Saturday, November 28, 2015

Shop Small Saturday! (And a Coloring Page)

If you're reading this post, then you survived Black Friday without being killed in a stampede. Congratulations! You've made it to the next round: Shop Small Saturday. I'll be shopping at The Beehive today if I can get a parking spot.

If you're looking for a good little stocking stuffer, I've posted the Color Me Fabulous coloring books I have left from ICE Atlanta on the Etsy Spinster Store. If you're not looking to purchase a whole coloring book, though, then you can always print out today's image and just color the one page. It's up to you!

Have a happy Saturday, and don't forget to shop small!

Friday, November 27, 2015

#WIP: Colby the Cat

I've finally started work on my Christmas orders. First in my queue was an order I received quite some time ago, and his name is Colby the cat. He's coming along quite nicely, but today I thought I'd share his WIP (work in progress) images. The first image is of just the background painted, and you can see the faint map of the colors I'll be adding. 

Next, we have a process shot with three of four colors started. I'll be adjusting these colors today. I think one of them is a little too terra cotta. 

Lastly, we have a more filled-in version of Colby, though, he's not all the way finished. It looks like a paint by number because, well, essentially that's what it is. Though,  I've gone to great pains to create the paint by number myself so that it will look exactly like Colby the Cat. So far, I think he's looking quite handsome. 

Stay tuned on my Instagram for more WIP photos of this and other Christmas orders! Happy Friday!

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving, David Cross

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Yesterday I went to the grocery store to get some important things like cookies and cereal. In case you were wondering what to feed your spinster, those are two of your options. When I turned the corner of one of the aisles at the Toco Hills Kroger, I ran into a very familiar face - that face of everyone's favorite Nevernude, David Cross. I was shocked to see him in the flesh, and he saw me seeing him, and he moved on quickly. His arm was in a sling, and he had a very long beard, and to my horror, I kept running into him as if I were following him around the store. 

I texted my friend Sara, and she informed me that Cross is from Atlanta. He ended up in the line next to me at checkout, and I noticed he was there with his wife, Amber Tamblyn. She is much slimmer in person than you might think. 

So, David Cross, I hope you're having a great Thanksgiving. And to the rest of you spinsters, I hope you're eating all of the turkey and don't need a sling for your arms. 

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

#WorkspaceWednesday: My Guest Room

When I moved to Atlanta, one of the major things I wanted was an apartment that was much larger than the one I had in Astoria. This way, my guests wouldn't have to sleep on the sofa or my constantly-deflating air mattress, and I could have a "studio" of sorts in the guest room when I didn't have any guests. 

Today I'm working on my Christmas portrait orders. While most of my orders are for paintings, a few are for digital portraits, so I'm going to start my morning working on those. I'm thankful to have a studio with my drafting table where I can do this without being next to a mountain of laundry or a kitchen full of food. 

Expect some #WIP shots on my Instagram from now until Christmas! Happy Wednesday!

Monday, November 23, 2015

#ICEAtlanta is finished! (For this year)

Last night marked the end of Atlanta's Indie Craft Experience holiday show. Anna and I had a lot of fun and met a lot of cool people. With a lot of effort and creativity, we even packed our booth in one trip, carrying our chairs around our necks. It was a little hazardous, but in the end, we are still alive. 

On the second day of the show, I had a lot of questions about the Atlanta Coloring Book. Thought I sold all of my copies on the first day, you can still purchase one directly from I would advise you, though, to search for a "free shipping" coupon or any other one because the shipping from Lulu is beastly. 

Above is one of the original watercolors I still have left from the show. In the coming days, I hope to update my Etsy shop with some of the remaining items in case people who weren't able to make it to the show would still like to do some holiday shopping. So keep an eye on the shop! There should be updates soon!

Happy Monday and happy Thanksgiving week!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Spinstergram: #ICEAtlanta Day 1

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Yesterday was the first day of my first ever Indie Craft Experience as a vendor. Anna and I manned our booth from 11am to 6pm at the Georgia Freight Depot, and it was a lot of fun. In a crazy turn of events, I sold every single copy of the Atlanta Coloring Book I had. However, if you didn't get your copy, fear not! There are links to all of my coloring books here. All you have to do is click on the image of the book you'd like!

I'm excited for the adventure of today's installment of Indie Craft Experience. If you haven't had the chance to come yet, it's still going on today from 11am to 6pm at the Georgia Freight Depot. Hope to see you there! 

Saturday, November 21, 2015

It's Here! #ICEAtlanta Starts Today!

Anna and I have set up our booth, and we're ready for the fun to begin! Above you'll find the poster for the event, provided by the ladies at Indie Craft Experience for promotional purposes. 

There are all sorts of vendors and snacks, so if you're looking for a fun little outing this Saturday or Sunday, stop by! It's a lot of fun. 

Happy Saturday!