my mom is awesome

| bonnie forkner

so, my mom is pretty awesome.  she’s is my rock, my friend, my teacher, and the one that gives me all of my creative juices.

maxine ramey in quilt sampler
many of you might know that my mom, maxine ramey own’s a quilting & creative sewing shop in north carolina called a stitch in time.  well, we’ve all known that it was something pretty special for years now, as it is still to this day the most beautiful shop i’ve ever been in.  and you know what? quilt sampler thinks so, too!

maxine ramey in quilt sampler
her shop is featured in this quarter’s quilt sampler magazine where they feature the best and most beautiful quilt shops all across the country.  yeah for you, mom!  isn’t her shop pretty? if you want to see more, you can find an entire shop tour on video by going to her website.

maxine ramey in quilt sampler
and there she is, in all her beauty!

>>i’ve made each of these photos larger than usual, so you can view them bigger by clicking on them. you might have to grab your bifocals, but hopefully you’ll be able to read a little. :)

maxine ramey in quilt sampler
this is actually where i worked for the few years before i started ghtr, so i know first hand what a dream-like place it is.  nestled in the mountains of franklin, north carolina, it’s one shop you’ll certainly want to stop by if you’re ever in the area.  plus, there’s so much sight seeing and fun things to do around the town, you could just make a vacation out of it!

pssssst! i’m mentioned in the above article, if you click on it- can you find me? :)

maxine ramey in quilt sampler
each shop featured was to design their very own quilt and publish instructions to it, and this is the one my mom designed.  pretty, isn’t it?

she has kits available and they ship worldwide, if you would like one, just contact a stitch in time!

i love you, mom! xo, bonnie

on the forest floor

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leaves from the forest floor

forest floor

forest floor

forest floor

forest floor

forest floor

when i found the forest floor, i was in awe.  such serenity and peace photographer jeff friesen brings to this quite corner of the world.  i have always been an admirer of the forest’s beauty, and he has captured it in it’s true brilliance.  in preparation for the holidays, he’s having a ‘2 for 1 sale‘ until november 15th, the perfect way to get started on your gifts!

before and after: telephone table

| before and after makeovers

before and after: telephone table
i have to admit, i was peaking through the windows into the back of the thrift store when i found this beauty.  i snagged her before anyone else even had a chance! i’ve always loved telephone tables, and the idea behind them. can’t you just see someone sitting there, chatting away? i haven’t had a land line in over 8 years!

before and after: telephone table
so this is the after! the mirror, hat, telephone booth, vase, blanket and my orange boots are all thrifted.  i’ve become quite the skilled hunter!

the ‘scarf’ is a 1/4 yard of silk that i ran across at the fabric store. i wrapped it around my neck and called it a day.

and just in case you’re ‘ooh-ing and ahh-ing’ over my beautiful bag, it’s handmade from lightnest- and it’s one of my all time favorite accessories!

before and after: telephone table
i’m using it as an entry way bench, with a place to hang our daily goodies above it, and a place for our boots underneath.

before and after: telephone table
i love all the pops of color that meet me at the entry way. it sets the tone for the house and makes me feel welcome.

before and after: telephone table
i spray painted this on using a stencil- then went over it with a stain that i quickly wiped off.

before and after: telephone table
so there you have it! yet another piece of my home.  here’s to happy hunting!

feeling a bit like an arctic rabbit

| handmade

well, the arctic weather is upon us! though i’m sure we’ll have much colder weather over the next few months, this is the first time that it feels like november.  there’s a 50% chance of snow tomorrow {squeal!} with a high of 31°F and the rest of the week isn’t looking much warmer.  so it’s time to get the boots out! you know, the ones with the fur?

These arctic animals from baby animals include:

1. an arctic rabbit

2. a polar bear

3. a caribou (or reindeer)

4. a narwhal

5. a lemming

note: i know we know each other much to well to be discussing the weather, but you see, the hub has been telling me for weeks that i can make soup on the first day it snows (let’s just say it’s not his favorite dish). so snow means soup and soup means warm hands and cozy evenings.

anyways, i’m feeling a bit like the arctic rabbit, as no matter how many furry things i put on, i’m still cold. how about you- what animal do you liken yourself to today?

going home to roost is back in business!

| bonnie forkner

the kitchen roost aprons

just a quick announcement to say that the going home to roost etsy shops are back in business {yeah}!  the boxes are all finally unpacked and after a few months hiatus, you can now visit the kitchen roost to see bunches and bunches of new aprons, including a brand new design that i’m really excited about- the new reversible half apron!

home to roost pillows

the home to roost shop is also back open with lots of love and new pillow designs. i think my favorite is the new bunting design. :)

thanks for letting me have a ‘show and tell’ moment! xox, bonnie

downloadable art

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free downloadable art
from one of my favorite songs, cannon by phil wickham.  enjoy!

>> download here <<

terms of use: print it, frame it, change it, spread it, share it, and give it- just don’t sell it. :)  if you post it, please direct readers back to this post for the download.  xox!

before and after book shelf

| before and after makeovers

before and after book shelf

i found this odd book shelf at the thrift store, and quickly saw the potential.  after a little wood glue and lots of paint, it turned out to be one of my favorite pieces!

before and after book shelf

ta da! there’s a lot going on here, so let’s break it down:

– mirror: thrifted and painted
– antlers: found
– cork: sticky on the back; from the hardware store

    i found deer antlers!

    yup, I FOUND THESE!! yes, i was that excited, they’re huge!  david and i went on a long trail run this weekend and at the top of this heinous hill, i looked down to find these deer antlers.  it make the whole run worth it!  i made dave carry them back the whole way, so glad he didn’t trip and poke his eye out!

    added cork board for notes

    at first, i couldn’t figure out what to do with the blank slate on front that was screaming for attention.  then i remembered i had a roll of sticky cork board!  perfect for little notes, inspiration pieces or orders to fill- it’s my favorite part of this makeover.

    framed from our nature walk

    remember all the little things i found on our nature walk? i finally figured out what to do with them!  i found this shadow box while out thrifting and gave it a coat of grey spray paint- then pinned all my little foundlings to it.

    before and after book shelf

    it even has shelves on the side, which make it the perfect craft organizer for my sewing room. everything’s neatly organized (for now) and easy to get to.

    how to roast winter squashes and toast their seeds

    | seasonal recipes

    happy monday, lovelies!  how was your weekend? i’m happy to say that mine was quite productive (for once), and i have lots to share with you.  first up, how do you roast a pumpkin? a butternut squash? and what should you do with the seeds?

    roasted pumpkin

    after posting quite a few recipes that use roasted pumpkins and maybe a butternut squash, i thought i would do a formal ‘how to roast winter squashes post’.  i always roast mine ahead of time, say while i’m cleaning house or sewing, then preserve them in the freezer.  that way, they are ready to use anytime i like. here’s how!

    step 1: remove the stems, cut the squash in half and remove the seeds.

    >>don’t throw away your seeds! preserve them in a bowl for easy toasting and scrumptious snacking (see below)<<

    step 2: for butternut squash, place cut side down on a lightly greased baking sheet.

    for pumpkins, fill the center with 1/4 cup of water and cover with tin foil to create a ‘steamer’.  place right side up on a baking sheet (or right on the oven racks).

    step 3: roast in the oven at 450 degrees until the skin has browned and the flesh of the squash is easily poked with a fork; about 45-60 minutes.

    step 4: let the squash cool and then either remove the skin (for butternut squash) or scoop out the flesh (for pumpkins).

    step 5: use or preserve! you can use these right away or preserve them.  to preserve them, slice and place in baggies, then place in the freezer.

    roasting winter squashes will fill your home with the sweet aromas of autumn- for me, it makes fall come alive!

    toasted pumpkin seeds

    it’s so easy to use the seeds from a winter squash, and when toasted, they taste amazing. here’s how!

    step 1: rinse the seeds in a colander to remove all the stringy squashy stuff, then pat dry.

    step 2: toss with 1 tbs of olive oil and sprinkle with course sea salt.

    step 3: spread in a single layer on a baking sheet.

    step 4: toast in the oven at 400 degrees until golden brown, 10-15 minutes.

    toasted pumpkin seeds

    they are so delicious! between snacking on them and putting them on our salad that evening, i’m sad to say that ours were gone in one day.  they’re addicting!