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downloadble art by lost in reverie

hi everyone! in the spirit of her last download for us, ‘share your work‘, heidi ahmed has generously offered to share with us two of her beautiful downloadable art prints. of course, i instantly said ‘YES’, she’s one talented gal!

for these prints, heidi has taken two of her favorite quotes from my creativelive course on surface pattern design and illustrated them using her favorite medium: dinosaurs! i’m so in love with the results. i mean, who doesn’t love a little prehistoric principe?!

to download: click here (or on the image above) to download the printable PDFs.

please join me in thanking heidi for her generosity and lovely art!

Heidi Ahmed is an artist working in Columbus, Ohio. She specializes in watercolor illustration & design. You can see more of her work on Lost in Reverie and visit her shop here.

 

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winged grand giveaway

October 20, 2014

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hello, lovelies! i’m so excited to offer you a grand giveaway today! i’ve bundled up a big stack of my latest fabric collection, winged and i’m ready to send it to one of you creative ladies (or gents!). enter to win 1 yard of each piece of winged in your choice of colorways (see options below). that’s 10 yards total- valued at over $120! fun FUN fun fun fun!

before we get to the fun part, i wanted to share with you a little about the inspiration behind the collection.

forever and ever i have always noticed the very first butterfly each spring. it has been one of the sweetest sightings for me each year. it means a new season is upon us, warmer weather is on it’s way and fresh blooms will be emerging from the ground. it also evokes this feeling within me of inspiration- like all things are possible. the butterfly’s journey from caterpillar to butterfly is one that i’ll never stop marveling at.

this feeling of spreading one’s great wings and soaring is one that connects with me deeply. a long time ago i decided that i would pursue my dreams no matter what. i would make great sacrifices, journey into the unknown put my heart and soul on the line to live my creative dream.

that is what winged is about. spreading your wings and flying into the unknown.

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giveaway

enter to win: 10 yards of winged (1 yard of each 10 pieces of fabric in the colorway of your choice).

deadline: giveaway will end monday, october 27th at 12am, eastern standard time. the winner will be drawn using a random number generator and announced on this post shortly after.

to enter: comment on this post and share with us where you’d like your great wings to take you!

additional ways to enter:

>> like going home to roost on facebook.

>> share giveaway on twitter and include the handle @gohometoroost and hashtag #wingedfabric

>> share either giveaway image on pinterest and include hashtags #goinghometoroost & #bonniechristine

be sure to leave a new comment for each additional entry so it counts (limit of 4 comments per person)!

good luck! xox, bonnie

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fall to do list

October 17, 2014

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fall is here and it’s one of my favorite times of year! this is my personal must-do list to accomplish this fall (feel free to print it for yourself too - click here!). i’ve already crossed out several things and will be driving through the mountains to visit my hometown later today (check!). i have a fall feast in the works and will be visiting a beautiful apple orchard in a few weeks as well. all these things help me embrace the season and feel so warm and cozy. so, go snuggle up by a fire and plan your fall festivities!

see you on monday! xo, bonnie

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point and shoot 10.16.14

October 16, 2014

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a little bit of life lately- through pictures. :)

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stepped out of my home yesterday to a blessing of sun rays!

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did you know you can roast a whole pumpkin? wash, place in oven and roast at 425°F until easily pierced with a fork (about 45 mins). let cool, peel away the skin (it’s easy!), cut in half and remove seeds.

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working on a sweet little cloud pillow for quilt market. it begins NEXT WEEK!

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planning a fall feast!

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early yardage of hello, bear has arrived. i’ve been sewing with it all week. i’m so in love!

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scissors that make my heart sing.

love, bonnie

do you have a favorite photo from your life this week? post a link to it in the comment section so we can see!

this post was made possible by the lovely iphone app, instagram. you can follow me here or find me by searching for @goinghometoroost. all photos by yours truly. :)

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*hi everyone! today, we’re kicking off the holiday showcase as we meet charlotte wolf from charlotte’s sew natural. let’s join her as she discusses creativity and living the life of an artist!

 

Charlotte Wolfe
Owner of Charlotte’s Sew Natural
Newton, Kansas

Ever since I can remember, creativity was encouraged as a “good” thing. It was easy to imagine that I might grow up to be an artist! In college, I was lucky enough to discover the theatre and majored in costume design. A theatre design major offered what I hadn’t found in either a fashion design or art major – “collaboration” – wonderful, talented people to work with. The curtain going up provided an absolute deadline. There was always another project demanding creative attention with the next show. I found it very fun and satisfying.

When I started my own business, a retail fabric store which has since evolved into a “quilt shop” called Sew Natural, I benefited from that experience.

Today, 30 years later, I still consider myself an artist first and a reluctant business person second. I find that I do my best creative work under pressure. If I am having trouble getting started, I will list the problems that need to be solved. Usually heading the list, is the date by which the project must be completed!

Once I’m immersed in a project, I need to find more hours in a row to give it full attention to complete. However, most of my creative projects are built on a few snatches of time, often while multi-tasking. I work best, first thing in the morning, with a cup of strong coffee. I often push the envelope of my available time, gulping down yogurt as I dry my hair just minutes before I need to be at the store. I’ve found that the shower can wash away the creative juices, so I postpone that as long as possible!

Nothing like having to “go” to work! The structure of having to be somewhere else, is helpful in building the desire to get back into the studio to do creative work. No one works in a vacuum, and I am lucky to be exposed to many great ideas, and talented people, every day.

One recent example:

This past spring, Creative Grids Rulers challenged shop owners to make a 36” long quilt row using one of their rulers, then ran a contest on Facebook all summer, asking people to Like their favorite quilt “row” submissions. A Creative Grids Ruler had to be used in construction. The design had to be a certain height and length. It had to represent a season. And there was a deadline! Oh, one other thing, it couldn’t be too complicated, as the quilt rows were to be written as patterns and given away for free to participants in the Row By Row Experience, a new kind of quilt shop hop.

The Row By Row Experience had a seasonal theme. This included a series of trees looking different in each season. I started wondering what the small cardinal in the leaf-less winter tree saw looking out across the field of snow. One thing leading to another, I came up with the idea of the cardinal building himself a snowman friend. I found the perfect Creative Grids Ruler to cut 3 different size circles to create the snowman, and I was off and running! I worked early mornings on the design, and tweeked it in the evenings. With the deadline for photography looming, I finally had a chance to take an entire morning to stitch the row and sewed it into a table runner, in case one didn’t want to make an entire quilt.

My row was one of the top vote getters! My own design, but it owes much to others. The quilt industry is full of gifted, industrious, generous people. I am so inspired by and very lucky to be a part of this global community!

I’d love to hear from you via social media, or if you’re ever in the area stop by the store and say hi in person. – Charlotte

Charlotte’s Sew Natural elsewhere: web | newsletter | facebook

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sweet little things

October 13, 2014

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these are just a few sweet little things i’ve been loving lately- all babe related, of course! i just purchased these trousers for bear, and i can’t wait for them to arrive! so dapper. and this ovo high chair is on my dream list (you know the one, like ‘keep dreaming’). and though i try not to go overboard with the bear related things, this print got me. so sweet!

i’m also anxious for ez pudewa’s new venture, petit pippin to debut. she’s been teasing us over on instagram with all the cuteness!

what sweet things have you been swooning over lately?

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plant based dinner ideas

hello, friday! it’s been a while since our last dinner ideas post, so i’m excited to share with you what’s been on our plates lately. this week, we picked up our last csa box for the year (sad!), but it was filled with fall goodness: butternut squash, kale, eggplant, potatoes, lettuce and onions!

monday: roasted pumpkin millet herb patties (sub a flax egg to make vegan)
tuesday: 10 spice vegetable soup
wednesday: guacamole toast with left over vegetable soup
thursday: eggplant and tomato curry with buttered millet
friday: spicy chickpea and bulgar soup

what was on your plate this week? any favorite recipes you’d like to share?

we follow a whole foods, plant based diet. the dinner ideas posts are a way for me to log our dinners, how we make eating this way easy, and hopefully inspire you to try some new things as well. they are always meat free, dairy free and often gluten free. you can follow the posts here, and i encourage you to share your favorite recipes with us as well!

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i’m just bopping in to share my latest love with you: the silhouette cameo cutting machine. i purchased it several months ago and didn’t start using it until last month. i cannot believe i waited so long! all of the sudden, i feel like i’m not sure how i lived without the ability to cut all.the.things.

though i had about a day’s long learning curve to get through, the machine and program that comes along with it, called silhouette studio, are really easy to use. i upgraded to the ‘designer edition‘ so that i could import files in from illustrator. it works like a charm! the cameo will cut sticker paper, vinyl, temporary tattoo paper, stencil material, cardstock, chipboard, magnet sheets and even fabric!

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one of my favorite features of the silhouette studio is the nesting feature. once you have several motifs in the document, you can simply select ‘nest’ and the program will place as many motifs as possible on the sheet in order to maximize your space and reduce waist. it’s like magic.

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i got slightly carried away with the temporary tattoos. they’re just so fun! to make these, i printed the designs on temporary tattoo paper with my standard printer (along with a set of registration marks silhouette studio includes on the document), then ran it through the cameo. the cameo reads the registration marks and cuts everything out precisely. and, it actually works!

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it has been incredibly helpful as i’ve prepared for a craft fair and upcoming trade show. i’ve made custom hang tags and sticker price tags which you might be able to see in the top photo. i also made a gold vinyl decal of my logo, which you can see in the above photo hanging on the cart. this thing is amazing!

do you have a silhouette? if so, what are you favorite ways to use it?

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