Human dream catcher Brit Morin is attempting to move beyond a website full of stolen Pinterest ideas into the realm of publishing. In fact, Ms. Morin is shopping a book called HOMEMAKERS: A Modern Guide to Creative Living in the Digital Age, and a tipster sent Betabeat the proposal, embedded below.
Before diving into the chapters, which are illustrated by a blueprint of a house, Ms. Morin sets the tone by defining what it means to be a homemaker:
So what is a homemaker today? First of all, it’s a person who lives at home and is innately a “maker” or creative type, whether they know it or not.
Ms. Morin argues that modern generations haven’t been taught to make things with their own hands, an argument that conveniently ignores the majority of blue collar professions in which people’s hands are their livelihood. Once, homemaking meant fashioning staples made scarce by the Great Depression or making wartime rations stretch as long as possible; now it means cutting up a bunch of pieces of paper and gluing them together in the name of dining table decoration. God bless America.
But Ms. Morin is just trying to spread creativity. On a page called “Brit’s Foray Into Making: A Manifesto,” Ms. Morin writes:
Brit & Co. exists to help today’s adults rediscover their inner child. The one who used to love to draw, to build, and to play. I believe that every human being is an artist and every moment of our lives is a canvas. Consider this book a guide for you to discover new ways to make each of those moments more simple, fun and creative. Online and off. What new pictures will you paint today?
If only everyone had the time and money necessary to turn life into a blow-out Michael’s sale.
The proposal sets the book up as a walk through of a home, with each room of the house–dining, kitchen, living room, etc.–receiving its own chapter. The kitchen chapter contains recipes and a list of kitchen gadgets; the dining room suggests DIY decor projects (candles made from Dixie cups and melted Crayola crayons, for instance).
It’s basically a rehash of the type of stuff you see on Brit + Co. every day: it’s well-designed and with lots of poppy colors, but stare too long at all the “hacks” and you start to realize most of them just require putting tape on shit or tearing up old clothes.
The proposal is every bit as bubblegum nausea as you’d imagine. (“If there’s anything I love, it’s rainbows,” gushes Ms. Morin on a page called “Cake Hacks.”) It is Pinterest on crack, a childlike technicolor dive into the mind of the Valley’s favorite glue gun desperado.
We’ll see whether any publishers bite.