some squeal moments

| bonnie forkner

i am so (so so so so so) excited to have been included in some recent publications, i simply must share my squealing excitement with you!!
 
do it yourself magazine
 
my all time favorite magazine, do it yourself

do it yourself magazine
 
recently did an article on felt projects, and included my tree splash pillow!

do it yourself magazine
 
i’m in great company, aren’t i? i love the others as well, they are from new leaf works, dede etsy shop, that funky boutique, and ply textiles.

do it yourself magazine
 
they have pages and pages of really great felt projects, plus much more diy goodness throughout the magazine- so make sure to pick up this winter’s issue!

good housekeeping magazine
 
good housekeeping magazine recently asked me to replicate an apron that they featured in there 1920 issue! you can see the original spread above, and my replica and new half apron design beside it.  you can find full instructions and the pattern to make it yourself on their website (at the end of the slideshow) or find the kit in my shop.

kaboodle
 
finally, kaboodle recently featured a deer themed slide show of antler accessories for your home and wardrobe! there, you can find my antler pillow, as well 13 other beautiful antler must-haves (including some stag napkins from friend love, natalie!).

thank you to everyone for featuring going home to roost, and making me jump around my house in excitement!

gingiber illustrates

| handmade

shop gingiber

when i found gingiber’s shop, i couldn’t stop thinking about how sweet it was.  the cardinal was the first thing to catch my eye- as it’s my favorite bird! every time i see one i know it’s going to be a special day.  with lots of beautiful christmas inspired prints, gingiber makes for the perfect and affordable gift.  she also illustrates pretty calendars, notebooks and nursery art, so be sure to see more at her shop and blog.

do you have a favorite bird?

celebrate magazine- call for submissions!

| holidays

Celebrate Magazine
 
hello lovelies! i wanted to share a quick secret with you, tehe!

i’ve been working on a really special something for you this christmas, an online magazine! celebrate magazine will be a new publication by going home to roost and this holiday’s edition is called ‘celebrate sugar plums‘.  it will be full of holiday recipes, diy projects, free printables, gift guides, holiday ideas and craft projects.  why the tease?

because i’m accepting your submissions to be included!

if you have a favorite christmas quote, printable, diy project, recipe, or are selling the perfect gift, i want to hear from you! please e-mail me and include your full name, website/shop and submit your entries with the subject ‘celebrate magazine’ by sunday, november 21st. though there aren’t any guarantee’s, each submission will be reviewed and carefully considered.  i look forward to hearing from you!

the last of the fall series

| bonnie forkner

bonnie forkner fall series

happy monday, lovelies!  i did another trail race this weekend, and the scenery was so pretty i couldn’t help but share it with you!  isn’t this view breath taking? actually, i didn’t have enough breath in me for the view to take, but if i did- it would have.  the weather was perfect- 38 degrees, sunny and not a single breeze.  too cold to stand around in, but just right to be working hard in.  i was so happy to have two good friends running it as well, and we all came back to my place for a brunch of pumpkin waffles and apple cider afterwards (i was thinking about those waffles the whole time i was running!).  the race was very hilly and just over 7 miles, and i finished in 1:28:50- slow but steady i go! and to recover? a massage this afternoon followed by a cup of tea with a good friend should do the trick.

toaster’s dog blog!

| bonnie forkner

ok all you toaster lovers… are you ready for this?

toaster's dog blog
 
TOASTER HAS A DOG BLOG!

oh yes, i did..

so for all of you that can’t get enough of toaster, he now has his very own space in the blogosphere. yeah! though it won’t be updated every day, it should be numerous times a week- so make sure to check in on what he’s up to! he’s even on twitter, so you can follow him there to get the latest updates. ;)

>> visit toaster’s dog blog <<

i hope you all have a lovely weekend! i’m running another trail race (7 miles this time) and the high is supposed to be 37 degrees… why do i do this to myself?  see you monday! xox, bonnie

mock chicken salad recipe

| seasonal recipes

most of you probably know that i’m a vegetarian (right?). though i can’t really say that i miss anything, i will say that i love me some mock chicken salad!  it’s most often something enjoyed at whole foods, but i recently tried making it myself, and to my surprise- it was scrumptious!  here’s the recipe!

mock chicken salad recipe

ingredients:

 
– 1 block of extra firm tofu

– 1 tbs olive oil

– 1/4 cup finely chopped onion

– 1/2 cup chopped celery

– 3 tbs of mayonnaise (or nayonaise)

– 1/2 tsp italian seasoning

– salt and pepper to taste

feel free to add any other ingredients your prefer in ‘chicken salad’ like grapes, walnuts or scallions.

mock chicken salad recipe

directions:

 
place the tofu in an absorbent towel, top with a flat surface (like a cutting board or baking sheet) and weight it down for 5-10 minutes so that most of the water gets absorbed. then, tear the tofu into irregular, bite size pieces.  heat the oil in a pan over high heat and cook the tofu, stirring often, until lightly browned on all sides. this should take about 10-15 minutes.  once finished, place in a bowl and let completely cool- i like to either put it in the refrigerator for an hour, or the freezer for 15 minutes.

take the chilled tofu and mix in a bowl with the mayonaise, onion, celery, spices, salt and pepper.  eat right away or keep chilled until ready to serve.

for vegetarians and meat-eaters alike– this recipe is delicious! whether you eat it plain or make a sandwich out of it- you’ll be quickly wondering where it all went.

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

| photography

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!