a few of my favorite photos from 2014

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as i’ve been reflecting on the past year, pictures keep coming to mind. they are such a huge part of my memories, documenting life as we live it. it’s amazing how much can happen in a year, yet how fast they can pass us by. babies become toddlers, new friends are made and occasionally, dreams become reality. here are just a few of 2014’s sweetest moments.

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sweet baby naps.

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biggest snow of the year.

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a fun day with family and my dad’s old camera!

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a day in the life with dad.

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summer at the lake.

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a beautiful bit of nature.

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a sweet reminder.

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the best experience of my life.

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beach toes.

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wading with david.

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a feast in the forest.

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sweet moments.

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roadtrip pros. :)

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my sewing room.

movers + makers summit: early-bird ticket pricing

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The Movers & Makers Summit 2015: Charleston, SC (1)

The Movers & Makers Summit: Charleston, SC
A creative women’s retreat
February 28-March 1, 2015

Our seats are filling up for the Movers & Makers Summit: Charleston, SC and we couldn’t be more excited! Thousands of women are considering this retreat, and we’re so very proud of the select few who are making the choice to show up for themselves and their businesses. You will not regret it. We promise!

The early-bird ticket pricing ends on January 11, which saves you $200 off the ticket price (+ lets you grab a ticket before they sell out!).

The Movers and Makers Summit is an east coast intensive for a small, intimate group of twenty women, and it takes place in a luxurious and comfortable oceanfront home in Charleston, South Carolina.

You’re invited to come away with us to escape the hustle, reset your focus and breathe new life into your career plans.

Early-Bird tickets are available NOW!

We can’t tell you how excited we are for this exclusive event. We can hardly wait to gather, dream and create with you!

Friday, February 27 from 2-4 PM: Look for us at the Charleston City Market! & from 6-8 PM: We’re meeting and greeting at the popular (+ nearby) Poe’s Tavern.

Saturday, February 28 from 9-5: We’re workshopping at a luxurious private residence on Isle of Palms, SC.

Sunday, March 1 from 9-3: More workshop, same location with a slightly earlier release to accommodate our event travelers.

At the Movers and Makers Summit you’ll enjoy:

  • A rejuvenating weekend with 20 like-minded creative entrepreneurs who mean business. 
  • 5 presenters who are eager to guide + support you in wellness, blogging, business, photography and design endeavors.
  • 2 days of focus, connection and growth.
  • A luxurious, oceanfront setting in the culture-rich city of Charleston, SC.

4 Steps to Get You There:

Take me to the ocean; let me sail the open sea. To breathe the warm and salty air and dream of things to be.” -Erica Billups
Step #1: Save the date.

Our workshop takes place on Saturday, February 28-Sunday, March 1 in a private, oceanfront home on the Isle of Palms (Charleston, SC). We’ll meet from 9-5 Saturday and 9-3 Sunday.If you get into town early, attendees are invited to join us for a pre-party meet & greet Friday, February 27 from 6-8 PM.
Step #2: Grab your ticket.

The early-bird ticket saves you $200 and is available until January 11th! We want this meeting to be small, intimate and insanely useful. We’re gathering a limited number of creatives so that we can enjoy one-on-one time, create a-ha moments and walk away with lifelong connections. There are only 20 seats available. Please DO think it over, but don’t delay. We expect to sell out early! Click here to purchase your ticket.

Step #3: Arrange your stay.

Our workshop will take place in a gorgeous vacation home just 15 miles outside Charleston’s city center, and 30 minutes from Charleston International airport. We will be disclosing the exact location to attendees only, but trust me when I say, it’s a glorious gathering spot that will provide us plenty of comfort and inspiration.

Click here to see the closest nearby hotels. Upon purchase of your ticket, you’ll receive an informational packet with some more details and recommendations.You’ll want to bring a notebook (or laptop) for recording new ideas, beach-friendly clothing (for anticipated 60-degree temps), yoga gear if you’d like to participate in a beach session or two with our own Kerry Burki, and if you have any special dietary needs, a packed lunch for both days.
You’ll be offered lots of hot + cold refreshments, fresh sandwiches and plenty of fruit and veggies during workshop.

Step #4: Plan for your adventure!
You’ll want to bring a notebook (or laptop) for recording new ideas, beach-friendly clothing (for anticipated 60-degree temps), yoga gear if you’d like to participate in a beach session or two with our own Kerry Burki, and if you have any special dietary needs, a packed lunch for both days.
You’ll be offered lots of hot + cold refreshments, fresh sandwiches and plenty of fruit and veggies during workshop.

Ready to join us? Click here to purchase your early-bird ticket now and we’ll send you the welcome kit + an invitation to our private Facebook group to connect with the other attendees pre-event! Have any questions? shoot us an email, and we’ll be happy to help!

See you in Charleston!
Lisa, Bonnie, April, Kerry and Paige The Movers & Makers Summit 2015: Charleston, SC (3)

january desktop + smartphone backgrounds

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january desktop + smartphone backgrounds (4) january desktop + smartphone backgrounds (3)

happy new year, everyone! we had such a wonderful break and i’m returning feeling fresh and inspired with new ideas and energy for the new year. i spent the last few weeks spending time with family, working on some design projects and taking some extra time to relax. i hope you were able to enjoy some time off, too!

p.s. while i was hoping to launch a new design for going home to roost today, we’re running a little behind. i hope to launch it in the next week or so though, so stay tuned!

 xox, bonnie

to download january’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.

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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!

see you in the new year!

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merry christmas!

merry christmas, from our family to yours! we’re headed over the mountains and through the woods (literally!) to spend time with family over the next few weeks. this truly is the most wonderful time of the year, isn’t it?

one thing i love most about christmas is all of our family traditions. we’ll spend christmas eve at david’s family’s house where his sister will wake us all up at 6am. though we’re all adults, this makes us feel like kids again. we’ll gather around the fire and start opening gifts while it’s still dark outside, sipping on coffee throughout the morning. for breakfast, we’ll have homemade cinnamon rolls before we mosey on over to my parent’s house to start it all over again. here, we’ll pass out presents and laugh with each other all afternoon, taking a break for an afternoon feast of homemade goodies. i am giddy with excitement to see everyone open the gifts i have for them, it truly is more blessed to give than to receive! i’m also really looking forward to experiencing this christmas through bear’s eyes. he is old enough to see and know the wonder of this holiday now!

of course, gifts and traditions are fun and meaningful but we never forget the true meaning for christmas. celebrating Jesus’s birth is the most meaningful part of it all!

what’s next?

when we return, i should have a *BIG* surprise for you! going home to roost is getting a brand new look and we’re hoping to roll out the new site on january 6th. it’s beautiful and cozy and i think you’ll really love it!

before signing off, i also wanted to give a shout-out to some of going home to roost’s most cherished posts from 2014. i hope you’ll have fun reminiscing with me, or maybe even discovering some new posts from the past!

– try this delicious recipe for iced mint coffee.
– doll up your bed by making some cute pillow cases.
– make your own picture frames with this tutorial.
– a simple gold saying.
– a fun antler hose rack hack.
– learn how to build side tables using hairpin legs.
adorn your own screen door.
– read bear’s birth story.
– join us for a feast in the forest.
– check out the movers and makers summit retreatregistration opens december 29th!

so that’s it for me, lovelies! i’m taking off for my annual blogging break and am planning to return on tuesday, january 6th. in the meantime, i’d love to keep in touch with you over on instagram. i wish you each a beautiful christmas filled with love, laughter and lots of family. see you in the new year! love, bonnie

And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Luke 2:10

give a year of creative inspiration

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give a year of creative inspiration!

hello, lovelies! i want to share with you a special gift idea for the creative in your life. i created the roost tribe over two years ago as a special place where i could share what i’ve learned on my journey and pass along the secrets to my success. i set out to create something i could have only dreamed of being a part of when i was starting out as a blogger, surface pattern designer and professional creative.

today, our tribe has members from over 40 countries. members are encouraged to follow their dreams, share their talents, and find strength in community. together we’ve built a home for inspiration, creation, and fun!

when someone joins the roost tribe, they’ll be joining a community for creatives and taking a step towards opening the door to the future they’ve always dreamed of.

— Learn My Secrets —

study up with exclusive articles, Adobe Illustrator tutorials, and e-books i’ve assembled to help aspiring creatives get started.

— Designs That Inspire —

every month, members get a collection of my favorite printables, patterns, illustrations and clipart you can use in your designs to bring your inspiration to life.

— Articles and Expertise —

discover my tips for simple living, indulge in my favorite recipes (yum!), and learn from the best with guest articles from the roost tribe master series.

— Affordable. Personal. —

the roost tribe is for real people with real budgets. discover how a small investment can make a big difference!

gifted memberships will receive a digital packet with a personalized membership certificate, an 8×10 inspirational art print and a ‘how to get started’ kit.

after you complete your purchase through paypal, i will get in touch with you via your paypal e-mail address. included in this e-mail will be an easy form for you to fill out sharing with me your information, preferences and the recipient’s information. all of the recipient’s roost tribe material will start on january 2nd, 2015. i can’t wait to fill the new year with new inspirations!

30 winged projects

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30 winged projects - get ready to be inspired!

the blog tour for my winged fabric collection ended yesterday and everyone’s projects were spectacular! from origami butterflies and ribbon boxes to fabric tape and hero capes – it was so fun to see everyone’s projects! most of the projects are posted alongside a tutorial or pattern, so i hope you’ll dive in to the links below and get inspired to start crafting. several of the projects don’t even require a sewing machine!

i want to send a huge thank you to each of the lovely ladies who participated. you are all so talented and creative and i was honored to have you on the winged blog tour. it’s a very special feeling to see something made with my fabrics and you all went above and beyond with your projects. i’m grateful for each of you and so inspired by your creativity! love, bonnie

here’s a recap of all 30 of the projects!

1) Erin Stewart | Poppy Quinn
2) Whitney Surane | Madly Wish
3) Erica Jackman | Kitchen Table Quilting
4) Bonnie Christine (that’s me!) | Going Home to Roost
5) Michelle Wooderson
6) Lee Monroe | May Chappell 
7) Jennifer Harrison | Hopeful Homemaker
8) Jessica Stewart | Snicker Doodle Stew
9) Teresa Behr | Dandelion Drift
10) Jennie & Clara | Clover & Violet
11) Tara Larson | Rad&Happy
12) Rossie Hutchinson
13) Amber Carrillo | One Shabby Chick
14) Katie Convertino
15) Caroline Hulse | Sew Caroline
16) Holly Hughes Reid | Holly Gets Quilty
17) Karen Davis | Celebrate Life with Us
18) Jo Avery | My Bear Paw
19) Corey Yoder | Little Miss Shabby
20) Kelley MacDonald | The City and Us
21) Brooke Crook | Oliver’s Fancy
22) Rachael McKeeman | The Floral Suitcase
23) Brandi Blowers | BNB Designs
24) Edith Minne | Renaissance Ribbons
25) April San Pedro | I am Artisan
26) Heather Andrus & Megan Jimenez | Quilt Story
27) Sarah Wilson | Crinkle Love
28) Jera Brandvig | Quilting in the Rain
29)  Gwen | Tillalili, LLC
30) Maria Hennlein | Villastoff

diy oven baked clay hanging planters

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diy oven baked clay hanging planters - perfect for succulents! (3)

diy oven baked clay hanging planters - perfect for succulents!

i have always wanted to work with oven bake clay. i think something about the soft white finish gives it a sweet, feminine look. so when i had the idea of making a hanging planter, i knew i wanted to try this clay!

and, i’m so happy i did! the results are exactly what i was hoping for – a planter that looks delicate and intricate, but is sturdy enough to hang and hold plants (and water!).

with two packages of clay, i made 8 planters in just about 2 hours. this clay is so easy to work with, and this project came together quickly and easily (no massive fails, yay!).

here’s how i did it:

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let’s first start off with a list of materials you’ll need for this project.


sculpey oven bake clay – one package makes 4 planters.
– a small glass or ceramic bowl to use as a mold – mine measured 4.5″ across.
– a piece of lace, doily or other texture
1/4″ diameter cotton rope
– succulents – i ordered mine from sanpedrocactus and highly recommend them!
– extra soil for planting – i just grabbed some from my garden!
medium sandpaper sponge
– a straw or other small circular item to make the hang holes.

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i decided to make two types of planters. the first (shown above), is where i stretched and molded the clay to the bowl perfectly. the second, i decided to ‘pinch’ the excess clay to make a more hand-built looking bowl (shown three images up). i love how they both turned out! i also decided to use the rope just as it came for about half of the bowls, and then un-twined it to get 3 skinnier lengths of rope for the other half. i love how they look hanging side by side – one more bulky and the other more delicate.

to make the clay planters:

step 1: begin by taking 1/4 of the clay and kneading it thoroughly in your hands, until you have a soft and malleable ball. lay it on a flat surface and begin rolling it out using a rolling pin. you’ll want to get it to about 1/4″ thick.

step 2: place a texture (i used a few different doilies) on top of the clay and gently roll it into the clay. remove the texture and make sure you’re happy with the overall placement.

step 3: being careful not to ‘smudge’ your texture, gently place the clay around the bowl mold you’ve chosen. you can either mold it to be a perfect fit, or ‘pinch’ the sides to make a more hand-built looking bowl.

step 4: using a knife (be careful!), gently slice away the excess clay at the bottom of the bowl. add this back to your unused clay to use next time.

step 5: using a straw (or other small circular item), make 3 holes about 1/2″ from the top to hang your planter from. i just envisioned a triangle and ‘eyeballed’ the placement best i could.

step 6: place the bowl (still upside down) onto a baking sheet and bake according to the package directions. once finished baking, remove from the oven and let cool just enough to handle. gently ‘pop’ the clay off of the bowl mold and let cool completely.

step 7: lightly sand any jagged edges to smooth out the top rim.

step 8: cut two lengths of rope, one about 6″ longer than the other. insert the ends of the longer piece into two holes and tie a knot at the end. take the shorter piece and insert into the last hole and tie a knot. hold all three pieces of rope (one loop and one raw end) together at the top until it hangs evenly and tie a knot, creating a loop at the top. you can then optionally wrap the rest of the loose end around the knot, using a glue to secure it.

step 9: now you’re ready to plant!

*keep reading below for some extra tips!

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things i learned:

* if you goof up the texture while molding the clay to the bowl, you can finger press the lace back into it to cover up any smoothed places. doing this disguised my boo-boos perfectly.

* it can be a little difficult to get the clay off of the bowl after baking. gently pressing from the bottom can help, and even a light spritz of cooking spray on the bowl beforehand helps.

* consider adding the rope last (after planting) to keep the rope nice and clean looking.

* i had some minor cracks on a few of mine, so i decided to take a little leftover clay, roll it out, and smooth it into the bottom of the pots. i then baked them again for slightly less time as a way to reinforce the bottoms and to make sure they would hold water. the package instructions clearly state to not overbake the clay, but i didn’t have any problems with doing this at all.

that’s all! i hope you have fun fun fun! if you make this project, be sure to share your results with us over on instagram by tagging @goinghometoroost!
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diy mug rugs with matching mugs!

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honeycomb mug home + matching mugs! (1)

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i have such a fun idea to share with you today! every morning, i use a mug rug (or as we call it, a honeycomb mug home) for my coffee. i keep it next to my desk and it’s the perfect place for my rug to rest in between sips. it makes a soft landing spot which helps keep my napping baby asleep, absorbs drips (no more coffee rings!) and makes my whole work area look fresh and happy.

since i have several of my fabric designs available as mugs over in my society6 shop, we thought it would be a great idea to make matching honeycomb mug homes! this is a quick and easy project that would make a great gift set, too!

diy mug rugs with matching mugs!

to help you with this project, my mom, maxie makes, has made a wonderful video tutorial! click on the image above to view the video over on her (brand new!) website.

>> to accompany the video, you can also view the free printable pattern here (if you’d like to print the pattern, you can download the PDF from issuu by cliking on ‘share’ below the publication and then select ‘download’).

*a note on maxie makes: i’m so excited to share with you my mom’s new website (designed by yours truly)! in addition to running her quilt shop, she has started a new online venture where she shares video tutorials and kits to accompany them. she is just getting started but i hope you’ll join her in this new adventure! she has two new videos in the works right now and will be debuting in the next few weeks. in the meantime, you can follow her at the links below!

maxie makes (my mom!) elsewhere: blog | instagram | facebook | twitter | pinterest
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bonnie christine mugs
to make this project:
1) hop on over to my society6 shop and pick out one of the mugs above.

2) then find the coordinating fabric from my collections – sweet as honey or winged. both are available for sale from our quilt shop, a stitch in time (free shipping!).

3) follow the video tutorial via the link above and with the written pattern.

4) be sure to read maxie make’s coordinating post for details on supplies and yardage required.

be sure to share your results with us over on instagram! you can tag us with the handles @goinghometoroost and @maxiemakes. have fun!

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