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bonnie christine for renaissance ribbons! (2)

when edith minne of renaissance ribbons approached me about possible working with them on a ribbon collection, i nearly fainted, right there on the red carpeted isle of quilt market. they are an absolute dream company of mine, and i’ve enjoyed using their ribbons for several projects over the last few years (like this one and this one!). today, i am beyond happy to announce my very first line of woven jacquard ribbons with them based on my last two fabric collections winged and sweet as honey! i know you’ll fall in love with renaissance ribbons and enjoy perusing other collections by some of my favorite designers, amy butler, tula pink, dena designs, anna maria horner, sue spargo and more! the ribbons are available both on renaissance ribbon’s retail website and on my mom’s quilt shop website, a stitch in time.

bonnie christine for renaissance ribbons! (6)

most of the ribbons coordinate with my last few springy fabric lines (all of which are still available!). above you’ll see the ones that correlate with sweet as honey, and below you’ll see the ones that best match winged.

bonnie christine for renaissance ribbons! (5)

bonnie christine for renaissance ribbons! (1)

above you’ll also see a lovely fabric box renaissance ribbons made during the winged blog tour. this is such a sweet project, don’t you think? you can visit their blog for more info on the pattern and process.

bonnie christine for renaissance ribbons! (8)

my mom, maxie makes, and i are counterparts today, as she’s posting about ribbons too! be sure to visit her blog to see several projects made with renaissance ribbons and even see a surprise she hid for me in the post. very sneaky, mom (and i love it!!!).

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The Movers & Makers Summit 2015: Charleston, SC (1)

The Movers & Makers Summit: Charleston, SC
A creative women’s retreat
February 28-March 1, 2015

Our seats are filling up for the Movers & Makers Summit: Charleston, SC and we couldn’t be more excited! Thousands of women are considering this retreat, and we’re so very proud of the select few who are making the choice to show up for themselves and their businesses. You will not regret it. We promise!

The early-bird ticket pricing ends on January 11, which saves you $200 off the ticket price (+ lets you grab a ticket before they sell out!).

The Movers and Makers Summit is an east coast intensive for a small, intimate group of twenty women, and it takes place in a luxurious and comfortable oceanfront home in Charleston, South Carolina.

You’re invited to come away with us to escape the hustle, reset your focus and breathe new life into your career plans.

Early-Bird tickets are available NOW!

We can’t tell you how excited we are for this exclusive event. We can hardly wait to gather, dream and create with you!

Friday, February 27 from 2-4 PM: Look for us at the Charleston City Market! & from 6-8 PM: We’re meeting and greeting at the popular (+ nearby) Poe’s Tavern.

Saturday, February 28 from 9-5: We’re workshopping at a luxurious private residence on Isle of Palms, SC.

Sunday, March 1 from 9-3: More workshop, same location with a slightly earlier release to accommodate our event travelers.

At the Movers and Makers Summit you’ll enjoy:

  • A rejuvenating weekend with 20 like-minded creative entrepreneurs who mean business. 
  • 5 presenters who are eager to guide + support you in wellness, blogging, business, photography and design endeavors.
  • 2 days of focus, connection and growth.
  • A luxurious, oceanfront setting in the culture-rich city of Charleston, SC.

4 Steps to Get You There:

Take me to the ocean; let me sail the open sea. To breathe the warm and salty air and dream of things to be.” -Erica Billups
Step #1: Save the date.

Our workshop takes place on Saturday, February 28-Sunday, March 1 in a private, oceanfront home on the Isle of Palms (Charleston, SC). We’ll meet from 9-5 Saturday and 9-3 Sunday.If you get into town early, attendees are invited to join us for a pre-party meet & greet Friday, February 27 from 6-8 PM.
Step #2: Grab your ticket.

The early-bird ticket saves you $200 and is available until January 11th! We want this meeting to be small, intimate and insanely useful. We’re gathering a limited number of creatives so that we can enjoy one-on-one time, create a-ha moments and walk away with lifelong connections. There are only 20 seats available. Please DO think it over, but don’t delay. We expect to sell out early! Click here to purchase your ticket.

Step #3: Arrange your stay.

Our workshop will take place in a gorgeous vacation home just 15 miles outside Charleston’s city center, and 30 minutes from Charleston International airport. We will be disclosing the exact location to attendees only, but trust me when I say, it’s a glorious gathering spot that will provide us plenty of comfort and inspiration.

Click here to see the closest nearby hotels. Upon purchase of your ticket, you’ll receive an informational packet with some more details and recommendations.You’ll want to bring a notebook (or laptop) for recording new ideas, beach-friendly clothing (for anticipated 60-degree temps), yoga gear if you’d like to participate in a beach session or two with our own Kerry Burki, and if you have any special dietary needs, a packed lunch for both days.
You’ll be offered lots of hot + cold refreshments, fresh sandwiches and plenty of fruit and veggies during workshop.

Step #4: Plan for your adventure!
You’ll want to bring a notebook (or laptop) for recording new ideas, beach-friendly clothing (for anticipated 60-degree temps), yoga gear if you’d like to participate in a beach session or two with our own Kerry Burki, and if you have any special dietary needs, a packed lunch for both days.
You’ll be offered lots of hot + cold refreshments, fresh sandwiches and plenty of fruit and veggies during workshop.

Ready to join us? Click here to purchase your early-bird ticket now and we’ll send you the welcome kit + an invitation to our private Facebook group to connect with the other attendees pre-event! Have any questions? shoot us an email, and we’ll be happy to help!

See you in Charleston!
Lisa, Bonnie, April, Kerry and Paige The Movers & Makers Summit 2015: Charleston, SC (3)

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honeycomb mug home + matching mugs! (1)

honeycomb mug home + matching mugs! (5)     

i have such a fun idea to share with you today! every morning, i use a mug rug (or as we call it, a honeycomb mug home) for my coffee. i keep it next to my desk and it’s the perfect place for my rug to rest in between sips. it makes a soft landing spot which helps keep my napping baby asleep, absorbs drips (no more coffee rings!) and makes my whole work area look fresh and happy.

since i have several of my fabric designs available as mugs over in my society6 shop, we thought it would be a great idea to make matching honeycomb mug homes! this is a quick and easy project that would make a great gift set, too!

diy mug rugs with matching mugs!

to help you with this project, my mom, maxie makes, has made a wonderful video tutorial! click on the image above to view the video over on her (brand new!) website.

>> to accompany the video, you can also view the free printable pattern here (if you’d like to print the pattern, you can download the PDF from issuu by cliking on ‘share’ below the publication and then select ‘download’).

*a note on maxie makes: i’m so excited to share with you my mom’s new website (designed by yours truly)! in addition to running her quilt shop, she has started a new online venture where she shares video tutorials and kits to accompany them. she is just getting started but i hope you’ll join her in this new adventure! she has two new videos in the works right now and will be debuting in the next few weeks. in the meantime, you can follow her at the links below!

maxie makes (my mom!) elsewhere: blog | instagram | facebook | twitter | pinterest
honeycomb mug home + matching mugs! (4)

bonnie christine mugs
to make this project:
1) hop on over to my society6 shop and pick out one of the mugs above.

2) then find the coordinating fabric from my collections – sweet as honey or winged. both are available for sale from our quilt shop, a stitch in time (free shipping!).

3) follow the video tutorial via the link above and with the written pattern.

4) be sure to read maxie make’s coordinating post for details on supplies and yardage required.

be sure to share your results with us over on instagram! you can tag us with the handles @goinghometoroost and @maxiemakes. have fun!

honeycomb mug home + matching mugs! (2)

honeycomb mug home + matching mugs! (3)

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lz and her husband mike specialize in making handmade picture frames, signs, planter boxes and furniture for the summery umbrella. there shop is rustic and quaint, and takes me somewhere between an eclectic beach home and cozy cabin on a wintry night. they work hard to use reclaimed wood in their projects and hand paint every piece to the color of your choosing!

the summery umbrella elsewhere: website | etsy | facebook | twitter

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get to know lori danelle

December 9, 2014

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the moment i started learning about lori danelle, i knew we were kindred spirits. she’s passionate about life, creative in all things and precise with what she does. she’s a mother and an artist, and she’s driven.

lori creates art prints, greeting cards and cut paper art. i loved watching this time-lapse video of her latest cut paper project. the attention to detail, hours spent and meticulous cutting is unbelievable!

head on over to lori danelle’s website to see more of her beautiful and bold creations!

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fat quarter shop jolly bar

the fat quarter shop has recently launch an exclusive precut from moda fabrics called the jolly bar! jolly bars are collections of 5″ x 10″ cuts of fabric and each come with a fat quarter shop coordinating pattern. if you’ve ever used precuts before, you know how fast and easy they make a project come together! (check out this post for ideas.) and since each jolly bar comes with it’s own pattern, these sweet bars would make a great gift idea for the seamstress in your family!

fat quarter shop elsewhere: website | blog | facebook | twitter | pinterest | youtube

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a new way to be grateful

November 26, 2014

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today, i want to talk about gratitude. here in the united states, we’re about to celebrate thanksgiving, which means we’re all reflecting on what we’re grateful for and why we’re thankful.

yesterday, marie forleo shared on this very topic and i loved what she had to say. did you know practicing gratitude will increase our happiness, improve our relationships, strengthen our emotions and improve our careers?! in short, studies show that if we’re very specific about what we’re grateful for, we’ll get the most return on our investment.

for example >>

instead of simply saying i’m thankful for:

- david
– going home to roost readers (you!)
– my job
– my family

i want to be more specific >>

- i’m thankful for david because of the small things he does each day, like making me coffee in the morning and sending me sweet texts throughout the day. he takes bear when he gets home from work and plays with him while i make dinner. he prays for our family every night and he makes a mean batch of cookies.

- i’m thankful for my readers (that’s you!) because of how incredibly supportive you are. i feel safe in this space. the creative community you’ve made feeds my soul and fuels my passions. i love to see how you help and encourage each other and i’m honored to be a part of it.

- i’m thankful for my job because it doesn’t feel like a job at all. i get so excited to begin ‘working’ each morning that it gets me out of bed before the sun comes up. i’m blessed to enjoy what i do for a living so immensely. it charges my creativity, makes me feel alive and gets me excited to share things every day.

- i’m thankful for my family because they are always present, always listening and always supporting. they are my rock and my sounding board. they are full of wisdom, love, grace and compassion.

one my favorite ways of staying mindful about gratitude is by using the gratitude journal. it’s a sweet little app that subtly reminds me to keep a journal of the things i’m thankful for. it has a beautiful interface and is filled with pearls of wisdom. i simply rate my day, write down 5 things i’m thankful for attach a photo (usually of bear). then, i can reflect on all the things i’ve been thankful for over time and even export it as a pdf to make a printed copy of my journal.

now it’s your turn.

hop down to the comments area and share with us one thing you’re thankful for. don’t forget to be specific! i’ll meet you there and see you again here on monday. :) xox, bonnie

wrap up: {} {}


zest for your nest

November 25, 2014

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zest for your nest

i’ve been a long time fan of stacie bloomfield and her shop, gingiber. if fact, the first time i wrote about her was way back in 2010! right now, i have a few gingiber prints hanging in bear’s room and a tea towel in my kitchen drawer. i love them!

as a childhood doodler turned full-time illustrator, stacie is living her dream of being a working artist (yay, stacie!). she fills her midwest shop with prints, pillows, totes and cards. my favorite thing about her work is that it’s sweet enough for children but smart enough for adults.

pssst. grab 25% off gingiber with the code “TURKEYDAY” from now through december 1st!

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