A Pinterest Morality Tale
I was a Pinterest early adopter thanks to a social media-savvy friend who encouraged me to sign up back in the day when you had to request an invitation. Pinterest has since evolved into a time-sucking behemoth with picture perfect pins that cause even the most balanced among us to twinge with envy at the superior craftiness of our fellow humans. Remember Emily’s post? In order to really enjoy Pinterest without it leaving you feeling infinitely inadequate, you have to flip your mindset. Pinterest is not about what other people are or what other people do or how perfect everyone else is. Pinterest is about what you are, what you want to do and how perfect you want to be. And maybe you’re just fine being OK (which you totally should be). Remember our Okayest Mom?
I’ve been using Pinterest for birthday party ideas and when my son recently turned three, I got two great ideas. The first was to make cupcakes for him to bring into daycare. I vaguely remembered seeing Cookie Monster cupcakes (probably when I was searching Pinterest for his 2nd birthday party) and thought I could handle that. After scrolling through a bunch of Cookie Monster cupcake pins ranging in complexity (I’m talking eyeballs made by hand and other nonsense none of us has the time for), I hit up Michaels and the grocery store to find blue frosting in a tube with a decorating tip attached, a bag of candy eyes and a cup of mini Chips Ahoy cookies. In the end, the frosting tubes were a bit difficult to work with (unless you enjoy carpal tunnel syndrome), but otherwise, I’d say we (I was even able to incorporate my almost 3-year-old into the process) knocked it out of the park.
Riding high on my Pinterest cupcake victory, and realizing that my mom wasn’t going to offer to make a cake for the party as she had for my son’s first two parties, I found another great idea on Pinterest: a Dusty Crophopper airplane made out of cupcakes. Yes! How hard could this be?
Well… Turns out that is pretty darn hard. I ran out of frosting. I failed to realize the difficulty involved in creating the cockpit and thing on the tail. I couldn’t find brown frosting and didn’t have time to make it, so I was using this watery chocolate cookie frosting concoction. I couldn’t find anything to serve as the propeller. Here’s my sad Dusty Crophopper cupcake airplane:
I mean – it was fine. Half the kids just licked the frosting off the top and ditched the rest.
I promised a moral and here’s a winding one: Modifying the complicated Cookie Monster cupcakes was simple and they came out great. Trying to recreate that ridic cupcake plane was tough, and it didn’t come out as I wanted. You win some, you lose some. Also, Pinterest is great for ideas but you will drive yourself crazy if you try to recreate things to a tee. Take the idea and modify it according to how fancy (or not) you want to (or are able to) be.