Saturday, November 1, 2014

Halloween Spinstering: This has very little to do with Halloween

As you know, yesterday was Halloween. I got home a little earlier than usual, and before I knew it, I had been asleep for two hours, and there was a melted piece of chocolate under me. How did this happen? I couldn't possibly say, and that's what scares me. Chocolate or no, though, there's little in this world I find to be a better use of time than a nap that creeps up on you.

Once I awoke, I decided it was time for some dinner. I've been meaning to get Udon ever since I moved to Atlanta, but somehow it hasn't happened yet. I looked up Japanese restaurants that had Udon, and one of the higher-rated ones (four out of five stars on Yelp) was one called Sushi Matsuya in Toco Hills. When I got there, though, somehow I did not order Udon, instead opting for chicken teriyaki. I have to say, though, that the restaurant did not disappoint, especially since it was in a strip mall. You know, ambiance and all.

Outside of the restaurant, I posted one of my #FAFATL magnets, and it was claimed almost immediately!

Back at home, I watched a movie and did needlepoint like the champion spinster I am. It was delightful.

Now, since today's post was merely an account of how I did not actually celebrate Halloween other than sleeping on some candy, I figured I owed you a little something else. So, here's a list of links of you while you eat your breakfast of Halloween candy. Ain't no shame, child. This is exactly what the day after Halloween (and Christmas, for that matter) is for.

1. The cutest/funniest costume I saw at Trunk or Treat was this hilarious great white shark costume that had both legs and a tail.

2. Pin this article for next year if you have little kids. Baby Willow's parents have lots of great ideas.

3. If your breakfast candy isn't quite enough this morning, and/or you feel like making a real effort, this Strawberry Lemon Poppyseed Pancakes recipe looks incredible.

4. There's only one of this Cat Pocket Blouse left, but how cute is it!? It's not in my size, so if you're an extra small, please buy it and wear it. They also have a totally see through dress version (get a cute slip, maybe?) and it's only in a size two.

5. And in case you missed Taylor Swift and Ellen Degeneres doing "Kitty Corner," I think any self-respecting cat lady should watch it.

Enjoy that candy!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween and #FAFATL!

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It just wouldn't be right for me to celebrate Halloween without a cat gif. So. Here you go! I'm glad we took care of that right off the bat.

Halloween is my favorite holiday. It has all of the things I like: costumes, candy, and cats. Add in a some carry out, and you've pretty much got the four C's of spinsterhood. What's not to like?

AND, since Halloween falls on a Free Art Friday this year, I've made some black and neon little cat magnets. They're not glow in the dark, but I think they're sort of spooky anyway. As always, if you're in the Atlanta area, be sure to check my instagram throughout the day to see where I've posted these baby kitties!

Last of all, since it is Halloween, I thought I'd share the costume I made this year. I was a mermaid for my church's trunk or treat, and I even manned the face painting table. I made this costume from a nude Merona tank top, a green maxi skirt with a wonky hem I bought on Amazon (it said it was a medium, but unless they meant medium way between a child and an adult, I'm not sure what they were talking about...), three packs of sequins, one pack of rhinestones, two large bottles of blue glitter puff paint, four bottles of tulip green glitter puff paint, one tube of E6000 glue, and several Netflix documentaries. I quite liked the results.

I probably won't wear the skirt again, but I'm quite tempted to start wearing this shell cami all over town. I mean, why not, right?

Well, happy Friday to all of you, and I hope you're having an excellent Halloween. Eat candy for breakfast. It's the breakfast of spinsters.

Here's hoping you're also playing with a jack-o-lantern full of baby black kittens.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Thursday Fun: Taylor Swift Coloring Page

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You've made it through the wilderness of Wednesday, and now I think it's time you had some spinsterly fun. If you're spinstering like I am this week, then you've probably been listening to Taylor Swift's new album pretty much nonstop. But alas, the new album can only occupy your ears. Perhaps you're in search of a little more of a full-emersion Taylor Swift experience. That is why I've created this Taylor Swift coloring page.

The coloring page should print out nicely on an 8.5x11 piece of paper, and you can color her to your heart's content. I know I should have added some cats to the background, but I figured if you were really gonna get creative, you could draw those in yourself!

I've decided Taylor Swift and I should be friends, so if you happen to know her, please feel free to direct her to The Spinsterhood Diaries so we can meet. I'm hoping this first offering of a coloring page will earn me some points toward also meeting her fabulous cats. As a bonus, she can have all the diet coke because I drink regular. So that works out nicely.

As always, if you're particularly proud of your work, please do share on The Spinsterhood Diaries Facebook Page! I love to hear from you!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Spinster Jams: A Playlist To Get You Over The Hump

It's Wednesday, and if you're one of those pesky glass-half-full people, then that means your work week is halfway through! If you are, like I am, one of those there-are-four-inches-of-liquid-in-this-glass people (well, pragmatists, really), then you know you've still got half a day until you're really halfway through the week. After lunch you'll be over the hump. Until then, though, you may need a little help making it through. That's why, m'lady, I've made you a playlist.

Now, I know that not everyone likes a playlist or has the same taste in music as I do, but anyone who spends as much time trying to tune out background noise so they can focus as I do sometimes needs a little break from the podcasts and books on tape. So, if you do like an upbeat dance-inducing playlist, then I've made a kind of girl power/sassy playlist just for you!

to Listen Blindly, click here: Wednesday Playlist

Or just press play below!

10.30.2014 Playlist by jonezee85 on Grooveshark

Now for the actual list of songs:

1. "Secrets" - Mary Lambert
2. "Do My Thing" - Estelle featuring Janelle Monae
3. "Countdown" - Beyonce
4. "All About That Bass" - Meghan Trainor
5. "Party" - Beyonce Featuring Andre 3000
6. "Independent Women" - Destiny's Child
7. "Shake It Off" - Taylor Swift
8. "Can't Hold Us Down" - Christina Aguilera
9. "Pretty Girl Rock" - Keri Hilson
10. "Killin' It" - Cher Lloyd
11. "Bossy" - Kelis Featuring Too $hort

Enjoy! I hope this gets you dancing at your desk!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Still My Spirit Animal: Taylor Swift's New Album

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In case you didn't watch the Today Show or any commercials in the past week, I think you should know that Taylor Swift's new album, 1989, dropped yesterday, and according to my Instagram, pretty much everyone preordered it on iTunes. I've only listened to the album twice so far, but it won't surprise you to know that I like it. I like it quite a bit.

Now, according to quite a few things I've read around the internet, Taylor Swift's last album, Red, was written almost solely about her relationship and breakup with one Mr. Jake Gyllenhaal. A few of the songs on this album still seem to bear echoes of that relationship, which I think is fairly true to life and accurate. You don't just write an album about a guy and then sing it all over the world on tour and magically become over it.

As much as I do think she's rehashing some of the same feelings, the lady Swift has a totally new feel and attitude on this record than on the last one. Not only is the actual music totally different from the last album (more synthesizers, more playful vocals, more danceability...), but the overall message seems to be something along the lines of "yes, I still love you, but I mean, what am I going to do about it?" The answer, of course is that she's just gonna shake it off.

I could write more about this, but I think I need to listen a few hundred more times before I can really make a serious (and unqualified/uneducated) analysis. For now, I say 'Hooray For Taylor Swift,' and also go listen to the album now.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Spinstergram/Spinster Shopping: You're Welcome

Around this time of year every year, it seems I hear everyone talking about how shocked they are that Christmas decorations are already out. I don't know about you, but it doesn't really surprise me anymore. What did surprise me yesterday, though, was when, for Halloween costume reasons, I found myself in Steinmart. I didn't find what I was looking for, but as you can se above, I found something so much better.

While I was wandering the round racks, looking for a beige top of some sort that costed next to nothing (you can never find it when you need it most), I discovered this insane/delectable gem. Yes, Ladies, this Santa Sweater was hanging on a rack with several of its kind in full sincerity and seriousness. Not only was this sweater there, but there were various and sundry other christmas sweaters. Steinmart really isn't the kind of place that carries ironic clothing, so I'm going to hazard a guess that this thing is for real.

I snapped a photo of the sweater and sent it to Megan, letting her know this was available whenever she got a chance to come find one in her size. Megan's response was "This is very nice." I then suggested Megan wear it on her next date, to which she responded that it couldn't possibly make anything worse. At that point, I was laughing to myself amidst seasonal sweaters while thinking "this is why we're friends."

Now, later I was talking to my mom on the phone, and I told her about the sweater and how I planned on wearing it on the next date I procured from the online dating arena (yes, I have unfortunately fallen back into that abyss.) My mom said she thought I should bring a santa sack with me that had my phone number on it. Before the date, she said,  I should just send a quick message saying, "I'll be the one in the Santa suit. See you soon!"

After all this giggling, I thought it only fair to note a few things: Firstly, I have just discovered that Steinmart has an Ecommerce site (linked above in the first paragraph). Secondly, this sweater is available for purchase on their website along with several other really spectacular options. Thirdly, I acknowledge that not everything at Steinmart is a Santa Suit, and quite a few things there are date appropriate. Fourthly, I also acknowledge that Christmas sweaters are fun.

So, in conclusion, if you need a last minute idea for your Halloween costume and/or hot date, I think you've got a front runner here. You're welcome.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Atlanta Spinstering: The Country Living Fair

Some miniature Halloween candy buckets at the Country Living Fair
Two weekends ago, my mom texted me that the Country Living Fair would be in Stone Mountain Park, here in Atlanta this weekend. I love a good fair, so I couldn't resist. My mom couldn't make it, but thankfully my friend Sara was up for an adventure!

The Country Living fair is put on by Country Living Magazine, and in Sara's words, it looks like every southern woman's Pinterest and Etsy came to life. There were booths of crafts and wares, a giant pile of pumpkins and gourds, food vendors, and - my favorite part - remodeled camping trailers.

Sara and I couldn't have gone on a nicer day. The weather was sunny and just the slightest bit warm for the Uniqlo sweatshirt I chose to wear. We started with a few of the remodeled trailers, and I have to say, I was more than impressed. The first one had both indoor and outdoor kitchens, though I think it was nearly factory fresh. The next, however, was a ladylike vintage pink-and-periwinkle mini camper, part of which you'll see pictured here below. I thought my friend Chelsea would have loved it. There were even more excellent renovated campers, but somehow I didn't take photos. I would love to go to an entire show of them, though.

The pink stove in one of the remodeled campers

After marveling at the excellent renovation jobs, Sara and I headed to check out some of the booths. There was a lot of jewelry made of assembled vintage findings, but one of our favorite booths of jewelry was one called Rag Trader Vintage, which featured lots of necklaces, hairpins, rings, and sundry other pieces of jewelry. Among our favorites were a rectangular double watch necklace, a cat cameo, and tiny music box necklaces. (I couldn't find any of theirs online, but here's a link to some similar ones. ) Below you'll find a photo of some of the watch necklaces.

Watch necklaces at Rag Trader Vintage

One of the only purchases I actually made at the Country Living Fair was too delicious not to purchase. There was a table called Pam's Pantry, and there were all these little jars with lucite tops, and when I went closer, I realized they all had little dips in them. I tried a few, and they were all pretty delicious, but the last one I tried was one called "Hog Heaven," and I had to purchase it. And so I did. I purchased a mix, and if we happen to got o the same party any time soon, then you may just get to taste it.

Now that I've revealed that I'm still very much a little piglet, let's just look at some more pictures and try to forget how sick I was earlier this week. 

Above is an arrangement of my favorite earrings at the Country Living Fair. The bottom right ones are my favorite because they look like they have little bananas, but as you can see, they were quite pricey, so alas, I did not purchase them. But how fun are they?

Next you'll see two miniature christmas scenes that had been affixed to the tops of cigar boxes. For some reason, I thought these were so charming. I'm not sure if I'd feel safe actually opening the cigar box with all those things on top, but it's a really cool idea. They also had ones that were on top of cookie tins. Imagine bringing your Christmas cookies to a party in a tin or box like that!

Above are much less festive photos, but I thought there was just something really cool about these vintage metal toys. And finally, I'll leave you with a closeup of the best metal one. The elephant balancing a ball on his nose. 

The Country Living fair was a lot of fun, and I'm very proud I didn't eat more than I did. Happy Sunday!