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! :)
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.
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!
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.
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?
You are an artist. One of the first things you need to do before you're successful is to own this statement.
Proclaim it and make it feel genuine. Say it out loud: I AM AN ARTIST! Trust me, I know this can be both liberating and terrifying.
I'm a B I G believer in not running my business from a place of fear, but rather from a place of positivity and abundance. And in a flourishing art practice, there's no room for fear or doubt.
Let's look at the difference between a 'starving artist's mindset' and a 'flourishing artist's mindset', because a vital part of your success will be due to this concept, alone.
Starving Artist vs. Flourishing Artist: A starving artist believes that doing what they love will mean struggling financially. A flourishing artist believes in abundance and is excited by all the possibilities their art brings them.
A starving artist mindset:
Fear that my artwork isn't good enough.
Fear that my artwork will get stolen.
Fear that I won't make any money from it.
I'm not a business person.
I'm not tech savvy.
I'm too old / too young.
I didn't go to art school so I don't know what I'm doing.
I'm just an imposter.
Suffering will make me a better artist.
The flourishing artist mindset:
I can learn anything that I set my mind to.
There's room for me in the market, and I have something unique to share.
Promoting myself and learning how to market my work allows me to do what I love.
I love sharing my process and my work with the world.
My skillset allows me to explore so many different opportunities.
Being a flourishing artist means learning how to promote yourself, how to market your work and how to run a business. It requires a lot of work but can give you one of the most fulfilling careers possible.
Inside Flourish, I pull back the curtain on my business as a surface pattern designer and how you all the working gears on how I've built my business. If you have dreamed of crafting a career that you love, I would love to have you join me inside the Flourish Membership.
Hello, October! Fall is always a welcome season in our home - the new schedule, new weather and all the beautiful foods and colors make us feel so alive! September was a busy month, things were a bit quiet on the home front but I was busy behind the scenes working on designing a new fabric collection and presenting at Skillshare in New York. This month I'll be preparing for a retreat for Immersion students in Round Top, Texas (so fun!) and reconfiguring my membership, the Roost Tribe. Stay tuned for more details - I'm so excited about both of them!
Hello, September! This last month has been filled with adventures and new experiences. We are back home from our month long road trip in Miss Marjorie, my oldest has started school and both of my children are celebrating birthdays this week. As I welcome this new month, I'm embracing a new routine, new ages and the beginning of a new season.
To celebrate the launch I thought it would be fun to share a few of the questions and answers from a recent interview with Art Gallery Fabrics over the collection. Read the full interview inside the Lookbook!
AGF Q: Hi there, Bonnie! Congratulations on releasing your latest fabric collection, Gathered! We understand you drew a lot of inspiration from gardening. Can you elaborate on how this green thumb inspiration translated into fabric prints?
A: Thank you! You’re right, I love to garden and couldn’t help but let it shine through in this collection. The garden is the heart of our home, and a place where I love to spend time. It’s a quiet place where I can go to renew my mind, but also a place where I my children can be fully intwined. They help me plan the garden, start and transplant seedlings, pick flowers and harvest the veggies. I always let them choose their favorites and I love seeing the wonder in their eyes as they watch everything grow! Plus there’s something extra special about grabbing a snack straight from the garden. It’s for all these reason that I love digging in the dirt, and wanted to incorporate it into this collection.
Q: There’s a quote from Impressionist Claude Monet found on two different prints! How did his words make their way into this collection?
A: This quote, “I must have flowers, always and always” has always sat well with me. It’s not only lovely, but it’s been true for me nearly my entire life. My mother grew flowers for me by request when I was a little girl, and I can remember being the only one in school that kept flowers at my desk. Today, I grow them so that I can keep vases of fresh flowers by my work desk. I think it’s the best way to breathe life into a room!
Q: What would you love to see makers sew with Gathered?
A: I will never tire of seeing what beautiful things talented makers create with my designs. I suppose my favorites are alway the ones that mark milestones or might be kept as heirlooms. Quilts for loved ones, swaddles for young ones and the special things that we make and cherish for ourselves.
I hope you'll find that this collection is, as well. Whether you share my same passions or have your own, I wish you more of whatever you love to gather, or more time with whoever you love to gather with.