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Portfolio Design Challenge Winner

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hi everyone! i'm popping in today to announce the winner for the design challenge i hosted along with my creativelive course, design print and build you're own portfolio. to enter, students were to enter images of their portfolio design process and finalized book. everyone's entries were wonderful, and it was so difficult to choose a winner!

without further ado…

Portfolio Design Challenge Winner

the winner is sue lynn! sue's portfolio is well thought out in both design and layout, and it's filled with her beautiful patterns and work. you can see sue's entire process here, as well as her digital portfolio here.

for winning: sue will receive a 45 minute review with me and a 1 year subscription to the roost tribe. great job, sue!

inspirations no. 3

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inspirational art print no. 3

inspirational art print no. 3

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 & no. 2 here, as well as browse the full collection here!)

No. 3: it always seems impossible until it's done. - nelson mandela

i have a bad habit of looking at an end goal or dream and getting overwhelmed. sometimes, they seem so impossible! that is until i remember my favorite philosophy: do one small thing every single day. once i begin working on a project, before i know it, things are getting done. they really do seem impossible when i look at the big picture, but bit by bit they get accomplished. and that feels so good!

i hope this quote will help you in working towards your own goals and accomplishments.

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

staples of my plant based pantry

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staples of my vegan pantry

as a vegan momma of (almost) two who loves to cook, keeping a well stocked plant based pantry is a must. there are just a few ingredients that i have to have on hand at all times! they make dinners easy to throw together and textures like 'creamy, cheesy and meaty' oh-so-possible.

>> not sure what we eat? check out the plant based recipes library and years of 'dinner ideas' posts that share what we eat each week. want to dive in a little deeper? you can read more about my vegan pregnancy, why becoming vegan is the best thing i ever did, how i make it easy, my tips for traveling vegan, and advice on grocery shopping.

my top 10 vegan pantry must haves:

raw cashews. raw cashews are a vegan's best friend. i use them to make everything creamy - from pasta sauce to soup! they have a very mild flavor (not very nutty at all), and are really easy to use.

>> to make cashew cream: soak the cashews overnight, then drain and rinse. add enough fresh water to just barely cover the nuts and blend in a food processor. now, let all the things be creamy!

nutritional yeast. we use this every day, and if you haven't yet, you must try it! nutritional yeast is packed with nutrition, particularly B-vitamins (like B12), folic acid, selenium, zinc, and protein. we primarily use it for it's rich flavor though, which can be described as cheesy, nutty and savory. we add it to grits, soups, sauces, gravies, and just about any other dish we want to amp of the flavor of!

chickpeas. chickpeas in particular are another 'bean' staple in our pantry. i make homemade hummus several times a week, and this is by far the most delicious (and affordable!) way to do it. my staple recipe is: 1 can chickpeas, 2 tbs tahini, 2 tbs olive oil, 1 tbs lemon juice, 2 garlic cloves and salt to taste. from there, you can start experimenting with fresh herbs, olives, sriracha and more!

coconut milk. another great way to make things creamy is by using coconut milk. i love to use them in both deserts and savory dishes like curries and soups. i have to admit, i indulge in the full fat variety for the ultimate creamy experience!

flax seeds. flax seeds are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, so we add them anywhere we can. but our favorite way to use them is as an egg replacer for cookies and baked goods (here's the recipe)!

plant based proteins: of course, we keep a stock of plant based proteins. we try to limit the amount of soy we eat, so we only stick to whole food soy sources like tempeh and tofu. we also love to occasional indulge in some specialty items like field roast apple sage sausage and no evil foods prepper seitan.

beans. beans are always on hand (both canned and dried) so i can add them to just about any dish we're making. they're a great way to add protein and one of bear's personal favorites! some of our favorites are adzuki beans, white canneli beans, garbanzo beans, black beans and kidney beans.

grains. we love to experiment with different grains. i use them for stir fries, sides and additions to meals like soup and burritos. our favorites are quinoa, kamut, pearled barley, amaranth and millet.

nuts. in addition to cashews, we sprinkle nuts on just about everything. i love to top our meals with pecan parmesan, taosted almonds and chopped walnuts.

almond milk. finally, almond milk is our go-to dairy free milk. it's delicious, nutritious and works well for both savory and sweet cooking.

what are are a few of your favorite plant based pantry staples?

5 fonts to fall in love with

| a font affair | baby & children

5 fonts to fall in love with (6)

rivea upright by madpie paper works

i believe i'll always be in love with the wonderful world of fonts. the market today is abounding with quality, handmade fonts. i could look at them forever!

i go through spells of discovering new fonts, usually tipped off by a design project. most recently, i was working on an invitation to my upcoming baby shower and wanted something sweet and simple for the title. the one's i'm sharing with you today are just a few that i fell in love with along the way!

speaking of, what are your thoughts on having a shower for baby 2.0? i know the topic is a little controversial, but i err on the side of getting together and celebrating new life! i know mommas usually have most of the things they need by the time a second (or third!) child comes along, but there are always things we need (especially if baby 2.0 is of a different gender). diapers, a double stroller, another car seat, etc. plus, i think it's fun to celebrate with friends and family around the larger events in our life. do you agree?

do you have any favorite handmade fonts right now? be sure to share them with us in the comments section so we can check them out, too!

5 fonts to fall in love with (1)

pillowbook by lisa glanz

5 fonts to fall in love with (2)

loveton by irwanwismoyo

5 fonts to fall in love with (3)

westcoast by cultivated mind

5 fonts to fall in love with (4)

helena by noe araujo



spoonchallenge 2015: creating a fabric collection

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spoonchallenge 2015: creating a fabric collection with bonnie christine (3)

hey everyone! i'm so happy to team up with spoonflower for this year's spoonchallenge - creating a fabric collection! for four weeks (starting july 6th) we'll be sharing everything you need to know to design the most beautiful fabric collection.

HOW: all you have to do is follow along each week to learn a new skill or technique! sign up for a weekly email full of everything you need to know to get started, or simply follow along on spoonflower's blog. snap a picture of your progress and use the #SpoonChallenge hashtag each week to share what you're learning! 

so, are you ready? if you're a budding textile designer looking for tips and tricks for creating a fabric collection, or perhaps you've mastered the art of surface design, but still struggle with crafting a cohesive set of patterns - this series is for YOU!

week #1 is already here!

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for week #1, i'm sharing with you everything i know about how to gather inspiration for a pattern collection. it includes all the little tips and tricks that i use myself before i begin designing a collection! we'll talk about brainstorming ideas, writing 20 words, building a story, using photography and inspiration boards and how to source your own inspiration. i've also made an adobe illustrator video tutorial on my favorite way to build custom color palettes!

>> visit spoonflower's blog for the full article. be sure to tune in all week as well as they share more info and interviews (like this one from elizabeth olwen!). we can't wait to see what you create!

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diy fabric covered keds

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diy fabric covered keds! (3)

for my current garden inspired fabric line, cultivate, i just had to make some fabric covered keds! since my mom, maxie makes, is the queen of all crafts, i turned to her for help. after only a few minutes of brainstorming and pattern piece-building, she had a plan!

we used one of my favorite prints from the line, thrive passiflora, but of course, you could use any cotton fabric. with just a handful of supplies (that you probably already have in your craft closet), we had these kicks covered in a single afternoon.

>> head on over to maxie makes for the step-by-step tutorial!


diy fabric covered keds! (1)

if you're interested in seeing more projects made from cultivate, be sure to check out the cultivate lookbook and learn more about the line and the inspirations behind it here.

looking to purchase this fabric? 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.

diy fabric covered keds! (2) 

a gift guide for july

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a gift guide for july

product links: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10

a handmade gift guide for birthdays, anniversaries, holidays… or for no reason at all!

fun facts for march:

>> first saturday is free hugs day!
>> july 19th is national ice cream day.
>> july's birthstone is the ruby.
>> july's flowers are the larkspur or the water lily.

july’s desktop & smartphone backgrounds

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july's desktop & smartphone backgrounds (7)

it's summer. and it's july! june was full of summery delights, watermelon and trips to the farmer's market (see a little recap below!). we're kicking off july with a trip to the beach and we're having so much fun! this month, i'll be wrapping up the bulk of my big business tasks for the year so i can start focusing on our baby girl's arrival. she'll be here in just 8 weeks!  what will july bring for you?

to download july’s backgrounds: click on the image above 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!

july's desktop & smartphone backgrounds (1)

a little recap of our month!

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to download the printable version: click on the image above to download the PDF calendar. print on heavy card stock (my favorite is epson premium presentation paper). punch a whole at the top to hang or simply stack.

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!