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Date: 6/15/12 1:35 PM

I created a new board on Pinterest named "Things I've found on Pinterest and actually made!" and I managed to annoy at least one friend. It wasn't my intention to brag exactly, but of course I'm proud of what I've done.

Anyway, as a creative person, do you sometimes wish bragging was more socially acceptable? Do I delete my new (and frankly my favorite!) pin board?

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Date: 6/15/12 1:44 PM

I don't see anything wrong with showing off things you have made whether on a pinterest board or anywhere else. If your friend is offended with this then she shouldn't look at that board :)

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Date: 6/15/12 1:50 PM

Before the pin board, there is Pattern Review and our personal sewing blogs. We'd all be guilty of bragging.

She could just be hypersensitive to your ability to sew, or to enjoy sewing if she doesn't.

I've been guilty myself of downgrading how much I sew or if I've been sewing to some of my family members just to avoid their anger at me.

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Date: 6/15/12 2:17 PM

It sounds to me like it is HER issue not yours. Be proud of your accomplishments!

My current favorite saying is: "I am not responsible for another persons emotional response to my reality -- Nor are they responsible for MY emotional response to their reality"

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Date: 6/15/12 2:21 PM

Quote: seemarysew
I created a new board on Pinterest named "Things I've found on Pinterest and actually made!" and I managed to annoy at least one friend. It wasn't my intention to brag exactly, but of course I'm proud of what I've done.

If she could make what you make, she would probably brag too...

Can you post a link so I can follow you? I love following pinboards for people who actually sew but they can be hard to get to.

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Date: 6/15/12 2:49 PM

to me there is a difference of being naturally proud of your accomplishments, and how you share that with other people. There are places like PR where I think it is encouraged and seen as the norm, and other places where it might come across as maybe a bit too interested (e.g. for me, a social gathering where someone 'boasts" without invitation).

I'm a fairly modest person on the whole (my team leader at my last appraisal was a bit frustrated with my lack of self promotion) but am certainly in the camp of telling all (remotely!) interested friends and family of my sewing achievements.

I guess the difference for me is if the environment/person issues an invitation to "share" then there is nothing wrong. I havent been on pinterest, but surely the whole point of the site is to share what is of interest/importance to you? how can a true friend then get annoyed if you go and do that?

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Date: 6/15/12 3:15 PM

Don't delete your favorite pinboard. It's alright to share your accomplishments. If someone you know is annoyed by your accomplishments, maybe they are having some personal issues about their own accomplishments and abilities. It's no reflection on you.

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Date: 6/15/12 4:11 PM

Let's get a hold of the idea of what bragging is about. Did you stand up in the middle of PTA or church to tell everyone what you've done and that you thought it was so fantastic that you were amazingly talented?

I'd say you are sharing, not bragging.

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Can I just add, that in general, it's like everything has changed and nothing has changed. Have we ever heard a guy apologize for throwing a strike, hitting a home run, tweaking a muscle car?


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Date: 6/15/12 4:39 PM

No way. Don't delete the board. Post a link here so *I* can follow you! I'll be glad to be an interested audience for all bragging and shameless self-promotion.

I'd start a pinboard for all the pinterest projects I've finished, but it would be woefully empty!

ETA: I've just added your blog to my Google Reader list. It looks great.
-- Edited on 6/15/12 4:42 PM --

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Date: 6/15/12 5:24 PM

Quote: seemarysew
I created a new board on Pinterest named "Things I've found on Pinterest and actually made!"

What a great idea!! I'm guilty of finding gads of stuff I'd like to make... and never actually doing it. Good for you!

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