Gospel Singing Every Third Saturday- Farmersville, Texas

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                        There is life here.

Walking down these mostly deserted streets on a muggy Saturday afternoon, I remember thinking it was almost like something out of a movie. Small town Americana, just for me. Clean crooked little streets, flowers growing at every intersection, color popping from every surface and boarded up windows up above telling me about the way time doesn’t stop for anywhere

Getting here takes work. There really isn’t any way you can end up in center of this town unless you mean to. There’s no highway sideroad that inelegantly dumps you onto main street, no hidden farm road that meanders gently to the center. You aim for here, and with some help from the handy (and slightly misleading) signs posted on the outskirts of town, you make it. There are plenty of small town between here and the next big city, you don’t need to stop on your way to top off your tank or pick up a quick snack. There is a persistence to this town that I really like. Unlike my adventure in Pilot Point ,I well and truly aimed to be here.

This series i’m doing, where I go and explore random small towns here in east Texas….its hard to explain why except in the simplest way. I think…I think you can find beauty anywhere, and while my heart longs for mountains, cold oceans roaring on indifferent shores and winding coastal highways,ancient cities dripping in history and culture, museums with the bones of earth encased in them… All these things and more I wish for but, in the meantime and without holding back, I can find joy in this corner of Texas I call home.

~m

Art Journal Monday- I Beheld Enchantment

Art journal monday, fablesandcoffee
book quotes, art journal page
colorful art journal pages, fablesandcoffee
colored pencils, art journal monday
books, art journal page
pink and turquoise, art journal page
little details, art journal pages, fablesandcoffee

and I beheld, enchantment arjournal pages

art journal pages, fablesandcoffee
in shadow, art journal pages,

I spent the weekend doing compliance training for work (please please PLEASE do not ever mention kickbacks or the Dod-Frank act to me again, ever, dear gods ), watching random movies and researching recipes to use white wine with. Why white wine? I have no idea, just that there’s a semi-decent bottle of it in my kitchen that I bought to cook with BUT I have no recipes to use it with, and the added bonus of the fact that I don’t even like to drink wine unless pressured to at fancy restaurants. I also dyed my hair various shades of purple, but I think the white wine is the more interesting part of this all, honestly.

Songs on repeat this past week:
Two Birds- Regina Spektor
GDFR- Flo Rida
Rise- Hans Zimmer
Wait- M83
Uma Thurman- Fall Out Boy
Pumpin Blood- NONONO
StarWaves- Anthony Gonzales
Younger (Kygo Remix)- Seinabo Sey

Full disclosure, these pages contain images from pages I took from Flow Magazine, a really fantastic magazine for anyone who loves papercrafts and the lifestyle therein. It’s unfortunate that I keep finding these lovely imported magazines to crave and lust after, because they’re almost always at least $20 a pop and while I’m not exactly hurting for money, dropping more than $60 on magazines feels utterly decadent in the worst way sometimes. Still, loveliness isn’t cheap is it?

~m

Art Journal Monday- Wage Your War

Lips and loveliness, art journal pages
follow me now, just
bbc radio tapes, the hobbit
Map of Middle earth
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sade lyrics, art journal pages
art journal pages, sleepy fables and coffee
spring in summer, art journal pages
alice in wonderland box
alice in wonderland cards
the beauty in the crash
wage your war, art journal pages
in slow motion, art journal pages
middle earth, map

When asked, what the greatest influence on my life has been (which is a rather telling question isn’t it?), I usually pause and try and gauge the person asking this. Do they mean who has been influential in my life, and if so, do expect to hear stories of families or idols cut from magazines? Or do they wonder about aesthetic pleasures and wish to carve my colors from me with palettes from J.W Waterhouse and the bone structures of Guadí? Maybe they mean world events, geo-political and regional… or to delve into recent poli-sci tensions with fervor. Music, perhaps? Film and cinema? Internet memes and obsessions?

So many routes to go, it’s almost as if that questions could be too broad to answer.

To make it simple though,(and if the answer really warrant’s an honest response ) I usually say, Lord of the Rings and Alice in Wonderland. Books or movies, you might ask? Both, why not both. It’s the foundations of these worlds that I love,the passion for escape and world building, a concise and yearning love for a good story told. I could spend hours, days, weeks analyzing and falling into either world and indeed, for most of my teenage years nothing came as close to ruining my grades as these obsessions of mine. Aragorn, Merry, Samwise, Elrond, The White Rabbit, the Red Queen, Knave of Hearts, Bill the Lizard not to mention the Cheshire cat and Gandalf, I would follow them day after day, adventure after adventure and to this day I still spend hours out of my day pouring over fantasy illustrations that bear remarkable resemblance to the world of Middle Earth in their fantastical scope or fashion spreads that pay silent homage to the Looking Glass realm in the colors of their gems and fabrics.

Aesthetically, philosophically, morally and ever always, my life will be influenced by Lord of the Rings and Alice in Wonderland and if that sounds utterly strange and slightly nutty, well, I mean, what can you say?

Songs on repeat this past week:

Earned it- The Weeknd
Radar Detector- Darwin Deez
Shut Up and Dance- Walk the Moon
Thunder Clatter- Wild Club
Azure- Paul Kalkbrenner
Yellow Flicker Beat- Lorde
Infinity- Marek Hemmann
Come With Me Now- KONGOS

So who else is planning the most epic of epic marathons when the final Hobbit movie comes out and you can watch all three PLUS the extended editions of the Lord of the Rings in one sitting? My butt will probably meld with the couch but it’ll be worth it i’m sure.

~m

Hunger sounds, Hi-Fructose colors and some Kinfolk pencils- A Perfect Sunday

these little things
more colors, more sounds
you were mine, before you where  theirs
Trade me the sky for these colors
those mountains, always
These mountains, always
tools of the trade
Colors, pens and my blacks
X-Formula Nailpolish colors
Hi-Fructose, Hunger and Kinfolk

What’s a perfect Sunday to you?

After spending Saturday having a Batman movie marathon with the boyfriend (the Nolan ones if you’re curious) and searching for perfect scarves that were available in the realm of no-where and never (Alexander McQueen, who knew I would be such a sucker for your clouds of strange gothic loveliness to lace around a slightly chilly neck ) and makings surprisingly tasty Sesame Noodles ( surprising because I didn’t burn anything AND both of us ended up with full bellies) I wanted to spend Sunday in pools of color, dipping my creativity in chilly water and marking up pages with loose lines and mountains.

I’m sure my neighbors think i’m at least half insane when I tie up my curtains to dance in the light with paint and music. But well, at least i’m giving them a good show yeah?
Happy weekends ya’ll < 3

~m