Forest Floor Fabrics Blog Tour

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hey everyone!  i’m so excited that the forest floor fabrics blog tour begins this TODAY! join us each day as talented makers from all over the world share their projects made from my current fabric line, forest floor for art gallery fabrics. check out the full schedule below!

want to join the fun? share you own projects on twitter and instagram using hashtags #ForestFloorFabrics & #ForestFloorBlogTour. we can’t wait to see what you make!

Explore the collection deeper: the collection | the lookbook | on instagram | about the collection

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everyone's blog post will be linked on the day that their project is posted. check back here to see the new link added each day!

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Thursday June 23rd: Cassie Massolia | Little Lizard King
Friday June 24th: Sarah Overton | My Crowded Nest
Monday June 27th: Audrey | Skirt Fixation
Tuesday June 28th: April & Mickey | Sweetwater Cotton Shoppe
Wednesday June 29th: Taylor Made Creates
Thursday June 30th: Maureen Cracknell | Maureen Cracknell Handmade
Friday July 1st: Corri Sheff | The Lions Dandy
Monday July 4th: Jodi Godfrey | Tales of Cloth
Tuesday July 5th: Alex Bartholomew | Blue Bird Fabrics
Wednesday July 6th: Bonnie Christine | Going Home to Roost
Thursday July 7th: Sarah Buis | Sweet as Honey Studio
Friday July 8th: Deanne and Karyn | Annie and Dot Fabrics
Monday July 11th: Heidi Gustad | Hands Occupied
Tuesday July 12th: Alexandra Bordallo | Alextilalila Designs
Wednesday July 13th: Maxie Ramey | Maxie Makes
Thursday July 14th: Terri Steele
Friday July 15th: Sarah Bertochi | Sarah B
Monday July 18th: Rachel Jaggers | Spotted Pepper Designs
Tuesday July 19th: Anna Dineen | My Wandering Path
Wednesday July 20th: Jayme Christensen | Finding Sweetland
Thursday July 21st: Rachael McKeeman | The Floral Suitcase
Friday July 22nd: Maja Wlusek | Betyipiernaty
Monday July 25th: Sue Stone | Needle in a Fabric Stash
Tuesday July 26th: Cheri Lehnow | Tinkerellen
Wednesday July 27th: Annika Ferk | Naeh Connection
Thursday July 28th: Quilters Candy Box
Friday July 29th: Erin Stewart | Poppy Quinn
Monday August 1st: Megan Price | Dolly Henry
Tuesday August 2nd: Courtney Gamble | Mommahood Makers
Wednesday August 3rd: Vicky - Veni Vidi Vicky

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Top Tax Tips for Online Sellers

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Top Tax Tips for Online Sellers from the IRS

I was recently contacted by the US Tax Center to see if I would be interested in sharing some tax tips for other online sellers like myself. I have to admit, I sighed with relief when I realized what the email was about! Of course, I said 'YES'. If you're like me, taking care of the business side of my creative business is always the hardest. I can use all the tips and help I can get!

If you sell on Etsy, eBay, Amazon or any other online store, chances are you struggle to get the most out of your taxes because of misinformation and fear, too. 

The key to success is all in record keeping & planning ahead. Keeping receipts of all your business-related transactions will help maximize your itemization. Looking forward, the IRS suggests preparing a budget a year in advance to help plan for big expenses so you stay in a favorable tax bracket.

Do you have a home office? Many small business owners don’t have the facts when it comes to their taxes and home offices. Simply put, with the home office deduction your expenses ARE deductible and using it won’t automatically lead to an audit. To avoid misinformation and maximize your filing, you can use an easy but comprehensive e-filing service like the US Tax Center at IRS.com. Remember, any filing fees are deductible anyway!

Do you have any top tax tips? How do you keep everything organized? Please share them with us in the comments section below!

Thanks, IRS for all the helpful info!

Welcome to our home – a tour.

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Mountain Home of Bonnie Christine (3)

Hi everyone! I've been wanting to share our sweet mountain chalet with you for a while now.

We live in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina. This place will forever hold a special place in my heart. It's where my babies call home, where my work comes to life and where I fell in love with our town. Let me show you around!
 

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above: diy adorned screen door // sly fox knocker

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above:  bentwood pendant lamp

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above: VÄRDE Wall shelf // twig key hook // bertoia style barstools

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above: letter DIY // handmade pillow cases

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Bonnie Christine's Home

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above: DIY hanging shelves // the greenhouse series by megan boltz // DIY teardrop planters

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above: nursery art from minted // table & chair thrifted // bedding details

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above: IKEA desk//wall of fabric

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above: DIY cork mousepad // skruvsta chair recovered // hexagon shelves  //  wall of fabric

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above: hairpin leg table tutorial, ikea karlstad new furniture legs tutorial

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above: diy antler hose rack

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above:

art:

raccoon, stag, hare and moose art prints by gingiber
create your future art print
bear print by leah duncan
watercolor owl print heidi ahmed
world painting by katie daisy

decor:

pennant flags by ordinary mommy
fox suitcases by milkbarn
baby bear pennant flat by strawberry moth
white paper bear bag
deer pillow from three bad seeds
bear’s growth chart ruler
tree wallpaper for wallternatives
blah blah dolls

DIY projects:

wall of fabric
diy adorned screen door
skruvsta chair recovered
changing basket
paper mobile
paper peonies
handmade onesies
handmade bunny

We've slowly made this house into a home, and I love it dearly. Thanks for coming by! :)

 

The Business of Surface Pattern Design | An Online Workshop this July

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UPDATE** Due to some confusion on the dates for this workshop, Modern Thrive has moved the workshop to July 7th-9th 2016. All dates below have been updated to reflect the new time. We apologize for any inconvenience!

Hi everyone! The Business of Surface Pattern Design for Modern Thrive is coming up soon - July 7th-9th! Many of you have followed my journey to becoming a surface pattern designer. You know that I started out with a dream, and no idea how to make it come true! After spending years learning on my own everything I could about design and lots of hardwork and dedication, I am happy to say that dreams really do come true!

It's because of my journey, that I'm passionate about teaching what I know (that's what the Roost Tribe is all about!). In The Business of Surface Pattern Design, I'll be joining two other surface pattern design pros, Bari J. and Andie Hanna to bring you an exciting and comprehensive course on the world of surface pattern design.

Through this course, I'll be discussing surface pattern design as a career choice, how to find opportunities to build your brand and put together a breathtaking portfolio. The workshop will give you access to three hour-long live video sessions, daily email lessons and a private Facebook group where you can connect with other surface pattern designers. And don't worry if you can't make it live - all of the sessions are recorded and you get lifetime access to the course content!

A sneak peek at the topics we will cover:

Session One –Building Your Business with Bonnie Christine (that's me!).

– Why surface pattern design may be a good career option for you
– Building your portfolio from scratch
– Finding opportunities and building your business

Session Two  – Finding your Style and Creating a Collection with Bari J.

– Finding your unique style
– Developing a vision for your work
– Creating a cohesive collection

Session Three: Creating products people love with Andie Hanna

– How brands approach new product design
– Creating designs that brands will love
– Considering products when developing designs

See the full schedule and reserve your spot here!

June 2016 Desktop + Smart Phone Backgrounds

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  Floral Desktop Backgrounds for June by Bonnie Christine (3) 

bye bye may, hello beautiful june! this month's digital collection uses the flourish aglow print from my current fabric collection, forest floor. a feminine and delicate pink floral makes this one of my favorites!

things i love most about this month are: celebrating david's birthday, strolling the farmers market and summer blooms.  what are your favorite things about june?

calendars for june: click here to download the desktop background and here to download the smartphone background. enjoy!

Bonnie Christine | Going home to roost on Instagram

a little recap of our month. see more & follow along over on instagram!

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(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!

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Hello, Ollie Fabrics by Bonnie Christine at Quilt Market (5)

Hi everyone! I returned from exhibiting at International Quilt Market this week and we had such a wonderful time! It's always lovely to meet many of you and make new friends, as well. I had so much fun setting up this booth to debut Hello, Ollie for Art Gallery Fabrics. This collection will release in July, 2016 and will be printed on luxurious 100% GOTS-certified organic cotton with the most eco friendly GOTS-approved inks in the industry!

Art Gallery Fabrics put together a little Q&A for each of the designers, and I wanted to share them with you as well!

AGF: How would you describe your design style?

Bonnie: Sweet, delicate, ethereal.

AGF: What's your favorite thing about designing fabrics? 

Bonnie: I love how it allows me to express my creativity to it's fullest. I get to take my inspirations, turn them into designs and then turn the fabrics into even more projects! Seeing my artwork come alive like this is incredibly inspirational.

AGF: What did you do before you started designing fabrics?

Bonnie: I worked for my momma's quilt shop for about a year right after college, then began blogging and selling on Etsy. This is how I was able to start dedicating myself to building a creative business.

AGF: Can you talk us through a ‘typical’ day in your life?

Bonnie: Yes! Our days are pretty predictable:

8:00 - 9:30: Everyone's up! Showers, baby baths and general house tidying.

9:30 - 12:00: Ollie's first nap, coffee for me and breakfast for bear. I usually try to sneak in some work while he eats and plays alongside me.

12:00 - 2:00: Lunch for the babies, errands or playtime outside and prepping for dinner.

2:00 - 5:30: Both babies nap, and momma WORKS. This is when all the magic happens!

5:30 - 9:00: Family time. David comes home, we play outside, cook dinner, eat and hang out together.

AGF: What do you think are the key skills (apart from being an awesome designer!) that have helped you become successful?

Bonnie: Being inspired by the little things, true dedication to my creativity, lots of long days and hard work, and having a support system that believes in me. 

May has been a wonderful month for the Roost Tribe, as well! In addition to exploring all that the new membership site has to offer, members have enjoyed a video tutorial, printable father's day set, inspirational tech backgrounds, my top tips for setting up at a tradeshow and more!

Roost Tribe members can log in now to view all of the latest content!

Ready to join us? Click below to find out more and join our creative community!

Hello, Ollie Fabrics at Quilt Market

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Hi everyone! We've just returned from International Quilt Market and we had such a wonderful time! It's always lovely to meet many of you and make new friends, as well. I had so much fun setting up this booth to debut Hello, Ollie for Art Gallery Fabrics. This collection will release in July, 2016 and will be printed on luxurious 100% GOTS-certified organic cotton with the most eco friendly GOTS-approved inks in the industry.

This collection was inspired by and named after my sweet baby girl, Ollie. It illustrated an afternoon spent in a meadow by the lake, where dabbling swans, feathered fellows and garden blooms are kept in sight.

I couldn't have done this booth without many of you. I'm proud to have had some of the most talented makers from all over the world contribute their talent to help bring it to life! Thank you so much to everyone that contributed! Stay tuned for more details on a release date and the lookbook later this summer for pattern and project details.
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Off to debut Hello, Ollie Organic Fabrics at Quilt Market this Weekend!

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

Hello, Lovelies! I'm putting all the finishing touches today on several projects before heading up to Salt Lake City tomorrow for International Quilt Market! I'll be debuting my brand new fabric collection, Hello, Ollie for Art Gallery Fabrics (available this July!). You can find me at Booth #536.

This collection was inpired by and named after my sweet baby girl, Ollie. It illustrates the image of spending an afternoon in the meadow by the lake, where sweetness is brought to life with dabbling swans, feathered fellows and garden blooms. It's also an absolute dream come true that this will be Art Gallery Fabrics very first ORGANIC collection! Printed on luxurious 100% GOTS-certified organic cotton with the most eco friendly GOTS-approved inks in the industry.

Hello, Ollie by Bonnie Christine for Art Gallery Fabrics (2)I've had some of the most talented makers in the country join me in making projects for the booth. Their work is simply breathtaking! Explore all the project on Instagram by viewing the hashtag #HelloOllieFabrics and if you plan to attend market, be sure to stop by to see them in person!

I hope to see you there! If you're unable to attend, you can follow along on Instagram - i'll meet ya there!