(Note: “Extreme Decorating” is an ongoing series in which WallCandy Dad goes beyond removable wall decals and explores unusual and over-the-top decorating ideas tried in homes, restaurants, hotels, businesses, tourist destinations and public spaces. We all get decoration inspiration from different places, as it is a reflection of our tastes and personalities).
NBC’s TODAY Moms blog just did a survey that’s sending shockwaves across the creative world.
Out of a sample of 7,000 mothers in the United States, an alarming 42 percent replied that “they sometimes suffer from Pinterest stress, the worry that they’re not crafty or creative enough.”
The average self-reported anxiety level of these women is an 8.5 out of 10, NBC reports. And 75 percent of respondents also said that the pressure they put on themselves is more stressful than the feeling of being judged by or compared to other mothers.
Acknowledging that so-called Pinterest Stress is hardly a national health crisis, TODAY featured photographer and parent Jenna Andersen, founder of the humorous arts & crafts blog “Pinterest Fail.” Andersen shows before-and-after pictures of decorating and cooking projects — what the promise and expectations looked like when it was first pinned or repinned on Pinterest and how the final project lived up to the hype.
“Pinterest,” the mom blogger tells NBC, “is largely a site of unrealized dreams.”
This is hardly a Mom-only phenomenon. Plenty of Dads cook, too. And let’s not get started on how difficult it is to paint a room EXACTLY how it looks in a catalog or magazine.
Or as my fellow Dad blogger, Eric Mack, on CNET’s Crave site puts it:
“I’m sure that blinging out my oven will be completely worth it in the end just like all the other Pinterest-inspired projects around my home. But you might find me in my kitchen at 1 a.m. dripping drops of sweat and tears on that shiny piece of vinyl as I try to get it perfectly plumb with the edge of the oven door without getting any more Liquid Nails in my hair.”
I don’t put much stock in the claim that 4 out of 10 moms are so overwhelmed by the promise of Pinterest photos that the rest of their lives feel like a disappointment. But I do think that TODAY has reminded us all, parents or not, that we shouldn’t fall into the trap of constantly comparing our lives, homes and possessions to others.
Part of the fun of decorating with WallCandy stickers is that you can always easily remove them and start all over again with no damage to the walls. Looking at our Pinterest Boards are only the starting point — not the blueprint for your final look. I think watching your kids decide where the Whoo Loves U Owls or Flutterflies go on the Tree is far more entertaining than following any instructions.
WallCandy Arts loves interacting with its community on Pinterest — go visit us there now!
And there’s no pressure for your wall stickers or chalkboard decals to EVER be perfectly lined up. Because we won’t judge you. Really.
(Have you stumbled across a fabulous case of “Extreme Decorating” lately? Where were you last overwhelmed by the decor? Drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org).