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My new organic collection – Hello, Ollie Fabrics

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Hello, hello! The release of my new organic fabric collection Hello, Ollie is here! It's beginning to arrive in stores all over and your projects have already begun to trickle in over on Instagram. You all are so talented!

I'm especially proud of this collection for two reasons:

First, what makes this collection even sweeter is that it’s inspired by my baby girl, Ollie Doe. It’s filled with graceful swans, gazing little eyes, and delicate flowers that will make you feel like you’re in a fairy tale. It's about spending a day with her in a peaceful meadow, daydreaming and playing as the summer breeze blows.

Second, I'm incredible honored that this is Art Gallery Fabrics first ever organic line of quilting cottons, knits, voile and canvas. Each are 100% GOTS-certified organic and if you think their regular cotton is soft and buttery, just wait until you feel Hello, Ollie. The first time I felt them I wrapped it all around me and snuggled into it's softness!!

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Art Gallery Fabrics just released the 58 page Hello, Ollie Lookbook. A fabric project catalog filled with beautiful things to make, patterns and inspiration! Pictured above is my sweet Ollie. :)

Click here to explore the lookbook!

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Have you downloaded Art Gallery Fabrics has a new app? You can view all the collections, shop online and find a store near you right from your device. Download it (Apple or Android) and read more about it here (and watch this adorable video)!

Looking to purchase? See if your nearest independent quilt or fabric shop is currently stocked with Hello, Ollie, shop online from my mom’s quilt shop – A Stitch in Time - or view a full list of online shops here.

Want to see more projects? Check out everyone’s projects on Instagram (use #HelloOllieFabrics)

August Desktop + Smart Phone Calendars

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Bye bye July, hello beautiful August! This month's calendar collection uses the blossom drift print from my brand new (!!!) fabric collection, Hello, Ollie.

A few things I love most about August: birthday celebrations (we have 6 in our family!), catching fireflies, morning farmer's market visits and sweet summer evenings. What are your favorite things about August?

Calendars for August: click here to download the desktop background and here to download the smartphone background. enjoy!

August Calendars by Bonnie Christine

a little recap of our month. see more & follow along over on instagram!

(back by popular demand!) to download the printable version: click here 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!

 

 

My story and work space featured in Where Women Create!

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There have only been a few times in my life when something truly took my breath away. When Where Women Create reached out to me about featuring my workspace and story in there magazine, I jumped for joy and squealed with delight. This has always been my favorite magazine and being invited to join them for the 2016 autumn issue was a dream come true. When I received the advanced copy in the mail a few weeks ago, I slowly pulled it from it's package. You can imagine my surprise when I discovered that I was right there. On the cover! In that moment, my breath was taken away and tears began to fill my eyes.

It is my absolute joy and honor to be a part of such an incredible magazine. Movement, really. It's pages are filled with inspiring stories of extraordinary women. If you're even the slightest bit creative, this is THE magazine you want to get your hands on!

The autumn issue of Where Women Create is where I share my story and how I accomplished my dreams. The article begins  ..

My journey begins with my momma, Maxie Ramey. Because of her, my childhood was saturated with creativity. I grew up spending time in her quilt shop, watching her sew and making things alongside her. We spent time learning crafts together, decorating the house and cooking meals.  Whenever I wanted to learn a new craft, I knew I could turn to her. From pottery and painting to photography and baking. She has mastered it all! Creativity seems to seep from her pores and it’s through her wisdom, willingness to teach and kind guidance that made me know that my world had to revolve around being creative, too.

To read the rest, you'll have to grab your own issue of Where Women Create (tease tease!). You can get a hard copy of the issue here or subscribe to the digital version!

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My dear friend and talented photographer, Callie Lynch, came over one afternoon to take photos of me and my work space for the article. We had so much fun tip-toeing around the house while the babies slept, snapping pictures of all my favorite things.

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My top tip for readers was this: Do one small thing every day. When big dreams seem overwhelming, begin reaching towards them by doing just one small thing each day. At the end of a week, a month and a year you will have made giant leaps towards accomplishing them. These will be the steps that will lead you to living your dream!

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Because the ladies at Where Women Create are so sweet and thoughtful, they've offered to let me give away 10 (TEN!) free copies of the autumn issue! Enter via the form below, it's as simple as that.

Decorating with Cotton

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Above: Cotton foliage installation by Annabelle Hickson of The Dailys

It seems that everywhere I look, people are getting creative with cotton. Traditional stems, garland, wreaths and entire installations like the one pictured above by Annabelle Hickson have me head over heels in love. Somehow, it speaks history. The texture and colors wrap me in a warm summer's day and make me dream of farmhouse living. 

I've found a handful of beautiful cotton stems and wreaths - all linked below.

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Above: Cotton Stem

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Above: Dried Cotton Garland

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Above: Dried Cotton Stem

Cotton Wreath

Above: Cotton Wreath

Day #5 of the 5DayDeal – 24 hours left!

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Happy Monday, everyone! It's DAY 5! DAY 5, DAY 5, DAY 5!!! Honestly, this amazing Bundle is so massive that it's been hard to even represent here. I'm taking one more stab at it today, but really want to encourage each of you to go check it out for yourself. The savings here that could really help you learn your craft and propel your creative business are unparalleled.

The sale ends Tuesday, July 19th at 12pm (noon) PST, which means there's about 24 hours left to get the bundle. At a WHOPPING 96% off, there's simply nothing to lose. Don't forget - these resources will soon go back to their original price ($2400+) and they will never return to 5DayDeal in the future.

If you're just catching up - be sure to look at:

Day #1: All about the sale

Day #2: Beautiful font bundle which contains over 76 original hand drawn fonts + a free art print I made using them!

Day #3: A fun and informative #HashtagHero Instagram e-course.

Day #4: 5 years of a beautiful, drag and drop portfolio website from StickyFolios (a $600 value!)

Day #5: My personal contribution to the bundle - a HUGE Roost Tribe sampler and access to both of my Skillshare courses: Intro to Surface Pattern Design & Pattern Design 2.0

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Just to give you a sense of the size of this bundle, the image above shows everything that I've personally contributed to the bundle. Each images represents an entire eCourse, eBook, printable, Adobe Illustrator tutorial and so on and so on. And this is only my contribution!

Additionally, the bundle includes over $2400+ of other web essentials from industry pros like WordPress themes, video classes, designer fonts, logo templates, SEO guides and so so much more.

Access to both of my courses on Skillshare:

Huge Roost Tribe Sampler:

  • 19 additional Adobe Illustrator tutorials that will help you get up and running in the program designing clip art, repeating patterns and more!
  • 6 sets of clip art collections that include photo overlays, frames, illustrations like 'page flips' and washi tape for blog posts, and more.
  • How to Grow your Blog eBook
  • 12 Teachings that have made my Business Thrive eBook
  • How to Design and Bind your very own Portfolio eBook
  • A year's worth of inspirational desktop and smart phone backgrounds
  • 3 printable 'Bonnie Christine' art prints
  • A printable 'Bonnie Christine' greeting card 
  • Printable + Stackable to-do list
  • Bonus coupons and discounts

Head on over to 5DayDeal to view it all and make sure to grab the deal before it's over TOMORROW July 19 at 12:00 PM (noon) PST. Let us know if you have any questions!

Day #4 of the 5 Day Deal – 5 years of a beautiful portfolio site

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I hope you guys are enjoying your weekend! I usually take off, but I'm back today to share with you another amazing product included in this EPIC 5 Day Sale.

If you're just catching up - be sure to look at:

Day #1: all about the sale + the huge Roost Tribe bundle and Skillshare classes I'm including in the sale myself.
Day #2: Tiffany Willet's massive font bundle which contains over 76 original hand drawn fonts + a free art print I made using them!
Day #3: Alex Tooby's fun and informative #HashtagHero Instagram e-course.

Day #4: 5 years of a beautiful, drag and drop portfolio website from StickyFolios (a $600 value that's included in the $87 bundle - read more below!)

5 years of a beautiful, drag and drop portfolio website (a $600 value that's included in the $87 bundle

I talk a lot about the importance of having a solid portfolio in all of the courses I teach. I believe having both a hardcopy AND an online version is essential. Because as Austin Kleon says, "If you're not online, you don't exist."

I was so excited to learn that StickyFolios has included 5 YEARS of a portfolio site for everyone who purchase the Essentials Bundle. That's a $600 value!

StickyFolios was created with photographers in mind - which just so happens to work great for surface pattern designers, too. StickyFolios 'drag and drop design' is incredibly easy to use. It took me all of 6 MINUTES to put together the above portfolio site!

What I love about StickyFolios:

>> You can create a beautiful portfolio site in minutes.
>>Websites are mobile friendly, which means they automatically look great on all platforms including desktop computers, tablets and mobile phones.
>> SEO is built right into the platform, so you know your site is ranking well in search results.
>> Includes powerful features like hosting by Amazon Web Services, custom domains, social integration, analytics, and more
>> Great support is included and the have a 30 day money back guarantee.

This is just one more example of the goodness that's included in The Complete Web Essentials Bundle. In addition to this course there are 20 other amazing products valued at over $2400+ for only $87. EIGHTY SEVEN.
 Some of the products I'm loving are:
 Several WordPress Themes, 
Photoshop & Illustrator Courses, 
76 Designer Fonts, 
Logo Templates
, A Guide to SEO, 
An Affiliate Marketing Course
 and so much more!

Head on over to 5DayDeal to view it all and make sure to grab the deal before it's over on July 19 at 12:00 PM (noon) PST. And share your shiny new portfolio site with us when it's ready!

 

Day #3 of the 5 Day Deal – #Hashtaghero Instagram e-course

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Hey you! Each day this week I'm sharing about a few of my favorite products included in the EPIC 5 Day Sale.

If you're just catching up - be sure to look at:

Day #1: all about the sale + the huge Roost Tribe bundle and Skillshare classes I'm including in the sale myself.
Day #2: Tiffany Willet's massive font bundle which contains over 76 original hand drawn fonts + a free art print I made using them!
Day #3: Alex Tooby's #HashtagHero Instgram e-course - read more below!

Here's a recap of what you need to know about this AH-mazing creative bundle:

1) This bundle includes $2,400+ in web tools, themes, templates, tutorials, eBooks, products and services for $87. That’s a savings of over 96%!
2)  10% of each bundle revenue goes directly to four amazing, carefully selected charities: The BOMA Project, Tough As Her, The Exodus Road, and Mercy Ships.
3) The sale ends July 19 at 12:00 PM (noon) PST, and will never return again.

Today's spotlight is all about Alex Tooby's #HashtagHero Instgram e-course. I have learned so much in taking this course! Instagram is by far my favorite social media outlet, but if you're like me, it can feel a little confusing and sometimes daunting. I loved taking Alex's instagram course because it teaches you how to make the most of your posts and get them working FOR YOU through the use of hashtags. My philosophy is - if you're already spending them time doing the task, why not make it as SMART as possible?

The course is only about 50 minutes and it is JAM packed full of tricks and tips for instagram. Alex is a great teacher and the course was easy to listen to, and most importantly, it left me feeling motivated and empowered.

In this course, Alex effortlessly teaches you how to:

# Effectively combat the new Instagram algorithm
# Rapidly increase the likes and comments you get from your dream client
# Multiply the amount of targeted users following you {authentically - without any follow/unfollow tactics}
# Dramatically increase the amount of clicks on the link in your bio, and
# Effortlessly sell more products and services {without being sales-y!}

The #HashtagHero ecourse is just a teeny snippet of what all is included in the  The Complete Web Essentials Bundle. In addition to this course there are 20 other amazing products for only $87 (!!!). EIGHTY SEVEN.
 Some of the products I'm loving are:
 WordPress Themes, 
Photoshop & Illustrator 101 Courses, 
76 Designer Fonts, 
20 Logo Templates
, A Search Engine Optimization Guide, 
An Affiliate Marketing Course
 and so much more!

Head on over to 5DayDeal to view it all and make sure to grab the deal before it's over on July 19 at 12:00 PM (noon) PST.

Day #2 of the 5 Day Deal – Font Package & Free Art Print!

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Hey everyone! I shared some exciting news with you yesterday (if you missed, catch up here!). For the next 4 days I'll be sharing with you a few of my favorite products that are included in The Complete Web Essentials Bundle.

In case you're just catching up -this bundle is AH-mazing. Here's what you need to know overall:

1) The bundle was made for creative businesses, photographers and illustrators. It includes $2,400+ in web tools, themes, templates, tutorials, eBooks, products and services for $87. That’s a savings of over 96%.

2)  10% of each bundle revenue ($8.70 per sale) goes directly to four amazing, carefully selected charities: The BOMA Project, Tough As Her, The Exodus Road, and Mercy Ships.

3) This deal will only ever exist during these five (5) days, never to return. The sale ends July 19 at 12:00 PM (noon) PST.

Today I want to highlight On the Spot's massive font bundle which contains over 76 original hand drawn fonts by Tiffany Willet! This font bundle has been so fun to play with. All of the fonts are just darling, and super easy to use!

I created the art print above (free for you!) by using just a handful of them - specifically Oliver, Fabu, Keke, Farmer's Market, Waterbrush and Brownie Pie.

to download: click here - or - on the image above to download the printable PDF. Print using the high quality setting on 8x10 heavy card stock (my favorite is epson premium presentation paper). Select 'borderless' when available for a full bleed.

This is just a teeny snippet of what all is included in the Web Essentials Bundle- it's truly the greatest value and by far the most educational event I've ever been a part of.

Head on over to 5DayDeal to view it all. Even if you choose not to purchase the bundle yourself, I would be so appreciative if you pass it on to your own network of creatives!  I'll be back more tomorrow for more!