do what makes your soul shine

| 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?

my motto for the new year is this: do what makes your soul shine. if your very soul isn't happy, what's the point? for me, this means doing what i love for business, soaking in every special moment with my littles, putting the Lord first, and making sure david and i stay madly in love forever. those are the things that make my soul shine - what makes your soul shine? share with us in the comments section!

before signing off, i also wanted to give a shout-out to some of going home to roost’s most cherished posts from 2015. i hope you’ll have fun reminiscing with me, or maybe even discovering some new posts from the past!

so that’s it for me, lovelies! i’m taking off for my annual blogging break and am planning to return on tuesday, january 5th. 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

Best of GHTR – Christmas Edition!

| christmas | DIY projects

hi everyone! today, i want to dive back into the archives of going home to roost and share some of my all time favorite christmas projects with you. some of them are for packages and decor (like gift wrapping, printable gift tags and cookie envelopes!) and others are handmade gift ideas (like handmade soy candles, painted wooden spoons and clay baked planters!). these projects are all tried and true, and i hope they'll make your christmas just a little more special. explore each of them using the links below!

Best of GHTR - Christmas Edition!

ONE diy soy candles| TWO printable cookie envelopes | THREE bottle brush trees | FOUR printable gift tags | FIVE 'chalkboard' packaging | SIX hand painted wooden spoons| SEVEN reversible ribbon cuffs | EIGHT planted mugs | NINE speckled gift wrap | TEN diy baked clay planters

Give a 1 Year Membership to the Roost Tribe

| christmas | roost tribe

hi everyone! just like last year, i wanted to share with you a special gift idea for the creative in your life. i created the roost tribe over three 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 receive premium, exclusive content each week, and every day members are following their dreams, sharing their talents, and finding strength through our community. becoming a member is a step towards opening the door to the future you’ve always dreamed of.

giving a year's membership to the roost tribe would be a great gift for a blogger, surface pattern designer, illustrator or creative of any type (or even yourself!).

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

click on the image above to purchase. after you complete your purchase (through paypal), i will get in touch with you via your email address provided during checkout. 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.

in order to not spoil any surprises, all of the recipients roost tribe material will start on january 1st, 2016. i can’t wait to fill the new year with new inspirations!

2016 Customizable Instagram Calendars

| christmas | free downloads | handmade

2016 Customizable Instagram Calendars (4)

hey everyone! just like last year (and the year before!), i'm so happy to share with you the 2016 version of my customizable instagram calendars! these make really fun 'print and give' gifts, and they're something you can do for free (as long as you have a printer!). you can either print mine (see below) or download the template to make your own. they were inspired by instagram photos, but of course, any photo cropped to a square will work!

*want a fun gift idea? find your recipient on instagram by going to’recipient’s instagram handle’ (like this:, download 12 photos and make a calendar for them using their very own instagram photos. they’ll be so surprised!

2016 Customizable Instagram Calendars (1)

the calendar above is made from some of my very own favorite instagram photos from this past year. we keep ours on the fridge as a reminder of the beauty we saw in the same month one year before. you can either print mine, or use the included template to customize it by inserting your own photos.

to download: click HERE (or on the image above) to download the .zip file. inside you’ll find:

– my printable PDF 2016 calendar.
– a PDF blank template for you to add your own photos to.
– a .PNG template with a transparent background for you to add your own photos to.
– a .EPS file that you can open in photoshop or illustrator to edit.

(i tried to make something for everyone!)

tips for using this template: to use a template, you will need to use some kind of photo software that allows you to layer photos. if you have photoshop or illustrator: open the .eps file and simply drag and drop your photos into place. for all other programs, try using either the .PDF or .PNG template. programs like printshop, pages and picmonkey should allow you to layer you photos on top of the template. after your photos are placed, save the document as a .PDF and print using the instructions below!

instructions: print on heavy cardstock and cut in half (my favorite is epson premium presentation paper). punch a hole at the top of each to hang, or simply stack neatly.

**pro tip! use instaport to quickly download all of your instagram photos from the entire year!

2016 Customizable Instagram Calendars (2)

2016 Customizable Instagram Calendars (3)all photos © bonnie christine. for personal use only.

Gift Guide No. 5 | The Hostess

| christmas | gift guide

this final gift guide is designed for the hostess. homemade is this gal's middle name. she bakes treats for her friends, loves to host gatherings in her home and cooks for her family nearly every night. it could be said that her love language is food. show her how much you appreciate it by gifting her an item from this list!

Gift Guide No. 5 - The Hostess

ONE gold triangles cutting board | TWO french grocery bag | THREE sequin stitch pot holder | FOUR ceramic cake plate| FIVE copper cup | SIX inspirational quote | SEVEN linen tote bag | EIGHT dipped white tray | NINE ceramic travel mug | TEN chemex coffee maker | ELEVEN folk rolling pin | TWELVE chop sticks

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Gift Guide No. 4 | The Maker

| christmas | gift guide | handmade

gift guide no. 4 is all about the maker. this woman is incredibly talented. she hops from one crafty endeavor to the next and is excels at them all with grace. she will learn a new craft, just because it's fun. she DIYs everything. gift her a present from this guide to show her how much you admire her skills!

Gift Guide No. 4 | The Maker

ONE gold glitter twine | TWO thank you tape | THREE the crafter's guide to taking great photos | FOUR can't stop making tee | FIVE beginners frame loom weaving kit | SIX live creatively mug | SEVEN wood calendar | EIGHT boho wrapped bracelet | NINE silhouette cameo | TEN citrus wall calendar | ELEVEN iMo camera bag | TWELVE gold glitter knitting needles | THIRTEEN camera magnet

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gift guide no. 3 | the sewist

| christmas | gift guide

gift guide no. 3 has been curated for the sewist. this gal (or guy!) loves to hoard fabric, sew her own clothes and give handmade gifts. her sewing room or craft corner is jam packed with fabric and trim, but she can always make room for a new notion or pattern. show her how much you appreciate her by rewarding her talents with a gift from this guide!

gift guide no. 3 | the sewist

ONE linen dress form | TWO i'm sew fancy tote | THREE gold handled ginghers | FOUR accord bracelet | FIVE floral expression | SIX french jacquard ribbons | SEVEN playful petals | EIGHT scout tee pattern | NINE aurifil threads | TEN succulence fat quarter stack | ELEVEN owl embroidery scissors | TWELVE pencil wristlet

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Gift Guide No. 2 | The Illustrator

| christmas | gift guide

gift guide no. 2 is all about the illustrator. whether they're an accomplished illustrator or just trying to learn how to get started, this guide is for them! each item on this list is a personal favorite of mine and is something i either use or have found to be extremely helpful. treat the budding surface pattern designer in your life to a gift off this guide (or treat yourself!).

Gift Guide No. 2 | The Illustrator

ONE pantone color guide | TWO palomino blackwing pencils | THREE mastering the art of fabric printing and design | FOUR wacom cintiq | FIVE black drawing ink | SIX pine trees notebook | SEVEN canon scanner | EIGHT uni pens | NINE intro to surface pattern design | TEN surface pattern design 2.0 | ELEVEN print and pattern | TWELVE adobe illustrator

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