Featured Guest Pinners: Cake Decorator Joshua & Knitter Veena

Posted by on Mar 11, 2013 in Cake Decorating, Knitting | Comments


Don’t miss out on the fun as both Joshua John Russell and Veena Burry collaborate with us over on Craftsy’s Pinterest account. As a cake designer and Craftsy Instructor of Modern Piping among other classes, Joshua pins beautiful cakes and fashion inspiration when he’s not busy focusing his creative energy on making modern wedding cakes that look as good as they taste. With more than 3,000 followers tuned in each week, knitter, crocheter and designer Veena of KnittingGuru pins natural fibers, knitted and crocheted lace, and more! So learn all about their pinning inspiration and popular boards, and then follow along with Joshua’s Craftsy collaborator board as well as Veena’s Craftsy collaborator board.

What first brought you to Pinterest and when?

I have only been on Pinterest for a couple months.  It was pressure from my friends!!…mostly my sister, who kept getting really good recipes.  I can’t resist a good recipe!

We love your Just Silly board. Can you share with us a little bit about why you started it?

Well I wanted to have a board for my cakes, so I started My Cakes and Sugar Art board.  But then sometimes I am asked to create cakes that are less serious.  Just Silly is for the less serious cakes…..you know…like a giant cordog cake:)

Do pins from your Fashion Inspirations board ever inspire your cakes?

Absolutely!  I have a blog called The Fashion Caker where show how I turn my fashion inspirations into sugar art.

Which of your boards is the most popular- did you expect that?

My Cakes and Sugar Art board is the most popular.  I think because that is what most people know me for….cake!

What excites you about pinning with Craftsy this week?

I am excited to share the things I love with the Craftsy community!  It’s fun to find articles, recipes, and pictures to share that might inspire the Craftsy Pinterest community to start a new project!!

Pinner Veena Burry aka The Knitting Guru

When did you first join Pinterest and what made you want to jump onboard?

I joined Pinterest about 1 ½ years ago and I really love it. I first heard about it from someone in a group I belong to at Etsy. I didn’t really want to jump on it because I already was on Facebook and Twitter and I wondered if Pinterest would do anything for me but take up time. As soon as I saw it though, I knew it would be something I would enjoy. I’m a very visual person so the beauty of the site appealed to me. I’m also a verbal type (and former English teacher) who has always found the word limitations on Facebook and especially on Twitter to be frustrating. At Pinterest, however, the whole thrust is pictorial so there’s no cap on the number of characters you can use. Of course the whole point of Pinterest is that a picture is worth a thousand words, so there’s no temptation to get too verbose! It’s a “show, don’t tell” kind of place.

Have you ever given anyone anything from your Great DIY Gift Ideas board?

Yes, I have given people things I’ve posted on the Great DIY Gift Ideas board. I gave the Heart Lace Scarf, Delicate Lace Scarf, Green Pea Pod Baby Cocoon and 3 Crocheted Baskets as gifts. These are all patterns I have at Craftsy and they’re all very fast to make. Simplicity and speed seem to be the guidelines of the Great DIY Gift Ideas group board and I go along with that when it comes to most gifts.

How much time do find yourself spending on Pinterest?

I think I’m probably typical in that I spend more time than I should at Pinterest. There’s something so absorbing about clicking on all those pictures and being taken to great websites and blogs. A person could waste a lot of time that way. Fortunately, the images you see on your Pinterest home page are of things that you’ve expressed a real interest in, so the time seems generally productive to me. I’m constantly finding beautiful designs, tutorials and stitches, wonderful artwork, photography, and pictures of nature that inspire me. On a more pragmatic level, I’ve found some great recipes that have kept my family happy and good suggestions for organizing and cleaning. There are also interesting business ideas, technology tips and photography tutorials that help with my business. Pinterest is a really useful site so the time spent there is time well spent. I do try not to exceed an hour a day though.

Which of your boards is the most popular- did you expect that?

My Knitting/Crochet Stitches board is my biggest with 2850 followers as of this writing. It doesn’t surprise me because I’m constantly adding to it as I see new techniques and stitches, or good tutorials that I think would be helpful to other fiber fanatics. My second biggest board is the Patterns board where I show my own patterns. I have 1763 followers there right now. That doesn’t surprise me but it does delight me. I have many years of experience as an educator in the New York City Public Schools where you can only survive if you learn to be crystal clear and concise. This has helped me to write patterns that have wide appeal and are very easy for people to use. When I post things on the Knitting/Crochet Stitches board, I’m looking for the same things I aim for in my own patterns – simplicity of expression, clarity, and great design. I’m really happy to be able to share those boards with like-minded people.

We love your Fiber Art Jewelry board. Where do you discover your pins?

For the Fiber Art Jewelry board I discover my pins in my own Etsy shop! I have another board called Jewelry Inspiration where I feature other people’s work both in fiber and in fine metals and stones. The creations I show on the Fiber Art Jewelry board are all my original designs. Some of the jewelry is quite spontaneous in pattern and seems to arise out of my threads and beads. Other pieces are inspired by visual images of the natural world or the urban environment in which I live. Pinterest pictures often lead to the development of new pieces. For example, I might see an unusual flowering vine in a photo and it might become the inspiration for an elaborate crocheted lariat necklace. I definitely find Pinterest to be a fertile ground for the imagination.

What excites you about pinning with Craftsy this week?

When I heard that Craftsy was inviting people to be Pinners of the Week I was so excited. As you know, I love Craftsy and find it to be a great community of crafters. It’s my favorite place online to show my knitting and crochet patterns and to learn about new developments in crafts. I’m also a bit of a Pinterest addict though I try to stay sane and not devote my life to pinning. When Craftsy proposed that I spend a week pinning for them I was thrilled! I can’t wait for that week to come so I can share the great ideas I find on Pinterest with the creative people on Craftsy. I hope the Craftsy members will like, repin and comment on my pins so that we can have some good dialog and show the Pinterest world what a great group of people we are at Craftsy.

Stay tuned for our featured pinners on Monday of next week. And in case you missed it, learn more about our guest pinners from last week.

Comments

  1. Jessica says:

    I would really like to know the pattern to that lacey scarf. How can I get that?

  2. Bev Moon says:

    I love that green scarf–the one that buttons in the front and has leaves and then a group of leaves on each end. Where can I find/buy this pattern?

  3. Hello there.

    However my main handcrafts are cold porcelain, I do love kniting, mainling scarfs. I would love to get the pater or the olive ( or mustache color ones) who has got some leaves and cross themselves. Please they are just great!!!!!!!!!! CONGRATULATION!!!!!!!

  4. Michele says:

    Allo aimerais avoir le patron du foullard vert olive merci

  5. Donna says:

    Is there a pattern or link for the brown skirt in the picture above. I would love to make that.
    Thanks again.