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hi everyone! i’m back from teaching designing surface patterns from scratch at creativelive and can’t even begin to tell you what an incredible time i had. i feel so grateful for the opportunity to share with you what i love and i have creativelive to thank for every moment of it. last week was the most incredible week of my professional career to date. i’m so happy that i was able to connect with so many of you, and i am still in awe of your sweet messages, encouragement and beautiful artwork. thank you for inspiring me at the very depths of my creativity!

if you missed the course, don’t worry! it is now available to purchase for $79 for lifetime any-time access. this way, you’ll be able to download the courses to all of your mobile devices and really take the time you need to dive in and learn the material. you’ll also have until september 15th, 2014 to enter the design challenge (more details covered throughout the course).

here’s just a quick recap of my week and glimpse into creativelive‘s studio in san francisco. it’s beautiful and will forever hold a special place in my heart!

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all pictures taken by my amazing mom, maxie makes!

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surface pattern design challenge!

hi everyone! i’ll be teaching designing surface patterns from scratch for creativeLIVE in just two days! words can’t explain how excited i am to share this course with you. it’s going to be so much fun!

today i’m sharing with you about the design competition i’ll be hosting during the course, and offering a copy of the class as a giveaway for one of you! keep reading for details. :)

note: this is the fourth (and final!) installment for the countdown to my creativeLIVE course (you can click through to see the first part, second part and third part). it starts in just 2 days!! (ee!)

during designing surface patterns from scratch, i’ll be hosting a design competition for anyone who would like to join in. the winner will receive over $800 worth of goodies!

challenge mission: to create a small pattern collection of 6 prints that is cohesive in style, color and scale.

challenge requirements: show each step of your work as outlined in the course.

challenge winner will be chosen on how well they share their process, how well they follow the course instructions and how cohesive and their collection is.

the challenge winner will receive:

- $250 gift certificate to spoonflower
- 20 yards of bonnie christine ribbon from renaissance ribbon (coming soon!)
- 20 yards of luxurious fabric from art gallery fabrics
- stencil + wallpaper collection from wallternatives
- lifetime membership to the roost tribe
- set of 6 bonnie christine sewing patterns

be sure to tune in to the course for more details on how to join and share your work with us!

giveaway

enter to win: a free copy of my designing surface patterns from scratch course

deadline: giveaway will end sunday august 17th at midnight est

to enter: RSVP for designing surface patterns from scratch, then comment on this post letting us know you did so. 

additional ways to enter:

>> like going home to roost and creativelive on facebook

>> share course on twitter and include the handle @gohometoroost and  @creativelive

>> share either giveaway image on pinterest and include hashtags #goinghometoroost & #creativelive

be sure to leave a new comment for each additional entry so it counts (limit of 4 comments per person)!

course details:

what: design surface patterns from scratch
when: august 13th, 14th & 15th from 9am – 4pm each day
cost: the course is FREE if you watch it live, and available for purchase for on lifetime on-demand access anytime for $59. click here for details.
RSVP here!

‘see’ you there!

i’m going to be taking the rest of the week off from blogging, but join us on our trip over on instagram!

THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED.

 

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alation free quilt pattern by bonnie christine (1)

today i get to share with you one of my all time favorite quilts. it’s called alation which means ‘the state of being winged’, which goes perfectly with my new fabric collection, winged for art gallery fabrics!

click here to download the free quilt pattern!

note: we’re working on kitting this quilt with pre-cut squares. stay tuned!

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i had SO MUCH FUN designing this quilt. i wanted something feminine, unique and whimsical and i’m so happy with the outcome! my mom, maxie makes, and i collaborate on all of our patterns- i design and illustrate, and she sews. so, this is her beautiful work!

to construct the quilt, we used fusible grid interfacing (we recommend using bosal’s 2.5″ fusible interfacing) which makes this go together quickly and easily! just place your squares on the grid and iron them in place. then, all you have to do is zip up and down to secure your seams. we didn’t use a single pin. easy peasy!

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quick note: i stumbled across this giant pom pom trim at a local thrift store a few months ago (don’t hate me!). it was pretty much the best day ever.

alation - free quilt pattern!

you can choose to make the quilt in either the northern migration colorway or the southern migration colorway (instructions included for both). i had a hard time deciding, but we chose to make it in the northern migration. i think this colorway is so soft and dreamy!

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you can find winged by checking your local quilt or fabric shop, at a stitch in time or by checking these online stores.

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

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plant based dinner ideas

hello, friday! this week has been one of the busiest weeks i’ve had in a long time. instead of letting the need to prepare dinner stress me out, i chose to indulge in the necessary break away from work! eating well and feeling energized is a necessity for maximum creativity. :) and i think these meals definitely did their job this week!

monday: pomegranate kale salad
tuesday: jumbo stuffed shells
wednesday: chana masala
thursday: grilled beet burgers
friday: tofu stuffed avocados

what was on your plate this week? any favorite recipes you’d like to share?

we follow a whole foods, plant based diet. the dinner ideas posts are a way for me to log our dinners, how we make eating this way easy, and hopefully inspire you to try some new things as well. they are always meat free, dairy free and often gluten free. you can follow the posts here, and i encourage you to share your favorite recipes with us as well!

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my new society6 shop!

August 7, 2014

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i’ve been wanting to open a society6 shop for about as long as i can remember. a few weeks ago i was determined to carve out some society6 time and am happy to say that i have finally opened a shop! inside you’ll find all sorts of patterned goodies. iphone covers, laptop skins, duvet covers (!!), rugs, art prints, mugs, shower curtains and MORE. (watch out david, all the patterns are coming!)

psst.. society6 is offering $10 off + free shipping worldwide on duvet covers now through august 10th! (be sure to click on this link to activate the promotion)

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august gift guide

August 6, 2014

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august gift guide

product links: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8  

a handmade gift guide for birthdays, anniversaries, holidays… or for no reason at all!

fun facts for august:

>> august is happiness happens month
>> august is american adventures month
>> first week in august is world breastfeeding month
>> august 19th is my birthday y’all!!
>> august’s birthstones are the peridot and sardonyx
>> august’s birth flower is the gladiolus or poppy

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bambu earth giveaway

August 5, 2014

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i love bambu earth’s mission. they create soaps with simple, all natural ingredients because that’s the way the Lord made them to begin with. bambu earth products are responsible in every way: ethical, sustainable, all-natural (really), fair trade, organic, and unrefined. their soaps are even wrapped in plantable paper… which means you can PLANT the wrapper and wildflowers will grow. um, yes!

bambu earth is hoping to open a natural soap and skincare retail store in southern california where they can have soap-making demonstrations and educational workshops. in efforts to support their dream, they just launched a new kickstarter campaign. if you’re interested in learning more about their mission and supporting them, be sure to check it out!

amber has also generously offered a $50 gift certificate to their online shop to one of you lucky readers. read on to find out how to enter!

giveaway

enter to win: one $50 gift certificate to bambu earth.

deadline: giveaway will end monday, august 10th at 12am, eastern standard time. the winners will be drawn using a random number generator and announced on this post shortly after.

to enter: comment on this post sharing with us what you’d like to try from bambu earth.

additional ways to enter:

>> like going home to roost and bambu earth on facebook

>> share giveaway on twitter and include the handle @gohometoroost and

>> share either giveaway image on pinterest and include hashtags #goinghometoroost & #bambuearth

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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one question: why do you love being a surface pattern designer? the world of surface pattern design is bursting at the seams with sweet, beautiful and generous women (and men!). today you get to hear the answers from a few of them when i asked them one question: why do you love being a surface pattern designer?

if you long to join this fun, passionate, creative career path, be sure to RSVP for my 3 day course on surface pattern design here – it’s FREE to watch live!

note: this is the third installment for the countdown to my creativeLIVE course (you can click through to see the first part and second part). it starts in just 9 days!! (ah!)

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I love being a surface pattern designer because I get to spend my days creating, and making the world a more beautiful place. Hopefully putting a smile on someone’s face through my work and making life a little prettier. I love that I’m able to make a living off of my artwork — it’s an absolute dream come true. And I love it because it’s a world brimming with creativity and inspiration and a true sense of community. I feel like I’m at the heart of something really special. I feel like I’ve found my place in the world. - Elizabeth Olwen

one question: why do you love being a surface pattern designer? (3)

Creating individual, unique prints from concept to completion is artistically fulfilling. And though each design needs to stand on its own and be executed to its best result, it is the grouping of new designs to build a cohesive collection that I enjoy the most. Like casting a play, there should be clear chemistry between the characters. What that chemistry is exactly is unique to each designer—their special sauce. Though getting a collection to sing in harmony can take me back to the drawing board many times, I love the process of working that all out. I know in my gut when I’ve got it right. - Heather Bailey

one question: why do you love being a surface pattern designer? (4)

I love being a surface designer because some of my earliest memories are of hand-drawing patterns in sketchbooks and on posters — the fact that I can do for a living what I loved doing as a child is just amazing to me! Designing patterns brings me such joy and takes me straight back to childhood. - Jessica Swift

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Somewhere along the way I fell in love with repetition and pattern. I love the way objects can weave around each other to create a work that looks and feels entirely different from the original. Color and space are what I’m best at so it was a natural transition for me as an artist to move into surface pattern design. The added bonus is seeing where my patterns end up and how they’re used. I love designing for commercial ends and seeing how my work can transform an object, whether it be bedding, ceramics, or clothing is so much fun. - Leah Duncan

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there’s something so meaningful in the way we decide to color our worlds. i believe patterns are a way we can express ourselves, and make our spaces beautiful. whether it’s a favorite coffee mug, inspirational notebook or handmade baby quilt, i believe the patterns of our lives have the capacity to connect deeply within us. i love to interweave parts of my own life into each pattern, and so by viewing my work you have also viewed a part of my life and heart. - bonnie christine (of course, i had to add my own!)

if these women just gave you chill bumps, head on over to RSVP for my course here!  you will learn everything you need to know to start a career in surface pattern design. IT’S FREE to watch live, or you can purchase the course for lifetime, on-demand access!

course details:

what: design surface patterns from scratch
when: august 13th, 14th & 15th from 9am – 4pm each day
cost: the course is FREE if you watch it live, and available for purchase for on lifetime on-demand access anytime for $59. click here for details.
RSVP here!

‘see’ you there!

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