Pin Up Girls: Editors undertake adventures in Pinterest

Caitlin Herrington, Herald managing editor (left), and Tessa Duvall, Herald editor-in-chief (right), will explore Pinterest crafts and recipes to provide readers with helpful tips.


There’s a sign that I own, shaped like a speech bubble, with brightly colored text.

It reads: “Domestically Disabled.”

And just as soon as I can find it in my mess of a room, I’m going to hang it up. Maybe. If I remember. I probably won’t.

My name is Tessa, I am 21 years old, I just moved into my first house, and I survive on pre-packaged foods.

It’s not that I’m incapable of cooking or cleaning; it’s that I just don’t wanna. Slowly but surely I’m accepting that I probably won’t survive past the age of 25 on peanut butter, mac-n-cheese and sugary cereal.

My Pinterest account has 1,927 pins on 31 boards. It’s a lot, I know. In an attempt to separate the things I actually like from the things that fail miserably, there are three boards you should know about:  “These things actually work” for things that, well, actually work; “Meh” for things that were mediocre; and “Not impressed” left me as satisfied as McKayla Maroney with a silver medal.


I stayed up until 1 a.m. the other night hanging twine on my wall so I could display pictures and birthday cards with clothespins. I once cut letters out of book pages to make a quote that fit on three connecting canvases. I used modge podge that was homemade to attach them to the boards.

I make icing from scratch. My sewing machine is ready at a moment’s notice. I have two aprons, an army of paint supplies, an excess of glass jars and bottles and a cornucopia of ribbon. And a hand mixer. Because I stress-bake.

If Tessa is classified as “domestically disabled,” I’d say you could most likely call me a “domestic diva.”

My Pinterest isn’t something I visit a lot, but when I need ideas, it’s my No. 1 go-to. If ever it fails me (and let’s be honest, it does) I go straight to my momma.

Together, we — the leading ladies of the College Heights Herald — have dubbed ourselves the “Pin Up Girls.”

In an attempt to eat healthier (for cheaper), dress better (also for cheaper) and have cuter houses (for as cheap as absolutely possible), we’re undertaking some serious Pinterest adventures.

The benefit for you? When we succeed, you get helpful (and hopefully money-saving) ideas. When we fail, you get to laugh at us. It’s a win-win for everyone.

The current line up for this semester includes painted vases, cake pops, laundry detergent, customized coasters, chicken nuggets and a plethora of recipes that involve no more effort than putting things in a crock pot.

For our first issue, we’d like to leave you with a helpful recipe for college cleaning: homemade air freshener! Simply combine 2 cups of warm water, 1/4 cup of liquid fabric softener and 1 tsp. baking soda in a spray bottle and you’re good to go. It’s much cheaper than Febreeze and you can personalize the scent with your favorite fabric softener.    

If you find a Pin you’d like to see us try, email us at [email protected]