tag: california

going home to roost

November 13, 2012

Posted by in bonnie forkner

we're moving!

the house is empty and the pod is packed,

all tied down and neatly stacked.

hugs and kisses to friends from the years,

we hold on tight and fight back the tears.

a 3 day drive until we arrive,

to the land in which we thrive.

returning to the mountains and streams,

the people and places that fill our dreams.

california we will dearly miss,

we’ll remember often and reminisce.

anxious for what is to be introduced,

we’re finally going home to roost.

- by bonnie and david (in the car).

yes, today we’re starting our 3 day drive to north carolina! and just in case you’re like ‘say, what?!’, you can catch up on our move and my thoughts on it here and here. :) we’ll be hitting up albuquerque, oklahoma city and saint louis along the way before we finally arrive at my parents house late on thursday night. my sister will be waiting as she’s already made plans to whisk us away (or rather scrape us up from off the ground) to attend the opening of twilight. haha. friday we’ll be swinging by our storage unit and grabbing some things we need before we drive to brevard and check out our new home. i can hardly wait! we’ll have about a week to start settling in before our pod arrives and the craziness of unpacking ensues.

follow our trip on instagram! i’ll be instagramming (and tweeting) as much as possible, and would love for you to join us on our journey! you can find me by searching for @goinghometoroost or follow along on my web profile. see you soon!

p.s. i’ve got posts scheduled here for you all week, so you shouldn’t notice much of a change. xo

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thoughts through letters

November 8, 2012

Posted by in bonnie forkner

as i shared earlier this week, david and i will be packing up and moving cross country next week (eee!). i have a lot of feelings wrapped up in the move and about these two states, of which i’ll to try to express today with letters to each.

dear california,

oh how i have loved living here among your rolling hills and brilliant blooms. i will miss dearly your perfect weather, sunshine and lack of humidity. i will never forget running through your vineyards and letting your sunrises and sunsets take my breath away. it has been wonderful to let the outdoors in year round with no need for heat or air conditioning. our little vine covered cottage has been more than a home, it’s been a source of peace, inspiration and renewal. the ability to cut your fresh roses all year has been addictive, and i’m not sure what i’ll do without it. you’ve introduced me to neighbors and friends that will live in my heart forever.

your farm stands, markets and gardens have sustained us. i have never experienced a more vibrant land full of nutrition and wholesomeness. we will never forget the names of our favorite farmers and bee keepers who live here. january just won’t be the same without your juicy tangerines. the growth that we have experienced here has been monumental and life changing.

on the contrary, i won’t miss your increased living expenses, taxes and strict beach regulations. i will be gladly give up my fear of  earthquakes, great whites and tarantulas in our home. i will happily leave your dry land and sprinkler systems behind and will be overjoyed to dramatically decrease the distance between us and our families.

dear north carolina,

oh how i long to return to your mountains, green fields and beautiful trees. i can feel the mossy grass between my toes right now. i will welcome your seasons as i have missed attaching the cycles of my life to the cycles of your weather. i cannot wait to dig in your rich soil and sink my teeth into a juicy watermelon come summer. i have missed your streams, rivers and warm lakes. everything is always so green and full of life- it begs to be frolicked upon. i’m eager to return to your bluegrass music, amazing food and tilted barns. community thrives in your land and everyone feels like family.

i can’t wait to pull out my boots, sweaters and knitted goods as i will be glad to again be able to hibernate. i love nothing more than sipping tea by the fire as i watch your sky pour a blanket of white snow on the ground. you feel cozy and warm and snuggly in my mind. i am eager to return to this land where i was born, raised and fell in love. where our families and grandparents still reside. i will be so happy to never again miss a holiday, birthday or family reunion with my loved ones.

on the contrary, i am not so thrilled to be returning to your humidity, mosquitoes and general bugginess. it will be heart breaking to wake up and think about the people i love who i left in california. the ocean will now be a disspointing distance away from us, though i do look forward to returning to your shell filled sandy beaches again. though the mountains are my favorite source of beauty, i’m already dreading the essential curvy roads that make me sick.

in closing,

no state is perfect, but these two states have been perfect for us. i welcome the negatives because the pluses fill me with such joy. getting tossed to and fro the last few years has been a learning experience, a great adventure for us. but it has also left us feeling a little unsettled and we long to grow our roots. in closing, we’re finally going home to roost.

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mountains are calling by bonnie christine
i’ve been wanting to share this news for a while and the time has finally come. the mountains are calling us home and we’re moving back to north carolina!

we have absolutely loved living in california for the last year and a half and though it will be hard to leave, it will be equally exciting for us to move back home. in short, my husband had the opportunity to transfer to an office in brevard, nc- one of our favorite places on earth (and only 20 mins from asheville)! to top it off, it’s only about an hour from where all four of our parents and both of our sisters live. it’s perfect!

we’ve already found our new home and it fell into our laps similar to how the last one did. we feel incredibly blessed to have discovered a sweet mountain retreat backed up right to the pisgah national forest. it has large windows, a vaulted ceiling and plenty of room to spread our wings (you’ll start seeing bits and pieces of it soon, i’m sure!).

so we’re packing up this weekend and plan to begin our cross country journey a week from today. after 3 days of travel we’ll arrive at our new humble abode and be greeted with warm hugs from family and friends.

living in california has been a dream and something we will never forget. to be honest, it feels like we’ve been on vacation for the last 18 months! somehow though, it just never felt like home. mostly because our families aren’t here, but also because it’s just not familiar territory. i have a lot of feelings wrapped up in these two states, both of which i plan to share with you in the next few days.

until then, bonnie (photograph by me)

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a salute to my states

September 12, 2012

Posted by in handmade

i thought etsy’s feeling stately newsletter was adorable this morning (did you get it?), which inspired me to do a little roundup of my own states. over the last two years we’ve lived in three states, but there will never be a place like my home sweet home of north carolina.

states

north carolina: home sweet home north carolina | custom state embroidery | pointillism mountains

colorado: colorado love greeting card | i heart colorado | colorado love postcard

california: california grizzly bear | rubber stamp of your state | going to california

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i love you california

August 21, 2012

Posted by in bonnie forkner

i love california

today, i return home to california. after being away from over a month, i’m anxious to get back. not only to my home, my things and my normal routine but also to the sunshine, flowers and sweet aroma. time spent with family and friends over the last few weeks have filled me with joy and given me unforgettable memories, but i’ll be happy to unpack and root down for a bit. i’m feeling a bit jostled and tired but thankful for the opportunity to travel. since i’ve been in both colorado and north carolina, i know my internal clock (and all my electronics) will be excited to return to a single time zone. a full day of travel is ahead, but freshly farmed veggies, pink roses and my own soft bed awaits me. you can follow my travels over on instagram, i’ll meet you there!

photo: i love you, california (1913 cover illustration for sheet music) via besotted brand

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pictures of my home

April 16, 2012

Posted by in handmade, home decor

happy monday, lovelies! since we’ve moved to california, i’ve been eager to share our sweet little vine covered cottage with you. it’s actually an old converted barn, equipped with a hay loft and all (that’s where our guests sleep)!

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you might remember the wishlist i made when we started looking for a new place or even the before pictures i took a while back. i’m not only happy to report that it meets all of my wishlist items, but has turned in to the most relaxing and beautiful place we’ve ever lived.

kitchen

the story of how we found it is really a miracle. the housing market here in california is a bit grim (ok, a lot grim), and let’s just say way out of our price range! after a few demoralizing days of house hunting, i went home to husband david and cried on his shoulder.

natural light

we had a big prayer session and within about 5 minutes this place popped up on my craigslist iphone app. with unassuming photos and a vague description, we tried to not get our hopes up, but hurried over to look at it.

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let’s just say, it was perfect. i cried (again) as soon as i saw it. it sits directly on a neighboring vineyard with views of the rolling santa ynez mountains. it’s small (about 1000 square feet) but just right for the two of us, and toaster. needless to say, we snatched it up immediately, and have been so blessed by living here!

blogging station! :)

this is where i write to you every day, and i love the bright natural light that fills the space.

{resources: print | chair | mouse pad diy}

desk and designing nook

reading space

here is my small reading nook, cozied up right next to the place where i blog. never keeping inspiration too far away!

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my little sewing nook

organizing

{resources: magnet strip diy | free to fly print | drawer shelves diy}

my creative spaces

above is my sewing corner, a space in our bedroom that i took for myself!

{resources: chair before and after}

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what is the ladder for you ask? for our guests to get in to the hayloft, of course!

{resources: giza tote | look within print}
my new painting nook!

this is the latest addition to our decor, a little painting area. it sits just across the room from my work station.

{resources: driftwood wind chime tutorial}

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cookin' nook

at first sight, i thought this cooking nook was a bit quirky, but has ended up being a really great way to work while in the kitchen. everything is just where i need it!

nest

this is where we nest (yup, those are shipping crates!).

{resources: deer pillow | diy deer hanging}

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remember this diy patchwork art? this is where it hangs now!

{resources: diy patchwork art | dresser before and after}

outside dining

and maybe one of my favorite features is this wisteria covered arbor. we spend a lot of time here, either reading in the hammocks or entertaining in the evenings.

{resources: diy hammock}
outside dining

outside

welcome

welcome

a welcome shot, toaster says hello ruff!

{resources: sly fox knocker}

our vine covered converted barn :)

i hope you enjoyed this little tour of our humble abode!

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a california fall

October 7, 2011

Posted by in photography

california fall

after living in north carolina my whole life, my first california fall has been quite interesting. by this time each year i’m usually used to vibrant leaves, sweater mornings and pumpkins galore. when i ran across the images in au fil de, it instantly reminded me of our current season here in california. things are changing, yes (like it rained for this first time since may!) but we still have local strawberries at the farmer’s market and rose bushes bearing new buds. it’s quite nice, actually.

i’m sure deeper fall colors, feelings and weather changes are to come but currently, i feel as though we are in the midst of a transition. not quite summer, not quite fall. the beaches are beginning to turn chilly, flowers are just beginning to fade and butterflies and less and less frequent. i think i’ll remember our first california fall for the rest of my life.

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