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December’s Digital + Printable Calendar Collection

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Hello, and happy Monday! My apologies for being a few days late with this month's desktop calendar. December snuck up on me!

December Desktop + Printable Calendar by Bonnie Christine (2)

Bye bye November, hello beautiful December! This month's calendar collection uses 'winnow frock' from my current fabric collection, Hello Ollie Fabrics. I think it's perfect for Christmas!

A few things I love most about December: singing carols, the first snow, lights and luminaries and of course, Christmas with by babies! :) What are some of your favorite things about December?

Calendars for December: click HERE to download a .zip file of all 3 - or - click to download the desktop background and smartphone background. I hope they brighten your spaces!


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

December Desktop + Printable Calendar by Bonnie Christine (3)

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!


A Closer Look at the Materials

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Happy Friday everyone! I hope you've had a good week getting back into the 'groove' of things. Christmas is in full swing over here - we've been decorating our Christmas tree, taking family photos, and even wrapping up a few gifts. It's my favorite time of year!

Thank you to everyone who has supported my little shop this week. I'll be keeping stock of camera straps through Monday, so be sure to get them while you can!

In addition to the process video I shared last week, I also wanted to share more about the materials used in each handmade strap. I spent a lot of time researching materials, making samples and testing them out to ensure they meet they highest of standards.

Here's an in depth look at the materials used to make each camera strap!

Bonnie Christine Fabric (of course!):

It's been so fun to use my own fabric for this project. Art Gallery truly makes the most beautiful, soft and luxurious cotton fabrics in the industry and I'm so proud to be a part of their family. About half of the camera straps are also offered in an organic fabric - you won't believe how soft it is!

Vegan 'Leather':

I am proud to use a fiber-based vegan 'leather' that is incredibly durable and washable. It softens and crinkles with handling and washing, and looks, feels, and wears just like leather.

Tea-dyed Strapping:

The strapping is bright white when it arrives, so I give each batch a quick dip in a tea dye bath to warm it up and give it a creamy sheen. It comes out looking so rich and supple!

Choice of hardware:

Customers get to choose during checkout whether they would like gold metal, silver metal or cream colored plastic sliders. It's just one extra way to customize the straps for the recipient (or yourself!).

Industrial Strength Stitching:

I use a thick durable thread to make each strap worthy of the equipment it will hold. They're made to last and keep your equipment safe.

>> Shop Camera Straps

Don't forget, shop is only open for one week, so be sure to get your orders in before we close on Monday, December 5th.

Get the Look with Simple Life Pattern Company

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Hi everyone! I am so excited to share this project with you. My 'go to' pattern company, Simple Life Patterns, has teamed up with Art Gallery Fabrics to launch an all new offer: Get The Look Kits! Each kit features one of their beautiful patterns AND comes with all the fabric you need to make it. So brilliant, so easy!Get the Look with Simple Life Pattern co + Art Gallery Fabrics (3)

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For my 'look' I made Ollie the beautiful Ayda Baby Romper and (of course!) used one of my very own knits, Flourish Aglow from Forest Floor Fabrics paired with some of Art Gallery Fabrics super soft denim. I absolutely love how it turned out! Simple Life Patterns are always easy to follow and fun to make. Pair them with the best fabric in the industry and you simply can't lose!

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If YOU would like to 'get the look' you can make this exact same romper (or any variation of it) by purchasing the Ayda Baby Romper Kit - it includes both the knit and denim by Art Gallery Fabrics.  Or visit SLPco to browse all Get the Look kits (they're also all on sale right now)!

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I am so happy that Simple Life asked me to be one of 7 bloggers to make and share their new kits this week. Visit all the posts with the links below!

GET THE LOOK with these posts:
Mon 11/28  Kim Coffin – Sweet Red Poppy
Tues 11/29  Caroline Hulse – Sew Caroine
Tues 11/29  Kari Steiger – That’s Sew Kari
Wed 11/30  Dana Willard – Made Everyday
Thurs 11/30  Tami Peterson —  Sew Sophie Lynn
Fri 12/1  Bonnie Christine – Going Home to Roost
Fri 12/1  Delia Randal – Delia Create’s
Sat 12/2 Simple Life Pattern Company Recap

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Love for the Process (a Video!)

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I have so much love the process of handmade. Dreaming of  a product, collecting materials, designing a pattern, making samples, working on production. I like to do the last part 'assembly line' style, moving seamlessly from one part of the product to the next in batches.

I love it so much, that I wanted to try to capture some of what goes into the making of each of my camera straps through video.

Sewing with my own fabric still seams so surreal, and I have a feeling that will never change. Being infused with a product so deeply from start to finish is incredibly special, and I consider it a great honor to create each and every one of them (for you!).

>> Shop Camera Straps

Shop is only open for one week, so be sure to get your orders in before we close on Monday, December 5th.

Shop is OPEN- for one week only!

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Today is the day! I've just opened the virtual doors to my handmade shop where you'll find the beautiful batch of camera straps I've been working on. Shop will be open for ONE WEEK ONLY to ensure that everyone receives their straps in time for Christmas, so don't delay!

>> take me to THE SHOP!

Camera straps package beautifully and would make a perfect gift for the creative in your life. They are such a simple way to dress up a camera, and even an outfit!

As tradition goes, I won't be planning to offer these again until this time next year, so be sure to get in while shop is open! Shop here >>

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. :)

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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!

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photos by the laura b.