Wednesday 25 October 2017

Pinterest? More like Binterest! Mama ain't no Martha Stewart

When I first became a mum, I had visions of being a real life Mary Poppins, practically perfect in every way. I had great hopes as a family. I thought we would sing, we would craft, we would bake and basically live in a Pinterest bubble where everything is exactly as it should be.

I used Pinterest as my main form of inspiration. I imagined myself as Wales' answer to Martha Stewart. There was going to be no craft I couldn't do, no cake I couldn't bake. Turns out i'm more like Martha during her jail conviction phase rather than the epitome of Pinterest mum that I longed to be.

If you look at my Pinterest you'll realise I am the master at deception. I have endless Pinterest mum boards. There's Christmas crafts for kids, Christmas children's recipes, handprint craft, homemade gifts, party inspo, the list goes on. I'll spend hours looking for the perfect crafts to do with the kids on a rainy day or princess party ideas. On the surface I look the real deal.

If you visit the craft area in my house (yep i've got a dedicated section), you would think you'd stumbled into your local HobbyCraft. I have drawers full of creative gear. Stickers, glue, sequins, paints, pretty patterned papers (soooooo many of these), stamps, various washi tapes, scrapbooks, you name it i've got it.

How about my baking cupboard? Well there's food colouring, shapes, cutters, icing sets and endless baking tins and supplies. 

Unfortunately, no matter how much I look the part, I just don't fit in.

So what went wrong......? Truth be told, i'm shit at it. 

I always thought I was a creative person, turns out that doesn't quite transpire into any of the qualities needed be a Pinterest mum. To put it bluntly, I can't draw, I can't paint, I can't bake and I sure as hell can't make things look pretty. 

I also have a bit of a confession. Not only am I shit at it, I actually think I secretly hate it. Nothing stresses me out more than the thought of the mess that baking with the kids creates or the idea of being up to my elbow in glue. The thought of the paint all of the kids hands and feet practically sends me into a nervous breakdown. In fact, I don't just hate it, I loathe it! But yet I can't seem to let it go. 

It's my daughter's birthday soon so what did I spend last night doing? I was busy searching for the perfect Moana party ideas of course. I've got various cupcakes, decorative displays, fancy themed food and wait till you see the cakes. But i'm left wondering why I torture myself. Most of the stuff we attempt to do ends up in the bin so why do I set myself up for failure? 

It's clearly that need for perfection. The idea of being that perfect mum that can't do anything wrong. So my love/hate relationship with Pinterest will continue. I will continue to love sitting there for hours on end pinning various bits and pieces and when it comes to the crunch, I will hate taking part in the craft activity.

How about you? When it comes to Pinterest are you Martha Stewart or are you me?



  1. I actually laughed at this post lol your writing style is hilarious. I'm a bit of a reluctant Martha Stewart and will do everything to get out of being crafty as I always get stuck wrapping everyone xmas gifts for them -

  2. I am not good at crafts at all. I tend to use pinterest for recipes, and they tend to work, but thats about it!! lol x

  3. I think I'm probably half way between the two. I do like a craft, and I'm happy to bake but we lack space which makes everything hard work

  4. I love pinterest, I can lose hours of my life on there! I am a mix, I have had some great successes and some massive fails!

  5. Wooooo!! I'm shit at it too.. let's rejoice and start an "I'm a shit mumma" club! lol xx


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