I've been surfing holiday gift and decorating websites lately a little obsessively, I might add. I've found some pretty intriguing blogs and craft sites that have all sorts of festive and fun decorations, treats and wrapping ideas.
I think this crafting obsession was caused by my discovery of Pinterest last year. I have a love-hate relationship with that website. I love scanning the page after page of creative crafts and decorating ideas, the thousands of unique and scrumptious sounding recipes and all the fun posts that people all over the world put on this website.
Those who visit Pinterest are encouraged to "pin" their own ideas to bulletin boards they create on their accounts. Those pins are then shared with all their friends on Facebook or Twitter. Those folks can then pick up on your likes and pin them to their own boards. I've found lots of good recipes and DIY tips on that site. There are lots of interest-specific categories on the site which really caters to just about any hobby or pastime. I've found great knitting and crocheting patterns, clever ideas for old Christmas cards and ways to have more organized closets.
But as much as I love this site, the flip side is how much time one can waste scanning those ideas. You would be surprised at how quickly an hour or two flies by while you are knee deep in the latest crock pot ideas. I realized that the site was becoming a time drain for me several months ago and swore it off. I was doing really well avoiding the temptation until a friend mentioned that she had seen a a cute gift wrap idea on Pinterest.
I took a quick peek at the site, just to find the gift wrap thing my friend talked about, and that was all it took. I'm hooked again. But I've decided to police myself a bit more. I have a kitchen timer that I set for 15 minutes and when the alarm goes off, I'm done. So far, it's been working.
My husband has the same problem - not with Pinterest, but with political blogs and online gaming forums. Once he starts scanning the forums, it's hard to jar him back to reality. With Daniel, it's the computer and his hand-held video game. He's good about not using either of those until homework is done. And for him, we have a timer set up on his computer account which keeps the amount of time he's online in check.
Additionally, we've implemented a technology-free time frame right around the dinner hour so we climb out of the cyberworld for a while.So, tonight, I think I'll give the Pinterest site another try. I'm still looking for a couple of ideas of things to make for some family members. Of course, then I have to buckle down and finish the projects in time for Christmas.
With just 18 days to Christmas, there's no time to waste. Now I know how Santa feels.?