august roost tribe recap

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august's roost tribe recap. join today!

hi everyone! i’m here to share this month’s recap of the roost tribe, which gives you a sneak peek of what roost tribe members received during the month of august. if you’re interested in receiving, it’s not too late to get it all! i’ll be sending out a recap on tuesday, september 2nd,  to the roost tribe with all of the content in it from august 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, september 2nd you’ll still get all of august’s content + september’s content as well- that’s two months for the price of one!

whew. got it? :)

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i am SO happy to share this little trick. i’ve been looking for a way to ‘lock’ colors while using the recolor artwork tool in adobe illustrator for years, when FINALLY- i figured it out! this has made recoloring my patterns and artwork so much more efficient.

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this pattern collection is called feathered florals. :) you can print them, frame them, make cards from them, use them on your blog, social media sites, use them as wrapping paper, etc! i

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i love this quote from old english co. sometimes the hardest part is just starting, but you should always know: amazing things WILL happen!

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one of my favorite meals this summer has been fresh paninis on the grill. they are light and refreshing and bursting with flavor!

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this set of illustrations was inspired by a recent walk i took in the forest. i loved taking pictures of the moss, ferns, buds and leaves!

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lately, i’ve fallen i love with making greeting cards. they are such a simple and beautiful way to express your love, gratitude or congratulations to friends and family. and, i always feel that there’s something a little extra special about receiving a card someone has printed themselves!

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simple living article on juicing- my favorite ingredients and recipes!

photo by juice generation.

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for this month’s master series article, i’m pleased to welcome jessica swift to the roost tribe! she has written a brilliant artcile on surface pattern design and exhibiting at surtex. thanks for sharing your insight, jessica!

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

creativelive reflections

| bonnie christine design

creativelive reflections

for the past week, i’ve just been letting the whole creativelive experience sink in for a bit. without doubt, it has been the most phenomenal event in my professional career to date. so much so, that i’m not sure where to start. so i’ll just start from the beginning.

about 8 months ago, i got an email from creativelive asking me if i would be interested in teaching for them, and if so, what might be a good time to chat about it. to my total embarrassment, i had no idea who they were (what?!). after some quick research, i knew this was an opportunity of a lifetime. we made a time to chat and as soon as i heard elizabeth’s voice on the other end of the phone i felt at ease. and excited. we discussed course topics and potential dates. i knew i wanted to set the date pretty far in advance so I would have plenty of time to prepare and so that bear would be a little older, since we had to travel to san francisco. we decided on august, 2014.

the time flew by. first we nailed down a topic, then i signed a contract (whoa, official!). one of the first things i did was briefly write a schedule for the entire 3 day course in 15 minute increments. several months were taken to discuss content, marketing ideas, info for the course page and research for the topics i wanted to talk about. with about 8 weeks to go, i was introduced to bryan, my content producer. he’s the person who really pulled all this together- and he’s amazing! we had weekly phone meetings to discuss content, bit by bit. he helped me turn my content into something a little more engaging. he reassured me when i was nervous and taught me so much about how to present my material. most importantly, he continually reminded me that i was going to help people follow their dreams, which always seemed to help calm my nerves.

fast forward to 4 weeks before the show began and i was working more than i ever have. i stayed up until 1 or 2am at night and woke back up at 6am to hit it again. it was invigorating. i was so excited to teach this course sleep didn’t matter. this is when i developed three slideshow presentations i used during the course, worked on my sketches for the pattern collection i would be designing, organized a journal to use on camera and went over every last detail of what i would cover during the course.

i felt like i needed every moment of those 8 months. maybe even more!


Your course was amazing and honestly I think you’re one of the best instructors I’ve ever seen (and I’ve watched a ton of Creative Live and courses).  You are organized, methodical and have a quiet confidence that is really endearing. I was amazed how well you handled questions, no matter how strange or convoluted they were. I know your passion is designing but you may want to rethink your overall place in the world – as a teacher you could help and inspire so many others. You’re my new hero. – Jamey Ekins

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now we can fast forward to actually arriving in san francisco. my mom, sister and bear started out for the trip a few days early so we could visit our old home town, santa ynez, for a few days. we started the travel day by missing our first flight and waiting around for 7 hours on 3 hours of sleep. so, we grabbed breakfast and went to ikea. the rest of the day could only get better, right?! despite our late start, bear was an angel baby on the plane and we arrived in santa barbara with no problem. i was incredibly nervous but pretty prepared at this point, so i took a few days to catch up with dear friends, eat at some old favorite restaurants and do a little shopping. on tuesday, we woke up and hit the road by 7am to drive to san francisco for the pre-show meeting. i studied the entire trip.

we arrived with 20 minutes to spare so i quickly ran to the san francisco flower mart. oh my goodness, what a dream place! i grabbed a few flowers i needed for day two of the course and then headed on over to creativelive. the picture above is the first thing you see when you walk in the door. i finally got to meet elizabeth and bryan in person and got a tour of their amazing offices- complete with a state of the art kitchen, green room and rooftop patio. it is incredible!

i quickly got whisked into the pre-production meeting where i met everyone who would be working on the show (all pictured above!). we discussed the show and some technical logistics, then i met with bryan and chris (my course moderator) to go over the materials again in detail. finally, they set up the room and computer for me and let me have as long as i wanted to get acquainted with the set up. let’s just say, it took a while.

lucky for me, whole foods was right across the street so i grabbed dinner for 3 and headed to our hotel to meet up with my mom, sister and bear. i could hardly sleep that night i was so nervous. wednesday morning i woke up bright and early, got dressed in an outfit i thought i loved (upon reflection, never again!) and headed out the door. i arrived 90 minutes early which gave us plenty of time to eat breakfast, meet the students and get my hair and makeup done by the makeup artist (a makeup artist!!). it was so fun!


I loved the course that you taught at CreativeLive. It is the first course that I have previewed on CL that I just HAD to purchase. I learned so much. You have taken me from hating Adobe Illustrator to incredible excitement to get my own collections going! (And I am not new to technology). – Kate

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10 minutes before the show, chris began a ‘pre-show’ segment to talk to the audience and introduce the students. i had to stand quietly in the corner and wait for the segment to end before i went on – talk about nervous! finally, chris called my name and after putting one step in front of the other i was on camera.

i’m pretty sure my voice shook for the first 15 minutes. the most nerve racking part to me was hoping that each of my segments would indeed take up the allotted 90 minutes. since i had never taught this material before, i really was only hoping that my timing was correct. plus, i tend to forget things and talk faster when i’m nervous- ah! sure enough, i ended about 15 minutes early on the first segment, so we went to break early. i was pretty upset, but bryan instantly convinced me that everything was ok and that we would make it up later in the day. sure enough, he was right. i ran over on a few other segments, but overall, the timing turned out really well for the entire course.


As you were speaking i just felt courage surging through my spirit like something deep within myself had been asleep/ silenced for a long time and finally it was getting the strength and courage to rouse itself and wake up. Something in my heart opened and suddenly my cheeks were wet with tears when you shared those words “There’s room for you”. Who would have thought four little words could be so powerful! Thank you for having the courage and generosity of spirit to share those words with us. You could have kept them to yourself, nestled and protected deep in your heart treasuring them just for yourself but you chose to be generous, it was truly stunning. I just wanted to encourage you, and thank you for having such a generous spirit and for all the wonderful things you shared on Creativelive. -Anna Pearce

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everyone there treated me like a queen the entire duration of my stay. our hotel was glorious, vegan meals were catered in for breakfast and lunch and if there was anything i ever needed it was there for me. it was amazing!

every single person at creativelive is an absolute master in their skill. you can tell that they love what they do and they are experts at doing it! their energy was contagious and just made the course that much better.

most notable of all, was how excited the crew was for the show. as soon as we went on break at the end of every segment, bryan would nearly knock down the door to run in and give me a high five, discuss the segment and help me prepare for the next one. i really can’t even explain how much positive energy was buzzing around this place, but it was intoxicating and so exciting!


Bonnie, thank you so much for sharing your self, your experiences and knowledge with us. I’ve been using Illustrator for about 2 years now but you showed me a faster, easier way of doing so many things (<3 the shortcuts you use)! It was so nice to see your sketches and made me feel more comfortable and accepting of my own sketches. Too many great takeaways! Yours was the first CL class that I’ve purchased!!! – Chris Henry

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as you can probably tell, i’m still on a high from the entire experience. i was sad to leave and i hope that my path will lead me back there one day.

finally, i am simply speechless from the feedback i’ve received since teaching this course. you all are so kind and i am so thankful for the opportunity to meet with each of you. thank you for all of your tweets, instagram messages, emails and reviews. many of them have brought tears to my eyes and your support and encouragement means the world to me!


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!

a snuggle worthy saranoni blanket giveaway!

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and by snuggle worthy – i mean – i might never be able to unwrap myself from this blanket! saranoni’s bamboni blankets are luxuriously soft, warm and cozy. around my house, you can find the whole family wrapped up in one each night. bear loves his gingersnap receiving bamboni (above) and david and i can both comfortably snuggle together under the charcoal adult-size bamboni (below).

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i have not only fallen in love with saranoni’s soft blankets, but their story as well. as a mother of five, emily peterson knows that from the moment we are born, blankets are a part of our lives. saranoni’s blankets are the perfect way to keep a family cozy and close. available in sizes from newborn to toddler to adult to home, there’s a blanket perfect for everyone!

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emily has also been incredibly generous to offer an adult sized bamboni blanket to one of you in any color that you choose! thank you so much, emily!


enter to win:  one adult sized bamboni blanket in your choice of color (valued at $96). 

deadline: giveaway will end sunday, august 31st at 12am, eastern standard time. the winner will be drawn using a random number generator and announced on this post shortly after.

to enter: comment on this post sharing with us who you’d like to wrap up in this blanket with.

additional ways to enter:

>> like going home to roost and saranoni on facebook

>> share giveaway on twitter and include the handle @gohometoroost and

>> share any giveaway image on instagram and tag @goinghometoroost and @saranoniblanket

be sure to leave a new comment for each additional entry so it counts (limit of 4 comments per person)!

good luck! xox, bonnie  


master series: jessica swift

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the roost tribe is excited to welcome jessica swift to the master series this friday as she joins us to discuss  pattern design and exhibiting at surtex. jessica is a brilliant designer who colors her world with bright hues and pretty patterns. i know you’re going to fall in love with her and her style!

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in more exciting news, jessica has just debuted a brand new surface pattern design course called pattern camp. during the course, you’ll spend a weekend learning pattern design from jessica in adobe illustrator and photoshop. this would be a great opportunity to close the learning gap and start producing patterns! click here to learn more and sign up to be notified when registration opens.

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jessica elsewhere: web | twitter | instagram | facebook

so come join the roost tribe and get your learn on! join anytime this month to receive jessica’s article on pattern design and exhibiting at surtex.

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!

chicken wire + paper wall art

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paper wall art by sugar and cloth

i absolutely love this paper wall art project by sugar and cloth. ashley uses chicken wire, a wooden frame and rolled up pieces of paper to create a stunning piece of art. this opens up so many possibilities! i would love to use this method to create a pixelated looking rose or dahlia. head on over to sugar and cloth to see more pictures and get the full tutorial!

point and shoot 8.21.14

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it’s been a while since our last point and shoot, so i’ve got some catching up to do with you! don’t forget to share your photos, too!

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in love with these colors.

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teaching at creativelive!

teaching at creativelive!

teaching design surface patterns from scratch at creativelive last week!  

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my desk.

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bear baby’s first flight.  (he did great!)

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. :)

scrappy bits applique giveaway

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shannon brinkley from bottle tree has just released a brand new book, scrappy bits appliqué where she shares her easy to follow raw edge appliqué technique. i absolutely love the darling projects in this book! filled with beginner-friendly projects, after reading this book you’ll be able to either plan your own quilt design or follow one of the 8 beautiful patterns inside.

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scrappy bits appliqué takes you step by step though the process of creating a quilt using shannon’s raw edge appliqué technique. i love how much creative freedom this method gives you in the construction of the quilt! it’s also a fast and beginner-friendly method compared to the traditional appliqué or piecing method (yes, please!).

shannon has also been kind enough to offer a free copy of the book to one of you! thanks, shannon!


enter to win:  a copy of scrappy bits appliqué (a hard copy for a united states resident and an ebook if the winner is international).

deadline: giveaway will end monday, august 25th at 12am, eastern standard time. the winner will be drawn using a random number generator and announced on this post shortly after.

to enter: comment on this post sharing with us what motif you’d like to appliqué using shannon’s method (a fox, tree, bird etc).

additional ways to enter:

>> like going home to roost and bottle tree quilts on facebook

>> share giveaway on twitter and include the handle @gohometoroost and @bottletrees

>> share either giveaway image on pinterest and include hashtags #goinghometoroost & #scrappybitsappliqué

be sure to leave a new comment for each additional entry so it counts (limit of 4 comments per person)!

good luck! xox, bonnie


28 things i love

| bonnie forkner

birthday flower

today is my birthday (!) and i’m reflecting on all the things that i love so dearly. i am filling this day with friends and family, laughter and fun. (over the last few years i’ve also shared 26 things about me and 27 things i’m thankful for!)

28 things i love:

– my sweet baby bear
– a husband who brings me wildflowers
– vegetables from the garden
– a simple flower patch
– the last book i read: show you work by austin kleon
– the next book on my reading list: artisan soul by erwin mcmanus
– the color mint
– wildflowers
– creativity that flows
– a close-knit family
– creating pretty patterns
– teaching what i know
– learning new things
– a new iphone case
– inspiration for new things
– bluegrass music
– firefly nights
– eating outside
– long chats with my mom
– coffee and tea
– vegan eats
– going to bed early
– lots of pillows
– plenty of plants
– cooking every night
– baby snuggles
– friends who make me laugh
– YOU!