Apr 29, 2016

Because I haven't done a "real" blog post in the longest time... and the reason being, I make excuses for not having enough time. Which is never true, we all have time for things that are important to us, which means that blogging has become less important over the years. However, in my heart and soul I still love it, I still want to do it, and because it has been a habit that I have broken...I need to figure out a way to get back into it without it being such an overwhelming ordeal. Overwhelming, meaning I make it take longer than what it really should. So I figure if I just write some quick bullet points every day, or every week on things that i've seen, heard, tasted, whatever...that's an easy way to get back into the swing of things. And this new print of mine "Haste Makes Waste" is a perfect platform to get the ball rolling don't you think?  I incorporated flowers in this illustration because flowers take time to grow, and I purposely flipped the S on waste - referring to going so fast on this design that I didn't even notice the mistake, but the mistake is there on purpose. Get it? When I explained it to my husband he seemed a little puzzled... anyways, that's my reasoning. 

So, the lately:

- We are putting our house up for sale [hopefully next week] and moving down to Bend, OR. 

- We want to be closer to good food, people, entertainment and lots of sunshine

- We have been binge watching Unbreakable, Kimmy Schmidt...trying REALLY hard to spread the episodes out this time. Ironically, the first season came out this same time last year [well in March] as we were getting ready to move here to Oregon, and finishing up some home projects on our house. So it's a little deja-vu to say the least. And I've woken up 4 nights this week in a row with the Unbreakable theme song running through my head, it's actually unbearable...and annoying, but the show is hilarious! :-[) 

- I've been off my thyroid [levothyroxin] medication for 9 weeks now and still feeling awesome! This is actually a whole week's worth of blog posts that will happen once I hit my 3 month mark of being off of medication. I've been trying many natural self healing methods and they have been working so well with almost instant results. I have been taking pictures of everything so when I'm ready to share my research, anyone dealing with similar issues will have a plethora of information to glean from. 

- Last night Jesse and I went and saw The Jungle Book [directed by Jon Favreau] the movie was fantastic and even better than I had imagined, brought back a lot of good childhood memories of listening to the Disney version on tape and jumping on my bunkbeds with my little sister and older brother. Kids jumping on beds is the funniest thing, how can parents ever get mad at that? :-p 

- This coming Monday I am launching my new Spring/Summer 2016 collection. I've worked so hard on this...I have so many ideas, I want to make all of them, but financially it's just not smart, so edit edit edit... which took me longer than I had wanted to...but the end result is a super cute collection! 

xoxo  Roxy 

Apr 28, 2016

So I am giving away another one of a kind quilt! Yeehaw! This design is inspired by my someday dream to own a cafe, I would call it Cold Cake Cafe, after my love for refrigerator temp cake. There would be a bounty of desserts supplied by different bakers, and the atmosphere would of course be cozy, with an Art Deco/Moroccan aesthetic, jazz playing in the background and the menu would be small, but every week it changed!

 Over on my instagram fee: @roxymarj you can find details on how to win this quilt. The deadline is actually tomorrow, but you still have time to dream up your cafe or bakery of your dreams. Use the hashtag rmsweetspacegiveaway for your entry. Judging will be based off of creativity. Good luck, and I hope whoever wins this quilt will take good care of it... I feel like i'm letting go of a child or something... I mean it did take me about 40+ hrs to birth the thing! 

This quilt was hand painted on muslin using my own illustrations 
with organic cotton batting on the inside. 

The illustrations of desserts include cake, ice cream sandwiches, pie, [all with cherries or cream on top]  hot cocoa/coffee and a fizzy drink AND oranges which happen to be silver on the quilt. 

cold cake cafe "bathroom" wallpaper 

Mar 22, 2016

G  -  I  -  V -  E - A - W - A - Y

up for grabs:

Roxy Marj hand painted one-of-a-kind Heirloom Quilt.

Since running my business full time for the past 4 years, we've accumulated quite the fabric scrap pile. Some scraps are just too tiny to save and do anything with, but the larger pieces need some sort of home.  I've been wanting to make one of a kind quilts and random plush items with the extra fabric, and finally I am making a go of it! I would love to make something special like the quilt below every few weeks and give it away.... here's to hoping I can keep this up. ;-p 

The pattern for the quilt was inspired by one of my spring 2016 prints I designed:

"Flowers in Pieces" 

The design was inspired by my childhood of picking my neighbors flowers with my friend Jessie Wells [if you're reading this Jessie, remember how we would pick all the neighbors flowers, then leave them on their doorsteps, ring the bell, run away and watch them open the door? :-[) We thought people would be so happy to see their flowers picked for them, but we soon learned that excitement was anything but... uh-oh! ] I love how children are instantly attracted to flowers, wanting to pick them and then pick them apart, the leaves, the stems, the petals and pollen... that childhood memory lent itself to this print. So something did eventually come from picking apart flowers. ;-p 

The quilt:

The front and back are both bleached white muslin. This will have a somewhat "rough" feel to it, but one of the reasons I love muslin so much is because just after the first wash, the fibers become so soft and the weave tighter, then it just gets softer and softer from there. You can totally wash this in your washer, DO NOT wash in your colors load, wash in your whites load. The paint will not come off and get onto your other items, it has been heat set. The trim of the blanket is a black stripe painted on unbleached muslin... lastly, the top stitching was done with some black and white butchers twine. Normally I used crochet thread for this, but I ran out...and the butchers twine ended up being a happy accident! The quilt is 36" x 36" square. I recognize this is a more "feminine" looking quilt, and so the next one I plan on making a more boyish design...and just going back and forth, or gender neutral...basically whatever the mood i'm in for. :] If you love this quilt as much as I do.... then scroll down to get the questions you need to answer to win this quilt! Good luck! 

To win the above quilt, you need to answer these 5 questions, 
and the answers HAVE to be in the order of the questions. If you know the answers already, then that's amazing and we should be best friends...or maybe we already are best friends? :-[) BUT, if you don't know them...you can find the answers on our website: roxymarj.com in some of the product listings...the answers will be in color. 

1. What year was Roxy Marj originally est.? 

2. What were my Alphabet Girls ABC coloring book inspired from? 

3.  On my 2008 Thanksgiving day blog post, I made a plush item. What did I name that item?

4.  I majored in Fashion at Parsons School of Design in NYC, but what was my emphasis?

5.  2 weeks after graduating from Parsons I moved to Salt Lake City, couldn't find a job in the design field....so I sucked it up, swallowed my pride and got at a Bed & Breakfast making $8.50 an hr. It righteously sucked...all my friends had these jobs in the fashion industry...and I was working at..... What was the name of the place I worked at for 9 months? 


1. When I moved to Salt Lake City, on the side of my retarded job, read above. I re-opened my etsy shop. The item below was one of the items I had for sale in my shop... if you can tell me the name of this plush girl, you will get an extra Roxy Marj item with the quilt...and trust me, it's pretty great!  <- answer="" be="" blog="" etc...="" etsy="" find="" gotta="" it="" my="" nbsp="" not="" on="" our="" p="" pinterest="" search="" this="" website...to="" will="" you="">

Jan 1, 2016

Well guys, today is my last painting giveaway... I will do some more sporadically throughout the year...but 31 days in a row...phew! I don't know if I could ever pull this off again... I was worried i wasn't going to make it again, like last year. But the stars all aligned and it is finally finished! 

To win this painting:

"Dear New Year"

answer the questions below. First person with all correct answers posted on my most recent instagram page wins. Good luck! :-[)

1. Where was the Lindy Hop born?
2.  When was Converse founded?
3. Who was the first fashion house?
4. ______________ were first introduced to the United States from 
China in the early 20th century by Frank Meyer
5. Kevin Bacon starred in a movie that was about
delivering packages on a bike, name that movie.
6. What is the name of the last opera that Mozart composed?

Dec 31, 2015

Today's painting up for grabs is:

"Hello My Little Heart"

If you are not able to win this, I have a limited amount for sale in my shop, HERE.

To win this painting, answer the questions below. First person with all correct answers posted on my most recent instagram post wins. Good luck! WAH... just one more painting left after this! :-[) 

1. Where are the Fiskars headquarters?

2. Who was the first historical figure to grace a U.S. coin?

3. Who was the emperor of the Inca empire?

4. What is the biggest physicological change between caterpillar to butterfly?

 [answer found in video] 

5. Who wrote this song?

6. What is my husband's favorite outdoor activity? ;-[) *he does have an instagram account. ;)

7.  Who is the creator of Peter Rabbit?

8. Name one of our Roxy Marj baby rattlers [what is their name?]

Dec 30, 2015

Today's painting up for grabs is:

"Unicorn Paradise"

To win this painting, answer the questions below. First person with all correct answers posted on my most recent instagram page wins. :-[) HOWEVER, if you are not a winner! This print is for sale in my shop right HERE! Three color options, 10 of each color available. :)

1. What is the deepest lake in the United States?
2. How many U.S. Presidents have been shot?
3. What is this a picture of?

4. What is the rarest blood type in the world?

5. What is the smallest country in the world?

6.  In this article, below... it talks about the addictive nature of sugar. In the article it says " Give someone ____ and he'll stop eating at any given time." Fill in the blank :)


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