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I know many of you are feeling overwhelmed, stuck or just creatively zapped. I GET IT! If you feel it, chances are I've felt it, too and I know it’s a constant effort to keep from getting sucked under.

STUCK is a terrible feeling. It usually means we just don't know where to start or don't know what to do next.

As creatives, we often feel like we need to be "on" all of the time, but the fact is that the juices just run dry sometimes. In my experience, putting pressure on myself because I have to be creative just makes it worse.

When I'm just feeling stuck for a short amount of time (say an afternoon), I allow for it and I try to nourish my creativity to get things going again.

Other times STUCK can last longer than an afternoon and really start to set in. Weeks or even months (years?) can go by and that feeling of being stagnant starts to hurt.

Many of you have heard my story, but if you've never heard the very beginning of it, let me share it with you:

After graduating from business school, I fell in love with fabric design. It's what I wanted to do above anything else, but it felt BIG and SCARY. I didn't know how to design and didn't have a clue on how to get started.

But I had decided that this was my dream. Period.

About 6 months went by, and though I had daydreamed about becoming a designer, I had actually done nothing in order to make this big dream come true.

I believe, this is where so many creatives get STUCK.

I didn't know where or how to start, and the end goal was so big that the whole thing was overwhelming. It would be much easier to just give up.

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That's when it dawned on me: I should start doing just one thing every single day that takes me in the right direction towards accomplishing my dream. Simple enough, right?!

So this is what I did. Over the course of the following 18 months, I did something every single day to make my dream come true.

At the beginning, it was doing a lot of research and for nearly a year, it was learning Adobe Illustrator. Over the months, tasks involved writing emails, working on patterns, sketching, building a portfolio, contacting companies, making a phone call, etc etc. Some days I spent 15 minutes on my dream, other days I spent 8 or 9 hours working on it.

Most days, I didn't know what I would be doing in two weeks, but one thing led to another and the answer always came in time for me to do the next thing.

After about 2 years, I signed my first contract to become a fabric designer. I cried and was filled with so much awe and joy! For the first time in my whole life, I had accomplished something HUGE.

What did I learn through this experience? That it's important to set BIG goals. You know, the ones that are scary, make you feel vulnerable (or just plain silly) to say out loud because you think they may never come true.

But the most important thing is to not let it overwhelm you. Rather, let it inspire your small steps.

You need to know, when you're on step 2 or 3, you won't know what step 8 or 9 (or 8,321) looks like, but you'll know just in time to make it happen.

Everything in life is possible if you're willing to put in the work.

Dreams come true by way of knowledge.

Still with me?

The best news is this:

You don’t have to go through what I went through. This exact story is what made me so passionate about sharing what I’ve learned and making it approachable for anyone else who wants to follow this dream.

You’ve heard the best way to learn a new language is by immersing yourself in it fully. In the culture, the language and the education. It just so happens, it’s also the best way to learn your art. You can talk about your big goal all day long (I did for 6 months before I got started), but without completely immersing yourself in the education, the community and the industry, not much is going to happen.

Allow me to save you years (yes, YEARS) of hard work. Let me teach you how to make artwork that’s true to your own signature style, how to create your irresistible package and start making a living as a licensing artist.

Come join the Immersion Course.

Enrollment closes Tuesday, February 26th at 9 p.m. EST. Because of the length and intensity of this course, I’m only able to offer it once a year. Once enrollment closes, it’s closed for another year.

You must have courage. This may feel scary, overwhelming, uncomfortable or nerve wracking. But if you can just find a few seconds of courage your life could be changed forever. (Mine was!)

 

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Hello, friends! I'm so happy to share the new removable wallpaper I've been working on with Wallternatives. I'm incredibly proud of this collection and love that it includes several of my all time favorite patterns!

Have you ever used removable wallpaper? It's easy, risk free and the possibilities are literally endless. If you're new to wallpapering, don't fear! Wallternatives has a wonderful library of resources and tutorials. I was intimidated the first time I ever hung removable wallpaper, but quickly realized that it's incredibly easy. And so fun!

To celebrate the new launch, we're offering a $500 GIVEAWAY. Yup, you heard me!

Head on over to our Instagram post to enter before Monda. You can also grab 15% off the collection using coupon code "BONNIECHRISTINE" during checkout. Have fun!

xo, Bonnie X Wallternaitves

 

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I'm greeting you in this beautiful new year with an all new class on Skillshare called: Your Road Map to Surface Design. It's a flexible, step by step framework to achieving your goals, and I'm so excited to share it with you!

I'm teaching all my favorite strategies on accomplishing goals, honing our time management skills, focusing in the midst of distraction, workflow practices and so (soooo!) much more.  

The best way to break through overwhelm is to see and understand the steps we need to take, then make a plan of action to accomplish them

Are you ready? 

Jump into class right here: Your Road Map to Surface Design

Don't Have a Skillshare Membership? I've got you covered. Click here to get your first two months for FREE!

This class is for you if:

  • You’ve ever considered becoming a surface pattern designer.
  • You’re not sure where to start.. or how to start.
  • You’ve ever procrastinated on starting a big project.
  • You’ve ever wasted time aimlessly clicking around the internet.
  • You’re ready to say hello to day #1 of your most productive 12 months YET!

What You’ll Learn in Class:

  • The steps you’ll need to take in order to build a successful career in surface design
  • Goal Setting Strategies
  • Time Management Practices
  • My Favorites Ways to Stay Laser Focused
  • Tips and Tricks to Avoid Feeling Overwhelmed

Join the 12 Month Road Map for 12 Exclusive Emails!

Sign up below to join Your 12 Month Road Map - a series of monthly emails filled to the brim with actionable steps, resources, encouragement, tips and tricks designed to guide you to your most productive 12 months yet.


You’ll start with the first email on the day you sign up, so you can join at anytime during the year and you won’t miss a thing.

 

What you’ll need:

All you’ll need for this class is 45 minutes and an open mind to all the possibilities of your future. Grab a piece of paper and your favorite pen or pencil and let’s start heart-storming your future!

I'll see you on the inside!

xo, Bonnie

P.S. The 2019 Immersion Course is coming! Set your reminder - registration opens February 19th. See all the details right here

 

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5 Easy DIY Christmas Gifts

I'm diving back into the archives of the blog to share some of my all time favorite Christmas projects with you. These projects are all tried and true, and can be made in a single afternoon. Explore the links below to find each in depth tutorial!

Hand Painted and Cured Wooden Spoons

DIY Christmas Gifts (1)

These wooden spoons may be my very favorite DIY gift of all time. I made these back in 2013 - and still use them on a daily basis. I even put them in the dishwasher - and they still look great!

Oven Baked Hanging Planters

DIY Christmas Gifts (2)

Oven bake clay is so fun to work with and I think something about the soft white finish gives it a sweet, feminine look. The results of these lacy hanging planters are exactly what I was hoping for - a planter that looks delicate and intricate, but is sturdy enough to hang and hold plants (and water!).

Handmade Pillow Cases

DIY Christmas Gifts (3)

I love to add a pop of color by adding a fun pillow case to the bed. This tutorial is easy and uses a really cool technique that you'll love to learn!

Handmade Soy Candles

DIY Christmas Gifts (5)

For years, I would make a large batch of soy candles each year for Christmas and try to make enough extras to last David and I for the rest of the year. They're surprisingly easy to make and super fun!

No-Sew Fabric Covered Notebooks

For years, I have kept a stack of fabric covered notebooks nearby. I always keep one to sketch in, and love having them to give as gifts, too. I recently made a set of 40 in a single afternoon to give in the  welcome packets of the Immersion Retreat. They are incredibly easy to make and customize!

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Ah, December is finally here! The pace of fall has slowed down and I've been soaking in time with family, celebrating all that the season brings. It's my most favorite of all!

As always, a new month means a new calendar collection for you!

December 2018 Calendar Collection:

↠ Click to download the digital desktop background 

↠ Click to download the digital smartphone background

↠ Click to download the printable PDF Desk Version

↠ Click to download all of the above as a .ZIP file

The print used in this month's calendar collection is called 'Cultivated' from my new fabric collection, Gathered for Art Gallery Fabrics

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

Please note: all images, patterns and designs are © Bonnie Christine. 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!  

 
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Every year I enjoy making my 'give list' so much. I fill it with all of the things that I'm excited to give to the ones I love. After all, it's more blessed to give than to receive, right?

I begin each year by jotting down the ideas I have for everyone. 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, as well.

Making a list of all the gifts I want to give is a huge help when it comes to keeping all the giving straight. "Did I buy that yet? Wrap that gift for dad?" Using this list helps prevent anything from getting lost or forgotten!

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

Be sure to print 'side 2' to have the 'no peeking' label visible when your list is folded into quarters. No more spoiled gifts! :)

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Fabric Covered Notebooks

  

For years, I have kept a stack of fabric covered notebooks nearby. I always keep one to sketch in, and love having them to give as gifts, too. I recently made a set of 40 in a single afternoon to give in the  welcome packets of the Immersion Retreat. They are incredibly easy to make and customize!

I used Art Gallery Fabrics new 'woodland bundle' for the set above and love how they turned out.  To make your sewing projects easier, AGF has created these fabric bundles to help you easily coordinate fabrics. With bundles, there's no need to think about what fabric goes with what and if the colors are right, because the work is done for you. I'm honored to have several prints included in the Woodland Bundle and have found that they're perfect for a multitude of projects. Grab your favorite bundle and sew with a theme you love!!

Here's what you need:

1) A piece of fusible big enough to cover the size of your notebook, front and back. My favorite is Lite Steam A Seam 2.
2) A set of notebooks
3) A pair of sharp fabric scissors
5) An iron
6) Fabric big enough to wrap around your notebook.

Steps:

1) Iron a piece of fusible large enough to wrap around your notebook. 
2) Remove the paper liner and place the fusible to the wrong side of your fabric. Iron into place. 
3) Next, you need to apply the fabric to to the notebook one of two ways:

a) Measure your notebook and cut the fusible fabric to size. Peel off remaining paper liner (leaving the web on the fabric) and stick to your notebook, making sure to line it up perfectly!

-OR-

b) Iron the fusible fabric onto the notebook (both sides) and trim the excess away afterwards. I find this way to be easiest, because the notebook works as a guide and there's no risk of wonky edges. 

4) Press for 10-15 seconds with your iron on medium heat (be sure not use steam so that the paper doesn't curl).

*Every fusible is different, so if you use a different brand make sure to follow the package directions.

Making a set of coordinating notebooks makes a great gift set for friends. I still have a set that I covered with fabric from about 7 years ago, and though they fray slightly with time, I love them even as they age. 

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Hello, November! We're several frosts in and feeling like it's officially fall over here. I love the cool crisp air and the changing leaves! Tomorrow I'm headed to Texas for Quilt Market, then hosting a special retreat for Immersion students. The next week will be filled with meeting people (in person!) who I've gotten to know online - which is always such a treat! What does this month hold for you?

The print used in this month's calendar collection is called 'Aerial Blush' from my new fabric collection, Gathered for Art Gallery Fabrics

November 2018 Calendar Collection:

↠ Click to download the digital desktop background 

↠ Click to download the digital smartphone background

↠ Click to download the printable PDF Desk Version

↠ Click to download all of the above as a .ZIP file

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

Please note: all images, patterns and designs are © Bonnie Christine. 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!  

 
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