march gift guide

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march gift guide

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

fun facts for march:

>> march is youth art month
>> march 18th is sun earth day
>> march 20th is spring equionox
>> march 20th is world sparrow day
>> march's birthstones are aquamarine and bloodstone
>> march's birth flower is the daffodil

large scale coney island print giveaway by minagraphy

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enter to win a coney island beach print by minagraphy (2)

when mina reached out to me about doing a giveaway, i immediately said yes! i'm absolutely in love with her weathered beach and carnival photographs. mina is orginally from romania, but since her move to NYC, she has fallen irreversibly in love with coney island, which has been the subject of her work for the past 3 years. so today, we're happy to offer you her most popular print: a large scale (40" x 40") archival beach print of coney island - valued at $300!

about the coney island project:

“Coney Island and Other Magical Places” Photography is a series of vivid, colorful and lighthearted pieces. Saturated hues, scratches, textures, and blurred motion combine to add a certain charm and nostalgia to each print. The Boardwalk, carnival rides, and beachy scenes comprise this grouping of lively images that are sure to add color and joy to any room they occupy.

enter to win a coney island beach print by minagraphy (1)

mina has also been generous enough to offer a coupon code for 20% off her large scale beach prints. just use code GOINGHOME during checkout. thanks, mina!!


enter to win: a large scale archival coney island beach print by mina teslaru. all works printed on high quality archival paper with archival inks. the colors don't fade and the paper does not yellow.

deadline: giveaway will end friday, march 13th at 12am, est. the winner will be drawn using a random number generator and announced on this post shortly after.

to enter: comment on this post sharing with us your favorite print from mina's etsy shop.

additional ways to enter:

>> like going home to roost and minapraphy on facebook

>> share giveaway on instagram and include the handle @goinghometoroost and @minagraphy

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

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

good luck! xox, bonnie  


ready to find your freedom + love your life?

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ready to find your freedom + love your life?

katie den ouden is one of those women who exudes contagious joy. no matter what's she's doing, i find myself just longing to be a part of it. she instantly makes me feel cheerful, light and happy. that's why i'm so happy to share with you her skinny dip society immersion.

think back to a time where you felt fully in the moment, giddy with excitement and adventure, not a care in the world about your body or food, but rather killer confidence and contagious joy. connected. you weren’t held back. you weren’t stuck. you weren’t confused. you weren’t weighed down. you were happy. wild. brave. free. ALIVE.

if that moment isn't right NOW, or maybe even impossible to recall, let katie den ouden coach you there. with the skinny dip society immersion, katie takes you through gaining freedom, confidence, and contagious joy in her 10 week immersion. rediscover adventure and play, cultivate abundance and awaken your intuition.

ready to jump in? learn more and enroll here.

dates to remember:

MAR 4 >>> enrollment opens
MAR 6 >>> early bird enrollment closes @ 11pm est
MAR 11 >>> enrollment closes
MAR 21 >>> class begins

march’s desktop + smartphone calendars

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march's desktop + iphone calendars by bonnie christine (5)march's desktop + iphone calendars by bonnie christine (4)

hello, march! march is one of my favorite months of the entire year. know why? because it contains the first day of spring! yippee! i started this month off with a bang by spending the weekend presenting at the movers and maker summit. it was sensational! i'll also be debuting a follow up to my first skillshare course (more on that soon), as well as announce the winner of the big design challenge (there's still plenty of time to enter!). all in all, it's safe to say i'm excited about this month. what will march bring for you?

to download march’s backgrounds: click on the coordinating image above, then right click on the image and select ‘set as desktop background’ or save and download to your phone.

march's desktop + iphone calendars by bonnie christine (1)

to download the printable version: click on the image above to 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!

february’s roost tribe recap

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monthly-recap 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 during the month of february. if you’re interested in receiving it, it’s not too late! i’ll be sending out a recap on tuesday, march 3rd,  to members with all of the content in it from february so no one will have missed anything, regardless of when you might have joined during this month.

that means, that if you join before tuesday, march 3rd, you’ll still get all of february’s content + march’s content as well- that’s two months for the price of one!

whew. got it? :)

a sweet printable gift card.

be yourself. everyone else is taken. - oscar wilde

inspirational desktop + iphone backgrounds.

a yummy recipe for vegan lemon bars!

tangle 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! 

eventual clip art collection.



after coming through a huge learning curve with video sharing for my latest skillshare class, i'm happy to say that we finally figured it out. in this video, i'm sharing with you everything i learned in how to *best* save videos for sharing on the web. i hope it helps you next time you go to share a video! xox, bonnie

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

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hello, bear 8×10 art prints!

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hello, bear art prints by bonnie christine (6)

hey everyone! i've been working on two sets of art prints to coordinate with the hello, bear fabric collection, and i'm so happy to finally share them with you! i absolutely loved creating these woodland animals, inspired by my own son, bear. i think they give such a sweet, warm and woodsy feel to a room!

hello, bear art prints by bonnie christine

hello, bear art prints by bonnie christine (2)

the first set is all about getting up close and personal with hello, bear. these sweet woodland animals would love to keep a watch over you or your little ones! they are available over in my etsy shop with two options:

1) purchase one print at a time for $18  -or-  2) purchase the entire set of 5 for $75 ($15 off)

     hello, bear art prints by bonnie christine

hello, bear art prints by bonnie christine (1)

the next set of hello, bear art prints was inspired by the stone colorway and features all the animals along with their little ones. again, they are available in two options:

1) purchase one print at a time for $18  -or-  2) purchase the entire set of 5 for $75 ($15 off)

as usual, i suggest pairing them with my favorite frames from change or art (you read why i love them so much here!).

hello, bear art prints by bonnie christine (3)

stories matter.

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stories matter: the 12x12 iniative

a fellow creative, photographer and dear friend of mine, paige rankin, has just launched a new initiative that is near and dear to my heart. the 12x12 initiative exists with the hope of connecting people with causes through the power of story. i believe stories matter, and hearing them from around the world is an important part of growth and inspiration for everyone.

paige and i go way back. like middle-school, high-school, college roommate way back. i have loved watching her embrace her creative dream (she just quit her day job to become a full time photographer, folks!). she's one of those super talented, full of energy and love for life kinda gals who you just always want to be around. she's also an amazing photographer and videographer (she shot the intro video for my new skillshare class!).

beginning in march, paige's team will set out to document the stories they encounter across the country through photos, videos, and narratives. during their travels, they are scheduled to visit 12 non-profit organizations that are doing INCREDIBLE work in their communities. from orphan care and refugee outreach to aiding the homeless and fighting the cruelties of sex trafficking, these organizations are making a difference. their hope is to honor the work they are doing by motivating others to get involved through the power of story.

along the way, they'll also be offering each organization media resources (videos & photos) they can then use to help share their story. their capstone project for each non-profit will be a short video highlighting the stories and work that defines who they are.

once the trip is over, (june 2015) the official 12x12 initiative timeline will begin. every week for 12 weeks they will highlight one of the featured organizations. for that week, through their website, they will share videos, photos, and interviews, telling the stories of people making a difference and of those whose lives that have been impacted.

i can't wait to hear about these organizations and the great things they are doing! to help make the 12x12 initiative possible, this inspirational team has launched a kickstarter campaign. they need our help to help others! i hope you'll consider reading more and helping this great initiative come to life!

announcing the Design Challenge!

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design challenge for intro to surface pattern design by bonnie christine

hi everyone! i'm pleased to announce the design challenge i'm hosting along with my brand new skillshare class: intro to surface pattern design! of course, 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 big bundle of pretties! the deadline isn't until march 31st, 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: march 31st, 2015

challenge requirements: show each step of your work:

- inspiration board
- sketches & any hand lettering
- photograph/s for color palette
- photograph/s for illustrating
- individual motifs
- final repeating pattern

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

- ten 1/2 yards of any of my fabric collections (your choice)
- lifetime membership to the roost tribe
- set of 6 of my sewing patterns
- set of 6 art prints from course presentations
- work featured on going home to roost
- set of 6 of my greeting cards

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