inspirations no. 4

| bonnie christine design

inspirational art print no. 4

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 (see previous prints featured here).

No. 4: amazing things WILL happen!

ask yourself: is what you’re doing today getting you closer to what you want to be tomorrow?

if the answer is no, what could you do today that moves you closer to who you want to be, or what you want to do tomorrow? after a series of days, weeks and months of this go by, amazing things WILL happen!

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

vintage lace appliqued onesies

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after falling in love with the vintage lace appliques we used on these handmade onesies, i knew i had to use more of them! i recently added a simple lace applique to an entire stack of organic onesies for our little girl and absolutely love the sweet touch it gave them.

here’s what i used:

an array of vintage laces and appliques. a few of my favorite etsy shops for vintage lace appliques are threads 2 trends, textile art lace, to lace with love & petshopgirl32.

organic onesies by dor dor & gor gor. i specifically purchased these short sleeve onesies (in several different sizes) and a single long sleeve onesie from amazon. these are by far the nicest onesies i have ever seen! they are organic, all natural and dye free and they have the softest feel and hand to them. absolutely incredible quality!

fabric glue stick. i also used a fabric glue stick to gently adhere the lace appliques in place before taking them to the sewing machine. it was much easier than using pins!

this project is so quick and easy to do. all you have to do is quickly top stitch around each applique, and you’re done! i also love that these laces are so light and soft and they definitely keep the inside of the onesie feeling soft against the baby’s skin. once she outgrows these onesies, i plan on removing the appliques for use the next project as well!

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My First Woven Wall Hanging

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i am so very delighted to share with you my very first woven wall hanging! i have to admit, i was so scared to start this project. i looked at my empty loom for months, overwhelmed by the possibilities and not knowing how or where to begin. but as i always say, the hardest part is just getting started. once i actually did, i had so much fun! i think it’s officially safe to say I’M HOOKED!

i wanted to create something whimsical, feminine and fluffy (as my husband calls it) for our newborn daughter, ollie doe. so of course, i had to add her name in tiny gold letters! i absolutely love the way it turned out and can’t wait to start making more of them.

i definitely had a few favorite tutorials i referred to and a couple of resources and tools that i fell in love with as well. just in case you’re interested in diving into the world of weaving, i’ll share them with you as well!

favorite tutorials along the way:

tutorials and posts from loom & spindle
learn to weave – tips from etsy
diy woven wall hanging

favorite tools i used along the way:

loom from wood creek looms
gold letters from BBB supplies
handmade tapestry bobbins
golden needle
copper pipe from lowes
i got most of my yarn and roving from a semi-local yarn shop, silver threads and golden needles (not available online).

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a splash of gold and my daughter’s name.

and just for size reference, here she is! you know she’s big when i could hide behind her 39 weeks pregnant. ;)

The Flourishing Quilt – a Free Pattern!

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The Flourishing Quilt - a Free Pattern! (1)

one of the most exciting parts of releasing a new fabric collection is designing the free quilt pattern that goes along with it. for my current fabric line, cultivate, i designed the flourishing quilt. inspired by rows and rows of glorious gardens!

>> download the free quilt pattern here <<

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for this quilt, i wanted something feminine, unique and geometric and i’m so happy with the outcome! i think you’ll find the pattern easy to follow and fun to make. my mom, maxie makes, and i collaborate on all of our patterns- i design and illustrate, and she usually sews the sample. so, this quilt is a result of her beautiful work!

The Cultivate Fabrics Blog Tour! (1)

photos by art gallery fabrics

if you’re interested in seeing more projects made from cultivate, be sure to check out the cultivate lookbook, the cultivate blog tour recap and learn more about the line and the inspirations behind it here. be sure to share your cultivate fabric projects with us on instagram too using the #CultivateFabrics!

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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Make it in Design Module 1 Course Giveaway

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Hey everyone! I’ve teamed up with my friends over at Make It In Design, to offer a very special prize to ONE very lucky reader – one free place on the next The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design – Module 1: Designing your way course worth approx. $290!

In Module 1: Designing your way, you will learn everything you need to know to turn basic sketches into elements for pattern design. Find out more about color and pattern, how to create moodboards and repeat patterns in Adobe Illustrator. Learn how to develop your signature style and get industry insider tips and tricks!

This is for you if you are drawn to color and pattern and dream of one day licensing your own designs but don’t know where to begin. Here you’ll join a community of like-minded people on a fun and inspiring creative journey, learn more about how to create your own patterns and motifs and even design a set of business stationery!

Module 1: Designing your way is a five-week on-line surface pattern design course. The classroom is accessible 24/7 so you can join from anywhere in the world and fit the course into your busy life. Read their student success stories here.

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Module 1: Designing your way includes:

  • How to work with colour
  • How to create moodboards
  • How to build a pattern
  • How and where to seek out design inspiration
  • How to develop your signature style and use this to brand your business
  • How to turn elements of a mixed media painting into a pattern (featuring the work of Kelly Rae Roberts)
  • How to create repeats in Adobe Illustrator
  • Time-saving tricks and industry insider tips
  • The secrets of successful surface pattern designers
  • Downloadable pattern source guide
  • Opportunity to put questions to Rachael Taylor

Make it in Design Module 1 Course Giveaway (9)PLUS

  • *NEW* BONUS TECHNICAL WORKSHOP VIDEOS giving you a step-by-step guide to scanning images and basic manipulation in Photoshop, playing with colour and sketching and creating repeats on your computer.
  • AND a peek behind the scenes of Rachael Taylor’s life as a dynamic and successful professional surface pattern designer and a glimpse at some previously unpublished designs!
  • And a whole lot more – this course really is packed full of goodness!

THE PRIZE!

The prize: ONE place on The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design – Module 1: Designing your way course starting September 21, 2015 delivered on-line.

How to enter: Check out Module 1 on the Make it in Design website to find out more about it, then enter the giveaway using the form below. The winner will be randomly selected announced on this post shortly after.

Good luck!

THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED. congratulations #80, @digndesigns!

Terms and Conditions:

  • This competition is to win a place on Module 1: Designing your way course from Make it in Design starting September 21, 2015
  • One entry allowed per person
  • The winning place is not transferable – either by date or to another individual and must not be sold on and no cash alternative will be offered in the event that the winner is unable to use the prize for any reason
  • By entering this competition you agree to your entry to be promoted on the Make it in Design website and their associated social networks
  • The judges’ decision is final.

my smartphone charging base and vase!

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my smartphone charging base and vase! (1)

i recently fell in love with this minty fresh smartphone dock, which i like to call my base vase. i purchased one for my mom a while back and knew i needed one as well the moment i set eyes on it! i got mine from uncommon goods and love that they’re handmade in pittsburgh by myles and heather geyman. though advertised for a bedside table, i use mine at my work station during the day. it allows me to quickly and easily see incoming messages, emails and calls and i absolutely love how it brightens up my space!

speaking of, are you familiar with uncommon goods? i’ve always loved their funky site and products, but they’re also an outstanding b corp biz that works hard to support non-profits like american forests, women for women international and reach out & read. plus, they support artists and handmade goods made locally in the USA! i especially love to browse their site for unique housewarming gifts, desk accessories (like this one!) and home decor.

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if you’ve been around here long, you know that i try to keep fresh flowers at my work station year round. they brighten up my space and make it feel so fresh and inspiring! the mint color on this glazed stoneware works perfectly with my space, as well. the dock even has an opening located at the front of the dock to thread your phone’s charging cord in. yes!

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DIY cuffed gloves for gardening & housekeeping

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for my current garden inspired fabric line, cultivate, i wanted to make a set of cuffed gardening / housekeeping gloves. why should we all have to use those boring old yellow and green ones, anyways?? adding the cuff to these simple white cleaning gloves was a quick project that turned into something really special. they would also make a great gift for the gardener or momma in your life!

i used one of my favorite prints from cultivate, seed packet mint, (available for purchase here) but of course, you could use any cotton fabric!

here’s what you’ll need:

– 2 pieces of fabric that measure at least 10″ x 8″ each
bliss gloves*

*these gloves are glorious. they fit my hands perfectly (i always struggle with that!) and have a velvety lining on the inside. they’re creamy (not stark white) and look and feel so classy!

general sewing supplies:

– sewing machine & thread
– scissors
– straight pins
– iron

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steps 1 – 4 (click image to enlarge)

step 1: cut two pieces of fabric that measure 10″ x 8″.

step 2: turn fabric length wise. on one end, turn up the fabric 1/2″ and press. turn another 1/2″ and press again. on the other side, turn the edge up 1/4″ and press, then another 1/4″ and press again. this will hide all the raw edges from those two longer sides.

step 3: top stitch along both of the turned up edges.

step 4: fold the piece of fabric in half, right sides together and stitch along the side with a 1/4″ seam allowance (refer to photo #4).

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steps 5 – 8 (click image to enlarge)

step 5: press your newly made seam to one side. turn the cuff right side out.

step 6: take the first glove and nestle the fabric cuff up from the finger side until it fits snugly. trim away the excess glove that overhangs. pin the cuff in place.

step 7: take to the machine and top stitch around the opening (i double stitched mine just to be safe!).

step 8: turn the cuff completely up and press the seam on medium heat (these particular gloves handled the iron with no problem. if you use a different kind, test on the trimmed cuff first!). now, turn the cuff back down leaving about an inch above the seam. crease firmly with the iron.

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above photo by art gallery fabrics

and voila! you’re beautiful comfy classy gloves now have a custom fabric cuff on them. i’ve used them in the garden and at the sink for months now and absolutely love them. they even wash well!

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. be sure to share your cultivate fabric projects with us on instagram too using the #CultivateFabrics!

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.

 

21 Projects From Cultivate Fabrics

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21 projects from cultivate fabrics

the blog tour for my cultivate fabrics collection ended yesterday and everyone’s projects were spectacular! from baby doll quilts to painted art canvases – it was so fun to see what everyone made! most of the projects are posted alongside a tutorial or pattern, so i hope you’ll dive in to the links below and get inspired to start crafting. a few of the projects don’t even require a sewing machine!

i want to send a huge thank you to each of the lovely ladies who participated. you are all so talented and creative and i was honored to have you on the cultivate fabrics blog tour. it’s a very special feeling to see something made with my fabrics and you all went above and beyond with your projects. i’m grateful for each of you and so inspired by your creativity!

here’s a recap of all 21 of the projects!

1 – Sarah Sharp | No Hats Quilts
2 Caroline Hulse | Sew Caroline
3 & 4 – Bonnie Christine (me!) AND Maxie Makes (my mom!)
5 – Caitlin Topham | Salty Oat
6- Sandi Sawa Hazlewood | Crafty Planner
7 – Danielle Golinski | Food Family Story
8 – Sharon Holland | Sharon Holland Designs
9 – Audrey | Skirt Fixation
10 – Sarah Overton | My Crowded Nest
11 – Bonnie Ferguson | Fish Stick Designs
12 – Annie McGee | Scavenger Annie
13 – Jenn Thurston | Quilted Thimble Cottage
14 – Teresa Behr | Dandelion Drift
15 – Mary Kolb | Mary Lake Pulaski
16 – Amanda Castor | Material Girl Quilt
17 – Rachael Mckeeman | The Floral Suitcase
18 – Trudi Wood
19 – Shayla Wolf  | Sassafras Lane
20 – Maureen Cracknell Handmade
21 – April San Pedro | I am Artisan