we’re back! the movers and maker summit 2015

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ok, we’ve been back for a couple of weeks now, but it’s taken me a while to soak in and process all the creative goodness from the weekend. it was sensational!

>> not sure what the movers and makers summit is? read this. :)

working from home means that it’s not often i get to connect with like-minded creative entrepreneurs in person (or any person, for that matter!). the weekend started off by meeting my online friends and co-presenters at the retreat: lisa jacobs, april bowles, kerri burki and paige maitland. most of us had never met in person before, though we had hung out on google several times in preparation for the event. let’s just say that sitting down over coffee and sharing a home together for the weekend was much more enriching then our hangouts and occasional twitter conversations.

our conversations were enlightened, rich and incredibly inspirational. one night, we stayed up until midnight brainstorming creative ideas while listening to paige’s husband, john french, play in the background. it was so magical, and i’ll never forget it. once the women arrived, it got even better – it was amazing to have so many creative minds under one roof at the same time!

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i was blow away at the creative drive and passion our attendees had. they were all incredibly smart, motivated and kind. we had a knitters and painters, sewists and yoga instructors. we all had different business goals, but were able to share with each other what worked for us all. i have pages and pages of notes from the weekend that i know i’ll be diving in and referring back to for months to come.

i feel incredibly honored to have been included in this special weekend. it’s something that i’ll never forget and i can’t wait to create more experiences like this in the future (hint, hint).

for more on the weekend, i highly recommend you read christina scalera’s review. she’s such a talented writer and i enjoyed meeting her and reading this post so much! i read it to my husband and he said ‘she has to write a book. she could write about a wall and make it engaging!’.

all photos by the sweet and talented paige french.


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New Ribbon Blog Tour!

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today i’m kicking off a ribbon blog tour in celebration of my line of woven jacquard ribbons with renaissance ribbons! join us each weekday for the next 3 weeks as talented makers from all over the world share their projects, patterns and tutorials with us day by day.

kicking off the blog tour today is none other than edith minne from renaissance ribbons herself! hop on over to their blog to see a beautiful wool applique pillow stitched with pieces from winged.

check out the full schedule below to see who will be posting each day.

psst. want to join the fun? share you own projects on twitter and instagram using hashtags #ribbontour

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

Monday, March 16th – Edith Minne | Renaissance Ribbons
Tuesday, March 17th – Audrey | Skirt Fixation
Wednesday, March 18th – Ashley Jepperson | Mommy by Day Crafter by Night
Thursday, March 19th – Sarah Fredette | Smiles too Loudly
Friday, March 20th – Bethany Humberg | Bee Always Blooming Artwork
Monday, March 23rd – Sara Curtis | Radiant Home Studio
Tuesday, March 24th – Amy Watkins | Cozy Reverie
Wednesday, March 25th – Whitney Deal | Darling Dexter
Thursday, March 26th – Alexis Wright | My Sweet Sunshine Studio
Friday, March 27th – Marni Weaver | HaberdasheryFun
Monday, March 30th – Kate McCown | Sunflower Paperie
Tuesday, March 31st – Bonnie Christine (that’s me!) | Going Home to Roost
Wednesday, April 1st – Maxie Ramey | Maxie Makes
Thursday, April 2nd – Jayme Christensen | Finding Sweetland
Friday, April 3rd – Shannon Orr | Eb Makery
Monday, April 6th – Caitlin Topham | Salty Oat
Tuesday, April 7th- Kitty Wilkin | Night Quilter
Wednesday, April 8th – Corri Sheff | The Lions Dandy

That’s all Folks!

which will i be sewing with for baby 2.0?!

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which will i be sewing with?

in case you missed my announcement a few weeks back over on instagramwe’re going to have another baby!!! i should have told you sooner. sometimes i feel like everyone is on instagram, but i know that’s not the case. it dawned on me yesterday that i hadn’t shared this special news with you here, so here i am! and it’s just in time – because TODAY we find out if we’re having a boy or a girl. i’m completely indifferent either way and keep daydreaming about how either one would fit perfectly in our lives. i’m just anxious to start getting to know this little person more and more!

SEW, which fabric do you think i’ll be sewing with? i’ll update this post with the news once we find out (most likely late tonight or in the morning). who else is expecting? i love finding mommies in a similiar stage of mommy-hood (i’m due in september). i’m looking forward to sharing this journey with you! love, bonnie

*UPDATE* it’s a girl!!! we’re are beyond excited and overwhelmed with joy and love. thank you everyone for all your well wishes and sweet words!

march gift guide

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march gift guide

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 march:

>> march is youth art month
>> march 18th is sun earth day
>> march 20th is spring equionox
>> march 20th is world sparrow day
>> march’s birthstones are aquamarine and bloodstone
>> march’s birth flower is the daffodil

large scale coney island print giveaway by minagraphy

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enter to win a coney island beach print by minagraphy (2)

when mina reached out to me about doing a giveaway, i immediately said yes! i’m absolutely in love with her weathered beach and carnival photographs. mina is orginally from romania, but since her move to NYC, she has fallen irreversibly in love with coney island, which has been the subject of her work for the past 3 years. so today, we’re happy to offer you her most popular print: a large scale (40″ x 40″) archival beach print of coney islandvalued at $300!

about the coney island project:

“Coney Island and Other Magical Places” Photography is a series of vivid, colorful and lighthearted pieces. Saturated hues, scratches, textures, and blurred motion combine to add a certain charm and nostalgia to each print. The Boardwalk, carnival rides, and beachy scenes comprise this grouping of lively images that are sure to add color and joy to any room they occupy.

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mina has also been generous enough to offer a coupon code for 20% off her large scale beach prints. just use code GOINGHOME during checkout. thanks, mina!!


enter to win: a large scale archival coney island beach print by mina teslaru. all works printed on high quality archival paper with archival inks. the colors don’t fade and the paper does not yellow.

deadline: giveaway will end friday, march 13th at 12am, est. the winner will be drawn using a random number generator and announced on this post shortly after.

to enter: comment on this post sharing with us your favorite print from mina’s etsy shop.

additional ways to enter:

>> like going home to roost and minapraphy on facebook

>> share giveaway on instagram and include the handle @goinghometoroost and @minagraphy

>> pin any givaway image on pinterest and include #goinghometoroost and #minagraphy 

be sure to leave a new comment for each additional entry so it counts (limit of 4 comments per person)!

good luck! xox, bonnie  


ready to find your freedom + love your life?

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ready to find your freedom + love your life?

katie den ouden is one of those women who exudes contagious joy. no matter what’s she’s doing, i find myself just longing to be a part of it. she instantly makes me feel cheerful, light and happy. that’s why i’m so happy to share with you her skinny dip society immersion.

think back to a time where you felt fully in the moment, giddy with excitement and adventure, not a care in the world about your body or food, but rather killer confidence and contagious joy. connected. you weren’t held back. you weren’t stuck. you weren’t confused. you weren’t weighed down. you were happy. wild. brave. free. ALIVE.

if that moment isn’t right NOW, or maybe even impossible to recall, let katie den ouden coach you there. with the skinny dip society immersion, katie takes you through gaining freedom, confidence, and contagious joy in her 10 week immersion. rediscover adventure and play, cultivate abundance and awaken your intuition.

ready to jump in? learn more and enroll here.

dates to remember:

MAR 4 >>> enrollment opens
MAR 6 >>> early bird enrollment closes @ 11pm est
MAR 11 >>> enrollment closes
MAR 21 >>> class begins

march’s desktop + smartphone calendars

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hello, march! march is one of my favorite months of the entire year. know why? because it contains the first day of spring! yippee! i started this month off with a bang by spending the weekend presenting at the movers and maker summit. it was sensational! i’ll also be debuting a follow up to my first skillshare course (more on that soon), as well as announce the winner of the big design challenge (there’s still plenty of time to enter!). all in all, it’s safe to say i’m excited about this month. what will march bring for you?

to download march’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.

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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!

february’s roost tribe recap

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monthly-recap hi everyone! 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 during the month of february. if you’re interested in receiving it, it’s not too late! i’ll be sending out a recap on tuesday, march 3rd,  to members with all of the content in it from february 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, march 3rd, you’ll still get all of february’s content + march’s content as well- that’s two months for the price of one!

whew. got it? :)

a sweet printable gift card.

be yourself. everyone else is taken. – oscar wilde

inspirational desktop + iphone backgrounds.

a yummy recipe for vegan lemon bars!

tangle 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! 

eventual clip art collection.



after coming through a huge learning curve with video sharing for my latest skillshare class, i’m happy to say that we finally figured it out. in this video, i’m sharing with you everything i learned in how to *best* save videos for sharing on the web. i hope it helps you next time you go to share a video! xox, bonnie

plus more! being a member is tons of fun and we would love to have you join the family!

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