Crafty Interview: Anna of Directions Not Included

I know I said earlier I was taking a break this week, but I feel so lucky to not only have gotten amazing feedback from everyone, but also because the AMAZING Anna of Directions Not Included actually got the crafty interview done and created an awesome tutorial for us... so today I'm sharing Anna's crafty interview and check back tomorrow for her awesome tutorial! And you must check out Anna's blog in the mean time because it's awesome - she just got the cutest blog makeover you've ever seen too!

When and how did you start being crafty?
To be honest, I think I have always been crafty. I was surrounded by it since I was a child on both sides of my family so it came out pretty early. I put my craftiness on the back burner for many years while I was building my corporate career but I found that side of me again as a way to center myself. It is something I missed tremendously and really makes me happy.

When did you start blogging about your craftiness and why?
I started blogging in December 2011 just after we purchased our first home. I never intended to start showing my crafts on the blog, it sort of just happened and I’m loving every moment of it. Our house is a major fixer-upper of the really ugly kind so crafting helps keep me sane during the renovation.

What's your favorite project (of everything you've made)?
That is a tough one. I really love my paper decorated tile coasters. They are simple but so easy that you can really make them for any occasion. All you need is cheap tiles, cute paper and some Mod Podge and you can have as much fun as you want.

What's your favorite crafty material or medium?
Paint and paper are tied for my favorite. You can do so much with either of them.

What's the biggest challenge you face(d) in blogging?
Time, time, time. Working a full time job, being in graduate school and juggling a blog can be a lot of work. Mel, I bet you can relate to that. ;)

When you don't feel particularly crafty, what do you do to find inspiration?
I check out Pinterest and my bloggy friends. It is amazing how much talent is out there and seeing what others are making gets me motivated again. 

How do you organize your craft supplies?
I’m quite lucky that our new house has the space for a fantastic craft room for me. I’ve spent a lot of time fine tuning it over the last few months. It makes me smile and more productive too!

How do you organize (remember, find) tutorials and posts online that you like?
Since I was introduced to Pinterest this summer that is all I use. I am so addicted.

What's your best tip for new bloggers?
Don’t get discouraged and try not to focus on the numbers. I haven’t been doing this for very long but I know how hard it is to see all the big blogs with thousands of followers and feel like no one is reading yours. If you touch at least one person with your post by motivating them, making them laugh or smile, that is all the really matters. Do it for yourself and it will be worth it in the end.

What are some things you're loving right now (crafty or not)?
The amazing sunny weather in South Florida this time of year and the fact that I only have a few more weeks until I am done with my MBA!

What question do you wish I asked (and please answer it)?!
Who are those adorable little creatures that are always making cameo appearances in your posts?

Oh Mel, I’m so happy you asked about my crazy crew! I have five rescued pets – three dogs and two cats – and a husband too…can’t leave him out ;) 

[Looks like it's a good thing that Anna can basically interview herself because I'm a little out of it this week! I love it, Anna!}

Remember to check out Anna's tutorial here tomorrow and check out her super-cute blog - Directions Not Included - while you wait! Thank you again for sharing with us here, Anna!

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