give a year of creative inspiration

| roost tribe

give a year of creative inspiration!

hello, lovelies! i want to share with you a special gift idea for the creative in your life. i created the roost tribe over two years ago as a special place where i could share what i’ve learned on my journey and pass along the secrets to my success. i set out to create something i could have only dreamed of being a part of when i was starting out as a blogger, surface pattern designer and professional creative.

today, our tribe has members from over 40 countries. members are encouraged to follow their dreams, share their talents, and find strength in community. together we’ve built a home for inspiration, creation, and fun!

when someone joins the roost tribe, they’ll be joining a community for creatives and taking a step towards opening the door to the future they’ve always dreamed of.

– Learn My Secrets –

study up with exclusive articles, Adobe Illustrator tutorials, and e-books i’ve assembled to help aspiring creatives get started.

– Designs That Inspire –

every month, members get a collection of my favorite printables, patterns, illustrations and clipart you can use in your designs to bring your inspiration to life.

– Articles and Expertise –

discover my tips for simple living, indulge in my favorite recipes (yum!), and learn from the best with guest articles from the roost tribe master series.

– Affordable. Personal. –

the roost tribe is for real people with real budgets. discover how a small investment can make a big difference!

gifted memberships will receive a digital packet with a personalized membership certificate, an 8×10 inspirational art print and a ‘how to get started’ kit.

after you complete your purchase through paypal, i will get in touch with you via your paypal e-mail address. included in this e-mail will be an easy form for you to fill out sharing with me your information, preferences and the recipient’s information. all of the recipient’s roost tribe material will start on january 2nd, 2015. i can’t wait to fill the new year with new inspirations!

30 winged projects

| fabric design

30 winged projects - get ready to be inspired!

the blog tour for my winged fabric collection ended yesterday and everyone’s projects were spectacular! from origami butterflies and ribbon boxes to fabric tape and hero capes – it was so fun to see everyone’s projects! 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. several 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 winged 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! love, bonnie

here’s a recap of all 30 of the projects!

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

diy oven baked clay hanging planters

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diy oven baked clay hanging planters - perfect for succulents!

i have always wanted to work with oven bake clay. i think something about the soft white finish gives it a sweet, feminine look. so when i had the idea of making a hanging planter, i knew i wanted to try this clay!

and, i’m so happy i did! the results are exactly what i was hoping for – a planter that looks delicate and intricate, but is sturdy enough to hang and hold plants (and water!).

with two packages of clay, i made 8 planters in just about 2 hours. this clay is so easy to work with, and this project came together quickly and easily (no massive fails, yay!).

here’s how i did it:

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let’s first start off with a list of materials you’ll need for this project.


- sculpey oven bake clay – one package makes 4 planters.
– a small glass or ceramic bowl to use as a mold – mine measured 4.5″ across.
– a piece of lace, doily or other texture
1/4″ diameter cotton rope
– succulents – i ordered mine from sanpedrocactus and highly recommend them!
– extra soil for planting – i just grabbed some from my garden!
medium sandpaper sponge
– a straw or other small circular item to make the hang holes.

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i decided to make two types of planters. the first (shown above), is where i stretched and molded the clay to the bowl perfectly. the second, i decided to ‘pinch’ the excess clay to make a more hand-built looking bowl (shown three images up). i love how they both turned out! i also decided to use the rope just as it came for about half of the bowls, and then un-twined it to get 3 skinnier lengths of rope for the other half. i love how they look hanging side by side – one more bulky and the other more delicate.

to make the clay planters:

step 1: begin by taking 1/4 of the clay and kneading it thoroughly in your hands, until you have a soft and malleable ball. lay it on a flat surface and begin rolling it out using a rolling pin. you’ll want to get it to about 1/4″ thick.

step 2: place a texture (i used a few different doilies) on top of the clay and gently roll it into the clay. remove the texture and make sure you’re happy with the overall placement.

step 3: being careful not to ‘smudge’ your texture, gently place the clay around the bowl mold you’ve chosen. you can either mold it to be a perfect fit, or ‘pinch’ the sides to make a more hand-built looking bowl.

step 4: using a knife (be careful!), gently slice away the excess clay at the bottom of the bowl. add this back to your unused clay to use next time.

step 5: using a straw (or other small circular item), make 3 holes about 1/2″ from the top to hang your planter from. i just envisioned a triangle and ‘eyeballed’ the placement best i could.

step 6: place the bowl (still upside down) onto a baking sheet and bake according to the package directions. once finished baking, remove from the oven and let cool just enough to handle. gently ‘pop’ the clay off of the bowl mold and let cool completely.

step 7: lightly sand any jagged edges to smooth out the top rim.

step 8: cut two lengths of rope, one about 6″ longer than the other. insert the ends of the longer piece into two holes and tie a knot at the end. take the shorter piece and insert into the last hole and tie a knot. hold all three pieces of rope (one loop and one raw end) together at the top until it hangs evenly and tie a knot, creating a loop at the top. you can then optionally wrap the rest of the loose end around the knot, using a glue to secure it.

step 9: now you’re ready to plant!

*keep reading below for some extra tips!

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things i learned:

* if you goof up the texture while molding the clay to the bowl, you can finger press the lace back into it to cover up any smoothed places. doing this disguised my boo-boos perfectly.

* it can be a little difficult to get the clay off of the bowl after baking. gently pressing from the bottom can help, and even a light spritz of cooking spray on the bowl beforehand helps.

* consider adding the rope last (after planting) to keep the rope nice and clean looking.

* i had some minor cracks on a few of mine, so i decided to take a little leftover clay, roll it out, and smooth it into the bottom of the pots. i then baked them again for slightly less time as a way to reinforce the bottoms and to make sure they would hold water. the package instructions clearly state to not overbake the clay, but i didn’t have any problems with doing this at all.

that’s all! i hope you have fun fun fun! if you make this project, be sure to share your results with us over on instagram by tagging @goinghometoroost!
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diy mug rugs with matching mugs!

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i have such a fun idea to share with you today! every morning, i use a mug rug (or as we call it, a honeycomb mug home) for my coffee. i keep it next to my desk and it’s the perfect place for my rug to rest in between sips. it makes a soft landing spot which helps keep my napping baby asleep, absorbs drips (no more coffee rings!) and makes my whole work area look fresh and happy.

since i have several of my fabric designs available as mugs over in my society6 shop, we thought it would be a great idea to make matching honeycomb mug homes! this is a quick and easy project that would make a great gift set, too!

diy mug rugs with matching mugs!

to help you with this project, my mom, maxie makes, has made a wonderful video tutorial! click on the image above to view the video over on her (brand new!) website.

>> to accompany the video, you can also view the free printable pattern here (if you’d like to print the pattern, you can download the PDF from issuu by cliking on ‘share’ below the publication and then select ‘download’).

*a note on maxie makes: i’m so excited to share with you my mom’s new website (designed by yours truly)! in addition to running her quilt shop, she has started a new online venture where she shares video tutorials and kits to accompany them. she is just getting started but i hope you’ll join her in this new adventure! she has two new videos in the works right now and will be debuting in the next few weeks. in the meantime, you can follow her at the links below!

maxie makes (my mom!) elsewhere: blog | instagram | facebook | twitter | pinterest
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bonnie christine mugs
to make this project:
1) hop on over to my society6 shop and pick out one of the mugs above.

2) then find the coordinating fabric from my collections – sweet as honey or winged. both are available for sale from our quilt shop, a stitch in time (free shipping!).

3) follow the video tutorial via the link above and with the written pattern.

4) be sure to read maxie make’s coordinating post for details on supplies and yardage required.

be sure to share your results with us over on instagram! you can tag us with the handles @goinghometoroost and @maxiemakes. have fun!

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diy speckled gift wrap + wood burned gift tags

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one of my favorite things to do each year is choose a gift wrapping theme. one year it was recycled newspaper tied with yarn, the next was huge glittered initials for each package. the last two years i used black kraft paper to create ‘chalkboard gift wrapping(you can see them here and here). this year i decided to make speckled paper and wood burned gift tags! with some brown kraft paper and a little paint, i think they’ve turned out really cute.

here’s how i did it:

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- brown kraft paper – beware, this is a huge roll!
white, gold or silver paint – i love the liquid metal series!
paintbrush – any old brush will do
wood edging – see notes below
wood burner pen – a must have!
alphabet branding set – oh, the possibilities!

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to make the splatter paper:

step 1: roll out the kraft paper. i rolled mine out on a long narrow stretch we have in the woods which worked out really well! i could splatter a large amount at a time and didn’t have to worry about ‘over splatter’. outside is best, but if you protect the area well, you could also do this in smaller batches inside.

step 2: dip the ends of a paintbrush in paint and start slingin’! splatter as much or as little as you like. i did a mixture of white and metallics and fell in love with result.

step 3. let dry thoroughly and roll up. it’s now ready to use as gift wrap!

things i learned:

* be sure the paint is really dry before you roll up the paper. i had some larger paint globs that weren’t quite dry when i rolled mine up, so things got a little sticky (but it still works fine!).

* consider adding a few weights or rocks to the edges of your paper if you’re outside to keep any wind from blowing up the edges.

* consider splattering paint on the outside (instead of the inside like i did), so that when you roll out the paper to wrap with, the paint is on the correct side (i currently have to flip it over, which makes the ‘curl’ go in the wrong direction.

* this kraft paper is a bit thicker than standard wrapping paper, so it helps to use a stirdy tape (i recommend scotch gift wrap tape).

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to make the wood burned gift tags:

the wood edging i used (and linked to above) comes pre-glued on the back so all you have to do is iron it down. at first, i wasn’t sure if that’s what i wanted, but in the end it worked really well! it also makes stacking gifts for traveling really easy (no damaged bowes!). if you’d rather not have a sticky back, you could always purchase plain wood veneer and cut them out yourself, and even add a hole in the top with hole punch for stringing through twine or ribbon!

step 1:  begin by cutting 2 – 3″ strips of the veneer. unscrew the standard tip on the wood burning pen and screw on the first letter you wish to use. plug the pen in to let it heat up.

step 2: in a smooth motion, press the pen straight down on the wood making sure to apply even pressure. it only takes a split second to brand the wood!

*to change letters either turn the pen off and let completely cool between each letter, or use an oven mitt to unscrew and screw on each letter. please be careful! this thing is so hot it nearly burned through my oven mitt!

step 3: once your initials are finished, cut a ‘v’ notch out of the end of either one or both sides of the strip to make a flag or banner.

step 4: place the finished wooden strip on the package and set with a hot iron. *of course, make sure you package can handle a little heat!

things i learned:

* this wood burner tool gets HOT. i mean HOT.

* when you place the branding letters down on the wood, it heats up the glue on the backside and causes it to stick down (just where the letter hits). so, just be sure to put something underneath your work area you don’t mind tossing later.

* write down the initials or words you want to make first and be sure to brand each letter all at once. i tried to rely on my brain and ended up having to go back and reattach a few letters to finish up.

that’s it! i hope you enjoy wrapping your gifts this year. if you use this tutorial, be sure to share your results with us over on instagram using hashtag #ghtrspecklepaper!

a few of my favorite things

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a few of my favorite things // going home to roost

i’ve been thinking about all the simple things i enjoy lately, and wanted to share them with you! some are personal care items, others aid in my creative endeavors. most are very affordable, but a few i’ve included i believe are worth the investment. if you’re looking for a small gift for the women or creative in your life, i think these items might be great options!

1: palomino blackwing pencils: my favorite pencils to sketch with. they are perfectly soft and give a nice rich line, with erasers that actually work! bonus: they look great, too!

2: mineral fusion nail polish and remover: this has been my favorite nail polish and remover for years now (my favorite color is slate)! it’s free of formaldehyde, toluene, camphor and butyl phthalate. it goes on thick and smooth and stays on better than any other polish i’ve tried. and, the acetone-free remover takes it off quickly and easily!

3: bass wooden hair brush: this hair brush feels great, works wonderfully and is beautiful to boot.

4: flyaway petalums camera strap: this is the camera strap i chose to use myself. i love it! it’s comfy to wear and makes my camera look and feel so special (see it here).

5: merchant & mills studio scissors: these studio scissors feel like butter! their 9″ length make cutting in a straight line easy and the vintage style looks great in my studio!

6: large moleskin journals: this is my favorite style of journal to sketch in. i usually cover them with fabric and take them with me wherever i go!

7: gold bobby pins: as simple as this is, i love these champagne colored bobby pins. they look classy and most importantly – hold really well! it’s the small things, right?

8: arch ring by another feather: david bought me this ring last year and it’s my favorite accessory! it’s really comfortable to wear and suits any outfit.

9: cameo cutting machine: i started using a cameo cutting machine a few months ago and i can’t believe i ever lived without it. i’ve been using it to cut vinyl decals, cards, gift tags and so much more!

10: winsor & newton drawing ink: this is my favorite drawing ink to dip my brush in for hand lettering projects. it’s rich, smooth and gives a really nice brushed look.

11: uni pens: i have found uni pens the best for going over my pencil sketches and for scanning in with. they give a rich black line and have an incredibly smooth feel to them!

i wish this is where i could say i was giving all of the items away to you (thanks, oprah!), but sadly not this time. maybe next year! xox, bonnie

2015 printable instagram calendars

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hey, everyone! back by popular demand (whew!), i’m happy to share the 2015 version of my favorite customizable calendars! this easy to print (or edit) instagram calendar is such a great gift idea. you can either print mine (see below) or download the template to make your own. they were inspired by my instagram photos, but of course, any photo cropped to a square will work!

*want a great gift idea? find your recipient on instagram by going to’recipient’s instagram name’ (like this:, download a few photos and make a calendar for them using their very own instagram photos. they’ll be so surprised!

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the calendar above is made from some of my very own favorite instagram photos from this past year. you can either print mine, or use the included template to customize it by inserting your own photos.

to download: click here (or on the image above) to download the .zip file. inside you’ll find:

– printable PDF 2014 calendar.
– PDF blank template for you to add your own photos to.
– .PNG template with a transparent background for you to add your own photos to.
– .EPS file that you can open in photoshop or illustrator to edit.
(i tried to make something for everyone!)

instructions: print on heavy cardstock and cut in half (my favorite is epson premium presentation paper). punch a hole at the top of each to hang, or simply stack neatly.

**pro tip! use instaport to quickly download all of your instagram photos from the entire year!
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all photos © bonnie christine. for personal use only.

the summery umbrella holiday showcase

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lz and her husband mike specialize in making handmade picture frames, signs, planter boxes and furniture for the summery umbrella. there shop is rustic and quaint, and takes me somewhere between an eclectic beach home and cozy cabin on a wintry night. they work hard to use reclaimed wood in their projects and hand paint every piece to the color of your choosing!

the summery umbrella elsewhere: website | etsy | facebook | twitter

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