Celebrating Love with Minted (& a Giveaway!)

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minted pretty much had me at 'hello'. after recently getting some new nursery art from them, i was hooked. everything from the quality of the prints, to the array of frame choices to the beautiful packaging had me in awe! when the holidays rolled around, i quickly returned to them to have our christmas cards printed with their beautiful paper and gold foil accents. the quality is simply unmatched!

if you're new to minted, get ready to be delighted.

so how does it work? each month, minted hosts a design challenge for independent artists all over the world. the community votes on their favorites and minted sells the winner’s art in the form of prints, homewares and gifts. it's fun, engaging and so beautiful.

with valentine's day just around the corner, i thought minted's love inspired art gifts would make the perfect gift for the person you want to celebrate this year. whether it be your love, your momma or a little one in your life, show how much you love them with a beautiful piece of artwork from minted! (i especially love the foil hand-pressed heart. you can personalize it with 30 of your own photos!)

and, you can grab a FREE upgrade! expedited shipping for the price of standard on art gift orders $100+. just use code: SHIP100​

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and just to add a little extra love to the season - minted has generously offered to host a giveaway especially for going home to roost readers (that's you!). CLICK HERE to enter to win a $250 shopping spree at minted!

details: the giveaway will end in one week (february 12th). once it ends, minted will randomly choose a winner and notify them via email.

a note from minted: This giveaway is only open to legal residents of the 50 United States and District of Columbia who are at least 18 years old as of the date of entry, except officers, directors, members, and employees of the sponsor, or any other party associated with the development or administration of this promotion, and the immediate family (i.e., parents, children, siblings, spouse), and persons residing in the same household, as such individuals. This promotion is void outside the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, and where prohibited.

February’s Desktop + Smartphone Backgrounds

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bye bye january, hello beautiful february!  what i love most about this month: celebrating love, bedtime tea, planning for the future and sitting by the fire.  what are your favorite things about february? xox, bonnie

calendars for febraury: click here to download the .zip file with both calendars inside – or – click here to download the desktop background and here to download the smartphone background. enjoy!

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a little recap of our month. see more & follow along over on instagram!

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!

January’s Roost Tribe Recap

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january has come to a close and february is here! 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, february 3rd you’ll still get all of january’s content + february’s content as well – that’s two months for the price of one!

adobe illustrator tutorial on how to use a gold foil effect in your illustrations.

a discussion on time + a set of inspirational set of tech backgrounds to match!

a favorite tea recipe that's been warming my winter bones for weeks!

a set of worksheets to plan your goals & dreams for 2016.

a mini pattern collection called winter walk.

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a list of favorite links and resources rounded up through the month.

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

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Succulence Fabrics Blog Tour

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are you ready to be ultra-inspired?! i’m so excited that the succulence fabrics blog tour begins this monday! join us each day as talented makers from all over the world share their projects made from my current fabric line, succulence for art gallery fabrics. check out the full schedule below!

want to join the fun? share you own projects on twitter and instagram using hashtags #SucculenceFabrics & #SucculenceBlogTour. we can’t wait to see what you make!

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everyone's blog post will be linked on the day that their project is posted. check back here to see the new link added each day!

>> blog posts will be linked daily as they are posted <<

Monday February 1st: April and Mickey Zimmer | Sweetwater Cotton Shoppe

Tuesday February 2nd: Taylor Urban | Taylor Made Creates

Wednesday February 3rd: Bonnie (that's me!) | Going Home to Roost

Thursday February 4th: Daisy Aschehoug | Ants to Sugar

Friday February 5th: Katie Skoog | The Simple Life Company

Monday February 8th: Staci Barrett | A Vintage Fairytale

Tuesday February 9th: Denise Palmer | Denise Anne Studio

Wednesday February 10th: Sahnda Black | Sahnda Marie

Thursday February 11th: Monica De Leon | JourneyDeVida

Friday February 12th: Sarah Bertochi | Sarah B.

Monday February 15th: Ali Brorsen | Because of Brenna

Tuesday February 16th: Maxie Ramey | Maxie Makes

Wednesday February 17th: Michelle Cain | From Bolt to Beauty

Thursday February 18th: Katharina Pferdmenges | Der Rabe Im Schlamm

Friday February 19th: Isabel Kelly | Lamb and Wolfie

Friday February 20th: Emi Shimokawa | Just Add Fabric

SEE THE FINAL RECAP HERE!

anewall

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sydney and richele from anewall have created a beautiful business from turning vintage photographs and artwork into oversized wall murals. it's refreshing to stumble across something so unique - they literally took my breath away! of course, i'm a sucker for vintage florals and misty mountains, so i had to share them with you, as well. i think you'll enjoy getting to them on their blog, shopping their etsy store and browsing these inspirational images on instagram. which one is your favorite?

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our favorite vegan cookbooks by chloe coscarelli

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chloe coscarelli first stole my heart when she won 'cupcake wars' as a vegan chef. since then, i have slowly been falling in love with her cookbooks, one recipe at a time. my favorites, chloe's kitchen and chloe's vegan italian kitchen have been the most reliable cookbooks i've ever cooked from. everything is always so delicious (i think the entire book has been 'doggie eared'!). chloe has a way of demystifying vegan cooking tricks and simplifying even the most complicated recipes. she teaches how to make vegan dishes creamy, 'cheesy' and full of flavor without using complicated ingredients.

a few of our favorite recipes have been the vegan mac and cheese, bread sticks, tomato basil soup, broccoli and 'cheese' soup, spinach artichoke dip, and the risotto with shiitake mushrooms. and of course, she masters the decadent dessert, too! i always turn to chloe's vegan desserts for birthday cake recipes, cupcakes, pies and more.

your turn! what's your latest favorite cookbook, recipe or cooking blog? share with us in the comments section!

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Buck Forest Stag, Embroidered!

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embroidery by cheri lehno: tinkerellen on instagram | tinkinstitches on etsy

the first time i saw an embroidered stag head made from the buck forest print in my hello, bear fabrics collection, i fell in love. how beautiful, unique and brilliant! since then, your creations have continued to amaze me! from floral crowns, to red nosed reindeer to glittered hoops. i love them all! take a minute to explore these lovely ladies and their talents. i know you'll have fun!

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embroidery by cheri lehno: tinkerellen on instagram | tinkinstitches on etsy

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embroidery by erin brooke: stitcherin on instagram

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embroidery by ashley johns: honeylemonshop_ on instagram | honey lemon on etsy

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embroidery by leah kay kinghorna: sewleah on instagram | sewleahkay on etsy

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Make it in Design Modules 1 & 2 Course Giveaway

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Hey everyone! I'm happy to again partner with my friends at Make It In Design, to offer a very special prize to ONE very lucky reader – a free place on The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design Module 1: Designing your way starting February 1, 2016 AND Module 2: Creating your professional identity starting April 4, 2016. Together this prize is worth over $640!!

About Module 1: Designing your way

In Module 1: Designing your way, you will learn everything you need to know to turn basic sketches into elements for pattern design. Find out more about color and pattern, how to create moodboards and repeat patterns in Adobe Illustrator. Learn how to develop your signature style and get industry insider tips and tricks!

This is for you if you are drawn to color and pattern and dream of one day licensing your own designs but don’t know where to begin. Here you’ll join a community of like-minded people on a fun and inspiring creative journey, learn more about how to create your own patterns and motifs and even design a set of business stationery!

About Module 2: Creating your professional identity

In Module 2: Creating your professional identity you will learn how to develop your brand image, design advanced technical repeats in Photoshop and Illustrator, put a collection together and start your own label. You will also learn how to understand and predict trends, how to get noticed and attract the press, and how to protect your work.

This is for you if you have a basic understanding of surface pattern design and now want to start getting noticed and make a name for yourself. Here you’ll join a community of like-minded people on a fun and inspiring creative journey and learn how to create more complex repeat patterns, build them into a sellable collection and put the foundations in place to pave the way for licensing and other ways of selling your work.

These on-line surface pattern design courses are both five-weeks long. The classroom is accessible 24/7 so you can join from anywhere in the world and fit the course into your busy life. Read some of their student success stories here.

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Module 1: Designing your way includes:

  • How to work with colour
  • How to create moodboards
  • How to build a pattern
  • How and where to seek out design inspiration
  • How to develop your signature style and use this to brand your business
  • How to turn elements of a mixed media painting into a pattern (featuring the work of Kelly Rae Roberts)
  • How to create repeats in Adobe Illustrator
  • Time-saving tricks and industry insider tips
  • The secrets of successful surface pattern designers
  • Downloadable pattern source guide
  • Opportunity to put questions to Rachael Taylor throughout the class.

PLUS

  • *NEW* BONUS TECHNICAL WORKSHOP VIDEOS giving you a step-by-step guide to scanning images and basic manipulation in Photoshop, playing with colour, sketching and creating repeats on your computer.
  • AND a peek behind the scenes of Rachael Taylor’s life as a dynamic and successful professional surface pattern designer and a glimpse at some previously unpublished designs!
  • And a whole lot more – this course really is packed full of goodness!

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Module 2: Creating your professional identity includes:

  • How to start your own label
  • How to develop your signature look
  • How to build your brand image and get people talking about you the way you want them to
  • How to understand and predict trends (and how to layout a professional Trend Report in Adobe Illustrator)
  • How to put a collection together
  • How to get noticed and get press
  • How to market yourself and build your online presence
  • How to protect your work
  • Opportunity to put questions to Rachael Taylor throughout the class.

PLUS

  • *NEW* BONUS TECHNICAL WORKSHOP VIDEOS giving you a step-by-step guide to creating technical repeats, creating a static and rotating advert, creating room set mock-ups and more
  • Create a sample collection, mini brand look book, press release, and trend report.
  • PLUS you will receive bonus industry insider tips, generic industry specifications for printing and designing for various products, a selection of template product examples to demonstrate industry standards and an industry jargon-buster
  • AND the chance to get your work showcased in MOYO magazine which has been viewed over 2.5 million times since it launched.

THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED.

UPDATE: Congratulations, Kelly Dalton!

THE PRIZE!

The prize: ONE place on The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design – Module 1: Designing your way course starting February 1, 2016 AND Module 2: Creating your professional identity course starting April 4, 2016 delivered on-line worth over $640.

How to enter: Check out both courses on the Make it in Design website to find out more, then leave a comment at the bottom of the post in no more than 50 words telling us how this prize would help you right now.

Deadline is Wednesday January 20th. Any comments left after this time will not be counted. The winner will be selected by me, and Rachael Taylor and announced her on Friday, January 22nd.

Good luck!

Terms and Conditions:

  • This competition is to win a place on Module 1: Designing your way course starting February 1, 2016 AND Module 2: Creating your professional identity starting April 4, 2016 from Make it in Design
  • One entry allowed per person
  • The winning place is not transferable – either by date or to another individual and must not be sold on and no cash alternative will be offered in the event that the winner is unable to use the prize for any reason
  • By entering this competition you agree to your entry to be promoted on the Make it in Design and Going Home to Roost website and their associated social networks