Friday, October 21, 2016
Yesterday I shipped my first two Christmas orders of the season. I shipped one Drawing to South Carolina and one Painting to Virginia. It's so fun to see where the portraits go around the country.
I found myself quite without any envelopes to send the drawing yesterday, so I hopped on over to Target (because that's the closest store to me that would carry them (which means I feel super lucky)), and I found this super cute striped padded envelope. So of course I bought this one, and I think it looks really cute with the Miranda sticker on it.
If you're thinking of ordering some art for yourself or a loved one and would like to get it by Christmas, make sure to submit your order soon. Submitting an order consists of all information : size, style (painting or drawing), colors (if it's a painting), and the photo you'd like me to use for reference.
For more info and samples of my work, you can visit www.SarahJJonesArt.com. For available sizes and pricing, please visit the pricing page here. Please remember I am able to accept orders via email only. (Here's the contact info page.)
All right! That's it for today.
Thursday, October 20, 2016
If you're the sort of spinster I am, you don't go in for those "sexy" halloween costumes. For us, something a little more creative is in order. So, in case you haven't made up your mind yet, I've done a little Pinterest-searching for you. Let's look at these ideas.
1. A Bubble Bath:
I think this is a great idea. It can be as easy or difficult as you want. Some people used balloons, and some people used clear plastic christmas ornaments. Either way, it's pretty easy.
If you've got some face paint (or just some makeup, I guess) and a cardboard box, then you've got this.
3. Bob Ross Chia Head...or just a regular Chia Head:
This woman says she crocheted the beard, etc, but I'm pretty sure you can just do this with glue.
4. Pig in a Blanket:
This is just cute. And super easy.
5. A Gum Ball Machine:
Only if you have a lot of time to glue things down. Netflix binge?
6. A Chicken:
I actually laughed out loud when I saw the gloves on this woman's feet. Genius.
There's a DIY attached to this pin, and I'm not sure how easy it actually is, but it's SO CUTE.
8. A Bouquet:
Perfect if you've been wanting to make those giant fake flowers. I love this one.
9. A Skunk:
These feather boas are super cheap, and you know you already have a black dress or black pants and a black top. Excellent.
Guys. I'm pretty sure she's got a lampshade on her head. And that's all I needed to see. Sold.
And, for the bonus round, here is a picture of a horse dressed as a poodle. You're welcome.
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
When thinking about Fan Art, it's hard for me not to want to use a hashtag like #FArt. Somehow, though, I think that would bring different results than one might expect were they looking for art.
A week or so ago, I got a message via Tumblr from the TV Critic's Choice Awards asking me to submit some of my Fan Art to their tumblr. Most of it was already on this blog or tumblr anyway, so I decided to do it. Last year at their event, they had a backdrop on the red carpet of Fan Art for each show that was nominated. Actors and actresses would stand in front of a wall of art about their show for photo ops. I thought that was pretty cool.
So, I'm hoping they like some of my stuff enough that they'll choose to show it on the red carpet. Who knows? Maybe they will.
Last year's host was T.J. Miller, the annoying one on HBO's Silicon Valley. You might also recognize him from Deadpool or as the voice of some disgusting phlegm in Mucinex commercials. So, today's image is of him. And of course I submitted this one, too.
In other news, I am already pretty deep in Christmas portrait orders, so if you were thinking of getting one, then order soon if you want it by Christmas!
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
My friend Fran's birthday was over the weekend, and so I made her a little gift. This is her dog Lily. I had this printed and framed it myself and gave it to Fran. I think pet art is such a fun way to decorate a home. Of course, I'm sure it helps that I happen to make pet art as well. Haha.
That's all for me today. Happy Tuesday!
Monday, October 17, 2016
I think every spinster should be the queen of her own domain. As such, a crown or tiara seems appropriate. But how do you justify such an expenditure if you're mostly going to wear it with your bathrobe while you watch Netflix? Purchase it "for a Halloween costume," that's how. So, today, I've found six semi-affordable crowns and tiaras from Amazon. After I give you the links, we can discuss what sorts of costumes you can concoct so that owning this crown afterward won't seem strange.
So, here are the links:
1. TinkSky Wedding Tiara: $8.99
2. Vintage Princess Tiara: $14.45
3. Stuff Crystal Crown: $20.98
4. Remedios Royal Wedding Tiara: $15.69
5. Pearl Flower Tiara: $26.99
6. TopWedding Emerald and Gold Crown: $16.99 (I actually like the ruby version better, but the emerald option had a better photo. There's also a Sapphire option.)
Ok, now that you know where to get these fabulous things, here are some costume ideas to justify this purchase:
1. A Queen:
Of course, this is the most obvious, but it could be great. You know you've got some bridesmaid's dresses or old formals lying around. And let's be real. You're not going to wear them again. So, grab one of those, cut a circle in the center of a circular table cloth, cut straight up the center for the front opening, and voila! you've got a fabulous cape. I'm not sure that sentence worked, so i'm adding a little diagram, too. Make it extra fancy by adding a black and white feather boa at the collar or hem for a faux ermine look. Or keep it simple by using a brooch as the closure. OR, if you're willing to spend a little more, nix the cape and get a faux fur wrap. Of course, you could also make that look like ermine with a sharpie or a little bit of paint.
2. Miss America:
Prom dress, formal, or bridesmaid's dress plus the tiara and add a sash! Bonus if you carry a trophy or bouquet of roses all night. Want to make it political? Be Miss USA and have a buddy dress as Donald Trump.
3. Queen of Hearts:
Check out the ruby version of Crown #6 for this one. The rest I'll leave up to your interpretation.
4. Queen Elizabeth:
Wear a floral 1980s granny dress with your crown. OR you could make it a little classier and wear a pastel skirt suit. This would work even better if your dog happens to be a corgi. OR you could carry this corgi purse from Etsy. Adorable.
5. Glinda The Good Witch:
So, all of the crowns on this list are a bit smaller than the one Billie Burke wore in The Wizard of Oz. If you go with crown #3, though, you'll have a much easier time getting through doorways. This may be the appropriate time to purchase these marabou trimmed mules as well. I'm pretty sure you can lay your hands on something pink and fluffy to wear as the dress.
6. A Pageant Toddler:
When I couldn't sleep one night, I saw a commercial for Perfect Smile Veneers online. They're basically adult flippers. If you're a fan of Toddlers and Tiaras, then you know what I'm talking about, and I don't need to tell you anything else about how to build this costume.
7. The Princess and the Pea:
Going with a friend? You be the princess, and they can dress as the pea.
8. Queen Sugar:
You could dress as the real Queen Sugar from Oprah's series, or you could make this into a pun and put candy all over yourself and wear the crown.
9. Sandra Bullock in Miss Congeniality
10. A Mis- pun
Some ideas might include:
- Miss Communication : great if you actually work in communications - you could do something phone- or sign- related
- Miss Direction: attach a bunch of directional signs to your outfit, then add a crown and a sash
- Miss Fortune: a crown and lots of monopoly money
- Miss Fit: A Crown, a sash, and your workout clothes.
- Miss Judge: Wear your graduation Robe, a crown, and a sash. Maybe add a gavel and a powdered wig.
- Miss Labeled: For the girl who loves her label maker. Just COVER yourself in labels, then add the crown and sash.
Ok, if you have any more ideas, leave a comment! Happy Shopping!
Sunday, October 16, 2016
So, I'm sick. Like, lay in bed all day sick. I have a nose that's constantly vacillating between dripping like a faucet and feeling like I'll never breathe again. When I was awake yesterday, though, I did what I will call a little digital doodling. Above, you'll see the result.
Basically, I took a selfie that I had taken earlier in the week, raised the contrast in Photoshop until I thought it would break down into three colors - registration, white, and a middle tone. In illustrator, i changed the middle tone to a diagonal stripe pattern I had created. Then, I rasterized so that the image was a bitmap. Then, I colored it with Navy, Yellow, coral, and fuchsia, made the transparency "multiply," and moved them around. And voila! Here's my rainbow face. Please enjoy!
Tomorrow, some more halloween ideas.
Friday, October 14, 2016
So, if you've ever talked to me in real life, you know I listen to NPR pretty much all day. So, a lot of my book recommendations come from reviews or author interviews. Today's book is one such book.
Author Nathan Hill has, apparently, been compared to John Irving. After reading this book, I can see how they do explain some of the same themes, but when I first started listening, I was struck at his attention to the details of everyday life and thought - kind of like David Foster Wallace.
I'm going to try to write this report/review without any spoilers, but I may have to include some.
The book is about a writer who is disillusioned with his professorship and obsessed with a world-of-warcraft-inspired online game. He got a book deal years ago which he never fulfilled. When a political new story of the moment turns out to remotely involve him, he is encouraged (or pretty much forced upon threat of a law suit for breech of contract) to write a book on one of the main protesters.
The story line is interesting, but some of my favorite moments were actually the thought processes of some secondary and tertiary characters like one of the main character, Samuel Anderson's, students and one of his teammates in the online realm.
One of the reasons this book was such a good read (or listen, really) was that I never knew what was going to happen next. I also never knew what part of the book was going to be the most important. Was it the gaming? The student? Samuel's childhood friends? Of course everything sort of works together to make the story, but the book defied my predictions.
As far as the John Irving comparison goes, I will say I think this is less transgressive than Hotel New Hampshire. There are some dodgy parts, but nothing too insane.
I also think that this book contained a lot of good and interesting commentary on today's internet and communication culture.
Ok, ok. I think you should just read the book. I liked it. It was engrossing, and if you listen to books on the treadmill like I do, this will be a good distraction.