pattern collection challenge for SPD 2.0

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hi everyone! i’m so happy to announce the design challenge my second skillshare class: surface pattern design 2.0! as usual, students aren’t required to participate, but i always think it’s fun to get involved and see what everyone’s creating. plus, the winner gets a one-on-one with me and a big bundle of pretties! the deadline isn’t until may 15th, so that gives everyone about 6 weeks to work on their project!

to participate: you’ll first need to enroll in the course. next, all you have to do to enter is upload your assignment as you work to the student project area!

challenge deadline: may 15th, 2015

challenge requirements: show each step of your work:

– overall pattern collection name
– a 1 paragraph collection story
– names for each pattern
– patterns applied to products
– final 6 piece pattern collection
*BONUS - pictures of your portfolio

the winner will be selected on the following criteria:

– how well they share their process
– how well they follow course instructions
– their final pattern’s style, color and scale

challenge prizes

– 45 minute personal one-on-one review and industry chat with me
– ten 1/2 yards of any fabric collection (your choice)
– lifetime membership to the roost tribe
– set of 6 art prints from course presentations
– work featured on going home to roost


i'm beyond excited to announce that spoonflower will be joining us for the challenge! in addition to the above prizes, the top 3 winners for the challenge will also receive a gift certificate to use at spoonflower to print their very own fabric, wallpaper or gift wrap ($100, $50 & $25 for 1st, 2nd & 3rd places).

the co-founder of spoonflower, stephen fraser, will also join me in choosing the top 3 winners. (!!)

this is an excellent opportunity to get your work seen in the industry and start seeing your own patterns on products

best of luck everyone! i can’t wait to see what you create! xx, bonnie

my stop on the ribbon blog tour + a giveaway!

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hey everyone! we're right in the middle of the ribbon blog tour, and today is MY day to join the fun! i'm sharing two gifts with you today: a diva frame wallet from my mom, maxie makes and matching key fob from renaissance ribbons. they are made using my two favorite ribbons/fabrics: nesting blooms and flyaway petalums from winged (ribbons / fabric)!

psst: keep reading for a giveaway below!

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this has been the best wallet! it's made from jessica vandenburgh's diva frame wallet pattern and it's got all the right storage in all the right places (here is the pattern and the frame). maxie simply stitched the ribbon to the front piece of fabric before sewing it together, and i love how it turned out. my matching key fob just put's it over the top (these are easy to make with a little webbing and hardware)!

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as part of my stop on the tour, i'm so excited to partner with my mom to offer you a GIVEAWAY! one reader will receive everything they need to make their very own wallet!

enter to win:

  • the diva frame wallet pattern
  • metal frame
  • 1/2 yard nesting blooms ribbon
  • 2 fat quarters (flyaway petalums & nesting blooms)
  • 1/4 yard fusible interfacing
  • a matching 7" zipper

we're partnering again tomorrow over on maxie makes to offer a BIG GIVEAWAY for everything you'll need to make our perfect whatever bag. that's 5 yards of ribbon, 1.25 yards of fabric and a pair of matching handles!


enter to win: all materials needed to make the diva frame wallet (see above)

deadline: giveaway will end monday, april 6th at 12am, est. the winner will be drawn using a random number generator and announced on this post shortly after.

to enter: comment here sharing with us who you'd make this wallet for (yourself? a friend?).

additional ways to enter:

>> like going home to roost and maxie makes on facebook

>> follow @goinghometoroost and @maxiemakes on instagram

>> pin any givaway image on pinterest and include #goinghometoroost and #maxiemakes

be sure to leave a new comment for each additional entry so it counts (limit of 4 comments per person)!

good luck! xox, bonnie  



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be sure to swing by kate's blog to see her project from yesterday, and visit to maxie makes tomorrow for a tutorial and giveaway on the perfect whatever bag! see all the projects so far and follow along with the blog tour here.


march’s roost tribe recap

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hi everyone! today i’m sharing with you this month’s recap of the roost tribe, which gives you a sneak peek of what roost tribe members received last month. if you’re interested in receiving it, it’s not too late! i’ll be sending out a recap on wednesday,  to members with all of the content in it from last month so no one will have missed anything, regardless of when you might have joined during the month.

that means, that if you join before wednesday, you’ll still get all of march’s content + april’s content as well- that’s two months for the price of one!

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A NEW 12 WEEK SERIES: 12 things that make my business thrive.
i'm really happy to have started a brand new series with the roost tribe. over the course of 12 weeks, i'll be sharing the top 12 approaches i've taken to my business that have helped it thrive. some are hard fact business based, and some are inspirational, but they all have one thing in common: they have worked for me and have had a tremendous impact on my success and happiness as a creative.

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in this video tutorial, i'm sharing + explaining my top 10 favorite keyboard shortcuts in adobe illustrator. if shortcuts overwhelm you, or the amount of them gets confusing, start here!

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inspirational set of desktop + smart phone backgrounds: it doesn't matter what others are doing. it matters what YOU are doing. that's right! sometimes we all just need to put blinders on and do what we love. forget comparing yourself to others. the world needs YOU and what you're doing right now. you're unique, talented, special, clever and creative. run with it!

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a printable 8x10 print because i totally think you're the bee's knees!

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this month's plant based recipe: my mom's macaroni and cheese. one of my most favorite things on planet earth, and possibly the only thing i've 'missed' since i began eating a plant based diet. i've tried dozens of recipes over the years trying to get it 'just right', and all have failed. until this one.

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this bristle bunch pattern collection. you can print patterns, frame them, make cards from them, use them on your blog, social media sites, use them as wrapping paper, etc! 

plus more! being a member is tons of fun and we would love to have you join the family!

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foto rx – cure for the common capture!

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i have a confession to make: photoshop scares me! though i consider myself a nearly-pro in adobe illustrator, i have never taken the time to learn photoshop. i always feel like i'm stumbling around in the dark when i try to work in it!

well, i've recently fallen in love with foto rx - and it isn't just a cure for the common capture - it's also a cure for the photoshop-phobe!

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foto rx was created by tristan & michelle from one of my favorite blogs, besotted, and they has completely nailed this set of photoshop actions. most photo issues can be cured with just once click of a button! these sets are smart and made for the shopkeeper and blogger in mind. oh, and did i mention how easy they are to use? i had never used an action before, but after reading their quick and easy start up guide, and watching a few of their youtube tutorials, i was blown away at how easy they are!

another thing i LOVE is that they've added tips and directions within photoshop that pop up right when you need them. yes!

i have both sets: shopkeeper's helper and cure for the common capture. i love using them both together, but if you need to choose between the sets, here's some more info about them:

cure for the common capture: this set includes 29 photoshop actions for one click editing goodness + complete (and easy) editing control. it's perfect for correcting color issues, filling in light and bringing life to your photos.

shopkeeper's helper: this set includes 43 premium photoshop actions for one click editing goodness + complete (and easy) editing control PLUS 19 etsy + social media templates in an action set, sized and ready for your artwork! it's perfect for photography products on a creamy or white background, adding sparkle to jewelry and taking your iphone photos from 'gah' to 'aha'!

here are a few more of my before and afters for you to see!

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skillshare: surface pattern design 2.0!

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oh boy, OH BOY, oh boy. i just hit 'publish' on my second skillshare course, surface pattern design 2.0! this course is a follow up to intro to surface pattern design and is designed for the person who dreams of becoming a professional surface pattern designer.

in this 1.5 hour class, i walk you step by step through the process of creating a pattern collection that is unique and engaging, and i'm sharing all of my industry secrets with you along the way! we'll discuss what to include in your portfolio and how to begin contacting companies to start your career.

whether you're looking to become a professional surface pattern designer, or are just hoping to enhance your pattern building skills, this course is for you!

 PLEASE NOTE: this course is a follow up to Intro to Surface Pattern Design. please begin with the previous course for detailed training on adobe illustrator, color palettes, sketching, motif design and repeat pattern design!

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i'll walk you through step by step to creating a unique and engaging pattern collection.

  • learn to create a repeat pattern.
  • design a collection that is engaging and thoughtful.
  • apply your patterns to products and mockups.
  • why it's important to craft the perfect portfolio.
  • how to get noticed in the industry and begin your career as a surface pattern designer!

this course is designed to give you all the industry information and creative skills you need to start start your career as a surface pattern designer, plus it will motivate and inspire you to follow your creative dream!

here's a glimpse at my pattern collection for the course:

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So inspirational, very informative, this is the best class I have taken on Skillshare to date. I am a seasoned illustrator user but I still learned so much. Thank you Bonnie Christine. Cavell Ferguson

I loved this class! I've always wanted to design patterns and never knew where to start. Thank you so much Bonnie Christine! You really made me understand every single step, you're a very good teacher, I can't wait for your upcoming class. Greetings from Mexico! Carla Antillón

Intro to Surface Pattern Design + Learn Adobe Illustrator does exactly that. It's a great in-depth course on the fundamentals of Adobe Illustrator and how it pertains to the world of creating surface/repeating patterns. Bonnie speaks clearly and slowly throughout the videos and she expertly takes you through the various tool bars and menus of Illustrator. I think it's one of the best comprehensive classes I've ever taken on the subject of pattern design and Adobe Illustrator. Thanks for taking the time to make these series of videos, Bonnie! Adriana Bergstrom

The illustrator tips and shortcuts alone were worth the price of admission (and I thought I knew illustrator!) I learned SO much before we even got into the designing. Once we got into designing it was like a whole 'nother class. I highly recommend this class. It's a two-fer. Kara Garrett


i hope you’ll come join us for surface pattern design 2.0 over on skillshare now!

hello, bear removable wallpaper, wallprints and stencils!

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i've been so anxious to share this news with you. i'm incredibly happy to have just launched removable wallpaper and wallprints with wallternatives and wall stencils with royal design studio - all of which coordinate with my newly released fabric line, hello bear!

as you know, hello bear was inspired by my own son, bear! this entire collection is so meaningful and personal to me, because i created it especially with him in mind and his love and wonder for the forest. and, i have fallen in love with seeing how you use the line for your own projects and littles, too (see #hellobearfabrics)!

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with the launch of hello, bear removable wallpaper, wallprints and wall stencils, also comes a unique opportunity: there are now limitless options for any room! mix and match the fabrics and wall treatments to create a sweet and subtle adventurous atmosphere. you could also add in a few wall decals and have fun playing with the placement of the animals, trees and clouds, as they are all designed to seamlessly work together with matching designs and color palettes. i know bear's room is going to be getting a makeover verrrry soon!

i am so excited to see entire rooms come together with splashes of hello, bear mixed in. create a forest of wonder and delight for your little ones, where dreams become reality! be sure to share your projects with us!

psst! grab 15% off on both wallternatives and royal design studio with code "Bonnie15" now through friday, march 27th!

double psst! visit maxi makes (my mom's blog) for project ideas and more. this is also where you'll find hello, bear fabrics available for purchase!

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happy first day of spring!

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it's spring. it's really really spring! i woke up to the birds chirping outside my window for the first time last week. i hadn't even noticed their absence during the winter, but as soon as i heard them i felt my whole spirit elevate. for the past week, i've been able to open our windows and teach bear how to call like the birds. tweet tweet!

oh! and i have roses on the way. they'll be here on tuesday! i've missed having roses in our yard ever since i left california, so i took the plunge and ordered several bare-root rose bushes from david austin roses. i hope i can make them flourish in our mountain yard!

this winter was hard. not really depressing, just long, dark and cold. plus, i was right in the depths of my first trimester, which i had a really tough time with this go 'round. i'm thankfully feeling better, but there were a few months there where i was really not feeling well (having to spend hours in bed, not able to eat or cook, etc).

this just makes me appreciate spring, warmth and energy all the more. the flowers above are the first blooms from our yard. i'm not sure what they are (?), but they smell heavenly. i'm wafting them your way now! my empty vases have been begging to hold something for too long now. i've planned my vegetable and flower garden for this year and will be starting their seeds next week. i'm just feeling light and airy and hopeful and wanted to share that with you. even if it's still cold where you are, the warmth is on it's way!!

we’re back! the movers and maker summit 2015

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ok, we’ve been back for a couple of weeks now, but it’s taken me a while to soak in and process all the creative goodness from the weekend. it was sensational!

>> not sure what the movers and makers summit is? read this. :)

working from home means that it’s not often i get to connect with like-minded creative entrepreneurs in person (or any person, for that matter!). the weekend started off by meeting my online friends and co-presenters at the retreat: lisa jacobs, april bowles, kerri burki and paige maitland. most of us had never met in person before, though we had hung out on google several times in preparation for the event. let’s just say that sitting down over coffee and sharing a home together for the weekend was much more enriching then our hangouts and occasional twitter conversations.

our conversations were enlightened, rich and incredibly inspirational. one night, we stayed up until midnight brainstorming creative ideas while listening to paige’s husband, john french, play in the background. it was so magical, and i’ll never forget it. once the women arrived, it got even better – it was amazing to have so many creative minds under one roof at the same time!

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i was blow away at the creative drive and passion our attendees had. they were all incredibly smart, motivated and kind. we had a knitters and painters, sewists and yoga instructors. we all had different business goals, but were able to share with each other what worked for us all. i have pages and pages of notes from the weekend that i know i’ll be diving in and referring back to for months to come.

i feel incredibly honored to have been included in this special weekend. it’s something that i’ll never forget and i can’t wait to create more experiences like this in the future (hint, hint).

for more on the weekend, i highly recommend you read christina scalera’s review. she’s such a talented writer and i enjoyed meeting her and reading this post so much! i read it to my husband and he said ‘she has to write a book. she could write about a wall and make it engaging!’.

all photos by the sweet and talented paige french.


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