surface design blog tour recap

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design surface patterns from scratch blog tour the design surface patterns from scratch blog tour (whew!) ended a few weeks ago, and i wanted to give a special shout out to everyone who participated. each of you are so talented and i ended up learning A TON from your tips, tricks and tutorials! i loved getting a glimpse into how everyone worked and shared their stories and collections. it was all very inspiring!

below, i’m highlighting a few of the posts i think you might enjoy reading and learning from. you can also see the entire line up from the tour with everyone’s posts here. have fun!

design surface patterns from scratch! (11)

learn how to turn watercolor artwork into repeating patterns with sofia’s post. it’s so beautiful!

design surface patterns from scratch! (3)

take a look into emily’s process from inspiration and sketch to color and pattern!

design surface patterns from scratch! (4)

grab this free art download from the cloth parcel, and see their beautiful collection called facets!

design surface patterns from scratch!

learn (my new favorite) trick for using the rotate tool from designnest. no more math!

design surface patterns from scratch! (5)

learn how to make a repeating pattern in photoshop with this tutorial.

design surface patterns from scratch! (10)

giggle your way through this post on the perks of being a surface pattern designer!

design surface patterns from scratch! (9)

learn how to bind a book (perfect for a portfolio!) with heidi ahmed’s tutorial.

design surface patterns from scratch! (8)

learn how to make patterned washi tape in adobe illustrator with andi’s video tutorial from beets and okra!

design surface patterns from scratch! (7)

have fun naming your collections with honizukle’s post!

design surface patterns from scratch! (6)

learn the popular afghan, blanket and comforter sizes with this darling infographic from carolyn clark.


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happy monday, friends! i always bookmark links and resources that i find interesting / helpful / fun and thought it was time i share some of them with you. below is a list of the things i’ve been loving lately. i hope you’ll grab a cup of jo and enjoying hopping down this rabbit hole with me!

i would love to make this DIY baby swing for bear and hang it from the beams in our living room. how fun!
something about this copper trowel just makes me want to dig in the dirt.
a beautifully illustrated article on the 10 things a blog should definitely have.
a generous and informative guide to art supplies.
i love making overlays for my photos with the studio app.
have you heard of task rabbit? now, all the things are possible!
the perfect DIY terrarium gift.
learn how to propogate succulents- it’s easy!
drawnimal (for kids!) is such a simple and fun app.
5 lovely uses for a latte bowl.
beautiful wedding font ideas, i especially love mina.
the snap seedapp allows for very detailed adjustments when editing photos.
loved this article on the dos and don’ts of bringing home baby 2.0+ (nope, i’m not hinting!)
recently, i’ve been listening to the most bless’ed man.
battery powered and beautiful are these stargazer lights.
turn your ideas into books with blurb.
use squarespace to build websites of all kinds!
more pretty fall fonts.
why not have a beautiful moth smoke alarm?
learn 6 different ways to finish a hem.
learn three tips for faster blogging- i needed this!
obsessing over this house. and that screen door!
plan out all your long trips using roadtrippers.
texture goodness with this retro supply photoshop kit.
learn how to make custom vector textures with this tutorial.
free printables to give to those who make the world go round.
if you have one, follow these tips on keeping your fiddle leaf fig tree healthy.
more lovely free fonts round up one and two.

now, it’s your turn! what favorite websites, products or apps have you been loving lately?

winged blog tour – the roll ‘n go

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today is my day to join in the winged blog tour! i’m sharing one of my favorite projects with you, the roll ‘n go. it’s a catch-all strap that can be used to tote a blanket, yoga mat, small stack of wood or anything else that can be rolled!

it only takes 1/4 yard of fabric and goes together in just about an hour, so it’s a great beginner project to undertake. the pattern uses a technique that i’ve never seen done before. in short, it makes finishing all the edges of the straps a cinch! no turning tubes or folding over bulky edges. it’s a technique that you’ll be able to use anytime you need to finish the edges of a strap (think leashes, collars, camera straps and more!).

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it’s truly a lovely (and quick!) way to carry your yoga mat as well. throw it over your shoulder, head off to class in style and forget having a large bag to deal with. BONUS – it can even be used as a strap during class to help you stretch! the loops at the end are perfect ‘handles’ for your feet and hands.

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be sure to check out erica’s single herringbone pillow tutorial from yesterday, and visit michelle wooderson’s blog tomorrow for her project. you can follow the entire tour by watching for the daily links HERE.

4 creative questions

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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.

wrkdesigns holiday showcase

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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.

november’s gift guide

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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 (!!)

november’s desktop + smart phone calendars

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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.

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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 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!

winged blog tour

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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!

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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