party planning 101 by erin godbey

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oh man. you guys are going to LOVE this ebook (going out to the roost tribe this friday!). erin godbey is a master party planner, maker and founder of the indie craft parade & the makers summit (more on that in a minute). in her e-book, Party Planning 101: Simple steps for celebrations she breaks down the various parts of party planning into steps, from party ideas and themes to menu planning and decorations. and, to get you in the party planning mood, she’s created a special pinterest board just for you with her favorite party recipes, decor, and party planning resources.

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in addition to being a master party planner, erin is also the founder of the indie craft parade and the maker’s summit. i’ve attended both and can personally attest to how incredible these events are! if you’re a maker, attending these two events will be the highlight of your year.

the indie craft parade is a celebration of handmade art and will take place september 12th-14th in greenville, south carolina. it’s held in the most beautiful historic mill and will be featuring 80 of the most talented makers from all over the south.>

the maker’s summit is a one-day business conference for the art, craft, and design world. during the conference, you’ll learn how to start or grow your business alongside fellow creatives and hear practical advice from industry leaders and peers during keynotes, workshops, panel discussions and one-on-one time with experts. i was delighted to attend this year and it was absolutely sensational.

erin elsewhere: pinterest | twitter | instagram |

so come join the roost tribe and get your learn on! join anytime this month to receive erin’s e-book, Party Planning 101: Simple steps for celebrations

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what is the roost tribe?

in a nutshell, it’s a direct extension of going home to roost. members receive weekly premium content delivered straight to their inbox. you’ll get adobe illustrator tutorials, printables, illustrations, digital papers and repeating patterns, exclusive articles from industry experts, recipes and loads of other creative goodies. members also connect with each other for creative support, feedback and fun in private facebook group. and the best part? all of it costs less than a latte. click here for more information.

dahlhaus ceramics studio

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dahlhaus ceramics studio. what a most lovley place!  filled with pretty ceramics, sweet hues and subtle patterns, artist heather braun-dahl created dahlhaus out of a love of creating beautiful objects to be cherished and used in the home. i love how she uses color, texture and pattern to bring each piece to life. it’s like she knew all of my favorite colors!

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plant based dinner ideas 7.18.14

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plant based dinner ideas

hello, friday! summer veggies are in full swing and we couldn’t be enjoying them more. we’ve been eating most of our meals outside and it feels so good to take in the fresh and sights over a good meal. our favorite meal this week would probably have to be the vegan risotto. it was creamy and delicious!

monday: healthy hashbrown casserole
tuesday: triple stacked quesadillas
wednesday: fresh grilled veggie tacos
thursday: borlotti bean mole (we used sweet potatoes)
friday: vegan asparagus risotto

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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a few pictures from our life lately. :)

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a few more snapshots of my latest garden DIY.

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a much needed bar stool update!

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sweet 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. :)

getting to know thisispaper

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today, i’m loving the simple beauty of THISISPAPER.  with an eye for design and a heart for craftsmanship, their products represent simple living at its best. be sure to also check out their print magazine for an inside studio glance of several inspirational artists.

replacing the legs on our ikea karlstad sofa

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replacing the legs on our ikea karlstad sofa

after falling in love with these pretty pegs, i was a little heartbroken. at that price, there was no way i could afford a set of 12 (twelve!) new legs. i wanted to revamp the look of our ikea karlstad though, so i was determined to find a solution. with just a little paint, elbow grease and diy spirit i was able to change all 12 legs on our sofa for under $70 (that sounded much better than $360!). yay!

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upon a quick visit to lowes, i quickly found these  mid-century modern style tapered sofa legs. i jumped for joy! priced at only $3.98 a piece i thought, ‘oh, i can do this’. after a small amount of research, this is what i figured out i needed:

- 12 tapered sofa legs
– 12 table leg plates (use the angled plates if you’d rather the angled look!)
– my favorite gold spray paint (already had some leftover from this project)
– painter’s tape
– electric screwdriver
– sample sized regular paint in your preferred color (i used valspar)

i already had the last four above supplies in our diy stash, but if you don’t they’ll only add a minimal cost.

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sidenote #1: i think bear approved of the update! sidenote #2: you can see the ‘old’ legs in this picture behind bear!

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first, paint the wooden part of each leg in your desired color. they were easy to paint by holding on to the metal ends and just working in a circle. i then punched 12 holes in the bottom of a cardboard box and stuck the end of each leg into the box in order to let them dry standing up.

after the legs are dry, grab some scrap paper and painters tape. cover the freshly painted surface and line the painters tape up exactly with the line of the metal ends.

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next, spray paint the bottoms gold! because of the taper, i could easily just set these down to let them dry without scuffing up the new gold paint.

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next, you’ll have to use a little elbow grease. first things first, flip your sofa upside down (ha!). then, unscrew and remove each leg, then remove the black plastic plate underneath the leg. (i forgot to photograph this piece, but you’ll see it, i promise! you can see a faded outline of it on the picture above). this was the hardest part of the entire diy, but i did it all by myself in a single afternoon. just in time to surprise the hubby when he got home! (he was so impressed.)

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next, install the table leg plates. i tried my best to line up the hole in the center with the original sofa leg hole, and it ended up working out really well. attach these using the four screws included in the package. using an electric screwdriver here is a must!

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next comes the fun part- simply screw in the brand new legs! yay!

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flip your sofa back over (ha again!) and marvel at your new beautiful legs. *note: be careful as you flip your sofa over! i was so determined to do this solo, that the weight of the sofa flipping over bent one of the leg plates and i had to replace it. next time, i’ll just wait for david to get home!

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i’m so happy with the way they turned out, and i think they really give ol’ karlstad a more modern look. they’ve been installed for about 6 weeks now and are holding up nice and strong. yay for a successful diy! also, hi toaster!

olfa giveaway!

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i’ve used OLFA prodcuts for as long as i can remember. when i was young, my mom’s OLFA rotary cutters were labeled ‘for fabric only’ and were strictly forbidden to play with (since there was a sharp blade involved). i can still remember the first time i was allowed to use one all by myself. i felt so special! now, i use OLFA‘s products nearly every day. they make crafting and sewing so much easier!

this year, OLFA is celebrating the 35th anniversary of the invention of the rotary cutter. to celebrate, they’ve been so kind to offer a giveaway for YOU!

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today’s giveaway consists of two of my all time favorite OLFA products. fist is a 6×8″ self healing rotarty mat. it’s the perfect size for craft projects and to take along with you as your travel.  it’s double-sided with yellow guidelines on one side, and solid on the opposite side for general cutting. rotary mats protect your work area and greatly extend the life of your rotary blades, plus with measurement guidelines they make precise cutting a cinch!

the second product is the 28mm rotary cutter. it’s perfect for small-scale projects, miniatures and tight corners. the cutter is a rolling razor blade used to cut fabrics into shapes, strips and pieces for sewing, quilting and craft projects. the blade is made of high quality tungsten carbide tool steel for unparalleled sharpness and superior edge retention. let me tell you, it’s sharp!

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enter to win: 6×8″ self healing rotary mat and 28mm rotary cutter by olfa.

deadline: giveaway will end sunday, july 19th 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 why you love OLFA, or if you’ve never used OLFA products before, share with us why you’d like to try them.

additional ways to enter:

>> like going home to roost and OLFA on facebook.

>> share giveaway on twitter and include the handle @gohometoroost and hashtag #olfa35

>> share either giveaway image on pinterest and include hashtags #goinghometoroost & #olfa35

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

good luck! xox, bonnie


in the shop! new adobe illustrator tutorials

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hey everyone! i’m just popping in with a little shop news. i just added several new adobe illustrator tutorials to myetsy shop that will help you learn illustrator with ease and bring your artwork to life! you can grab 20% off the shop today through monday by using coupon code “learnillustrator”. enjoy!

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using the blend tool.  the blend tool is such a fun tool to play with! i usually use it to aid in my color palette choices, but you can also use it to make beautiful artwork and fun illustrations.

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scan your sketches: in this tutorial, you’ll learn how to take a pencil or pen sketch, scan it in, and then optimize it for using live trace in adobe illustrator. the end results gives you a a nice clean image and a beautiful results! this tutorial covers a few things in both photoshop and illustrator (though you don’t have to use photoshop if you don’t have it).

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working with the pen tool – from sketch to repeating pattern. i’m excited to offer this three part series focusing on the pen tool. the pen tool is an incredibly useful tool to master. once you get the hang of it, it’s easy and powerful! in this video course course, i’ll teach you step by step how to trace a sketch using the pen tool (part 1), how to color your artwork (part 2) and how to put your artwork into a repeating pattern (part 3). are you excited? let’s get started!

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top 10 tips and tricks: in this video, i’ve taken 10 of my most favorite tips and tricks and broken them down for you into bite size pieces. these are things i find myself using nearly every day, so i hope you’ll enjoy this peek into my work style!

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using the reflect tool. there are many ways to use this tool, but in this video i show you how i like to use it and the best practices for it. it’s easy to use and will save you so much time!

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offset path and simplify tools – this video will teach you how to use the offset path and simplify tools in adobe illustrator. so fun! i use both of the features all the time. i hope you will too!

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using the trim tool and clipping masks: in this video, i’m sharing with you how i most often use the trim and clipping mask tools, and what makes them different from all the other tools. i use both of these tools nearly every time i open adobe illustrator. i know you will enjoy using them, too!