point and shoot 3.13.14

March 13, 2014

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a little bit of life lately. :)

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working on decorating our guest room. still a work in progress!

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my people.

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bear baby <3

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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3 pieces of art

March 12, 2014

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3 pieces of art

now that we’ve been living in our home for a while (10 months to be exact) and things are beginning to settle down after having bear, i’m determined to finish some decorating. i’ve got several bare walls and have been planning to add some special artwork throughout the house. here are few of the pieces i’ve been eying- aren’t they so beautiful? they all have special meaning to me. some things take time- like having a family, following your dream and loving your job. i always need to remind myself to worry less (it’s a constant struggle). and living in the mountains is near and dear to my heart. it’s so cozy here.

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skillshare is such an amazing place. when i was first starting out trying to learn surface pattern design, it was so hard to learn the techniques i wanted to learn (that’s in part why i began the roost tribe- it’s where i share all my secrets!). today i’m so happy that skillshare exists, and i’m really excited about a few classes i’ve either recently taken, or am currently taking. i highly recommend each of them!

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i’ve taken both the first steps of hand lettering and the final steps of hand lettering by mary kate mcdevitt- and both are incredible! mary kate is so loveable and incredibly talented. in these classes, you’ll learn how to research and brainstorm and idea, sketch it out, explore different styles and finalize your sketch. in the second part, you’ll learn how to digitze your sketch, add color, create texture and put the finishing touches on your work.

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i’m just beginning to take leveraging photoshop and illustrator in your work by lydia nichols and i’m so excited! photoshop is still a little big and scary to me, so i’m especially thrilled to learn how to use it alongside illustrator. in this class, we’ll learn how to create vector art and custom brushes, how to apply texture and then move the artwork over to photoshop.

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in digital illustration: color, pattern and texture, brad woodward will teach us how to breathe life back into your own digital illustrations through the use of a few basic design elements. i’m excited to learn more about color theory, layout and composition and ways to add texture to my work.

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i recently finished the art of modern calligraphy by molly jaques and thought it was just right for my beginner skills of calligraphy. molly starts by covering the basic tools and preliminary knowledge of modern, pointed pen calligraphy and gives you a solid understanding of how to compose a truly unique alphabet.

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in design your own creative brush pack in photoshop or illustrator, garren lamson will teach us how to research, brainstorm, and create a unique, artistic brush pack in either photoshop or illustrator from concept thru completion. since brushes have always been a bit of a mystery to me, i can’t wait to begin this course!

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hexagon shelves

March 10, 2014

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hexagon wall shelves

hexagon shelves (clockwise): haase handcraft | handmade riot | forma living

i’ve got the perfect spot above my workspace where i’d like to install a few hexagon wall shelves. it’s an angled space due to a staircase above it, so a cluster of hexagons would be perfect (plus, you know i’m obsessed with all things sweet as honey!). i’ve just been waiting to find the right ones, but i think i’ve narrowed it down to the sets above. do you have any favorite honeycomb shelves? i’ve also seen some darling house bookshelves lately, too!

**update! haase handcraft has been so kind enough to offer each of you an exclusive discount to their shop! enter code ‘ROOST1′ during checkout to receive 10% off. expires march 31st. thank you, hasse handcraft!

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How to Bust Your Business Ruts

I worry about my colleagues and fellow creative business owners in months like March. This season can be rough because business can slow down and the next batch of holiday sales are so far away. I know that I’m prone to business ruts and professional low-points around this time of year.

I had an especially hard time with slow sales periods at the start of my business. After the first six months of opening shop on Etsy, I thought I could ride the success I’d seen, and that was the first real mistake I made. It was an error to think that I could passively watch the Energy Shop grow. It’s a project that needs constant attention, feeding, and nourishment—and that requires active participation. When I dropped the ball on the Energy Shop, it started to deflate. The business and I both fizzled.

Here are a few tips I’ve learned to breathe new life into your creative business:

Whether you’ve stalled out or never fully started up, the first question to ask is: Do You LOVE It? I’m starting a video blog for my shop, and in an unscripted, trial shoot of my debut blog, my passion and excitement about my product amazed me! I truly love what I do, and though my dedication has wavered at time (in all fairness, I’ve also moved in and out of country), I am full-blown in love with the Energy Shop and what it represents. We’re here to stay.

The second question is, Will it evolve and grow with you? You’re born to grow. Even when your body physically stops growing, your soul wants to continually expand. People who don’t realize that truth leave this life unhappy and unfulfilled—don’t be one of them. Your business should be designed to grow and evolve as you will. When your skills improve, your prices should rise. When your product line expands, your shop should be better for it. Make sure you are always reaching higher for bigger and better dreams.

And finally: Does your business give you a sense of accomplishment? Does it FEEL GOOD or are you doing it for the money? And by the way, I don’t care if you’re doing it for the money, especially if the money is going to fuel what FEELS GOOD to you! A sense of accomplishment and measurable goals will keep your interest alive and your flame burning.

What do you need to get out of this rut?

What would make you feel good and excited about your shop again? I asked myself this question in January, and the answer was, “A new product line!” I set my intention, and I’ve since launched a line of crystal necklaces that I adore (and my customers seem pretty keen on them too ;) ).

Short-term goals are fantastic stall-busters, but they should also be applied to longer term goals. A stalled business leaves you plenty of time to ask yourself:

Where do I want to be in three months?

Create specific answers, such as this one: “I want to make 200 sales and increase my hourly wage by $5.00 by June 12, 2014.”

Where do I want this business to be in three years?

This one is even more important, because what I really want to know is: How do you plan for all of your hard work to pay you back? That’s the question I had to ask myself, because all work with little reward is the recipe for fizzle. Sometimes, you have to pull yourself out of the daily grind, and envision the bigger, brighter future to gain perspective.

Here’s to your rut-busting, sky-rocketing success!

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Lisa Jacobs is creative biz wiz who teaches online sellers how to get more sales and professional recognition. She owns the Energy Shop on Etsy and writes the blog, Marketing Creativity.

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double exposure

March 7, 2014

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i’ve been having way too much fun with the new (to me) diani double exposure app (discovered via the darling tree). combine my love for photos, instagram and baby bear and we’ve got trouble!

with that, i’m signing off for the weekend! try not to waste all your time this weekend playing with double exposures. :) we’re hosting a spring training camp at our house for my husband’s cycling team, so i’ll be taking care of (i.e. cooking for) a bunch of boys this weekend. it’s always fun! see you back here on monday! love, bonnie

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plant based dinner ideas

oh, happy friday friends! we’ve been eating tons of seasonal root veggies and beans over here (though we cheated a little this week with some fresh tomatoes). i just got word from our local csa that they’ll be starting up again soon. i’m so looking forward to spring vegetables, but will try to soak up the last few weeks of winter roots as much as possible!

monday: tomato cobbler, made with my favorite biscuit recipe
tuesday: whole roasted and spiced cauliflower (sans the sauce)
wednesday: vegetarian ‘chicky’ parm (i subbed daiyga cheese and used a flax egg to make this vegan!)
thursday: chana masala with jasmine rice
friday: root vegetable hash – yum!

what was on your plate this week? any favorite recipes you’d like to share?

we follow a whole foods, plant based diet. the dinner ideas posts are a way for me to log our dinners, how we make eating this way easy, and hopefully inspire you to try some new things as well. they are always meat free, dairy free and often gluten free. you can follow the posts here, and i encourage you to share your favorite recipes with us as well!

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point and shoot 3.6.14

March 6, 2014

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a little bit of life lately. :)

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loving the diani double exposure app!

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a few things from my ‘shop my closet’ sale over on instagram!

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a bouquet of basil from my sweetheart (my favorite!).

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quinoa crusted tempeh (i used a flax egg instead of a real egg).

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a few goodies and fun from the maker’s summit!

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bear baby turned 6 months old!! <3

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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