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? 

BONUS QUESTION:

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 :)

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/netherlands/10314705/Sugar-is-addictive-and-the-most-dangerous-drug-of-the-times.html

Dec 29, 2015

Today's painting is:

"Shine Brighter" 

this was painted with myself in mind...sorry, being a little selfish there. ;-] 
But it's a reminder that we always get to keep trying harder, to be nicer, and to shine brighter... 





if you would like to win this little painting, answer the questions below. First person to post the correct answers over on my most recent ig post wins. Good luck!

1. From the movie "Benny & Joon" below,  Sam pulls something out of his pocket, what is it?


2. The instagram account @kingarthurflour posted something 2 weeks ago that is yellow with something white on top...what is this edible thing? 

Name the 4 celebrities eyes you see here:


Over the past couple years I have been on instagram, I've had a lot of people ask me what kind of pens, paint, paint brushes, pencils etc. do I use in my work. For awhile now I have wanted to post something on my blog about this...but just never got around to it. So, today I am finally sharing with you my favorite artist tools and where you can buy them. I hope the pictures and information are helpful in describing their application. :)

Below is a picture of the majority of pens, pencils, markers, paints etc. that I use on a daily basis. The picture is really large so if you click on it, you will be able to read all the notes I have typed up on there.  My fountain pens I get from jetpens.com my muji pens I get from muji.com/usa and the rest of the stuff either from Dick Blick, Utrecht or Michaels craft store. Something that I need to mention is paper. Your paint, pencil weight, markers...will all look different on different paper. Don't skimp on good paper...my favorite to paint and draw on is marker paper, bristol [cold press] and Parsons Paper 11x15" white from davinciartistsupply.com



A lightbox is the best investment EVER! Before getting art supplies, get a lightbox! There are so many to choose from, Amazon is a great place to look [the art supply stores charge quite a bit] but this will help you finesse your drawings. You can use tracing paper obviously to ink your work, but these are a 100x better.  And if you or someone you know is interested in drawing/ designing...whatever, this would be the first thing I would buy...THEN if they are using it at least a couple times a week [getting your money's worth] then I would go and start getting some supplies. 



Application:

Before going to Parsons I ausually just bought cheap art supplies.  I soon learned that you do get what you pay for...so biting the bullet and investing in the good stuff needed to happen.  However, I cringe when I see people who want to start a new hobby, go out and buy all the best stuff... as if having the nicest supplies will produce amazing work for you. If you're just starting out... I suggest only purchasing a few of these materials [EVEN IF you can afford to buy the whole store] starting out with just a few items will help relieve you of any anxiety you may feel in the beginning. You don't need every color in the rainbow, only white, black, red, blue, yellow... but I would even just stick with white, black and your favorite color and just work with that for a little while. Same goes for colored pencils, pens, paint brushes etc. 

In the Fashion Dept. at Parsons we were required to produce a collection every 1-2 weeks and then once we edited those down, we then had to make "Finishes" [what you see below] of the looks you chose to keep in your collection. Each collection had to come with fabric swatches, so you could better understand the feel, silhouette, color of what you created. Another thing we could include in our collection were "Treatments" this was small samples of beadwork, knitting, painted leather...basically we could make anything that would help overall with people understanding what the outfit was supposed to look like. This was my favorite part, but often time consuming.

A few of my finishes from different collections:





 I thought it would be fun to show you most of this collection below that was inspired by sea anemones with an Art Deco vibe. 



Every collection needs a moodboard



I normally kept my swatches in a square or rectangular form, but for this one I wanted them to have a more organice, sealife essence to them, hence the scalloped edge.


These are some of my treatments for the collection. Hopefully you can tell what outfit
they are apart of?  :)




Closeup up the collection. Lots of gouache, pencil and colored pencil were used to help convey the type of fabric, beadwork, texture etc.





I hope I'm not leaving anything out... but if you have any questions or suggestions, comment below and I will be sure to respond. :) Hope this was helpful for some of you? Next week I hope to post a tour of our studio on here.... xo :)





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