it is well with my soul

June 23, 2014

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this simple diy project has brought me so much joy. it fills our guest room with a touch of gold and sense of peace and rest.

“When peace like a river attendeth my way
When sorrows like sea billows roll
What ever my lot you have taught me to say
It is well, it is well with my soul”

- Horatio G. Spafford, 1873Horatio G. Spafford, 1873


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i’m sure you crafty bunch won’t need instructions for this project, but i’ll list them here anyways! :) you could of course use the same technique for any phrase. let your imagination run free!


- wooden letters
- my favorite gold spray paint
- 3m mini command strips
- level, ruler and pencil (optional)

step 1: place the letters on a large piece of scrap paper (newspaper would work well). spray paint them making sure to get all the sides.

step 2: use a ruler, level and pencil to plot the letters on the wall. eyeball it if you wish!

step 3: place a small 3m strip on the back of each letter. place firmly on the wall and hold for 60 seconds (follow package instructions)

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master series with rachael taylor

the roost tribe is excited to welcome rachael taylor to the master series as she joins us to discuss “taking risks and designing your way!“. rachael and i connected several years ago, when i was also able to take her groundbreaking surface pattern design e-course, ‘the art and business of surface pattern design‘. i highly recommend it! (you can see my alumni success story here!).


rachael is a super fun and energetic surface pattern designer and illustrator from britain who creates ‘patterns to make you happy’! rachael has been lucky enough to work for a number of prestigious clients worldwide and also runs her own design label along with successfully licensing a number of global branded collections.  you can find her designs on fashion, home decors, greetings, gadgets and ceramics.

rachael has also just released a beautiful new book, 20 ways to draw a doodle’! it is the perfect creative book and resource for illustrators, cartoonists, doodlers and anyone who loves to sketch. rachael’s success has also led her to the new ventures of, ‘make it in design‘, ‘MOYO magazine’ and ‘the MOYO directory’.

make it in design

if you’ve ever dreamt of seeing your designs on stationery, homewares, fabric, wallpaper etc, the design school featuring the art and business of surface pattern design is for you! the course takes you from sketch to pattern design to product in four modules. the next course begins this october- find out more and register here!

rachael elsewhere: web | twitter | instagram | facebook

so come join the roost tribe and get your learn on! join anytime this month to receive rachael’s article on “taking risks and designing your way!”.

roost tribe

what is the roost tribe? the roost tribe is a membership that welcomes you to a family of creatives for just $5 a month. by joining, you’ll become a part of an incredibly inspirational community. members receive a welcome packet with several informational e-books covering blog growth, pitching your products, writing product descriptions, going home to roost’s creative story and a list of top industry resources. additionally, each month members receive printables, patterns, illustrations & clipart, a plant based recipe, adobe illustrator tutorial, iphone & desktop background, special guest articles on creative topics and more all delivered right to their inbox!

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plant based dinner ideas

can you believe it’s friday already? this week has flown by, but we’ve enjoyed some really yummy meals along the way. bright spring veggies like kale, summer squash, cauliflower and asparagus brought them all to life!

monday: black-eyed pea and kale stew
tuesday: grilled potato and arugula salad
wednesday: crispy peanut tofu and cauliflower rice
thursday: tofu omelets with scape pesto
friday: caramelized onion mac n cheese

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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vegan garlic scape pesto

June 19, 2014

vegan garlic scape pesto

to me, there’s nothing more exciting than discovering a new vegetable. when these beautiful green curls showed up in our CSA box this week, i had to get a little help from you on what they were and how to use them! how have i overlooked this precious veggie all my years?

vegan garlic scape pesto

i’ll be using scapes all week, but my first goal was to make a delicious pesto. and delicious it was! full of fresh summery flavors, it’s bold and bright yet light and refreshing. last night, we used it atop our tofu omelets (yum!), and tonight i’ll be using it on a pasta dish. the nutritional yeast gives it a wholesome, cheesy taste and the toasted cashews give it a great texture and nutty flavor.

a light and refreshing summery pesto.
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  1. - 2 garlic scapes
  2. - 1 cup fresh basil
  3. - 1 tbs lemon juice
  4. - 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  5. - 1/4 cup cashews, toasted
  6. - 1/2 tsp salt
  7. - 1 tbs olive oil
  1. toast the cashews until slightly browned and coarsely chop the garlic scapes.
  2. place the scapes, basil, lemon juice, nutritional yeast, toasted cashews and salt into a food processor and blend.
  3. while the mixture is blending, slowly pour the olive oil in. pulse to combine to a course texture.
  1. try this pesto as a pasta sauce or use it as a topping on toast, soup, (tofu) omelets and more!
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point and shoot 6.19.14

June 19, 2014

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it’s that time of the week again! here’s a little bit of our life lately. :)

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white rabbit botanicals. a dreamy greenhouse made from vintage windows!

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the quiet after a storm.

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morning sunshine.

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a hike with bear baby.

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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the handmade marketplace

June 18, 2014

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many of you are probably familiar with kari chapin’s creative guide for crafters, the handmade marketplace. i’m excited to share that kari has just released the 2nd edition and it’s bursting at the seams with info for the artisan! kari teaches us how to make money (and a living!) at doing what we love by selling our crafts. the new edition has updated info on how to best utilize the latest on-line and social media opportunities for sales and marketing, perfect for the modern crafter!

i’m thrilled to be included as one of the experts for the ‘creative collective‘ in the book as well! inside, i’m sharing tips on blogging, how to get inspired, how to build a community around your craft and more!

There are so many great tips from business owners regarding branding, marketing, blogging, social, media, online stores, brick-and-mortar shops, etc. And I’m thrilled (and honored) to be included as one of those business owners… – See more at:

you can find a copy on amazon, barnes & noble or on indie bound (all for under $12!).

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watercolor stairs

June 18, 2014

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watercolor stairs

today i’m loving: watercolor stairs.

images: brit + co via real simple and melissa’s stairs

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wall of fabric

June 16, 2014

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as our home starts to come together, i’m excited to share more and more of it with you. spring fever has hit and i’ve been checking off several projects i’ve been thinking about for a long time. this one may be my favorite. :)

for every fabric collection i design, i’m over-the-moon-excited to receive a bolt of each piece. seriously, when i get this package in the mail i leap for joy! i use this fabric for marketing, giveaways, blog hops, sample sewing and of course a few personal projects as well! it also leaves me with bundles of bolts, and along with it, a bit of a storage dilemma.

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storage dilemma solved! i’ve been staring at this blank wall behind my workspace for a year. the steps lead up to my sewing room, so when the ideas struck to hang my fabric i couldn’t resist! now it doubles at artwork and doesn’t take up any floor space in my tiny sewing room.

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i know there are probably not very many of you who have bolts and bolts of fabric like this, but you could always roll your fabric around a tube to store it in the same way. to hang them, i drilled holes in the bottom of 1.5″ wooden round discs (like this) and strung twine up through the center of the tube (a knot in the bottom holds the disc in place). i then used super hooks to hang them- those things are amazing!

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also shown here are my favorite new hexagon shelves and some faux white taxidermy.

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