Mar 29, 2012

Drawing flowers, smelling flowers...what could be better?

Perhaphs not better, but just as lovely...
A playlist that is compiled of my favorite new age/peaceful music:
yes, this is my guilty pleasure confession: new age music... who would have thought!? :-[)

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p.s.  one of my bike buddies [read 2009 archives] Justin Dewey married my good friend Tilly [whom I met through Justin] a couple weeks ago. They asked Jesse to do their wedding photos...below are are a couple favorites. Also, she did such a great job at planning her own wedding...I really admired how hard she worked, stayed positive and happy through the ups & downs.... <- I definitely struggled with planning mine, they are not an easy thing to do when one is on a tight budget among other things. To see more of Tilly's wedding, click HERE.  p.p.s I love the baby's flower bouquets! So elegant and affordable! 

please note: Jesse is not a wedding photographer, he only does photos for family and close friends....

Mar 21, 2012

It's been awhile since I bought a cd... I imagine it is the same for you? :) I came across this album cover while google-imaging bees...isn't it so pretty?  I instantly purchased it after listening to all the clips. I don't think one needs to have children to appreciate Laura Veir's "Tumble Bee"...but if one does have children, Well!... I can only imagine the fun of singing these songs together while doing the dishes, riding in the car, or just getting ready for the day.

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I am currently OBSESSED with this song by First Aid Kit.  I think their accents add so much to the folksy twang that goes with this song. 

Mar 20, 2012

It's my *co-worker Sarah's birthday* today! :-[)  Happy Birthday Sarah. :)) Haley [our other co-worker] made some scones [YUM!] well.... what is one to do with birthday scones but put them on their head!

Mar 16, 2012

A couple things: 


And... this song isn't new but it still is fresh in my mind... TIGHTROPE, by Janelle Monae... now if you'll excuse me, I'm gonna go put my tap shoes on... :) have a great weekend! 

Mar 15, 2012


I FINALLY put my prints up in my *new* shop!

I moved over from Etsy to Bigcartel because I prefer the streamlined look much more, even if it means less traffic to my shop.... Next week I will add two of my new zines and some textile items as keep checking back as I plan to continuously [FOR REALZ] stock my shop and get back to doing give-aways. :]

I hope you like quotes, flowers, and animals...because that's pretty much my modus operandi with all things Roxy Marj.  Next week I will have 4 more quote prints, and they really are lovely. We have my "Kind Words" print in our bedroom...I love how simple this one is and it's sooo true too. :)

Mar 9, 2012

I finished my place journal this morning. I plan to keep it at my beside table and look at it every night before I go to bed...hopefully this will have some power over the images and then they will crystalize into real life...did that sound too new-agey? :-[) hehehehe  lol

Anyone who is reading this should TOTALLY make a "real life" place journal... a lot more fun than pinning digital images on pinterest! ;) wink wink. and if you do...ALWAYS use rubber cement for glueing!

Here goes:

Mar 5, 2012

- A lengthy post -

I finished reading "The Simple Home" yesterday and want to share a couple more things that were in the afteword that pretty much sums up the entire book.

"What matters for the simple home is not gadgets, ornament, or the stuff you put in it. Rather a home simplifies and enriches life if it truly helps you to enjoy your own simple pleasures. Thus the first step is to consider what your own pleasures really are, along with a few simple places that you may already enjoy..." <- i.e. kitchen, the backyard, your garden etc.

"Find your inner journeys, not the right set of designs and posessions, but a sense of who we might be."

"Finding your own simple home is more than finding the right house; it reflects considered choices for how to live, what to consume, how to be with others, and how to edit out the noise of today's mass media."


Those topics have been mentioned in different ways throughout the book and have been on my mind since I started reading it... and I have kept asking myself: "What really matters to me in this life, how do I want to spend my days at home, especially when we start a family and I will be at home full time?" That book couldn't have come at a better time, since Jesse and I have been looking for a home to purchase. And it was just a couple weeks ago that the second house we put an offer on fell through...I don't think that was an accident...because it caused a stir in me. Both homes we put offers on were in Bountiful, and as much as I enjoy that town and the people there, it's not a place that makes me emotional inside as it does for Jesse... so after some frustrated discussions, some tears {i'm not going to lie} and total honesty...we decided that perhaps Bountiful is not the best place for us to settle down... with that said, we have been on plenty of drives around Salt Lake County and Davis County {north of Salt Lake City} and we came across a town {Farmington} that we once visited back in the early fall...but didn't give as much thought too.  Second time around, we are set on finding a little home there. Yesterday we took a drive over to Farmington and arrived just as the sun was getting sleepy and wanting to go to bed...the lighting and weather was just beautiful. We spotted 4 different families out walking together, a lot of kids playing in the streets, it definitely has that small town feel that Jesse and I want so badly....and many of the homes all have pretty big yards...we would much rather have a small home with a big yard than the other way around.  I wish I would have taken more pictures of the homes there, they are just so quaint.  And check out the home with the mini horses in the front yard...I want to be this familie's neighbor.  Aside from all of that...looking for a home, is exhausting, and somewhat stressful...but just tells me that this is a patience thing for us, and the right home will come along. :]

Back to the book - in there it talks about collections, and your possessions...I think it's safe to say that most artists are inspired by nature....plants and flowers specifically. In our home, there are a lot of handmade and real life references to the both. I have a collection of plants in our home and a lot of flower "things" all over... after reading The Simple Home though, I realized that I don't need to have hoards and hoards of flower things to express that I like flowers. lol Amongst other things/collections as well. I have been scaling back a ton! I have a good little system going that is like this: I have been going through everything and all the things I am getting rid of I have put outside our door in our little entry way that we hardly use... This has helped with me being able to prove that I can live with a lot less because those items in the entry way that I don't see often...I have forgotten about.  My mood board above my sewing table that use to have tons of images all over now has just a handful of references that inspire my designs. However, my collection of plants and vases of flowers is something that one can never have to much of...the fact that they are living and add so much beauty and scents is something to soak in.

Lastly, my collection of children's has been hard, but I went through it again and have set aside many books...I just keep reminding myself this: we have wonderful libraries with free books which then will save us a lot of money in the long run. Plus, I have so many fond memories of going to the library every week as a child and checking out 10+ books for each kid...there is 7 kids in my family, that's a lot of books! Anyways, it goes back again to why do I have to have all these things...and honestly, I believe {for me} that it is this thing of the more I have of something means I like that item so much more...and I don't like that feeling. I've had to really look inside myself and ask a lot of questions about what do all these "things" mean and what do they do for me? I really want to be happy with just a little bit here and there, I want to lead a simpler life and I want to stop wanting things every day, and every's not an easy thing...and that book talks about just that and says that it is a life long journey and that many of the clients home's that were featured in the book weren't born that way... and that it took many years to realize that simplicity was where they found the most peace. That made me feel good to read that, because I somehow thought that I needed to get to that point in a week or a month... lol but it's a journey and if anything...a peaceful one.

So with that said. This book "Lobsterman" {written and illustrated by Dahlov Ipcar} just arrived the other day in the mail from Amazon...another 1 penny book... is the last book I will purchase for a very long time. The story is so darling, A father and son get ready for lobster season by fixing their traps, painting buoy's, the boat etc. and work together to catch lobsters. I love this book and the example of the father, teaching his son to work hard and have fun. A great book to own....OR checkout! :)

Mar 4, 2012

I am excited for "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen" to come out this month. It has a handful of things that both Jesse and I appreciate... they are: fly-fishing & rivers [ mostly jesse] donkeys, Ewan Mcgregor, and accents [mostly roxy]..looks like a happy and inspiring movie. :]

image via The Telegraph 

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And this video is amazing, purely because it's stop motion.. but the beautiful illustrations and the music/lyrics is what really makes it worthy of watching over and over again. Found via Liam Stevens.

"Waiting" - My Robot Friend (feat. Jay Kauffman) from MakeMakeStudio on Vimeo.

Mar 2, 2012

It's snowed the last two days... I would be lying if I said I didn't appreciate it. "snow light" is soooo pretty, and this past winter, Northern Utah has been jipped of that. Anyways, today is another pretty day...and it's Friday!

I am almost done with getting everything ready to open up shop again... my custom made stamp arrived yesterday, so I set to work with embossing all my notecards with it. I love embossing. It is such a nice way to make something look more exspensive and a little more hearty. Embossing pad, powder, and heat gun can be found at most local craft stamp was sourced from rubberstampchamp . 

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