Melissa Ann Makes. . . a craft blog
Welcome to my new craft blog, Melissa Ann Makes!
After over a year of internet silence, I have finally become motivated to blog again.
I began my blogging adventure in 2006, when I first learned to crochet. I found myself sucked into the world of craft blogs and just had to start one of my own.
Blogging back in 2006 was so much simpler. People really didn’t care much about the look of your blog; it was all about the content. There was no Pinterest. No Instagram. It was much more organic. Oh! How times have changed! And that is one of the reasons why I pulled away from blogging. It became more of a chore than a passion.
I tried blogging again in early 2017 but it quickly became a burden again after I lost my beloved cat of 13 years, and the inspiration for my craft blog, in March, and then a few months later I lost my job of 13 years. It was a really rough time and the last thing I wanted to think about was crafting or blogging.
So, fast forward to July 2018. After an entire year of searching, stressing, and praying, I now have a new fulltime job. And although I still miss my little furbaby, I am feeling much more motivated to get back to crafting. But, I needed a clean break.
Melissa Ann Makes is a blog about, well, everything I, Melissa Ann, make.
I primarily make items by crocheting, hand sewing, and cross stitching, but I do dabble in other crafty ventures as the inspiration moves me. I also try to DIY as many projects as I can, but know I am no Bob Vila.
Where do I get my inspiration? Besides the obvious craft blogs and Pinterest answer, I find inspiration in a variety of ways: library books, vintage magazines, and photographs, but most often, I find it in pop culture. Music, movies, and TV inspire me every day, especially retro pop culture. I am a child of the ’80s, so I am greatly inspired by the sights and sounds of the ’70s and ’80s.
So there it is. A little glimpse at me and my blog. I hope you enjoy the crafty ride!