design surface patterns from scratch blog tour!

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design surface patterns from scratch blog tour!

are you ready to be ultra-inspired?! i’m tickled pink to announce the design surface patterns from scratch blog tour! (#DSPSblogtour for short.)

after connecting with so many of you after teaching design surface patterns from scratch for creativelive, i quickly realized a blog tour was in order (FUN!). with over 150 members buzzing about pattern design in our facebook group, your amazing talent and expertise just had to be shared!

join us each day for the next 7 weeks (!!) as talented designers from all over the world share their work, insight, advice, expertise and tips for surface pattern design. we’re all going to learn so much! check out the full schedule below to see who will be posting each day.

psst. want to join the fun? share you own projects on twitter and instagram using hashtags #DSPSblogtour and #bonnielive

design surface patterns from scratch blog tour!

>> blog posts will be linked daily as the are posted <<

Tuesday September 9thErin Stewart | poppy quin
Wednesday September 10thSofia M | paisley farm
Thursday September 11thRachael Mckeeman | the floral suitcase
Friday September 12thKate Cannon | a southern lady’s ramblings
Monday September 15thEmily | fresh paper studios
Tuesday  September 16thAmanda McGee | amanda mcgee designs
Wednesday September 17thAudrey Mann + Diane Brinton | the cloth parcel
Thursday September 18thMelanie Ham | i heart stitching
Monday September 22ndChristina Ferrer | mayacoa
Tuesday  September 23rdJessica Godfrey |  sew shimmerskys
Wednesday September 24thRobin Grudzinski | the designest
Thursday September 25thPetica Watson | studio bricolaged
Friday September 26thBarbara Harris | babiqueiroz
Monday September 29thSofia Cardoso | sofiac blogs
Tuesday  September 30thAmanda Creek | amanda creek creative
Wednesday October 1stRochelle New | lucky lucille
Thursday October 2nd Joditt Danley | joditt design
Friday October 3rdShelia Delgado | sheila delgado
Monday October 6thMegan Tannahill | meg tannahill
Tuesday  October 7thEmily Leggett | studio em interiors finds
Wednesday October 8thSara Hayes | sweet gum studios
Thursday October 9thNerissa Alford | nerissa alford designs
Friday October 10thHeidi Ahmed | lost in reverie
Monday October 13thAllison Sews | allison sews
Tuesday  October 14th – Susan Debow | designs of home
Wednesday October 15thAnia Archer |
Thursday  October 16thKari Allen | art by kari
Friday October 17thMargaret Kelly | margaret kelly art
Monday October 20thAndi Sigsby | beets and okra
Tuesday October 21st – Kimberly Costa | honizukle
Wednesday October 22nd – Casey | sunlit life
Thursday October 23rdEmily Truong | emily ann studio
Friday October 24thJulie Hamilton | artistically afflicted

Monday October 27thNika Nartinez
Tuesday October 28th – Myriam Kozik | creator me
Wednesday October 29thPattie Sokol
Thursday October 30th – Sarah Price | sarah price designs
Friday October 31st – Anna Garriga | positive fabrics

Monday November 3rd – Carolyn Clark


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!

indie craft parade is next weekend!

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oh, hello friday and friends! if it seems like i’ve been a little quiet lately, it’s because i’ve been a busy bee over here preparing for the indie craft parade. it’s next weekend, september 12th-14th at the historic huguenot mill in beautiful downtown greenville, south carolina.

if you have the opportunity to attend, you won’t want to miss it! the hugeunot mill is the most beautiful venue i’ve seen (like, ever.) and it will be filled with over 70 modern artists sharing their craft. there will be music, food, artisan coffee and more!

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friday before the indie craft parade begins, there will also be a VIP gala which offers an exclusive first look at everyone’s work. you’ll enjoy the opening night of the festival with a relaxed atmosphere, live music, and a chance to win amazing giveaways. there will also be complimentary hors d’oeuvres and beverages (handcrafted coffee, tea, etc)! with the expectation of lines out the door and crowds galore on saturday and sunday, this could be a great opportunity to get first dibs on your favorite artist’s work. grab your ticket here (there’s a limited number available).

if you attend, i would love to see you! i’ll be in booth #29 and will be selling art prints, greeting cards, temporary tattoos, camera straps, fabric journals and fabric kits for my patterns. i hope to see you there!

point and shoot 9.4.14

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a little bit of life lately. :)

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wingspan rug to match winged!

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some fun temporary tattoos for my booth at the indie craft parade next weekend!

bonnie christine | going home to roost (2) totally in love with my new silhouette cameo cutting machine.  

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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. :)

september gift guide- kids

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september gift guide kids edition

product links: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8  | 9 | 10 | 11

it’s bear’s BIRTHDAY today, so i decided to make this month’s gift guide for little boys. i have especially fallen in love with zara lately (for little girls, too!). i hope the little ones in your life have a wonderful month!

fun facts for september:

>> september 19th is talk like a pirate day
>> september is national preparedness month
>> september 23rd is the autumn equinox
>> september begins on the same day of the week as december every year

design challenge – 2 more weeks to enter!

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design challenge

hi everyone!i just popping in to let you know that there’s still time to join the surface pattern design challenge that accompanies by creativelive course, designing surface patterns from scratch! the deadline ends september 15th, so you have just about 2 more weeks to enter. the winner of the challenge will receive over $800 worth of goodies!

so far, i have been blown away by your entries in the student work area. you all are creating some really beautiful patterns and i have been so inspired by you! below are some details regarding the challenge- just let me know if you have any questions in the comments area!

challenge details:

challenge mission: to create a small pattern collection of 6 prints that is cohesive in style, color and scale.

challenge requirements: show each step of your work as outlined in the course in the student work area (inspiration board, sketches, illustrations, final pattern collection).

challenge winner will be chosen on how well they share their process, how well they follow the course instructions and how cohesive and their collection is.

the challenge winner will receive:

– $250 gift certificate to spoonflower
– 20 yards of bonnie christine ribbon from renaissance ribbon (coming soon!)
– 20 yards of luxurious fabric from art gallery fabrics
– stencil + wallpaper collection from wallternatives
– lifetime membership to the roost tribe
– set of 6 bonnie christine sewing patterns

if you missed the LIVE airing of the course, don’t worry! you can now purchase it directly from creativelive.

course details:

what: design surface patterns from scratch
cost: the course is now available for purchase for on lifetime on-demand access anytime for $79. click here for details.

i can’t wait to see what you make!

september desktop backgrounds

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goodbye august, hello september! this month will be full of exciting things for us. i’ll be exhibiting at the indie craft parade in a few weeks and we have a birthday party planned for bear as well as a beach trip! i’ve been looking forward to this month for a long time. what will september bring for you? xox, bonnie

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to download september’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 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!

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

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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!