archive: June, 2012

shop bonnie christine

eee! today i’m so excited to share with you my new baby shop: sweet bonnie christine. some of you might know that i’ve been on a journey of pattern making for quite a while now and i can’t tell you how happy i am to finally share them with you!

shop bonnie christine

sweet bonnie christine is all about pretty patterned paper goods that showcase golden hues and joyful motifs. you’ll find greeting cards, prints and card sets (with more fun things in the works).

i’m also excited to officially share with you my new pattern website, bonnie christine. won’t you join me for this journey of nature walks, poppy pods and wonderment? :)

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dinner ideas 6.22.12

June 22, 2012

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dinner ideas

happy friday, lovelies! how have your meals been this week? ours have been wholesome and hearty, as usual! we’re starting to get a plethora of carrots and corn here locally (yum!), so you’ll lots of them in the recipes that follow. what’s in season near you?

monday: greek style tomato and bean stew
tuesday: broiled pepper tofu, roasted carrots and greens
wednesday: black bean quinoa burgers served with sweet potato fries
thursday: farmers market chowder
friday: charro beans with vegan chipotle sausage

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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easy diy handband

i recently discovered a new found respect for headbands. they can instantly take your bed head to a casual, comfy and guest-appropriate look. i can’t believe i haven’t been relying on them longer (haha)! this easy diy from fine and feathered especially caught my eye. no sewing needed!

easy diy handband

now maybe i can put some of my many fabric scraps to good use. and i’m sure my post-gal will appreciate it, too!

visit fine & feathered to see more of this diy, & make sure to check out her other’s as well!

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cross stitch iphone case

June 21, 2012

cross stitch iphone case

the thing about having an iphone is, it seems like every day there’s a cuter case i would like to adorn it with! i have managed to stick with just one so far but i have a feeling a new one is on the horizon. and making my top list for contenders is this cross stitch case from purl soho!

cross stitch iphone case

i think i particularly love this case because of the creative freedom it gives you. what better way to show how crafty you are? you can make something vintage, modern, sweet or funky.  head on over to the purl bee for erin’s post which gives you insight on the patterns and embroidery floss she used.

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point and shoot 6.21.12

June 21, 2012

Posted by in point and shoot

this is my week told pictorially. if you’re new to point and shoot, you can catch up here! :)

bonnie christine

bonnie christine

farmer’s market flowers and veggies.

bonnie christine

practice practice!

bonnie christine

freshly picked.

bonnie christine

a really big tree.

bonnie christine

stripes and dots.

bonnie christine

head rub.

love, bonnie

do you have any favorite photos from your life this week?

instagram 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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10 reasons to blog ahead

June 20, 2012

Posted by in indie biz

reasons to blog ahead

admittedly, this is something i didn’t do for a very long time. after i recently bit the bullet and started writing posts ahead of time however, i can’t believe i waited so long! since it took me forever (we’re talking nearly 3 years here), i thought you might like to know why i made the switch, and if you’re a blogger, why you should to.

first let’s talk about why i did not plan my posts ahead of time. you see, i fell in love with this idea of spontaneity early on. i liked having the flexibility and empowerment of just blogging about something as soon as it caught my eye. i thought, but what if i wake up to an amazing product in my inbox? or what if inspiration strikes and i can’t wait to share it? so that my friends, is why i subscribed myself to never blogging ahead of time.

fast forward 3 years of what i would consider some stressful writing, frenzied posts and the occasional emergency run to the nearest coffee shop with internet and you’ll fine me here. happily posting ahead of time. and here’s why!

10 reasons to blog ahead (1) wake up feeling ahead of the game. especially when different time zones are considered, it’s a wonderful feeling to wake up and know that your posts have already been read, sometimes all around the world.

 

10 reasons to blog ahead (2) create better content. when you plan ahead you will naturally have more time to put sincere thought and effort into your posts and plan them perfectly.

 

10 reasons to blog ahead (3) freak out LESS! woke up to an internet outage? have no fear, your posts are already scheduled and making their way around the world www.

 

10 reasons to blog ahead (4) stay ahead, even when you’re on vacation. blogging while on the road use to be one of my biggest stressors, especially when internet service was in question. since i’ve started planning ahead, i’ve never had more fun while on the road!

 

10 reasons to blog ahead (5) share better projects, photos and recipes. when you’re working ahead of time, you’ll be able to plan more projects, and most importantly have plenty of time to take great photos (in the daylight!) and edit them to your liking.

 

10 reasons to blog ahead (6) have more time to connect. with your readers, your family and your dog (or kitty!).

 

10 reasons to blog ahead (7) better engage your audience. as you plan ahead you’ll find that you have more time to think about how you want to share your content across social media sites and with your readers.

 

10 reasons to blog ahead (8) press snooze. not all the time, but sometimes.

 

10 reasons to blog ahead (9) be spontaneous. yup, you can still be spontaneous! if you come across something that just can’t wait, just rearrange your scheduled posts or add a new post for the day- your readers will thank you!

 

10 reasons to blog ahead (10) be more flexible. want to go for a run? have coffee with your hubbie? have a little extra quite time? all of it is possible when your posts are schedule and ready to go.

so in a nutshell, that is why i made the switch and why it has totally rocked my world and actually increased my time to be creative. can i get a woot woot?!

do you blog ahead? why or why not? i’ll meet you in the comments section!

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when i stumbled across oana befort’s work and blog, my heart strings felt a big ‘ol tug. sometimes you can just tell when someone has a similar spirit, it’s like they see beauty in the same way that you do. i always love it when artists give a sneak peek into their sketchbooks, and i enjoyed oana’s so much that i thought you might as well!

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take some time to visit oana’s website and blog for more stunning work, and connect with her on twitter and facebook, too!

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a fairy tale garden shed

June 19, 2012

as i was scouring the web for garden greenhouses yesterday, i couldn’t help but fall in love with this dreamy garden shed. i just had to share it on it’s own!

a fairy tale garden shed

gail and mark dupar’s dreamy shed is the heart of their kitchen garden. it’s where they start seedlings, arrange flowers, raise tomatoes, store tools and dry freshly harvested shallots. the shade-cloth covered glass roof helps brighten the inside where tender plants hibernate over the winter. i especially love how they have integrated vintage pieces throughout- a former kitchen cabinet holds vases, seeds, and books and an antique leaded glass window hangs from an overhead beam. clear glass bottles let light from the greenhouse filter into the main shed while darker bottles, marbles, and twiggy prunings fill in around them. it’s quite the dreamy place, don’t you think?

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