november’s gift guide

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november's gift guide | going home to roostproduct links: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8  | 9 | 10 

a handmade gift guide for birthdays, anniversaries, holidays… or for no reason at all!

fun facts for november:

>> november 10th is the birthday of the us marine corps
>> the leonids meteor shower reaches its peak around november 17
>> november 21st is national adoption day

november is:

>> native american heritage month
>> national novel writing month
>> sweet potato awareness month
>> movember
>> national blog posting month – NaBloPoMo (!!)

november’s desktop + smart phone calendars

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goodbye october, hello november! november will bring our first snow, chilly weather, hot cider, apple picking, pumpkin pie and time spent with dear friends and family. my schedule is lighter this month then it has been all year, so i’m looking forward to a little rest. what will november bring for you? xox, bonnie

to download november’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!

winged blog tour

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are you ready to be ultra-inspired?! i’m tickled pink to announce the winged blog tour! join us each day for the next month as talented makers from all over the world share their projects made from my fabric line, winged. check out the full schedule below to see who will be posting each day.

want to join the fun? share you own projects on twitter and instagram using hashtags #wingedfabric and #wingedblogtour. we can’t wait to see what you make!

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

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

Friday December 19th – Final Recap

october roost tribe recap

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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 october. if you’re interested in receiving, it’s not too late to get it all! i’ll be sending out a recap on tuesday, november 4th to the roost tribe with all of the content in it from october 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, november 4th you’ll still get all of october’s content + november’s content as well- that’s two months for the price of one!

whew. got it? :)

adobe illustrator tutorial on how to use the type on a path tool.

geo basics pattern collection. you can print patterns, frame them, make cards from them, use them on your blog, social media sites, use them as wrapping paper, etc! 

delicious recipe for vegan pumpkin kale pizza.

a fall to-do list printable.

simple living article on how to roast a pumpkin and use their seeds.

a set of forested clip art illustrations.

an inspirational set of desktop + smartphone backgrounds.

Q&A article about tradeshows.


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.

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

quilt market recap!

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hello, friends! we’ve just returned from quilt market and we had such a wonderful time. i’m so happy to be a part of this amazing community- i think quilters and sewers just have the sweetest spirits! being a part of art gallery fabric‘s family is so special, too. everyone is incredibly supportive, creative and energetic. AGF also won the 2nd place award for multiple booth design during the show. it is one happy place to be!

since i was debuting two new collections (cultivate and hello, bear), i was able to have two booths! we spent the entire day on thursday setting up, attended the ever-so-crazy sample spree thursday night, and then welcomed thousands of sewists to the show friday, saturday and sunday. i was able to meet so many wonderful people (hugs to you if you’re one of them!) and came away with some exciting opportunities in the works, as well.

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above is my booth for cultivate– a new flower garden inspired fabric line that will ship in april, 2015 (just in time to start gardening!).

for this booth, we had a moss manikin, sunhat, dreamy quilt, kneeling board, fabric covered keds shoes and more. all of these projects will be popping up on going home to roost over the next several months, i’m sure!

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hello, bear is my special edition children’s line inspired by my son, bear, of course! it will begin shipping in january, and i can’t wait to start making more projects with it. it’s not only for children, as i have several home decor and women’s clothing projects i want to make with it as well!

for this booth, we made a bean bag, cloud pillow, feather headdress, triangle quilt, a few stuffed animals and more. it was so much fun seeing it all come to life!

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lastly, i had a Q&A session with the roost tribe this week regarding tradeshows. here are just a few of the questions we discussed (you can join the roost tribe to receive the full session!).

What is your check list of things to bring when you exhibit?

oh my, so many things! but, on the top of my list:

– all samples
– promo materials: biz cards, postcards, flyers
– booth supplies: staple gun, glue gun, double sided table, hooks, small nails, vinyl decals and paint (depending on the project)
– comfy shoes and clothes to set up and break down in!
– notebook for taking notes and orders
– paypal or square iphone attachment to swipe for payments

In your opinion or from your personal experience what makes a successful booth/exhibit at a trade show?

it’s always important to be present in your booth. you could miss a great opportunity if you’re not there! clearly showing your work and having something for a potential buyer to take with them is also a great way to be memorable.

How do you decide how to decorate your booth? Do you have a sewing marathon leading up to Quilt Market to have samples to show?

ideas for the booth are always based around the inspiration for the collection (hello, bear = children’s woodland theme | cultivate = gardening). it’s so much fun! and, yes! we usually get fabric 2-3 weeks before market, so as soon as it arrives the sewing marathon begins!

calypte collection

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calytpe collection

calypte collection is a fusion of modern edgy and earthy bohemian. carol is a wildlife biologist where she’s happily immersed in the beautiful colors of nature, from the gorgeous hues of blooming flowers to the iridescent colors of hummingbird feathers. you’ll find these inspirations woven throughout her jewelry where the colors of nature and modern lines collide.

calypte collection elsewhere: blog | shop | twitter | facebook

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see you at quilt market!

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bonnie christine | fall quilt market 2014

hello lovelies! i’m putting all the finishing touches today on several projects before heading out to houston this afternoon for international quilt market! i’ll be debuting my brand new fabric collections, hello, bear and cultivate for art gallery fabrics. i have several pretty projects to show you + a free 5×7 print for anyone who stops by my booth! look out for a mossy manikin, fluffy bean bag, stuffed animals and more at art gallery fabrics’ booth, #1660.

i’ll aslo be hanging out at art gallery fabric’s sample spree booth to meet and greet with you! come see us on october 24th from 8-10pm at table #100.

if you can’t make it, be sure to join the trip over on instagram. :) i’ll see you back here on wednesday, october 29th!

holiday showcase: ashleigh corrin

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ashely corin

ashleigh corrin creates illustrated and handcrafted housewares, art and accessories. with the intent to add style with a smile, each item is designed to bring a nostalgic, charming spirit to one’s life and home.

i love ashleigh’s handcrafted story. she tells a story of having a dream, making sacrifices, taking a leap and soaring towards her creative dream. seeing an artist embrace their creativity and follow their heart makes me so happy. what an inspiration!

ashleigh elsewhere: web | twitter | facebook | instagram

interested in advertising on ghtr? find out more about the holiday showcase and other sponsor opportunities by checking out the press package.