4 creative questions

November 6, 2014

bonnie christine | going home to roost (2)

i’m so happy that sasha from paper plane blog nominated me to join in this creative blog hop a few weeks ago. i’ve had so much fun diving into everyone’s posts and learning more about their creativity. now, it’s my turn!

1. what am i working on?

oh, so many things!

a feast in the forest: this weekend, i’m hosting a friendsgiving which i’m affectionately calling a ‘feast in the forest’. we have friends coming together to celebrate all the things we’re thankful for. complete with a bonfire social and diy hour! join us over on instagram to see the evening unfold. :)

a new website: probably most exciting, going home to roost is getting a new look! the amazing jo klima (who also did this design over 6 years ago) is doing a complete redesign for us. i saw the first glimpse of it just this week, and let me tell you it’s amazing!! you’re going to love it. i just want to curl up and live in it forever. we’re aiming to release the new site right around the new year, so stay tuned!

skillshare: i’ve been hinting at it, but want to officially let you know that i’ve started recording for a two-part skillshare series on surface pattern design! i’ll unfold details as we  go along, but the course is set to launch mid-january. be sure to ask for adobe illustrator and wacom tablet for christmas! ;)

fabric: though my next two lines of fabric haven’t even started shipping yet (hello, bear will ship in january and cultivate will ship in april), it’s already time for me to dive in to designing my next collection. i’m in the early stages so i’ve been gathering inspiration, creating a moodboard, picking colors and doing a few preliminary sketches. it’s going to be simply luscious!

2. how does my work differ from others of its genre?

i think my work is unique by the way it tells a story. each pattern collection i create is based on something in my personal life and each piece has a very special meaning to me. i like to let the entire collection tell a story, but not a very obvious one. i want the viewer to dive in to each piece, read the story behind them and each pattern’s name to really allow the story unfold.

i also love to work with color and detail. my color palettes are sometimes bold, but retain a sweetness about them. i also like to mix the simplicity of geometrics and hand drawn lines with more delicate, intricate work. i love big florals and organic repeats!

3. why do i write/create what i do?

i’ll answer this question from a blogging + roost tribe perspective. i started going home to roost as a way to share the creative things i was doing in my life with the world. though i still do that, my mission has changed over the years. many of you know my journey to becoming a surface pattern designer. it was a long one, and when i started trying to learn the industry and adobe illustrator, no one was sharing or teaching about it (that was about 4 years ago). since then, i’ve set out to teach what i know. learn >> teach >> learn >> teach >> learn >> teach. you know?! so, i created the roost tribe as a place to share all my secrets. i share them there because i believe in valuing what you know and what you do. though being a member is incredibly affordable ($5/a month!), i believe in investing in your future and discussing the finer details of creativity with those who know it’s value. i don’t want to keep what i learn to myself. instead, i want to share it and in doing so, support and encourage other creatives to follow their dream. it’s a beautiful thing!

4. how does my writing/illustration/creative process work?

(and i’ll answer this one from a design perspective!) i am absolutely in love with each step in the design process. i usually begin by choosing a theme to work around and gathering bits of inspiration. i like to make a moodboard and collect things that will inspire the collection. my favorite way to do this is to take my own photos. if i want to draw a horse, i visit a farm. if i want to illustrate bits of the forest, i go for a hike. then, i can design off of my own photographs and pull colors from the for the collection as well. after i have lots of inspiration pieces, i like to roughly plan out on paper the ideas i have for about 12 pattern pieces – knowing all along that a few won’t make it and a few will be created by accident along the way. then, i start to draw. this step can take anywhere from 3 to 6 weeks, but i draw and draw until all my ideas are on paper. next, i import all of my sketches into the computer (either by scanner or iphone snapshot) and begin illustrating them. once i have all of the motifs finished, i begin building patterns (FUN!). finalizing patterns and their colors can take a while, but it’s the most fun part! then, i send them off to art gallery fabrics and we wait for strikes offs from the mill to arrive so that we can do color corrections. once the colors are perfect, they go to production and my heart sings.

who’s next?!

though it’s not mandatory, i would love to hear these questions answered by elizabeth olwen, leah duncan and sharon holland. if you’d like to join in, please do so! just answer these questions and tag a few other creatives to join the fun. be sure to leave a link to your post in the comments section here so we can join along!

photo by the laura b.

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wrkdesigns holiday showcase

November 5, 2014

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wrkdesigns holiday showcase

whitney from wrkdesigns handmade makes original digital papers as well as handmade jewelry, baby bibs, ornaments and home decor items. almost all of her designs are made from upcycled materials making them very eco-friendly! i also love her digital papers – they would be great to use for scrapbooking, wrapping paper, card making and other paper crafts.

whitney is also having a holiday sale! save 15% with coupon code: WRKDSAVE15. expires 12/20. (though you should place your order before 12/15 to ensure delivery before Christmas.)

 wrkdesigns handmade elsewhere: web | twitter | facebook 

interested in advertising on ghtr? find out more about the holiday showcase and other sponsor opportunities by checking out the press package.

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november’s gift guide

November 4, 2014

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november's gift guide | going home to roost 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 november:

>> november 10th is the birthday of the us marine corps
>> the leonids meteor shower reaches its peak around november 17
>> november 21st is national adoption day

november is:

>> native american heritage month
>> national novel writing month
>> sweet potato awareness month
>> movember
>> national blog posting month – NaBloPoMo (!!)

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  november desktop calendars | going home to roost (6) november desktop calendars | going home to roost (5)

goodbye october, hello november! november will bring our first snow, chilly weather, hot cider, apple picking, pumpkin pie and time spent with dear friends and family. my schedule is lighter this month then it has been all year, so i’m looking forward to a little rest. what will november bring for you? xox, bonnie

to download november’s backgrounds: click on the coordinating image above, then right click on the image and select ‘set as desktop background’ or save and download to your phone.

november desktop calendars | going home to roost (2)

to download the printable version: click on the image above to download the PDF calendar. print on heavy card stock (my favorite is premium presentation paper by epson). 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!

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winged blog tour

November 3, 2014

winged fabric blog tour (1)

are you ready to be ultra-inspired?! i’m tickled pink to announce the winged blog tour! join us each day for the next month as talented makers from all over the world share their projects made from my fabric line, winged. check out the full schedule below to see who will be posting each day.

want to join the fun? share you own projects on twitter and instagram using hashtags #wingedfabric and #wingedblogtour. we can’t wait to see what you make!

  winged fabric blog tour (3)

winged fabric blog tour (2)

>> blog posts will be linked daily as the are posted <<

Monday November 3rd – Erin Stewart | Poppy Quinn
Tuesday November 4th – Whitney Surane | Madly Wish
Wednesday November 5th – Erica Jackman | Kitchen Table Quilting
Thursday November 6th – Bonnie Christine (that’s me!) | Going Home to Roost
Friday November 7th – Michelle Wooderson
Monday November 10th - Lee Monroe | May Chappell 
Tuesday November 11th – Jennifer Harrison | Hopeful Homemaker
Wednesday November 12th – Jessica Stewart | Snicker Doodle Stew
Thursday November 13th - Teresa Behr | Dandelion Drift
Friday November 14th - Jennie & Clara | Clover & Violet
Monday November 17th – Tara Larson | Rad&Happy
Tuesday November 18th – Rossie Hutchinson
Wednesday November 19th – Amber Carrillo | One Shabby Chick
Thursday November 20th - Katie Convertino
Friday November 21st – Caroline Hulse | Sew Caroline
Monday November 24th – Holly Hughes Reid | Holly Gets Quilty
Tuesday November 25th - Karen Davis | Celebrate Life with Us
Monday December 1st – Jo Avery | My Bear Paw
Tuesday December 2nd – Corey Yoder | Little Miss Shabby
Wednesday December 3rd – Taylor Urban | It’s Taylor Made
Thursday December 4th – Kelley MacDonald | The City and Us
Friday December 5th – Brooke Crook | Oliver’s Fancy
Monday December 8th – Rachael McKeeman | The Floral Suitcase
Tuesday December 9th  – Brandi Blowers | BNB Designs
Wednesday December 10th – Edith Minne | Renaissance Ribbons
Thursday December 11th – April San Pedro | I am Artisan
Friday December 12th – Heather Andrus & Megan Jimenez | Quilt Story
Monday December 15th – Sarah Wilson | Crinkle Love
Tuesday December 16th – Jera Brandvig | Quilting in the Rain
Wednesday December 17th –  Gwen | Tillalili, LLC
Thursday December 18th – Maria Hennlein | Villastoff

Friday December 19th – Final Recap

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october roost tribe recap

October 31, 2014

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hi everyone! i’m here to share this month’s recap of the roost tribe, which gives you a sneak peek of what roost tribe members received during the month of october. if you’re interested in receiving, it’s not too late to get it all! i’ll be sending out a recap on tuesday, november 4th to the roost tribe with all of the content in it from october so no one will have missed anything, regardless of when you might have joined during this month.

that means, that if you join before tuesday, november 4th you’ll still get all of october’s content + november’s content as well- that’s two months for the price of one!

whew. got it? :)

adobe illustrator tutorial on how to use the type on a path tool.

geo basics pattern collection. you can print patterns, frame them, make cards from them, use them on your blog, social media sites, use them as wrapping paper, etc! 

delicious recipe for vegan pumpkin kale pizza.

a fall to-do list printable.

simple living article on how to roast a pumpkin and use their seeds.

a set of forested clip art illustrations.

an inspirational set of desktop + smartphone backgrounds.

Q&A article about tradeshows.

 

a list of favorite & useful links and resources from around the web.

plus more! being a member is tons of fun and we would love to have you join the family!  want to learn more? head on over to read this post or check out the FAQs.

want to learn more? head on over to read this post or check out the FAQs.

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quilt market recap!

October 30, 2014

bonnie christine | fall quilt market 2014 (5)

hello, friends! we’ve just returned from quilt market and we had such a wonderful time. i’m so happy to be a part of this amazing community- i think quilters and sewers just have the sweetest spirits! being a part of art gallery fabric‘s family is so special, too. everyone is incredibly supportive, creative and energetic. AGF also won the 2nd place award for multiple booth design during the show. it is one happy place to be!

since i was debuting two new collections (cultivate and hello, bear), i was able to have two booths! we spent the entire day on thursday setting up, attended the ever-so-crazy sample spree thursday night, and then welcomed thousands of sewists to the show friday, saturday and sunday. i was able to meet so many wonderful people (hugs to you if you’re one of them!) and came away with some exciting opportunities in the works, as well.

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above is my booth for cultivate- a new flower garden inspired fabric line that will ship in april, 2015 (just in time to start gardening!).

for this booth, we had a moss manikin, sunhat, dreamy quilt, kneeling board, fabric covered keds shoes and more. all of these projects will be popping up on going home to roost over the next several months, i’m sure!

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hello, bear is my special edition children’s line inspired by my son, bear, of course! it will begin shipping in january, and i can’t wait to start making more projects with it. it’s not only for children, as i have several home decor and women’s clothing projects i want to make with it as well!

for this booth, we made a bean bag, cloud pillow, feather headdress, triangle quilt, a few stuffed animals and more. it was so much fun seeing it all come to life!

bonnie christine | fall quilt market 2014 (7)

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lastly, i had a Q&A session with the roost tribe this week regarding tradeshows. here are just a few of the questions we discussed (you can join the roost tribe to receive the full session!).

What is your check list of things to bring when you exhibit?

oh my, so many things! but, on the top of my list:

– all samples
– promo materials: biz cards, postcards, flyers
– booth supplies: staple gun, glue gun, double sided table, hooks, small nails, vinyl decals and paint (depending on the project)
– comfy shoes and clothes to set up and break down in!
– notebook for taking notes and orders
– paypal or square iphone attachment to swipe for payments

In your opinion or from your personal experience what makes a successful booth/exhibit at a trade show?

it’s always important to be present in your booth. you could miss a great opportunity if you’re not there! clearly showing your work and having something for a potential buyer to take with them is also a great way to be memorable.

How do you decide how to decorate your booth? Do you have a sewing marathon leading up to Quilt Market to have samples to show?

ideas for the booth are always based around the inspiration for the collection (hello, bear = children’s woodland theme | cultivate = gardening). it’s so much fun! and, yes! we usually get fabric 2-3 weeks before market, so as soon as it arrives the sewing marathon begins!

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calypte collection

October 29, 2014

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calytpe collection

calypte collection is a fusion of modern edgy and earthy bohemian. carol is a wildlife biologist where she’s happily immersed in the beautiful colors of nature, from the gorgeous hues of blooming flowers to the iridescent colors of hummingbird feathers. you’ll find these inspirations woven throughout her jewelry where the colors of nature and modern lines collide.

calypte collection elsewhere: blog | shop | twitter | facebook

interested in advertising on ghtr? find out more about the holiday showcase and other sponsor opportunities by checking out the press package.

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