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Keep organized with this year’s Christmas Gift List Printable!

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Keep organized with this printable Christmas Gift List! (1)

Every year I design a printable Christmas gift list to help organize all the gifts I'm giving (you can find the last four editions here!). Making a list of all the gifts I make or purchase is a huge help when it comes to keeping all the gift-giving straight. "Did I buy that yet? Wrap that gift for dad?" Using this list will help prevent anything from getting lost or forgotten!

Keep organized with this printable Christmas Gift List! (3)

I begin each year by jotting down the ideas I have for everyone (in pencil). Then, as I make items or purchase them, I put a check mark in the box labeled ‘bought’. Next, I check them off one more time as they get wrapped just to make sure everything arrives and gets put under the tree. I also usually jot down the price next to each item, so I can keep track of what I spend each year.

>> TO DOWNLOAD: click HERE to download and print. Have fun, Santa!

Be sure to print 'side 2' to have the 'no peeking' label on visible when you fold up your list! No more spoiled gifts. No more excuses. :)

Keep organized with this printable Christmas Gift List! (2)

10 DIY Christmas Gifts

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Today, I'm diving back into the archives of GHTR to share some of my all time favorite Christmas projects with you. Some 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

Handmade Camera Straps Coming SOON!

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Camera Straps by Bonnie Christine (2)

To be honest with you, I really wish I could keep a handmade shop open all year. It's how I started my journey as a full time creative some 8 years ago and something I hold close to my heart. There's just nothing like pouring love and energy into a product for someone else! And sewing with my very own fabric? There's nothing like it in the world.

Since saying 'yes' to so many amazing opportunities (fabric design, teaching, family!) I knew something had to give, so a few years ago I had to say goodbye to my handmade shop and gear it more towards digital items and art prints.

BUT!! I've made a habit of opening up a handmade shop for Christmas, and I'll be continuing the tradition this year.  I'm making one BIG beautiful batch of camera straps for you and yours!  Straps will be available for ONE WEEK ONLY in my new shop beginning Monday, Nov. 28th at noon EST. This way, everyone will be sure to receive their straps in time for Christmas.

I'll be sharing with you more about the process and production of what goes in to making each strap next week. But for now - mark your calendars for Monday, November 28th - noon EST!

As tradition goes, I won't be planning to offer these again until December 2017, so be sure to get in while shop is open!

Until then- happy Thanksgiving!

Camera Straps by Bonnie Christine (1)

photos by the laura b.

A NEW Skillshare Class! Watercolor for Surface Pattern Design: Working with Adobe Illustrator

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An Online Skillshare Class by Bonnie Christine

Hello, hello! Today is the day. I just finished hitting 'publish' on a brand new Skillshare class and I'm so excited to share with you! I've been dreaming of this class for so long (a little too long!) and I'm really happy to see it finally come together. You can now join me for Watercolor for Surface Pattern Design: Working with Adobe Illustrator on Skillshare today!

Skillshare SpecialPSST. Can you keep a secret? As a little thank you to my newsletter peeps, I'll be sending out a special link in a newsletter later today that will give the first 50 people who click on it FREE access to this course! It's scheduled to go out a 2:00pm EST today. >> Don't miss it by signing up for the newsletter RIGHT HERE.

This course is designed specifically for the Illustrator looking to incorporate painted artwork and watercolors into their designs, using Adobe Illustrator. Whether you're a budding surface pattern designer or licensed STAR, you'll learn tips and tricks along the way that will help build your career (or hobby!) as a pattern designer.

 PLEASE NOTE: If you're new to Illustrator, be sure to take Intro to Surface Pattern Design and Surface Pattern Design 2.0 first. This course will assume that you're either competent in Illustrator or that you've taken these two courses first. :)


Watercolor artwork is everywhere, but it poses a unique dilemma for Illustrators. Traditionally, watercolors are a Photoshop user's best friend, but this course will teach you how to make them work FOR you in Adobe Illustrator. I'll teach you how to paint with Illustrator in mind, scan and vectorize your artwork, make repeating patterns and color (and recolor!) them beautifully.

  • Gather the best tools for watercolor painting
  • Learn to paint with Illustrator in mind
  • Scan and vectorize your paintings like a pro
  • Limit the # of colors in your document
  • Build a repeating pattern with your artwork
  • Choose a color palette for your pattern that works
  • Learn to recolor your watercolor pattern with ease

This course is designed to give you all the technical and creative skills you need to start designing beautiful painterly patterns, plus my hope is that it will motivate and inspire you to start following your creative dream!


I am so excited to begin this adventure with you. Join class right here!

PSST! Did you know? If you're new to Skillshare, you can get 3 months of Skillshare Premium for only $0.99 for unlimited access to this (and thousands) of online classes by using THIS LINK. Enjoy!

What I Love about the Baby Cubby

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The Baby Cubby
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From the moment I was introduced to The Baby Cubby, I've been impressed. From the quality of gear and expanse of offerings to their company mission and promise to price match - I've been delighted over and over again! I received my first order just last week, and had my littles squealing with delight as we opened some new (and much needed) warm winter clothes. (Is it just me or does everything stop fitting everyone all at the same time in your house, too?!)
What I've been most delighted with is that The Baby Cubby isn't just another baby store. They offer so much more than that, and truly have parent's best interest at heart. As parents themselves, they work hard to engage with and support their community through this amazing journey of parenthood.  

What I love about The Baby Cubby:

  • Their passion to encourage, inspire, and remind parents how amazing they are and how important their role is.  
  • Their promise to carry only the best and safest gear - they spend hundreds of hours researching products, so we can worry less.
  • They're committed to price match everyday (even to amazon!) and offer free shipping nationwide for any orders over $49
  • Their active engagement with parents via social media and the cubby community blog to discuss and support all the topics of parenting.
I have had so much fun partnering with The Baby Cubby for this post and together we're happy to offer all of YOU a 10% discount for the next week! Use code "goinghometoroost10" during checkout to receive 10% off today through November 16th, 2016. Thank you, Baby Cubby for your generosity and commitment to parents!


20 Projects + Patterns made from Hello, Ollie Fabrics!

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 Hello, Ollie Fabrics Blog Tour (2)

Hello everyone! The Hello, Ollie Blog Tour ended last week and it was full of so many amazing projects + inspiration! I had several talented makers that contributed projects to my Hello, Ollie booth at Quilt Market participate, and the projects included are simply sensational. Many of them come with a pattern, tutorial or are available for purchase, so come on and dive right in!

Projects clockwise:

Cheri Lehnow | Tinker With This
Ali Brorsen | Because of Brenna
Shayla Wolf | Sassafras Lane
Deanne Chambers + Karyn Astleford | Annie & Dot Fabrics
Jessica Bustos  | Lil Luxe Collection
Jenn Rossotti | Ginger Peach Studio

Projects clockwise:

Sarah Sharp | No Hats in the House
Sarah Overton | My Crowded Nest + Walker Quilt Co.
Sarah Thomas | Sariditty
Vanessa Hewell | LBG Studio
Kaitlyn Pallas Howell | Knot and Thread Design
Corri Sheff  | The Lions Dandy
Teresa Behr | Dandelion Drift

Projects clockwise:

Lindsay Conner | Lindsay Sews
Alexis Wright | My Sweet Sunshine
Lisa Mabey | Mabey She Made It
Amanda Castor | Material Girl Quilts
Bonnie Christine | Going Home to Roost
Taylor Urban | Taylor Made Creates
Hailey Johnston | Project Free 2 Fly

A HUGE thank you to all of these lovely ladies who contributed their talent and love to these projects. I'm in awe of each of you and the brilliance of your work!

>> Browse more photos from the Hello, Ollie Blog Tour on Instagram!

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Bonnie Christine 2017 Calendar Collection

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A part of me can't even believe I'm writing this post. Every year for the past 6 years, I've planned to design a calendar collection, and every year I end up saying, "I'll do it next year". I'm so happy to share though that THIS year has been different! The change is primarily due to finding a local printer that I LOVE. They were able to print these calendars on luxurious papers with beautiful coloring, and I'm so happy with the results. I've thoughtfully paired each of them with different hangers, to give you several beautiful options to choose from.

Without further ado, here is my very first calendar collection for 2017!

There are 3 options:

2017 Calendar Collection by Bonnie Christine (9)

1. 2017 Modern Botany Desk Calendar
Dimensions: 6" x 9"
Length: 14 Illustrated pages
Price: $18
Features: 2 6" x 9" art prints included with each order!
Hang options: 1) simply stacked 2) hang hole + velvet ribbon 3) copper bulldog clip

I've illustrated each page of this Modern Botany Desk Calendar with pretty florals and happy hues to inspire your work station all year. Hang and clip them from a beautiful copper bulldog clip or choose the velvet ribbon for a softer look. Each stack calendar comes with 2 6" x 9" art prints as well (see below)!

2017 Calendar Collection by Bonnie Christine (7)

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2. 2017 Year at a Glance Calendar - Blush
Dimensions: 12" x 18"
Price: $18
Features: Double sided - once the year is over turn the print around for artwork that will last forever!
Hang options: 1) simply flat 2) copper bulldog clip 3) Modern Wooden Hanger

The large Year at a Glance Calendar is the perfect way to make a statement all year round. Once the year is over, simply turn the print around for an art piece that will last forever. Hang it using a pretty copper bulldog clip or choose the modern wooden hanger to turn it into a true statement piece for your home.

2017 Calendar Collection by Bonnie Christine (3)

2017 Calendar Collection by Bonnie Christine (1)

3. 2017 Year at a Glance Calendar - Pink
Dimensions: 12" x 18"
Price: $18
Features: Double sided - once the year is over turn the print around for artwork that will last forever!
Hang options: 1) simply flat 2) copper bulldog clip 3) Modern Wooden Hanger

Because I love this large Year at a Glance Calendar so much, I wanted to offer the same calendar in two color options. This one is bright and cheerful and a perfect way to bring some color into your space!

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Novembers’s Digital + Printable Calendar Collection

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Hello everyone! I have something REALLY exciting to share with you tomorrow, so I'm posting November's Calendar set here today. Get a head start on updating your calendars today and meet me back here tomorrow for something special!

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Bye bye October, hello beautiful November! This month's calendar collection uses a new watercolor inspired pattern I made for an upcoming Skillshare class I'm teaching. I can't wait to tell you more about it (soon, I promise)!

A few things I love most about November: pumpkins, family gatherings, hunting for Christmas presents and morning frosts. :) What are some of your favorite things about November?

Calendars for November: click here to download the desktop background and here to download the smartphone background. I hope they brighten your spaces!

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November Desktop + iPhone Calendars (1)

Here's a little glimpse into our month. If you'd like to follow along, I would love to meet you over on Instagram!

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To download the printable version: click here 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 are © 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!