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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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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. 

Are you ready to flourish? Learn More & Enroll HERE.
 
Enrollment for the Flourish Membership closes tonight, Tuesday October 30th at 9pm EST. It won't be opening again for 6 months. I hope you'll join us!
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