Make it in Design Modules 1 & 2 Course Giveaway

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Make it in Design Modules 1 & 2 Course Giveaway (2)

Hey everyone! I’m happy to again partner with my friends at Make It In Design, to offer a very special prize to ONE very lucky reader – a free place on The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design Module 1: Designing your way starting February 1, 2016 AND Module 2: Creating your professional identity starting April 4, 2016. Together this prize is worth over $640!!

About Module 1: Designing your way

In Module 1: Designing your way, you will learn everything you need to know to turn basic sketches into elements for pattern design. Find out more about color and pattern, how to create moodboards and repeat patterns in Adobe Illustrator. Learn how to develop your signature style and get industry insider tips and tricks!

This is for you if you are drawn to color and pattern and dream of one day licensing your own designs but don’t know where to begin. Here you’ll join a community of like-minded people on a fun and inspiring creative journey, learn more about how to create your own patterns and motifs and even design a set of business stationery!

About Module 2: Creating your professional identity

In Module 2: Creating your professional identity you will learn how to develop your brand image, design advanced technical repeats in Photoshop and Illustrator, put a collection together and start your own label. You will also learn how to understand and predict trends, how to get noticed and attract the press, and how to protect your work.

This is for you if you have a basic understanding of surface pattern design and now want to start getting noticed and make a name for yourself. Here you’ll join a community of like-minded people on a fun and inspiring creative journey and learn how to create more complex repeat patterns, build them into a sellable collection and put the foundations in place to pave the way for licensing and other ways of selling your work.

These on-line surface pattern design courses are both five-weeks long. The classroom is accessible 24/7 so you can join from anywhere in the world and fit the course into your busy life. Read some of their student success stories here.

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Module 1: Designing your way includes:

  • How to work with colour
  • How to create moodboards
  • How to build a pattern
  • How and where to seek out design inspiration
  • How to develop your signature style and use this to brand your business
  • How to turn elements of a mixed media painting into a pattern (featuring the work of Kelly Rae Roberts)
  • How to create repeats in Adobe Illustrator
  • Time-saving tricks and industry insider tips
  • The secrets of successful surface pattern designers
  • Downloadable pattern source guide
  • Opportunity to put questions to Rachael Taylor throughout the class.


  • *NEW* BONUS TECHNICAL WORKSHOP VIDEOS giving you a step-by-step guide to scanning images and basic manipulation in Photoshop, playing with colour, sketching and creating repeats on your computer.
  • AND a peek behind the scenes of Rachael Taylor’s life as a dynamic and successful professional surface pattern designer and a glimpse at some previously unpublished designs!
  • And a whole lot more – this course really is packed full of goodness!

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Module 2: Creating your professional identity includes:

  • How to start your own label
  • How to develop your signature look
  • How to build your brand image and get people talking about you the way you want them to
  • How to understand and predict trends (and how to layout a professional Trend Report in Adobe Illustrator)
  • How to put a collection together
  • How to get noticed and get press
  • How to market yourself and build your online presence
  • How to protect your work
  • Opportunity to put questions to Rachael Taylor throughout the class.


  • *NEW* BONUS TECHNICAL WORKSHOP VIDEOS giving you a step-by-step guide to creating technical repeats, creating a static and rotating advert, creating room set mock-ups and more
  • Create a sample collection, mini brand look book, press release, and trend report.
  • PLUS you will receive bonus industry insider tips, generic industry specifications for printing and designing for various products, a selection of template product examples to demonstrate industry standards and an industry jargon-buster
  • AND the chance to get your work showcased in MOYO magazine which has been viewed over 2.5 million times since it launched.


UPDATE: Congratulations, Kelly Dalton!


The prize: ONE place on The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design – Module 1: Designing your way course starting February 1, 2016 AND Module 2: Creating your professional identity course starting April 4, 2016 delivered on-line worth over $640.

How to enter: Check out both courses on the Make it in Design website to find out more, then leave a comment at the bottom of the post in no more than 50 words telling us how this prize would help you right now.

Deadline is Wednesday January 20th. Any comments left after this time will not be counted. The winner will be selected by me, and Rachael Taylor and announced her on Friday, January 22nd.

Good luck!

Terms and Conditions:

  • This competition is to win a place on Module 1: Designing your way course starting February 1, 2016 AND Module 2: Creating your professional identity starting April 4, 2016 from Make it in Design
  • One entry allowed per person
  • The winning place is not transferable – either by date or to another individual and must not be sold on and no cash alternative will be offered in the event that the winner is unable to use the prize for any reason
  • By entering this competition you agree to your entry to be promoted on the Make it in Design and Going Home to Roost website and their associated social networks

#shopmycloset sale on instagram

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shop my closet

hey everyone! just popping in with some fun news for the day. i’m having a #shopmycloset sale over on instagram this week! my new year’s resolution was to destash, so this sale will hopefully help me do that AND help you score some new wardrobe pieces at the same time! i call that a WINWIN.

follow along on my sales account, @shopbonniechristine to see new items listed each day at 1:00PM EST. above is the schedule for the week and the sale will officially end on sunday at 5:00pm EST. i’ll meet you there!

a few of my favorite photos from 2015

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another year has come and gone and my favorite way to reflect on them is always to look through the photos we’ve taken. they are such a huge part of my memories, documenting life as we live it. a year can hold so many experiences, opportunities, feelings and blessings. babies become toddlers, new friends are made and occasionally, dreams become reality. here are just a few of 2015’s sweetest moments.


in his element. fern in hand.

headed to the hospital for baby #2!

picking apples.

baby ollie is all smiles!


last year’s winter snow.


sweet snuggles.

sewing for ollie.

my first woven wall hanging.

join us over on instagram for all of 2016’s memories in the making!

january desktop + smartphone calendars

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bye bye december, hello beautiful january!  what i love most about this month: snow (fingers crossed), soup, mittens, winter hikes and new beginnings.  what’s your favorite part of january? xox, bonnie

calendars for january: click here to download the .zip file with both calendars inside – or – click here to download the desktop background and here to download the smartphone background. enjoy!

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a little recap of our month. see more & follow along over on instagram!

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!

do what makes your soul shine

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merry christmas, from our family to yours! we’re headed over the mountains and through the woods (literally!) to spend time with family over the next few weeks. this truly is the most wonderful time of the year, isn’t it?

my motto for the new year is this: do what makes your soul shine. if your very soul isn’t happy, what’s the point? for me, this means doing what i love for business, soaking in every special moment with my littles, putting the Lord first, and making sure david and i stay madly in love forever. those are the things that make my soul shinewhat makes your soul shine? share with us in the comments section!

before signing off, i also wanted to give a shout-out to some of going home to roost’s most cherished posts from 2015. i hope you’ll have fun reminiscing with me, or maybe even discovering some new posts from the past!

so that’s it for me, lovelies! i’m taking off for my annual blogging break and am planning to return on tuesday, january 5th. 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

Best of GHTR – Christmas Edition!

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hi everyone! today, i want to dive back into the archives of going home to roost and share some of my all time favorite christmas projects with you. some of them are for packages and decor (like gift wrapping, printable gift tags and cookie envelopes!) and others are handmade gift ideas (like handmade soy candles, painted wooden spoons and clay baked planters!). these projects are all tried and true, and i hope they’ll make your christmas just a little more special. explore each of them using the links below!

Best of GHTR - Christmas Edition!

ONE diy soy candles| TWO printable cookie envelopes | THREE bottle brush trees | FOUR printable gift tags | FIVE ‘chalkboard’ packaging | SIX hand painted wooden spoons| SEVEN reversible ribbon cuffs | EIGHT planted mugs | NINE speckled gift wrap | TEN diy baked clay planters

Give a 1 Year Membership to the Roost Tribe

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hi everyone! just like last year, i wanted to share with you a special gift idea for the creative in your life. i created the roost tribe over three years ago as a special place where i could share what i’ve learned on my journey and pass along the secrets to my success. i set out to create something i could have only dreamed of being a part of when i was starting out as a blogger, surface pattern designer and professional creative.

today, our tribe has members from over 40 countries. members receive premium, exclusive content each week, and every day members are following their dreams, sharing their talents, and finding strength through our community. becoming a member is a step towards opening the door to the future you’ve always dreamed of.

giving a year’s membership to the roost tribe would be a great gift for a blogger, surface pattern designer, illustrator or creative of any type (or even yourself!).

gifted memberships will receive a digital packet with a membership certificate, an 8×10 inspirational art print and a ‘how to get started’ kit.

click on the image above to purchase. after you complete your purchase (through paypal), i will get in touch with you via your email address provided during checkout. included in this e-mail will be an easy form for you to fill out sharing with me your information, preferences and the recipient’s information.

in order to not spoil any surprises, all of the recipients roost tribe material will start on january 1st, 2016. i can’t wait to fill the new year with new inspirations!

2016 Customizable Instagram Calendars

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hey everyone! just like last year (and the year before!), i’m so happy to share with you the 2016 version of my customizable instagram calendars! these make really fun ‘print and give’ gifts, and they’re something you can do for free (as long as you have a printer!). 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 fun gift idea? find your recipient on instagram by going to’recipient’s instagram handle’ (like this:, download 12 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 past year. we keep ours on the fridge as a reminder of the beauty we saw in the same month one year before. you can either print mine, or use the included template to customize it by inserting your own photos.

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

– my printable PDF 2016 calendar.
– a PDF blank template for you to add your own photos to.
– a .PNG template with a transparent background for you to add your own photos to.
– a .EPS file that you can open in photoshop or illustrator to edit.

(i tried to make something for everyone!)

tips for using this template: to use a template, you will need to use some kind of photo software that allows you to layer photos. if you have photoshop or illustrator: open the .eps file and simply drag and drop your photos into place. for all other programs, try using either the .PDF or .PNG template. programs like printshop, pages and picmonkey should allow you to layer you photos on top of the template. after your photos are placed, save the document as a .PDF and print using the instructions below!

instructions: print on heavy cardstock and cut in half (my favorite is epson premium presentation paper). punch a hole at the top of each to hang, or simply stack neatly.

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

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