Along comes the thing that a lot of us have been dreaming about - a place to store online all those fantabulous things that we see, grab them and stick them onto online pin boards so we can browse through things by category later on. PINTEREST!!! You can loose hours on Pinterest - a never ending supply of images to tempt, delight and inspire you.
Now, we all use the internet for different things. Some people use it for playing games, for fun, for music, socialising, some people use it for more obscure likes - we will not go there, eh? - and of course there is also those who use it for business.
Around eight weeks ago, whilst standing at a Fair Trade Coffee Afternoon, my friend, Ellie, and I decided that we should do something that we have both wanted to do for a long while - open a Vintage Tea Room and Gift Shop in our sleepy little village in the North West of England and provide people with cake, amazing food and a range of gifts which you do not really see anywhere else.
On 4th May, just seven weeks after our initial chat, we opened Sitting Pretty Vintage Tea Room and Gift Shop in Galgate, near Lancaster. We had many sleepless nights, we slaved away, called in favours and rallied the troops to help us convert a village pub to a traditional tea room.
Our first point of call was to go online and look for ideas, research decor, furniture, food and of course cakes. Pinterest was our first point of call, as I had been using the service for quite some time, I showed Ellie how it all worked and we were off on a pinning frenzy. We used pinterest to grab ideas and inspirations for our tea room, how places around the world work and look at interiors, lighting and finishings.
We took a lot of ideas which we had seen pinterest from across the globe and brought them into fruition in our very own little eclectic mix of modern/vintage/retro/shabby chic.
We are also linking our own images onto Pinterest to link back to the Sitting Pretty Website and my own blog so people can see our own creations and see how we have implemented them in the tea room. Of course, now we are open, that is not the end of our board, we are going to use the board more and more to showcase more ideas of our own and also help promote local artisans who are displaying their crafts in our gift shop.
This post was part of the #Pinitforward campaign which is part of the launch of Pinterest in the UK. Over 300 bloggers are taking part in showcasing their boards and each day a number of bloggers get the chance to share with you why they love Pinterest. Tomorrow will be the turn of Fritha Tigerlilly who is a fantastic fashion blogger and illustrator, her blog is just beautiful and you must go see! You can find her blog HERE and her Pinterest board HERE!
You can find out more about the Pin it Forward campaign by clicking the logo below. If I have inspired you to join Pinterest - click here and get pinning!!