design challenge winner + 8 honorable mentions!

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design challenge

hello, hello! if you’ve been following along with design surface patterns from scratch design challenge, you know today is when the winner is revealed! this was such a hard decision. i have been blown away by everyone’s entries and hard work. seeing so many budding surface pattern designers warms my heart and makes me so excited. i have loved so much seeing everyone’s design process- from conception to sketches to illustrations to patterns. though for this competition i had to pick one winner, know that you have each inspired me deeply and i can’t wait to see what your future brings. you are all so talented!

without further ado… the winner is… meghann rader!

surface pattern design challenge (3)undergrowth by meghann rader was inspired by walks through the northern boreal forest, where twigs and shrubs cover the overgrown earth and the trail beneath our feet. i absolutely love the sophisticated and delicate feel to this collection. meghann’s attention to detail really shows through in how refined the collection looks together as a whole. i love how her color palettes work together and she has done an excellent job in varying the scale, detail and contrast in the collection.

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above is the main print, boreal. i love how the tonal print really lets the detail show through. you can see the sketches that started this print here.

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this is a snapshot of meghann’s collection mid-process. seeing the color palette options and layering the patterns together like this really gives a nice overview of the collection as a whole. you can see meghann’s entire process on the student work page, and visit her website here. congratulations, meghann!

honorable mentions!

since there are so many amazing collections, i can’t resist sharing of few of my other favorites. these eight surface pattern designers will win a set of 3 illustrated quotes from the class (8 x 10 art prints) and a year subscription to the roost tribe!

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whimsical wilderness by amy hevron. the wilderness is a magical place. it is filled with lovely plants and majestic animals and maybe even magical fairies. it is colorful and beautiful in every season. it is wild and pure. it brings happiness to people of all ages.

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fields of summer by magda lena designs. fields of summer was inspired by childhood memories of countryside in the summertime. it tells a story of precious moments spent among the fields and gardens and brings back the happy feelings of making head wreaths from wild flowers. collecting colorful feathers and watching little snails come out after warm summer rain. it is about admiring the treasure of nature during the day and enjoying warm evenings in the glow of colorful lantern light.

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virgina mae by katherine lenius. virginia mae evokes memories of standing in your grandmother’s kitchen, of going out to the garden to pull weeds and pick flowers for the table, and of hanging clothes and tablecloths on the clothesline to dry in the sunshine. it celebrates overgrown backyard gardens that provide raspberries for jam and green beans to freeze for the winter. this is a home where you are always welcome.

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wild by poppy quinn, inspired by camping trips and the wild adventure of life outdoors. 

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a day trip to granny’s by marmalade and challenge

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let’s go camping by fresh paper studios. explore the woods and dip your toes in the river. collect a rock, a twig, three special leaves and a pine cone. come home to your family tent and roast marshmallows around the fire. it’s time to disconnect from technology and reconnect with friends and family!

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just brothers by kimberly costa. just brothers is a collection inspired by the wonder of being a little boy and the magic of having a ready-made best friend to experience it all with. it evokes all the rock collecting, bug catching and construction truck building moments that make little boys the magical, little creatures they are.

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i fall for autumn by wrkdesigns


if you’d like to learn how to design surface pattern designs, you can now purchase this course directly from creativelive.

course details:

what: design surface patterns from scratch
cost: the course is now available for purchase for on lifetime on-demand access anytime for $79. click here for details.

we can’t wait to see what you make!

ICP wrap up and six booths i fell in love with

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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.

prep for ICP – behind the scenes!

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bonnie christine | indie craft parade (4)

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
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zara for kids

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as i briefly mentioned in this post, i’ve recently fallen in LOVE with the kid’s collection from zara! it’s exactly the style i love for bear: easy, comfortable, neutral and modern. i already have a few things on order and will definitely be heading back to zara anytime he needs a new wardrobe staple. i have found that most everything is reasonable affordable as well, with sweatshirts and trousers running between $15-$30. they are an eco-conscious company as well. thank you, zara!

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and, just because i couldn’t resist, here are a few of my favorite picks for the little girls in your life. they leave me with just one question..

i wonder if they make that in my size??

keyboard shortcuts download

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keyboard shortcuts // bonnie christine

hello, loves! one of the things i love most about working in adobe illustrator are the keyboard shortcuts i use. illustrator comes with 100s of keyboard shortcuts installed (maybe 1000s?), but i only use a handful of them for my day to day work. getting to know the program with keyboard shortcuts is a great way to speed up your work and jump from one tool and technique to the next.

to help make learning them a little easier, i’ve illustrated a keyboard shortcut guide for you! these are the keyboard shortcuts that i personally use in my daily illustrator work to design blog posts, illustrations and surface pattern designs. print it out and keep it near your workspace to learn them in no time!

to download // print: click on the image above to download the PDF version. print on heavy card stock (my favorite is epson premium presentation paper)


– if some of these don’t work for you, be sure to set illustrator’s keyboard shortcuts back to ‘default’ (edit >> keyboard shortcuts >> set >> illustrator defaults).

– if mac’s spotlight comes up when you try to zoom out using opt+cmd+spacebar, deselect spotlight finder in your mac’s keyboard shortcut settings (system preferences >> keyboard >> shortcuts >> spotlight >> deselect ‘show spotlight window’)

design surface patterns from scratch blog tour!

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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
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!

indie craft parade is next weekend!

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indie craft parade! (2)

oh, hello friday and friends! if it seems like i’ve been a little quiet lately, it’s because i’ve been a busy bee over here preparing for the indie craft parade. it’s next weekend, september 12th-14th at the historic huguenot mill in beautiful downtown greenville, south carolina.

if you have the opportunity to attend, you won’t want to miss it! the hugeunot mill is the most beautiful venue i’ve seen (like, ever.) and it will be filled with over 70 modern artists sharing their craft. there will be music, food, artisan coffee and more!

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friday before the indie craft parade begins, there will also be a VIP gala which offers an exclusive first look at everyone’s work. you’ll enjoy the opening night of the festival with a relaxed atmosphere, live music, and a chance to win amazing giveaways. there will also be complimentary hors d’oeuvres and beverages (handcrafted coffee, tea, etc)! with the expectation of lines out the door and crowds galore on saturday and sunday, this could be a great opportunity to get first dibs on your favorite artist’s work. grab your ticket here (there’s a limited number available).

if you attend, i would love to see you! i’ll be in booth #29 and will be selling art prints, greeting cards, temporary tattoos, camera straps, fabric journals and fabric kits for my patterns. i hope to see you there!

point and shoot 9.4.14

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a little bit of life lately. :)

bonnie christine | going home to roost (5)

wingspan rug to match winged!

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some fun temporary tattoos for my booth at the indie craft parade next weekend!

bonnie christine | going home to roost (2) totally in love with my new silhouette cameo cutting machine.  

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bear baby. 

love, bonnie

do you have a favorite photo from your life this week? post a link to it in the comment section so we can see!

this post was made possible by the lovely iphone app, instagram. you can follow me here or find me by searching for @goinghometoroost. all photos by yours truly. :)