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Zoe Waldron

July 28, 2014

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 HelloInterview: Meet Cathie Hong   Mom, Calligrapher, and Pinterest Influencer with over 8 Million Followers!

Meet Cathie Hong, a stay-at-home mom, calligrapher, and Etsy shop owner, from Santa Clara, California. Cathie and her husband recently moved to the Bay Area with their 3-year-old son Oliver and 9-month-old girl Emelia. She spends most days at home with the kids but has a very creative side.

“I love having a creative outlet in everything I do – whether it’s through my etsy shop Ampersandity, making crafts with my kids, how I decorate my home, or even in how I dress my kids.”

When Cathie’s not pinning or after the kids go to bed, she can be found working on her shop orders or watching Korean dramas. Her passion for home decor, design, kids, fashion, food, and photography has earned her over 8.6 million Pinterest followers!

When did you start using Pinterest and what inspired you to make an account?

I started Pinterest when it first started up and was invite-only, maybe four years ago or so? At the time I was blogging pretty regularly and heard about Pinterest through Victoria from sfgirlbybay. It seemed intriguing, so I joined up in a small blogging movement called “Pin It Forward” where we each made boards about what home was to us. I didn’t realize that it would become such a popular and globally-used bookmarking device.

Why do you like Pinterest?

I love Pinterest because it’s an easy and straightforward way to save all your bookmarks. I used to bookmark links on my desktop and it was impossible to find things again. Pinterest is so user-friendly and intuitive – I can’t believe no one thought of it before. It’s also a great way to find inspiration and new ideas/brands/recipes. I come across new things I love all the time. (more…)

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Zoe Waldron

July 21, 2014

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 HelloInterview: Meet Cindy Wysocki   Fiber Arts Enthusiast, Human Resources Worker, and Pinterest Influencer!

Meet Cindy Wysocki, a human resources lab worker from Los Alamos, New Mexico! Cindy and her husband moved out there after he received his PhD in Physics from Princeton so he could work there as a physicist. They have two daughters, Melissa and Beth who are both in high school. They also have one dog named Rosie, two cats Baxter and Oliver, and fish, which Oliver enjoys as his personal entertainment. When Cindy’s not working or pinning, she can be found doing family activities like camping, as well as baking, knitting, or taking photographs! Cindy’s love of cooking, family, home decor, and crafts has earned her over 3.7 million Pinterest followers!

When did you start using Pinterest and what inspired you to make an account?

I heard about Pinterest back when it was invitation only and requested an invite. I was amazed at what could be found on Pinterest with a simple search and have been using it ever since.

Why do you like Pinterest?

It just keeps getting better and better. As more people join there is new exciting information being shared.  I can usually find exactly what I’m looking for with one quick search. The wealth of information inspires me to try new things and look at projects from a new perspective. (more…)

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Zoe Waldron

July 14, 2014

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 HelloInterview: Meet Anne Louise   Teacher, Traveller, and Pinterest Influencer!

Meet Anne Louise, a teacher from Melbourne, Australia! She’s passionate about travel, teaching, learning, and loves museums. Anne shares that she currently lives by herself, which is something that she thought she would never do, but really loves it. “I don’t have any pets, but I do have an ever-increasing collection of houseplants.” 

When she’s not teaching or pinning, Anne finds joy from studying and learning all that she can. “When I’m not studying, I feel a little lost, and almost don’t know what to do with my free time. I’m not really that bookish; I just have an appreciation for heritage and things with a history.” 

Anne’s passion for beautiful photography, beautiful objects, beautiful spaces, and travel has earned her over 1.2 million Pinterest followers!

When did you start using Pinterest and what inspired you to make an account?

I started using Pinterest quite early on, in 2010 I believe, when it was an invite-only site. At the time I had a (now long-defunct) blog called Anne Louise Likes and was studying Textile Design. Pinterest was a great source of inspiration for both endeavours.

Why do you like Pinterest?

Although I enjoy studying and writing, I am quite a visual person. I love art and design, I’m interested in fashion and photography, and I enjoy cooking. So for me, Pinterest is my first port of call when looking for ideas or inspiration, and is the perfect bookmarking tool. There are a lot of talented people who are doing and making amazing things; Pinterest is a wonderful way to stay informed and inspired.

You have gained over 1.2M followers! That’s so wonderful! What makes your Pinterest unique? (more…)

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Zoe Waldron

July 7, 2014

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 HelloInterview: Meet Guillermo Álvarez   Professional Photographer from Spain and Pinterest Influencer!Meet Guillermo Álvarez, a professional photographer from Gijón, a beautiful town in Northern Spain. Guillermo was born in La Habana, Cuba before moving to Spain and is now the father of a 9-year-old boy. When Guillermo’s not shooting photography or pinning, he can usually be found reading a book or listening to music – especially jazz, classical, and pop. Guillermo loves to go swimming every day and is always moving. He rides his bike into town often. Guillermo’s passion for photography, interiors, and design has earned him over 3.9 million Pinterest followers!

When did you start using Pinterest and what inspired you to make an account?

The first thing I do every day, early in the morning, is have a coffee and read the newspaper. One day in 2010 I read about Pinterest in the Internet section of the newspaper. I found it very interesting because I love images. As soon as I came to my studio I asked for an invitation to pin. At the time it was still in beta and as soon as I got accepted I started to pin.

Why do you like Pinterest?

I love Pinterest more than Facebook or the other social platforms. I love Pinterest because I can find a lot of images that interest me, like portraits of famous photographers and images of interiors that I love. Before Pinterest, I used to collect those images in my computer, but it was really difficult to find them and keep them organized. Pinterest gives you the opportunity to find them very easily.

You have gained over 3.9M followers! That’s so great! What makes your Pinterest unique? (more…)

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Zoe Waldron

June 30, 2014

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 HelloInterview: Meet Jennifer Goemans   Calgarian Stay At Home Mom and Pinterest Influencer!

Meet Jennifer Goemans, a stay-at-home mom from Calgary, Alberta where she was born and raised. 2013 was a big year for her, Jennifer and her husband got married, bought a house together, adopted a ‘fur baby,’ and had a beautiful daughter! Now she’s relishing her time at home with all of her babies; Ares their one year old Rottweiler, Maia their 8 month old daugher “who can win anyone over with her big grins and contagious laughs,” and her husband Mario who she has shared her life with for over 11 years!

When she’s not pinning, Jennifer can be found out and about with friends and family. Now that summer is here, they’ll be spending more time in the mountains and at their family cabin in Golden, BC. “We also just love to be at home.” When Jennifer’s not pinning she can be found getting creative in the kitchen and loves to indulge in Netflix every now and then too. Her passion for love and marriage, food, family, animals, fashion, and home decor has earned her over 3.8 million Pinterest followers!

When did you start using Pinterest and what inspired you to make an account?

I first joined Pinterest in August of 2011. This was actually after much resistance… I had heard about it from a couple people and thought to myself: “Don’t do it! You’ll never be able to stop.” I knew it was something I would get hooked on immediately. I made a solid effort to spend the majority of my summer away from the computer, and then eventually caved by the end and requested a spot on the “waiting list.”  Three days later I was in and I’ve never looked back!

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Zoe Waldron

June 23, 2014

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 HelloInterview: Meet Kaleb Willis   Wedding Designer, Couture Floral Stylist, and Pinterest Influencer!

Meet Kaleb Willis of Kaleb Norman James Design from Kirkland, Washington, a wedding designer who also specializes in couture floral design. Ever since he was young, Kaleb’s been enchanted by the wedding design process. For college, he attended Flower School New York, one of the most prestigious floral arts schools. Kaleb has a passion for bringing a bride and groom’s vision of their big day to life. When Kaleb’s not working or pinning, he can be found eating delicious Italian food (due to his Italian heritage), shopping for shoes, or planning his next trip. Kaleb’s passion and unique aesthetic around wedding design, travel, elegant homes, food and all-things-beautiful has earned him over 507K Pinterest followers!

When did you start using Pinterest and what inspired you to make an account?

I started using Pinterest around the beginning of 2010, when Pinterest first launched. It was still invitation-only then. I was living in the California desert at the time and lived pretty far from anything. Since I had few friends there and a lot of free time, Pinterest was the perfect way to pass the time. By organizing my inspirations, Pinterest helped me realize that I saw wedding design as more than just for fun, but rather my career path.

Why do you like Pinterest?

I like Pinterest because it helps me organize wedding decor themes and visualize looks for my clients. I used to put together portfolios of inspiration but now I can categorize my ideas, publicly or secretly, on Pinterest. I love searching for specific themes, finding inspirational people to follow, and creating boards around weddings I’m planning. For instance I created a vineyard wedding board which was based off of one of the weddings I was designing. Every board I create has a purpose and I like getting specific theme-wise. (more…)

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Zoe Waldron

June 16, 2014

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 HelloInterview: Meet Lindsay Pasichnyk   Stylish Graphic Designer and Pinterest Influencer!

Meet Lindsay Pasichnyk, also known as ‘Elle Pea’ on Pinterest, a graphic designer from Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, just two hours from Toronto! She’s passionate about design.

“New fonts and upgrades to my Mac operating system get me excited. Hashtag – #GetALife, right? Never!”

She doesn’t have any pets at the moment, but if she could adopt a pet, it would be “this fur baby.” On weekends, you can find Lindsay at her local farmer’s market in the mornings or heading to her sister’s place in the countryside to have campfires.

In the winter she “watches hockey”… which, she shares with us, really means her boyfriend watches the game with his friends while Lindsay and the girls do their nails, bake, or craft. This past winter they got really hooked on arm knitting. Now that Orange Is The New Black Season 2 has released, she’s been glued to her computer since.

Lindsay’s passion for design, home decor, food, photography, and fashion has earned her over 972K Pinterest followers!

When did you start using Pinterest and what inspired you to make an account?

I started using Pinterest in 2012. It was love at first sight! I never really used bookmarks very effectively, so this solved that problem in a jiffy. From its existence, I just gravitated to it and I emailed friends of friends until someone sent me an invite. – That’s right, I hunted that special invite down.

Why do you like Pinterest?

I’ve always been an image-hungry person and I constantly need new creative visuals coming at me. I probably have had more than one night where I forgot to go to sleep at a decent time because of Pinterest. (Sorry boyfriend!)

I love that when I search Pinterest, it just brings up what’s trendy, what’s my style, and what’s very new. ‘New’ as in literally, was just posted that day from my fave blogs, stores, and designers.

You have gained over 972K followers! That’s so amazing! What makes your Pinterest unique? (more…)

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Zoe Waldron

June 9, 2014

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 HelloInterview: Meet Jennifer Davis   New Mom, Freelance Graphic Designer, and Pinterest Influencer!

Meet Jennifer Davis, a new mom of her 19-month-old son Isaac. She lives in Olathe, Kansas with her son, husband, and their two cats. Jennifer was a creative graphic designer at a large apparel company in Kansas City but decided to stick at home when Isaac was born. Now she does freelance graphic design work and runs an Etsy shop where she sells handmade, personalized gifts.

When she’s not pinning or playing with Isaac, Jennifer can be found at a bonfire with friends, enjoying a glass of wine, or watching Netflix marathons with her husband. Jennifer’s love for home decor, family, photography, fashion, and all-things-beautiful has earned her over 2.4 million Pinterest followers!

When did you start using Pinterest and what inspired you to make an account?

I’m pretty sure I was the first of anyone I knew to use Pinterest. I found it very early on and instantly loved it! Being a creative personality, I’ve been a collector of ideas and images my whole life. I used to make boards and three ring binders with inspirational clippings in them, and Pinterest was exactly what I needed to take my inspiration boards and books into the digital age!

Why do you like Pinterest?

I love that just about anything I could ever want or need to find, I can find on Pinterest. Whether I’m looking for a recipe for Strawberry Rhubarb Pie, or things to do with Isaac this summer, or even design inspiration for my latest logo project, it’s all there. I reference my pinboards all the time for recipes, ideas and inspiration.

You have gained over 2.4M followers! That’s so impressive! What makes your Pinterest unique? (more…)

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Zoe Waldron

June 2, 2014

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 HelloInterview: Meet Sarah Johnson   Canadian Blogger, Lover of the Outdoors, and Pinterest Influencer!

Meet Sarah Johnson from Ocean Park, B.C., just south of Vancouver, B.C. She is most proud of her children, Chloe and Nicholas – ages 17 and 12, and lives with her husband Glenn of 25 years and their French bulldog, Pierre. She got her BA in Anthropology from the University of Washington, so she likes to think of herself as an ‘observer of human nature.’

“When I can’t figure something out, I am inspired to take to my blog, Diary of a House Elf, to puzzle out the quirks of human nature.”

When she’s not pinning, she can be found out for a walk, at the local pub with friends, in her garden reading a good book, or watching “salacious” tv with her daughter Chloe. Her family also loves to travel together. Last year they visited New York City, California (Disneyland and Huntington Beach), Paris, and Istanbul.

Plans are always in the works for our next adventure.

Sarah’s love for travel, photography, architecture, cooking, and the outdoors has earned her over 3.5 million Pinterest followers!

When did you start using Pinterest and what inspired you to make an account?

A photographer friend introduced me to Pinterest around 3 years ago, back when you needed an invitation. I waited impatiently for mine to arrive and when it did, I never looked back.

Why do you like Pinterest?

I’m a long-time magazine-ripper & cataloguer – mostly of home décor – so Pinterest just naturally appealed to those tendencies. The social media aspect is also perfect for me as I like to share what I like and see what my friends like, but without the awkward status updates of other social media sites. For me, Pinterest is perfection.

You have gained over 3.5M followers! That’s amazing! What makes your Pinterest unique? (more…)

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Zoe Waldron

May 26, 2014

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 HelloInterview: Meet Jenn Fishkind   Mom trepreneur, Blogger, and Pinterest Influencer!

Jenn Fishkind is a mom of three boys and blogger from Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. She lives with her husband, Adam and their three boys (ages 9, 12, and 15) along with their goldendoodle, Bella. Before starting a family, Jenn was the director of the national headquarters of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) for more than 17 years. She loves spending time with her family and friends. “I am so lucky to have an amazing group of friends here and I am the Youth Advisor for my Temples High School youth group.” She is also obsessed with pilates and spends a lot of time working on her blog, Princess Pinky Girl. Jenn’s passion for fashion, food, DIY, and family has earned her over 3.6M Pinterest followers!

When did you start using Pinterest and what inspired you to make an account?  

I was a very early adaptor of Pinterest. I started using it when you needed an invitation to use it, sometime in 2011. I was planning my oldest son’s bar mitzvah and we were doing a camp theme. I was obsessed with all of the rustic wedding ideas and those inspired a lot of the decor for his party. As soon as I discovered it I was hooked!

Why do you like Pinterest?  

I love that Pinterest inspires the not-so-creatively capable to be creatively successful! The recipes, DIY ideas, fashion tips, gift ideas, decor, etc… are endless. If you are looking for something specific, it’s there. If you aren’t, you can just browse for hours and hours (and hours and hours) and get lost in it!

You have gained over 3.6M followers! That’s so amazing! What makes your Pinterest unique? (more…)

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