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give a year of creative inspiration!

hello, lovelies! i want to share with you a special gift idea for the creative in your life. i created the roost tribe over two years ago as a special place where i could share what i’ve learned on my journey and pass along the secrets to my success. i set out to create something i could have only dreamed of being a part of when i was starting out as a blogger, surface pattern designer and professional creative.

today, our tribe has members from over 40 countries. members are encouraged to follow their dreams, share their talents, and find strength in community. together we’ve built a home for inspiration, creation, and fun!

when someone joins the roost tribe, they’ll be joining a community for creatives and taking a step towards opening the door to the future they’ve always dreamed of.

– Learn My Secrets –

study up with exclusive articles, Adobe Illustrator tutorials, and e-books i’ve assembled to help aspiring creatives get started.

– Designs That Inspire –

every month, members get a collection of my favorite printables, patterns, illustrations and clipart you can use in your designs to bring your inspiration to life.

– Articles and Expertise –

discover my tips for simple living, indulge in my favorite recipes (yum!), and learn from the best with guest articles from the roost tribe master series.

– Affordable. Personal. –

the roost tribe is for real people with real budgets. discover how a small investment can make a big difference!

gifted memberships will receive a digital packet with a personalized membership certificate, an 8×10 inspirational art print and a ‘how to get started’ kit.

after you complete your purchase through paypal, i will get in touch with you via your paypal e-mail address. included in this e-mail will be an easy form for you to fill out sharing with me your information, preferences and the recipient’s information. all of the recipient’s roost tribe material will start on january 2nd, 2015. i can’t wait to fill the new year with new inspirations!

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printable christmas gift list (4)

ho ho ho! one of my favorite things to do each december is to make a christmas gift list (you can find the last two year’s here and here). i find great joy in giving gifts, and making a list of all of them helps me keep organized and focused. it’s also a huge help in keeping all the gift-giving straight. plus, it’s fun to check off those tiny boxes!

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i begin each year by jotting down the ideas i have for everyone (in pencil). then, as i purchase (or make) each item, i put a check mark in the box labeled ‘bought’. then, i check them off one more time as i wrap them just to make sure everything arrives and gets put under the tree. i also usually jot down the price next to each item, so i can keep track of what i spend each year!

>> to download & print: click here (or on the image above) to download the pdf. print and have fun, santa!

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and because there’s nothing worse than having a loved one find your list, i’ve added an optional ‘side 2′ to the printable. just turn your list over and print page 2 on the back. then, when you fold your list, you’ll have a ‘no peeking’ label on both sides! no more spoiled gifts. no more excuses. :)

i hope this helps keeps your holidays organized! love, bonnie

p.s. if you find your name on this list, don’t worry. it isn’t actually what i’m getting you! wahaha.

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my new shop! camera straps

December 2, 2014

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you guys! if you’ve been following along on instagram, you know i’ve been a busy bee making a small batch of camera straps to sell over in my brand new shop, bonnie christine. i was blown away by your response to my opening yesterday. thank you so much for your support!

i’ve done a little restocking (and changed my shop url!) so in celebration, i’ve extended the sale and am offering 20% OFF + free shipping on any order placed before 9pm EST tonight (12/2)! just use the coupon code ‘HELLODECEMBER‘ during checkout. the first 50 orders will also receive a beautiful 8×10 art print (it’s hang-worthy, i promise!).

these straps package beautifully and would make a perfect gift for the creative in your life. they are such a simple way to dress up a camera, and an outfit!

about the camera straps:

>> each strap is handmade using extra soft cotton fabric from the collections i’ve designed for art gallery fabrics.

>> straps are made with durable + washable vegan ‘leather’, hand tea-dyed strapping and brass slides. 

>> straps are incredibly comfy to wear and measure 32″ in length with an additional 7″ of adjustability via the strapping.

visit the new shop now! >> bonniechristine.com <<

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for a limited time only, i’m also offering a special ordering opportunity. grab this custom listing to choose your own fabric from over 60 options! there are only 25 custom orders available, so be sure to snag one early if you’re interested.

thank you again for all your support for my small crafty endeavor! i’m off to start filling orders and working on another batch of straps! xox, bonnie

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get or gift: triangle crew sock

next on my list of items to get or gift are these triangle crew socks. i bought them for my sister for christmas and i’m not going to lie, it was hard to give them away! they are so pretty and the metallic gold makes them extra special. whether you cozy up with them at home or let them peak out from the top of your favorite boots, i think you’ll really love them. coming in at just $14.00, they are the perfect item to get or gift!

well that’s it for me this week- i’ll be busy this rainy weekend putting the finishing touches on my next fabric line (i can’t wait to share it with you!) and spending some time with family. i’ve so enjoyed sharing with you this week. in case you missed it, don’t forget to enter the printic giveaway and grab this month’s desktop calendar. i’ll see you each on monday! xox, bonnie

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*UPDATE! see the new 2015 version here!

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hey, everyone! before i hop offline for the holidays, i of course had to share one last gift with you! this easy to print (or edit) instagram calendar is such a great way to start off the new year. you can either print mine (see below) or download the template to make your own. they were inspired by instagram photos, but of course, any photo cropped to a square will work!

*want a great gift idea? find your recipient on instagram by going to instagram.com/’recipient’s instagram name’ (like this: instagram.com/goinghometoroost), download a few photos and make a calendar for them using their very own instagram photos. they’ll be so surprised!

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the calendar above is made from some of my very own favorite instagram photos from this year. you can either print mine, or use the included template to customize it by inserting your own photos.

to download: click on the image above to download the .zip file. inside you’ll find:

– printable PDF 2014 calendar.
– PDF blank template for you to add your own photos to.
– .PNG template with a transparent background for you to add your own photos to.
– .EPS file that you can open in photoshop and illustrator to edit.
(i tried to make something for everyone!)

instructions: print on heavy cardstock and cut in half (my favorite is epson premium presentation paper). punch a hole at the top of each to hang, or simply stack neatly.

**pro tip! use instaport to quickly download all of your instagram photos from the entire year!

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before signing off, i also wanted to give a shout-out to some of going home to roost’s most cherished posts from 2013. i hope you’ll have fun reminiscing with me, or maybe even discovering some new posts from the past!

- watch my online lab with etsy on how to pitch to bloggers
discover which ten air filtering plants are best for indoor use
– learn how to make painted wooden spoons, ribbon cuffs, hair wraps and soy candles
read up on how my vegan pregnancy was
– grab free patterns for the sentimentalities quilt, whatever bag and reversible apron
learn how to make quick and easy chia seed jams
– make a diy rope basket
– learn how to make wax resist wall hangings and onesies (or other goodies)
make a super yummy apple cider float
learn how to make your product descriptions part of your brand story

so that’s it for me, lovelies! i’m taking off for my annual blogging break and am planning to return on monday, january 6th (i’m taking a few extra days off to work on a special project). in the meantime, i’d love to keep in touch with you over on instagram. i wish you each a beautiful christmas filled with love, laughter and lots of family. see you in the new year! love, bonnie

And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Luke 2:10

all photos © bonnie christine. for personal use only.

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hand painted wooden spoons

December 18, 2013

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hello, lovelies! this week i’m going to try my best to share several tutorials with you for handmade gifts. making presents for my friends and family each year has always been one of my favorite things! it all started last week with this soy candle tutorial, and today i’m sharing with you how to make these beautiful hand painted spoons.

i am by no means claiming this as an original diy! i know lots of people out there are painting spoons, but to be honest, i haven’t read any of the tutorials. i just went at this diy from what i knew and am here to share my experience with you. let’s get started!

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first, you’ll need to gather several supplies, though none of them are very expensive (yeah!).


– wooden spoons (i grabbed mine right here)
– desired colors of martha stewart craft paints in satin finish (available at michaels)*
– tape to use as a guide (i used washi tape)
– paint brush
wood conditioner

*marth stewart’s craft paints are non-toxic and dishwasher safe. they are not considered ‘food safe’ though, so be sure not to paint the entire spoon!

for the labels:

printable tags (click to download)
– sticker paper (i used full page sticker paper from world label)
– printer
bakers twine for tying

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step 1: tape. first start by placing a piece of tape around the spoon to use as a guide. i used washi tape because it was easy to apply and remove. i also tried regular scotch tape, but found it super hard to remove! also, do yourself a favor and make a ‘pull tab’ (shown in picture 1) by folding the tape over at the end as you wrap it around. this will make it really easy to remove!

step 2: paint. paint paint paint! apply two coats if necessary and don’t forget to paint the round end of the spoon. you’ll also need to figure out a way to let them dry without anything touching the painted handles. my ikea plant stand worked perfectly, but since i know you all don’t have one, you can also hang them from the spoon side with string, or wedge them in cuts from a cardboard box (follow me?).

step 3: cure the paint. let the spoons air dry for 1 hour, then place them in a cool oven. set the temperature to 350°f. once oven reaches 350°, bake them for 30 minutes. then, turn the oven off and let them cool completely in the oven. wait 72 hours before using or washing.

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step 4: condition the wood. you guys, i can’t believe what a difference this made! i really urge you not to skip this step (especially if you buy cheap spoons like i did!). as you can see above, the wood conditioner works wonders. simply apply the wax warm, let sit for 20 minutes and then wipe the excess off. (click here to watch a video of me doing it- and hear my baby coo in the background! haha).

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step 5: tag. now it’s time to tag your gifts (if you want)! click here to download the printable tags. i  printed mine on full page sticker paper from world label and then cut them out along the faint dotted lines. then, fold them in half with a piece of baker’s twine in the middle, then tie around a set of three spoons

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printable instagram gift tags

December 13, 2013

printable instagram gift tags + template

i love looking back through all of my instagram photos, so this year i wanted to give them a little special attention. as i was pondering how to do so, the idea for gift tags popped in my head. voila! now each of our gifts will have a little snippet of our lives documented on the front. it’s a great way to personalize each gift!

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to help you do the same, i’ve created a download for you! you can either download and print the one i’ve created using some of my favorite christmas-themed snapshots, or use the template to make your own!

to download: click on the image above to download the .zip file. inside you’ll find:

– printable PDF with 12 gift tags.
– PDF blank template for you to add your own photos to.
– .PNG template with a transparent background for you to add your own photos to.
– .EPS file that you can open in photoshop and illustrator to edit.

whew! (i tried to make something for everyone!)

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a note on printing: i’ve printed mine on full page sticker paper from world label and then cut them out along the faint dotted lines. the day i was planning to print them, my printer decided to not cooperate, so i took the sticker paper to my local UPS store and had them print them there. they even cut them out for me! it’s a great, hassle-free option for you! if you don’t have sticker paper, you could also print them on heavy card stock and either tape them on, or punch a hole in the top to loop them on.

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gift the roost tribe

December 13, 2013

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gift the roost tribe!

hey guys! if you’ve been enjoying the roost tribe or know someone who would, you might be looking for a way to share it with them. so just like last year, i’ve created a way for you to give anyone a membership to the roost tribe! it would be a great gift for a blogger, crafter, seller or creative of any type (or even yourself!).

give the gift of inspiration for months to come, it truly is the gift that keeps on giving!

gift the roost tribe!

there are two ways to give the membership:

1) purchase a 6 month membership to the roost tribe for $30
2) purchase a 1 year membership to the roost tribe for $60

included in each packet will be a personalized membership certificate showing everything that’s included, an 8×10 bonnie christine bouquet print and a ‘how to get started’ kit. 6 month memberships will get the packet in a neat pdf presentation that’s ready to print and give. 1 year memberships will have the choice of either receiving the packet via ready-to-print pdf OR opt to have it mailed to you on premium presentation paper (free shipping to continental united states residents included!). if you choose to get a kit mailed to you, be sure to order by december 15th for delivery by christmas.

the ‘not so’ fine print:) after you complete your purchase through paypal via the links above, i will get in touch with you via your paypal e-mail address. included in this e-mail will be an easy form for you to fill out sharing with me your information, preferences and the recipient’s information. in order to not spoil any surprises, all of the recipients roost tribe material will start on january 1st, 2013. just let me know if you have any questions!

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