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

mister finch

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mister finch (5)

i felt fascination, awe and immediate love for mister finch and his creations as soon as i saw them. inspired by the amazing life cycles and extraordinary nests and behaviors of flowers, insects and birds - he stitches together scraps of thread, fabric and paper to bring his fairy tale creatures to life.

i love how tapestry and textiles weave together to create poetic versions of our favorite flora and fauna. you can keep up with mister finch by following him on facebook, instagram and pinterest (and keep an eye out for his etsy shop to reopen!).

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my new skillshare class! intro to surface pattern design

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i've been anxiously awaiting this day for a very long time. after putting 'teach a skillshare class' on my list of yearly goals for the last two years, i'm am squealing with exciting over pushing the 'publish' button on my brand new skillshare class: intro to surface pattern design: learn illustrator | build a pattern!

i want you to know, you don't have to be an 'artist' to create beautiful artwork! this course is designed for the person who dreams of creating their own repeating patterns. after spending years learning how to become a surface pattern designer on my own, i've become passionate about sharing my knowledge with others. for this course, i have compiled all the necessary skills and knowledge you need to begin designing!

whether you're a seasoned pro at illustrator or you've never opened the program, you'll feel comfortable in this course. we start with the basics and advance to the most technical knowledge you'll need to begin making beautiful patterns.

*note: stay tuned for my follow up course, surface pattern design 2.0, coming out in march 2015 to learn how to create a collection and start your career as a surface pattern designer!

intro to surface pattern design by bonnie christine for skillshare (1)


in this 3.5 hour course, i'll walk you through step by step to creating a repeating pattern. we'll learn what surface pattern design is and why it may be a good career option for you. i'll share with you my own creative story and give you lots of insider secrets along the way!

  • learn illustrator - from setting up a custom workspace to how to use the most technical tools of the trade.
  • gather and create your own inspiration, and learn how to put together a moodboard.
  • learn best practices for sketching and scanning.
  • learn how to make artwork from your sketches, your photographs and from directly within adobe illustrator.
  • create custom color palettes.
  • design a repeating pattern!

this course is designed to give you all the technical and creative skills you need to start designing patterns, plus it will motivate and inspire you to start following your creative dream!

i hope you'll come join us for intro to surface pattern design over on skillshare now!

hello, bear is now available!

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hello, bear by bonnie christine (9)

i'm so happy to say that hello, bear is now available! this collection for art gallery fabrics is one that is near and dear to my heart, as of course, it was inspired by my sweet son, bear (picture below)! hello, bear tells a meaningful story of adventure and wonder. it was inspired by seeing the wilderness through a new set of eyes and all the wonders it comes with!

hello, bear by bonnie christine (11)

the best way to dive into the collection is to view the newly released hello, bear lookbook where young at heart explorers are invited to frolic and listen to the playful voices of the wilderness. illustrated with woodsy tones like pastel moss, conifer and bark, my hope is that hello, bear comes alive with nature's patterns of magic and love.

you can find out if your nearest independent quilt and fabric shop is currently stocked with hello, bear or is planning on it!

or, if you're part of the growing consumer base that prefers to shop online, you can check out the website list here (also available online and in stores through my mom's quilt shop, a stitch in time with free shipping!).

hello, bear by bonnie christine (3)

hello, bear by bonnie christine (8)

of course, i designed the collection with young ones in mind, but quickly realized that this line wouldn't only be for children! i've fallen in love with several of the prints for myself, and can't wait to make some clothing and handbags out of it. the collection also includes 4 knits and 2 voiles, perfect for sewing clothing and more drapy home decor items!

hello, bear by bonnie christine (5)

hello, bear by bonnie christine (10)

you can also download the free quilt pattern for this line, hi(bear)nate by clicking on the image above. it comes in both color options and is the perfect size for a growing babe!

hello, bear by bonnie christine (6)

hello, bear by bonnie christine (7)


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it's here! it's here! welcome to the brand new space for going home to roost (if you're reading this post in your inbox or reader, be sure to click over to see the new site)! i have lots to share with you this week, but first wanted to give you chance to click around and start feeling at home. you'll notice that we have a brand new page for the roost tribe as well as some new menu items to glance through.

as usual, i was blown away at jo klima's ability to take my vision and turn it into exactly what i wanted. my hope was to create a space that was sweet and feminine and reflected the love i have for the forest we live in. she also included several of my own designs throughout the theme which makes it so very personal to me. she is truly one of the most talented designers i know! and a huge thank you goes to nicki mckay for developing the site and making it work so wonderfully. there are just a few more things we're working on, but everything should be fine tuned by the end of the week. i hope you'll find yourself feeling cozy and comfortable here quickly. i know change is hard, but it's exciting, too!

love, bonnie

february gift guide

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product links: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10

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

fun facts for december:
>> february is national bird feeding month
>> february 2nd is groundhog day
>> the 2nd sunday in february is world marriage day
>> february 14th is valentine's day
>> february 22nd is world thinking day

detailed schedule for the movers and makers summit

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schedule for the movers and makers summit: charleston!

Hi everyone! By now, you're probably familiar with the Movers and Makers Summit, but today I'm happy to release the detailed itinerary for the entire weekend! I know several of you have been considering this event, and I hope you'll decide to join us. It's just one month away and we only have a few spots left!

The Movers and Makers Summit is an east coast intensive for a small, intimate group of twenty women, and it takes place in a luxurious and comfortable oceanfront home in Charleston, South Carolina. You're invited to come away with us to escape the hustle, reset your focus and breathe new life into your career plans.

I can't even express to you how excited I am for this retreat. I fully believe we will all come away with a new future for our creative businesses and an unparalleled drive and inspiration to make things happen.

here's a deeper glance at the presentations for the weekend:

Lisa Jacobs - Shattering the Glass Ceiling. What would you do this year if you knew you could not fail? Forget the ever-elusive “big break,” and learn how to create your own career breakthroughs.

Bonnie Christine (that's me!) - Pursuing your Creative Dream: Living your creative dream is fulfilling, exciting and POSSIBLE. Learn how to stay focused on your dream, expand your audience and increase your profits!

The Ins and Outs of Surface Pattern Design: The world of surface pattern design is filled with wonder and excitement. Join me as we discuss how to get started, get noticed and begin your career as a surface pattern designer!

Kerry Burki - Slowing Down To Move Forward: Is your mind is filled with ideas and you don’t know where to start? Do you feel like you are hurtling yourself forward with no real direction? Let’s take some time to slow down, figure out what doesn’t work, what you enjoy and profit from and make a plan for the future.

April Bowles - Creating Your Own Success: I’m sharing the five biggest lessons I’ve learned while building my business, giving tips and advice along the way. I’m pulling back the curtains to reveal what it really takes to build a successful, creative business on your own terms including marketing so that it feels good and not scammy, building habits that make things easier and going pro once and for all.

Paige French - iPhone Photography + providing professional headshots for everyone who attends to take home with them and use in their business.

Step #1: Save the date.

Our workshop takes place on Saturday, February 28-Sunday, March 1 in a private, oceanfront home on the Isle of Palms (Charleston, SC). We'll meet from 9-5 Saturday and 9-3 Sunday. If you get into town early, attendees are invited to join us for a pre-party meet & greet Friday, February 27 from 6-8 PM.

Step #2: Grab your ticket.

We want this meeting to be small, intimate and insanely useful. We're gathering a limited number of creatives so that we can enjoy one-on-one time, create a-ha moments and walk away with lifelong connections. There are only a few seats left and we are expecting to sell out very soon! Click here to purchase your ticket.

Step #3: Arrange your stay.

Our workshop will take place in a gorgeous vacation home just 15 miles outside Charleston's city center, and 30 minutes from Charleston International airport. We will be disclosing the exact location to attendees only, but trust me when I say, it's a glorious gathering spot that will provide us plenty of comfort and inspiration.

Click here to see the closest nearby hotels. Upon purchase of your ticket, you'll receive an informational packet with some more details and recommendations.
Step #4: Plan for your adventure!

You'll want to bring a notebook (or laptop) for recording new ideas, beach-friendly clothing (for anticipated 60-degree temps), yoga gear if you'd like to participate in a beach session with our own Kerry Burki, and if you have any special dietary needs, a packed lunch for both days.

You'll be offered lots of hot + cold refreshments, fresh sandwiches and plenty of fruit and veggies during workshop.

Ready to join us? Click here to purchase your ticket now and we'll send you the welcome kit + an invitation to our private Facebook group to connect with the other attendees pre-event! Have any questions? just email me , and i'll be happy to help!

We will see you in Charleston!

*pssst. be sure to check back tomorrow for this month's tech background calendars!