inspirational art print no. 1

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inspirational art print no. 1

i’m happy to release a new line of inspirational art prints over in my etsy shop today! each of them portray a quote that has meant something very special to me over the course of my creative career, and i keep them close to my heart. i’ll be sharing with you more about the meaning behind each of them here over the next several weeks, but you can go ahead and browse the full collection here. each of them are available in 8×10, 11×14 and 13×19 print sizes!

No.1: it doesn’t matter what others are doing. it matters what you are doing. – satsuki shibuya

today’s print is about the overwhelm. when you’re feeling all creative and juicy, and then start looking around the web only to find yourself feeling completely overwhelmed and zapped of all creativity. it‘s when you feel like everything’s been done before, you have nothing new to bring to the table and everyone else is so much more established/talented than you are.

this overwhelm happens to me a lot. just when i have a grand new idea, it‘s almost certain i’ll see something similiar out in the world almost immediately. ack.

this is when you must remind yourself: it doesnt matter what others are doing. it matters what YOU are doing. that’s right! sometimes we all just need to put blinders on and do what we love. forget comparing yourself to others. the world needs YOU and what you’re doing right now. you’re unique, talented, special, clever and creative. run with it!

to purchase: browse through the inspirational art prints in my etsy shop and select your preferred size during checkout (8×10, 11×14 or 13×19). i’ll begin printing and packaging your print with lots of love right away!

 

woven wall hangings

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woven wall hanging by alchemy

i’ve been nearly obsessed with all the woven wall hangings that have recently appeared in the DIY world. i first fell in love with the one above, by alchemy. belinda’s creations are so organic and peaceful, don’t you think? after researching for weeks, i think i’m finally ready to start practicing on my own. i hope to make a small wall hanging for our little girl’s room. she’ll be here in just 17 weeks!

i’ve started gathering yarn and utensils and am currently trying to decide between making my own small loom or purchasing one. erica has written a wonderful DIY tutorial here, but i also love how simple and beautiful all the handmade looms are (like this one and this one).

i’m probably a couple of weeks out from having anything to show, but i’ll be sure to share my progress with you! how about you.. have you ever every work with tapestry or weaving? what advice do you have for me? i would love to see your projects, too! xo, bonnie

the BIG hello, bear challenge + grand giveaway!

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the BIG hello, bear challenge + grand giveaway! (2)

hi everyone! i’ve been dreaming up this challenge for a while now, and i’m so happy to finally share it with you! because of all the *gorgeous* projects i’ve seen using hello, bear, i created a challenge for all of you out there with some FUN rewards. here’s how it goes:

THE CHALLENGE: use anything from the hello, bear collection (fabric, wallpaper, wall stencils or wall decals) to create a project and share it on your blog and/or favorite social media outlets (facebook, pinterest, twitter or instagram) anytime between april 21st and may 31st. then, officially enter the challenge by commenting here with a link to your blog post or social share!

DEADLINE: the deadline is may 31st, 2015. the winners and top 15 projects will be featured here on monday, june 6th.

THE PROJECT: can literally be anything – let your imagination run free! the only requirements is that it features hello, bear fabric, wallpaper, wall stencils or wall decals.

THE PRIZES: (we’re giving away $800 worth of goodies!)

THE DETAILS:

  • to enter by blogging: post your article and share it on at least 1 social media outlet (facebook, pinterest, twitter or instagram) between the dates of april 21st and may 31st to qualify.
  • to enter by social shares: share your project on at least 2 social media outlets (facebook, pinterest, twitter or instagram) between the dates of april 21st and may 31st to qualify.
  • then officially enter by commenting on this post with a link to your blog post or social shares.
  • use #hellobearchallenge to share your projects on social media.

keep reading for some special discounts!

the BIG hello, bear challenge + grand giveaway! (3)

in order to help participants make their projects, we’re including some very special discounts for you!

*coupons are for challenge participants only. cannot be combined with any other discounts. regular shipping charges apply.

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i’m also very excited to announce the panel of judges for the challenge! joining me will be:

we can’t wait to see your projects!

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6/2 UPDATE:

thanks everyone for your amazing entries!! i’ve had so much fun seeing everyone’s projects! the contest is now closed. we’ll be pouring over these entries and will plan to announce the winners next week. yay!

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6/8 UPDATE:

the winners have been announced!

materially crafted book giveaway!

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materially crafted book giveaway! (2)

the moment i heard victoria hudgins was writing a craft book, i got so excited! everything she does on her blog, a subtle revelry, is drool-worthy, and her book – materially crafted – doesn’t disappoint. it’s pages are filled with 35 step by step tutorials of projects that you will actually want to make and fill your home with. organized by the materials used, you’ll find projects that use everything from spray paint and plaster to concrete and clay. projects are beautifully photographed and instructions are easy to follow. hooray!

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i’m beyond honored to even have a few of going home to roost’s projects included! my hand-painted spoons and wax resist wall hangings are mentioned under ‘more projects to try’. i love that in addition to her own 35 step by step projects, she gives readers extra inspiration by including these online-based projects as well. this book will have you busy in no time!

we’re also giving away a copy to one lucky rooster!

giveaway

enter to win: a copy of materially crafted by victoria hudgins. open to US residents only.

deadline: giveaway will end monday, april 20th at 12am, est. the winner will be drawn using a random number generator and announced on this post shortly after.

to enter: comment here sharing with us your favorite craft medium (fabric? wax? metal?)

additional ways to enter:

>> like going home to roost and a subtle revelry on facebook

>> follow @goinghometoroost and @asubtlerevelry on instagram

>> share about the giveaway on twitter and include handles @gohometoroost and @asubtlerevelry

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

good luck! xox, bonnie  

in love with pinterest again – how to remove ‘picked for you’ pins

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i have always loved pinterest. for me, it serves as a place to recharge, gather creative ideas, boost my business and create inspiration boards for my work and blog. one way i’ve made sure pinterest serves me best, is by carefully following only select people who give my final home feed the curated look i’m going for. it’s always been filled with fresh inspiring pins that get me excited.

until recently.

when pinterest recently added the ‘picked for you’ pins, i was pretty bummed. you can see below how many of these pins take up our home feed (everywhere that’s grey used to be a ‘picked for you’ pin). i would say that’s nearing 50% of the content! for me, this meant things were popping up in my feed that i didn’t necessarily want to see, too many ‘themed’ pins were appearing, and it now now took me over twice as long to go through my feed.

the result?

i stopped using pinterest for over a month. it turned into something that zapped my creative buzz and left me feeling like i was losing a good friend.

the solution?

remove the picked for you pins (duh)! YES! i found a few ways to remove them!

how to remove picked for you pins on pinterest

way #1: this method is brought to us by the beth project and it removes the pins by installing a small amount of java script (trust me, it’s easy!). visit beth’s blog post for her simple ‘copy & paste’ instructions.

pros: it’s easy to install and removes the ‘picked for you’ pins!

cons: you have to run ‘greasemonkey’ each time you browse pinterest and it leaves empty grey spots where the picked for you pins used to live (see the above photo for an example).

how to remove 'picked for you' pins on pinterest

way #2: when you see a ‘picked for you’ pin, click the ‘X’ in the lower right hand corner of the box. then, select ‘hide all pins related to my ____ board’.

pros: a quick fix that doesn’t leave grey spots where the pins used to live.

cons: you have to do it for every board they’re pulling pins from (usually 5 or 6) and though it lasts for several days, it’s not a permanent fix (i have to do it about 1x/week).

either way, i’m happy to say that i’ve fallen back in love with pinterest!

how about you? do you find these pins annoying or helpful? have you heard of a better way to remove them? i’ll meet you in the comments section. xo, bonnie

19 ribbon + fabric projects

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the blog tour in celebration of my line of renaissance ribbons finished up this week and let me just say – i’ve been blow away at everyone’s projects!! seriously some of the prettiest bags, skirts, pillows and accessories i have ever seen.

thank you to everyone who participated (see more photos at #ribbontour)!

check out everyone’s project below, most of them have included either pattern info or a complete tutorial. have fun exploring!

1 – Marni Weaver | HaberdasheryFun
2 – Ashley Jepperson | Mommy by Day Crafter by Night
3 – Corri Sheff | The Lions Dandy
4 – Maxie Ramey | Maxie Makes
5 – Whitney Deal | Darling Dexter
6 – Sara Curtis | Radiant Home Studio
7 – Kate McCown | Sunflower Paperie
8 – Alexis Wright | My Sweet Sunshine Studio
9 – Bonnie Christine (that’s me!) | Going Home to Roost
10 – Caitlin Topham | Salty Oat
11 – Jayme Christensen | Finding Sweetland
12 – Shannon Orr | Eb Makery
13 – Amy Watkins | Cozy Reverie
14 – Kitty Wilkin | Night Quilter
15 – Bethany Humberg | Bee Always Blooming Artwork
16 – Sarah Fredette | Smiles too Loudly
17 – Corri Sheff | The Lions Dandy
18 – Audrey | Skirt Fixation
19 – Edith Minne | Renaissance Ribbons

DIY Cork & Fabric Mousepad

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DIY Cork & Fabric Mousepad (3)

sometimes i feel like i live by the philosphy: why does that have to be so boring? i don’t like to settle for the ‘norms’, so i end up doing things like painting this, making that, and covering all the things in fabric. it just makes me happy, and a mousepad is no exception!

i’ve made a fabric covered mousepad before, and though that one lasted a very long time, i think i’ve perfected the process! this time, instead of covering an existing mousepad, i’ve constructed my own – and it has turned out to better than any purchased mousepad i’ve ever had. it’s sleek, thin, stays in place and makes me happy to look at. :)

though this post has a ton of pictures, don’t let it fool you. it’s super simple and i made it using materials i already had in my sewing room. it only took about 15 minutes to make!

psst! i used everblooming willow from my new fabric line, cultivate for this project. it will start shipping in just a few weeks!

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here’s what you’ll need:

adhesive cork – also available at your local mart or craft store.
– 12″ x 12″ piece of fabric – i used everblooming willow from cultivate.
– a 10″ x 12″ piece of fusible webbing – my favorite is lite steam-a-seam 2.
8″ x 10″ matboard or backing board – you know, the think placed behind an art print when purchased or shipped to you.
fray check *optional
– other standard supplies: iron, scissors and pen.

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step 1: follow package directions for applying the fusible web to the wrong side of your fabric. generally, you’ll remove a piece of paper and iron the fusible sticky side down to the wrong side of the fabric.

keep the paper backing on, and cut a piece of fabric that’s exactly 8″x10″.

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step 2: remove the paper backing from your 8″x10″ piece of fabric you just cut, exposing the newly ‘sticky’ back to your fabric. carefully place the fabric on your backing board so it lines up with all the edges.

generally, your fabric will be tacky and re-positionable until you iron it. then, iron in place (again, refer to package instructions for heat duration), just be sure to NOT use steam, as this could make the backing board warp.

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step 3: next, cut an 8″x10″ piece of adhesive cork. this will be the ‘non-skid’ bottom to your mousepad. begin removing the paper backing to expose the sticky cork. line one edge up carefully with the bottom side of the backing board and peel away to keep things lined up perfectly (refer to the image above).

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step 4: take a look at all your edges and clean them up if you need to (a ruler and rotary cutter is helpful for this!).

to give it that ‘mousepad-y feel‘, you might want to round the edges. i grabbed a vase i had near by and placed it in each corner, traced around the curve, and cut the corners off using my pen line as a guide.

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step 5: optionally, if you’d like to ensure your edges stay nice and clean and never fray, you can run a thin line of fray check around them (i love this stuff!). be careful not to use too much, and let dry before you use your mousepad (about 15 minutes).

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now, you’re all done! see how thin and sleek it is? i love how it feels and my mouse glides over it perfectly.

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above and below is a glimpse of my workstation. i always keep a honeycomb mug home by computer and love sipping tea from my wingspan mug!

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also picture above:

share something every day by heidi ahmed
notebook by katie daisy
custom fabric painting by emily jeffords

i hope you enjoyed this lengthy yet easy tutorial! let me know if you make a mousepad yourself! xo

design challenge winner

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hi everyone! today i get to announce the winner for the design challenge i hosted for my skillshare class, intro to surface pattern design! i’ve spent the last 4 days pouring myself into the student’s projects (nearly 70 of them!) and have enjoyed viewing everyone’s work so much. let me tell you, it has been SO HARD to choose a winner! everyone did an outstanding job and i have been blown away at the final patterns!

without further ado…

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the winner is…. treasures by anna stout-tuckwiller! from the moment i saw her piece, i fell in love. the color palette is happy and bright (see two other color options on her project page), and the motifs are detailed and beautiful. i especially love the contrasted mixture of feminine details with the more harsh elements of nature (a skull!). i love how the way that anna has placed the motifs puts the entire pattern in motion and makes your eye dance around the page.

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anna also did a fabulous job of documenting her process as she designed this pattern. her sketches (above left) are detailed and perfected and then scanned in to work with digitally (above right).

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her motifs are then illustrated and colored (above left) and finally put into motion as a repeating pattern (above right). anna also has a beautiful spoonflower shop, where you can order this pattern on fabric, wallpaper and more!

for winning, anna will be receiving a whole big bundle of pretties, but of course, i couldn’t stop here! so many projects blew me away, i have to mention a few more. :) the next two patterns were close contenders and i will be giving each of these ladies a full year’s membership to the roost tribe!

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backyard beauty by sarah grace white was another pattern that blew me away. though she made over ten stunning patterns, i fell head over heels in love with the feather design above. it’s detailed, dainty and colorful and if it ever ends up on fabric, i’ll be making several projects from it!

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summer in a jar by andrea szabó-kirchmayer shows beautifully illustrated motifs of tomatoes, vines and leaves… and that jar! her hand lettering is stellar and i especially love her use of texture and movement with the elements. great job, andrea!

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and finally, a few more honorable mentions! these patterns were all close contenders for the ‘top three’ and i love them each so much. take some time to visit the project pages below for these patterns to see each student’s process, sketches and additional patterns and colorways.

by row:

1 – meandering by heidi herrera
2 – afternoon tea by halee holland
3 – springtime tulips by pippa shaw
4 – geo garden by josie mallette
5 – graphic conservatory by alexandra moran
6 – inside the hidden garden by amanda claire

ready to learn illustrator and start creating your OWN patterns? come join us for intro to surface pattern design!

and, if you’re up for a good challenge, be sure to check out the current design challenge for my follow course, surface pattern design 2.0. the deadline is may 15th!