Friday, February 22, 2013

The original Pinterest

During our trip back to Las Vegas, I hung out with my grandma.  My grandma is a pretty crafty lady herself and loves doing projects as much as I do.  Periodically I will call her and mention a project that I am working on, or I will email a picture of something to my mom to show her both to share the idea and to see if she can help me out when I need it.  

The fact is, my grandma is an awesome crafter, she can crochet yarn like a crazy person.  You might remember the pumpkins she sent me for the fall.  She also made me ornaments for Christmas and by special request, she made 35 mini monsters for Dexer's birthday party for our favors (post coming).

So when I was visiting with her, I showed her some pictures of some stuff that I was thinking of doing and asked if she would whip me up some doilies.  She agreed after yelling at me that I was going to cause her hands to fall off and took me out to the garage where she showed me this:

It doesn't look like much right?  Well I thought the same thing, until she opened up the binders. 

And the first thing that came to my head was, Pinterest.  My grandma has a difficult time getting into her email, I know perfectly well that she would never ever ever understand Pinterest.  But she doesn't need it because she has this system, which is YEARS and YEARS worth of magazines that she has saved for patterns.  And she's got some from the 50's, 60's and 70's.  Hell I am sure she even has some from the 40's if she looked hard enough.  She told me she has even found some patterns in those books that were purchased for $.25 each.  I was just blown away by her shelf.  I wanted to sit there all day and look at patterns.  Hell, we almost did.   And she has them organized how I have my boards organized.  And I was just so warmed by how things have evolved.  My grandma still stores her projects in original print, in binders in her garage and I sit on a computer at night staring at lists and lists of pictures and storing them digitally for future use.  

I am very fortunate to have her in my life.  We are alike in so many ways, yet also so different.  I can't wait to show you what she is working on for me!


  1. I love most of the advances we've made in technology, but... your grandma has the right idea. What can beat actually being able to sit and touch these treasures? For that matter, what beats a handwritten letter or a face to face conversation? This is a really sweet post, Randi. Your grandma is a talented, very nice lady.

  2. I remember so well the red and green "chain" that U and Mona made for the Xmas tree when U were about 4yrs old......I still have it!!!......She's a good girl!

  3. This is so cute! I love old people :)

  4. I love this post! Your grandma is adorable and I love her filing system! She really was ahead of her time and just didn't know it!

  5. Ha! I already have a shelf like that and I"m only 35. I love flipping pages and I actually love the disorganization (you find stuff you forgot about that way). Just the other day I thought, "this is my version of Pinterest". Too funny!

    I'm happy for you that you still have your Gram. Mine passed about 5 years ago and I miss her.

  6. Jill, I still have slips of paper and magazines laying around everywhere. And I have a box that is horribly disorganized full of projects. Maybe one day, I'll go around and search for those crafts and pin them...Or better yet, do them, then pin my own work!

    SMA, thank you!!!

  7. Such a sweet, sweet post! :) Thanks for sharing it with us. LOVE the binders.

  8. Such a sweet, sweet post! Thanks for sharing it with us. :) And I LOVE those binders.

  9. I wrote a post a couple of months ago about my "pre Pinterest" binders. I keep them in the attic and look at them frequently. I just don't have space downstairs for them. The amazing thing is to look at my house now and see how many of the ideas I actually copied.

    And, I am trying to do that with my Pinterest boards too.

    Have a great week!

  10. Very sweet! Thanks for sharing at Pinworthy Projects.

  11. I love this article! Although I am in love with Pinterest and most things in the Social Media realm, I am still old enough to like things on paper and in a file!

    I am now following you and look forward to reading more!

    Cynthia at

  12. Ha, this is great! :) Thank you for sharing at Rustic Restorations Weekend!


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