Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Spinster Break: See You Soon

Well, Spinsters, it's chilly here in Atlanta, and I have unfortunately come down with quite the cold. As such, my head is so full of...a cold...that there isn't much room for spinsterly thoughts. Unfortunately, this comes at the busiest time of the season for my real life job. Sigh. So I'm gonna take a little break and hopefully be back to you by next weekend (re: March 7).

I know, I know. That's a long time. But perhaps it'll give me enough time to have some extra spinsterly thoughts to make you giggle. And who knows? I may be back before then. Then again, I'm not making any promises.

In the meantime, you should probably check out yesterday's post for all of Leslie Hall's magnificent videos. Make one of your own and post a link in the comments.

See You Soon!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

#SoGood: Leslie Hall

Yesterday at work I went over to the art department to ask one of the CAD artist about a graphic. While I was over there, one of the other artists called me over. "You gotta see this video," he said. "When I watched it, I thought, this is what your brain must look like on the inside." By "Your Brain," he meant my (the spinster's) brain.

Initially, I was a little scared to see what another person thinks the inside of my brain looks like. About two seconds into the video, though, I thought...well, that's about right.

Without saying anything else, I'm just going to go ahead and embed the video here. Then we can talk further once you've watched it.

While initially, you may think "What even is this?" or possibly "Is the internet mutating?" Well, probably. But, really, who cares? This is magnificent.

Later I did a little search on the lady in this video. Her Name is Leslie Hall, and she is full-on amazing (/bizarre).

Also, I know she's a woman after my own heart because she has a song called "No Pants Policy." I mean...yeah. Now I'm going to embed it. Don't worry, it's significantly less terrifying than the first one.

I hope these videos help to restore your sense of wonder. How could your wonder not be restored at the revelation that this woman is in the world?

Monday, February 23, 2015

Monday Fun: Online Quizzes

On the rare occasion I found myself in possession of an issue of Seventeen Magazine as a young teen, my very favorite part were the quizzes. There was usually only one per issue, so we middle school students had to wait a whole month to take another test to see whether or not he actually like liked us. I'll give you a hint: I'm still a spinster.

Luckily, times have changed. I'm still as single as ever, but now I can take frivolous quizzes to my heart's content online. So, in honor of Monday, I've put together a little list of quizzes you should take  so that you can put off doing anything important in favor of gaining all the answers to nothing you actually need to know.

1. Which Taylor Swift Bonus Track Is The Soundtrack To Your Love Life?
        You knew there was going to be one about Taylor Swift, right?

2. Which Famous Nice Jewish Boy Is Your Soulmate?
          I'll be honest here. I had never heard of my match. I googled him, and I'm still not 100% sure. However, I feel like if I really put my mind to it, I could probably be a formidable Shiksa.

3. What's Your Perfect Nail Polish Color?
          Clearly, I had to have at least one in here from Seventeen. Yes, I know. I'm about 12 years too old to be taking these quizzes. You what? I don't even care.

4. What Song Should You Play On Repeat This weekend?
          Just because the weekend is a whole five days away doesn't mean you can't listen to music.

5. How Should You Procrastinate Today?
          Because it's Monday, and you're already procrastinating by reading this post.

6. Which Girl Scout Cookie Is Your One True Love?
          Because all I'm going to be doing today is trying not to eat all the Girl Scout Cookies.

7. Where Will You Find Love?
          Because this is a Spinsterhood blog, and I'm still single. I wanted to know the answers. Unfortunately, this quiz told me I'd be set up. Sigh.

8. Should You Take a Mental Health Day?
          Because it's Monday.

9. What Kind of Pizza Addict Are You?
          You won't be surprised to know that I got "unrepentant pizza maniac"

10. How Spinsterly Are You?
          (Of course I had to make my own)

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Sunday Sunday: A-MAZE-ing

It's raining here in Atlanta, and I'm a bit under the weather. Little Miranda here, though, says you need something fun you can print out just for fun today. So, I made you a maze. My scanner is still stinky, so you can't get the full effect of the watercolor on this. Sigh.

This Maze should be a good bit easier than the past few I've posted. That's mostly because I drew it with a fat sharpie instead of photoshop. So, you should print it out and solve it. That's the way to start your Sunday right.

Also, on a more serious, informational note: I ordered Domino's last night, and they now have what they call "Brooklyn Style" pizza crust. It's not at all close to Brooklyn or New York pizza, but I think you should give it a try. I suggest this especially if you espouse the philosophy I do regarding Pizza, that the best pizza is the pizza that's available.

Enjoy your Sunday, and maybe even order some Pizza.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Lazy Saturday Inspiration - front and back

Miranda and I are still in our pajamas, and we are spinstering in a very serious way this Saturday morning. She is taking the stuffing out of all of her toys, and I am watching Law and Order: SVU

Today I have two images of the same piece of paper. The first one is the front side. I drew on it with sharpie and then I dripped some rubbing alcohol on it to give it a little bit of a watercolor effect. I think it's pretty cool how rubbing alcohol makes sharpie into something much more blurry than what sharpie generally looks like. There are a bunch of cool tutorials about it on Pinterest.

This next image is the back side of the same piece of paper. I think this might look even cooler than the front side. So...there you go. These are my two images of the day. I know they have nothing to do with spinstering, but they do have a lot to do with what I've been doing as a spinster this Saturday morning.

I hope you're enjoying yourself as much as Miranda and I are.

Friday, February 20, 2015

#FAFATL 6 of 2015

You may have noticed that I skipped a couple of weeks of #FAFATL. Miranda the puppy doesn't like it when I make art in the apartment. She either tries to eat it or stands on her hind legs the whole time I'm making it. That's why today's Free Art is made of Resin. All I did was mix and pour. Somehow, though, they ended up with a frosted finish instead of a crystal clear one. I'm going to have to work on that.

The first #FAFATL here is filled with brightly colored miniature pompons and glitter. At the very back is a piece of paper stating all the #FAFATL information, like the hashtag, my Instagram handle, and (of course) the web address to The Spinsterhood Diaries.

The second one is filled with googly eyes and glitter. You know. Some things most people keep around their houses. I only wish the finish was crystal instead of frosted. Perhaps, though, this gives them a little bit of mystery or visual interest? One can only hope.

Hooray for Friday! I hope you've all got some excellently spinsterish plans.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Some Gifs to Share

So, I got a little obsessed with making gifs this week, and I thought I'd share a couple more. These two gifs are made for sharing. You can send them to your friends who need a little pick-me-up. All you need to do to share them is to open the image in a new tab, save it, and attach it to an email. Or you can just link this post.

The first gif says "You are the best," and the second one says "get it girl." I'm pretty sure if you're a spinster like I am, you have a girl friend who's in need of a little encouraging gif today. So send them along!

Now, I hope you'll excuse me while I shiver to death. Who knew that Atlanta could get this cold?

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Happy Wednesday - and some links

It's Wednesday, and I spent entirely too long making this gif. So, repost it somewhere. Since I took way too long making the gif, I'm just going to share some spinsterly links with you today. Perhaps you'll like them even if you aren't a spinster.

1. This week Saturday Night Live celebrated its 40th anniversary. In case you missed it, you can watch the video here.

2. For something only slightly classier, here's where you can catch up on your Downton Abbey.

3. You might need this necklace from In God We Trust.  It's pretty cute. You might also need these earrings.

4. Or perhaps you need one of these bracelets from Opening Ceremony?

5. And, if you need your daily fix of cuteness with the option to adopt, you can always make a visit to Petfinder. That's where I found my sweet baby Miranda, and I love her so much.

Ok, Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The Great NYC Image Purge 2015

As promised, today is the great image purge. I took a bunch of photos for work while I was in New York, but there were some I took that I deemed not quite right for what I was doing there. So, you get to benefit from this! The first image you see there is from the window of Space Kiddets. I saw it the day before Valentine's Day, and it just seemed appropriate to me for a lot of reasons.

This photo is my lunch on my first day back in New York. It's the Pret-a-manger egg salad sandwich with arugula. I used to eat this, like, three times a week during work lunch break. FIY: I tried their orange juice for the first time while I was in New York, and it is pretty darn good. 

I love Udon, and I liked this sign. 

I took this photo at Kisan to remind myself to tell my sister about this designer. Servane Gaxotte makes these incredible little doll necklaces wearing hand made dresses. So cute. 

I didn't purchase anything in this store, but I loved all the little girls' clothes. I took a photo of their window so I'd remember the name...and tell my sister about it so she can visit.

This is a photo from Fish's Eddy. I love that store. 

I took this photo on the bottom floor of ABC Home. I really liked the idea of a minimalist pastel tea party, and I liked these colors together. 

Again, I took this photo for color combos and patterns. I'll take one of each. All can be found at ABC Home. 

This painting was hanging above the bar at Moustache on 102nd street, where I met Alex and her boyfriend for dinner. Something about it struck me as funny and charming. 

Hear-shaped chocolate raspberry doughnuts the day before Valentine's Day at Dough

I passed a window with this wig in it. It just seems like a really specific wig. 

Pink Leopard usually isn't my thing, but something about these sandals made me want to buy them. 

Pastel and Neon at a bead store on Saturday. 

I'm going to venture that Mr. Cristoph Waltz is, in fact, a fantastic man. (Photo taken at Opening Ceremony)

I found these little cards at In God We Trust. The text is kind of hard to read with the image this size, but if you click on the image, you can get a better view. 

I got a new hair cut and decided I needed to take a selfie. This was after sleeping on it one night. We're still getting used to each other. 

Something about this photo is funny.

I can't have an image purge without a cat. 

A painting I saw at Showplace Antique Center.

Another find at Showplace Antique Center from my last day in New York. That place is a treasure trove. 

I thought these glasses were cool. Nice print inspiration. 

Believe it or not, this is an Arthur Court Ice bucket. There are hinges at the neck and tail, and it opens up so you can put ice and drinks inside. they had a bunch of different animals. Crazy and cool. 

This terrifying thing is a resin coffee table that I believe costs somewhere int he neighborhood of $6,000. My friend Pat said she needed emotional support to look at it. I can't say I disagree. 

And this is the last photo I took before grabbing a cab to go to the airport. I thought this artist's work was cool, so I took a photo to research later. So, now you can, too!

Monday, February 16, 2015

There will be an image purge...just not today

If you follow me on Instagram, then you've probably already seen today's image. I'm sad it's got a glare at the top, but this was one of my very favorite things I saw on my first trip back from new York since I moved down south. On Valentine's Day, my friends Rafael and Kelly met me for brunch, and afterward we were walking up Lafayette, and we saw this adorable Kissing Booth. I had to share.

I arrived back in Atlanta late last night and so didn't make you an illustration. However, I did take lots and lots of photos while I was in New York. Once I review and crop them, I'll post them here. They're probably nothing special, but sometimes you need something to pin on Pinterest. You know? I do. You never know when you're going to need a random inspiration image.

While I very much enjoyed my trip to New York, I am exhausted. So...check back tomorrow for something more interesting!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Lazy Sunday: Steve Urkel Maze

Spinsters, I sincerely hope you survived Valentine's Day. For the first time in years, I actually went outdoors, and it really wasn't so bad. However, if there's anywhere a single person can find diversion, it's New York. I suppose second place would go to Las Vegas.

I must admit that I was out too late last night (like...past ten o'clock!!! (I know that's n to that late, but I'm an elderly spinster)), I'm phoning it in today and taking this maze from the archives. If you make it through, Steve Urkel will be there to congratulate you. It's not quite a heart shaped pizza, but I think it's still a pretty good reward.

Enjoy your Sunday with Steve!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day: Heart Shaped Pizza Maze

Happy Valentine's Day! As always I will be spinstering it out Hard core on this Holiday. Usually, I order a heart shaped pizza and spend the night indoors with my boyfriend, Netflix, so as to avoid all the couples and PDA. This year, however, I'm hanging out with my friend Chelsea. We have a dinner and a movie date, and it's going to be great.

In case you're spinstering, too, this evening but are doing it in classic spinsterly style, I've created this Valentine's Day Spinstering maze. To solve this maze, navigate your way through all the stinky romantic business and make your way to the best date you could possibly have: a pizza.

This maze should print nicely onto an 8.5x11 sheet of paper. Order your pizza and try to solve this maze while you wait for its delivery. Happy Valentine's Day, and Enjoy!

Friday, February 13, 2015

A Very Few Photos from New York

Well, spinsters, tomorrow is Valentine's Day, and instead if inundating you with more Valentine's Day stuff, I'm just going to show you a few pictures. Mostly I'm doing this because I've been walking and walking and taking photos and shopping for the past two days, and I couldn't possibly think of anything spinsterly to say right now other than that I had no idea how much I missed New York. This place is pretty darn cool. I've made the incredibly obvious discovery that I gained weight when I moved to Atlanta because I walked everywhere when I lived here. I walked easily three to four times as much in New York on a daily basis as I do in Atlanta. Perhaps I should install a treadmill at my desk at work? I'll think about it. The main thing is that walking here isn't really exercise. It's transportation.

Now onto the imagery. The first image here is from the Flatiron J.Crew. I just liked the thought of a frame full of gloves. The installment is much larger than just this little swatch of it, but this image was the coolest.

Next here's a picture of a bunch of glasses at Fish's Eddy. I suppose the theme of today's images is "a whole bunch of the same thing." I liked the colors and patterns here. Very cool. I'll take two of each, thank you.

Lastly, there were a bunch of little dog figurines/statues at Anthropologie all in a row. I liked these little dogs, but I think I'd like them even more if they were cookie jars.

Don't forget that tomorrow is Valentine's Day. If your'e spinstering, remember that heart shaped pizzas are available, and you can always buy yourself a heart shaped box of candy. Also, get some flowers. You deserve them.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Obsession Confession: My Talking Pet

As you know, I am absolutely in love with my puppy, Miranda. Well, the insanity reached new heights recently, when my friend Sara gifted me an App. Did you even know you can give people apps? Well, you can.

The App is called My Talking Pet, and it's pretty much the best thing that's happened to my phone since the shared Miranda album we have on iCloud. I could go on and on about how amazing this app is, but I think I'll just show you a few more videos. It's pretty worth the $1.99 it costs. You positively need it.

Ok, here are some more of the videos:

This one is the second one of the sam picture. You'll notice the voices sound a little different. I'm still trying to capture Miranda's vocal essence.

This is what Miranda's thinking when I'm harassing her while she's trying to watch her shows.

Miranda got a bed from her friend Murphy, and she never told him 'thank you.' Well, now she can!

Now I know you have to go get this app. It's necessary. Get one for yourself an gift one to a friend.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Some Valentine'd Day Gifs

Well, ladies and gents, there are only a few days until I am finished inundating you with Valentine's Day malarky. However, we're not there yet. Today, I bring you Valentines for the lazy. That is, you can save these and attach them to an email if you've waited too long to purchase or mail hard copies.

First we have a pretty standard "I heart you" gif. It's cute. It's straight to the point.

Next, we have a neon sign of "Happy Valentine's Day" if "I love you" isn't quite what your'e looking to say.

Lastly, there's always the tried and true Kitten Gif. who could ask for anything more? It's a cute kitten, asking you to be its valentine.

Happy Wednesday to all of you!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Obsession Confession: Zazzle's Custom Printed Fabric

Well, it's true. I'm obsessed with Zazzle. Now, though, it's getting even worse. Now, friends, they have custom printed fabric. Because I've been making all sorts of prints for the Valentine's Day Printables, I decided to use some of those prints and turn them into fabrics. To the left you'll see a CAD of a dress made out of the first fabric I've actually ordered. I think I'll make a top out of it when I get it in the mail, but I thought I'd make it up as a dress just to see what it would look like.

Now, I uploaded my prints already in full repeat, but when you use make yours on Zazzle, you can choose how you'd like your image to repeat. That way, you don't have to already know how to CAD a print.

Zazzle also has several fabric qualities from which you can choose, ranging from combed cotton to Natural Linen. With all those weaves and weights, you could make anything from a top to a tote to a set of curtains. Who knows? Maybe you can think of more ideas than I can.

There are already lots of designs being sold on Zazzle by other designers, but since this is my post, of course I'm going to show you mine! Check them out below.

Ballet Flat Fabric
Ballet Flat Fabric by spinsterstore
Look at more Ballet flats Fabrics at zazzle

Fashion Flats Printed Fabric
Fashion Flats Printed Fabric by spinsterstore
More Fashion Fabrics

It's kind of hard to see this one, but it's a fashion flats and sketches print. I made it subtle, but I think I am going to add a black and white version as well.

Call Me Fabric
Call Me Fabric by spinsterstore
Browse more Telephone Fabrics

Some of these prints look sideways, but I think I did the print so that it's on the grain. We'll see when I get my first yard of fabric!

Monday, February 9, 2015

Audible Spinstering: Nick Hornby's Funny Girl

I've been trying to listen to War and Peace on Audible for at least a month now. Whenever it gets to be too much or I realize I'm not listing, though, I like to switch to some lighter fare. Enter Nick Hornby's newest creation, Funny Girl.

At first I thought this was going to be some strange post-film adaptation of the Barbara Streisand movie of the same name. After a little research, though, and skimming an article from NPR, I decided to give it a go.

Now, as audio books go, the narrator, Emma Fielding, has one of the most pleasant, interesting, and entertaining voices I've encountered. She manages to differentiate between all the characters, male and female, as well as performing several regional English accents. I wholeheartedly approve of her performance.

The story itself was pleasant, enjoyable, and moved along at a good clip. Though I had a hard time believing some of the excellent good fortune the story's heroine had in the beginning, I won't begrudge Hornby for this. For all I know, this is how things were in the sixties. The thing is, I really wish I could watch the TV show described in this book. It sounds like a combination of Mary Tyler Moore, Rhoda, and Dick Van Dyke. I mean...that sounds pretty good to me. The show doesn't exist, though, so I may have to satisfy myself with a good old Nick Hornby Movies binge.

If you're looking for a fun and entertaining read to get you through the cold weather (it's actually really warm here in Atlanta), then I would recommend Funny Girl. Enjoy!

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Spinster Shopping: Treats for the Sweet

Yes, yes. I know that the actual quote is "sweets for the sweet." (Well, "Sweets to the sweet" if you're talking Hamlet and "sweets for the sweet," if you're talking Clive Barker's "The Forbidden." I didn't know that until just now.)My middle school math teacher, Mr. Smith, used to say "sweets for the sweet" when someone brought him something sweet to eat.  However, with the exception of the tenth item on this list, I should hope you wouldn't actually eat any of the things on today's gift guide.

I'm giving you this guide on Sunday so you have plenty of time to order or run out and purchase any of these items if, in fact,  you do require a gift for this holiday. Now let's get to linking!

          I love a good glitter polish, and I love to find unique ones on Etsy. This fills all those requirements! 

          This sweater only has a hint of valentinesiness, so the recipient will be able to wear it past just this one holiday. I can actually see wearing this a lot.

          I meannn...these are really cute. I know they probably make you think of Lolita, but those ones were red anyway. At $5.24, these are a steal.

          I love that fun sneakers are in style right now. I want all of the fun sneakers in all of the color ways. These, though, just seemed to be especially cute for Valentine's Day.

          You can never have too many pairs of Earbuds. I have a tendency to break earbuds all the time, so having a spare pair as cute as these could be a real help.

          You know, for those unwanted Valentine's Day encounters. Just to be safe. 

7. Aerie Boxer: $15.95, Aerie
          These sleep shorts have little lips all over them. Very cute. Just remember, as always, go at least one size up in Aerie. They're tiny.

          You can use this bundt pan to make Ginger Jones's Chocolate Chip Cake.

          Sure, this watch is sort of Valentine's Day themed, but it's so cute I'd be tempted to wear it all the time. Ok, maybe it wouldn't be a would be an imperative. 

          These are a great gift for the tea-loving Valentine. Cute little heart sugar cubes are a perfect little luxury for that morning cup of warmth.

Happy Shopping!