from busy to happy

| indie biz

from busy to happy

it’s impossible to not fall in love with these girls. april bowles-olin and mayi carles from connecting the gaps are two of the most fun loving, inspirational and energetic super heros i’ve met in a long time. (ok, ever). and, they’re launching a new e-course that i think you might just love. and need!

from busy to happy is a 21 day productivity mission, 1 mission a day for 21 days to help creative entrepreneurs (that’s you!) transition from hurry hurry hurry ku-ra-zyyyy busy all the time to dancing under the stars & LOVING their lives.

from busy to happy

above is a little nutshell version of the curriculum. during the e-course, you’ll receive workbooks on how to clarify your vision, a time tracker, step by step daily challenges, four live calls, beautifully designed printable and worksheets, and more! head on over the the e-course page to learn (so much) more about this course. yay for productivity!

p.s. the course starts july 1st, so hurry hurry! the last day to join will be this sunday, june 30th. 

aurifil thread collection + giveaway!

| bonnie christine design | giveaway

sweet as honey aurifil thread collection by bonnie christine

hello, lovelies! i’m so excited to share my new thread collection with aurifil threads called sweet as honey! aurifil’s luxurious italian threads have always been my favorite to sew with, so this was absolutely a dream come true!

sweet as honey aurifl thread collection by bonnie christine

the colors in this collection are so sweet and vibrant. i just want to eat them up! the idea behind my my color choices is that with one box, you’ll be able to use them on all my fabric collections – past, present and future! you can see above which threads match each of my collections from art gallery fabricswinged, sweet as honey and reminisce. i’ve included several neutrals and basic colors as well, so you can use this box for all your fabrics. i hope it will be a truly versatile thread collection for you!

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the large box contains 12 spools of italian thread with 1422 yards on each of them (that’s over 17,000 yards, folks!). it retails for $130 and is available for purchase from my mom’s quilt shop here

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the small box contains 10 spools of italian thread with 220 yards on each of them (2,200 yards in the box!). it retails for $46 and is also available from my mom’s quilt shop here.

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both boxes contain 50wt threads, which are the best threads for piecing and appliqué. you can use them for hand appliqué, hand piecing, longarm quilting, machine appliqué, machine embroidery, machine piecing, machine quilting and more!

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now for the fun stuff. a GIVEAWAY!

enter the giveaway below to win a box of sweet as honey aurifil threads AND a fat quarter bundle of sweet as honey fabrics!  the giveaway will end tuesday, july 1 at midnight est. winner will be announced on this post shortly after. good luck!

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THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED. congratulations to the winner, kathy gates!

made with studio

| handmade

made with studio | going home to roost (1)

hi friends! are you familiar with the made with studio app? if not, i want to introduce you to it today! i grabbed a few of my favorite instagram photos and have had so much fun adding type and texture to them.

the studio app makes it quick and easy to add beautiful design and layers to your photographs, then share them to all your social media outlets in the touch of a button. best of all, it’s free! if you like, you can follow me by searching for ‘goinghometoroost‘. i’ll meet you there!

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it is well with my soul

| DIY projects

it is well with my soul DIY (4)

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this simple diy project has brought me so much joy. it fills our guest room with a touch of gold and sense of peace and rest.

“When peace like a river attendeth my way
When sorrows like sea billows roll
What ever my lot you have taught me to say
It is well, it is well with my soul”

- Horatio G. Spafford, 1873Horatio G. Spafford, 1873

 

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i’m sure you crafty bunch won’t need instructions for this project, but i’ll list them here anyways! :) you could of course use the same technique for any phrase. let your imagination run free!

materials:

wooden letters
my favorite gold spray paint
3m mini command strips
– level, ruler and pencil (optional)

step 1: place the letters on a large piece of scrap paper (newspaper would work well). spray paint them making sure to get all the sides.

step 2: use a ruler, level and pencil to plot the letters on the wall. eyeball it if you wish!

step 3: place a small 3m strip on the back of each letter. place firmly on the wall and hold for 60 seconds (follow package instructions)

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master series: rachael taylor

| roost tribe

master series with rachael taylor

the roost tribe is excited to welcome rachael taylor to the master series as she joins us to discuss “taking risks and designing your way!“. rachael and i connected several years ago, when i was also able to take her groundbreaking surface pattern design e-course, ‘the art and business of surface pattern design‘. i highly recommend it! (you can see my alumni success story here!).

 

rachael is a super fun and energetic surface pattern designer and illustrator from britain who creates ‘patterns to make you happy’! rachael has been lucky enough to work for a number of prestigious clients worldwide and also runs her own design label along with successfully licensing a number of global branded collections.  you can find her designs on fashion, home decors, greetings, gadgets and ceramics.


rachael has also just released a beautiful new book, 20 ways to draw a doodle’! it is the perfect creative book and resource for illustrators, cartoonists, doodlers and anyone who loves to sketch. rachael’s success has also led her to the new ventures of, ‘make it in design‘, ‘MOYO magazine’ and ‘the MOYO directory’.

make it in design

if you’ve ever dreamt of seeing your designs on stationery, homewares, fabric, wallpaper etc, the design school featuring the art and business of surface pattern design is for you! the course takes you from sketch to pattern design to product in four modules. the next course begins this october- find out more and register here!

rachael elsewhere: web | twitter | instagram | facebook

so come join the roost tribe and get your learn on! join anytime this month to receive rachael’s article on “taking risks and designing your way!”.

roost tribe

what is the roost tribe? the roost tribe is a membership that welcomes you to a family of creatives for just $5 a month. by joining, you’ll become a part of an incredibly inspirational community. members receive a welcome packet with several informational e-books covering blog growth, pitching your products, writing product descriptions, going home to roost’s creative story and a list of top industry resources. additionally, each month members receive printables, patterns, illustrations & clipart, a plant based recipe, adobe illustrator tutorial, iphone & desktop background, special guest articles on creative topics and more all delivered right to their inbox!

plant based dinner ideas 6.20.14

| dinner ideas

plant based dinner ideas

can you believe it’s friday already? this week has flown by, but we’ve enjoyed some really yummy meals along the way. bright spring veggies like kale, summer squash, cauliflower and asparagus brought them all to life!

monday: black-eyed pea and kale stew
tuesday: grilled potato and arugula salad
wednesday: crispy peanut tofu and cauliflower rice
thursday: tofu omelets with scape pesto
friday: caramelized onion mac n cheese

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!

vegan garlic scape pesto

| seasonal recipes

vegan garlic scape pesto

to me, there’s nothing more exciting than discovering a new vegetable. when these beautiful green curls showed up in our CSA box this week, i had to get a little help from you on what they were and how to use them! how have i overlooked this precious veggie all my years?

vegan garlic scape pesto

i’ll be using scapes all week, but my first goal was to make a delicious pesto. and delicious it was! full of fresh summery flavors, it’s bold and bright yet light and refreshing. last night, we used it atop our tofu omelets (yum!), and tonight i’ll be using it on a pasta dish. the nutritional yeast gives it a wholesome, cheesy taste and the toasted cashews give it a great texture and nutty flavor.

GARLIC SCAPE PESTO
a light and refreshing summery pesto.
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Ingredients
  1. - 2 garlic scapes
  2. - 1 cup fresh basil
  3. - 1 tbs lemon juice
  4. - 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  5. - 1/4 cup cashews, toasted
  6. - 1/2 tsp salt
  7. - 1 tbs olive oil
Instructions
  1. toast the cashews until slightly browned and coarsely chop the garlic scapes.
  2. place the scapes, basil, lemon juice, nutritional yeast, toasted cashews and salt into a food processor and blend.
  3. while the mixture is blending, slowly pour the olive oil in. pulse to combine to a course texture.
Notes
  1. try this pesto as a pasta sauce or use it as a topping on toast, soup, (tofu) omelets and more!
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vegan garlic scape pesto