Saturday, May 28, 2016

Memorial Day: See You Soon!


It's Memorial Day weekend, and I think we're probably all taking a little break. Well, at least I hope we all are. This post is to say that I am, at least. Miranda will be here until I get back, seeing you all the time. I'll be back to posting on Wednesday. So, see you soon!

Friday, May 27, 2016

Spinster Food: Savory Steel Cut Oats

breakfast, breakfast-food

I love breakfast. I'm one of those people who could eat breakfast food for any meal of the day. In fact, I can't understand people who don't eat breakfast. I think they're missing out.

I've had a pretty bad cold for over a week now, and the only thin that sounds good to me for breakfast is a bowl of steel cut oats. They feel good on my throat. However, I don't eat them sweet, and I know a lot of people think that's really weird. So, if you want to be a weird old spinster, too, I thought I'd share my recipe with you today.

What you need:

- Quaker Steel Cut Oats in the can
- Water (as directed)
- Salt
- Pepper
- Onion Powder
- Garlic powder
- Worcestershire Sauce
- One Egg

What to do:

1. Start cooking the oats.
          Follow the directions on the canister. I use the microwave version because it's faster, and I dirty less dishes.

2. Crack your egg.
          I like to crack my egg into a mug before I add it to the pan. This way, I know I won't get any shell in the pan. I also season the egg with salt, pepper, and garlic powder before adding to the pan.

3. Add Egg to Pan.
          While the oatmeal is still cooking, start frying your egg.

4. Take the Oatmeal out of the microwave.
          While the egg is still frying, take the oatmeal out and stir.

5. Season your oatmeal.
          Add Salt, Pepper, Onion powder, garlic powder, and a splash of worcestershire sauce to the oatmeal. I don't measure anything out, I just add things in. Try not to add too much worcestershire sauce, though. You only need a splash.

6. Finish frying the egg.
          I like my eggs over medium for this. Mostly cooked but with some egg goo.

7. Add the egg to the oatmeal.
          Pour the egg from the pan onto the oatmeal and then, with a spoon, chop it up and stir into the oatmeal.

8. Enjoy!

Now you've got an easy, hearty breakfast that's pretty good for you, too! Happy Friday!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Spinster Shopping: Guys' Wall Art


Earlier this week, I brought you some gift ideas for your soon-to-be college ladies. Today, I have come up with some wall art ideas for the guys in your life. I tried to encompass a range of different interests here while still choosing some cool imagery. So let's get to linking!

1. Ramen by Ariakay: $34, Society6
          This art is great for anyone who loves Ramen or loves to eat. It's great for a kitchen..or any other room in the house.

2. "Pike" by C. Jeremy Price: Prints from $70, Saatchi Art
          For the fisherman or the chef. I feel like ordering art from Saatchi would make you feel pretty fancy.

3. Breaking Bad by Caleb Boyles: $40, Society6
          For the Breaking Bad fanatic. And, let's face it...who doesn't love that show?

4. Basketball Court Schematic Diagram Poster: $10.59+, Quantum Prints on Etsy
          Quantum Prints offers more than just basketball court diagrams. I think this is the coolest idea for a sports fan. It's better than just a sports poster or a mascot image.

5. Retro Gaming Poster: $18.24, Handz on Etsy
          For the gamer. I'm not sure if the youngsters going to college now would even recognize these controllers, but I like the idea of this graphic.

6. Number 86 by Jeff Larson: $40, Society6
          Color blindness is something that lots of guys have. What better thing to put in a guy's room than a color blindness test? Plus, if you aren't color blind, it still looks pretty cool.

7. Custom Watercolor Pet Portrait: $135 +: Coconut Towers on Etsy
          Dogs are man's best friend. So, why not gift a guy with some custom artwork of his bestie? This would be something they'd want to keep around for a while.

8. Bill Murray at Steve Zissou by Liana: $37, Society6
          For the West Anderson or Bill Murray Fan. This may look like a regular fisherman, but if you've seen The Life Aquatic, then this piece means a little more.

9.  Harley Davidson 1928 Patent Artwork: Prints from $36, Fine Art America
          Another diagram. I think diagrams are a really cool idea for guys' rooms. This one is for the guy who has a need for speed.

10. Tattoo by Mouni Feddag: $35, Society6
          This is for an artsier guy or the tattoo fanatic. I like how whimsical it is and all the bright colors.

Ok! Well, that's it. I hope you've seen something you like! Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

#WIPWednesday: A Tiger Cub


So, yesterday I said I'd be making a wall art shopping guide for guys, but I haven't quite found all the best art for them yet, so I'm showing you a #WIP for WIP Wednesday. Well, ok, it's only a work in progress because this photo is of the painting as it was drying. It's dry now.

I had planned to do this painting in time for the show at Chastain Park, but it was not to be. I had a custom order, though, for a child with an orange face, so I took advantage of the paint I'd already mixed when I was finished, and made this painting. And, I've posted it on my Etsy.

Also! I found out this week that I've been accepted as an exhibitor at the Morristown Armory Craft Market this October. So, if you're in the New Jersey area, come see me!

All right, that's it! Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Spinster Shopping: Wall Art


Graduation time is upon us, so you may be thinking of what sort of special thing you can get for your favorite grad. Or maybe you're just looking to update your own room. Whether you're decorating a dorm or a room in your gigantic house, some new wall art could add some fun and personal punch to your walls.

I did today's shopping with a dorm room and college-aged girl in mind, but fear not! I'll do a post on art for guys soon, too. So, let's get started!

1. Cactus n' Baskets Framed Art Print by Good Objects: $36, Society Six
          For your friend who loves plants but can't keep the real thing alive. Just frame some for her wall!

2. Monica Ramos Tiger Print: $30, Big Cartel
          This print is of wild things in a serene color palette. Great for a wild girl's peaceful oasis.

3. "Going to the Pool" framed print by Babeth Lafon: $35, Society Six
          This is called "going to the pool," but I think it also looks like some sort of study or travel kit. Great for a student.

4. Sunglasses Watercolor Illustration (Framed): $25, Sarah J. Jones Art on Etsy
          Ok, yes. This is a shameless plug. It comes framed, though, and it's perfect for the girl whose future's so bright she's gotta wear shades.

5. Kate Miss Composition 2:B: $20, Kate Miss Creative Studio
          For the minimalist in your life. Great if she doesn't know what colors she wants to use yet. Here's a ready-made palette.

6. Summertime Framed Art Print:$33, Swanderful Things on Society Six
          I love this. It's so simple and graphic, and it could help me feel like I was at the beach even when it's cold outside.

7. Library Masquerade by Marisol Spoon: $18-$195 depending on the options you choose, Marisol Spoon
          I saw Marisol Spoon for the first time at an art festival recently. Her husband makes all her frames, and they are amazingly intricate. This is a great piece for the quirky, artsy, or bookish girl.

8. Abstract Flower Illustration: $27, Studio Legohead on Etsy
          Studio Legohead also does custom pet portraits, and I think they're really cute. This, however, is also really cute and is a little more universal.

9. Fashion Wall Art: $20, AKR Design Studio on Etsy
          If you couldn't tell by all the other "objects" artwork I posted here, I'm liking that pretty well right now. I like that this is black and white and includes some accessories. It would pretty much go with any room. A close runner-up to this one, though, is this Denim Cutoff Collection from Good Objects.

All right! We're finished. Enjoy your shopping and have an excellent Tuesday!

Monday, May 23, 2016

Just for Fun: Dinosaur Print


Well, happy Monday to all of you! Today, I just have a little print for you. This would never be a possible print in production...unless it was a digital print. I've used eighteen colors so...yep. BUT! Zazzle has 30% off on clothing today, so...I made it into a tank top. They digitally print these things, so 18 colors isn't even a factor.

So...here it is!

Perfect for a trip to Jurassic Park! Jk. I hope that never exists. But...Happy Monday!

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Spinster Fun: Magical Happy Saturday


I'm a little under the weather, and so I haven't been sleeping so well for the past couple of nights. In the half sleep-half awake state, I think of random things. One night I just felt an aching need to google the Tina Fey/Taylor Swift feud. But, you already know all about that, I'm assuming. And, that's not what I'm talking about today.

So, in the middle of the night, I had what I thought was an amazing, magical idea. In my sleep-deprived daytime brain, this still seemed like an excellent idea. But then I made it. You know...I'm not a filmmaker. But, I still think it's kind of fun. It's like I magically can put this piece of paper back together and write backwards! Thanks, sleep brain!

Now, in case you still don't know what I'm talking about, and you need to see something magical this morning, here it is! Enjoy!


And, of course, have a happy Saturday!