category: handmade

hi everyone! i’m pleased to welcome heidi ahmed to our space today. she’s a talented watercolor artist, illustrator and surface pattern designer. we recently got connected through my creativelive course, and i have been blown away by her work (see her pattern collection here!). today, she’s sharing with us some inspiration and a beautiful printable. thank you, heidi!


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Hello! My name is Heidi Ahmed.  I am from Columbus, Ohio and specialize in watercolor illustration & design. I have recently branched my watercolors into surface pattern design after taking Bonnie’s CreativeLive class on Designing Surface Patterns From Scratch. This class was life-changing for me because it exemplified a career path that provided more purpose and opportunities for my art.  In my current work, I had noticed that painting images has its limits.  While I enjoyed the process, I did not find as much fulfillment as I was expecting.  Surface design allows my work to touch people’s lives in a more tangible way.  In addition to the nature of the work, I found myself drawn to the community because they were generous, talented, and encouraging.  

In essence, surface design gave strength to my weaknesses.

During the class, I was inspired not only by Bonnie’s sincerity but also her willingness to teach. I was completely blown away by how genuine she was. One of the concepts from her class which really stuck out to me was the idea to “share something everyday” (inspired by austin kleon). It was clear that Bonnie believed in this idea and demonstrated it in her own life and work.

I was drawn to this concept because it is something I have struggled with since the beginning of my career.  I was afraid to share my work not for fear of people’s critiques but for fear of theft.  Seeing Bonnie’s generosity and confidence, however, inspired me to have courage and share my work. We have to be willing to let our work go and “find its place in the world,” much like a student going to school.

As a reminder to myself of its importance, I wrote out the words “Share Something Everyday” in calligraphic hand and posted it on my wall. I was determined to put this concept into practice for myself! I felt the first step in doing so would be to do just that:  share it!  So I’m sharing it as a free download here.

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to download: click here (or on the image above) to download the printable PDF. print on kraft paper and cut out along faint lines.

Lastly, I want to thank Bonnie for the opportunity to share my thoughts. I have grown not just professionally but also personally through her class.  If you are interested in taking her class, it is available on  If you have any thoughts you’d like to share… about sharing… please share them in the comments below!

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.


master series with jo klima

September 22, 2014

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happy monday everyone! i am very excited to welcome jo kilma to the roost tribe this friday as she joins us to discuss mindfulness and creativity.

jo is a soul-centered designer and artist with a curiosity to explore creative and spiritual practices which deepen and support our desire of living a beautiful and authentic life. she loves creating beautiful websites and branding for amazing women and businesses – bringing their ideas, energy and spirit to life. see her work at the darling tree, follow her creative adventure at maps to herself, or get in touch on twitter, facebook or instagram.

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jo and i go way back. in fact, she designed this very blog for me over five years ago! (time to get her to do an upgrade, you say? i agree! wink.) there’s something about jo and her work that just draws you in. you can tell she loves what she does. her sense of style and design are impeccable and she works really hard to bring women’s creative businesses to life. it seems as though everything she touches just comes to life!

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jo elsewhere: web | blog | twitter | instagram | facebook | pinterest

so come join the roost tribe and get your learn on! join anytime this month to receive jo’s article on mindfulness and creativity.

roost tribe

what is the roost tribe? the roost tribe is a membership that welcomes you to a family of creatives for just $5 a month. by joining, you’ll become a part of an incredibly inspirational community. members receive a welcome packet with several informational e-books covering blog growth, pitching your products, writing product descriptions, going home to roost’s creative story and a list of top industry resources. additionally, each month members receive printables, patterns, illustrations & clipart, a plant based recipe, adobe illustrator tutorial, iphone & desktop background, special guest articles on creative topics and more all delivered right to their inbox!

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 exhibitors at the indie craft parade (2)

hi everyone! i’m back from the indie craft parade and want to share a little bit about it with you! it was held in downtown greenville, south carolina, and was bustling with makers and indie-preneurs all weekend. in fact, there was a line out the door and around the building to get in all weekend- which just made me giggle with delight!

above was my little corner of the craft fair. i sold fabric covered notebooks, handmade camera straps, inspirational art prints, gift cards, temporary tattoos, patterns and sewing kits. i have just a few things leftover which i’ll try to share on instagram this week- follow me there if you’d like to see what’s still available!

since i know many of you couldn’t attend, i wanted to share a few of the artists that i fell in love with. i came home with a bundle of handmade goodness and i can’t say enough about how beautiful these maker’s booths were.

let’s get started!


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emily jeffords had a gorgeous booth (she won best booth award!) for her beautiful original paintings and prints. her work is so peaceful and serene and i have fallen in love with her color palettes. you can see more of emily’s work here.

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the artists of bean & bailey  make contemporary slip-cast ceramics that are light and airy yet super durable. i grabbed a splatter tumbler to use as a to-go mug and it feels so good in my hand. everything they make is simply stunning!

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with adorable baby clothes and a onesie that says ‘hey there baby bear’, it’s no wonder i totally fell in love with strawberry moth.

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erin godbey (creator of the indie craft parade) just debuted her new line of salts and sugars called queen’s cupboard. rumors of a website are spreading, but until then, you can contact erin directly to place an order. we grabbed some sriracha salt, french kitchen salt and pure vanilla extract and it’s all been amazing (i just added the salts to some roasted potatoes and pumpkin soup last night!).

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at spectrum-style, julia riffle works with wood, leather, clay and found natural items to create one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces. i happily picked up a new necklace and beautiful pair of stud earrings this past weekend. stay tuned, their fall line is releasing soon!

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finally, i don’t drink much soda, but i completely fell in love with pure sodaworks over weekend. in my opinion, they have handcrafted the most delicious, all-natural sodas on the planet. they simply take the finest organic fruits, berries, and herbs they can find, sweeten them with natural cane sugar, and create carbonated taste sensations like no other. my favorites were strawberry jalapeno (amazing!), cafe cola and apple pie.

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organic knit fox | deer | owl | bear pillows

words can’t even express how excited i am to booth-it-up at the indie craft parade this weekend in greenville, sc. it’s been years since i’ve exhibited at a craft fair, and i forgot just how fun it is!! i’ve been a busy busy bee over here making things for my booth so i wanted to give you a little behind the scenes glance. :)

here’s what you’ll find in my booth:

- organic knit fox | deer | owl | bear pillows
– camera straps made from sweet as honey, winged and reminisce
– fabric covered journals
– inspirational art prints
– greeting cards
– temporary tattoos
– gold foil stickers
– sewing kits for all my patterns (FUN!)

come celebrate handmade goods with us!

saturday, september 13, from 9 am to 6pm
sunday, september 14, from 11 am to 5 pm

where: the huguenot mill at the peace center
101 w. broad street, greenville, sc 29601

you can find me in booth #29. see you there!

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camera straps!

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fabric covered journals

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inspirational art prints | help from toaster

a huge thank you to my lovely assistant, the laura b, for these gorgeous photos! i’m sad to say that i’m losing her this week as she returns to school but the great city of seattle will be gaining a fabulous photographer! if you’re in the area and need a photographer, laura is the gal for you. she’s amazing, sweet and incredibly talented!

the laura b photography
seattle, washington
>> email | instagram <<

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design surface patterns from scratch blog tour!

are you ready to be ultra-inspired?! i’m tickled pink to announce the design surface patterns from scratch blog tour! (#DSPSblogtour for short.)

after connecting with so many of you after teaching design surface patterns from scratch for creativelive, i quickly realized a blog tour was in order (FUN!). with over 150 members buzzing about pattern design in our facebook group, your amazing talent and expertise just had to be shared!

join us each day for the next 7 weeks (!!) as talented designers from all over the world share their work, insight, advice, expertise and tips for surface pattern design. we’re all going to learn so much! check out the full schedule below to see who will be posting each day.

psst. want to join the fun? share you own projects on twitter and instagram using hashtags #DSPSblogtour and #bonnielive

design surface patterns from scratch blog tour!

>> blog posts will be linked daily as the are posted <<

Tuesday September 9thErin Stewart | poppy quin
Wednesday September 10thSofia M | paisley farm
Thursday September 11thRachael Mckeeman | the floral suitcase
Friday September 12thKate Cannon | a southern lady’s ramblings
Monday September 15thEmily | fresh paper studios
Tuesday  September 16thAmanda McGee | amanda mcgee designs
Wednesday September 17thAudrey Mann + Diane Brinton | the cloth parcel
Thursday September 18thMelanie Ham | i heart stitching
Friday September 19thVirgina Crawford | harriet’s hidden blog
Monday September 22ndChristina Ferrer | mayacoa
Tuesday  September 23rdJessica Godfrey |  sew shimmerskys
Wednesday September 24thRobin Grudzinski | the designest
Thursday September 25thPetica Watson | studio bricolaged
Friday September 26thBarbara Harris | babiqueiroz
Monday September 29thSofia Cardoso | sofiac blogs
Tuesday  September 30thAmanda Creek | amanda creek creative
Wednesday October 1stRochelle New | lucky lucille
Thursday October 2nd - Joditt Danley | joditt design
Friday October 3rdShelia Delgado | sheila delgado
Monday October 6thMegan Tannahill | meg tannahill
Tuesday  October 7thEmily Leggett | studio em interiors finds
Wednesday October 8thSara Hayes | sweet gum studios
Thursday October 9thNerissa Alford | nerissa alford designs
Friday October 10thHeidi Ahmed | lost in reverie
Monday October 13thAllison Sews | allison sews
Tuesday  October 14th – Susan Debow | designs of home
Wednesday October 15thAnia Archer |
Thursday  October 16thKari Allen | art by kari
Friday October 17thMargaret Kelly | margaret kelly art
Monday October 20thAndi Sigsby | beets and okra
Tuesday October 21st – Kimberly Costa | honizukle
Wednesday October 22nd – Casey | sunlit life
Thursday October 23rdEmily Truong | emily ann studio
Friday October 24thJulie Hamilton | artistically afflicted

Monday October 27thNika Nartinez
Tuesday October 28th - Myriam Kozik | creator me
Wednesday October 29thPattie Sokol
Thursday October 30th – Sarah Price | sarah price designs
Friday October 31st – Anna Garriga | positive fabrics

Monday November 3rd – Carolyn Clark


in case you missed the course and want to join in, don’t worry! design surface patterns from scratch is now available for purchase for $79 in the creativelive catalog (where it will live from now on). there’s also still plenty of time to enter the design challenge (it ends 9/15/14). i can’t wait to see your designs!

finally, if you’d like to join the CL Design Surface Patterns from Scratch facebook group we would love to have you. i’ll meet you there!

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paper wall art by sugar and cloth

i absolutely love this paper wall art project by sugar and cloth. ashley uses chicken wire, a wooden frame and rolled up pieces of paper to create a stunning piece of art. this opens up so many possibilities! i would love to use this method to create a pixelated looking rose or dahlia. head on over to sugar and cloth to see more pictures and get the full tutorial!


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one of the most exciting parts of releasing a new fabric collection is the beautiful lookbook that follows. with several projects, my sister as a model and our cameras in hand we headed out to the local forest to shoot images for winged. you can see several of the photos here and even more by viewing the the winged lookbook!

psst. visit yesterday’s post to see pattern images and read all about the inspiration for this collection.

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pictured: alation quilt

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pictured: the slumberland sleeping bag

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pictured: hexagon situpons

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pictured: the roll ‘n go

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pictured: the slouchy backpack 

you can find winged by checking your local quilt or fabric shop, or by checking these online stores.

you can also head on over to art gallery fabric’s blog to enter to win a full fat quarter stack of this entire collection!

finally, share your winged projects using the official hashtag #wingedfabric

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a garden party

July 22, 2014

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garden party garden parties, firefly nights and a freshly picked bouquet of flowers. that’s what a garden means to me! i hope a few of these products will inspire you to enjoy your garden this year. head on over to my latest houzz ideabook to read more and grab the sources to these beautiful products!

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