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December 9, 2014

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thank you so much for your incredible support for my wee camera strap shop! i’ve been hard at work creating another batch of camera straps to launch this afternoon over at bonniechristine.com. several straps + 6 new designs will go live at 2:00pm EST today!

about the camera straps:

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

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

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

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

you can also use the code ‘GRATEFUL‘ during checkout to receive free USA shipping or a flat rate of $5 for international shipping!

ordering as a gift? be sure to order the dates below to ensure delivery by december 24th.

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i also have a few custom listing orders still available which gives you the opportunity to choose your own fabric from over 60 options!

thank you again so much for your support of my small crafty endeavor! love, bonnie

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i love to give handmade gifts. it’s usually the gifts that someone has made for me that i enjoy most, too! i try to save a list of ideas for handmade gifts throughout the year, so when december comes around i’m ready and full of inspiration. this year, i’m planning to make several new project to share with you as gift ideas (coming soon!), but for today i want to dive back into the archives of going home to roost and share some of the favorite gifts i’ve made in the past. these projects are tried and true, and would make really special gifts for your friends and family.

just follow the link below each photo to visit the full tutorial!

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tutorialsoy candles

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tutorial: reversible ribbon cuffs

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tutorial: hand painted wooden spoons

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wrapping: chalkboard wrapping

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wrapping: printable instagram gift tags

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tutorial: sweater wraps

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printable: cookie envelopes

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tutorial: planted mugs 

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tutorial: bottle brush tress

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hello, lovelies! today i want to share a few gifts i think would be perfect for any mom out there! i have received or used everything that i’m sharing with you today and can personally testify to their amazingness.

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i’m a huge fan of lindy laroche’s poppy soap co.! i’m always delighted to get a box of their goodies every month, and words cannot express how spectacular the products are. lindy’s soaps, body oils, salts and lip balms are so yummy i could eat them. plus, everything is organic and vegan and lindy always gives back to the community (see below).

poppy soap co’s mama love box is hand-curated and brimming over with organic, handmade goodies designed to soothe, refresh and pamper the mama in your life. you can rest easy knowing you’ll never find sulfates, detergents, synthetics, animal products, artificial fragrances or colorants, petroleum, phthalates or GMOs in any of their products (yay!). what you will find are certified organic ingredients, beneficial therapeutic essential oils and healing botanical extracts coming together to create exceptional soap handcrafted in small batches made with love. and as always, for every bar of soap purchased, they donate a bar to your local’s women’s shelter. hooray!

 the mama love box contains:

– 1 bar of oatmeal calendula organic soap. (super wonderful for your face and even loving enough to be used on babies skin!)
– a wooden soap deck to keep your soap high and dry
– sweet dreams night oil- the perfect evening companion and bedtime ritual to help calm the mind and body in preparation for a restful nights sleep.
– ginger cardamom lip love, lip balm containing beeswax, coconut, coca butter and essential oils of ginger and cardamom.
– pppy rose sea salt soak – a unique blend of dead sea salt and pink himalayan sea salt plus essential oils of rose geranium.

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what mama wouldn’t love a personalized photo gift? my go-to place for breathtaking photo goods is always artifact uprising. they print photo books, postcard packs, calendars (and more!) on recycled paper with stunning quality. the moment you hold a photo from artifact uprising in your hands, you’ll know how special it is. get your orders in by may 1st to be sure they arrive in time!

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ePantry is my latest love (read this to find out why). they make shipping sustainable goods to your home easy and affordable. in fact, i can’t find a single reason not to use them. they save you loads of time and some serious money. they only carry sustainable products and even save 25 square feet of rain forest for every shipment. and of course, they make it easy  to gift a bundle of eco-homewares!

*use coupon code GOINGHOMETOROOST to save $10 on your first order and receive free shipping for life. i told you they were awesome!

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and of course, don’t forget the card! my all time favorite place to get darling (and hilarious) mother’s day cards is wit and whistle. they’re sweet in a super-giggly kind of way.

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christmas 'chalkboard' packaging!

well, just like i predicted last year, we had so much black kraft paper left over that i’ve decided to once again have fun with a little christmas ‘chalkboard’ packaging! i usually like to switch things up each christmas, and though the packaging is generally the same as last year, i’ve been super excited to incorporate these instagram inspired gift tags into the designs.

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to make your own chalkboard packaging, the first thing you’ll need is some black craft paper. i got mine right here and it works great, but just like i warned you last year- it’s a HUGE roll! (

next you’ll need a white paint marker that will show up well on black paper. after some trial and error and visiting my local scrapbooking store, this is what i came home with:

1. tim holtz distress marker in ‘picket fence’. this one looks very ‘chalky’. it goes on clear, but quickly dries in white.

2. sakura pen-touch white. this one is easy to work with and shows up really well.

3. crayola white colored pencil. not the greatest option, but it does show up if it’s all you have.

4. painters opaque paint marker. this is another good option. the point is a bit finer so it’s great for more detailed work.

i used the sakura pen-touch last year, but since i couldn’t find it this year (haha) i used the painters opaque paint marker. i enjoyed using it and i think the end result turned out to look really nice!

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this year, i also tried to come up with some more fun doodle ideas. if you like, you can click on the image above to download this as a printable pdf (without the black) to print and use as a reference. sometimes coming up with ideas to doodle can be the hardest part!

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i know many of you have done a version of this yourselves from last year. what advice do you have to share? pen types? doodle ideas? best tape to use on black? let’s chat about your projects in the comments area- i’ll meet you there!

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soy candle tutorial + labels

December 10, 2013

soy candle tutorial + labels

as promised last week on instagram, i’m excited to share with you a little soy candle tutorial! i’m by no means an expert, but i usually make a large batch of candles each year for christmas and try to make enough extras to last david and i for the rest of the year. many moons ago (before i started going home to roost!) i even did a few craft shows selling nothing but soy candles. they’re surprisingly easy to make and super fun!

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first of all let’s discuss: why soy?

– soy wax is natural, renewable, non-toxic and biodegradable (paraffin is made from crude oil, which is not renewable).
– soy wax burns longer at a cooler temperature than paraffin wax.
– soy wax produces less soot than paraffin wax- pure soy wax could be used to cook with or as massage oil (though i’m not recommending either)!
– soy wax cleans up easily with warm water- no worries about clothes, countertops or hands.

soy candle tutorial

next let’s talk about supplies. many of the specialty supplies are nice to have but can be substituted with household items which i’ve outlined below. i’ve always used candle science for my supplies, but know that you can shop any candle supplier you like!


– soy wax – i like to use golden brands 464. how much wax do you need? 1 pound (16oz) of wax will fill 16oz worth of of containers. so with 1 pound, you could fill 2 8oz containers or 4 4oz containers, etc.

hot burner – you can also use a stove top, but a hot burner will come in handy when you’re not making candles in your kitchen, or you’d like to keep the wax hot right where you’re working.

pouring pitcher – you can also use a regular pot, but make sure it pours well. the last thing you want is hot wax leaking all over everything while you pour!

wick bars – you’ll use these to hold your wick in place as the wax cools. i think you could also rig something yourself (maybe with clothes pins?), but they are inexpensive and nice to have.

candle containers: for this post i’ve used medium straight sided jar with gold lids. i’ve also thrift shopped for glass containers of all kinds! the only thing i’ve noticed is that when containers get smaller at the top than at the bottom, the wax usually hardens with holes and gaps. i usually just have to finish the tops again to make them smooth, which isn’t a huge deal but kind of time consuming.

fragrance – here i’ve used cinnamon, blue spruce and pine cones (yum!). 1 oz of fragrance will usually scent about 1 pound of wax. (i’ve also tried using botanical oils but haven’t had much luck with them.)

pre-tabbed candle wick – for these particular containers, i used eco-14 wicks, but you can use this wick guide to figure out which ones you need.

– hot glue gun – use this to glue the wicks to the bottom of each container.

– color – i usually like to keep my candles white. i love the classy look they have, but if you’d like to add color, it’s easy! just stir in a dye chip when you add your fragrance.

– thermometer – any candy thermometer will work.

– labels – though you don’t have to label your candles, i think it gives them a really nice, professional look, so i’ve made you a set of printable labels (see below to download)!

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soy candle tutorial (1) i printed these label on a full page of kraft sticker paper from world label, and then cut them out using a rotary cutter and ruler. i used ribbon font for the fragrance titles in case you’d like to use it as well.

to download: click here (or on the image above) to download the .zip file. inside you’ll find 1) the above labels as a pdf 2) a blank label pdf  so that you can fill in your own fragrance 3) a transparent png file so you can overlay these labels using any image program 4) an editable .eps file you can open and edit in photoshop or illustrator. whew!

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step 1: place the wax chips in a pouring pitcher (or pot) and heat until melted. remove from heat as soon as it’s melted to avoid getting your wax too hot (caution: it can catch on fire!). wax should be about 185°f.

step 2: while your wax is melting, glue the bottom of your pretabbed wicks into each container using a hot glue gun. place the wick bar on top of your container and insert the wick so that it’s tight and centered.

step 3: once your wax is melted, remove it from the heat and stir in your fragrance when it’s 185°f (and color if you’re adding it). 1 oz will usually scent about 1 pound of wax.

step 4: carefully pour the scented melted wax into each of your containers. let cool until wax is hard and white (usually 30-60 minutes).

step 5: remove wick bar and trim wicks to about 1/2 inch long.

step 6: place the lids on each jar and label them if desired. light and enjoy!

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hello, loves! i have a special surprise for you today! professional photographer, melissa west is here to share a little with you on how to use your photos as gifts. i just know you’ll fall in love with her blog and workshop, the snap academy. have fun!

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If you are anything like me, you may be slightly addicted to Instagram but have family or friends who don’t ever get to see the photos. It’s such a fun way to catch those everyday moments that we may otherwise miss, however, it’s so sad when those pictures never leave the phone and are never shared!

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A few months ago, I came across Postalpix and fell in love with the ease and price of ordering pictures right from my phone. You can use that same app to create an amazing ongoing gift. Here’s how…

1. Start by creating your display. Here are two of my favorite ways… My husband made this frame out of reclaimed pallet wood and I simply added twine and clips from the craft store. Or you could use a thrifted frame and back it with chicken wire. After you have the display the rest is so simple…

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2. Download the Postalpix App (for either iPhone or Android)

3. Order your favorite photos from the last month and attach them to your display, then give your gift.

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4. Schedule a reorder at the end of each month (I like to use Google calendar) and order the amount you need to replace the pictures in the display. You can have them shipped right to the person you gave the display to!

My family and I hope to start traveling full time in September and I’m so excited to use this as a fun way to keep my mom updated with pictures of our trip. What’s your favorite way to share phone photos?

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instagram gifts (7) Bio: Melissa West is a professional lifestyle photographer who saw how hard mamas were struggling to capture memories they loved. Her blog offers tips and inspiration to teach you how to take more meaningful photos no matter what camera you own. Click over to receive free access to an entire segment of The Snap Academy Workshop!

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april gift guide

April 2, 2013

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a handmade gift guide for birthdays, anniversaries, holidays… or for no reason at all!

fun facts for april:

>> national poetry month
>> earth day – april 22
>> april’s birthstone is the diamond
>> april’s flowers are the daisy and the sweet pea

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march gift guide

March 5, 2013

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a handmade gift guide for birthdays, anniversaries, holidays… or for no reason at all!

fun facts for march:

>> international women’s day – march 8th
>> saint patricks day – march 17th
>> sun earth day – march 18th
>> easter – march 31st
>> first day of spring – march 20th

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