a guide to my courses

| bonnie christine design

hi everyone! after teaching several courses online and offering them on a couple of different platforms, i often get asked for my opinion on which one someone should take. to help simplify the courses and give everyone a clear understanding of what each of them are, i’m sharing a guide to them here with you!

a quick note on both platforms offered:

creativelive:

are you familiar with creativelive? every single day, they broadcast the world’s greatest creative experts directly to you, live and free. with workshops featuring photography, video, design, business, audio, music, and software training there’s something for everyone! anyone can watch online — for free — and interact with instructors in real time. or, if you would prefer to have anytime on demand access, you can purchase the course you’re interested in.

skillshare:

skillshare believes in learning by doing and is specifically designed for creators and makers. anyone can join skillshare to enroll in online classes, watch video lessons, create projects, and even become a teacher. skillshare’s mission is to unlock the world’s creativity. they believe in giving people tools to harness their creative power as they dismantle the traditional barriers to learning so that anyone, anywhere in the world, can learn whatever they set their minds to. as a skillshare member, you’ll have access to 1000s of online classes that you can watch on your own time, taught by creators from around the world. each class has short lessons and a hands-on project for you to work on. share your project in the class to get feedback and collaborate with our vibrant community.

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course: surface pattern designs from scratch
platform: creativelive (see reviews here)
cost: $99
duration: 3 days ~ 16 hours (videos available for anytime on demand access)

OVERVIEW:

if you’ve ever dreamed of being a surface pattern designer, this course is for you! over the course of three days, i teach you the ins and outs of adobe illustrator and take you from concept to sketch to finished designs and repeating patterns. by the end of the course, you’ll have a mini collection of patterns to hit the ground running with.

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN:

– adobe illustrator for surface pattern design
– how to make a repeating pattern
– how to develop a concept, sketch and illustrate your ideas
– how to develop and work with a color palette
– how to work from sketches and photographs
– how to gather inspiration and stay creatively motivated
– the business of surface pattern design
– all about licensing and copyrights
– how to develop a portfolio and get noticed
– how to create printables, desktop backgrounds, gift tags, recipes and blog posts
– how to apply your patterns to fabric, wallpaper, wrapping paper and more!

this course is definitely for the person who wants to take surface pattern design seriously and potentially pursue a career in it. we also welcome guest speakers who cover the business and legal side of surface pattern design and printing options for your patterns!

why someone would choose this course: you want to pursue a career in surface pattern design, learn adobe illustrator and find out more about the ins and outs of design. challenges and community interaction are not important to you. you enjoy watching live streaming videos of a person ‘face to face’.

online courses by bonnie christine
course: intro to surface pattern design
platform: skillshare (see reviews here)
cost: sign up for an annual plan for $8/month (billed annually at $96) or pay as you go for $10/month!
duration: 3h 43m (videos available for anytime on demand access)

OVERVIEW:

this course is designed for the person who dreams of creating their own repeating patterns. after spending years learning how to become a surface pattern designer on my own, i’m sharing all the knowledge i’ve gained over the years with you here! it will definitely give you all the technical and creative skills you need to start designing patterns, plus it will motivate and inspire you to start following your creative dream!

whether you’re a seasoned pro at Illustrator or you’ve never opened the program, you’ll feel comfortable in this course. we start with the basics and advance to the most technical knowledge you’ll need to begin making beautiful artwork.

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

this course walks you through step by step to creating a repeating pattern. we learn what surface pattern design is and why it may be a good career option for you. i’ll share with you my own creative story and give you lots of insider secrets along the way!

  • learn Illustrator – from setting up a custom workspace to how to use the most technical tools of the trade.
  • gather and create your own inspiration, and learn how to put together a moodboard.
  • learn best practices for sketching and scanning.
  • learn how to make artwork from your sketches, your photographs and from directly within Adobe Illustrator.
  • create custom color palettes.
  • design a repeating pattern!

this course (coupled with the 2.0 course below) covers nearly everything that my first course on creativelive does, minus the guest speakers. it’s presented in a much more condensed format, but i feel live gives a better/more in depth view of my actual workflow as a designer. people who have taken both hear much of the same information twice, but learn it better since it’s presented in a slightly different way.

why someone would choose this course: you’re interested in learning adobe illustrator, how to create patterns and potentially pursue a career in surface pattern design. you enjoy community involvement, giving and receiving feedback and taking part in course challenges and events.

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course: surface pattern design 2.0
platform: skillshare (see reviews here)
cost: sign up for an annual plan for $8/month (billed annually at $96) or pay as you go for $10/month!
duration: 1hr 37m (videos available for anytime on demand access)

OVERVIEW:

this course is designed for the person who dreams of becoming a professional surface pattern designer. during class, i walk you step by step through the process of creating a pattern collection that is unique and engaging, and i share all of my industry secrets with you along the way! we discuss what to include in your portfolio and how to begin contacting companies to start your career. it will give you all the industry information and creative skills you need to start start your career as a surface pattern designer, plus it will motivate and inspire you to follow your creative dream!

whether you’re looking to become a professional surface pattern designer, or are just hoping to enhance your pattern building skills, this course is for you!

this course is the perfect follow up to the above course, intro to surface pattern design.

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

i’ll walk you through step by step to creating a unique and engaging pattern collection.

  • learn to create a repeat pattern.
  • design a collection that is engaging and thoughtful.
  • apply your patterns to products and mockups.
  • why it’s important to craft the perfect portfolio.
  • how to get noticed in the industry and begin your career as a surface pattern designer!

this course (coupled with the intro course above) covers nearly everything that my first course on creativelive does, minus the guest speakers. it’s presented in a much more condensed format, but i feel live gives a better/more in depth view of my actual workflow as a designer. people who have taken both hear much of the same information twice, but learn it better since it’s presented in a slightly different way.

why someone would choose this course: you’re interested in learning how to create patterns in sets of collections and pursue a career in surface pattern design. you enjoy community involvement, giving and receiving feedback and taking part in course challenges and events.

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course: design, print and bind your own portfolio
platform: creativelive (see reviews here)
cost: $49
duration: 1 day ~ 6 hours (videos available for anytime on demand access)

OVERVIEW:

this course has a little something for everyone in it. it’s also NOT just for surface pattern designers! photographers, illustrators, painters, artists, writers and creatives of all kinds will learn how to present their work. you’ll leave the course feeling inspired, motivated and prepared to hit the ground running with your beautiful portfolio.

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

  • why having a portfolio is essential for your creative career
  • what to include in your book and how to make it a reflection of your brand and work
  • how to design (and print) the pages of your portfolio in adobe illustrator
  • how to build your very own handmade portfolio
  • tips on getting in touch with your target people and advice on shipping your book

this course is for anyone who wants to learn more about how to show their work with the world. during class you’ll pick up illustrator tips and learn how to actually build and bind your very own portfolio.

why someone would choose this course: you’re ready to show your work with the world! challenges and community interaction are not important to you. you enjoy watching live streaming videos of a person ‘face to face’.

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course: design & bind your creative portfolio
platform: skillshare (see reviews here)
cost: sign up for an annual plan for $8/month (billed annually at $96) or pay as you go for $10/month!
duration: 1hr 40m (videos available for anytime on demand access)

OVERVIEW:

again, this course has a little something for everyone in it. it’s NOT just for surface pattern designers, but photographers, illustrators, painters, artists, writers and creatives of all kinds will learn how to present their work!

note: this course is the perfect follow up to intro to surface pattern design & surface pattern design 2.0. please begin with these courses for detailed training on adobe illustrator, color palettes, sketching, motif design and repeat pattern design!

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN:

  • why having a portfolio is essential for your creative career
  • what to include in your book and how to make it a reflection of your brand and work
  • how to design (and print) the pages of your portfolio in Adobe Illustrator
  • how to actually build and bind your very own handmade portfolio
  • tips on getting in touch with your target people and advice on shipping your book

this course is very similiar to the above creativelive course, simply offered on a different platform  (skillshare). it’s presented in a precise, easy to follow format that allows you to easily navigate between sections and topics.

why someone would choose this course: you’re ready to show your work to the world! you enjoy community involvement, giving and receiving feedback and taking part in course challenges and events.

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that’s all for now, folks! let me know if you have any additional questions. i can’t wait to see you in class! xo, bonnie

on raising a plant based family

| baby & children | simple living

 

if you’ve been around here long,  you probably know that david and i have been vegan for about 6 years now. during that time i’ve had two very healthy vegan pregnancies (you can read about my first pregnancy here) and have also been raising our son, bear, on a plant based diet.

i’ve had several people ask about the details of raising a plant based babe, so here i am to share with you all that i know. :)

a quick note: before you read this article, please know that the only real advice i give to any mom is to do whatever works for you and your family. every baby is different and you are officially entering a ‘no judgment‘ zone! i simply wanted to share about our eating habits for anyone who wants to know more or who might be interested in what it looks like for our family and how we make it work.

i won’t go into great detail about our why we’ve chosen to eat this way (you can read more about my reasons here and here), but in short it’s all about health. health for our bodies and health for the earth. eating this way makes us feel alive, strong and full of joy!

my second vegan pregnancy has been just as good as the first. all of my blood results have come back in optimal range, i passed the glucose test with flying colors and have felt energetic throughout. i’ve gained around 40 pounds (like i did last time), and have been able to keep eating all the foods i love to eat. (sidenote: and even though my mom got them terribly, i haven’t gotten any stretch marks with either pregnancy! though i’ll never know, i wonder if that’s due to my diet??)

another note i should i make: as i’ve mentioned before, i don’t believe vegans need to take supplements of any kind, as long as your mindful about a whole foods diet diet. however, pregnancy is one of those special times in your life where you need to take extra good care of yourself (vegan or not), so i take an organic whole foods prenatal vitamin and an algae omega dha. what’s an algae omega dha you say? let me tell you! doctors recommend that while you’re pregnant you take a dha omega 3 supplement to support healthy brain development. this usually comes in the form of a fish product, which of course i didn’t want to take. upon further research, what’s even a better source of dha is algae. yup, algae! made from microalgae it offers a plant-based source of beneficial marine omega 3s epa and dha without the use of fish. in fact, that’s why fish are so high in dha omega 3s, because they eat algae. so, why not remove the middle man and go straight to the source?

so back to babies!

i was thankfully able to nurse bear exclusively for 9 months, and until he later weaned at 18 months. at 9 months, we slowly introduced him to the mushy staples we eat ourselves: pieces of avocado, baked sweet potato, soft beans and bits like that. the family drinks almond milk, so we also slowly introduced it to him after he was a year old.

here are a few things we’ve done differently, that i believe has made a huge difference in the way he eats!

baby food: to this day, i’ve never bought a jar of baby food. i have also never had to go to great lengths to prepare baby food (i.e. food processor, freezing, etc etc). i’ve always just chosen whole foods that he could easily eat himself, cooked them and served them (examples are coming!).

meals with the family: another thing i’ve been adamant about is eating as a family. this means we usually sit down together three times a day (but especially at dinner), and bear eats what we eat. i don’t fix him a separate meal and he’s always enjoyed the same thing we’ve eaten for dinner. i think it’s easy for people to graviate towards simple, bland or ‘white’ foods for babies, but i’ve served him colorful, tasteful, vibrant meals from the beginning! i will note that i occasionally keep things separate (like a sauce from the stir fry) and offer them all to him, that way if he doesn’t like a single element it hasn’t ruined the whole dinner.

sweets: despite the differing opinions from those around us, we managed to keep sweets away from bear until he was 18 months old. yes, that means no cake for his first birthday (he had waffles sans the syrup and he loved it!). i strongly believe that keeping him from eating sweets this long has been a huge part of how well he eats (no picky eaters, here!). as a family, we only eat homemade sweets (cookies, cake, etc), so bear has still never once had a package of candy. to this day, he’s not obsessed with anything sweet and will barely have a bite of whatever the adults are eating. he would truly rather snack on cherry tomatoes than cookies!

ok, ok. so, you may be asking yourself: so, what exactly DO you eat? here’s a sample of what bear might eat during any given week. he’s almost two years old.

breakfast:
•    oatmeal with raisins and a sliced peach
•    yogurt with fresh fruit and granola
•    fresh fruit bowl with toast and earth balance butter
•    granola cereal with almond milk
•    homemade pancakes with fresh fruit

lunch:
•    avocado toast with cherry tomatoes
•    pasta with peas and toast
•    grits (or polenta) with nutritional yeast
•    homemade biscuit with earth balance butter and fresh fruit
•    peanut butter and jelly sandwich with pretzels

afternoon snack:
•    hummus with pita and snap peas
•    banana with peanut butter and raisins
•    fruit and veggie smoothie with crackers and hummus
•    baked sweet potato
•    homemade bread with jam

dinner (this is always whatever we’re eating for dinner as a family):
•    stir fried veggies with rice and tofu
•    pasta with vegetables and sauce
•    burritos with beans, rice, tempeh and veggies
•    vegan grilled cheese (like this) with tomato basil soup
•    garbanzo bean indian chana with papadums

overall, bear eats just about anything i put in front of him and the doctor says he’s as healthy as they come. if you’re interested in seeing more of what we eat each week, you can check out my weekly dinner posts.

of course, i realize we’re still in complete control over what bear eats and as he gets older and begins school other issues are sure to arise. though we’re not sure exactly what this will look like, we are sure that we want our children to fully understand the food issues of today, but also make their own decisions about what’s important to them and how they want to eat. i’m sure i’ll be writing more about this topic as we navigate those barriers as a family later on!

how does your family cope with issues regarding food and little ones?

ollie and olina’s hello, bear heirloom quilt collection (+ a giveaway!)

| baby & children

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i know i’m in total baby land over here, but i’m completely melting over ollie & olina’s debut fall collection of heirloom quilts. and of course, i’m beside-myself-giddy that they chose my fabric collection, hello, bear for art gallery fabrics for the line!

at ollie & olina, they believe two things: baby gifts should be functional and memorable. they know how important and cherished these moments are and how special it is to receive an unforgettable gift. especially one that is handmade, right here in the U.S.!

for  ollie & olina to be such a new company, i have been blown away by four things:

1) the stunning quality of their handmade quilts, bibs and burp clothes
2) the uniqueness of their packaging – i love hexagons! (see example above)
3) their professional and absolutely delicious photography (hello, cute babies!)
4) their clean, fresh & easy to use website

for all those reasons, this is a company i can totally get behind!

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i’m also happy to share that ollie & olina is offering one of you lucky readers a $50 gift card! see entry details below.

giveaway

enter to win: a $50 gift certificate to ollie & olina.

deadline: giveaway will end friday, august 14th at 12am, EST. the winner 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 would use the gift card for – and/or – who you would gift a quilt to.

additional ways to enter:

>> like going home to roost and ollie & olina on facebook

>> share any of the above post images on instagram and include handles @goinghometoroost and @ollieandolina

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

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

good luck! xox, bonnie

this giveaway is closed.

 

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handmade onesies for our little girl

| baby & children | DIY projects

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i’m so happy today is my stop on the cultivate blog tour, because i have such a sweet project to share with you. last weekend, my mom and i got together to have a weekend full of sewing for my little-girl-on-the-way (she’ll be here in just 3 weeks!). i knew i wanted to make her some soft and cozy onesies to snuggle in while she was a baby, and i can’t tell you how proud i am of the results!

speaking of my mom, we are double posting today for the cultivate blog tour! hop over to her blog, maxie makes, to see some women’s apparel made with these same knits, and visit salty oat tomorrow for her stop on the tour (see the full line up here).

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here’s what we used:

1) a combination of knits from my current fabric line, cultivate and my last line hello, bear (both available here). i can’t express to you how soft these knits are! art gallery fabrics is known for their luxurious fabrics, and these knits are no exception. they are sooo snuggly soft and incredibly easy to work with. plus, the stretch will give her a little wiggle room!

2) the lullaby layette pattern from oliver + s. i’m so happy we chose this pattern for these onesies. i would say it’s best for an intermediate sewer, but because it is incredibly well written and easy to follow, beginners should give it a try, too! it’s also a wonderful pattern to teach and learn from. in this single pattern, the sewer learns in-set sleeves, bias collar binding, how to insert a placket, pleats, elastic insertion and even how to attach snaps. it may sound like a lot, but the pattern is so well written you’ll have fun following all the steps!

butterfly applique on a handmade onesies!

vintage lace appliques on a set of handmade onesies

3) an array of vintage laces and appliques. i recently fell in love with using vintage appliques and couldn’t resist adding them here as well. i added a piece to the back of nearly every onesie, just to give it a sweet touch. i also added some soft lace around the collars of a few as well. and note – they are all on the outside of the knit, to be sure nothing will irritate her skin! a few of my favorite etsy shops for vintage lace appliques are threads 2 trends, textile art lace, to lace with love & petshopgirl32.

6 handmade onesies and finally - the PERFECT snaps!

4) snaps. if you’ve ever used snaps, you know they aren’t all created equal! thanks to my friend, the little general, i’ve finally found the perfect snap. they’re called KAM snaps (and i used the KAM pliers, too). they were so easy to install (no hammering!) and are incredibly sturdy. we even tested one and then tried to remove it, and literally could not – even with pliers!

5) and of course, a weekend for sewing! my mom and i had so much working on these together. we made 6 total (2 in each size) and i couldn’t be happier with them. now, i can’t wait for her to arrive so we can put them to good use!

The Cultivate Fabrics Blog Tour!

| bonnie christine design

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are you ready to be ultra-inspired?! i’m so excited that today begins the cultivate fabrics blog tour! join us each day for the next month as talented makers from all over the world share their projects made from my current fabric line, cultivate. check out the full schedule below to see who will be posting each day.

be sure to hop over to no hats quilts today for the very first project, and my mom’s blog, maxie makes for tomorrow’s project (you won’t want to miss it!).

want to join the fun? share you own projects on twitter and instagram using hashtags #CultivateBlogTour and #CultivateFabrics. we can’t wait to see what you make!

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make it yourself! download the free flourishing quilt pattern here!

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

Monday August 3rd – Sarah Sharp | No Hats Quilts
Tuesday August 4th Caroline Hulse | Sew Caroline
Wednesday August 5th – Bonnie Christine (me!) AND Maxie Makes (my mom!)
Thursday August 6th – Caitlin Topham | Salty Oat
Friday August 7th – Sandi Sawa Hazlewood | Crafty Planner
Monday August 10th – Danielle Golinski | Food Family Story
Tuesday August 11th – Sharon Holland | Sharon Holland Designs
Wednesday August 12th – Audrey | Skirt Fixation
Thursday August 13th – Sarah Overton | My Crowded Nest
Friday August 14th – Bonnie Ferguson | Fish Stick Designs
Monday August 17th – Annie McGee | Scavenger Annie
Tuesday August 18th – Jenn Thurston | Quilted Thimble Cottage
Wednesday August 19th – Ryan Horton  The Blooming Thread (coming soon)
Thursday August 20th – Teresa Behr | Dandelion Drift
Friday August 21st – Mary Kolb | Mary Lake Pulaski
Monday August 24th – Amanda Castor | Material Girl Quilt
Tuesday August 25th – Rachael Mckeeman | The Floral Suitcase
Wednesday August 26th – Trudi Wood
Thursday August 27th – Maria Hennlein | Villa Stoff – (coming soon)
Friday August 28th – Shayla Wolf  | Sassafras Lane
Monday August 31st – Maureen Cracknell Handmade
Tuesday September 1st – April San Pedro | I am Artisan
Friday September 4thFinal Recap

August Desktop + Smartphone Backgrounds

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it’s august. though i’ve been trying to live in the moment and soak up every day this year, i’ve been waiting for august for 9 months now. because later this  month, our baby girl will arrive! i can’t wait to meet her, so naturally everything august related is a little extra special to me. :) this month, i’ll be wrapping up the rest of my business tasks for the year so i can start focusing on her arrival. what will august bring for you?

to download august’s backgrounds: click on the image above 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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to download the printable version: click on the image above to download the PDF calendar. print on heavy card stock (my favorite is epson premium presentation paper). punch a whole at the top to hang or simply stack.

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!

July’s Roost Tribe Recap

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july is winding down and august is almost here! can you believe it? today i’m sharing with you this month’s recap of the roost tribe, which gives you a sneak peek of what roost tribe members received last month. if you’re interested in receiving it, you still can. i’ll be sending out a recap on monday, to members with all of the content in it from last month so no one will have missed anything, regardless of when you might have joined during the month.

that means, that if you join before monday, august 3rd you’ll still get all of july’s content + august’s content as well- that’s two months for the price of one!


july's roost tribe recap (1)

an adobe illustrator tutorial on my top three ways to save PDFs.


july's roost tribe recap (2)

a delightful summery recipe for blackberry peach cobbler.


july's roost tribe recap (3)

a set of inspirational desktop and smartphone backgrounds.


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my branchy pattern collection.


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the nature walk clip art set.


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a printable paper craft and applique guide for hello, bear.


june's roost tribe recap. come join! (1)

a list of favorite links and resources rounded up through the month.

plus more! being a member is tons of fun and we would love to have you join the family!

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Sent Well – Handwritten Notes

| handmade inspiration

sent well handwritten notes

i have a fun new website and service to share with you. you know how much i love to send snail mail, and Sent-Well has just made that a little easier! nicole elizabeth created Sent-Well because life can be really demanding, but sending cards should be simple.  in short, she hand-writes and mails greeting cards for anyone!

one of my favorite features of the site is that you can enter all your important occasions into their database and get email reminders when important dates are approaching.

you can even check out their special occasions calendar! some of my favorite upcoming dates are:

  • August 2nd is Friendship Day (order cards by 7/30)
  • August 22nd is Be an Angel Day (send a card to someone who needs some encouragement? or to an unknown soldier?)
  • August 27th is Just Because Day

all the cards on the site are curated for their uniqueness in design, typography, their luxurious hand-feel and quality. many of my favorite artists are included, like 1canoe2, idlewild and bison bookbinding!

head on over to Sent-Well to start planning your next occasion now!