oh happy day! in celebration of the release of forest floor fabrics, i'm debuting a set of coordinating art prints! this line is rich in natural hues and full of forest curiosities. i hope these prints will find their way into your home and ignite your own exploration of the wondrous depths of the mountains.
to celebrate, i'm having a 24 hour sale in my etsy shop for all art prints! get 20% off by using code 'HAPPYDAY' during checkout. xo, bonnie
as always, the best way to view the collection is by hopping right in to the lookbook. you can also check out this post for more about my inspirations, a few of my favorite prints and for more info on where to purchase the collection.
photographing this lookbook was so much fun. a dear friend of mine and talented photographer, callie lynch, and i took off to a favorite forest near my home and photographed projects under the trees. it's a day i'll never forget!
the lookbook is chock full of patterns, tutorials and diy ideas. i hope you enjoy browsing the pages and making a project of your own!
since we moved back to the mountains a few years ago, i've been endlessly inspired by the forest at my doorstep. this collection is deeply meaningful to me, as every bit of it was inspired by our woodland explorations. i spent months photographing the flora and fauna of our part of the world. the end result is a true reflection of where we live, pisgah forest, north carolina.
I hope that it will ignite the exploration of forest curiosities, and inspire you to visit the wondrous depths of the mountains as well!
i’m sharing a few of my favorite prints below, and the full collections at the bottom of this post along with info on how and where to purchase this collection – just keep scrolling!
Hi everyone! Many of you know I teach several courses on surface pattern design for Skillshare. This week, I've been trying to think of new ways I can connect with my students, and so I've decided to host an Instagram photo challenge! Participating with the challenge and using the official class hashtag (#PATTERNDESIGNwithBONNIE) will bring us all together on Instagram, help us discover each other's work and get to know each other a little better. hooray!
>> Want to join? We'd love to have you! You can learn more about all of my courses and sign up for them right here.
What's a IG Photo Challenge? A photo challenge is where everyone posts each day on the same topic (see the schedule above). Participate by simply posting a photo to your Instagram feed on the correct day and use the challenge hashtag, #PATTERNDESIGNwithBONNIE. Feel free to interpret the prompts however you like!
What's a hashtag? Hashtags are a way to categorize social media content. When you use the challenge hashtag, it will automatically become 'clickable' on Instagram. When you click on it, you'll see everyone's pictures who have also used the hashtag!
Why is this so awesome!? The hashtag will bring us all together in one place. We'll be able to meet each other, see each other's work and expand our relationships to Instagram!
Findability: This will also help increase your 'findability'. Trending #'s are the perfect way for you to gain new followers (you never know, one of them could be the art director to your dream company!).
my new fabric collection, forest floor for art gallery fabrics was inspired by the forest where i live, and features tiny mushrooms, woodland creatures, ferns and trees. from the moment it hit my doorstep, i knew i wanted to make a set of fabric mushrooms! they adorned my booth at quilt market and have since ventured with me into the forest (above) and finally back to a shelf in my home where they're currently overlooking the living room. they are easy to make and so much fun that i wanted to share the DIY with you!
wooden rounds (mine are cut from a branch, but you can find them online as well!)
general sewing supplies: sewing machine, thread, hand sewing needle, scissors
1. download and print the pattern template. cut out each of the pattern pieces. make sure to cut out two circles - 1 for the top and 1 for the bottom. cut the 'inner circle' out of only one of the large circles (be sure to save the small inner circle which will become the bottom of the mushroom trunk).
2. fold the long sides of the rectangle in half, right sides together. stitch down the long side using a 1/4" seam allowance to make a tube, making sure to double stitch at the beginning and end. turn right sides out and press. tip: easily make shorter and taller mushrooms by lengthening this rectangle!
3. place the two circles right sides together and sew around using a 1/4" seam allowance, making sure to double stitch at the beginning and end. turn the mushroom cap right sides out through the inner circle hole of the bottom layer and press.
4. stuff the mushroom cap with polyfil to your liking through the bottom circle. i found that i liked mine a bit looser, which also kept them from being too top heavy.
5) using a needle and thread, whip stitch the 'inner circle' (the small circle you saved from the mushroom cap circle) to the bottom of the trunk tube. fill the bottom of the trunk with pellets and finish the top with more polyfil. the more pellets, the more bottom heavy your mushrooms will be (and easier they will stand up on their own). turn down about 1/4" of the trunk fabric inwards and finger press.
6) finally, whip stitch the trunk to the mushroom top using embroidery floss. playing with these and making them big and irregular will make them look like the bottom side of a mushroom! the inner circle will have raw edges, but this just adds to the playfulness and organic feel to the shroom!
7) stand them up on the wooden rounds and have fun! tip: if you have trouble getting them to stand up, trying using a little gluestick!
bye bye february, hello beautiful march! because forest floor fabrics began shipping this week, i couldn't resist using one of my favorite pieces from the collection, in the thicket. this little bunny is perfect for easter! i asked for your help in naming her over on instagram this week. i'm pleased to announce that her name is SAGE!
what i love most about this month: planning our garden, ordering seeds, easter and preparing for spring! what are your favorite things about march?
february is almost over and march is quickly coming! as i do every month, 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, you still can. 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, march 2nd you’ll still get all of february’s content + march’s content as well – that’s two months for the price of one!
a valentine's day printable suite - perfect for mother's day, too!
this mini quilt is so much fun to put together. it makes a perfect wall hanging, pillow front or table drape and easily goes together in just a couple of hours!
there are two ways to make this quilt:
1) the scrappy way (as shown above): CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE PATTERN. this version uses several scraps of fabric to give it a pieced, eclectic feel. step by step instructions are outlined for you in the pattern.
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