my new society6 shop!

August 7, 2014

bonnie christine | society6

i’ve been wanting to open a society6 shop for about as long as i can remember. a few weeks ago i was determined to carve out some society6 time and am happy to say that i have finally opened a shop! inside you’ll find all sorts of patterned goodies. iphone covers, laptop skins, duvet covers (!!), rugs, art prints, mugs, shower curtains and MORE. (watch out david, all the patterns are coming!)

psst.. society6 is offering $10 off + free shipping worldwide on duvet covers now through august 10th! (be sure to click on this link to activate the promotion)

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august gift guide

August 6, 2014

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august gift guide

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

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

fun facts for august:

>> august is happiness happens month
>> august is american adventures month
>> first week in august is world breastfeeding month
>> august 19th is my birthday y’all!!
>> august’s birthstones are the peridot and sardonyx
>> august’s birth flower is the gladiolus or poppy

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bambu earth giveaway

August 5, 2014

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i love bambu earth’s mission. they create soaps with simple, all natural ingredients because that’s the way the Lord made them to begin with. bambu earth products are responsible in every way: ethical, sustainable, all-natural (really), fair trade, organic, and unrefined. their soaps are even wrapped in plantable paper… which means you can PLANT the wrapper and wildflowers will grow. um, yes!

bambu earth is hoping to open a natural soap and skincare retail store in southern california where they can have soap-making demonstrations and educational workshops. in efforts to support their dream, they just launched a new kickstarter campaign. if you’re interested in learning more about their mission and supporting them, be sure to check it out!

amber has also generously offered a $50 gift certificate to their online shop to one of you lucky readers. read on to find out how to enter!

giveaway

enter to win: one $50 gift certificate to bambu earth.

deadline: giveaway will end monday, august 10th at 12am, eastern standard time. the winners will be drawn using a random number generator and announced on this post shortly after.

to enter: comment on this post sharing with us what you’d like to try from bambu earth.

additional ways to enter:

>> like going home to roost and bambu earth on facebook

>> share giveaway on twitter and include the handle @gohometoroost and

>> share either giveaway image on pinterest and include hashtags #goinghometoroost & #bambuearth

be sure to leave a new comment for each additional entry so it counts (limit of 4 comments per person)!

good luck! xox, bonnie

THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED.

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one question: why do you love being a surface pattern designer? the world of surface pattern design is bursting at the seams with sweet, beautiful and generous women (and men!). today you get to hear the answers from a few of them when i asked them one question: why do you love being a surface pattern designer?

if you long to join this fun, passionate, creative career path, be sure to RSVP for my 3 day course on surface pattern design here – it’s FREE to watch live!

note: this is the third installment for the countdown to my creativeLIVE course (you can click through to see the first part and second part). it starts in just 9 days!! (ah!)

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I love being a surface pattern designer because I get to spend my days creating, and making the world a more beautiful place. Hopefully putting a smile on someone’s face through my work and making life a little prettier. I love that I’m able to make a living off of my artwork — it’s an absolute dream come true. And I love it because it’s a world brimming with creativity and inspiration and a true sense of community. I feel like I’m at the heart of something really special. I feel like I’ve found my place in the world. - Elizabeth Olwen

one question: why do you love being a surface pattern designer? (3)

Creating individual, unique prints from concept to completion is artistically fulfilling. And though each design needs to stand on its own and be executed to its best result, it is the grouping of new designs to build a cohesive collection that I enjoy the most. Like casting a play, there should be clear chemistry between the characters. What that chemistry is exactly is unique to each designer—their special sauce. Though getting a collection to sing in harmony can take me back to the drawing board many times, I love the process of working that all out. I know in my gut when I’ve got it right. - Heather Bailey

one question: why do you love being a surface pattern designer? (4)

I love being a surface designer because some of my earliest memories are of hand-drawing patterns in sketchbooks and on posters — the fact that I can do for a living what I loved doing as a child is just amazing to me! Designing patterns brings me such joy and takes me straight back to childhood. - Jessica Swift

one question: why do you love being a surface pattern designer? (1)

Somewhere along the way I fell in love with repetition and pattern. I love the way objects can weave around each other to create a work that looks and feels entirely different from the original. Color and space are what I’m best at so it was a natural transition for me as an artist to move into surface pattern design. The added bonus is seeing where my patterns end up and how they’re used. I love designing for commercial ends and seeing how my work can transform an object, whether it be bedding, ceramics, or clothing is so much fun. - Leah Duncan

one question: why do you love being a surface pattern designer? (5)

there’s something so meaningful in the way we decide to color our worlds. i believe patterns are a way we can express ourselves, and make our spaces beautiful. whether it’s a favorite coffee mug, inspirational notebook or handmade baby quilt, i believe the patterns of our lives have the capacity to connect deeply within us. i love to interweave parts of my own life into each pattern, and so by viewing my work you have also viewed a part of my life and heart. - bonnie christine (of course, i had to add my own!)

if these women just gave you chill bumps, head on over to RSVP for my course here!  you will learn everything you need to know to start a career in surface pattern design. IT’S FREE to watch live, or you can purchase the course for lifetime, on-demand access!

course details:

what: design surface patterns from scratch
when: august 13th, 14th & 15th from 9am – 4pm each day
cost: the course is FREE if you watch it live, and available for purchase for on lifetime on-demand access anytime for $59. click here for details.
RSVP here!

‘see’ you there!

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winged fabric by bonnie christine for art gallery fabrics (16)

one of the most exciting parts of releasing a new fabric collection is the beautiful lookbook that follows. with several projects, my sister as a model and our cameras in hand we headed out to the local forest to shoot images for winged. you can see several of the photos here and even more by viewing the the winged lookbook!

psst. visit yesterday’s post to see pattern images and read all about the inspiration for this collection.

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pictured: alation quilt

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pictured: the slumberland sleeping bag

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pictured: hexagon situpons

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pictured: the roll ‘n go

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pictured: the slouchy backpack 

you can find winged by checking your local quilt or fabric shop, or by checking these online stores.

you can also head on over to art gallery fabric’s blog to enter to win a full fat quarter stack of this entire collection!

finally, share your winged projects using the official hashtag #wingedfabric

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august calendars download

August 1, 2014

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august desktop + iphone calendars by bonnie christine (3)

goodbye july, hello august! i’ve been looking forward to august all year long! this month i’ll be celebrating my birthday, teaching surface pattern design for creativelive in san francisco and planning bear’s first birthday party. what will august bring for you? xox, bonnie

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to download august’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!

 

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winged is now available!

July 31, 2014

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today is a happy day. my new fabric collection winged for art gallery fabrics is arriving today in stores everywhere! for this post, i want to share with you more about the collection and my inspirations behind it. tomorrow i’ll be sharing with you the newly released lookbook and several projects made with the collection. fun FUN fun fun fun!

forever and ever i have always noticed the very first butterfly each spring. it has been one of the sweetest sightings for me each year. it means a new season is upon us, warmer weather is on it’s way and fresh blooms will be emerging from the ground. it also evokes this feeling within me of inspiration- like all things are possible. the butterfly’s journey from caterpillar to butterfly is one that i’ll never stop marveling at.

this feeling of spreading one’s great wings and soaring is one that connects with me deeply. a long time ago i decided that i would pursue my dreams no matter what. i would make great sacrifices, journey into the unknown put my heart and soul on the line to live my creative dream.

that is what winged is about. spreading your wings and flying into the unknown.

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wingspan melon | flyaway petalums vert

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mimicry beryl | bird’s peck jade

design note: mimicry was created via a happy accident. by enlarging up all the bits and pieces that make up the butterfly’s wings, mimicry was born. it turned out to be one of my favorite prints!

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aves chatter shine | plumage apricot

design note: while i was sitting at my desk one day a flock of birds landed in a nearby tree. i grabbed my camera, ran outside and started taking pictures up in the sky. i’m sure i looked like a barefoot lunatic! this is how aves chatter was created. each bird represents an actual bird i saw behind my camera.

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nesting blooms cool | frilly flutters creme

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metamorphosis quartz | feathered flight acorn

design notes: metamorphosis is my take on the beautiful butterfly cocoon. hanging from a branch these layers will soon fade away and a butterfly’s wings will unwrap and start to fly!

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wingspan fig | flyaway petalums sky

design note: i was nervous to include this dark plum color on wingspan. however, i have deeply fallen in love with the figgy color! that’s just to say that taking risks sometimes pays off.

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mimicry hazel | bird’s peck dahlia

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nesting blooms warm | frilly flutters mist

design note: these nesting blooms were inspired by a real flower i photographed while living in california. i love how the nest together- as though they were drifting down a lazy river.

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metamorphosis coral | feathered flight sunken

you can find winged by checking your local quilt or fabric shop, or by checking these online stores.

you can also head on over to art gallery fabric’s blog to enter to win a full fat quarter stack of this entire collection!

finally, share your winged projects using the official hashtag #wingedfabric

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point and shoot 7.31.14

July 31, 2014

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sharing just a little bit of life lately!

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pureed carrots for bear.

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oh, how i love north carolina!

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a wild flower from my love.

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a beautiful night for a bike race.

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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. :)

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