I sort of use it to bookmark things, but I think it’s bad at that; it’s great for pictures. I collect pics of lovely birds!

    For sewing, I’ve started “web-clipping” using Evernote, and then I can access it on my phone or any or my ‘devices’. Eek, now I sound like I’m promoting Evernote – I’m not, honest. Anyway, I like this because I have the tutorial on my phone and at my sewing machine when I, er, get around to making all the things I clipped. It’s the same problem really.

    Pinata cookie is fantastic! (And I’ve gone and clipped the recipe for Fish Karahi. I’m very suggestible…)

    Good luck; look forward to reading all about everything you make!

  6. I’m very inspired by this post, I’m a serial pinner as well and man do I need to try some of the shit that I pin. I totally just pinned the horse print dress to my sewing board as well, I guess I have to make one now! look what you’ve started- actual commitment. Thanks for the creative motivation! Looking forward to your creations 🙂

  7. That is such a great idea!!!! What you have made from your pins thus far are all amazing, I can’t wait to see what you make this year. It is such a timely reminder to use all that we can actually create what we pin. Thanks for inspiring, Sam xox

  8. What a great idea! I might adopt that.

  9. Yay for more making :). By now I learned pinterest isn’t only for pinning, and staring at lovely pictures. I’m using it more and more as the tool should be,yay!

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