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Zoe Waldron

September 15, 2014

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 HelloInterview: Meet Erin Freedman   Outdoor Enthusiast, Graphic Designer, and Pinterest Influencer!

Meet Erin Freedman from the Northern Virginia area, just outside of Washington, D.C. She’s an East Coast girl with a West Coast heart. Erin works as a graphic designer specializing in user experience and web design. She lives with her husband, 14-month-old daughter, and their two cats. She loves being outdoors as much as possible. When she’s not working or on Pinterest, Erin can often be found hiking, mountain biking, running, or doing fun activities with her daughter, who’s at her “Energizer Bunny” stage so each day is a new adventure!

“I’m also deeply, madly in love with skiing and spend 80% of the summer daydreaming about fresh powder and counting down the days until the next ski season.”

Erin’s passion for fashion, graphic design, cooking, travel, outdoor activities, and her love of being a mom has earned her over 643k Pinterest followers!

When did you start using Pinterest and what inspired you to make an account? (more…)

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Zoe Waldron

September 8, 2014

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 HelloInterview: Meet Erin Dollar   Founder of Cotton & Flax and Pinterest Influencer!Meet HelloSociety Pinterest influencer Erin Dollar from Los Angeles! She’s the founder, designer, and printmaker of Cotton & Flax, a collection of handmade, limited-edition textile goods. She designs, prints and sews all of her patterned home goods at her home studio in Pasadena. Erin lives with her boyfriend Zac and their calico cat Frida.

“[Frida] seems to be more popular than I am on Instagram – check out her hashtag, #fridapancakelongbody.”

When Erin’s not pinning or working for Cotton & Flax, she can be found swimming laps, watching the diving team by the pool near her home, or catching up with friends over some cold-brew coffee at Intelligentsia or Copa Vida in Pasadena. Erin’s passion for design, printing, DIY, art and textiles has earned her over 651k Pinterest followers!

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

I signed up for Pinterest in May of 2010 – so early, it must have just left beta! I joined as part of the Pin-It-Forward campaign that Sfgirlbybay created to help introduce Pinterest to bloggers and creatives, and I was instantly hooked.

Why do you like Pinterest?

Being able to categorize inspiration in a visual way was a huge help for me creatively and professionally. Pinterest has been an incredible tool to help me gain a laser-like focus on my own interests and aesthetic preferences, which helps me tremendously in my work as a textile designer. (more…)

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Zoe Waldron

September 1, 2014

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 HelloInterview: Meet Michelle Ayala   Teacher, Avid Baker, and Pinterest Influencer!

Meet HelloSociety Pinterest influencer Michelle Ayala from Harlingen, Texas. Up until this year, Michelle was a pre-k and kindergarten teacher but for the first time after 9 years she won’t be in a classroom. She’ll be working with teachers on campus, managing an office and resource room.

Michelle has a teaching blog, Mrs. Ayala’s Kinder Fun, and she enjoys creating DIY classroom resources.

“My new adventure recently is on Teachers Pay Teachers where I have uploaded a few downloads for just a $1!”

In her free time, Michelle loves blogging, baking cupcakes, and scrapbooking. She has three adventurous boys, Nathan, Matthew, and Myles, and has been married to her husband for 10 years this month! They also have a Boxer named Dez. Michelle’s love for teaching, blogging, DIYs, the holidays, and baking has earned her over 679k Pinterest followers!

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

I started using Pinterest as a collaboration tool. My philosophy has always been collaboration and I think that collaborators in education is key to getting all of our students to the finish line. After I discovered Pinterest and its capabilities I was on cloud nine! Pinterest is the ultimate collaboration tool for educators all over the world.

Why do you like Pinterest?

It’s such an amazing tool for new teachers, without Pinterest it would have been a tad bit more difficult to teach concepts such as: inference, multiplication, and energy. Pinterest literally takes the four walls down in my classroom and opens up a world of creatively, collaboration, and strategies that helped me reach all students in my classroom. (more…)

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Zoe Waldron

August 25, 2014

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 HelloInterview: Meet Maureen Jordan   Passionate About Acting, Reading Books, and Pinterest!

Meet Maureen Jordan from Gresham, Oregon. She lives with her husband, two kids, and two cats. When she’s not on Pinterest, she can be found reading – one of her main passions. Maureen also enjoys taking pictures and exploring Gresham finding new places to photograph!

Maureen’s passion for photography, fashion, architecture, animals, and cooking has earned her over 4.3 million Pinterest followers!

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

I started using Pinterest in early 2012. At first, I didn’t see why I would even need an account, and thought I’d just browse instead. Within a few days, I could see that creating that account would then mean you would have a place to keep all of your recipes, craft ideas, etc… so you could refer back to them later and requested an invitation to join Pinterest. I’ve been hooked ever since.

Why do you like Pinterest?

Oh my gosh! What’s not to like? There’s something about just mindlessly pinning that is actually rather relaxing and enjoyable – not to mention addicting.

You have gained over 4.3 million Pinterest followers! That is amazing! What makes your Pinterest unique?

I try to clean up extra or unrelated wording on pins I repin, or all caps – which just make it look like you’re shouting at people. I do try to pick nice vertical pins so my boards look nice. My boards are always organized alphabetically – I have to have them that way. Slight OCD issues maybe? Haha.

Also, I go through my boards almost daily and take a row and change the cover photos and then I’ll go try to find a few pins for each of the boards in that row so no board gets left behind.

Are you from Gresham, Oregon originally? What do you like about it there? (more…)

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Zoe Waldron

August 18, 2014

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 HelloInterview: Meet Mercedes Valgañón   Barcelonian Graphic Designer, Illustrator, and Pinterest Influencer!

Meet Mercedes Valgañón, also known as ‘Hey Mercedes’ on Pinterest, a graphic designer and illustrator living in Barcelona. She was born in Zaragoza, Spain in the 80s and she loves panda bears, Harry Potter, and Bad Religion.

When Mercedes isn’t working or on Pinterest, she can be found traveling, drawing, or searching for new places with her friends. Mercedes’ love for design, music, style, travel, and animals has earned her over 2.9 million Pinterest followers!

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

I started using Pinterest three years ago. I created my account for professional reasons – Pinterest was a perfect way to keep my design influences together. But immediately I get hooked with this social network that is full of beautiful images.

Why do you like Pinterest?

Pinterest is a continuous trend showcase. It’s the most inspiring platform where you can only find positives images. Using Pinterest you can learn, travel, dream… without leaving your home! (more…)

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Zoe Waldron

August 11, 2014

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 HelloInterview: Meet Sarah Scussel   Graphic Designer, Blogger, and Pinterest Influencer!Meet Sarah Scussel, a talented graphic designer and blogger with Design Me Daily. Design Me Daily is a blog devoted to sharing inspiration in life and in design. Sarah is originally from Chicago and now lives happily with her husband in San Francisco, California!

“Last year my husband and I packed up our SUV with our two cats and everything we owned and drove across the country to San Francisco. We are both super inspired by nature and love being outdoors, so it was an easy decision for us.”

When Sarah’s not working or on Pinterest, she can be found exploring the city and all of the amazing places surrounding the Bay Area.

“My hubby and I love to hike and shop and check out local restaurants every chance we get.”

Sarah’s passion for graphic design, travel, blogging, fashion, and photography has earned her over 1.1 million Pinterest followers!

What can you typically be found doing when you’re not working or on Pinterest?

When I’m not working or on Pinterest? Is there such a thing? Just kidding, I really love exploring the city and all of the amazing places surrounding the Bay Area. My hubby and I love to hike and shop and check out local restaurants every chance we get.

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

I was invited to Pinterest back in 2010 and I’ve never looked back! At first, it was just really exciting to be invited to this exclusive club. Then, once I started to use it, Pinterest became second-nature to me. It was where I stored all of my inspiration — work, blog, style, food, everything! I honestly would have a hard time living without it.

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Zoe Waldron

August 4, 2014

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 HelloInterview: Meet Andrew Borloz   Freelance Designer, Art Instructor, and Pinterest Influencer!Meet Andrew Borloz, a freelance designer, artist, and art instructor from a small town within the metropolitan NY/NJ area. He got his bachelor’s degree in industrial design from University of Bridgeport in Connecticut and his master’s degree in computer science from Montclair State College (now Montclair State University).

Andrew is hearing impaired, but he’s never let that affect his outlook on life. He has designed for various companies ranging from the National Park Service and NASA to Sony, toy manufacturers and stencil companies. He also enjoys teaching mixed media, bookbinding, stenciling, and nature printing at workshops, art retreats, shops, and people’s homes.

“I just recently visited one of my nephews’ families – my grandniece and I had a great time creating art together. I bound all of her artwork into one book, and it’s now one of her most cherished treasures.”

When he’s not working or pinning, Andrew can be found in a library or bookstore, in a local or state park, or doing art journaling, experimental printing, drawing, writing, taking photos in NYC, or digitally processing his photos. Andrew’s passion for art, travel, design, books and teaching has earned him over 234k Pinterest followers!

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

I started back in 2010 or 2011 after I saw a good number of my artist friends and collage enthusiasts had mentioned Pinterest on Facebook.

Why do you like Pinterest?

I like Pinterest because I get to see what others pin onto their boards. Plus, I find that it’s one of the quickest ways to find unique places to visit and to see where others have been. It’s so much easier and more effective than having to surf through so many websites to find good information or photos. (more…)

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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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