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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!


terri wilhelm holiday showcase

November 24, 2014

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terri wilhelm
terri wilhelm’s designs are inspired by the outdoors, from nature and the garden to the farmers market, botanical gardens, woods, hiking trails and more. terri loves to take photographs and collect field guides for inspiration and reference. visit terri’s notebook for a glimpse into her process and her etsy shop to purchase notecards, maps, field guides and more.

terri wilhelm elsewhere: blog | etsy | spoonflower | portfolio

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hi everyone! there’s been a lot going on in jo klima’s studio, the darling tree, lately. today, i get to share with you all about it! jo is a soul-centred designer and artist who makes beautiful websites (like this one!), art and designs. she just debuted a beautiful redesign of the darling tree this week and with it, announced the launch of a brand new line of leggings called darling legs. let’s jump right into learning more about it all!

  darling legs by jo klima (3)

 Q: In case people don’t know you and your awesomeness, would you mind sharing what you do?

A: I’m a designer and artist based in Brisbane, Australia, and run a studio called The Darling Tree. Over the past decade I’ve worked with many amazing women and undeniably soulful and inspiring businesses helping them create beautiful brands and online spaces. I’m always working on many creative side projects too, I currently blog about art and life at Maps to Herself, am selling art prints and paintings, have just released a collaborative project for The Cosmic Collective 2015 Moon Energy Calendar, and I plan to create gorgeous products featuring my artwork and patterns.

 Q: It looks like The Darling Tree is expanding! Can you tell us a little bit about your new ventures?

A: I wanted to rethink the way I do things over at The Darling Tree. I’ve always loved to draw, paint, and create. But it wasn’t as large a part of my business as I wanted to be. Of course, I’d always poured my art into my websites. But I wanted to make art for use beyond just the digital space. One of the biggest changes in my business model is offering art, surface pattern and licensing services. I envision seeing my art adorned on all sorts of amazing products, some of which I will be offering directly to customers. I think this shift will also open the business up to more great collaborative projects.

 Q: What inspired you to design leggings?

 A: A couple of years ago when I became more aware of how artists could make a living from having their art adorned on all different types of products, and starting to practice yoga myself, I loved the idea of having my artwork and patterns on a range of leggings that could become a part of your everyday wardrobe. When I saw an opportunity that allows designers crowdfund their own fashion collection, which included leggings, I knew this was the perfect opportunity to launch some designs I had been working on. I shared a few hints on social media which had an amazing response, and now this exclusive collection is available for pre-order at Darling Legs!

Q: What’s your biggest creative inspiration?

 A: Travelling is an endless source of inspiration. I love visiting places that were built hundreds or thousands of years ago, learning about their unique cultures and soaking up as much inspiration from their amazing art and architecture as I can. I also love meeting up with other artists and creatives and having art dates.

 For their amazing artwork and businesses I adore Jai Vasicek and Lisa Congdon, in fashion I love the bold colourful patterns of Mara Hoffman and Mister Zimi. Geometric and tribal patterns fill me with absolute joy!

 Q: What is one random talent you have that people may not know?

 A: I have quick reflexes, which is a good thing as it counteracts my clumsiness, if I knock something over I’ll catch it quickly.

darling legs by jo klima (2)

SO, want to get your hands on some killer threads for your legs that you can wear on the street and on your yoga mat? darling legs come in three awesome designs to choose from. get behind jo’s campaign and let’s get these sexy leggings into production! by pre-ordering you are part of creating something new and seeing it advance into production.

the product only gets made if there is enough demand for it!

and you’ll be the first to get your hands on these limited edition designs. if you place a pre-order, you only get charged if the design hits the funding goal. this is a unique opportunity to support an independent label and back a limited edition collection! + you’ll go in the draw to win a custom yoga mat or huge wall print featuring the ‘A Place Yet to Explore’ artwork. you can learn more about it all here.

the darling tree elsewhere: web | instagram | pinterest | blog | facebook

darling legs


enter to win: an extra large wall print (28×39”) featuring ‘A Place Yet to Explore’ artwork – valued at $75 USD + shipping
*BONUS! pre-order leggings and be entered win a custom yoga mat with ‘A Place Yet to Explore’ artwork!

deadline: giveaway will end tuesday, november 25th 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 complete the statement: ‘I’ll be wearing my gorgeous new leggings…’.

>> like going home to roost and the darling tree on facebook

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

>> share any giveaway image on instagram and tag @goinghometoroost and @thedarlingtree

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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