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January 30, 2014

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this week has been busy but fun. full of family, small joys and simple pleasures. it’s also been accompanied by big exciting things, lots of hard work and plans for the future!

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sweet as honey.

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saturday at home.

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2014 goals.

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spring photoshoot (in winter).

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favorite stripes.

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sugary foam atop a new jar of honey.

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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!

instagram 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. :)

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January 29, 2014

Posted by in handmade


bold and beautiful, the ever so popular stripe has returned to home decor! i love all the different possibilities with stripes- add them subtly to spruce up a room or boldly to really make a statement. my favorites are a toss up between the traditional black and white and the more subtle, grey and white. what’s your favorite? head on over to my latest houzz ideabook to see more and grab the sources!


sweet as honey lookbook

January 28, 2014

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hello, loves! i’m ecstatic to debut the brand new lookbook for sweet as honey, my latest fabric collection for art gallery fabrics!

explore the blooming earth beneath your feet and up in the air through this woodland themed fabric collection. sweet as honey takes you to a place in nature where the birds fly free, and the honey is extra sweet. its newly awakened gardens of flora and fauna flourishes with two organic color palettes featuring tones of powdery amber, sun-kissed tangerine and corals, and hints of leafy green and sky-blue.

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to get inspired, jump into the beautiful lookbook that art gallery fabrics has put together highlighting a range of projects and sewing patterns to try.

to view: click here (or on the image above) to view the lookbook!

sweet as honey lookbook (4) along with the lookbook, be sure to check out the honey pot free quilt pattern! designed and made by my mom (maxie makes) and i. psst. stay tuned for premade quilt kits available from a stitch in time as well- coming soon! 

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sweet as honey lookbook (3)find out if your nearest independent quilt and fabric shop is currently stocking sweet As honey, or if they’re planning to! or, if you’d like to shop online, check out the website list here.

p.s. share your projects by using hashtags #bonniechristine #sweetashoney and #artgalleryfabrics!


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hello, lovelies! i’m really thrilled to announce that lisa jacobs will be joining us each month to share some creative business advice with us! lisa is one of the most knowledgeable and talented creative gals in the business. she’s an absolute marketing guru and i can’t wait for you to get to know her better. i’m already taking advice from her post today!

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image via love from ginger altered by lisa jacobs

Have you ever had a highly productive Monday? The kind of day that makes you think, “Look at all I’ve done! I’m going to knock it out of the ballpark this week!” Only to wake up on Tuesday and find yourself mentally and physically spent; so much so that it’s virtually impossible to get anything done?
That happens because each of us has a reserve of willpower, and when it’s spent, so are you.  It’s why most people quit the gym after January, and it’s also why the bakery is the last area of the grocery store (after you’ve used all your willpower to make good decisions in the fruit and vegetable section).

Moreover, an empty willpower tank is the black hole of productivity.

Since it’s the New Year and many of us are in planning mode, it’s a great time to talk about making the most of your working hours so that you can go the distance. This involves spending your time wisely, refilling your willpower tank more quickly, and expanding that reserve so it can hold more of your sacred energy.

How to Train Your Focus Muscle

Because focus is just that, a mental muscle that can be strengthened. Think of building your focus like you would train for long distance running. In order to improve, to go farther at a faster pace, you would gradually (and regularly) push yourself just past your personal breaking point. If I can comfortably run 2 miles in 20 minutes today, tomorrow I will have to run 2.25 miles in 22 minutes to build up my strength and endurance.

The same goes for your personal reserves of willpower. Your focus muscle needs to be trained for increased strength and endurance. First thing’s first …

Set a timer. As I write this, I have a free app called Alinof Timer counting down my 50-minute interval of pure focus. This helps me stay on track.

The level of energy or resistance I have for a task determines how long the timer will be set between breaks. Here is my guide:

  • Difficult tasks and grudge work: 15 minutes
  • Work I’m resisting, but perfectly capable of doing: 25 minutes
  • Work I enjoy: 50 minutes

The results from a laser-focused, timed work session are truly amazing. Try it out for one week to see how much you’re able to accomplish.

Identify your bad habits. True story: When I finished the first draft of this post, I opened a new browser window and went internet-clicking before I caught myself in the act. Mindlessly clicking around the internet is my favorite method of “checking out” during the day, and it’s my absolute best way to waste time.

What’s worse is, my internet clicking doesn’t look like a waste of time. It still looks like production. I answered an email and updated a social media status. That’s part of my job, and it’s a pleasure to connect with other creative business owners throughout the day.

The problem with that is: it’s taken me off the most important task at hand, which is writing this article for Going Home to Roost. Will that social work get done outside of my laser-focused production hours? Yes, it will happen no matter what, but my task (finishing this post) will not get done if I don’t push through the less fun (editing) stages and stay focused.

In order to honor your to-do list, you have to bring awareness to your favorite method of wasting time and avoid those bad habits.

Understand your personal energy cycles. There’s a natural order to things: A new idea comes with a giant burst of productive energy. It’s exciting! It’s fresh! It could attract loads of fame and fortune if it all works out. So naturally, you get right to work.

Then somewhere towards the middle of the project, the energy slows down and the idea requires effort. You meet resistance, and your shiny new project suddenly doesn’t seem so fun anymore.

I feel quite confident that many of you in creative business can relate to this resistance. What I want to propose today is that you can overcome it, and each time you do, you strengthen your focus muscle far beyond your wildest dreams. Every time you push a project into completion, you enlarge your willpower reserve. When you bring awareness to your energy cycles, you are more likely to overcome resistance and feed the momentum your business so desperately needs.

Here’s wishing you all the best in love, life and business in 2014!

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Lisa Jacobs is creative biz wiz who teaches online sellers how to get more sales and professional recognition. She owns the Energy Shop on Etsy and writes the blog, Marketing Creativity.

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some things take time

January 27, 2014

some things take time

i’ve had my eyes on this photograph by salva lópez for a while now. i love the black and white photo,  off-white paper and gold stamped typography, not to mention the quote itself.

some things just take time, you know? it’s easy for me to get discouraged when dreams and goals are moving slowly, but most good things take a lot of hard work and time. when i’m feeling overwhelmed with how long something is taking, i ususally decide to just do one small thing each day in the direction of my dream or goal. then, progress is made bit by bit and things seem to start happening quicker.

my one thing today is to cut up some bundles of sweet as honey to send out to makers and sewers of all sorts.

what is your one thing today?

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creative teleseminar with amy butler

i’m so excited to join this creative teleseminar with amy butler tomorrow night, and i thought you might like to join in as well! amy will be teaming up with her life coach, hildie, to talk to us about how to live YOUR creative dream (you can read more about her story here).

from amy: “If you are an artist, creative spirit or a design entrepreneur I know you can benefit greatly from this event. You are here for a reason and the timing is right for you to receive the support and inspiration your soul is craving. You are a treasure and a gift! I can’t wait to spend time with you! Lots of Love, Amy

from hilde: “When was the last time you felt riveted by your career? Ever? The average American lifetime includes 90,000+ hours of work time. If you aren’t rating work an 8 or above on a scale of 1-10, you need help. Isn’t it time you confront the fact that nobody is coming to fix this problem but you? It’s time you figure out how much power you have to create and maintain a career you love. In this teleseminar with special guest, artist and designer, Amy Butler of Amy Butler Design, we will show you how to tell the truth about what you really want and find your courage and develop a plan to go for it. Whether you’re interested in starting your own business, getting a new job or taking your career to the next level, this teleseminar will have you DEAL!”

“Deal with Your Creative Career” Tuesday January 28th from 8:30 – 9:30 pm ET . $25. Register here.

photo via amy butler

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the herringbone shuffle

January 23, 2014

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the herringbone shuffle stencil i designed for royal design studio is popping up all over the place, and it’s so fun to see everyone’s projects! you guys are quite the creative crew, you know? here are just a few of the dozens of projects i’ve seen using the herringbone shuffle.

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diy on the cheap

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clockwise: craft interrupted | the cards we drew | mad in crafts

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clockwise: east coast creative | megan brooke handmade | my blessed life

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herringbone wall by the bold abode

below are several more projects made with bonnie christine stencils. seeing them just makes me want to break out my paintbrush and stencil my whole house!

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forest floor damask with fly away with me

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daisy dot

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forest floor damask with diamonds and dots

have you stenciled anything lately? i would love to see your projects, too! and don’t forget, if you would like to grab any of these stencils, going home to roost readers always get 10% using code ‘BONNIE10′ at royal design studio!

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35 photos from 2013

January 23, 2014

Posted by in point and shoot

instead of sharing a regular point and shoot with you today, i wanted to post a big recap of some of my most favorite photos from 2013. they say a photo is worth 1000 words and in this case, it’s definitely true. these were the absolute best memories of the entire year. here’s to a wonderful 2014, as well! (so i guess i’ll be quite now?)

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