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10 creative supplies i use nearly every day

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10 creative supplies i use nearly every day

i find myself using the same materials over and over again. they all help my crafty to-do's in one way or another, so i want to share them with you! i love learning about new tools of the trade, don't you? in fact, why don't you share one of your own favorites with us in the comments section!

1) pantone color guide: though this is pretty industry-specific, i couldn't manage without it. i use it anytime i design for a client and it's the only way to communicate color accurately. plus, it's beautiful to look through and fun to work with!

2) afterlight: my favorite app for editing photos. i generally use the manual controls, cropping and straightening tools.

3) borden & riley tracing paper. a wonderful tracing paper that scans beautifully and nearly eliminates the need for a lightbox.

4) winsor & newton indian ink. i keep this ink right by my desk so when i need to work on a logo or hand lettering project it's easy to grab. it's easy to work with, smooth and dark.

5) teuxdeux. my preferred task manager. i couldn't function without it!

6) palomino blackwing pencils. my 'go-to' pencil for sketching and lettering.

7) wacom cintiq. though i'm still using a wacom tablet, i'm saving up for a cintiq. i've been assured by several others that it's worth the investment and a total game changer when it comes to designing! i'll keep you posted!

8) merchant & mills paper scissors. they make cutting any kind of paper a breeze!

9) uni pens. the perfect dark, smooth inked pen for sketching with.

10) sketching notebook. i love to use a large plain notebook that lays flat when opened. this angles notebook from sasha kretova is perfect!

inspirational art print no. 2

| bonnie christine design

inspirational art print no. 2

today i'm sharing with you the next print from my new line of inspirational art prints. each of them portray a quote that has meant something very special to me over the course of my creative career, and i keep them all close to my heart.  (you can see no.1 here and browse the full collection here!)

No.2: doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will. – suzy kassem

it's true, doubting your ability and being scared to start on a dream is usually far more limiting than your actual skills. why squash your dreams before you even try them? what do you have to lose? sometimes the hardest part is just getting starting, but once you begin following a dream all the steps will fall in to place. failure of some sort is bound to happen, but it will only help you progress further and further.

to make things happen, you have to get serious and re-evaluate your priorities. this will be different for everyone, but may look like: living in a different place/house, becoming a one car family, eating and cooking differently, traveling less, etc etc. what you need to know is that big sacrifices are necessary (usually), but they are temporary and the future pay back is worth it!

for me, i dreamed of following my creative heart and turning my passions into a career. so, i decided to give it everything i had. i mean, what's the worst that could happen?! but, the early years of following a big dream usually aren't pretty.

david and i sold a car and became a one-car family for about 3 years. we cooked at home almost exclusively and buying anything new (clothes, home decor, etc) was something that rarely happened. i decorated from second hand stores. we lived pay check to pay check and struggled most of the time, but i worked really hard. i think seeing me work so hard is what helped david continue to believe in me. he saw me following my dream, loving my work and being super passionate about it and he continued to support me. he also saw progress, even though it was slow! it took me 4 years to match his income.

i only share my story with you so that you know where i've been. and i still have lots of big dreams i'm working on! i hope it encourages you, and no matter where you are on your journey!

psst. want this print?: browse through the inspirational art prints and select your preferred size during checkout (8×10, 11×14 or 13×19).

my grandmomma, past & present

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grandmomma, past & present

my grandmomma, at age 83 & 18. my mom took this photo of her, and i could just look at it forever. her beauty (both inside and out) hasn't changed at all over the years!

this is such a special lady, and we have so much in common. her mother (my great grandmother) used to sew clothes for her as a child. then, my grandmomma picked it up and worked in a "cloth" store most of her life. this made my mom fall in love with sewing, and she began making all of her clothes by the time she was in middle school. as you know, she now owns a stitch in time and writes the sewing blog, maxie makes. of course, i naturally fell in love with it too, so i now design fabrics and sew as well!

i love thinking about all the generations working together and carrying on each others passions. and now that i'm about to have a little girl, i wonder if she'll love it as well?

my grandmomma lives in georgia and has kept a flower garden more magnificent than any i've ever seen her entire life. she speaks with a softness and wisdom that i'll always love (especially with her southern accent). she's funny, caring, thoughtful and always keeps ginger snaps in her cupboard.

design your own wallpaper + a giveaway!

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design your own spoonflower wallpaper + a giveaway! (5)

for my recent booth at quilt market, i dreamed of draping the walls with wallpaper of coordinating prints to the fabric line i debuted called succulence. of course, i turned to the only place i know of that creates quick, on-demand, custom wallpaper - spoonflower!

i had never used spoonflower's wallpaper before, and since i wouldn't consider myself a wallpaper-hanging-pro, i was admittedly a little nervous about the whole project. i'm pleased to say that i was blown away at how beautiful this wallpaper was and how easy it was to hang!

design your own spoonflower wallpaper + a giveaway! (1)

i should quickly note - we of course intentionally tore the wallpaper. for the booth, i wanted to create a look of a hundred year old house where wallpaper had begun to peel and tear and show all the layers beneath each other. i love how it turned out for the look of the booth, but i promise you're wallpaper won't rip, tear or peel away from the wall unless you try very hard to make it do so. wink!

design your own spoonflower wallpaper + a giveaway! (3)

since we needed to be able to tear the paper away from the wall, we chose to use the water activated smooth rolls. each roll came with super easy to follow instructions and we were able to hang all of it within about 30 minutes. my mom, maxie makes, and i smoothed it out (with cards from our wallet) and loved how easy it was to reposition on the wall. there were a few bubbles initially, but as soon as it was dry, they had all disappeared (due to the stretching/drying process) which left us with a smooth, seamless and beautiful final wall.

design your own spoonflower wallpaper + a giveaway! (2)

the colors were so vibrant and we had so much fun hanging this wallpaper. i can see how it could become very addicting!

now for the fun part - spoonflower has generously offered to give away 4 rolls of smooth wallpaper to one lucky reader! you could either design your own, or pick from spoonflower's vast designer's library. read below for details on how to enter!


enter to win: 4 rolls of smooth wallpaper - a $240 value! design your own, or pick from spoonflower's vast designer's library.

deadline: giveaway will end sunday, june 21st at 12am, EST. the winner will be drawn using a random number generator and announced on this post shortly after.

to enter: comment on this post sharing with us what project you would undertake using your new custom wallpaper (a wall, room or otherwise?). 

additional ways to enter:

>> share about the giveaway on instagram and include handles @goinghometoroost and @spoonflower.

>> like going home to roost and spoonflower on facebook.

>> share giveaway on twitter and include the handle @gohometoroost and @spoonflower.

be sure to leave a new comment for each additional entry so it counts (limit of 4 comments per person)!

good luck! xox, bonnie + spoonflower


hello, bear challenge projects & winners!

| bonnie christine design

hi everyone! today's the big day where we get to share projects and announce the winners for the big hello, bear challenge!  a HUGE thank you to the panel of judges that helped me choose the winners, we had so much fun looking through everyone's projects!

everyone did an outstanding job. you all are one talented bunch! it was so hard to choose a winner (because you're all winners!)! but, without further ado…

hello, bear challenge projects & winners! (4)

the 1st place winner goes to jenn ashbea. she used hello, bear fabrics to create this adorable messenger bag and wallet. we immediately fell in love with all the beautiful details jenn included in this set (she even used the selvage!). great job, jenn!

for winning: jenn will receive $150 gift certificate to wallternatives, 10 yards of hello, bear fabric and a full set of hello, bear art prints


hello, bear challenge projects & winners! (3)

2nd place goes to marissa pratt. she used the timberland wall stencil to create this feature wall for her soon-to-be son's nursery. we loved this mixture of mint and navy with all the grey accents.

for 2nd place: marissa will receive $100 gift certificate to wallternatives, a 10 piece fat quarter bundle of hello, bear fabric and a full set of hello, bear art prints.


hello, bear challenge projects & winners! (2)

3rd place goes to morgan kelly handmade for making this darling quilt from hello, bear fabrics.

for 3rd place: morgan will receive a $50 gift certificate to wallternatives and a full set of hello, bear art prints.


hello, bear challenge projects & winners! (1)

other projects we absolutely loved are listed below. you all are so incredibly talented, we were blown away! you can see even more projects by checking out the #hellobearchallenge photos on instagram.

1: quilt by beth voss 2: tote by lil' monkee designs 3: dress by minnie mie
4: teepee pillows by applewhite handmade 5: quilt by wooden spoons quilts 6: quilt by shayne dickson
7: doll b y bb&j 8: table and apron by jamie halleckson 9: feature wall by veronica anderson
10: dress by inciufo 11: dress by snickerdoodle stew 12: dress by lil' monkee designs
13: quilt by emma sue treasures 14: bibs by sweet t stitches 15: quilt by red bunny designs

a few outdoor updates at our home!

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outdoor updates at our mountain home

spring always inspires me to work outside and get our outdoor spaces functioning well for the summer months. since we moved into our mountain home nearly 2 years ago, we've done a lot, both inside and out! i hope to share more images of the inside soon, but today i want to share with you a few pictures of our outdoor spaces (+ brag on my hubs a little!).

installing a square foot garden

building a square foot garden

one of our first priorities was to start a small garden. we also join our local CSA farm each year, so though we don't need to grow much, i enjoy planting our favorite vegetables and watching them grow. of course bear loves it, too! so, david built us two 8x4 square foot gardens. he had to dig into the banks to give them a level ground, but after that was finished they went together quickly. we stained the outside of the boards to keep them from weathering, lined them weed cloth and filled them with a mixture of organic soil, compost and peat moss. i keep lettuce, kale and herbs in one and a mixture of flowers in the other. i love having a square foot garden - it makes keeping up the garden so simple and really helps cut down on weeds!

adding plants

diy antler hose rack

we've also painted the entire house (it used to be a lovely dirt-yellow color), and added a few plants to the front side of the house. there's a lot more we'd like to do, like maybe paint the cement blocks and landscape a little more, but i'm so happy with how everything is coming together.

adorning a simple screened door

adding this diy mint screen door has made the entire home feel reminiscent of my child hood. i love hearing it slam behind me as i walk in the door (just me?).

diy antler hose rack

and of course, our DIY antler hose rack! it's been here for a little over a year and i'm happy to say it still works and looks great.

what spring projects have you been working on?

explore the cultivate lookbook!

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explore the cultivate lookbook by bonnie christine (2)

hi everyone! i'm back from all our travels and eager to catch up with you! art gallery fabrics debuted the lookbook for my new fabric line, cultivate, last week and i've been enjoying its pages ever since. i want to take just a few minutes to share it with you today!

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cultivate was inspired by my love for gardening. it's as pure and simple as digging in the dirt! growing vegetables and cutting fresh flowers from the garden is one of my most favorite pleasures in life. there's something so special about preparing a meal with food you've grown yourself, and arranging a bouquet of flowers fresh from the yard. don't you think?

it's about the romance of reaping the harvest through and through. it's filled with floral motifs, garden patches, roots and seeds.

the best way to view cultivate is by hopping right in to the fabric lookbook. i hope you enjoy browsing our projects! you can also check out this post for more about my inspirations and a few of my all-time favorite prints.

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looking to purchase? see if your nearest independent quilt or fabric shop is currently stocked with cultivate, shop online from my mom’s quilt shop – a stitch in time, or view a full list of online shops here.

want to see more projects? view my booth at quilt market and check out everyone’s projects on instragram (use #CultivateFabric)

cultivate by bonnie christine (1)psst! art gallery fabrics has a new app! you can now view all the collections, shop online and find a store near you right from your device. download it (apple or android) and read more about it here (and you must watch this adorable video)!

Join me for Design, Print & Build your Portfolio on CreativeLive!

| bonnie christine design

hi everyone! as i've mentioned before, i’m teaching a course on how to  design, print and build your portfolio for creativelive tomorrow (wednesday, june 3rd, 2015). wahoo!!

teaching another course for creativelive is truly a dream come true (you can read about my first experience here). we arrived in san francisco last night and i'm off to attend my pre-show meetings today. we'll be rolling LIVE tomorrow morning (ee!).

are you familiar with creativelive? if not, get ready to fall in love! every single day, creativelive broadcasts the world’s greatest creative experts directly to you, live and free. with workshops featuring photography, video, design, business, audio, music, and software training there’s something for everyone! anyone can watch online — for free — and interact with instructors in real time. or, if you would prefer to have on demand access anytime, you can purchase the course as well. now, instead of turning on the morning news, i tune into creativelive in the morning to get inspired and nourish my creative spirit!

behind the scenes of building my handmade portfolio

i'm really excited to share this course with you, because it has a little something for everyone in it. it's also NOT just for surface pattern designers! photographers, illustrators, painters, artists, writers and creatives of all kinds will learn how to present their work.

here's what you'll learn:

- why having a portfolio is essential for your creative career
- what to include in your book and how to make it a reflection of your brand and work
- how to design (and print) the pages of your portfolio in adobe illustrator
- how to build your very own handmade portfolio
- tips on getting in touch with your target people and advice on shipping your book

i'll also be sharing with you several examples of portfolios from creatives of all kinds! you’ll leave the course feeling inspired, motivated and prepared to hit the ground running with your beautiful portfolio. we’re going to have so much fun!

course details:

what: Design, Print & Build your Portfolio
when: July 3rd 2015 from 9am - 3pm PST (12pm - 6pm EST)
cost: the course is FREE if you watch it live, and available for purchase for on demand access anytime for $39. click here for details.
RSVP here to get lots of course extras!

see you there! (and back here on monday!) xo, bonnie