August Desktop + Smartphone Backgrounds

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it’s august. though i’ve been trying to live in the moment and soak up every day this year, i’ve been waiting for august for 9 months now. because later this  month, our baby girl will arrive! i can’t wait to meet her, so naturally everything august related is a little extra special to me. :) this month, i’ll be wrapping up the rest of my business tasks for the year so i can start focusing on her arrival. what will august bring for you?

to download august’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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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!

July’s Roost Tribe Recap

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july is winding down and august is almost here! can you believe it? 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 monday, 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 monday, august 3rd you’ll still get all of july’s content + august’s content as well- that’s two months for the price of one!

july's roost tribe recap (1)

an adobe illustrator tutorial on my top three ways to save PDFs.

july's roost tribe recap (2)

a delightful summery recipe for blackberry peach cobbler.

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a set of inspirational desktop and smartphone backgrounds.

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my branchy pattern collection.

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the nature walk clip art set.

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a printable paper craft and applique guide for hello, bear.

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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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Sent Well – Handwritten Notes

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sent well handwritten notes

i have a fun new website and service to share with you. you know how much i love to send snail mail, and Sent-Well has just made that a little easier! nicole elizabeth created Sent-Well because life can be really demanding, but sending cards should be simple.  in short, she hand-writes and mails greeting cards for anyone!

one of my favorite features of the site is that you can enter all your important occasions into their database and get email reminders when important dates are approaching.

you can even check out their special occasions calendar! some of my favorite upcoming dates are:

  • August 2nd is Friendship Day (order cards by 7/30)
  • August 22nd is Be an Angel Day (send a card to someone who needs some encouragement? or to an unknown soldier?)
  • August 27th is Just Because Day

all the cards on the site are curated for their uniqueness in design, typography, their luxurious hand-feel and quality. many of my favorite artists are included, like 1canoe2, idlewild and bison bookbinding!

head on over to Sent-Well to start planning your next occasion now!

Cultivate in Fall Challenge

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cultivate in fall challenge!

Hey everyone! In celebration of my current fabric line, Cultivate, I’ve teamed up with Art Gallery Fabrics and Aurifil to present the “Cultivate in Fall Challenge“. We know summer is still in full swing, but Fall is just around the corner, and these fabrics will take us there effortlessly!

For most of us, Fall is a season that symbolizes change. It’s an ideal time to plant, it’s the time when the kids go back to school, and for many, it’s the time to prepare for the temperature changes. This season is filled with warm colors in various shades of red, green, brown and yellow. With that in mind, we are excited to present a fun, versatile and unique challenge that will embrace the upcoming season.

This challenge is a great way to inspire other sewists and quilters like yourself, while keeping the handmade traditions going!

THE CHALLENGE: The idea is to create a fun, and unique project inspired by the idea of change, while using fabrics from my Cultivate collection. This is also a great way to start getting ready for back to school (think garments, backpacks, pencil bags etc), create new home decor or a quilt (of course!), and anything else that signifies change for you. For some inspiration, click here.

HOW IT WORKS: Art Gallery Fabrics has created a Pinterest board called “Cultivate in Fall” where the projects that are submitted will be posted. Since we love to spark things up, we’re going to let the public choose the winners. This is why you should put your best effort into the project and its presentation. The projects with the most LIKES (or hearts) will win 1st, 2nd and 3rd place (and re-pins are always welcomed!). Since the public will be choosing, keep in mind that the quality of the photo (styling, lighting and definition) will definitely help!

DEADLINE TO SUBMIT: Submissions must be e-mailed to by August 10th at 11:59 PM EST to be eligible to compete. 

Public voting will begin on August 11th and will continue until August 17th. The winners will be announced August 18th on Art Gallery Fabric’s Blog by 3pm EST.


1st place will receive:

2nd place:

3rd place:

Feel free to share your sneak-peeks on social media using the hash-tags: #CultivateChallenge & #CultivateInFall.


From Pattern to Portfolio: Build Your Own Pattern Collection in One Month!

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Are you ready to learn surface pattern design and create a portfolio in just 4 weeks? Along with the release of my brand new skillshare class, design & bind your own creative portfolio, i’m happy to also announce a skillshare session!

What is a skillshare session? It’s an easy way to tackle several classes at once! You’ll watch lessons and complete project steps through a series of due dates, receive email reminders to keep you on track and connect with other students in your session to share tips and feedback.

Challenge Description

From July 28th – August 25th join surface pattern designer and blogger, Bonnie Christine, as she takes you through her 3 skillshare classes, one-by-one. During the month, you’ll learn everything you need to know about Adobe Illustrator, how to gather inspiration, sketch and illustrate. Then, you’ll learn how to create a repeating pattern, design an entire pattern collection and finish the challenge by making your very own portfolio. At the end of this series, you’ll be ready to hit the ground running with a professional presence and portfolio in hand.

>> View the full syllabus & FAQs here! <<

Challenge Prizes

The winner for this challenge will receive:

2nd & 3rd place winners will receive:

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How It Works

  • Every week, you will receive an email outlining your upcoming project assignment.
  • Watch each class’s video lessons to learn the skills you need to complete the project assignment.
  • Post your project progress in the class’s project gallery to get feedback from your classmates. The best learning experience on Skillshare is collaborative so be sure to offer feedback to your classmates regularly as well.
  • Questions? I’ll be hosting a live AMA (Ask Me Anything) session on Thursday, August 13th from 3-4 pm EST. Tune in to the live Google Hangout to chat with me directly!
  • Post a completed class project in all three of the challenge classes by August 25th to successfully complete the challenge.

I can’t wait to see what you create!

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A NEW Skillshare Class: Design & Bind your Own Creative Portfolio!

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hey everyone! i’m so happy to announce my brand new skillshare class: design & bind your own creative portfolio!

this is a great follow up course to my first two classes, intro to surface pattern design and surface pattern design 2.0. BUT, i’m really excited to share this course with you, because it has a little something for everyone in it. and it’s NOT just for surface pattern designers! photographers, illustrators, painters, artists, writers and creatives of all kinds will learn how to present their work.

learn how to design and bind your very own portfolio!


– why having a portfolio is essential for your creative career
– what to include in your book and how to make it a reflection of your brand and work
– how to design (and print) the pages of your portfolio in Adobe Illustrator
– how to actually build and bind your very own handmade portfolio
– tips on getting in touch with your target people and advice on shipping your book

i’ll also be sharing with you several examples of portfolios from creatives of all kinds! you’ll leave the course feeling inspired, motivated and prepared to hit the ground running with your beautiful portfolio.

we’re going to have so much fun- come join us over on skillshare now!


So inspirational, very informative, this is the best class I have taken on Skillshare to date. I am a seasoned illustrator user but I still learned so much. Thank you Bonnie Christine. Cavell Ferguson

I have taken illustrator classes in the past and I have to admit I have always struggled to crack the in’s and outs of it all and especially when in a classroom setting having to keep up with others. I feel that Bonnie has raised the bar with her teaching, open heart and honest approach to tackling and de-mistifying illustrator for me. We all learn in different ways and the online platform of skillhare has given me the opportunity to learn the programme and create surface patterns at my place, to pause and to go back over various elements of the course has been of huge benefit. I’m sure I’m not done refreshing on these videos yet either. Thank you skillshare and Bonnie! Adrienne K.

Intro to Surface Pattern Design + Learn Adobe Illustrator does exactly that. It’s a great in-depth course on the fundamentals of Adobe Illustrator and how it pertains to the world of creating surface/repeating patterns. Bonnie speaks clearly and slowly throughout the videos and she expertly takes you through the various tool bars and menus of Illustrator. I think it’s one of the best comprehensive classes I’ve ever taken on the subject of pattern design and Adobe Illustrator. Thanks for taking the time to make these series of videos, Bonnie! Adriana Bergstrom

The illustrator tips and shortcuts alone were worth the price of admission (and I thought I knew illustrator!) I learned SO much before we even got into the designing. Once we got into designing it was like a whole ‘nother class. I highly recommend this class. It’s a two-fer. Kara Garrett

Bonnie Christine is a complete delight. Articulate, intelligent, well versed in the sensitivities and considerations of others and well aware of what is required to become sustainable and successful as a repeat pattern design artist. She has edited her presentation with thoughtful quotes that keep the story going. So grateful she offered this here! Thank you! Ashley Aliko

learn how to design and bind your very own portfolio!

Portfolio Design Challenge Winner

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hi everyone! i’m popping in today to announce the winner for the design challenge i hosted along with my creativelive course, design print and build you’re own portfolio. to enter, students were to enter images of their portfolio design process and finalized book. everyone’s entries were wonderful, and it was so difficult to choose a winner!

without further ado…

Portfolio Design Challenge Winner

the winner is sue lynn! sue’s portfolio is well thought out in both design and layout, and it’s filled with her beautiful patterns and work. you can see sue’s entire process here, as well as her digital portfolio here.

for winning: sue will receive a 45 minute review with me and a 1 year subscription to the roost tribe. great job, sue!

inspirations no. 3

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inspirational art print no. 3

inspirational art print no. 3

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 & no. 2 here, as well as browse the full collection here!)

No. 3: it always seems impossible until it’s done. – nelson mandela

i have a bad habit of looking at an end goal or dream and getting overwhelmed. sometimes, they seem so impossible! that is until i remember my favorite philosophy: do one small thing every single day. once i begin working on a project, before i know it, things are getting done. they really do seem impossible when i look at the big picture, but bit by bit they get accomplished. and that feels so good!

i hope this quote will help you in working towards your own goals and accomplishments.

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