5 fonts to fall in love with

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5 fonts to fall in love with (6)

rivea upright by madpie paper works

i believe i’ll always be in love with the wonderful world of fonts. the market today is abounding with quality, handmade fonts. i could look at them forever!

i go through spells of discovering new fonts, usually tipped off by a design project. most recently, i was working on an invitation to my upcoming baby shower and wanted something sweet and simple for the title. the one’s i’m sharing with you today are just a few that i fell in love with along the way!

speaking of, what are your thoughts on having a shower for baby 2.0? i know the topic is a little controversial, but i err on the side of getting together and celebrating new life! i know mommas usually have most of the things they need by the time a second (or third!) child comes along, but there are always things we need (especially if baby 2.0 is of a different gender). diapers, a double stroller, another car seat, etc. plus, i think it’s fun to celebrate with friends and family around the larger events in our life. do you agree?

do you have any favorite handmade fonts right now? be sure to share them with us in the comments section so we can check them out, too!

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pillowbook by lisa glanz

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loveton by irwanwismoyo

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westcoast by cultivated mind

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helena by noe araujo



spoonchallenge 2015: creating a fabric collection

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spoonchallenge 2015: creating a fabric collection with bonnie christine (3)

hey everyone! i’m so happy to team up with spoonflower for this year’s spoonchallenge – creating a fabric collection! for four weeks (starting july 6th) we’ll be sharing everything you need to know to design the most beautiful fabric collection.

HOW: all you have to do is follow along each week to learn a new skill or technique! sign up for a weekly email full of everything you need to know to get started, or simply follow along on spoonflower’s blog. snap a picture of your progress and use the #SpoonChallenge hashtag each week to share what you’re learning! 

so, are you ready? if you’re a budding textile designer looking for tips and tricks for creating a fabric collection, or perhaps you’ve mastered the art of surface design, but still struggle with crafting a cohesive set of patterns – this series is for YOU!

week #1 is already here!

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for week #1, i’m sharing with you everything i know about how to gather inspiration for a pattern collection. it includes all the little tips and tricks that i use myself before i begin designing a collection! we’ll talk about brainstorming ideas, writing 20 words, building a story, using photography and inspiration boards and how to source your own inspiration. i’ve also made an adobe illustrator video tutorial on my favorite way to build custom color palettes!

>> visit spoonflower’s blog for the full article. be sure to tune in all week as well as they share more info and interviews (like this one from elizabeth olwen!). we can’t wait to see what you create!

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diy fabric covered keds

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diy fabric covered keds! (3)

for my current garden inspired fabric line, cultivate, i just had to make some fabric covered keds! since my mom, maxie makes, is the queen of all crafts, i turned to her for help. after only a few minutes of brainstorming and pattern piece-building, she had a plan!

we used one of my favorite prints from the line, thrive passiflora, but of course, you could use any cotton fabric. with just a handful of supplies (that you probably already have in your craft closet), we had these kicks covered in a single afternoon.

>> head on over to maxie makes for the step-by-step tutorial!


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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.

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.

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a gift guide for july

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a gift guide for july

product links: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10

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

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.

 june's roost tribe recap. come join! (2)

and a video tutorial on how to create your own!

june's roost tribe recap. come join! (4)

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).