Thursday, December 31, 2015

5 Ways to Spinster like a Boss on New Years Eve

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Well, spinsters, another year has come and gone, and we've found ourselves without a date for New Year's Eve once again. But you know what? Who cares? That just means we can do whatever we want instead of having to compromise on our plans.

In case you don't yet know what you're doing tonight, I have a few suggestions. So, let's get started.

1. Girls' Night Out:
          Just because you don't have a date doesn't mean you can't get all dressed up and party it up for New Year's Eve if you so desire. You and your single lady friends can go wherever you want, do whatever you want, and go home as early or late as you'd like. For bonus points, take your own car. Then you're really in charge. Or...you can just call an Uber whenever you're ready to leave.

2. Slumber party:
          Do it up old school with Gushers, pizza, and soda, or have a more grown-up version with cheese, fancy desserts, and some sparkling grape juice. Do makeovers while you watch the ball drop, and make use of that new selfie stick you got for Christmas.

3. Treat yo'self:
          Not up for a party? Have a blow out and take yourself to a nice dinner before retiring to your own sanctuary for an early night.

4. Stay in:
          I have done this many a time for New Year's Eve. Avoiding traffic, drunk people, and all the other noise can be the best way to ring in the New Year. Take a shower and hang around in your bathrobe while you wait for a pizza and watch some Netflix or the countdown. You'll wake up in 2016 well rested and ready for action!

5. Photoshop:
          Too lazy to go out but still want everyone to think you had fun? No problem. Just spend your evening photoshopping yourself into other people's party photos so you can post them on Facebook and Instagram later. No one has to know. Here, check out this time I went to a party with all the models.



Now that I'm looking at this photo, I think I should have chosen a party with Danny DeVito instead...You live and you learn.

Well, I hope you have a wonderful New Year. I'll see you in 2016!

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Spinster Screening: The Big Short

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After hearing an interview with Adam McKay on Fresh Air about his new movie, The Big Short, my interest was piqued. As someone who entered the job market just after the 2008 crash, this subject has particular significance for me. So, when I heard McKay's most recent film would explain what actually happened while using the talents of both Ryan Gosling and Christian Bale, I was all in.

The Big Short tells the story of the people who predicted the burst of the housing bubble and invested accordingly. While I'm still not sure I absolutely understand every nuance of what happened, I feel more educated after having seen this movie than I was before.

Narrated by Ryan Gosling's character, McKay's film somehow manages to explain a somewhat complex financial situation while holding the audience's attention and even peppering in some humor. McKay also creatively shows the passage of time and the overarching feeling of said times by inserting clips and images from pop culture at strategic moments throughout the story. Additionally, he uses celebrities like Selena Gomez and Margot Robbie to describe some of the more confusing ideas that lead to the crash.

Another thing that is great about this movie is Steve Carell's terrible hair. I had seen an interview with Ryan Gosling about his perm for the movie, but nothing prepared me for what was lurking on Carell's scalp. It looks like there was a little round brush and blow dryer involved. Plus, who doesn't love Steve Carell?

I really enjoyed this movie, but I think I'll need to see it again to get all the info. If you're at all interested in what happened in 2008, I do recommend this movie and the interview linked above from Fresh Air.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Audible Spinstering: Troublemaker

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Now that I'm back in town and have found my apartment unburgled, I can say that I spent a lot of time on the road to and from New Jersey this holiday season. On the way there, I listened to Bill Bryson's A Short History of Nearly Everything, but I am sorry to say I cannot recommend it. It was basically a jazzed-up middle school text book. Not really my favorite. On the way back, though, I listened to something much more entertaining: Leah Remini's Troublemaker.

Now, you've probably seen a little about this book in the news, but just in case you haven't, it's about Remini's recent break with Scientology, and she does not hold back.

Remini's mother introduced her daughters to the church of Scientology when they were children, so all told she was part of the faith for some thirty years. Because of this, the depth of information she shares about the actual course work, auditing, and manual labor required in Scientology was much more expansive than I would originally have thought.

While this book is largely about Remini's exit from her long-held faith, there are also tidbits about her personal life and career that add a little spice. I don't think I'm exaggerating when I say she's quite a fireball. Re: if you're offended by strong language, I don't necessarily suggest this book for you.

I will say this, though: listening to this book on tape as read by the author added something I would not have gotten by reading the book on my own. Leah Remini's accent and inflections are worth a listen. Her accent and chutzpah are charming.

I don't want to ruin anything else for you with regards to the book, but I think you may be surprised with the way in which Remini talks about her former faith. The book isn't a total scientology-bash, and I think you'll find it quite interesting, funny, and informative.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

See You Soon!



Well, spinsters. After a busy season of drawing and painting, I'm taking yet another break. Don't worry, I'm still a spinster. I still love my dog, my bathrobe, and my sweatpants, but as we all know, the holidays are a very busy time of year. This year, in particular, I'll be doing a lot of traveling. So, until all that is finished, I'll be taking a little more time off.

If you want to follow my adventures, you can check out my true obsession: Instagram (@Jonezee85).

I'll be back before the New Year, so have a happy Sunday and some happy Holidays!

Friday, December 18, 2015

#FAFATL: Patches!

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I haven't done Free Art Friday in quite some time, so I thought since the Holidays are upon us, I might help someone get a little festive. Today I'm going to drop these two patches somewhere in Atlanta. Ok, ok. I know only one of them is Festive, but I don't know...you might be getting turnt for Christmas, too. Who am I to say?

So, if you're living in the Atlanta area, follow the #FAFATL hashtag on Instagram. And, if you want to find these particular free art drops, you can follow my Instagram: @Jonezee85.

Happy Friday and happy hunting!


Thursday, December 17, 2015

Spinstergram: My Last Order of the Season



So, since I went dark for quite a few days, I thought I should share one of the things I was working on. Between My last post and this one, I've shipped three paintings, two drawings, and I hand delivered the one pictured here. The other ones are top secret, and I can't wait to hear how they go over on Christmas morning!

Above you'll see the only work in process photo I took, and below..Tada! It's finished!


So...there are only a few more days until I take yet another break for Christmas, but I thought I'd just share a little bit of what I've been working on before I leave again. 

BUT WAIT! Tomorrow I'll be back because I'm working on a little something for the first #FAFATL in a long time. So, check back tomorrow to see what I'm going to drop around Atlanta.

Happy Thursday!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Spinstergram: Taking a Break for a Few Days

Hello Spinsters! I had planned to do another gift guide today and the next day and so on, but I have a few more portrait orders for Christmas than I had realized. That is, I got a few last minute orders that are top secret and can't be shared online. SO. Here is a photo of Miranda watching me work to keep you company until I finish my orders and return to you, dear spinsters.

I hope your Tuesday is magnificent.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Gift Guide: Gifts for Guys



Most of the gift guides thus far have been female-focused. Of course they have. This is a spinster blog. How many men do you think I have to buy for? Well, the answer to that is exactly four. They're all relatives. As such, I don't exercise this muscle very often. Still, I think I found some pretty cool options. So, let's check them out!

1. Slim Fair Isle Tie: $65, Tommy Hilfiger 
          I'm sure lots of guys are sick of getting ties, but this one is a little different. It's special for the winter season, it's knitted, and it's skinny. So...it's kind of special.

2. Video Drone: $62.44, Amazon
          Between this and the tie, I think this is the coolest gift at this price point. It looks like the video goes straight to the controller's iPhone, so imagine all the hijinks this could supply.

3. Devito Tee: $35, The Club of Odd Volumes
          If there's a workout fiend on your list, I think a new and fun tee shirt is always an option. The more tees available, the less often they have to do laundry. Plus, the tees from The Club of Odd Volumes are lots of fun. I had a tough time choosing between this one, the one with Drake on it, and the one with Biggie. I recommend this website.

4. Grand Wagoner Needlepoint Card Wallet: $55, Tucker Blair
          Tucker Blair has a bunch of cool needlepoint items that are highly giftable. While I think $55 is a little steep for a card wallet, I've made a needlepoint pillow before, and with the amount of hours it takes to make such a thing, I'm surprised it isn't priced at $550

5. Red Wing Boots: $280, J.Crew
          A gift for your boo. So you're not spending $280 on everyone you know, but if you've got a larger budget for a guy, why not some manly boots?

6. Bear Bottle Opener: $19, West Elm
          A mounted bottle opener is something cool for a bachelor's kitchen. Of course I'm a nondrinker, so unless I bought soda exclusively in the glass bottle, this might not get used much. But look how cute it is. Who cares if it gets used a lot?

7. Compass Keychain: $4.50, American Eagle
         A carabiner is a handy thing for any keyring. I have one for when I get my car serviced so I'm not leaving them with my house keys in addition to my car keys. This one's just got a little extra pizzaz with the commas on one end. And, it's only $4.50, so it's perfect to tie in to a ribbon to finish off a gift or just to stuff in a stocking!

8. Cedar and Laurel Bar Soap: $6 (on special), West Elm
          This soap. You guys. It smells so good. Finding a soap that's not super girly can sometimes be a difficulty. But alas! West Elm has this soap that smells of Laurel and Cedar. That's definitely not super ladylike. Yet, it smells so nice. I gave my mom some for her birthday, and she called me the other day to say that not only does this soap smell good when you use it, but it also makes the bathroom smell delightful when she's not using it. That, my friends, is a win-win.

9. Buffalo Scarf: $69.50, Pendleton
          Scarves are, of course, a holiday gifting staple. That doesn't mean they have to always be the same plaid or fair isle designs. Try something that's both cozy and manly with this buffalo scarf from Pendleton. I like it.

Ok, now get to shopping! There are less than twenty days until Christmas. That may seem like a lot, but it's not. Happy shopping!

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Dance Break: "No Boyfren"



Instead of a gift guide this morning, you get the pleasure of looking at this ridiculous photo of Miranda and me. Since I've been working from home, I've moved my operation into the guest room where my drafting table resides. Most of the time Miranda is happy to gnaw on a toy or sleep on the bed in that room, but sometimes she gets a little needy. The picture you see here is one such time. Nothing would do but standing on my lap while I worked at my computer. So, I had no choicee but to rest my chin on her back and keep working. It seemed so hilarious that I took a photo with Photo Booth on my computer. So, here it is.

Now, I'm sure you're wondering what the title of this post means. Well, unless you follow The Spinsterhood Diaries on Facebook. But in case you don't...

Remember Bon Qui Qui? Well, the other day I discovered that that girl, whose name is actually Anjelah Johnson, is actually a standup comedian. I don't know how I missed that, but I did. So, through a little YouTube searching, I discovered the below video, which is her new song. It seemed pretty appropriate for The Spinsterhood Diaries, so I needed to share. 

So, check it out:




Happy Sunday!

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Gift Guide: For Your Shining Star

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While I was making today's gift guide, I couldn't help singing The Manhattans' "Shining Star. So, I'm officially going to have to embed that song at the bottom of this post. You're welcome.

I think today's gift guide is fairly straightforward. It's for that person who is a shining star or needs a little star power in their life. I think we've got  a pretty cute collection here, so let's link it up!

1. Star Sunglasses: $40.60, Nasty Gal
          These sunglasses are the whole reason I made this gift guide. For the right person, these are prefect. In fact, were I still a college student, these would be perfect for me. Now, somehow, I feel a little less outrageous. BUT I still think these are amazing.

2. Phased Out Bangle Set: $38, BaubleBar
          These bangles are a great way to get onboard with the star trend without going too crazy. They can go casual or dressy, and they're just fun.

3. Moon and Stars Necklace: $27, Revolve
          I love this neclnace. Anthropologie is selling this same necklace right now for double the price. So, I'm proud I found this one on Revolve Clothing. You're welcome.

4. Star Hair Cuffs: $16.00, Free People
          I watched an interview with Liv Tyler the other day where she called her father a wizard and mentioned that he had charms and things in his hair. If you want to look like a much cleaner, cuter Steven Tyler, I think these are the ticket.

5. Embellished Star Clutch: $47.47, Asos
          This is an oversized zipper pouch, but this design also comes in a cape version that is quite snazzy. Both are perfect for New Year's Eve.

6. Meri Meri Chunky Star Garland: $12, Urban Outfitters
          While this item's name suggests that it's just for the holiday season, I think this could pulled out for party decoration year round.

7. Long Nights French Comb: $18, Free People
          I'm not 100% sure how I'd go about wearing such a large comb, but it is really pretty. I'm sure the right giftee could figure it out.

8. Star Marquee Sign: $25, Target
           Perfect for that superstar who's trying to decorate her bookshelf.

9. Wilton Edible Glitter: $7.25, Walmart
          I love the idea of edible glitter. This is a perfect gift for that superstar baker in your life.

Now, as promised, The Manhattan's "Shining Star." Enjoy the song and enjoy your Saturday!



Friday, December 4, 2015

Gift Guide: For the Girly Girl

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Yesterday's gift guide was decidedly more masculine than the rest so far, so of course now I must swing hard back in the other direction. Today's gift guide? For the girly girl! 

If you're a lady, you've undoubtedly got at least one friend who's into all the ribbons, bows, sugar, spice, and everything nice. I left the actual edible sugar and spice out of this guide, but I do think we've got some things she'll like. 

So, let's get to linking!

1. Piped Trim Pajama Shirt: $14.50 J.Crew Factory
          Your girlies friend probably likes to look put together even when she's heading to bed. So how about this adorable pajama top to go with the cute pants below.

2 Piped Trim Pajama Pant: $14.50, J.Crew Factory
          My niece has several pairs of matched woven pajama sets, and they are so cute I could scream. Why can't cuteness like that extend to adulthood? Well, it can.

3. Rosy Twilight Nail Polish: $8, Beyond the Nail on Etsy
          How could I possibly make a girly gift guide without some pink glitter nail polish? I couldn't. That's why I've included this pink glitter. It's even got some stars in it!

4. Peach Pie Fairy Crystal Soap: $7, Willow and Honey on Etsy 
          Honestly, I'm not sure what peach pie soap would smell like, but this stuff is just so pretty. It's got a little pearliness in there as well as some metallic. If you need a closer look, you can click on the image above or the link in this bullet point!

5. False Eyelashes: $1.49, Drugstore.com
          A trip to any drugstore beauty department will show you a host of excellent eyelash options. The best part? They're really affordable. This is a great gift to give around Christmas time because your girly friend will be able to put them to use for New Year's Eve.

6. Beauty School Dropout Illustrated Cotton Scarf: $43.57, Kirbee Lawler on Etsy
          I love the name of this scarf almost as much as I love the illustration. Not only are there cute things like hair brushes and makeup on this scarf, but inexplicably, there's also a few little bunnies. Very cute.
 
7. Coco Mademoiselle Eau De Parfum Spray: $92 for 1.7 Fl Oz, Chanel
          So, this one is pretty pricey, but if you're not ready to spring for this big of an item, there's always the rollerball route. That's much more affordable and also it's more portable.

8. Lingerie Watercolor: $30, The Spinster Store on Etsy
         Ok, again, this is a self promotion. But how cute would this be in your girly-girl's bedroom or bathroom? It's already framed, even.

9. Bradshaw Tutu Skirt: $58, Nasty Gal
          So this is named after your favorite character from Sex and the City. Actually, I have no idea who your favorite one was. I didn't like Sex and the City. But still, it was a cute outfit. AND, it would look great with a bunch of different kinds of tops. You know your girly BFF will know what to do with this gem.

10. Solemates High Heeler: $13.49, Amazon
          A must for the girly girl who's going to have to go to a lot of weddings this year. No more heels sinking into the grass. And they're pretty discreet, too!

Happy Friday, and Happy Shopping!

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Gift Guide: Watch Out!



Thus far, the gift guides have been mostly for people of the female persuasion. However, spinsterhood doesn't mean a woman's life is totally devoid of men. Some of us have fathers, grandfathers, brothers, nephews, or brothers-in-law.

I won't go so far as to say that all of today's options are for men. IN fact, there are a couple I'm sure aren't for me. However, the majority could be given to some of the men on your list.

Now, I know you're thinking that watches except the Apple watch are pretty much obsolete. But, just because they aren't necessary anymore doesn't mean they can't be cool fashion statements or accessories, does it? I didn't think so.

So, let's link to some of these awesome timepieces.

1. Terra Watch: $145, Amazon
          Is there a geologist on your list? I think this is a good one for them. It's like a topographical map.

2. Nooka Unisex Digital Display Watch: $79, Amazon
          This is a cool, quirky watch that tells time in a different and creative way. Get it for someone who needs a conversation starter at parties. It also looks pretty slick.

3. Timex Original Tartan Watch: $60, Timex
          For the prepster on your list. And you know what they say, Timexes take a licking and keep on ticking.

4. LED Light stainless steel wristwatch: $8.99, Amazon
          Another watch that tells time creatively. Unlike #2 on this list, it's got a little bit of color as well. Plus, it's got that shiny woven band, too. Fancy! It's also only $8.99, so why not get it and stuff that stocking.

5. "Whatever, I'm Late Anyway," Watch: $9.99, Amazon
          For your friend who is always late. This is a nice useful-yet-passive-aggressive gift. I'm betting they won't get the message, though.

6. Paper Watch: $14.99, Amazon
          I think this watch is actually Tyvek and not paper, but I can't be sure. The idea is that you gift it to someone who will customize it and make it their own. It's great with sharpies, but you could also add a little sparkle with some E6000 and some rhinestones. I'm just sayin'.

7. Projects Crossover Watch: $140, Amazon
          I think this is really aesthetically pleasing. Black, gold, minimal. This is a great example of watch-as-accessory. It's more like...a useful bracelet.

8. Adidas 'Aberdeen' Sports Watch: $85, Nordstrom
          This watch comes in the rainbow version pictured here, but there's also a black and white version. I like how it manages to be chic and athletic all at once. I'd wear this one.

9. Russian Military Time Zones Watch: $21.64, Amazon
          This watch is pretty cool. I have no idea if it's actually a Russian military watch or not, but it's great for someone who travels a lot or is often in contact with people in other time zones. Plus, it's under $25, so it's definitely in your budget!

10. Salvador Dali Watch: $44, Galis on Etsy
          For the art history buff on your list. If you google "Salvador Dali" watch, there are actually a lot of results, so if you don't like this particular style or band, there are plenty more to choose from. Whichever one you choose, it's a cool idea and a quirky gift for that surrealism fan in your art.

Happy Thursday! I hope this list was a great time. Get it? See what I did there? You're welcome.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Gift Guide: College Girl (2015)



After two semi-silly gift guides in a row, I figured it was time to do something a little more useful. While making this year's college girl gift guide, I realized I may just be getting a little old. That being said, I think I found some cute stuff. But take these as a light suggestion. I'm ten years older than half of regular age college students. When did that even happen?

Now, let's stop lamenting the irreversible march of time and link to some cute gift ideas.

1. Wool Toggle Southwestern Coat: $168, Gap
          This coat is so cute. I see it with some skinny jeans and low heeled ankle boots, but I'll leave the styling to a younger lady. All I know is this coat is very giftable.

2. Leather Passport Case: $13.50, J.Crew Factory
          This case comes in three colors as well as a floral print. It's the perfect way to fancy-up the already fancy experience of studying abroad. Bonus: This fits nicely in a stocking.

3. Mixed Pack of Stud Earrings: $30, Cameoko at The Beehive Atlanta
          I own a card of these earrings, and I really like them. It's fun to have mismatched studs, and I think the quirky-cool elements right up a college girl's alley.

4. Sunny Mood Changing Nail Polish: $9.99, Perpetual Kid
          A lot of college is about skipping homework to make popcorn and sit on the floor watching movies with your friends while you paint your nails. This nail polish takes self manicures to the next level because it's like wearing ten (or twenty if you paint your toenails) moorings all at once. Cool, right?

5. The Snuggle Zone Blanket: $69.99, ModCloth
          A great blanket is a must for college students. It's great for tailgating, picnicking, and keeping warm during a sporting event or pajama-clad movie night. Any blanket will do, but this one is pretty darn cute.

6. Post-It Flag Highlighters (3 pack): $8.95, Staples
          This is a great gift for your super-organized book worm. Imagine if these had existed when I was in the depths of the USC library trying to write a research paper. My, how times have changed.

7. Emoji Magnets: $8.97, American Eagle
          Well, kids these days. They like the emojis. Ok, I like emojis, too. These are an interesting addition to a college refrigerator with great potential for passive-aggressive messaging.

8. AquaFlops Shower Shoes: $16.99, Bed Bath & Beyond
          If your student lives in a dorm, shower shoes are a must. These have holes in the bottom so they can drain themselves. How clever!

9. Killin It Notebook: $13.95, Urban Outfitters
          I like this notebook mostly because I love the Cher Lloyd song of the same name. Click the link to get it stuck in your head for the rest of the day.

Happy wednesday and happy shopping!

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Gift Guide: Unicorns!



Yesterday we talked about one of everyone's favorite things, pizza. I hope you bought all of the pizza things. Today, we're talking about another one of your favorite things: Unicorns. I think it's time you added a little magic to your Christmas gift list. So, I'm here to help.

So let's go! Let's ride that unicorn all the way over the Christmas shopping rainbow...even if that's not a thing.

1. Unicorn Sleep Tee $38, Nordstrom
          If you're a spinster like I am, you have the leeway to wear the weirdest pajamas you can possibly find. They don't even have to be cute. No one has to know. So, I present to you this unicorn sleep shirt. It's not actually that weird, but it's not necessarily sexy either. And you know what? Who cares?

2. Fleur Unicorn Doll: $59, Pottery Barn Kids
          This is adorable. I'm an adult, and I have a Bla Bla Kids cat doll in my guest room, and I love it. So, whether you're shopping for a little unicorn fan or a big one, this could be a really cute gift.

3. Unicorn Salt and Pepper Shakers: $12.99, Retro Planet
          I love kitschy salt and pepper shakers. These will add a little magic and mysticism to any table or TV tray.

4. Unicorn Jewelry Dish: $17.83, Asos
          The alicorn (the correct name for a unicorn's horn) is a perfect place for rings. The rest of the dish? All your unicorn earrings, of course.

5. Unicorn Wristlet: $27.30, Dollskill
          Now, this is the perfect thing to take to a new year's eve party. It's glittery, it's magical, and it'll fit your cell phone. Perfect!

6. Felt Unicorn Patch: $5, The Spinster Store on Etsy
          Shameless self promotion here. Yes, this is from my very own Etsy store. The unicorn patches have been the first to go at both of the shows I've done this holiday season, so I made another one in case you need one for your backpack, jean jacket, or to stuff in someone's holiday stocking.

7. Unicorn Necklace: $15.95, Hello Charms on Etsy
          This is a dainty unicorn necklace in case you want to be a little more subtle with your unicorn obsession. I like it. It's delicate, quirky, and fun.

8. Unicorn Infinite Scarf: $16.99, Dailyaccessoriez on Etsy
          I'm afraid that the scarf is going to be the sort of thing I continue wearing after it's no longer an acceptable accessory. It will indicate my age, and I'm not sure that bothers me. I like scarves, and one with unicorns is a pretty good idea.

9.  Unicorn Dish: $30, Forage Studios
          I love Forage Studios. They're sort of off kilter and weird in the best way. They even have some things with luchadors on them, and I think that's pretty excellent.

10. Unicorn Phone Case: $28, Nasty Gal
          This is a nice iPhone case. It's got a little transparency, a little glitter, and it's transparent. Something tells me Miley would approve. But...I can't be sure. I don't know her.

Now, I hope you've enjoyed this unicorn roundup, and I hope your holiday shopping is magical. Happy Tuesday! December has begun!

Monday, November 30, 2015

Gift Guide: for the Pizza Fanatic



During ICE Atlanta, Anna and I joked that we should have a booth that was pizza-themed. We'd call it "pizza stuff," and we'd feature pizza artwork, pizza patches, pizza jewelry, and..well, you get the idea. I didn't create any pizza art for this gift guide today, but I think I've gathered some fun ideas for the pizza-obsessed person in your life.

Let's get to linking!

1. Pizza is my Bae hoodie: $37, Human
          I'm not going to lie. I may have to buy this one for myself. Living the life of a spinster, depending on the day, either Pizza or Ice Cream is my Bae. For the sake of a hoodie, I'll go with Pizza long term.

2. Pizza Wristlet: $188, Shopbop
          This is for the pizza fan who likes to get fancy with their pizza love. This is a pretty nice handbag, and some of the pizza toppings are actually rhinestones. Perfect and a little cheeky.

3. Pizza slice Earrings: $9, Sleepy Mountain on Etsy
          The perfect way to show your pizza love every day of the week. If your ears aren't pierced, well, I think these are worth a piercing. This shop has a lot of really fun studs. I suggest you peruse their stock.

4. Iron On Pizza Slice Patch: $4, Wildflower and Co. on Etsy
          Patches are a thing this year. They're great for backpacks, totes, jean jackets, and I've even seen some celebrities with patch-adorned leather jackets. At $4 this makes a perfect little stocking stuffer.

5. Wildfox Simply Pizza Sweater: $105.60, Bloomingdale's
         I love how this looks home made, and it gets straight to the pint. Pizza. Enough said.

6. E. Frutti Gummi Pizza: $13.29 for 48, Amazon
          So, this doesn't taste like pizza, but this is yet another stocking stuffer idea. At $13.29 for a pack of 48, you're paying around twenty-eight cents per pack. You can stuff all the stockings in your neighborhood without thinking twice.

7. Glitter Pizza Slice Ornament: $12, Urban Outfitters
          I love this. This is a great friend gift, especially if you and your friends exchange gifts before christmas. this will give them time to enjoy it on the branches of their Christmas tree before hanging it else where for the rest of the year. Because...really, is this just for Christmas? I didn't think so.

8. All I Can Think About is Pizza Tee: $19.90, Rad.co
           Some days, this is just the truth. You know, most days this is the truth.

9. Domino's Pizza gift card: $20, Target
          This is a last minute gift that is totally acceptable. Run into the drugstore or Target or wherever and pick up a pizza gift card. Unless your friend is a pizza snob...and if they are, maybe you should reevaluate your friendship. The best pizza is the pizza that's available. In this case, it's the pizza that's a gift.

10. Pizza Cufflinks: $29.99, Mint Designs on Etsy
          These are fun for a younger brother or a college guy. That is, if they have french cuff shirts. If they don't have french cuff shirts, they should...because it gives you a built-in gift you can give them. So...maybe give them a french cuff shirt, too.

Ok, now grab yourself a slice of pizza and get to shopping. It's Cyber monday, spinsters! Seize the deals!

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Gift Guide: For the Hostess with the Mostest

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Well, it's official. We've got less than a month until Christmas. AND, tomorrow is Cyber Monday. So, I thought it was high time I made my first gift guide of the season. Since this is one of the biggest party times of the year, I thought we could kick things off with some party supplies for your favorite hostess. So, let's get started!

1. Crepe Paper Flowers - Pink Anemone: $36 for 6 flowers, Flower Bazaar on Etsy
          Make sure your hostess's table is always well-decorated with these flowers that will never die. I went back and forth between cool faux flowers that fit in a vase and those amazing extra-large paper flowers. In the end I went with these because they won't cause a storage issue.

2. Chalkboard Banner: $4.47, Walmart
          With 24 pieces to this banner, your party pal can spell out just about anything. What's extra cool is that she can erase the letters when each party is done, and she can reuse this banner the next time. Include some chalk markers in the gift, and he or she's even got color options!

3. Mini Glitter Crown Party hat: $4.20, The Royal Touch on Etsy
          I think these are adorable. They come with thin elastic, but you can also switch that out for a headband if you like. These are a super cute party hat alternative.

4. Corkscrew Pocket Knife: $5, J.Crew Factory
          Help your hostess to be ever-prepared, even when she isn't hosting! This little tool is small enough to carry when she's a guest to someone else's soiree.

5. Turnt Double Old Fashioned: $7.50, Fish's Eddy
          While these would be really great at a party, I can just imagine myself sitting on the sofa in my bathrobe drinking white grape juice out of this glass...being the opposite of turnt. I like it. I like it a lot.

6. Chocolate Fountain: $39.99, Bed Bath and Beyond
          I actually own a chocolate fountain, and it is quite the crowd pleaser. You can find these in a range of prices - from $19.99 to over $300. It just depends on your commitment to chocolate. My commitment is pretty strong.

7. Kraft Gold Star Large Plates: $7.95, Swoosie's
          I like a paper plate with a little bit of shine. I've posted here the largest since, but there are two smaller options as well. These are great because they can be paired with pretty much any bring color and be a really nice neutral element.

8. Pineapple Ice Bucket: $69.95, CB2
          While this may seem a little random, I think ice bucket ownership is one of the true marks of adulthood. Add some fancy ice tongs to finish off the gift.

9. Gold Tray: $14.99, Target
          Nothing says service like a tray. Can's you just see this with an assortment of delicious desserts? When your giftee is not hosting an event, it's a great coffee table topper...or if she's super fancy, she can eat her breakfast in bed from this golden tray.

All right, spinsters. Now, get to shopping. You can do it!

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 Lulu.com. 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!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Spinstergram: Packing for #ICEAtlanta!


Well, spinsters, the time is upon us. Tomorrow is the first day of Indie Craft Experience! In case you haven't heard yet, it's at the Georgia Freight Depot from 11am to 6pm on Saturday and Sunday. 

Today, I'm loading in most of my stuff, so I'm packing it all up into a big suitcase, and I'm going to head over after lunch. It's all very exciting. So, if you want something fun to do this weekend or need to do a little holiday shopping, then I highly suggest you stop by! It's not just crafts. They have food, drinks, soaps, candles, art, vintage clothing, jewelry, and a whole bunch of other stuff. 

I wish Miranda could come and be our booth mascot, but alas, she cannot. Have a happy Friday, and I hope to see you tomorrow!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

New Patches for #ICEAtlanta


In case you were getting tired of seeing the watercolor and the coloring pages, I thought I'd show you some of the patches I made for ICE today. There are only a few new ones since I still have most of the ones from the last show left, but if you need one and aren't going to make it to Indie Craft Experience this weekend, you can always find some of the patches on the Etsy Spinster Store as well. 

This weekend I'll be putting my store "on vacation" so that I don't get any orders for things I've already sold at the show. Until then, though, everything's fair game! Saturday is fast approaching.

Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Spinstergram: Miranda And Her BFF


Last night Miranda had a visit with her best friend Stella, and they were the cutest little dogs ever. Stella looks like a little doll. Look at those ears.

Ok, I'm going to work on a few more things for the show this weekend, but before I leave you, I thought you might enjoy this strange video my friend Karen shared with me last night. It's an ear worm if ever I've heard one. Enjoy!



Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Four More Days Till ICE!


Four days left until Indie Craft Experience! I'm not going to lie. I'm getting a little nervous. BUT! I have good news! Today I finally got all my copies of the Atlanta coloring book in the mail. Hooray! You can grab your copy at the show, OR if you aren't able to make it, you can click the link above and order one for yourself. 

Above is another one of the watercolors I've made for the show. I'll be selling unframed ones for $25, and the framed ones will be $30. So. Think on that. They'd be nice little ways to jazz up a bathroom or add to a gallery wall. Maybe a kid's room? I don't know. Some of them are underwear, so maybe not that for a kid's room. You decide!

Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm still tying up some loose ends. More updates tomorrow!

Monday, November 16, 2015

ICE Preview: Socks

So, now that I've finished working on all my greeting cards, and I'm waiting for the coloring books to arrive, I've been working on a few original watercolor pieces to frame and have available at my Indie Craft Experience table. It's now less than a week away!

Above you'll see a scan (not too faithful where color is concerned) of one of the original watercolors I'll have available. None of the socks match because...well, isn't that always the way?

To see more little sneak peaks and previews leading up to the show, you can follow me here or on my Instagram (@Jonezee85). If you do follow me, though, you'll also see a bunch of photos of my best friend, Miranda the dog. 

Happy Monday!

Saturday, November 14, 2015

My First Mensa Event...and Some Lipstick


So, today's illustration is one that I'm working on for my Indie Craft Experience Table (It's next weekend!). This will be available matted and framed. Very exciting. Of course, if you follow my Instagram, you've already seen this, but since I've been pouring all my illustrating efforts into this ICE table, I'm afraid it'll have to do until the show's over. 

Speaking of Instagram, if you follow my Instagram, you know I recently joined Mensa. Part of me feels like I got away with something and shouldn't really have been accepted, but the other part of me thinks that I shouldn't look a gift horse in the mouth. So, I'm going with it. 

Mensa has these groups called SIGs (Similar Interest Groups) that are based on a wide variety of different hobbies, passions, or occupations. So, I looked on the Mensa website and chose a SIG I thought I might enjoy. Essentially it's a book club where there's no assigned reading. Instead, people come and talk about what they've been reading, and there's sort of a discussion about the topics within as well as book recommendations.

The meeting was OTP (Outside the perimeter of 285 in Atlanta speak), and I had no idea what to expect. I knew they were having soup, and I had offered to bring bread, so I showed up with my two loaves and knocked on the red door of this unfamiliar home. 

Inside, the house smelled delicious. In the dining room, there was an array of crackers, cheese, fruit, and sweets, and on a sideboard were several crock pots, plugged in and warming. One of my hosts introduced me to his vintage bread slicer (much like this one) that had an off-center square at one end so I could rotate it to choose the thickness of my slices. I'd never seen such a thing, and apparently neither had many of the other guests as bread slicing then became a conversation piece. I mean, why didn't I know bread slicers existed?

After trying the soups and munching upon other refreshments, we settled into the sofas to discuss books. Each guest would hold up a book and tell a basic synopsis (without any spoilers) and tell whether they liked the book or not. There was some brief discussion, and then the book was passed around while the next person talked about their book. 

Some of the selections were the sorts of things you'd expect - an autobiography of Stephen Hawking, Simon Singh's The Code Book - but there was also lighter fare like John Grisham's Skipping Christmas, and Bill Bryson's A Walk in the Woods. During the discussion of A Walk in the Woods, I discovered that many of the book SIG's attendees had hiked some or much of the Appalachian Trail. 

I think I'll go to the book SIG again. As a first Mensa experience, I found it quite enjoyable. Now, please enjoy your Saturday!

Friday, November 13, 2015

Spinstergram: The Table Next To My Sofa

I watched a documentary once about Stanley Kubrick and his creative process. His archives included boxes and boxes of photos of seemingly meaningless things. They were research for set design, and one of the things that most interested him were people's bedside tables and their contents. This morning, while eating my breakfast, I looked over at the table by my sofa and wondered what Kubrick would have to say about it.

My mom gave me this table when I lived in New York. It has sides that can fold out to make a table at which two could eat - maybe four if you were careful. I had a boyfriend in New York who put a dish of hot food on the table without a trivet, so now it has a white spot. Then, there's another spot because even when I use a coaster, somehow water gets on the table. So, it's a good table, but because of my slovenliness, it's not in mint condition.

Now, let's talk about what Kubrick was looking for. Here's an itemization of the things on the table:

- Two flash drives
- Two Eraser/Pencil Sharpener combos
- One promotional postcard
- Four pens (one brush pen, one glitter pen, one sharpie pen, one micron pen (out of frame))
- One dish containing the following:
     - 2 extra large bobbi pins
     - One broken flash drive
     - One laser pointer
     - One ring
     - One in tact flash drive
     - One pencil stub
     - some change
     - a random scrap of felt
- One box of tissue
- One bag of dried mangoes
- One pair of tiny scissors
- Two bottles glitter glue
- One stack of coasters (three cork, one brass)
- One Mexican fan
- Misc. Mail
- A few random strings
- One ziplock bag of misc. embroidery thread
- One grinder of sea salt.
- One piece yellow felt, partially cut

This is what a spinster's table looks like. My bedside table, however, contains only one book, one magazine, a lamp, and a coaster. Go figure.

Have a happy Friday!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Dance Break: Fish GIF

It's been a while since I posted a new gif. So, here you go! Last night, I made this quick 10-frame gif of a fish face. It will haunt your dreams, I'm sure. This is what spinsterhood at 30 looks like. fish faces on Wednesday nights. Posting them as gifs on the internet on Monday morning. Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to eat whatever I darn well please for breakfast and wear these unflattering sweatpants while I'm at it. Don't be jealous. Or, you know what? Do. Do be jealous.

Have a happy Thursday!


Wednesday, November 11, 2015

#WIPWednesday: For My ICE Table


Today is Wednesday, so I'm showing you some of my WIPs or "Works in Progress." As you know, I've been working away at greeting cards for my table at Indie Craft Experience, but I thought I needed some actual artwork. So, I have been working on a few little images that I think would make cute wall art. Here you can see some undies, flowers, and makeup. 


Additionally, I feel it is my duty to tell you something in case you live in the Atlanta area, and it is this: Every single day of the week, if you go to the movies at North Dekalb Mall before 4PM, you can see a movie for less than $4.50. I went yesterday and saw The Martian, and it was wonderful. I highly recommend both the movie and the $4.50 movie. That's how you spinster on a weekday. You're welcome.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Your Cuteness Feed

So, this morning, I woke up around six, and for about 15 minutes, I looked at Instagram. At first I just looked at my feed, but when I saw a post from Paws Atlanta, I started perusing their photos exclusively. I wanted to get all the puppies to be Miranda's friends, but then I remembered I live in an apartment, and one dog is all I can handle.

BUT! Since the puppies and kittens on Paws Atlanta bring me such joy in the morning, I thought I'd share some Instagram accounts you might want to follow to up the cuteness quotient in your Instafeed. So, let's get started!

1. @PawsAtlanta:
          If you are thinking of adopting a dog but feel the need to be convinced, look no further. You'll want all of them.

2. @MarnieTheDog:
          My friend Rafael introduced me to this one. She's a senior citizen rescue dog, and her captions are as funny as her photos. I especially like when she posts videos. Very cute.

3. @TheDogist:
          It's like a street style feed...but with dogs! (They're usually not wearing clothes.)

4. @TunaMeltsMyHeart:
          This dog somehow manages to make facial expressions that are exactly the way I feel

5. @JiffPom:
          This dog doesn't even look real.

I hope I've made your Instafeed a bunch cuter this morning. Miranda is appalled that I would even look at other dogs.

If you need more cute animals to follow, I just found this other article on Buzzfeed. Enjoy!
         

Monday, November 9, 2015

Still chugging away

Today's image is just a few of the cards I've been working on for ICE Atlanta. Yesterday I finally got to 50 cards! Each card is individually made and hand painted with a little touch of glitter strategically places. I've been placing them on the bathroom counter in the guest room  (aka: my studio) to dry, and then I'm packaging them in little clear sleeves for sale.

You can see in this photo that I've got some Christmas cards. That's a little garnish of mistletoe at the bottom. I think the remainder of the cards I'm going to work on may be Christmas- or holiday-themed as I haven't got many of those so far. I also need to make some dog-themed holiday cards. Because...well, I love my dog, and so not everything can be cat-themed.

All right. I must get to work. Happy Monday!

Sunday, November 8, 2015

The Spinster as a Busy Bee


There are now only a couple of weeks left until Indie Craft Experience. As such, this spinster has been a busy bee working on all sorts of things for the show. One by one, I've been building up my stock of watercolor greeting cards, and I think they're looking pretty cute. Currently, I have somewhere around forty, but I'm hoping to do at least seventy-five before the show. At $3 and $4 each, I think these might even be frame-worthy. Just an idea for all of you patrons out there. 

Speaking of frames, yesterday I purchased four frames so that, as an experiment, I can also have available a few framed pieces of art. The artist Spoon advised me that framed artwork is easier for everyone as it's ready to hang right on the wall. So, we shall see what sorts of things I put in those frames. 

Anna came over last night to work on a few things for our booth, and I'll give you a baby hint of what to expect: we used a bunch of glitter. 

As a side note, If you didn't already see it, Anna's illustrated memes finally came out for the new Miu Miu fragrance, and I couldn't be prouder to have her as a booth mate. Miu Miu is even posting them on their Instagram. Speaking of Instagram, if you want to see what Anna's up to, you can follow her on Instagram at @HelloAnnaOh

Ok, now I must get back to work before I go to keep the nursery. Have a happy Sunday! 



Saturday, November 7, 2015

A Coloring Page and Crazy Rich Asians


Usually for a book review, I would draw a portrait of the author, but I have been significantly less disciplined lately about actually sitting down to my computer and drawing. That may be because I don't have a gigantic computer screen at my disposal anymore. So, today you get a coloring page of what I think we should all do on this rainy Saturday morning. Just substitute that bowl of popcorn for a box of crayons and this coloring page!

Now, for the book review.

Yesterday I finally finished reading Kevin Kwan's Crazy Rich Asians, and I must say this book was a delight. Set mostly in Singapore but with brief trips to Australia, New York, Hong Kong, and a few other Southeast Asian countries, this book was not only entertaining but also quite educational about some parts of the world I have never visited. Kwan even affords his readers some lessons in vocabulary and Singaporean colloquialisms. 

Aside from the educational aspect for me, this story played out with an excellent combination of personal drama and descriptions fit for an Audrey Hepburn movie. I can easily see this becoming a hit film, especially with the party scenes and one particular dressing room montage at a couture stylist's shop. 

I fully enjoyed this book, and I can't recommend it enough. The only downside is that when you're finished reading it, you'll want to travel, shop, and eat. Two thumbs up from me!