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january desktop + smartphone calendars (3)

happy 2014, friends! january always feels so fresh and clean, doesn’t it? it always makes me reflect on all that i’m thankful for (which is so much!). one thing i’m thankful for is a job that i love and a bright and cheery workspace. i hope this month’s desktop calendar (and printable version!) will help brighten up yours as well. love, bonnie january desktop + smartphone calendars (4) january desktop + smartphone calendars (5)

to download january’s backgrounds: click on the coordinating image above, then select your preferred size (most likely, ‘original’). right click and select ‘save as desktop background’ or download to your phone.

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in addition to these digital backgrounds, i’ve also decided to offer a printable version each month (i’m changing things up from last year’s seasonal veggie guide versions). now you can print a version to keep on hand as well!

to download: click on the image above to download the PDF. 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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hey, everyone! before i hop offline for the holidays, i of course had to share one last gift with you! this easy to print (or edit) instagram calendar is such a great way to start off the new year. you can either print mine (see below) or download the template to make your own. they were inspired by 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 year. you can either print mine, or use the included template to customize it by inserting your own photos.

to download: click 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 and illustrator to edit.
(i tried to make something for everyone!)

instructions: print on heavy cardstock and cut in half. punch a hole at the top of each to hang, or simply stack neatly.

*tip! use instaport to quickly download all of your instagram photos from the entire year!

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before signing off, i also wanted to give a shout-out to some of going home to roost’s most cherished posts from 2013. i hope you’ll have fun reminiscing with me, or maybe even discovering some new posts from the past!

- watch my online lab with etsy on how to pitch to bloggers
discover which ten air filtering plants are best for indoor use
– learn how to make painted wooden spoons, ribbon cuffs, hair wraps and soy candles
read up on how my vegan pregnancy was
– grab free patterns for the sentimentalities quilt, whatever bag and reversible apron
learn how to make quick and easy chia seed jams
– make a diy rope basket
– learn how to make wax resist wall hangings and onesies (or other goodies)
make a super yummy apple cider float
learn how to make your product descriptions part of your brand story

so that’s it for me, lovelies! i’m taking off for my annual blogging break and am planning to return on monday, january 6th (i’m taking a few extra days off to work on a special project). in the meantime, i’d love to keep in touch with you over on instagram. i wish you each a beautiful christmas filled with love, laughter and lots of family. see you in the new year! love, bonnie

And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Luke 2:10

all photos © bonnie christine. for personal use only.

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christmas 'chalkboard' packaging!

well, just like i predicted last year, we had so much black kraft paper left over that i’ve decided to once again have fun with a little christmas ‘chalkboard’ packaging! i usually like to switch things up each christmas, and though the packaging is generally the same as last year, i’ve been super excited to incorporate these instagram inspired gift tags into the designs.

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to make your own chalkboard packaging, the first thing you’ll need is some black craft paper. i got mine right here and it works great, but just like i warned you last year- it’s a HUGE roll! (

next you’ll need a white paint marker that will show up well on black paper. after some trial and error and visiting my local scrapbooking store, this is what i came home with:

1. tim holtz distress marker in ‘picket fence’. this one looks very ‘chalky’. it goes on clear, but quickly dries in white.

2. sakura pen-touch white. this one is easy to work with and shows up really well.

3. crayola white colored pencil. not the greatest option, but it does show up if it’s all you have.

4. painters opaque paint marker. this is another good option. the point is a bit finer so it’s great for more detailed work.

i used the sakura pen-touch last year, but since i couldn’t find it this year (haha) i used the painters opaque paint marker. i enjoyed using it and i think the end result turned out to look really nice!

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this year, i also tried to come up with some more fun doodle ideas. if you like, you can click on the image above to download this as a printable pdf (without the black) to print and use as a reference. sometimes coming up with ideas to doodle can be the hardest part!

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i know many of you have done a version of this yourselves from last year. what advice do you have to share? pen types? doodle ideas? best tape to use on black? let’s chat about your projects in the comments area- i’ll meet you there!

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printable instagram gift tags

December 13, 2013

printable instagram gift tags + template

i love looking back through all of my instagram photos, so this year i wanted to give them a little special attention. as i was pondering how to do so, the idea for gift tags popped in my head. voila! now each of our gifts will have a little snippet of our lives documented on the front. it’s a great way to personalize each gift!

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to help you do the same, i’ve created a download for you! you can either download and print the one i’ve created using some of my favorite christmas-themed snapshots, or use the template to make your own!

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

- printable PDF with 12 gift tags.
- 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 and illustrator to edit.

whew! (i tried to make something for everyone!)

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a note on printing: i’ve printed mine on full page sticker paper from world label and then cut them out along the faint dotted lines. the day i was planning to print them, my printer decided to not cooperate, so i took the sticker paper to my local UPS store and had them print them there. they even cut them out for me! it’s a great, hassle-free option for you! if you don’t have sticker paper, you could also print them on heavy card stock and either tape them on, or punch a hole in the top to loop them on.

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printable botanical gift tags

December 11, 2013

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free botanical gift tags

hey loves! i wanted to let you know about a free set of botanical gift tags i made this week for world label. they look great with kraft, dark brown or simple  white wrapping paper. i’ve paired mine here with some jute, but would also be pretty tied with ribbon or wrapped with a little twig or foliage.

hop on over to world label to grab the free printable pdf!

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printable christmas gift list

each year i like to make a christmas gift list so i can keep all the gifts i’m giving organized (you can see last year’s here!). for some reason, i find so much joy in listing everything out and checking those little boxes! and of course, it also really helps to keep all the gift-giving straight.

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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: click on any of the images in this post 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 gift list, i’ve added an optional ‘no peeking′ side to this printable. to use, just turn your piece of paper over and print these two ‘no peeking’ labels on the back. fold from top to bottom, then right to left and the labels will show on both sides when your list is folded.

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

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

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december desktop + iphone calendars (4)

it’s december! it’s december! this month’s calendar was inspired by cooler weather and our beautiful smoky mountain pine trees. i wanted to use some teals and a little lime green this month, instead of the traditional christmas green and red. i think they turned out looking very ski-lodge-winter-cabin-y! i hope they will make you feel cozy and snug. :) xo, bonnie

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to download december’s backgrounds: click on the coordinating image above, then select your preferred size (most likely, ‘original’). right click and select ‘save as desktop background’ or download to your phone.

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to download december’s backgrounds + seasonal veggie guide: click on the coordinating image above, then select your preferred size (most likely, ‘original’). right click and select ‘save as desktop background’ or download to your phone.

for more information on what’s in season in your town, check out this seasonal ingredient map!

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 flattered!) please direct your readers to this post to download the file. thank you!

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free owl lover calendar

November 19, 2013

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free owl lover calendar

attention owl lovers! my owl barn has just released their annual printable owl calendar! the owl lover calendar is a collaborative project between 50 artists from all over the world and shivani from my owl barn. all you have to do is choose which artwork you’d like for each month, download the pdf and print. it’s free!

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