thoughts on the upcoming year

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it never fails. a new year always makes me stop to reflect on the past and dream on the future. i like pausing to appreciate the past and plan for the upcoming year. i believe in the power of being intentional and that my dreams won't come true unless i set specific goals and take action. so, today i want to share with you some of my favorite memories form the past, as well as some hopes for the future.

favorite memories from 2014:

- the first snow in our mountain chalet.
- hopping on the road for the sweet as honey tour.
- family beach trips.
- attending the maker's summit.
- planting a garden.
- exhibiting at quilt market in the spring and fall.
- watching bear fall in love with the outdoors.
- teaching at creativelive.
- boothin' it up at the indie craft parade.
- date nights with david.
- hosting the feast in the forest.

thoughts on the upcoming year:

this year, i want to live an extraordinarily creative life. to focus on my art, explore new projects and (hopefully!) inspire you along the way. living creatively is what fuels my life and it's important for me to recognize and honor this. some days are filled with creative tasks, while others may give me 10 minutes to create, but whether it's a lot or a little doesn't really matter, as long as i'm pushing myself in the right direction.

another goal i'd like to focus on this year is to be more intentional with my creativity and how i share it. specifically for this space, i want to blog less and write more (if that makes sense). my hope is to reduce (slightly) the number of posts that i create for going home to roost, but write longer, more heart felt and authentic entries to share with you. this will inevitably reduce the number of product posts i write and shift towards more writings from the heart about my life, work and experiences. i'm sure i will always post the occasional giveaway and gift guide (because i love them!), but i have felt a calling to be more open and more transparent with you in this space. personally, i like reading blogs where the authors are connecting deeply with me as a reader. less fluff more heart.

this will also help me focus on my family more intently. being a mother and wife is the single most important aspect of my life and i want my actions and time management to better align with it. being a full time designer, blogger, mom and wife means staying very busy, but i'm grateful for the opportunity to both do what i love and raise my family at the same time. 

as you might can tell, i'm feeling blessed, open and excited for the new year! i'm happy to have this space where i can share my thoughts and feeeeeelings with you. i hope you'll stick around and let me get to know you better, too! love, bonnie

2015 stargazing printable

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2015 stargazing printable

at the beginning of each year, i like to make a guide to all of the stargazing events for the upcoming year. i find it's a simple way to remind myself to slow down and enjoy the amazing things happening around me. the universe, the stars and the galaxies have always amazed me- i'm in awe of how miraculous they are! i love to think about what God must have been thinking when he created it all as I gaze into the night sky. :)

to download the stargazing printable: click on the image above to open the pdf. download, print and enjoy!

jan 3 - 4: quadrantids meteor shower. an average shower thought to be produced by dust grains left behind by an extinct comet known as 2003 EH1, which was discovered in 2003.

feb 6: jupiter at opposition. the giant planet will be at its closest approach to earth and its face will be fully illuminated by the sun. February 22 - Conjunction of Venus and Mars. Conjunctions are rare events where two or more objects will appear extremely close together in the night sky. The two bright planets will be visible within only half a degree of each other in the evening sky. Look to the west just after sunset.

march 20: total solar eclipse. a total solar eclipse occurs when the moon completely blocks the sun, revealing the sun's beautiful outer atmosphere known as the corona.

april 4: total lunar eclipse. a total lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes completely through the earth's dark shadow, or umbra. euring this type of eclipse, the moon will gradually get darker and then take on a rusty or blood red color.

april 22 - 23: lyrids meteor shower. an average shower produced by dust particles left behind by comet C/1861 G1 thatcher, which was discovered in 1861.

may 5 -6: eta aquarids meteor shower. an above average shower produced by dust particles left behind by comet halley, which has known and observed since ancient times.

july 14 - new horizons at pluto. NASA’s new horizons spacecraft is scheduled to arrive at pluto after a nine and a half year journey. launched on january 19, 2006, this will be the first spacecraft to visit pluto which will give us our first close-up views of the dwarf planet and its moons.

july 28 - 29: delta aquarids meteor shower. an average shower produced by debris left behind by comets marsden and kracht.

august 12 - 13: perseids meteor shower. one of the best meteor showers to observe, produced by comet swift-tuttle, which was discovered in 1862.

october 8 - 9: draconids meteor shower. a minor shower produced by dust grains left behind by comet 21P giacobini-ainner, which was first discovered in 1900.

october 21 - 22: orionids meteor shower. an average shower produced by dust grains left behind by comet halley, which has been known and observed since ancient times.

november 5 - 6: taurids meteor shower. a minor shower that is unusual in that it consists of two separate streams. the first is produced by dust grains left behind by asteroid 2004 TG10 and the second stream is produced by debris left behind by comet 2P encke.

november 17 - 18: leonids meteor shower. an average shower that is unique in that it has a cyclonic peak about every 33 years where hundreds of meteors per hour can be seen (the last of these occurred in 2001). the shower is produced by dust grains left behind by comet tempel-tuttle, which was discovered in 1865.

december 13 - 14: geminids meteor shower. the king of the meteor showers! it is considered by many to be the best shower in the heavens, producing up to 120 multicolored meteors per hour at its peak. it is produced by debris left behind by an asteroid known as 3200 phaethon, which was discovered in 1982.

december 22 - 23: ursids meteor shower. a minor shower produced by dust grains left behind by comet tuttle, which was first discovered in 1790.

resources: the sky & stargazing tonight

a few of my favorite photos from 2014

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as i've been reflecting on the past year, pictures keep coming to mind. they are such a huge part of my memories, documenting life as we live it. it's amazing how much can happen in a year, yet how fast they can pass us by. babies become toddlers, new friends are made and occasionally, dreams become reality. here are just a few of 2014's sweetest moments.

a few of my favorite photos from 2014 (20)

sweet baby naps.

a few of my favorite photos from 2014 (19)

biggest snow of the year.

a few of my favorite photos from 2014 (18)

a fun day with family and my dad's old camera!

a few of my favorite photos from 2014 (17)

peek-a-boo.

a few of my favorite photos from 2014 (16)

a day in the life with dad.

a few of my favorite photos from 2014 (14)

summer at the lake.

a few of my favorite photos from 2014 (13)

a beautiful bit of nature.

a few of my favorite photos from 2014 (12)

a sweet reminder.

a few of my favorite photos from 2014 (11)

the best experience of my life.

a few of my favorite photos from 2014 (10)

beach toes.

a few of my favorite photos from 2014 (9)

wading with david.

a few of my favorite photos from 2014 (7)

a feast in the forest.

a few of my favorite photos from 2014 (6)

a few of my favorite photos from 2014 (4)

sweet moments.

a few of my favorite photos from 2014 (3)

projects.

a few of my favorite photos from 2014 (2)

roadtrip pros. :)

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my sewing room.

movers + makers summit: early-bird ticket pricing

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The Movers & Makers Summit 2015: Charleston, SC (1)

The Movers & Makers Summit: Charleston, SC
A creative women’s retreat
February 28-March 1, 2015
www.moversandmakerssummit.com

Our seats are filling up for the Movers & Makers Summit: Charleston, SC and we couldn't be more excited! Thousands of women are considering this retreat, and we're so very proud of the select few who are making the choice to show up for themselves and their businesses. You will not regret it. We promise!

The early-bird ticket pricing ends on January 11, which saves you $200 off the ticket price (+ lets you grab a ticket before they sell out!).

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.

Early-Bird tickets are available NOW!

We can't tell you how excited we are for this exclusive event. We can hardly wait to gather, dream and create with you!

Friday, February 27 from 2-4 PM: Look for us at the Charleston City Market! & from 6-8 PM: We're meeting and greeting at the popular (+ nearby) Poe's Tavern.

Saturday, February 28 from 9-5: We're workshopping at a luxurious private residence on Isle of Palms, SC.

Sunday, March 1 from 9-3: More workshop, same location with a slightly earlier release to accommodate our event travelers.

At the Movers and Makers Summit you'll enjoy:

  • A rejuvenating weekend with 20 like-minded creative entrepreneurs who mean business. 
  • 5 presenters who are eager to guide + support you in wellness, blogging, business, photography and design endeavors.
  • 2 days of focus, connection and growth.
  • A luxurious, oceanfront setting in the culture-rich city of Charleston, SC.

4 Steps to Get You There:

Take me to the ocean; let me sail the open sea. To breathe the warm and salty air and dream of things to be." -Erica Billups
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.

The early-bird ticket saves you $200 and is available until January 11th! 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 20 seats available. Please DO think it over, but don't delay. We expect to sell out early! 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.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 or two 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.

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 or two 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 early-bird 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? shoot us an email, and we'll be happy to help!

See you in Charleston!
Lisa, Bonnie, April, Kerry and Paige The Movers & Makers Summit 2015: Charleston, SC (3)

january desktop + smartphone backgrounds

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january desktop + smartphone backgrounds (4) january desktop + smartphone backgrounds (3)

happy new year, everyone! we had such a wonderful break and i'm returning feeling fresh and inspired with new ideas and energy for the new year. i spent the last few weeks spending time with family, working on some design projects and taking some extra time to relax. i hope you were able to enjoy some time off, too!

p.s. while i was hoping to launch a new design for going home to roost today, we're running a little behind. i hope to launch it in the next week or so though, so stay tuned!

 xox, bonnie

to download january’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.

january desktop + smartphone backgrounds (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!

see you in the new year!

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merry christmas!

merry christmas, from our family to yours! we're headed over the mountains and through the woods (literally!) to spend time with family over the next few weeks. this truly is the most wonderful time of the year, isn't it?

one thing i love most about christmas is all of our family traditions. we'll spend christmas eve at david's family's house where his sister will wake us all up at 6am. though we're all adults, this makes us feel like kids again. we'll gather around the fire and start opening gifts while it's still dark outside, sipping on coffee throughout the morning. for breakfast, we'll have homemade cinnamon rolls before we mosey on over to my parent's house to start it all over again. here, we'll pass out presents and laugh with each other all afternoon, taking a break for an afternoon feast of homemade goodies. i am giddy with excitement to see everyone open the gifts i have for them, it truly is more blessed to give than to receive! i'm also really looking forward to experiencing this christmas through bear's eyes. he is old enough to see and know the wonder of this holiday now!

of course, gifts and traditions are fun and meaningful but we never forget the true meaning for christmas. celebrating Jesus's birth is the most meaningful part of it all!

what's next?

when we return, i should have a *BIG* surprise for you! going home to roost is getting a brand new look and we're hoping to roll out the new site on january 6th. it's beautiful and cozy and i think you'll really love it!

before signing off, i also wanted to give a shout-out to some of going home to roost’s most cherished posts from 2014. i hope you’ll have fun reminiscing with me, or maybe even discovering some new posts from the past!

- try this delicious recipe for iced mint coffee.
- doll up your bed by making some cute pillow cases.
- make your own picture frames with this tutorial.
- a simple gold saying.
- a fun antler hose rack hack.
- learn how to build side tables using hairpin legs.
- adorn your own screen door.
- read bear's birth story.
- join us for a feast in the forest.
- check out the movers and makers summit retreat - registration opens december 29th!

so that’s it for me, lovelies! i’m taking off for my annual blogging break and am planning to return on tuesday, january 6th. in the meantime, i’d love to keep in touch with you over on instagram. i wish you each a beautiful christmas filled with love, laughter and lots of family. see you in the new year! love, bonnie

And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Luke 2:10

give a year of creative inspiration

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give a year of creative inspiration!

hello, lovelies! i want to share with you a special gift idea for the creative in your life. i created the roost tribe over two years ago as a special place where i could share what i’ve learned on my journey and pass along the secrets to my success. i set out to create something i could have only dreamed of being a part of when i was starting out as a blogger, surface pattern designer and professional creative.

today, our tribe has members from over 40 countries. members are encouraged to follow their dreams, share their talents, and find strength in community. together we’ve built a home for inspiration, creation, and fun!

when someone joins the roost tribe, they’ll be joining a community for creatives and taking a step towards opening the door to the future they’ve always dreamed of.

-- Learn My Secrets --

study up with exclusive articles, Adobe Illustrator tutorials, and e-books i’ve assembled to help aspiring creatives get started.

-- Designs That Inspire --

every month, members get a collection of my favorite printables, patterns, illustrations and clipart you can use in your designs to bring your inspiration to life.

-- Articles and Expertise --

discover my tips for simple living, indulge in my favorite recipes (yum!), and learn from the best with guest articles from the roost tribe master series.

-- Affordable. Personal. --

the roost tribe is for real people with real budgets. discover how a small investment can make a big difference!





 
gifted memberships will receive a digital packet with a personalized membership certificate, an 8×10 inspirational art print and a ‘how to get started’ kit.

after you complete your purchase through paypal, i will get in touch with you via your paypal e-mail address. included in this e-mail will be an easy form for you to fill out sharing with me your information, preferences and the recipient’s information. all of the recipient's roost tribe material will start on january 2nd, 2015. i can't wait to fill the new year with new inspirations!

30 winged projects

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30 winged projects - get ready to be inspired!

the blog tour for my winged fabric collection ended yesterday and everyone's projects were spectacular! from origami butterflies and ribbon boxes to fabric tape and hero capes - it was so fun to see everyone's projects! most of the projects are posted alongside a tutorial or pattern, so i hope you'll dive in to the links below and get inspired to start crafting. several of the projects don't even require a sewing machine!

i want to send a huge thank you to each of the lovely ladies who participated. you are all so talented and creative and i was honored to have you on the winged blog tour. it’s a very special feeling to see something made with my fabrics and you all went above and beyond with your projects. i’m grateful for each of you and so inspired by your creativity! love, bonnie

here’s a recap of all 30 of the projects!

1) Erin Stewart | Poppy Quinn
2) Whitney Surane | Madly Wish
3) Erica Jackman | Kitchen Table Quilting
4) Bonnie Christine (that’s me!) | Going Home to Roost
5) Michelle Wooderson
6) Lee Monroe | May Chappell 
7) Jennifer Harrison | Hopeful Homemaker
8) Jessica Stewart | Snicker Doodle Stew
9) Teresa Behr | Dandelion Drift
10) Jennie & Clara | Clover & Violet
11) Tara Larson | Rad&Happy
12) Rossie Hutchinson
13) Amber Carrillo | One Shabby Chick
14) Katie Convertino
15) Caroline Hulse | Sew Caroline
16) Holly Hughes Reid | Holly Gets Quilty
17) Karen Davis | Celebrate Life with Us
18) Jo Avery | My Bear Paw
19) Corey Yoder | Little Miss Shabby
20) Kelley MacDonald | The City and Us
21) Brooke Crook | Oliver’s Fancy
22) Rachael McKeeman | The Floral Suitcase
23) Brandi Blowers | BNB Designs
24) Edith Minne | Renaissance Ribbons
25) April San Pedro | I am Artisan
26) Heather Andrus & Megan Jimenez | Quilt Story
27) Sarah Wilson | Crinkle Love
28) Jera Brandvig | Quilting in the Rain
29)  Gwen | Tillalili, LLC
30) Maria Hennlein | Villastoff