lily + val holiday showcase

November 7, 2013

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i love valerie’s hand lettered chalk art prints at lily and val. inspired by vintage signs and lettering, val’s artwork always has a warm and timeless feel to it. her 2013 holiday collection includes beautiful note cards, greeting cards, boxed card sets, specialty wrapping sheets, digital photo cards, and home decor chalkboard prints. i want a little of each of them!

valerie’s designs are first hand lettered and illustrated on a black chalkboard surface. she then takes a photograph of the design in order to produce the products that she offers, giving them a truly realistic chalkboard appearance (minus the dust!). watch the video above to see more about her process and be sure to visit valerie at her website, blog and etsy shop.

exclusive discount for GHTR readers! enter code ‘GHTR15’ during checkout to receive 15% off your purchase of $25 or more. valid on the website only. expires 11/21/13. thanks, val!

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next up in our holiday showcase bibliosophy handmade. bley hack is a talented artist and crafter as well as a wife and mother to (almost) 4 little ones (she’s having a baby in december!). with a love for watercolor, vintage finds and simpler times, her paper goods feature a very sweet, hand-drawn look. bley specializes in making custom family portraits, perfect for christmas cards and art prints. visit her shop and website to see more!

exclusive discount for GHTR readers! enter code ‘15GHTR’ during checkout to receive 15% off your purchase. thanks, bley!

interested in advertising on ghtr? find out more about the holiday showcase and other sponsor opportunities by checking out the press package.

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pictures of bear

November 7, 2013

Posted by in baby & children

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instead of sharing a normal point and shoot this week, i thought i’d catch you up on some photos of my honey bun, bear. he just turned 9 weeks old! i can’t believe how quickly he’s developing. he started smiling a few weeks ago and the big news this week is that i can make him laugh! it’s the happiest sound my ears have ever heard. he loves to stretch, take naps in my lap and snuggle with toaster.

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hey, friends! i’m excited to share with you that one of my good friends, lisa jacobs, has just released a 15-month productivity planner and creative business workbook. it’s a project she literally took on for herself, in efforts to organize her own multi-faceted creative business about a year ago, and it has grown by income-producing leaps and bounds!

the workbook is only $10 (for a whopping 200, full-color pages!) and is filled with prompts, goal-setting exercises, goal-prioritizing exercises, and tough questions that MUST be answered in order to have an organized and successful creative business.

the book also serves as your personal calendar and business planner. it starts october 2013 (that’s now!) and goes all the way through december of 2014. inside, you’ll find it organized by month-at-a-glance, a weekly break-down to keep you on task, and quarterly prompts and reviews. click here to grab your copy!

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next on my list of items to get or gift are these cute giving tree sticky note pads. i just love jotting down notes and to-do’s on pretty paper, don’t you? this giving tree note set is not only useful, but beautiful too. coming in at just $12.95, they are the perfect item to get or gift! psst. you can grab refills for them as well!

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scout cuomo holiday showcase

November 5, 2013

Posted by in handmade

today, i’m excited to introduce to you scout cuomo, a full time artist living in florence, massachusetts. scout is perhaps best know for her series called ‘submerged’ where she paints figures under water and details them using light, color, reflection and distortion. she finds inspiration for her work from the joy of exploring color and light through the quiet meditation of painting. as she puts it, ‘there is such sweetness in taking the time to look and depicting some of the delicate beautiful things in the world with a dash of adding my own vibrant colors and experimentation’. head on over to scout cuomo’s shop & blog to see more!

exclusive discount for GHTR readers! enter code ‘HEART’ during checkout to receive 15% off your purchase. thanks, scout!

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november’s gift guide

November 4, 2013

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november gift guide

product links: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 

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

fun facts for november:

>> november 10 is the birthday of the united states marine corps
>> november 17th is when the leonids meteor shower reaches its peak
>> november 21st is national adoption day
>> november is native american heritage month
>> november is sweet potato awareness month
>> november’s birthstone is topaz
>> november’s birth flower is the chrysanthemum

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november desktop + smartphone calendars (4)

hello, darlings! sorry this month’s desktop calendar is a few days late! november has already proved to be a beautiful month. with changing leaves, pumpkins everywhere and cool brisk days, it’s one of my favorite times of year! i hope you’ll enjoy this bit of brightness for your workspace. love, bonnie

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to download november’s backgrounds: click on the coordinating image above, then select your preferred size (most likely, ‘original’). right click and select ‘save as desktop background’ or download to your phone.

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to download november’s backgrounds + seasonal veggie guide: click on the coordinating image above, then select your preferred size (most likely, ‘original’). right click and select ‘save as desktop background’ or download to your phone.

for more information on what’s in season in your town, check out this seasonal ingredient map!

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 flattered!) please direct your readers to this post to download the file. thank you!

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