my smartphone charging base and vase!

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my smartphone charging base and vase! (1)

i recently fell in love with this minty fresh smartphone dock, which i like to call my base vase. i purchased one for my mom a while back and knew i needed one as well the moment i set eyes on it! i got mine from uncommon goods and love that they’re handmade in pittsburgh by myles and heather geyman. though advertised for a bedside table, i use mine at my work station during the day. it allows me to quickly and easily see incoming messages, emails and calls and i absolutely love how it brightens up my space!

speaking of, are you familiar with uncommon goods? i’ve always loved their funky site and products, but they’re also an outstanding b corp biz that works hard to support non-profits like american forests, women for women international and reach out & read. plus, they support artists and handmade goods made locally in the USA! i especially love to browse their site for unique housewarming gifts, desk accessories (like this one!) and home decor.

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if you’ve been around here long, you know that i try to keep fresh flowers at my work station year round. they brighten up my space and make it feel so fresh and inspiring! the mint color on this glazed stoneware works perfectly with my space, as well. the dock even has an opening located at the front of the dock to thread your phone’s charging cord in. yes!

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DIY cuffed gloves for gardening & housekeeping

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for my current garden inspired fabric line, cultivate, i wanted to make a set of cuffed gardening / housekeeping gloves. why should we all have to use those boring old yellow and green ones, anyways?? adding the cuff to these simple white cleaning gloves was a quick project that turned into something really special. they would also make a great gift for the gardener or momma in your life!

i used one of my favorite prints from cultivate, seed packet mint, (available for purchase here) but of course, you could use any cotton fabric!

here’s what you’ll need:

– 2 pieces of fabric that measure at least 10″ x 8″ each
bliss gloves*

*these gloves are glorious. they fit my hands perfectly (i always struggle with that!) and have a velvety lining on the inside. they’re creamy (not stark white) and look and feel so classy!

general sewing supplies:

– sewing machine & thread
– scissors
– straight pins
– iron

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steps 1 – 4 (click image to enlarge)

step 1: cut two pieces of fabric that measure 10″ x 8″.

step 2: turn fabric length wise. on one end, turn up the fabric 1/2″ and press. turn another 1/2″ and press again. on the other side, turn the edge up 1/4″ and press, then another 1/4″ and press again. this will hide all the raw edges from those two longer sides.

step 3: top stitch along both of the turned up edges.

step 4: fold the piece of fabric in half, right sides together and stitch along the side with a 1/4″ seam allowance (refer to photo #4).

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steps 5 – 8 (click image to enlarge)

step 5: press your newly made seam to one side. turn the cuff right side out.

step 6: take the first glove and nestle the fabric cuff up from the finger side until it fits snugly. trim away the excess glove that overhangs. pin the cuff in place.

step 7: take to the machine and top stitch around the opening (i double stitched mine just to be safe!).

step 8: turn the cuff completely up and press the seam on medium heat (these particular gloves handled the iron with no problem. if you use a different kind, test on the trimmed cuff first!). now, turn the cuff back down leaving about an inch above the seam. crease firmly with the iron.

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above photo by art gallery fabrics

and voila! you’re beautiful comfy classy gloves now have a custom fabric cuff on them. i’ve used them in the garden and at the sink for months now and absolutely love them. they even wash well!

if you’re interested in seeing more projects made from cultivate, be sure to check out the cultivate lookbook and learn more about the line and the inspirations behind it here. be sure to share your cultivate fabric projects with us on instagram too using the #CultivateFabrics!

looking to purchase this fabric? see if your nearest independent quilt or fabric shop is currently stocked with cultivate, shop online from my mom’s quilt shop – a stitch in time, or view a full list of online shops here.


21 Projects From Cultivate Fabrics

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21 projects from cultivate fabrics

the blog tour for my cultivate fabrics collection ended yesterday and everyone’s projects were spectacular! from baby doll quilts to painted art canvases – it was so fun to see what everyone made! most of the projects are posted alongside a tutorial or pattern, so i hope you’ll dive in to the links below and get inspired to start crafting. a few of the projects don’t even require a sewing machine!

i want to send a huge thank you to each of the lovely ladies who participated. you are all so talented and creative and i was honored to have you on the cultivate fabrics blog tour. it’s a very special feeling to see something made with my fabrics and you all went above and beyond with your projects. i’m grateful for each of you and so inspired by your creativity!

here’s a recap of all 21 of the projects!

1 – Sarah Sharp | No Hats Quilts
2 Caroline Hulse | Sew Caroline
3 & 4 – Bonnie Christine (me!) AND Maxie Makes (my mom!)
5 – Caitlin Topham | Salty Oat
6- Sandi Sawa Hazlewood | Crafty Planner
7 – Danielle Golinski | Food Family Story
8 – Sharon Holland | Sharon Holland Designs
9 – Audrey | Skirt Fixation
10 – Sarah Overton | My Crowded Nest
11 – Bonnie Ferguson | Fish Stick Designs
12 – Annie McGee | Scavenger Annie
13 – Jenn Thurston | Quilted Thimble Cottage
14 – Teresa Behr | Dandelion Drift
15 – Mary Kolb | Mary Lake Pulaski
16 – Amanda Castor | Material Girl Quilt
17 – Rachael Mckeeman | The Floral Suitcase
18 – Trudi Wood
19 – Shayla Wolf  | Sassafras Lane
20 – Maureen Cracknell Handmade
21 – April San Pedro | I am Artisan

september desktop + smartphone backgrounds

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it’s september! for me, this month means newborn baby snuggles, bear’s 2nd birthday and the very beginning of looking forward to fall. what’s your favorite part about september?

to download september’s backgrounds: click on the image above to download the .zip file with both calendars inside – or – click here to download the desktop background and here to download the smartphone background. enjoy!

to download the printable version: click on the image above to download the PDF calendar. print on heavy card stock (my favorite is epson premium presentation paper). 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’s Roost Tribe Recap

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the roost tribe: create | learn | inspire (1)

august has come to a close and september is almost here! as i do every month, i’m sharing with you this month’s recap of the roost tribe, which gives you a sneak peek of what roost tribe members received last month. if you’re interested in receiving it, you still can. i’ll be sending out a recap on wednesday to members with all of the content in it from last month so no one will have missed anything, regardless of when you might have joined during the month.

that means, that if you join before wednesday, september 3rd you’ll still get all of august’s content + september’s content as well-that’s two months for the price of one!

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adobe illustrator video tutorial on my tips and tricks for best printing practices.

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ready to print thank you cards.

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a fun and inspirational set of desktop and smartphone backgrounds.

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the deep woods pattern collection.

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a refresh recipe for a summery tomato tart!

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a list of favorite links and resources rounded up through the month.

plus more! being a member is tons of fun and we would love to have you join the family!

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We’re off to have a baby!

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hospital bags are packed. we're off to have a baby!

i’ve been waiting to write this very post to you for a long time now. i’m delighted to say that my bags are packed and david and i are off to the hospital to have our baby!

for those of you who might be wondering, i’ve decided to have repeat family-centered cesarean (you can read about my first one here). without going into much detail, this is the decision we felt eliminated the most risks and felt most comfortable with. i’m sure i’ll be back in the following weeks to share with you our little girl’s birth story, just like i did bear’s!

as for going home to roost – i’ve scheduled a few weeks of content here to keep you busy. :) you can follow me over on instagram to get up to date news and i’ll be popping in here from time to time as well.

thank you for all your prayers and well wishes! we can’t wait to meet this new member of our family!

A Tour of our Nursery!

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we have only one designated nursery in the house right now (which works out well since we cosleep anyways!), but i still wanted to do my best to make it accommodate two. this hasn’t been so easy since bear is getting a little sister, but i tried my best to mix boy with girl with gender neutral touches. the overall theme is definitely woodsy, so i think it lend itself to double purposing well!

one of my absolute favorite touches to the nursery is the feature wall i wallpapered with a design i have called tree forest with wallternatives. it gives such a subtle, magical feel to the room (see below)! it matches my fabric ‘timberland trunk’ from hello, bear perfectly, which i used to make the curtains from (in voile).

i took some time this week to snap a few photos of the room before we welcome 2.0 later this week. i must say, the light in this room is magical for napping, but not for picture taking. haha! you’ll be able to see what i was going for though and i’ll make a list of as many resources as i can for you at the bottom of this post. <3

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raccoon, stag, hare and moose art prints by gingiber
create your future art print
bear print by leah duncan
watercolor owl print heidi ahmed
world painting by katie daisy


pennant flags by ordinary mommy
fox suitcases by milkbarn
baby bear pennant flat by strawberry moth
white paper bear bag
deer pillow from three bad seeds
bear’s growth chart ruler
tree wallpaper for wallternatives
blah blah dolls

DIY projects:

NEST lettering
feathered arrows
changing basket
paper mobile
paper peonies
handmade onesies
woven wall hanging (info coming soon!)
handmade bunny


green chair
wooden birdcage
changing table (antique)

Family Photos + 38 Weeks

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hi everyone! we had the absolute delight of spending some time with my dear friend and talented photographer, callie lynch last weekend. we headed out to one of our favorite spots and she brought her camera to document the evening. we nearly cancelled because of some rain, but it cleared up just in time and left us with the most magical light and settling clouds.

i’ll let the photos do the talking. this is our family, bear is nearly two and our daughter is due in less than a week!

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