a gift guide for july

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a gift guide for july

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

fun facts for march:

>> first saturday is free hugs day!
>> july 19th is national ice cream day.
>> july’s birthstone is the ruby.
>> july’s flowers are the larkspur or the water lily.

july’s desktop & smartphone backgrounds

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it’s summer. and it’s july! june was full of summery delights, watermelon and trips to the farmer’s market (see a little recap below!). we’re kicking off july with a trip to the beach and we’re having so much fun! this month, i’ll be wrapping up the bulk of my big business tasks for the year so i can start focusing on our baby girl’s arrival. she’ll be here in just 8 weeks!  what will july bring for you?

to download july’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!

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a little recap of our month!

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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 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!

june’s roost tribe recap

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june is winding down and july is almost here! today 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 thursday, 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 thursday, july 2nd you’ll still get all of june’s content + july’s content as well- that’s two months for the price of one!


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a set of custom washi tape clip art.


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and a video tutorial on how to create your own!


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a set of inspirational desktop & smartphone backgrounds.


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a printable greeting card.


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yummy recipe for (vegan!) nacho cheez!


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the wispy summer pattern collection.


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the complete ebook: 12 teachings that help my business thrive (also available for purchase here).


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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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10 creative supplies i use nearly every day

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10 creative supplies i use nearly every day

i find myself using the same materials over and over again. they all help my crafty to-do’s in one way or another, so i want to share them with you! i love learning about new tools of the trade, don’t you? in fact, why don’t you share one of your own favorites with us in the comments section!

1) pantone color guide: though this is pretty industry-specific, i couldn’t manage without it. i use it anytime i design for a client and it’s the only way to communicate color accurately. plus, it’s beautiful to look through and fun to work with!

2) afterlight: my favorite app for editing photos. i generally use the manual controls, cropping and straightening tools.

3) borden & riley tracing paper. a wonderful tracing paper that scans beautifully and nearly eliminates the need for a lightbox.

4) winsor & newton indian ink. i keep this ink right by my desk so when i need to work on a logo or hand lettering project it’s easy to grab. it’s easy to work with, smooth and dark.

5) teuxdeux. my preferred task manager. i couldn’t function without it!

6) palomino blackwing pencils. my ‘go-to’ pencil for sketching and lettering.

7) wacom cintiq. though i’m still using a wacom tablet, i’m saving up for a cintiq. i’ve been assured by several others that it’s worth the investment and a total game changer when it comes to designing! i’ll keep you posted!

8) merchant & mills paper scissors. they make cutting any kind of paper a breeze!

9) uni pens. the perfect dark, smooth inked pen for sketching with.

10) sketching notebook. i love to use a large plain notebook that lays flat when opened. this angles notebook from sasha kretova is perfect!

inspirational art print no. 2

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inspirational art print no. 2

today i’m sharing with you the next print from my new line of inspirational art prints. 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 all close to my heart.  (you can see no.1 here and browse the full collection here!)

No.2: doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will. – suzy kassem

it’s true, doubting your ability and being scared to start on a dream is usually far more limiting than your actual skills. why squash your dreams before you even try them? what do you have to lose? sometimes the hardest part is just getting starting, but once you begin following a dream all the steps will fall in to place. failure of some sort is bound to happen, but it will only help you progress further and further.

to make things happen, you have to get serious and re-evaluate your priorities. this will be different for everyone, but may look like: living in a different place/house, becoming a one car family, eating and cooking differently, traveling less, etc etc. what you need to know is that big sacrifices are necessary (usually), but they are temporary and the future pay back is worth it!

for me, i dreamed of following my creative heart and turning my passions into a career. so, i decided to give it everything i had. i mean, what’s the worst that could happen?! but, the early years of following a big dream usually aren’t pretty.

david and i sold a car and became a onecar family for about 3 years. we cooked at home almost exclusively and buying anything new (clothes, home decor, etc) was something that rarely happened. i decorated from second hand stores. we lived pay check to pay check and struggled most of the time, but i worked really hard. i think seeing me work so hard is what helped david continue to believe in me. he saw me following my dream, loving my work and being super passionate about it and he continued to support me. he also saw progress, even though it was slow! it took me 4 years to match his income.

i only share my story with you so that you know where i’ve been. and i still have lots of big dreams i’m working on! i hope it encourages you, and no matter where you are on your journey!

psst. want this print?: browse through the inspirational art prints and select your preferred size during checkout (8×10, 11×14 or 13×19).

my grandmomma, past & present

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grandmomma, past & present

my grandmomma, at age 83 & 18. my mom took this photo of her, and i could just look at it forever. her beauty (both inside and out) hasn’t changed at all over the years!

this is such a special lady, and we have so much in common. her mother (my great grandmother) used to sew clothes for her as a child. then, my grandmomma picked it up and worked in a “cloth” store most of her life. this made my mom fall in love with sewing, and she began making all of her clothes by the time she was in middle school. as you know, she now owns a stitch in time and writes the sewing blog, maxie makes. of course, i naturally fell in love with it too, so i now design fabrics and sew as well!

i love thinking about all the generations working together and carrying on each others passions. and now that i’m about to have a little girl, i wonder if she’ll love it as well?

my grandmomma lives in georgia and has kept a flower garden more magnificent than any i’ve ever seen her entire life. she speaks with a softness and wisdom that i’ll always love (especially with her southern accent). she’s funny, caring, thoughtful and always keeps ginger snaps in her cupboard.

design your own wallpaper + a giveaway!

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design your own spoonflower wallpaper + a giveaway! (5)

for my recent booth at quilt market, i dreamed of draping the walls with wallpaper of coordinating prints to the fabric line i debuted called succulence. of course, i turned to the only place i know of that creates quick, on-demand, custom wallpaper – spoonflower!

i had never used spoonflower’s wallpaper before, and since i wouldn’t consider myself a wallpaper-hanging-pro, i was admittedly a little nervous about the whole project. i’m pleased to say that i was blown away at how beautiful this wallpaper was and how easy it was to hang!

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i should quickly note – we of course intentionally tore the wallpaper. for the booth, i wanted to create a look of a hundred year old house where wallpaper had begun to peel and tear and show all the layers beneath each other. i love how it turned out for the look of the booth, but i promise you’re wallpaper won’t rip, tear or peel away from the wall unless you try very hard to make it do so. wink!

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since we needed to be able to tear the paper away from the wall, we chose to use the water activated smooth rolls. each roll came with super easy to follow instructions and we were able to hang all of it within about 30 minutes. my mom, maxie makes, and i smoothed it out (with cards from our wallet) and loved how easy it was to reposition on the wall. there were a few bubbles initially, but as soon as it was dry, they had all disappeared (due to the stretching/drying process) which left us with a smooth, seamless and beautiful final wall.

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the colors were so vibrant and we had so much fun hanging this wallpaper. i can see how it could become very addicting!

now for the fun part – spoonflower has generously offered to give away 4 rolls of smooth wallpaper to one lucky reader! you could either design your own, or pick from spoonflower’s vast designer’s library. read below for details on how to enter!

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enter to win: 4 rolls of smooth wallpaper – a $240 value! design your own, or pick from spoonflower’s vast designer’s library.

deadline: giveaway will end sunday, june 21st at 12am, EST. the winner 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 project you would undertake using your new custom wallpaper (a wall, room or otherwise?). 

additional ways to enter:

>> share about the giveaway on instagram and include handles @goinghometoroost and @spoonflower.

>> like going home to roost and spoonflower on facebook.

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

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

good luck! xox, bonnie + spoonflower

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hello, bear challenge projects & winners!

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hi everyone! today’s the big day where we get to share projects and announce the winners for the big hello, bear challenge!  a HUGE thank you to the panel of judges that helped me choose the winners, we had so much fun looking through everyone’s projects!

everyone did an outstanding job. you all are one talented bunch! it was so hard to choose a winner (because you’re all winners!)! but, without further ado…

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the 1st place winner goes to jenn ashbea. she used hello, bear fabrics to create this adorable messenger bag and wallet. we immediately fell in love with all the beautiful details jenn included in this set (she even used the selvage!). great job, jenn!

for winning: jenn will receive $150 gift certificate to wallternatives, 10 yards of hello, bear fabric and a full set of hello, bear art prints

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2nd place goes to marissa pratt. she used the timberland wall stencil to create this feature wall for her soon-to-be son’s nursery. we loved this mixture of mint and navy with all the grey accents.

for 2nd place: marissa will receive $100 gift certificate to wallternatives, a 10 piece fat quarter bundle of hello, bear fabric and a full set of hello, bear art prints.

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3rd place goes to morgan kelly handmade for making this darling quilt from hello, bear fabrics.

for 3rd place: morgan will receive a $50 gift certificate to wallternatives and a full set of hello, bear art prints.

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other projects we absolutely loved are listed below. you all are so incredibly talented, we were blown away! you can see even more projects by checking out the #hellobearchallenge photos on instagram.

1: quilt by beth voss 2: tote by lil’ monkee designs 3: dress by minnie mie
4: teepee pillows by applewhite handmade 5: quilt by wooden spoons quilts 6: quilt by shayne dickson
7: doll b y bb&j 8: table and apron by jamie halleckson 9: feature wall by veronica anderson
10: dress by inciufo 11: dress by snickerdoodle stew 12: dress by lil’ monkee designs
13: quilt by emma sue treasures 14: bibs by sweet t stitches 15: quilt by red bunny designs