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Finally, Going Home to Roost

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Other possible titles for this post were: "How we accidentally moved back to our hometown", "What a roller coaster ride!" and "Our new homesite!".

That being said, I have a story to tell you, and I'll try to keep it as concise as possible. Some of you might remember that we sold our house in Pisgah Forest, NC on August 1st. The decision to sell was prompted by our dream to build. We listed our house in June and it went under contract 5 days later (amazing!). We had been hunting for the right piece of land for several months, but had our heart set on a piece of property nestled in the forest on the top of mountain. It wasn't officially on the market, but we had heard that the owner might be willing to sell it, so we spent many afternoons walking the land and many nights dreaming about living there. Once our house sold, we approached the owner with high hopes, made an offer (that he accepted!) and had our realtor draw up a contract (we'll call this one #1).

Meanwhile, we moved to a small apartment owned by my parents about 90 minutes away in our hometown, Franklin, NC. This is where we would live during the build, and David would commute to work 3 days a week.

The land we were buying was a parcel from a much larger tract, so it was understood that David and I would be in charge of having it surveyed and pulling all the permits. Since the surveyor was booked for several weeks, we waited. Six weeks later the survey came in - only to show that the only feasible house site on the property wasn't even on the land that we were under contract for. How does that happen?! Sometimes you just gotta laugh. Turns out, the initial drawing was off, which excluded the house site. We approached the owner of that parcel, but he wasn't willing to sell it, so we picked ourselves up and started looking at other options.

Turns out the same landowner had another parcel, on the other side of the mountain that was a good possibility. It wasn't perfect, but it was the 2nd best option in the county. We signed contract #2, and proceeded to order another survey and more permits.

At this point, we had been in Franklin for about 6 weeks, where something began to happen. Inklings of endearment for this place, new and old friendships, familiarity and family warmed our heart. David and I routinely found ourselves talking about how much we enjoyed it here, and caught ourselves looking, just looking, at real estate.

Moving here wasn't even on our rader, and would mean big things - primarily in David's work (thankfully, I can work anywhere!). As a cycling coach, David had the opportunity to work 'remotely', but it would mean some big changes in the way he got paid. Primarily, we would lose benefits for the family and would have to pick them up ourselves. But it would also mean raising our children in the same town as both of our parents and truly returning to our roots.

What really happened, I think, is that we began seeing our hometown through a new set of eyes. If you're not familiar with the town, Franklin is small. Like everyone knows everyone small. We started to see it not for the place we grew up, or the place our parents picked, but from our own perspective. And any of those childhood feelings (you know, 'gotta get out of here' thoughts), seemed so silly. The community here is thriving, the support is overwhelming, the beauty is breathtaking and the love we feel is exactly what we want. 

You see where I'm going with this. About 8 weeks ago, we found a beautiful piece of farm land in Franklin, dissolved contract #2 in Pisgah Forest and signed contract #3 in Franklin. I'm happy to report that we closed on this piece of land last week and broke ground on the new house yesterday!

In somewhat related and other exciting news, David took a leap of faith and started a new business called Freedom Fishing Co., turning his (other) passion into business. He offers guided fly fishing tours, casting instruction and fly tying sessions (and of course, I designed his logo and website!). I’m so proud of him and the intention in our home to do what we love and work really hard at it. If you know someone who would like to take a trip, they’ll love the experience. Our rivers and streams are some of the most beautiful land in the country.

So I guess you could say, I'm finally going home to roost.

I'm planning to write some updates on the build as we go along, and go into some specifics to help anyone else who might be looking to build. So far, it's been an incredibly informative and fun adventure for us! And for more frequent updates, you can follow along over on Instagram

Below are some pictures we had taken right where our house will stand one day soon. I have lots more to tell you, but I'll be taking the rest of the year off to enjoy time with our family. I hope you all have a Merry Christmas filled with love and laugther! Thanks for reading, I'm thankful for each of you. Love, Bonnie.

In this series:

Finally Going Home to Roost
Finances + Banks
Looking for Land
Designing a Home
Choosing a Contractor coming soon
Breaking Ground coming soon

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Photos by Callie Lynch.



Mixbook’s New Acrylic Prints + a Giveaway & Coupon Code!

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Mixbook recently released an all new type of print, and they're gorgeous! Acrylic prints are perfect to use for both photographs and illustrations, like the one shown above. They have a glass like finish with vivid colors and brilliant clarity. They even come with beautiful pre-installed mounting hardware on the back, which makes hanging a cinch.

The illustration I used for this print coordinates to the main print in my newly released fabric collection, Wonderful Things for Art Gallery Fabrics. To celebrate the release, I'm giving away a copy of the above 16" x 20" acrylic print by Mixbook and one yard of the coordinating fabric print, Words to Live By (a $150 value!). 

Mixbook has also generously offered 50% off all acrylic prints! Use code "BCAC50" during checkout - expires 12/24/16 at midnight.

GIVEWAY HAS ENDED - congratulations Taylor Urban!


New to the shop: Gift Wrap!

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Hello, hello! Today I get to share with you a brand new product in the shop: gift wrap! The collection includes 12 different patterns, perfect for wrapping gifts, lining drawers and using in art projects of all kinds.

Bundles of 3-4 also coordinate to several of my fabric collections for Art Gallery Fabrics! I'm thinking - how sweet would it be match the gift wrap to a sewn present inside?!

Gift wrap is printed with full color on luxurious uncoated text weight paper in the USA, and each roll includes (3) 20" x 29" sheets.

Head on over to the shop to see more!

P.S. I'm sending out a special coupon code for the shop to my list later today - don't miss out by signing up for the newsletter here!

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Adorable art from Minted + $250 giveaway!

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Adorable art from Minted + $250 giveaway! (3)

It's no secret that I love Minted for beautiful art (remember this?). When I saw these beautiful painted baby animals by Cass Loh, I couldn't help but sweep them up for my two littles!

I enjoy shopping Minted's marketplace so much - choosing prints, sizes and custom frames has never been so easy! I also love how they connect you with independent artists from all over the world. If you're not familiar with how they work, you'll love it! Each month, they host a design challenge for artists. Then, the community votes on their favorites and Minted sells the winner's art in the form of prints, homewares and gifts. I think it's brilliant!

Giving art prints for Christmas is such a unique gift - something that will hang in someone's home and be enjoyed for years and years. What a special gift!

Adorable art from Minted + $250 giveaway! (1)

To help you in your giving-giving endeavors, Minted has offered to give away a $250 gift certificate towards any purchase at Minted

>> click here to ENTER THE GIVEAWAY

Details: Giveaway ends Monday Decemeber 12th at midnight EST. Minted will randomly choose a winner and notify them via email.

A note from Minted: This giveaway is only open to legal residents of the 50 United States and District of Columbia who are at least 18 years old as of the date of entry, except officers, directors, members, and employees of the sponsor, or any other party associated with the development or administration of this promotion, and the immediate family (i.e., parents, children, siblings, spouse), and persons residing in the same household, as such individuals. This promotion is void outside the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, and where prohibited.



Custom Name Hello, Bear Art Prints

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Custom Named Hello, Bear Art Prints

Hey Hello, Bear fans! Over the next week, I’ll be taking 15 orders to work on custom “Hello, Bear” art prints, using the recipient’s name! Customer’s get to choose the woodland animal, color, size and name during checkout. These have been so fun and sweet to work on! Orders receive by Dec 16th will arrive in time for Christmas (USA).

>> Shop prints here!

Named after my son, Bear, this collection inspires us all young at heart explorers to frolic and listen to the playful sounds of the wilderness. Art prints coordinate with my Hello, Bear fabric collection for Art Gallery Fabrics.

A handmade gift guide

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Hello everyone! I'm delighted to share a gift guide with you today, full of handmade products from artists in this year's holiday guide. These makers are all so very talented, I know you'll enjoy diving into their worlds and getting to know them and their process a little better!

Explore the gift guide:

1: Berry Branch Scarf Camera Strap by Blue Bird Chic

2: Be Brave Bear Pillow by Mint Peony Designs

3: Personalized Floral Mug by Wild Meadow Press

4: 2017 Watercolor Art Print Calendar by My Giant Strawberry

5: Blush Roses by Whisp by Adri

6: Christmas Past Candle by Book Scents

7: Ginger Tulip Reversible Pillow by Blue Thistle Arts

8: Flower Table Top Photo Frame by Museware Pottery

9: Sweet Flower Keepsake Necklace by Little Girl's Pearls

10: Peace on Earth Angel by A Cat Like Curiosity


A Collection of Christmas Cards for Mixbook

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 I recently designed a collection of Christmas cards for Mixbook, and they just arrived! Each of the four cards come in 3-4 color options (red, green, blush, teal, blue and cream!) and can be customized with your photos, text and lots of 'stickers'. If you've never used Mixbook's online editor, you're going to love it! I personally find it very addicting. :)
Mixbook has been kind enough to offer Going Home to Roost readers the chance to win a $50 gift card! To enter, head on over to Instagram and enter following the instructions on this post.

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LAST Day to Purchase Camera Straps!

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Hello again! Just a quick reminder that today is the LAST day to purchase camera straps from my little popup shop. If they're on your list, be sure to grab one before midnight (and mark off that gift!). I'm not planning to offer them again until this time next year, so don't delay!

>> SHOP Camera Straps

PS >> I put together a 60 second video to show how easy it is to attach these straps to a camera! Watch the video below!