A look at the process & meaning behind Hello, Ollie prints

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I just can't tell how delighted I am to see all of your projects using my new organic fabric collection Hello, Ollie. Your talent is blowing me away!

This collection is so very dear to me for two reasons: what makes it most sweet is that it’s inspired by my baby girl, Ollie Doe. It’s filled with graceful swans, gazing little eyes, and delicate flowers that are meant to make you feel like you’re in a fairy tale.

Second, I'm incredible honored that this is Art Gallery Fabrics first ever organic line of quilting cottons, knits, voile and canvas. Each are 100% GOTS-certified organic and incredibly soft and snuggly!

Hello, Ollie by Bonnie Christine for Art Gallery Fabrics (1)

Blossom Drift

Because this collection is so special, I wanted to take a moment to dive a little deeper into the meaning and process behind some of my favorite prints. I dreamed of a sweet and tiny floral that would be perfect to use for little girl outfits, wraps and baby blankets. I spent a few days sketching loose and organic florals (below) and soon, blossom drift was born.

Sketches from Bonnie Christine's 'Hello,Ollie' Fabric Collection (2)

Hello, Ollie by Bonnie Christine for Art Gallery Fabrics (2)

Sweetly Sings

Inspired by summer foliage, butterfly sightings and baby lullabies, Sweetly Sings came to life. An interesting note: I designed the 'inside' portions of the butterflies to be printed with metallic ink, but in order to comply with the strict GOTS organic guidelines, each yard could have no more than 2% metallic ink. SO - we scrapped it all together to keep the line as pure as possible. I'm so glad we did! And because I wanted each side of the butterflies to be identical, I only drew half of them (see below!).

Sketches from Bonnie Christine's 'Hello,Ollie' Fabric Collection (1)

Hello, Ollie by Bonnie Christine for Art Gallery Fabrics (5)

Swanlings Bevy

To me, swans represent love, beauty, pureness. I wanted to illustrate both a mama swan and a 'bevy' of swans (hence, swanlings bevy above). Nothing is so sweet than a baby swan taking refuge under her mama's wings. I think it's the perfect picture of a mother's love and care for her little ones!

Hello, Ollie by Bonnie Christine for Art Gallery Fabrics (4)

Dabbling Swan

Sketches from Bonnie Christine's 'Hello,Ollie' Fabric Collection (3)

And because early baby days are filled with naps, winks and wide eyes at all hours of the day (ha!), I designed a simple sleepy print, Meadow Dreams.

Meadow Dreams

Below is the entire collection which you can view over on Art Gallery Fabrics. You can also find patterns, projects and endless inspiration in the lookbook! Can't wait to see more of your #HelloOllieFabrics projects!

Looking to purchase? See if your nearest independent quilt or fabric shop is currently stocked with Hello, Ollie, shop online from my mom’s quilt shop – A Stitch in Time - or view a full list of online shops here.

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An easy to make tassel wall hanging

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Make this! Tassel Wall Hanging (1)

If you happened to see this post over on Instagram, you know that we recently moved into a small apartment where we'll spend the winter as we build a new home (we are so excited!). Initially, I thought downsizing our living space might be hard, but it's turned out to be so lovely. We've simplified, stored, de-stashed and dwindled everything down to the essentials. In this new space, I only have my favorite pots and pans, wardrobe pieces, most precious toys for the children, most used crafting tools. There's something very special about being surrounded with only the things I cherish most.

When we moved in, everything found it's place. And when I was all finished, I still had this large white wall staring at me! After some pondering and perusing, I fell in love with Erica's DIY Tassel Wall Hanging. Aha! Off to my favorite yarn store I went and soon after this blank wall had a pretty statement piece hanging on it.

I followed Erica's DIY exactly, so I'll send you to her blog for the tutorial. I loved this project because it's a simple way to make a BIG statement. And though I love to weave, this was a quick and easy way to incorporate some of that yummy yarn texture into our space that I love so much. If you can wrap yarn, you can make this project!

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A Woodland Birthday Cake for Bear & Ollie

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Forest Birthday Cake (3)

It's the season of birthdays in our family, and since Bear and Ollie's are only a week a part, we celebrated them together. Sweet Bear turned 3 and little Ollie Doe turned 1. We invited some friends and family to join us in the park- it poured rain (thank goodness for the shelter!) and then the sun peeked out. The kids played in puddles and got soaking wet - and it was so much fun.

My family will tell you, when it comes to baking, I don't have the best track record. Ha! Experiments in vegan baking, natural food coloring and layer cakes has been fun but .. well interesting to say least. :)

With that said, I was determined to try again and because I wanted something fail proof, I turned to Immaculate Baking Company's Scratch Mix. It has no bleached flour, no artificial flavors or preservatives and no hydrogenated oils. Thank you! I used organic almond milk, earth balance butter and ener-g egg replacer to make it. It baked beautifully, was easy to layer and tasted amazing. And after testing several frostings, I always go back to using this recipe for fluffy 'buttercream'.

I went for the 'semi-naked cake' look for two reasons - because I love the layers of cake peaking through the icing, and because I didn't want to give everyone a sugar overload. Turns out, it was easy to make and had just the right amount of 'sweet' for all the cake! I call that a win win.

Resources I loved:

- Ffeabysawsen's video tutorial on making a semi-naked cake

- Whisk-kid's layer cake tutorial

- Bear and fawn figurines

- Freshly cut ferns

- Bunting banner (similar to this) and bear's crown made washi tape

- Woodgrain paper straws

Forest Birthday Cake (1)

Forest Birthday Cake (2)

Bear & Ollie

Happy birthday my sweet littles. You give me so much joy!

Burn your own Home Video DVDs

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Burn your own Home Video DVDs

I know, I know. Burning CDs might seem a little antiquated. But I use them once a year for two purposes, and I'm so glad I do! Let me explain -

This 'day in age' it's so easy to snap photos and videos straight from our many capable devices. Then we share them on Instagram, upload them to Facebook, or perhaps text them family. Oftentimes soon after, they get lost. Lost in a 'feed', lost in our messages. Sometimes they become lost forever - thanks to crashing hard drives, lost or stolen devices, and wiped social media accounts (oh no!).

So once a year, I take the videos from our iPhones and compile them into one huge 'home video' (remember those?!). Then, I burn DVDs for everyone in the family and hand them out at our birthday celebration. They're a huge hit with the grandparents! (Of course, DVDs can be lost or broken, too. So I back them up on my external hard drive and save them in as many place as possible!) I also do the same thing with our photos. Saving them to a disk and giving them to our loved ones makes them so special, and easy to hold on to. (I also make a beautiful Artifact Uprising book each year with all of our photos in it - I'll be sharing about those soon!).

*Pro tip: videos taken in 'landscape' make better DVDs then videos taken in 'portrait'. So throughout the year, try to remember to always hold your phone sideways as you take videos!

If you're inspired to do the same, I've made PDF templates and SVG cutting files for both DVD labels and the DVD envelopes that will help tremendously! You can use the PDF (editable in Illustrator) to design and print them yourself, then cut out along the lines -OR- if you have a cutting machine like a Silhouette, you can use the .SVG (cutting) files to design your own and cut them our on your handy machine!


TWO WAYS TO GET THE DOWNLOAD:

ROOST TRIBE MEMBERS:

Members can sign in to the Roost Tribe now to download this editable PDF and SVG (cutting) file. You'll find it on the 'limited access' page or under "DIY Projects" on the 'full access' page.

Preserving memories one DVD at a time (2)NON - MEMBERS:

If you're not a member of the Roost Tribe, you can purchase the editable PDF and SVG (cutting) files using the button below ($8). Your files will be delivered to you automatically after checkout!

Ready to join the Roost Tribe? Find out more and join our creative community here!


Here are a few of my favorite resources I used for this project!

- Recordable DVDs (for videos) and CDs (for photos) - make sure you purchase ones large enough for your project!

- iMovie is simple to use for video editing!

- This is my favorite white label paper - perfect for these CD labels (I also use them to print shipping labels on)

- This kraft paper is sturdy enough for envelopes, and easy to cut with either scissors or a Silhouette.

-  My favorite glue stick is technically for fabric, but it works great for the 'flaps' (and tons of other projects!)

- And my Silhouette Cutting Machine makes projects like these easy and fast!

*Pro tip: if you're using a Mac, the easiest way to burn a DVD is to insert the blank disc into the CD Drive, wait for the pop up message and select 'open in Finder'. Drag and drop your .MOV file here and click 'burn'.

Memories are so important to preserve and these DVDs are easy to personalize and burn. Plus, they make wonderful gifts for family. Have fun!

September’s Digital + Printable Calendar Collection

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September Desktop Calendars by Bonnie Christine (3)

Bye bye August, hello beautiful September! This month's calendar collection uses the sweetly sings print from my new organic fabric collection, Hello, Ollie.

A few things I love most about September: celebrating the first day of fall, cooler evenings, sunset hikes and the first sightings of pumpkins. What are your favorite things about September?

Calendars for September: click here to download the desktop background and here to download the smartphone background. enjoy!

A little recap of our month. See more & follow along over on Instagram!

September Desktop Calendars by Bonnie Christine (1)

(back by popular demand!) to download the printable version: click here download the PDF calendar. print on heavy card stock (my favorite is epson premium presentation paper). 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!

two fabric giveaways, two chances to win!

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Fabric Giveaway by Bonnie Christine (2)

Today I'm happy to host a hop over giveaway! Keep reading to enter here (on Going Home to Roost) for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to the Fat Quarter Shop, then HOP OVER (see what I did there?) to my Instagram page for a chance to win a complete fat quarter bundle of my new fabric collection, Hello, Ollie for Art Gallery Fabrics (that's 20 fat quarters!).

Fabric Giveaway by Bonnie Christine (1)

Don't forget to enter the 2nd part of this giveaway here!

Both giveaways will end this Friday, September 2nd at 11:59pm EST. The winners will be announced on their respective posts soon after. Good luck!

This giveaway was ended. Congratulations #311 (Layne)!!

 

My Swan Woven Wall Hanging

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Swan Woven Wall Hanging by Bonnie Christine (4)

I have loved working on this woven wall hanging so much. The idea to make a swan inspired hanging came to me when I was planning my Quilt Market booth for new fabric collection, Hello, Ollie (you can see my booth here!). I wasn't' sure it was even possible, but I was determined to try.

I began collecting the most unique and beautiful yarn and roving I could find. I wanted her to be filled with as much texture as possible. Her wings alone are made from about 12 different yarns, a wool roving and a shiny silk roving. I used just a touch of muted teal at the bottom to give her waves to swim on, and tried to give the rest of the landscape as much movement as possible. A simple wax thread bow around her neck and she was done.

Swan Woven Wall Hanging by Bonnie Christine (1)

Above you can see a few of the progress shots I shared over on Instagram. I worked on it for about 6 weeks, on and off and mostly in the evenings. (If you'd like to try making one for yourself, I'll be sharing the pattern I made for it with the Roost Tribe!)

Here are a few of my favorite tools I used along the way:

Loom by Oak & Ashe
Handmade tapestry bobbins
Simple gold wire for hanging
Wax cording for bow and top tying
Gold leaf yarn (used in the wings)
Cobbles yarn (used in the fringe)
Hometown yarn (used for the swan's body)
The rest of the yarn and roving are from my local yarn shop, Silver Threads and Golden Needles (not available online).

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Swan Woven Wall Hanging by Bonnie Christine (8) 

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Swan Woven Wall Hanging by Bonnie Christine (2)

 

The Hello, Ollie Art Prints Collection

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Hello, Ollie Art Prints Now Available!

Hello hello! Today I'm happy to share the (much anticipated!) release of the "Hello, Ollie" art print collection! This collection is complete with 12 (TWELVE!) art prints that coordinate with the release of my brand new organic fabric line, Hello, Ollie for Art Gallery Fabrics.

Each art print is available in 3 sizes: 8x10 ($18), 11x14 ($28) and 13x19 ($35). You can head on over to bonniechristine.com to view them all!

To celebrate the release, I'll be including a FREE fat quarter of Hello, Ollie fabrics with the first 20 orders. I'll pick out a perfectly coordinating fabric for you!

I envision these prints hanging in an nursery, completing a gallery wall and tying in perfectly with all kinds of fabric creations. I can't wait to see how you use them! Be sure to share with us how you use them by using the hashtag #HelloOllieFabrics over on Instagram!