april gift guide

April 2, 2014

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april's gift guide

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

fun facts for april:

>> april is national poetry month
>> april 1st is fools day
>> april 2nd is going home to roost’s birthday
>> april 20th is easter
>> april 22nd is earth day
>> april’s birthstone is the diamond
>> april’s flowers are the daisy and the sweet pea

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spring gallery advertising

hello lovelies! it’s that time of year again! spring is here which means it’s the perfect time to market your business and the spring gallery is here to help! if you glance over in the right hand sidebar, you’ll see a place with the spring gallery emblem in it. below, i’ll be opening up 15 large spots for anyone who would like to showcase their shop, blog or website for the spring buying season!

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in addition to having your ad in this prime real estate spot, if you purchase all three months you’ll also receive a set of my brand new print collection called sweet nectarincluded are three signed 8×10 prints printed on premium presentation paper and sent to you in a sturdy mailer with cardboard backing to ensure their safety. in addition to receiving the art prints, you’ll also be included in one of the gift guides during the months that you’re advertising.

these spots will go on a first come first serve basis and are available to book for april, may and june only. offer is not valid with any other deals. just e-mail me if you’re interested!

*roost tribe members get 20% off the original pricing, making this deal even sweeter!

** to see all of going home to roost’s advertising options, click here.

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april desktop + iphone backgrounds (3)

goodbye march, hello april! i’m so happy it’s finally spring! with warmer weather here and things sprouting all around, i’m planning to plant my garden over the next few weeks. just like my garden, my workspace will be full of pretty blooms, too! xox, bonnie

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to download april’s backgrounds: click on the coordinating image above, then right click on the image and select ‘set as desktop background’ or save and download to your phone.

april desktop + iphone backgrounds (2) and just like last month, in addition to these digital backgrounds, i’ve also included a printable version!

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

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march roost tribe recap

March 28, 2014

Posted by in roost tribe

march recap

hi friends! today i’m excited to share this month’s recap of the roost tribe, which gives you a sneak peek of what march brought to the roost tribe. the good news is, it’s not too late to get all of march’s content! i’ll be sending out a march recap on tuesday, april st to the roost tribe with all of the content in it from march so no one will have missed anything, regardless of when you might have joined during this month.

that means, that if you join before tuesday, april 1st you’ll still get all of march’s content + april’s content as well- that’s two months for the price of one!

whew. got it? :)

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pattern collection called roots and blooms, inspired by growing our roots in a new town, where can now begin to bloom! use them for digital scrapbooking, as website backgrounds or print them to use as craft paper, gift wrapping and more!

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set of desert flower illustrations to pretty up your blog, paper goods and more!

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set of printable spring envelopes.

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adobe illustrator tutorial on how to best use the reflect tool.

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a most delicious recipe for vegetable root hash with crispy tempeh and fried sage.

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a set of inspirational desktop & device backgrounds. 

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simple living article on why (and how!) you should filter your water.

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this month’s master series article on how to get in the marketing flow by jena coray.

a list of favorite & useful links and resources from around the web.

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

join the roost tribe! >> goinghometoroost.com



What month would you like?



want to learn more? head on over to read this post or check out the FAQs.

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plant based dinner ideas

a couple of our meals were so good last week, that they ended up back on our plates this week! we started mixing in a few spring veggies to our meals as well and they have been so delicious. i’m in no hurry to say goodbye to butternut squash and winter kale though. :)

monday: simple tomato soup
tuesday: chala masala
wednesday: green powerhouse pesto plate
thursday: baked farro with butternut squash
friday: red pepper rapini with white beans and grits (sans the egg and served with tavorite tofu instead)

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!

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in love with epantry

March 27, 2014

Posted by in simple living

epantry + coupon code
it’s not every day that i get absolutely blown away by a company. in fact, if it only happens a few times a year i’m happy! to be honest, when i heard about ePantry, i was prepared to check it out and be a bit underwhelmed. but to my absolute delight, i was blown away! for starters, their website is beautiful, clean and super easy to use. they have a brilliant business idea and they’ve made it really fun to be a part of!

so what is ePantry? it’s a fresh new service that makes purchasing quality household products super convenient. in just three minutes, they create a customized, yet highly flexible, schedule for all your household products — with speedy delivery to your door for cheaper than the grocery store. based on your household needs, ePantry recommends the right amount of sustainable household products to keep you from ever running low.

why use ePantry? so many reasons!

eco-friendly: ePantry only carries healthy, sustainable products. you’ll find mrs. meyers, seventh generation, method, preserve, green forest and more of your favorite eco-friendly brands. though i’ve always used green house cleaning items, with a baby around it’s important now more than ever to keep my cabinets free of chemicals!

free shipping: if you visit ePantry using any of the links on this page, you’ll get FREE SHIPPING FOR LIFE (say wha?!). and your shipping is always carbon offset as well!

price: and did i mention? ePantry‘s prices come in lower than anywhere else. i did a little research (and math) and figured that by using ePantry, i saved about $12 over using my amazon prime account and at least $25 over using my local grocery store. plus, ePantry ships same day for free. that means i’m saving over $200 a year!

easy to use: ePantry‘s website is incredibly smart and user friendly, and there are no gimmicks whatsoever. you can change your ‘pantry’ (i.e. shopping cart) anytime you like and cancel an order with ease. they always notify you about one week before your next shipment so you can change, add or delete anything you need to. you can also easily add a ‘co-manager’, split the bill (perfect for roommates!), or gift a membership!

no commitment: ePantry makes your life easy, which means no commitments. you’re charged for products when they are shipped. there are no upfront payments and you can cancel at any time. if you don’t like a product, they’ll refund it on the spot. simple as that!

they’re funny: yup, that’s right! most of the time they’re instant chat bar says if you tell them a joke you’ll get $2 off your next order. now that’s just great business sense!

ePantry coupon code + free shipping for LIFE!
ready to get started? ePantry has generously offered everyone $10 off their first order. just use the coupon code ‘GoingHomeToRoost’ at checkout. plus, you’ll also get FREE SHIPPING FOR LIFE!

this post was kindly sponsored by ePantry. all views and ideas here are my own and you’ll find me using ePantry myself for years to come!

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point and shoot 3.27.14

March 27, 2014

Posted by in point and shoot

a little bit of life lately. :)

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a stash of sweet as honey napkins! grab the pattern here. :)

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honey in my coffee, please.

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working with pretty spring flowers.

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just started this book and it’s so amazing!

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my pretty postcard pack from artifact uprising. be sure to enter the giveaway!

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bear baby. <3

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. :)

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elizabeth olwen

March 26, 2014

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elizabeth olwen

today i want to highlight a fellow surface pattern designer who’s work i’m simply in love with! elizabeth olwen’s illustrations are whimsical and organic and with collection names like ‘fairytale gardens’, ‘soft song’ and ‘flower basket’ it’s hard to not fall in love.

elizabeth and i have both graduated from the art and business of surface pattern design (by the way, you can see our alumni success stories here and here!) and our paths just seem to keep crossing! she has also just debuted a beautiful new line of fabrics with cloud9 called grey abbey. you must see it! hop on over to elizabeth’s website and journal to see more of her lovely work.

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elizabeth olwen is a toronto-based surface designer. inspired by pastoral beauty, nature in its most playful forms, folklore, and romance, elizabeth’s work is driven by the desire to leave something beautiful behind with every step she takes.

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