Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Spinster Jams: Maren Morris

So, I don't generally like country music. I appreciate that it has a place in the world and expresses some things that other genres don't, but it's just not the first thing I go for. That being said, I have recently heard several interviews with Singer/Songwriter Maren Morris, and so I thought I'd check out her album on the way home for easter weekend. The drive from Atlanta to Sumter is a long one, so I had plenty of time.

Well, for a single lady, I highly recommend this album. Morris sings about love, sure, but she also covers other topics like her love for FM radio, her 80s Mercedes, and a song giving advice to a friend who can't seem to stop going back to a cheater. There are also quite a few songs that are decidedly not quite country.

Now I have to get ready for work, but on the way there, I'll be listening to a little Maren Morris.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Spinster Shopping: Easter Baskets

Well, Spinsters, I know it's been a while. Life has gotten a little crazy. But today, we need to talk about something fun.

You may have noticed that today's shopping guide is called "Easter Baskets." I know that technically these aren't baskets - they're handbags - but I thought that was a fun name, so bear with me if you can. I just thought straw bags might be a fun way to celebrate the changing season, and I think I found a bunch of cute ones. So let's check them out!

1. Jade Tribe Big Pom Pom Beach Basket: $105, The Webster
          You may notice that the prices on straw bags have gone up. I was pretty surprised how expensive they are now. However, you can really tell the difference between a cheap one and an expensive one. I love the oversized pom poms on this one. They call it a "beach basket," but I think that's probably just this bag's fantasy location. It's too small for that....maybe a cute dinner date instead?

2. Baracoa Clutch: $118, Trina Turk
          Trina Turk has some really cute bags this season. This is such a fun little clutch/pouch with the playful mixture of the transparent vinyl and the more natural straw. Very cute.

3. Muun Basket Bag: $230, Barney's
          This one's pretty pricey, but I have to think that if it's from Barney's it probably won't fall apart on it's first time out. Plus, this one is a little more subdued and appropriate for more occasions.

4. Mystique Key West Pom Pom Straw Basket: $210, Marissa Collections
          I think this bag is a lot of fun. It looks like something you'd find in Mexico. I think it's a great vacation bag.

5. Black Straw Pom Pom Clutch: $38, Amazon
          This bag is simple and much more affordable. I do really like the combination of the pom poms with the tassels, though. And, since it's black, it doesn't necessarily shout "summer!" like the rest of these do.

6. Seafolly Carried Away Pom Pom Beach Basket: $102, Neiman Marcus
          This shape is a little more of what I think of when I think traditional straw handbag. It's a wide mouth tote, but it's got the fun pom pom embellishment I like for this season.

7. Lemon Clutch: $31.99, Amazon
          I'm a sucker for a little clutch that looks like some other object. I can never fit my stuff in them, but I love the idea. This little lemon is such a cute option.

8. Jade Tribe Square Basket Tote: $175, Spring
          I love how this bag has a little insert. The dangly pom pom/tassel combo, too, is really nice. Also: bonus Easter points for being pastel!

9. Banana Straw Bag: $17.99, Amazon
          Our most affordable item on the list. This is just cute and fun and a little kitschy. It also comes in a cherry version. I think of this as more of a teen/college option. But that's just me. You do you.

All right! That's it! I hope to write here more often in the future. I also hope you enjoyed this collection of cute basket bags. Happy Sunday!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

I'm Still Alive

Hello! It's been a while, I know. It would be an understatement to say that I've been very busy. Still, I wanted you all to know I'm still alive. Haha. So, I made this gif.

Hopefully things will settle down in the coming month, and I can get back to blogging and illustrating more regularly again.

Until then, I'm still alive!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

#WIPWednesday: A Big Dog

I'm currently working on a pet portrait that is 18x24. While I've made a few drawings this size before, I'm always excited to work on one so large. The process is a bit different because of the scale, and of course it develops more slowly.

Stay tuned on my Instagram (@Jonezee85) for progress shots! It's time for me to get to work.

Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The Little Sketchbook Is Almost Finished!

So, I thought I was going to finish my little sketchbook last week, but somehow I'm still working on it. Yesterday, I did some Facebook live videos (I'll embed below). In the meantime, here's another couple of pages. The floral on the left is pasted in. It didn't show up quite as well in the photo as it does in real life. I think the dots on the right threw my camera off.

All right! Now for the videos.

This first one is from The Spinsterhood Diaries Facebook page. It's much shorter than the second one, so if you're short on time, this is the one for you:

 This second one includes a little tour of the sketchbook while I wait for one of the watercolor paintings to dry. It's much longer, though, so if you've got the time, this is the one for you!

 All right. That's it for me! Happy Tuesday!

Monday, March 13, 2017

A Few Things You Should Know

So, this weekend, I finished my fourth quilt. It's a baby quilt, and it's a little irregular, but I enjoyed the experience, and I suppose that's all that matters. Well, that and the fact that it does its purpose as a blanket. It is warm.

Now, as for the title of today's post. There are a few things I've been meaning to tell you. Before we get started, this is not a sponsored post.

1. Protein Blends:
          If you're a spinster, and you're too lazy to cook, sometimes you end up eating things from your freezer. However, a lot of the options aren't as healthy as you might hope. If you need some extra protein and fiber, might I suggest Bird's Eye Steamfresh Protein Blends? If you eat the entire bag (which is generally a mix of beans, vegetables, and a starch), it's 500 calories, BUT it does have nearly your entire day's allotment of fiber so...I think it's a good option. My favorites are the New England Blend, the California Blend, and the Italian Blend. Make sure you drink plenty of water, though...

2. Target Quinoa Blends:
          These aren't nearly as healthy for you as the Protein Blends, but they're really very good. I think the Mediterranean-Inspired blend and the Moroccan-Inspired blend are the best ones. Bonus: They're actually really nice-looking in the bowl  once they're cooked.

3. Walgreens Girl Scout Cookies:
          I really hesitate to post this information for a number of reasons. Firstly, I love the Girl Scouts. I was a Brownie, and I loved it. Secondly, I'm afraid Walgreens will stop making these cookies if they're caught. However, in the absence of a Girl Scout Cookie stand, these really will do in a pinch. Walgreens' store brand cookies, Nice!, has created very acceptable knock-offs of Samoas, Tagalongs, and Thin Mints. I don't know how they're getting away with it, but they are. I've tried the Samoas and the Tagalongs, and they're both very good. Perhaps not quite as good as the original, but they will certainly do in a pinch.

4. Happy Style Socks:
          So, when I designed socks, one of my favorite lines to research for "inspiration" (wink wink) was Happy Socks. Well, yesterday I made a trip to Walmart, and I discovered that Happy Socks has a very affordably-priced line there called Happy Style. Photos aren't available on the Walmart website, sadly, but there's gotta be something else at Walmart you need anyway, right? That's what I thought.

5. The Great British Baking Show:
          You probably already know about this show, but if you don't, you need to go to your Netflix Account right now and check it out. This show is great. It makes me hungry, but it also makes me feel oddly creative.

All right. That's enough for your Monday morning. Grab some coffee, and make it through. Happy Monday!

Friday, March 10, 2017

Side-By-Side Tinsel Print

The reference photo for the portrait I'm working on right now has a red tinsel background. The background is small and a little out of focus, and with how much I've been looking at it, I was inspired to make this little image. With the highs and lows in the original image, it sort of ends up looking like the page on the right here. Then, of course, I had to add the print into some fashion girls.

Ok. That's all for today. I hope your Friday is excellent and that you eat some chocolate. But really you should eat chocolate every day.

Happy Friday!