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i’m a huge fan of using keyboard shortcuts. they save me tons of time and help me stay hyper focused and productive while i work. i first started falling in love with shortcuts when i learned adobe illustrator. knowing them reduces my ‘clicking’ time and helps turn my design time into a seamless and productive process. i’m sure from someone looking on, it looks like a bit of a dance – watching my left hand work the keyboard while my right hand draws on a wacom, all the while keeping my eyes focused on the screen.

p.s. i also illustrated a keyboard shortcut guide for illustrator a while back, you can find it here!

that’s why when i realized there were keyboard shortcuts for wordpress (duh!), i was all in. i am huge fan of wordpress for blogging and using shortcuts has dramatically decreased the time it takes me to write and publish posts. my personal favorites are the ‘insert link’ and ‘save draft post’ shortcuts (pssst. CTL + K works to insert links in several other places on the web too, like gmail and mailchimp!).

it’s hard to learn them all at once, so i made us all an illustrated guide to wordpress’s shortcuts. you can print it and keep it near your workspace as a reminder until you learn!

to download & print: click here to download the PDF version. print using the high quality setting on heavy card stock (my favorite is epson premium presentation paper).

*please note! in order to use the keyboard shortcuts for the comments section, you’ll need to enable them in wordpress (it’s easy!). to turn this feature on, go to users > your profile and click “enable keyboard shortcuts for comment moderation.”

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2015 stargazing printable

January 12, 2015

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2015 stargazing printable

at the beginning of each year, i like to make a guide to all of the stargazing events for the upcoming year. i find it’s a simple way to remind myself to slow down and enjoy the amazing things happening around me. the universe, the stars and the galaxies have always amazed me- i’m in awe of how miraculous they are! i love to think about what God must have been thinking when he created it all as I gaze into the night sky. :)

to download the stargazing printable: click on the image above to open the pdf. download, print and enjoy!

jan 3 – 4: quadrantids meteor shower. an average shower thought to be produced by dust grains left behind by an extinct comet known as 2003 EH1, which was discovered in 2003.

feb 6: jupiter at opposition. the giant planet will be at its closest approach to earth and its face will be fully illuminated by the sun. February 22Conjunction of Venus and Mars. Conjunctions are rare events where two or more objects will appear extremely close together in the night sky. The two bright planets will be visible within only half a degree of each other in the evening sky. Look to the west just after sunset.

march 20: total solar eclipse. a total solar eclipse occurs when the moon completely blocks the sun, revealing the sun’s beautiful outer atmosphere known as the corona.

april 4: total lunar eclipse. a total lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes completely through the earth’s dark shadow, or umbra. euring this type of eclipse, the moon will gradually get darker and then take on a rusty or blood red color.

april 22 – 23: lyrids meteor shower. an average shower produced by dust particles left behind by comet C/1861 G1 thatcher, which was discovered in 1861.

may 5 -6: eta aquarids meteor shower. an above average shower produced by dust particles left behind by comet halley, which has known and observed since ancient times.

july 14new horizons at pluto. NASA’s new horizons spacecraft is scheduled to arrive at pluto after a nine and a half year journey. launched on january 19, 2006, this will be the first spacecraft to visit pluto which will give us our first close-up views of the dwarf planet and its moons.

july 28 – 29: delta aquarids meteor shower. an average shower produced by debris left behind by comets marsden and kracht.

august 12 – 13: perseids meteor shower. one of the best meteor showers to observe, produced by comet swift-tuttle, which was discovered in 1862.

october 8 – 9: draconids meteor shower. a minor shower produced by dust grains left behind by comet 21P giacobini-ainner, which was first discovered in 1900.

october 21 – 22: orionids meteor shower. an average shower produced by dust grains left behind by comet halley, which has been known and observed since ancient times.

november 5 – 6: taurids meteor shower. a minor shower that is unusual in that it consists of two separate streams. the first is produced by dust grains left behind by asteroid 2004 TG10 and the second stream is produced by debris left behind by comet 2P encke.

november 17 – 18: leonids meteor shower. an average shower that is unique in that it has a cyclonic peak about every 33 years where hundreds of meteors per hour can be seen (the last of these occurred in 2001). the shower is produced by dust grains left behind by comet tempel-tuttle, which was discovered in 1865.

december 13 – 14: geminids meteor shower. the king of the meteor showers! it is considered by many to be the best shower in the heavens, producing up to 120 multicolored meteors per hour at its peak. it is produced by debris left behind by an asteroid known as 3200 phaethon, which was discovered in 1982.

december 22 – 23: ursids meteor shower. a minor shower produced by dust grains left behind by comet tuttle, which was first discovered in 1790.

resources: the sky & stargazing tonight

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january desktop + smartphone backgrounds (4) january desktop + smartphone backgrounds (3)

happy new year, everyone! we had such a wonderful break and i’m returning feeling fresh and inspired with new ideas and energy for the new year. i spent the last few weeks spending time with family, working on some design projects and taking some extra time to relax. i hope you were able to enjoy some time off, too!

p.s. while i was hoping to launch a new design for going home to roost today, we’re running a little behind. i hope to launch it in the next week or so though, so stay tuned!

 xox, bonnie

to download january’s backgrounds: click on the coordinating image above, then right click on the image and select ‘set as desktop background’ or save and download to your phone.

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to download the printable version: click on the image above to download the PDF calendar. print on heavy card stock (my favorite is epson premium presentation paper). punch a whole at the top to hang or simply stack.

please note: all images, patterns and designs © bonnie christine | going home to roost. you may not reproduce, re-create or sell in any way, but please feel free to download for your own personal use. if you share on your own blog (i’d be delighted!) please direct your readers to this post to download the file. thank you!

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2015 printable instagram calendars (3)

hey, everyone! back by popular demand (whew!), i’m happy to share the 2015 version of my favorite customizable calendars! this easy to print (or edit) instagram calendar is such a great gift idea. you can either print mine (see below) or download the template to make your own. they were inspired by my instagram photos, but of course, any photo cropped to a square will work!

*want a great gift idea? find your recipient on instagram by going to instagram.com/’recipient’s instagram name’ (like this: instagram.com/goinghometoroost), download a few photos and make a calendar for them using their very own instagram photos. they’ll be so surprised!

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the calendar above is made from some of my very own favorite instagram photos from this past year. you can either print mine, or use the included template to customize it by inserting your own photos.

to download: click here (or on the image above) to download the .zip file. inside you’ll find:

– printable PDF 2014 calendar.
– PDF blank template for you to add your own photos to.
– .PNG template with a transparent background for you to add your own photos to.
– .EPS file that you can open in photoshop or illustrator to edit.
(i tried to make something for everyone!)

instructions: print on heavy cardstock and cut in half (my favorite is epson premium presentation paper). punch a hole at the top of each to hang, or simply stack neatly.

**pro tip! use instaport to quickly download all of your instagram photos from the entire year!
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all photos © bonnie christine. for personal use only.

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printable christmas gift list (4)

ho ho ho! one of my favorite things to do each december is to make a christmas gift list (you can find the last two year’s here and here). i find great joy in giving gifts, and making a list of all of them helps me keep organized and focused. it’s also a huge help in keeping all the gift-giving straight. plus, it’s fun to check off those tiny boxes!

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i begin each year by jotting down the ideas i have for everyone (in pencil). then, as i purchase (or make) each item, i put a check mark in the box labeled ‘bought’. then, i check them off one more time as i wrap them just to make sure everything arrives and gets put under the tree. i also usually jot down the price next to each item, so i can keep track of what i spend each year!

>> to download & print: click here (or on the image above) to download the pdf. print and have fun, santa!

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and because there’s nothing worse than having a loved one find your list, i’ve added an optional ‘side 2′ to the printable. just turn your list over and print page 2 on the back. then, when you fold your list, you’ll have a ‘no peeking’ label on both sides! no more spoiled gifts. no more excuses. :)

i hope this helps keeps your holidays organized! love, bonnie

p.s. if you find your name on this list, don’t worry. it isn’t actually what i’m getting you! wahaha.

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goodbye november, hello december! can you believe it’s here? it’s really, really here! for me, december is a time for reflection, rest and rejuvenation. of course, it also means making gifts, planning gatherings and lots of time spent with family. it’s truly my favorite month of the year! what will december bring for you? xox, bonnie

to download december’s backgrounds: click on the coordinating image above, then right click on the image and select ‘set as desktop background’ or save and download to your phone.

 

to download the printable version: click on the image above to download the PDF calendar. print on heavy card stock (my favorite is premium presentation paper by epson). punch a whole at the top to hang or simply stack.

please note: all images, patterns and designs © bonnie christine | going home to roost. you may not reproduce, re-create or sell in any way, but please feel free to download for your own personal use. if you share on your own blog (i’d be delighted!) please direct your readers to this post to download the file. thank you!

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  november desktop calendars | going home to roost (6) november desktop calendars | going home to roost (5)

goodbye october, hello november! november will bring our first snow, chilly weather, hot cider, apple picking, pumpkin pie and time spent with dear friends and family. my schedule is lighter this month then it has been all year, so i’m looking forward to a little rest. what will november bring for you? xox, bonnie

to download november’s backgrounds: click on the coordinating image above, then right click on the image and select ‘set as desktop background’ or save and download to your phone.

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to download the printable version: click on the image above to download the PDF calendar. print on heavy card stock (my favorite is premium presentation paper by epson). punch a whole at the top to hang or simply stack.

please note: all images, patterns and designs © bonnie christine | going home to roost. you may not reproduce, re-create or sell in any way, but please feel free to download for your own personal use. if you share on your own blog (i’d be delighted!) please direct your readers to this post to download the file. thank you!

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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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