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!