on teaching and taking classes through skillshare

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bonnie christine's classes on skillshare

i have to say, teaching on skillshare has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. i've taught three classes so far: intro to surface pattern design, surface pattern design 2.0 and design & bind your own portfolio. seeing everyone's work come to life and connecting with students through workshops (like these: I & II) has been so inspirational and fun! (you can learn more about all the classes i offer here!) 

in addition to teaching on skillshare, i love to get MY learn on as well! there are so many quality classes being offered on so many different skill sets. i even improved my knife skills recently! if you're interested in learning, skillshare is the place for you. here are some classes i've taken recently and really enjoyed!

1) photoshop for lettering artists by the lovelies behind besotted blog. a perfect intro to photoshop and lettering!

2) watercolor meets surface pattern design: this class is great for the person who wants to explore with watercolor in their patterns!

3) knife skills: a quick and easy class on how to improve your knife skills.

4) inky illustrations: for that perfectly imperfect look. 

5 & 6) the golden secrets of script lettering I & II: i have been falling in love with martina flor through these classes on lettering. i know you'll love them, too!

what classes have you been enjoying lately?

Bonnie Christine for Silhouette’s Design Store!

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bonnie christine for silhouette

i've had a silhouette cameo machine for a few years now, and i still don't know how i ever lived without it (remember this?). i've cut everything from invitations and hang tags to camera straps and removable tattoos. it's amazing!

after connecting with the lovely people of silhouette at a recent tradeshow, they asked if i'd like to design for their design store. of course, i said, 'YES'! i have about 40 designs available right now, and try to add new ones each week.

honey house cut file by bonnie christine

you can visit my corner of their store for cut files, printable patterns and more. many coordinate with my fabric lines, like this one called 'honey house' from sweet as honey! 

do you have a cutting machine? what's your favorite way to use it?

Celebrating Snail Mail with OliveBox (and a Giveaway!)

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sending and receiving snail mail will always be one of my most favorite things. writing letters, sending cards and little gifts is such a special way to say 'hello' or 'i love you'. at olivebox, they know exactly how good it feels to open your mailbox to a sweet surprise!

new to olivebox? i think you're going to love them! olivebox is a monthly subscription box for unique paper goods and gifts from the brilliant team behind pink olive that we all know and love. each box is filled with beautiful paper goods that will make sending snail mail easy and fun.

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olivebox offers two different membership options. the first is a 'lifestyle box', a curated box of both paper and lifestyle products, which costs $25/box and arrives monthly. the other is options is a card box, a curated box of cards organized by theme, which also costs $25/box but arrives bi-monthly. to see some examples of past boxes, you can check them out here! (shown here is the 'love' card box.)

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and the best news of all? olivebox is offering one lucky reader a box for free! simply enter using the form below. good luck! p.s. feel free to write your own tweet if you use that additional entry!

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!


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



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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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