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a favorite find: ePantry

| eco friendly finds

a favorite find: epantry

i've shared my love for ePantry before, and i'm happy to report that after using them for a year, i'm still in love! every month we receive a big bundle of sustainable household goods that we've hand selected for our family. i've been able to keep a well stocked cleaning cabinet and try a few new things for over a year now!

so what is ePantry? it’s an earth friendly service that makes purchasing eco household products super convenient. in just three minutes, they create a customized, yet highly flexible, schedule for all your household products — with speedy delivery to your door for cheaper than the grocery store (or even amazon. seriously!). based on your household needs, ePantry recommends the right amount of sustainable household products to keep you from ever running low.

with babies around, using earth friendly & safe household cleaners has been more important to us now more than ever. i'm pleased to say that i haven't had a toxic cleaner in my home for several years now, and ePantry has been a huge part in making that possible (and easy!).

ePantry's website is easy to use and fun to engage with, and the employees are always a pleasure to work with! they also recently became a B Corp (hooray!) and donate to save 25 square feet of rain forest for every order shipped (and they're doubling that to 50 square feet through may 31st!).


the most exciting news? this week, ePantry has offered everyone who places an order by may 31st a $10 gift card and a 70 hour grove organic soy candle ($12.95 value) in their first purchase! i've been burning a grove candle this week myself, and they smell so delicious (i know you'll love it!). just click here to visit ePantry and start picking out you eco-goodies today!


Design Challenge Winners + Honorable Mentions

| handmade

hi everyone! today i get to announce the winner for the design challenge i hosted for my second skillshare class, surface pattern design 2.0! i’ve spent the last several days pouring myself into the student’s projects (61 of them!) and have enjoyed viewing everyone’s work so much. let me tell you, it has been SO HARD to choose a winner!

luckily, i had some help this time. stephen fraser, co founder of spoonflower helped me go through everyone's projects and choose the top 3 winners. thank you, stephen! everyone did an outstanding job and we have been blown away at the final patterns!

without further ado…

Design Challenge Winners + Honorable Mentions (3)

the winner is abandon by nikki o! i immediately fell in love with this collection. nikki does an outstanding job with each of the elements in the collection, and i love all the added textures she applied. the collection as a whole varies in weight from every angle. she includes dark and light contrasts, small and large scales and complex to simple repeats. she also does a great job incorporating some linear, directional and all over prints. great job, nikki!

From Stephen: This collection is well-thought out. Nikki does a nice job walking  us through the process of gathering inspiration and developing the elements of the collection. Good breadth to her collection. Interesting color palette with exciting and interesting design elements.  

for winning: nikki will receive a 45 minute personal one-on-one review and industry chat with me, $100 gift certificate to spoonflower, ten 1/2 yards of any fabric collection (her choice), lifetime membership to the roost tribe, and a set of 6 art prints from course presentations.


Design Challenge Winners + Honorable Mentions (1)

second place goes to morning stroll by sandra bowers. this is another delicious color palette! i love sandra's use of textures, beautiful florals and linear designs.

From Stephen: This collection offers a nice variety of patterns to suit a range of applications and a bright, contrasting color palette. Balanced collection that manages to combine both complicated patterns and simple designs.

for 2nd place: sandra will receive a $50 gift certificate to spoonflower and a 1 year membership to the roost tribe.


Design Challenge Winners + Honorable Mentions (2)

third place goes to spring revival by holly mccaig. this collection is just full of good feelings. i absolutely love her color palette and how she varied the complexities of each design. busy bee is just the cutest print!

From Stephen: Interesting color palette. Nice detail and imagery. Cohesive collection with well balanced designs. 

for 3rd place: holly will receive a $25 gift certificate to spoonflower and a 1 year membership to the roost tribe.


and finally, a few more honorable mentions! these patterns were all close contenders for the ‘top three’ and i love them each so much. take some time to visit the project pages below for these patterns to see each final collections.

by row:

1 – dreams of spring by crystal picard
2 – summer dirt by anna stout-tuckwiller
3 – a fresh beginning by whitney todd
4 – cuckoo by pippa shaw
5 – springtime by metka hiti
6 – butterfly dance by shelley s
7 – free to be by jocelyn friis
8 – morning on the farm by annika olsson pedersen

ready to learn illustrator and start creating your OWN patterns? come join us for intro to surface pattern design and surface pattern design 2.0!

psst. ready for the next step? join me for how to design, print and build your own portfolio!

Succulence at Spring Quilt Market

| bonnie christine design

Succulence by Bonnie Christine at Spring Quilt Market (8)

hey everyone! as you might have followed over on instagram, we've just returned from spring quilt market! though minneapolis was beautiful, we got back home nearly an entire day late due to delays and cancelled flights (i know several of you had issues traveling this week, too!). needless to say, i think this is the first morning i feel back in my groove. so, it's time to share a little of my booth with you!

for this market, i debuted my upcoming fabric line, succulence for art gallery fabrics (available this september!). this collection was inspired by the plant i always fill my home with - succulents! it's earthy and cheerful and filled with terrariums, plants and found bits of nature. i've even sprinkled a few metallics in there!

i wanted my booth to resemble an old home where years and years of layered wallpaper had been scraped away. we had so much fun hanging it (amazing quality from spoonflower!), and then ripping and tearing it away from the wall. one of the most fun things about market is having an excuse to try anything you want!

Succulence by Bonnie Christine at Spring Quilt Market (6)

i couldn't have done it without my mom, maxie makes. she made about half of my samples and helped me set up and break down. the above hanging book mobiles is just one of the projects that she worked on. i just love how they turned out!

Succulence by Bonnie Christine at Spring Quilt Market (7)

we found these huge foam flowers on sale at a local shop that was going out of business, and i'm so glad we did! i wasn't sure they would make it after being scrunched up our suitcases, but they fluffed back up beautifully. i have them home with me now and hope to hang them in the nursery soon!

maxie makes also made these two pretty handbags. we're planning on sharing a pattern for them soon!

Succulence by Bonnie Christine at Spring Quilt Market (5)

Succulence at Spring Quilt Market

as usual, i used my silhouette cameo to help with several aspects of the booth! i cut the vinyl lettering at home as well as all the paper petals for the flowers on the wall (i used this tutorial from lia griffith). i'm telling you, this machine is amazing!

Succulence by Bonnie Christine at Spring Quilt Market (4)

Succulence at Spring Quilt Market

for the booth, we also made a sew together bag (above left), the agate quilt from purl bee, a stuffed bunny rabbit and a petal play quilt. we had so much fun! 

did you got to quilt market? if so, what was your favorite discovery?

Calypte Collection Gift Certificate Giveaway

| giveaway

Calypte Collection Gift Certificate Giveaway

one of my favorite ways to accent an outfit is with a simple piece of jewelry. bracelets are usually my favorite (probably because they are the most toddler friendly!), and i love these from calypte collection. they are comfortable, modern and sophisticated!

carol's pieces are always inspired by the outdoors - the dark forest greens, blue rushing river waters, and singing song birds call her name. carol works as a wildlife biologist by day where she's happily immersed in the beautiful colors of nature, from the gorgeous hues of blooming flowers to the iridescent colors of hummingbird feathers. you'll find this nature inspired color palette woven throughout her collections.

carol has also generously offered a $75 gift certificate to calypte collection for one of you lucky readers. read on to find out how to enter!


enter to win: one $75 gift certificate to calypte collection.

deadline: giveaway will end sunday, may 24th at 12am, EST. the winners will be drawn using a random number generator and announced on this post shortly after.

to enter: comment on this post sharing with us your favorite color from nature (for example, mine would be the mint color from the wings of a luna moth!). 

additional ways to enter:

>> sign up for calypte collection's newsletter.

>> like going home to roost and calypte collection on facebook

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

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

good luck! xox, bonnie


off to quilt market!

| bonnie christine design

meet me at quilt market!
hello lovelies! i'm putting all the finishing touches today on several projects before heading up to minneapolis for international quilt market tomorrow! i'll be debuting my upcoming fabric collection, succulence for art gallery fabrics (available this september). my booth will be featuring a petal quilt, handmade hare, two beautiful bags, several book mobiles and more. i can't wait to share it with you! you can find me at the art gallery fabrics booth, #701.

i hope to see you there! if you're unable to attend, you can follow along on instagram as well - i'll meet ya there and see you back here next week! xo, bonnie

behind the scenes of building my handmade portfolio

| bonnie christine design | DIY projects

i recently finished building a new handmade portfolio of my work, and decided to make a short video documenting the process for you to see, as well! crafting your own book can be such a creative, fulfilling project, and definitely a labor of love as many, many hours go in to the precise planning, designing, printing, and binding of the book. i absolutely love watching it come to life!

behind the scenes of building my handmade portfolio

i'm also really excited to share with you that i'll be teaching a course on how to design, print and bind your own portfolio for creativelive next month! in this course, i'll be teaching about the importance of creating a handmade portfolio, how to design and print the pages and how to build and bind your own book. i'll also be covering what to include and my favorite tips on how to stand out from the crowd. the course will be free to watch live on june 3rd (and also available to purchase for anytime access!). i hope you'll join us! you can RSVP for the class here.

psst. want to join us LIVE in san francisco on june 3rd as a student in the audience? you can apply here!

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How to Sew in an Exposed Zipper + Make a Cloud Pillow!

| DIY projects

How to Sew in an Exposed Zipper + Make a Cloud Pillow!

making pillows is such a fun and easy way to freshen up a room and splash some color around. i usually make pillows with an envelope closure in the back, but i have recently fallen in love with the look and convenience of an exposed zipper in the bottom. i like the textural interest that the hardware adds and it makes changing out the pillow inserts a cinch!

hello bear cloud pillow + exposed zipper tutorial (2)

you can of course use this method for a number of applications, but i'm going to show you the process today i used in making this sweet cloud pillow for bear's nursery. and of course, i used hello, bear fabrics (specifically, the firefly print)!

here's what you'll need:

- fabric for the pillow: i used hello, bear firefly whisper (adjust amount according to desired pillow size)
- all purpose craft paint in black and paintbrush
- zipper with metal teeth (i used this one from coats and clark, also available here)
- poly-fil
- iron off pen

general sewing supplies:

- sewing maching & thread
- scissors
- straight pins
- iron

hello bear cloud pillow + exposed zipper tutorial (1)

step 1: begin by planning the shape of your cloud. lay two pieces of fabric down, wrong sides together (right sides facing outwards on top and bottom). use your iron off pen to draw the shape of your cloud, being careful to give the pillow a straight bottom for the zipper. cut out along your lines.

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step 2: draw on a pair of eyelashes, using your iron off pen, first. trace over your pen marks with a small paint brush and martha's all purpose craft paint in black. sidenote: this paint is wonderful on fabric! i've used it to make several onesies and it even washes well!

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step 3: after the paint has dried, turn the cloud right sides together and stitch along the bottom straight edge with a 1/4" seam allowance. set aside.

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step 4: using a scrap piece of fabric, cut a long rectangle about 2" in width and as long as you'd like the exposed part of the zipper to show. draw a rectangle on it with the iron off pen that's about 1" in width.

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step 5: open up the cloud pillow and press the bottom seam from the back. turn right side up and pin the extra piece of fabric to it, right side down, centered on the stitched seam.

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step 6: stitch down the extra piece of fabric, using your drawn rectangle as a guide. this will serve as your facing.

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step 7: now open up the seam again by cutting it straight down the middle (you'll be cutting through two pieces of fabric, and opening back up your original seam). leave about 3/4" at each end, and clip in the shape of a "Y" towards the corners (see photo above).

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step 8: now fold everything inside the stitched line, fold to the back and press.

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step 9: place your zipper behind the opening and pin in place.

*note: your zipper should have a 'stop' in the end, to keep it from unzipping completely. if it doesn't, you can simply make one by using a bar tack stitch, or a very tight zig zag across the teeth. just make sure to widen your stitch enough to where you don't hit the metal zipper (and break your needle)!

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step 10: stitch down along the edges of the opening to secure the zipper in place. again, just be careful to avoid hitting the metal teeth with your needle (i may or may not have broken a needle here!). :)

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step 11: unzip the zipper about half way. turn the pillow pieces right sides together and pin in place. stitch around the edges using a 1/4" seam allowance. go back and clip along the curves and in each corner as shown above.

hello bear cloud pillow + exposed zipper tutorial

step 12: find the zipper opening and turn the pillow right side out. press the seams and begin stuffing your pillow (i used poly-fil). the key to keeping your pillow 'lump-free' is by using small bits of poly-fil at a time, and filling the furthest corners first.

*if you prefer, you could also make a fitted pillow insert using the same method above. simply stitch around the pillow and leave an opening in the bottom. stuff with poly-fil and then hand stitch closed the opening. this would give you a removable insert.

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How to Sew in an Exposed Zipper + Make a Cloud Pillow!psst. if you love this cloud pillow, be sure to check out these hello, bear cloud decals with interchangeable faces!

a gift guide for may

| gift guide

may gift guide

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!

*wabi-sabi botanicals has kindly offered 10% for all going home to roost readers! use coupon code "HOME2ROOST" during checkout. thanks, elysse!

fun facts for march:

>> may 4th is bird day.
>> may 10th is mother's day
>> may is national moving month.
>> may is national smile month in the uk.
>> may is garden for wildlife month.
>> may's birthstone is the emerald
>> may's birth flower is the lily of the valley and the crataegus monogyna.