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creativelive reflections

August 28, 2014

creativelive reflections

for the past week, i’ve just been letting the whole creativelive experience sink in for a bit. without doubt, it has been the most phenomenal event in my professional career to date. so much so, that i’m not sure where to start. so i’ll just start from the beginning.

about 8 months ago, i got an email from creativelive asking me if i would be interested in teaching for them, and if so, what might be a good time to chat about it. to my total embarrassment, i had no idea who they were (what?!). after some quick research, i knew this was an opportunity of a lifetime. we made a time to chat and as soon as i heard elizabeth’s voice on the other end of the phone i felt at ease. and excited. we discussed course topics and potential dates. i knew i wanted to set the date pretty far in advance so I would have plenty of time to prepare and so that bear would be a little older, since we had to travel to san francisco. we decided on august, 2014.

the time flew by. first we nailed down a topic, then i signed a contract (whoa, official!). one of the first things i did was briefly write a schedule for the entire 3 day course in 15 minute increments. several months were taken to discuss content, marketing ideas, info for the course page and research for the topics i wanted to talk about. with about 8 weeks to go, i was introduced to bryan, my content producer. he’s the person who really pulled all this together- and he’s amazing! we had weekly phone meetings to discuss content, bit by bit. he helped me turn my content into something a little more engaging. he reassured me when i was nervous and taught me so much about how to present my material. most importantly, he continually reminded me that i was going to help people follow their dreams, which always seemed to help calm my nerves.

fast forward to 4 weeks before the show began and i was working more than i ever have. i stayed up until 1 or 2am at night and woke back up at 6am to hit it again. it was invigorating. i was so excited to teach this course sleep didn’t matter. this is when i developed three slideshow presentations i used during the course, worked on my sketches for the pattern collection i would be designing, organized a journal to use on camera and went over every last detail of what i would cover during the course.

i felt like i needed every moment of those 8 months. maybe even more!

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Your course was amazing and honestly I think you’re one of the best instructors I’ve ever seen (and I’ve watched a ton of Creative Live and Lynda.com courses).  You are organized, methodical and have a quiet confidence that is really endearing. I was amazed how well you handled questions, no matter how strange or convoluted they were. I know your passion is designing but you may want to rethink your overall place in the world – as a teacher you could help and inspire so many others. You’re my new hero. – Jamey Ekins

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now we can fast forward to actually arriving in san francisco. my mom, sister and bear started out for the trip a few days early so we could visit our old home town, santa ynez, for a few days. we started the travel day by missing our first flight and waiting around for 7 hours on 3 hours of sleep. so, we grabbed breakfast and went to ikea. the rest of the day could only get better, right?! despite our late start, bear was an angel baby on the plane and we arrived in santa barbara with no problem. i was incredibly nervous but pretty prepared at this point, so i took a few days to catch up with dear friends, eat at some old favorite restaurants and do a little shopping. on tuesday, we woke up and hit the road by 7am to drive to san francisco for the pre-show meeting. i studied the entire trip.

we arrived with 20 minutes to spare so i quickly ran to the san francisco flower mart. oh my goodness, what a dream place! i grabbed a few flowers i needed for day two of the course and then headed on over to creativelive. the picture above is the first thing you see when you walk in the door. i finally got to meet elizabeth and bryan in person and got a tour of their amazing offices- complete with a state of the art kitchen, green room and rooftop patio. it is incredible!

i quickly got whisked into the pre-production meeting where i met everyone who would be working on the show (all pictured above!). we discussed the show and some technical logistics, then i met with bryan and chris (my course moderator) to go over the materials again in detail. finally, they set up the room and computer for me and let me have as long as i wanted to get acquainted with the set up. let’s just say, it took a while.

lucky for me, whole foods was right across the street so i grabbed dinner for 3 and headed to our hotel to meet up with my mom, sister and bear. i could hardly sleep that night i was so nervous. wednesday morning i woke up bright and early, got dressed in an outfit i thought i loved (upon reflection, never again!) and headed out the door. i arrived 90 minutes early which gave us plenty of time to eat breakfast, meet the students and get my hair and makeup done by the makeup artist (a makeup artist!!). it was so fun!

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I loved the course that you taught at CreativeLive. It is the first course that I have previewed on CL that I just HAD to purchase. I learned so much. You have taken me from hating Adobe Illustrator to incredible excitement to get my own collections going! (And I am not new to technology). - Kate

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10 minutes before the show, chris began a ‘pre-show’ segment to talk to the audience and introduce the students. i had to stand quietly in the corner and wait for the segment to end before i went on – talk about nervous! finally, chris called my name and after putting one step in front of the other i was on camera.

i’m pretty sure my voice shook for the first 15 minutes. the most nerve racking part to me was hoping that each of my segments would indeed take up the allotted 90 minutes. since i had never taught this material before, i really was only hoping that my timing was correct. plus, i tend to forget things and talk faster when i’m nervous- ah! sure enough, i ended about 15 minutes early on the first segment, so we went to break early. i was pretty upset, but bryan instantly convinced me that everything was ok and that we would make it up later in the day. sure enough, he was right. i ran over on a few other segments, but overall, the timing turned out really well for the entire course.

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As you were speaking i just felt courage surging through my spirit like something deep within myself had been asleep/ silenced for a long time and finally it was getting the strength and courage to rouse itself and wake up. Something in my heart opened and suddenly my cheeks were wet with tears when you shared those words “There’s room for you”. Who would have thought four little words could be so powerful! Thank you for having the courage and generosity of spirit to share those words with us. You could have kept them to yourself, nestled and protected deep in your heart treasuring them just for yourself but you chose to be generous, it was truly stunning. I just wanted to encourage you, and thank you for having such a generous spirit and for all the wonderful things you shared on Creativelive. -Anna Pearce

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everyone there treated me like a queen the entire duration of my stay. our hotel was glorious, vegan meals were catered in for breakfast and lunch and if there was anything i ever needed it was there for me. it was amazing!

every single person at creativelive is an absolute master in their skill. you can tell that they love what they do and they are experts at doing it! their energy was contagious and just made the course that much better.

most notable of all, was how excited the crew was for the show. as soon as we went on break at the end of every segment, bryan would nearly knock down the door to run in and give me a high five, discuss the segment and help me prepare for the next one. i really can’t even explain how much positive energy was buzzing around this place, but it was intoxicating and so exciting!

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Bonnie, thank you so much for sharing your self, your experiences and knowledge with us. I’ve been using Illustrator for about 2 years now but you showed me a faster, easier way of doing so many things (<3 the shortcuts you use)! It was so nice to see your sketches and made me feel more comfortable and accepting of my own sketches. Too many great takeaways! Yours was the first CL class that I’ve purchased!!! – Chris Henry

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as you can probably tell, i’m still on a high from the entire experience. i was sad to leave and i hope that my path will lead me back there one day.

finally, i am simply speechless from the feedback i’ve received since teaching this course. you all are so kind and i am so thankful for the opportunity to meet with each of you. thank you for all of your tweets, instagram messages, emails and reviews. many of them have brought tears to my eyes and your support and encouragement means the world to me!

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in case you missed the course and want to join in, don’t worry! design surface patterns from scratch is now available for purchase for $79 in the creativelive catalog (where it will live from now on). there’s also still plenty of time to enter the design challenge (it ends 9/15/14). i can’t wait to see your designs!

finally, if you’d like to join the CL Design Surface Patterns from Scratch facebook group we would love to have you. i’ll meet you there!

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point and shoot 8.21.14

August 21, 2014

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it’s been a while since our last point and shoot, so i’ve got some catching up to do with you! don’t forget to share your photos, too!

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in love with these colors.

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teaching at creativelive!

teaching at creativelive!

teaching design surface patterns from scratch at creativelive last week!  

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my desk.

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bear baby’s first flight.  (he did great!)

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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today i get to share with you one of my all time favorite quilts. it’s called alation which means ‘the state of being winged’, which goes perfectly with my new fabric collection, winged for art gallery fabrics!

click here to download the free quilt pattern!

note: we’re working on kitting this quilt with pre-cut squares. stay tuned!

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i had SO MUCH FUN designing this quilt. i wanted something feminine, unique and whimsical and i’m so happy with the outcome! my mom, maxie makes, and i collaborate on all of our patterns- i design and illustrate, and she sews. so, this is her beautiful work!

to construct the quilt, we used fusible grid interfacing (we recommend using bosal’s 2.5″ fusible interfacing) which makes this go together quickly and easily! just place your squares on the grid and iron them in place. then, all you have to do is zip up and down to secure your seams. we didn’t use a single pin. easy peasy!

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quick note: i stumbled across this giant pom pom trim at a local thrift store a few months ago (don’t hate me!). it was pretty much the best day ever.

alation - free quilt pattern!

you can choose to make the quilt in either the northern migration colorway or the southern migration colorway (instructions included for both). i had a hard time deciding, but we chose to make it in the northern migration. i think this colorway is so soft and dreamy!

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you can find winged by checking your local quilt or fabric shop, at a stitch in time or by checking these online stores.

finally, share your winged projects using the official hashtag #wingedfabric

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my new society6 shop!

August 7, 2014

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i’ve been wanting to open a society6 shop for about as long as i can remember. a few weeks ago i was determined to carve out some society6 time and am happy to say that i have finally opened a shop! inside you’ll find all sorts of patterned goodies. iphone covers, laptop skins, duvet covers (!!), rugs, art prints, mugs, shower curtains and MORE. (watch out david, all the patterns are coming!)

psst.. society6 is offering $10 off + free shipping worldwide on duvet covers now through august 10th! (be sure to click on this link to activate the promotion)

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winged is now available!

July 31, 2014

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today is a happy day. my new fabric collection winged for art gallery fabrics is arriving today in stores everywhere! for this post, i want to share with you more about the collection and my inspirations behind it. tomorrow i’ll be sharing with you the newly released lookbook and several projects made with the collection. fun FUN fun fun fun!

forever and ever i have always noticed the very first butterfly each spring. it has been one of the sweetest sightings for me each year. it means a new season is upon us, warmer weather is on it’s way and fresh blooms will be emerging from the ground. it also evokes this feeling within me of inspiration- like all things are possible. the butterfly’s journey from caterpillar to butterfly is one that i’ll never stop marveling at.

this feeling of spreading one’s great wings and soaring is one that connects with me deeply. a long time ago i decided that i would pursue my dreams no matter what. i would make great sacrifices, journey into the unknown put my heart and soul on the line to live my creative dream.

that is what winged is about. spreading your wings and flying into the unknown.

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wingspan melon | flyaway petalums vert

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mimicry beryl | bird’s peck jade

design note: mimicry was created via a happy accident. by enlarging up all the bits and pieces that make up the butterfly’s wings, mimicry was born. it turned out to be one of my favorite prints!

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aves chatter shine | plumage apricot

design note: while i was sitting at my desk one day a flock of birds landed in a nearby tree. i grabbed my camera, ran outside and started taking pictures up in the sky. i’m sure i looked like a barefoot lunatic! this is how aves chatter was created. each bird represents an actual bird i saw behind my camera.

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nesting blooms cool | frilly flutters creme

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metamorphosis quartz | feathered flight acorn

design notes: metamorphosis is my take on the beautiful butterfly cocoon. hanging from a branch these layers will soon fade away and a butterfly’s wings will unwrap and start to fly!

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wingspan fig | flyaway petalums sky

design note: i was nervous to include this dark plum color on wingspan. however, i have deeply fallen in love with the figgy color! that’s just to say that taking risks sometimes pays off.

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mimicry hazel | bird’s peck dahlia

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nesting blooms warm | frilly flutters mist

design note: these nesting blooms were inspired by a real flower i photographed while living in california. i love how the nest together- as though they were drifting down a lazy river.

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metamorphosis coral | feathered flight sunken

you can find winged by checking your local quilt or fabric shop, or by checking these online stores.

you can also head on over to art gallery fabric’s blog to enter to win a full fat quarter stack of this entire collection!

finally, share your winged projects using the official hashtag #wingedfabric

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10 tips for becoming a surface pattern designer by bonnie christine

i’m passionate about being surface pattern designer and sharing my story. i’m completely self taught and want to you to know that if being a surface pattern designer is a dream of yours, you can do it, too. today i’m sharing with you my top 10 tips for how to become a surface pattern designer. they are things that helped me a long the way and i believe in them wholeheartedly. if this gets you excited, be sure to RSVP for my 3 day course here – it’s FREE to watch live!

note: this is the second installment for the countdown to my creativeLIVE course (you can see the first bit here). it starts in just 17 days!! (ee!)

1) learn adobe illustrator. i know, that’s a big one! but you can do it. it’s big and scary but it’s just a computer program, right?! there are so many classes and resources around the web, and i’ll be teaching you everything you need to know about it during my course, surface pattern designs from scratch. don’t let the learning curve stop you from following your dreams!

2) make as many patterns as you can. once you start designing, use this precious early time to make as many patterns as you can. like, hundreds! these patterns are what will put your career in motion and many of them will end up being your all time favorites. cherish this ‘pre-pro’ time and use it wisely.

3) never throw anything away. don’t delete files, don’t toss sketches in the trash. someday they might just be exactly what you need!

4) build a community around your design. blog, tweet, facebook, instagram, pinterest. reach out to other SPD-ers.

5) be authentic. it’s easy to be incredibly inspired by looking around the web, but remember to never be ‘too’ inspired by someone else’s work. find your own personal style and stick with it. we can’t wait to see what you come up with!

6) do one thing every single day. this is my all time favorite motivational tip! whatever your dream may be- start doing one thing, however great or small every single day to move in the direction of your big dream.

7) have an amazing portfolio. pour your heart, your love and all your passion into this book.

8) tell a story. when designing patterns, think in terms of themes and story lines. run the theme throughout each pattern, the title of the collection, the names of each pattern and even the color names you choose.

9) have 10 seconds of courage. that’s all it takes to pick up the phone and call a company, introduce yourself to an art director or put yourself ‘out there’.

10) know that you can. you can do this. you really really can! all you have to do is decide to do it, no matter what it takes. it will take sacrifice, dedication and hard work but you CAN do it.

if you’re ready to do this thang you should go ahead and RSVP for my course here IT’S FREE to watch live, or you can purchase the course for lifetime, on-demand access!

course details:

what: design surface patterns from scratch
when: august 13th, 14th & 15th from 9am – 4pm each day
cost: the course is FREE if you watch it live, and available for purchase for on lifetime on-demand access anytime for $59. click here for details.
RSVP here!

p.s. we’re looking for a few people to be a part of the live in-studio audience in san francisco. if you’re interested, click here to apply!

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point and shoot 7.24.14

July 24, 2014

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i’ve been so busy this week i’ve barely taken any photos! do you ever have days or weeks like that? the picture below pretty much sums up why!

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a snapshot of my creative events and goals over the next several months. i’m so excited about all these things!

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best thrift store find everrrr.

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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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point and shoot 7.17.14

July 17, 2014

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a few pictures from our life lately. :)

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a few more snapshots of my latest garden DIY.

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a much needed bar stool update!

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sweet 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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