Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Virtual Image Catalogs

Recently, I began cataloging a variety of images that inspire me. I've linked to some of my favorite blogging friends' beautiful images (that's you!), and also some great images I've been finding all over the internet.

I began using the blogging format of Tumblr first. I found the site to be somewhat "buggy" and not as user-friendly as I would have liked. But I'll continue to post photos I find to my Tumblr blog anyway. I like their "archive" feature, in that all your photos cascade down the page and you can see them all at once! It's very cool. When you find a great image someone else has posted, you can "reblog" and the image will appear in your posting stream, along with the link back to the original source of the image.


Tumblr archive

I also just got invited to join Pinterest, the virtual pinboard catalog service! I love the way Pinterest lets you create an unlimited amount of "pinboards" so that you can categorize the things you love. It also has a handy button you can place on your bookmark bar in your browser window. That way whenever you come across a great image you'd like to save, you can just "pin it" to your chosen Pinterest pinboard. What a great idea!

Pinterest 1

Pinterest 2

I found that Tumblr lets people post almost any image, including nudity and violence. So if that offends you, stay from it. Pinterest is trying to keep their site free from nudity and vulgar imagery, and encourages people to report offensive images. I like that feature, as I like to be a proper Victorian lady!

When you sign up for Pinterest, it asks to link to either your Facebook or Twitter accounts, which I thought was weird. I've been using both for years, but I didn't want to link to my personal accounts. So I created a new Twitter account just for my Eastlake Victorian persona and linked to that.

There are now Tumblr and Pinterest buttons I placed on my sidebar if you ever want to see what cool images I've been drooling over! If you want to create your own Tumblr or Pinterest accounts, feel free to link to mine, or grab any of my images you may like. Since I've been saving images for awhile now, I may have taken some of your personal images and forgot where I got them. If you see an image I'm using that belongs to you, let me know and I'll either give it a link back to your blog, or remove it entirely if you prefer me not to use it!

If you haven't tried Tumblr or Pinterest, it's something to consider, especially if you would love a way to catalog all the beautiful images you run across while surfing the net!



Anonymous Anonymous said...

What beautiful photos. The very first one is a library & conservatory of (I can't remember)....old age strikes!! LOL!!
Anyway... I have always loved it & wished it was mine!!
Have a Nice Evening!

March 23, 2011 at 3:44 PM  
Blogger Pam of Eastlake Victorian said...

Hi Marilyn-

I'm glad you're back to blogging! Be careful today, with all the snow you got!

That first image on my Tumblr image above is of the Mark Twain House! I agree, it it SO beautiful! Maybe if all us Victorian-loving bloggers pooled our money together, we could buy it as a time-share! Ha! :-)


March 23, 2011 at 4:17 PM  
Blogger The Thrifty Reenactor said...

Pretty cool!!!



March 23, 2011 at 5:11 PM  
Blogger Pam of Eastlake Victorian said...

Hi Kim-

I thought so! I like to keep up with the latest social media stuff so I don't lose touch with the modern era.


March 23, 2011 at 6:32 PM  
Blogger LydiaO said...

Mmmmmm Victorian eye candy! See that bed in the third picture down? Here's the rest of that amazing house.

March 24, 2011 at 6:13 AM  
Blogger Pam of Eastlake Victorian said...

Hi Lydia-

Thank you so much! What a great house! Do you know who lives there? I love to get great ideas from gorgeous houses like these. There's always something I can apply to my little Victorian house! :-)


March 24, 2011 at 9:46 AM  
Blogger LydiaO said...

Hi Pam!
I first saw it here.
Not long ago I was surfing through Victorian homes for sale and recognized some of the pictures. I love the room with the Marsh Creek Kingfisher wallpaper by Carter and Company.

March 24, 2011 at 2:59 PM  
Blogger Pam of Eastlake Victorian said...


Thanks for the update! The Marsh Creek Kingfisher wallpaper is really beautiful. That room is so unusual with all that teal blue everywhere! But it really works as a casual, outdoorsy kind of space.


March 25, 2011 at 10:20 PM  
Blogger The Dusty Victorian said...

Very interesting Pam. I agree, staying up to date with modern technology is so important. Especially for people like us with one foot in the past, but I do love the latest things that make every day life easier. I may struggle with computer stuff at times, but thankfully i have my I.T. daughter and husband at my service.

March 27, 2011 at 7:11 AM  
Blogger Pam of Eastlake Victorian said...

Hi Anyes-

I never would have thought years ago that I would spend the good part of my day at a computer, both at work and in my personal time! It's great that your daughter has technology know-how at such a young age. I wonder what life will be like in the future, when I'm an old lady and technology has completely passed me by? It's strange to think about! :-)


March 27, 2011 at 12:21 PM  
Blogger Richard Cottrell said...

What a great concept. Can't waite to study it more. RC and S at My Old Historic House.

March 27, 2011 at 3:22 PM  
Blogger Pam of Eastlake Victorian said...

Hi Richard and Sissy Dog-

If you're a visual person, and I believe you are, it's a great way to share beautiful images!


March 27, 2011 at 9:05 PM  
Blogger The Sweetbrier Cottage said...

Ahhh, modern technology and what it can do. I'll take a look at the sites, but I am ever so technology-challenged.

BTW, I read your post on your kitchen floors. They are going to look terrific when you are done. If I go beneath my vinyl flooring I hit concrete . Of course, in today's world you're supposed to be able to do all sorts of things to concrete, but it's not my taste. I would love to have hardwood floors throughout my house including the kitchen, but they're quite expensive. I'll keep them on my dream list though and in the meantime enjoy others who have them.

March 30, 2011 at 3:53 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

I've been seeing Pinterest mentioned a lot lately so I'll have to see what it's about. I like the idea of different boards. I will check it out!

March 31, 2011 at 7:14 AM  
Blogger La Petite Gallery said...

Pam, I am like the handicap elderly, I tried the music for a week -got nowhere but frustrated.
I did the same at tumblr also.
At least I don't think cornflakes are puzzel pices, yet.

April 1, 2011 at 12:57 AM  
Blogger Pam of Eastlake Victorian said...

Hi Sweetbrier-

One of the reasons I bought my house years ago was that it had hardwood floors. But they all need work. My parlor floor has been painted blue and has tiles cemented down in some areas. That's going to be hard to remove! I guess every house has its issues. You have decorated yours so beautifully!


April 1, 2011 at 8:00 AM  
Blogger Pam of Eastlake Victorian said...

Hi Pam-

I think you'll like Pinterest! Especially if you like collecting your ideas in a visual way. There's a lot of nice images people already have on there that you can "repin," but the cool part is that you can put something on your boards from any image you find on the internet!


April 1, 2011 at 8:07 AM  
Blogger Pam of Eastlake Victorian said...

Hi Yvonne-

Well, you do OK with Blogger, so that's what matters! :-)


April 1, 2011 at 8:09 AM  

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