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New Blog Design!

Revolutionaries Blog Logo
What do you think about my new blog logo!? I'm still working on the overall design and changing things up, but I am soo excited about how everything looks so far!

So now you're probably wondering, who did this fabulous, hand-drawn beauty?

Mandy Ford from This Girl's Life!



 Isn't she incredibly talented?

She is also wonderfully patient as I messaged her back and forth (and back and forth) about the design and colors and everything else you can think of.

The whimsical feel is exactly what I was going for and I think it matches my personality (and the blog's personality) so well!

What do you think?

Is there anything else you would like to see on the site to make it easier to navigate?

I want to hear from you!



The Writing Process Blog Tour

 Today I'm doing something a bit different! My friend Becky over at Glue and Glitter asked me to participate in The Writing Process Blog Tour. Basically, we talk about our writing process and then we invite a few other friends to join in on the fun! It's a fantastic way to meet new people and just "pick their brain" to see how they write and create.

The Writing Process Blog Tour
Photo Credit: Bonnie Heath Photography

You guys have met Becky before, remember? She gave away a free copy of her book 40 Days of Green Smoothies! She's also currently working on a new vegan cookbook called BOWLS! The pictures she has shared so far look sooo delicious! I'm so jealous of her cooking abilities.. because I have absolutely none. In addition to all of that awesomeness, Becky is a contributing writer at Chic Vegan, Crafting a Green World, Eat Drink Better, Care2, Inhabitots, Feelgood Style, and Dollar Store Crafts. How does she do all of that while being a Mommy to the oh-so-adorable Darol Henry? I. don't. know. 

You can also find Becky on Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook!


Thank you to Becky for inviting me to take part and answer the questions below! If you're not interested in my writing process (because hey, it's not that impressive), just skip down to where I introduce Elisabeth and Cher! On to the questions!

The Writing Process Blog Tour

What am I working on/writing?

I'm not working on a book or anything along those lines quite yet. It's something I hope to accomplish one day, but I'm not sure what I would write an entire book about specifically. After 3 years, this month is my last month contributing at Crafting a Green World and Feelgood Style. While it makes me sad to leave such awesome sites, I'm excited to put more effort into my writing here and focus on music ministry with Crystal Padilla Music. (And I'm working more at Hodge Podge / Markets of Monroe, which I totally love!)

How does my work/writing differ from others of its genre?

I'm on a very tight budget (like a Ramen Noodle kind of budget), so everything I do is at little to no cost. I repurpose a lot of items, and I rarely buy new. I'm not bashing anyone, but I get discouraged when bloggers say they redid their bedroom "on a budget" of $1,000. That's not what I can afford and I don't think that's what "average" people can afford either. I want to encourage others who are on a tight budget that they can have the home and furniture that they want, but for a fraction of the cost!

 

Why do I write what I do?

Like I said in the previous question, I want to inspire and encourage my readers that they can decorate their home with pieces that are beautiful without going broke. In general, though, I simply love to write and connect with others! Blogging creates such an awesome sense of community and has opened up a whole new world for me. I love having blogging friends that encourage my creativity and I also have several blogging friends that draw me closer to Christ.

This brings me to part 2 of this question -- I also write about my faith and what God has done in my life in hopes that my readers will come to have a relationship with Him, too. I considered simply letting this be my craft and furniture blog and blogging elsewhere about my faith, but that never made sense to me. My blog is about my whole self, why would I want to segment my blog into my different selves? (I hope that makes sense... because it makes sense in my head)
The Writing Process Blog Tour

How does my writing process work?

Like I've shared in the post Blogging Tips: 5 Reasons You Should Have a Journal, I almost always carry a journal with me. Whenever I get an idea for a project or post, I write it down in my journal. Later, I'll revisit my journal and then work through the ideas that are inspiring me the most at that moment. Then, I just jump right into the project and hope it works out how I envision. Some posts take more time than others, and sometimes I'll "marinate" on an idea of a project before I attempt to do it. After that, I photograph the process, edit photos, and then write about it! 99.9% of the time, I write posts on my comfy couch in my living room, with my pup by my side and the TV on for background noise.

Now that I've rambled about me, let me introduce my friends!

+ Elisabeth +

The Writing Process Blog Tour

Hello! My name is Elisabeth, but since Kindergarten I've been known affectionately as "Libby." By profession I am a middle school teacher, but here in the blog world, I get to share my other passions.

Back in June of 2010 I became the official name behind Artistic Expressions by Elisabeth. I chose that name because I think it suits who I am as a person. I love so many different creative outlets that I can't choose just one. My expressions may come in the form of crochet, photography, cooking, crafting, sewing, and knitting. Let's also throw in there that I change my hairstyles quite frequently - another expression!

One thing I love about this thing called the internet, is that I can be free to express my creative interests and to communicate with other like-minded people of all ages. And that I think is pretty cool!

 

You can also find Elisabeth on Facebook, Pinterest, and Google+!



+ Cher +

The Writing Process Blog Tour

Cher at Designs by Studio C started woodworking in 2007 as a natural progression from being a crafter all her life! She sews, knits, crochets, and makes nearly everything under the sun. In 2008, she decided to go back to school to earn a degree in Drafting. Creating plans to build furniture is what she does at Designs by Studio C and she has also been known to repurpose items into completely new pieces of furniture! In addition to providing DIY advice, how-to information, and furniture plans on her site, she is currently designing and building furniture for a plywood manufacturer, and the plans are featured on a major home improvement store’s website. She has had work featured at My Repurposed Life, Bob Vila Nation, Décor Hacks, Apartment Therapy, and is the former draftsman for The Design Confidential. She can always be found building or making something that usually involves a mess!

You can find Cher on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest!

 

Thanks for joining us today, friends!



Blogging Tips: 5 Reasons You Should Have a Journal or Planner

Blogging Tips: 5 Reasons You Should Have a Journal or Planner

I always like to preface "blogging tips" posts with this: I am not a blogging professional, nor do I claim to be. For example, I didn't post for the last week and a half because I was sick and life got crazy. I just like sharing my personal blogging tips and what works for me. I'm constantly learning, and I think it's awesome to share what I've learned with others! A few weeks ago I shared my super simple photography backdrop, so if you haven't seen it, be sure to check it out too!

One of the most common questions people ask me is, "How do you come up with all of those ideas?" I write 2 posts per week for Crafting a Green World and 1 post per week for Feel Good Style. With 1-2 posts on here, that adds up to 5 posts per week. That's a lot. The answer? I keep a journal with me at all times. Yes, pen and paper. It's so old school, I know.

Here are 5 reasons why I have a journal/planner and why I think you should have one, too:

1. A place for ideas

This might seem like an obvious reason, but it is incredible to me how many ideas I can forget about if I don't write them down. When my brain is fried and I need ideas for posts, I go to my journal and look at my lists. Often times I find ideas that I've forgotten about completely. I have a page in my journal designated to post ideas for each site I write for. As soon as I think of an idea or feel inspired by something, I write it down.

Blogging Tips: 5 Reasons You Should Have a Journal or Planner

2. Reminds you where you've been

I've shared this photo on Facebook/Instagram/Twitter before, but I had to share it again. Why don't I just store my ideas and schedule in my iPhone? Because eventually I'd have to delete the millions of notes I would create over the years. I can literally pick up my burgundy journal from 2011 and turn to the page where I was deciding on a blog name and logo (and see the glorious check mark next to it). It reminds me where I've been and how far I've come -- keeping me thankful and humble for what God has blessed me with through this blog.

3. Keeps you focused on where you're going

 In the same way a journal reminds me where I've been, it also reminds me where I'm going. I make goals every so often for myself and for this blog -- whether it's social media goals, page view goals, etc. It's awesome for me to track goals and then physically see my goals turn into accomplishments (which goes back to point number 2). Keeping a journal also helps me stay focused on what I want my blog content to be and to make sure every post I do supports that.

Blogging Tips: 5 Reasons You Should Have a Journal or Planner

 4. Gets you organized

It's been a while since I've been as organized as the picture above, but in a perfect world, this would be a normal thing for me. I love planning out posts weeks and even months at a time. It helps me build themes and helps me plan for holiday crafts, too. I'm the type of person that realizes on February 13th that I should have posted Valentine's Day projects... sad, I know. Even if you don't want to plan out months at a time, it's great to make a weekly goal list for posts. It will help motivate you and keep you accountable.

5. Helps you balance work and home

If you're anything like me, time management is key. I work at an antique store 2 days a week, and travel quite a bit with Crystal Padilla Music and Tim Johnson Band, so I have 2-3 days per week to get all of my freelancing work done and keep up with my craft booth. That might seem like a lot of time, but I've realized it's not. I have to manage my time well or my work won't get done. I'm also ashamed to say that sometimes I have to pencil in time for friends. For you blogger moms out there, I don't know how you do it. I cannot even grasp how you make time for your children, husband, work, social life, and blog. You have tons of respect from me! What I do know, though, is that by writing down everything I need to accomplish, it helps me organize and prioritize my time, therefore helping me balance work and home (social) life.

So, with all of that said, can I introduce my favorite journal/planner to you?


Blogging Tips: 5 Reasons You Should Have a Journal or Planner
Not only is it totally adorable with sheet music and a bird on the front, but it really is the best planner ever. You write in the month and day so it doesn't start/stop with a specific date or year. As you can see in the picture below, it has a section for each day, but it also has a middle part for my overall to do list. I like to put everything I need to do in the middle part and then divide it into days so I manage my time as best as I can.

Blogging Tips: 5 Reasons You Should Have a Journal or Planner


In the back of the journal, it also has a section of lined paper where I make lists and have post ideas.

The bad news? I found it in the clearance section at TJMaxx, so I have no idea where I can tell you to find one, and where I can find one once this one is finished. It does say "Molly and Rex" on the back page, but I didn't find their planners when I googled them, just their stationary. If I find it in the future, I'll update this post! Luckily, I found 1 more journal in the store so I'll at least have it for a little while.

So, what about you? Do you have a journal or planner? Do you have a favorite journal or planner? I want to hear all about it so leave your thoughts in the comment section below!

Linking up to these awesome parties:

Monday-- Monday Funday at C.R.A.F.T; Manic Monday at Serendipity and Spice; What's In the Gunny Sack Link Party at The Gunny Sack; Weekend Warrior Mondays at Ask Anna; Motivate Me Monday at Keeping it Simple; Tuesday--  Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm; Be Inspired at Elizabeth & Co.; Show Me What Ya Got at Not Just a Housewife; Trash to Treasure Tuesday at Kammy's Korner; Wednesday-- Show Off Your Stuff Party at Fireflies and JellybeansUnder $100 Linky Party at Beyond the Picket Fence; Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style; Thursday-- Thriving on Thursdays at Domesblissity; Catch a Glimpse Thursday at a Glimpse Inside; Hookin' Up With House of Hepworths; Transformation Thursday at Shabby Creek Cottage; Everything But The Kitchen Sink at A Little Knick Knack; Friday-- Financial Friday Link-Up at The Grant Life; Feature Friday at Blissful and Domestic; A Pinteresting Link Party at Tutus and Tea Parties; Tickled Pink at 504 MainFriday Frolic at Pocket Full of Pink; Weekend Wrap Up Party at Tatertots and JelloWeekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now; Frugal Friday at the Shabby Nest; Functional Friday at The Not So Functional Housewife; Inspire Me Please at Liz Marie; Furniture Feature Friday at Miss Mustard Seed Saturday-- Spotlight Saturday at Classy Clutter; Head to Head Showdown Saturday at I Can't Stop Crafting; Funky Junk's Saturday Night Special; Get Schooled Saturday at Too Much Time on My Hands; Sunday-- Sundae Scoop on I Heart Nap Time; Sunday Showcase Party at Under the Table and Dreaming; Think Pink Sundays at Flamingo Toes;