Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Ugh...That Soda Machine

I don't know if it's the weather, but yesterday was the strangest day. Well, maybe not the strangest...but definitely off. There were lots of strange factors: my waking up 45 minutes before my alarm, unable to go back to sleep; Miranda's and my getting caught in a sudden downpour on our morning walk; my eyelids feeling so heavy I almost nodded off fifteen minutes into my work day, just to name a few.  The main thing I need to mention, though, is somewhat of an ongoing problem for this Spinster. What is it, you may ask. Well, it's the vending machine at my apartment complex.

During lunch most days, I try to come home and take my best friend, Miranda, for a little walk. She likes to trot around the property and visit her friends in the leasing office. Yesterday, though, with the heaviest eyelids I've had since I snored during a foot massage, I knew I'd need to make a stop at the vending machine at my apartment complex. This machine is a Pepsi machine, which I do not prefer, but it'll do in a pinch. My choices are ranked as follows: Dr. Pepper, Mountain Dew, and Pepsi in last place. I don't even have any interest in the rest of the machine's contents. I just needed some caffein.

I dropped my eighty-five cents into the coin slot as Miranda looked on, and I proceeded to press the Mountain Dew button. Nothing happened, so I tried Dr. Pepper. Still nothing happened, so I cringed and pressed the regular Pepsi button. I heard the bump, bump, thump of a can coming down the shoot, and I thought to myself, "well, it's better than nothing." Pretty soon I'd be caffeinated and ready to go back to work.

I leaned down to retrieve my prize, anticipating the ice cold energy coming my way, and what did I receive? A caffein-free grape soda. Grape soda? Come on, vending machine!

Out of sheer desperation, I drank the grape soda anyway. Yes, it did taste like carbonated cough syrup, but I needed a pick-me-up, and at least it had sugar. Until that vending machine and I meet again, it is officially my nemesis. Take note, vending machine! The Spinster will strike when you least expect it!

Monday, March 30, 2015

Monday Reflections on Sunday Binging


Last week I discovered I'd come to the end of all the episodes of Bob's Burgers on Netflix, and I was pretty upset. This, of course, led me to finally hunkering down to watch House of Cards at my parents' (and everyone else's) suggestion. 

When I first tried to watch House of Cards, I couldn't make it through the first episode. There's a lot of quiet talking in that show, and when I watch TV, generally I'm also doing something else, so I thought it wouldn't be a  fit for my spinster lifestyle. What I didn't know, though, was that with each episode there's more and more drama, and it becomes more and more riveting. 

I'm only in the very beginning of the second season, but already I can tell why everyone is so obsessed. After keeping the babies in the nursery, having a foot massage, and eating lunch, yesterday I returned home to my sweatpants, my dog, and my streaming device. If you haven't watched House of Cards and plan to, then perhaps the below list is something you'll want to skip. But if you have, then I'm sure you've already had all these thoughts. In any case, I had to share a few reflections on yesterday's binge. 

Alert! Spoilers below (if you haven't gotten to the second season yet)

  • The credits to this show are way too long. 
    • I know, I know. I should be interested in who is in the show, but my gosh! How long are those opening credits anyway? it seems like they take up half the show.
  • Robin Wright, though...
    • She is so fit, and she looks good in basically every dress she ever wears. She's lookin' fit.
  • The President seems kind of young...
    • I know, we've had young presidents, but I think this is kind of an interesting choice. He seems like he's only in his mid forties to me. That's kind of young, I think, but maybe they did that because it would seem more believable that he'd be easily swayed by Frank.
  • I never see stuff coming on this show
    • Maybe I'm dumb, but I never see where Frank is going with any of his schemes until they come to fruition. Good on you, writing team.
  • I can't believe they killed Zoe Barnes. 
    • I knew something really bad was going to happen to Peter Russo, but I thought he'd actually kill himself. Zoe Barnes, though, I really thought was going to be a series-long character, so when she died, I was shocked. I texted my mom about it, even. 
  • Miranda seems unimpressed by House of Cards
    • My dog cannot respect the fact that I really need to watch this show, and it's serious business. So, yesterday I had to appease her by taking her to the dog park where she promptly found the muddiest dog, got dirty, and then got mad at me when I gave her a bath. Such is the life of a spinster.
So, if you haven't watched House of Cards yet, I highly suggest it, even though I've already ruined two plot twists if you read the second to last bullet point. You'll be addicted. Like, I'm halfway considering watching an episode this morning before work. It is raining after all. That means watching TV is pretty much mandatory...


Sunday, March 29, 2015

Spinster Sunday Thoughts


As I type this, I'm fending off my dog while eating a slice of cold pineapple pizza from last night and watching the first season of House of Cards. I know, I know. I'm late to the House of Cards party, but my parents insisted it was excellent, so I had to check it out. It's much better than the Hallmark Channel things they usually suggest. Oh, the drama!

In an unprecedented move, I actually shared my pizza with a couple of single friends last night. They had offered to come help me clean my apartment because...well, because it was a wreck, and they both..."love cleaning!?" While I can't imagine that anyone would love cleaning, I am eternally grateful. I've still got some organizing to do, but it looks much like a crack (or pizza, as it were) den in here than it did yesterday. All of this is to say that it's excellent to have single friends. 

I feel I'm moving into a new stage of spinsterhood. I had a date yesterday and considered canceling beforehand just because I wanted to hang out with  my dog. While I was away from her, I wanted to text her to check in, and then I remembered that not only does she not have her own phone (this could be remedied), but she's also a dog, so she can't actually text. This was a very upsetting realization. 

After the cleaning fiesta yesterday, we did one of my favorite things in the world: a makeover. It was a crazy hair and makeup makeover, but it was so much fun. I just think there should be more makeovers in this world, and I should be able to see them all. As such, I think I should link you to this article I found this morning on Refinery 29 from the beginning of the month. You may want to have your own makeover movie binge now. 

As for me, I'm doing my very spinsterly job of keeping the nursery at church this morning. I'll hold all the babies and play with all the children. When I'm done, I won't have to take any of them home. 

Happy Sunday, and happy Spinstering!

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Saturday Musings and Links


Well, Spinsters, I've made it through the wilderness. The very busiest time at Work is over, and now I am free to cuddle Miranda as much as I'd like. Earlier in the week, I was able to come home for Miranda's lunchtime walk, and we dropped by the leasing office. She usually enjoys seeing people other than me, and that day wasn't any exception. However, after a few minutes, she walked back over to the door and commenced staring longingly outside. Since I think every single thing she does is the cutest, of course I took a picture, and posted it everywhere. 

Now, let's make this post productive. Here are some links:

I hope these links have brightened your Saturday morning. It is, after all, the best day of the week!


Friday, March 27, 2015

It's Friday! Makeup Coloring Page

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One of the most common search terms that has lately been referring people to The Spinsterhood Diaries is "makeup coloring page." I have done one before, and it was included in the last Spinsterhood Diaries Coloring Book. Today, though, I decided to do one that was more graphic and less hand drawn. Sometimes those can be easier to color.

Now let's talk about what I've included here. I've got a few makeup brushes on the page including a blush brush, a sort of powder brush, and a little eyeshadow brush. There are a few q-tips scattered about because you never know when you're going to need a little smudging action or perhaps even a little cleaning up around the edges. There's a tube of lipstick and one of mascara, and there's a bottle of nail polish in the center of it all. The two pencils are sort of supposed to be an eyeliner and a lip liner, but you can obviously color them however you'd like. There's a little sponge wedge and an egg-shaped blender tool, a pot of cream shadow or eyeliner (whichever you'd like), an eyeshadow palette with round little bits of eyeshadow, and a compact with a flower on the back that can hold pressed powder or just a mirror. You can't see the inside, so imagine whatever you'd like. The last item, I believe, is this little tube of mystery. It could be lotion or primer or foundation or...anything else! You decide! 

So, while this is by no means the entire contents of my makeup bag, it should be fun to color on this Friday morning. Or, perhaps you'd like to save it until the three o'clock slump. No one would blame you for that, either.

Enjoy your Friday and eat some chocolate. You deserve it after making it though this week. 

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Thursday Coloring Page: Fashion Girl


It's Thursday! Today I thought I'd take a little break from drawing objects and have a little fashion lady. Her arms and legs are a little skinny, but I think you can still color them. To give you a little more to color in, I gave you a bunch of flowers in the background. Of course, you can color or not color any part of the page you like! 

So get your fashion designer on today! Color her however you like, even though she has skinny legs. Also, you should probably eat some chocolate today. You're a spinster, and in a world full of couples, you deserve a little bit of chocolate. 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Coloring Page: Frames!

I would have called this coloring page "glasses," or "sunglasses," but I don't want to stunt your creativity. Today, if you print out this coloring page, consider adding some rhinestones, glitter, and stickers. If there's one thing I've learned by being a four-eyes it's that glasses don't have to be boring. If you print these out on 8.5 x 11 cardstock, you may even be able to cut these out and wear them. 

If you're tired of printing out your own coloring pages, don't forget about The Spinsterhood Diaries Coloring book from late last year. I am, of course, gearing up to put out another one this summer. Until then, though, keep checking back here to see little previews!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Coloring Page: Lipstick!


Your old friend the Spinster is in the thick of yet another busy work week. What does that mean for you? More coloring pages! Today you get to make all your own lipstick shades. Not only do you get to choose the lipstick color, but you can also color up the packaging any way you like!

Stay tuned this week for more crayon fuel. It relaxes the mind and encourages creative thinking. So...get to it! Color that lipstick!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Spinster Binge: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

So, we all know Tina Fey is a Spinster's Dream. She writes about night cheese, and once on 30 Rock, she said she was wearing a Duane Read bag for underwear. The woman is brilliant. That's why when I heard she had com out with a Netflix Series, I knew Miranda and I would be singing to our hearts' delight.

The show, of course, is Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and I would characterize it as "feel-good funny." Starring Ellie Kemper of The Office and Bridesmaids Fame, the show centers around a girl who was recently freed from a long imprisonment by a cult-leading abductor. Free in the world for the first time since her early teens, Kimmy Schmidt is exploring New York City with a mixture of innocence and brio that is infectious.

The writing is distinctly Tina Fey in that the dialogue is often ridiculous and self-referential, but that's what we loved in the first place, right?

If you watched award season at all, I'm not telling you anything new here. But, if you haven't watched the show yet, here's a list of reasons you should:

1. Kimmy's Roomate, Titus
          Titus Andromedon is this show's answer to Tracy Jordan. My favorite thing about this character, though, is that he calls Kimmy things like "Kimothy," and "Kimmillionaire." You have to listen closely to catch them, but these nicknames are excellent.

2. Kimmy's Love Interest (spoiler alert)
          So, first Kimmy has a boyfriend who has an english accent but is from Connecticut, but in the end of the first season (spoiler alert!!!) she ends up with the super cute Dong Nguyen. Hooray for him because he's cute and he built a bike.

3. Ellie Kemper is super cute
          So, Kimmy is supposedly very dorky and underdeveloped socially (because of the bunker), but every time they dress her up, she is so pretty. I like it.

4. Jon Hamm (spoiler alert)
          So, the whole time you're watching this show, you assume the abductor is super creepy. Then you during the trial (spoiler alert!!!) you find out it's Jon Hamm, which really makes more sense when you think about joining a cult. Would you join a creepy guy's cult, or Jon Hamm's? Probably Hamm because...i mean, you'd go with him hoping it was a date.

5. The subject matter:
          I love the premise of this show. It plays into the morbid curiosity we all have whenever an abductee resurfaces after we all thought all hope was lost. As usual Tina Fey pokes fun at us all, and we love it.

Now, if you haven't watched this show yet, I think you should order a pizza tonight and get started.
         

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Sunday Coloring Page: Office Supplies


I know, I know. For some of us the sight of office supplies on a Sunday is just bad form. And I"m very sorry about that. However, others of us (my friend Alex being on of them) Office Supplies can be quite exciting. In fact, there are entire blogs devoted to office supplies. The cool thing about coloring then is that they can be as cute as you want!

So, if you're an office supply lover, here are some links to fun office supply blogs and shops for your perusal. 


Enjoy!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Spinster Shopping: Pop of Pineapple!


After all those coloring pages, I thought perhaps you could do with some Saturday morning shipping without leaving your bed. Since spring is here and summer is right around the corner, I thought we should get tropical and bright with this shopping guide and go for some pineapples.

Pineapples are one of my very favorite fruit. I like them fresh or canned, in cake or on a pizza. In my opinion, pineapples are just one of the best fruits out there. So, why not wear them on your clothes? Lucky for me, there are lots of wearable options this year.

So let's get to linking!

          These are the perfect little slip-ons for a weekend trip to a fruit stand.

          Imagine a cute french manicure with this? Maybe with turquoise or green tips? To keep it tropical?

          Add some pizazz to your swimwear by adding this to your favorite pair of black (or bright) bikini bottoms.

          Get your glitter on with these fresh and fruity earrings.

          In case you love Pineapple now but aren't sure you're going to love it forever. I mean...but how could you stop loving pineapple?

          Great as PJs or a swim coverup. Cute.

          In the home, pineapples supposedly signify welcome. A candle in a pineapple jar with make your home look and smell welcoming. 

          Anyone who knows me knows I love to finish off a basic outfit with a fun scarf. Voila! The pineapple infinite outfit finisher.

          This just comes on a cord, but you can change it to a chain, too. Either way, it's cute and dainty. Great with swim or your street clothes.

          You can't beat $7 flip flops. And these are pretty darn cute.

Happy Shopping! Eat some pineapple today!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Coloring Page: Friday Face

Well, you had to know it was coming. Your Friday coloring page is a drawing of me, the Spinster. Really, this should be a coloring page of Miranda because she's really the only way I  made it through this week without eating exactly seven large Marco's Pizzas. Instead I slowly ate one batch of spaghetti. Stop being jealous. It's what spinsters do. I also ate several sticks of colby jack cheese with Miranda's Help.

The good news, Spinsters, is that it's Friday. If you wanna eat an entire pizza tonight, you've got all of Saturday to sleep it off. I'll support you. I mean, I won't hold your hair or anything, but I'll support the decision. While you're at it, you'll probably need some ice cream or cake or something. Look on yelp tomorrow morning to find out what the best place for breakfast and/or doughnuts near you is. I highly recommend this. I have yet to be disappointed.

Happy Friday to you! I hope your crayons are ready for my face.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Thursday Coloring Page: Birthday Cake


Well, spinsters, in case you didn't know, this is the year I'm turning thirty. In fact, last week was my half birthday. I thought I would have celebrated it at work or over dinner, but instead I forgot all about it until I was asleep. During the night, I had a dream that it was my half birthday, and I ate half a cake, and my coworker had dated my old boyfriend, and he dropped by the office, and she fed him fruit with ants on it. Then, in my dream, I wore a go pro on my head. 

So now that you know about my half birthday dream, perhaps you'll understand why today's coloring page is a birthday cake. You can decorate this birthday cake any way you like. I always consider glitter and puff paint good options. Also, if you'd like to send ant covered fruit to my old boyfriend, I'm not going to stop you. I'll leave which one of them it is up to you. 

Print this guy out on 8.5 x 11 paper and go to town!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Coloring Page : Doughnuts

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It's Wednesday, and you need a little something sweet as a reward for making it halfway through your week. If you're trying to cut back on the calories, maybe you should just color your sweet treat instead. Yep, this is a coloring page of doughnuts. 

At the top, there's a frosted doughnut with sprinkles. And, girl, those sprinkles can be any color you'd like.  For that matter, the dough and the frosting can be, too. The second one is a cream (or custard or jelly) filled doughnut with frosting on top. It looks a little vulgar, but that's just so you can show what kind of filling you wanted. The next one is heart shaped, frosted, and sprinkled with heart shaped sprinkles. When I went to Dough in New York, they had a heart shaped chocolate raspberry doughnut, and I found it quite enchanting. So, it's included here. The last doughnut is frosted and then drizzled on top. 

While you color today's doughnuts, I want you to imagine what they'd taste like. I hear that there is a place in New Jersey where they actually prepare the doughnuts to order right there while you wait. I mean...does it get better than that. I only hope my sister will try it out soon so I can hear all about it. 

Happy coloring today! You're halfway through the week. 

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Coloring Page: Crazy Geometry

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Ok, look. I don't really know geometry, but I think that's probably the best way to describe what's going on in today's coloring pages. In any case, there are lots of little spaces for coloring! You can color them any way you like, and it'll sort of look like a kaleidoscope. These types of coloring pages can sometimes be the most relaxing. You can use any color you want.

Just because these are some of my friends' favorite kind of coloring page, I decided we needed two. As always, these'll print nicely on an 8.5x11 page. Or...if you want to wait until the next Spinsterhood Diaries Coloring Book comes out...you won't have to print it at all!

Now, color away, Spinsters! And, if you need a little update later today, check The Spinsterhood Diaries Facebook page around Lunchtime. Happy Tuesday!

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Monday, March 16, 2015

Coloring Page Twofer: Beads and Baubles


Spinsters! It's Monday, and I know how hard it was for you to get out of bed. So, before you start on your work for the day, I think you should print out a coloring page and destress from this tough morning of waking up. As with the other two so far, these will fit nicely on an 8.5 x 11 page.

Now, let's talk about what we have here today. I have to admit that in the top one, I was a little lazy, so not all items have the same stroke weight. But you get the idea. We've got a necklace, some tassel earrings, two little rings, a heart ring, a watch, three beaded bracelets, and another bracelet. I think it'll be colorable even if he lines aren't all the same weight. 

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Since it's Monday, you get a bonus coloring page. It's just different sized beads. Enjoy the coloring pages...survive the Monday.


Sunday, March 15, 2015

Swimsuit Sunday: Another Coloring Page

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Easter is approaching, and of course this means spring break is on its way, too. Other than Myrtle Beach (to which I never went for Spring Break), this makes me think of swimwear! While I may not be bikini ready (unless you're into wobbly, lumpy, spinsters), that doesn't mean I can't dream of a much younger time when wearing a swimsuit wasn't frightening.

Currently I design boys' swimwear, but I thought since this is a Spinster Blog, I'd go ahead and give you a coloring page of women's swimwear. This way, you can pretend you're designing your very own swimsuit by adding whatever colors, [cat] stickers, glitter, wash, or what have you to your swimsuits. It'll be therapeutic.

This page should print out nicely on an 8.5 x 11 page, so you won't need to struggle with weird paper sizes and placements. Get those crayons, colored pencils, watercolors, and/or markers out, and get to work! Next thing you know, you'll be on Project Runway: Spinster edition.

Happy Sunday!

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Lazy Saturday: Sandal Coloring Page

Well, you've made it. It's the weekend. I hope you're reading this while drinking tea or coffee in your bed and eating something really indulgent.

This coming week will be a busy one for the ol' spinster, so I've decided this next week will be full of something to help everyone relax: coloring pages.

Today"s is an assortment of sandals from the spring 2015 collections. This way, though, you can design your own colorways!

Print this out on 8.5x11 paper and go to town!

Friday, March 13, 2015

#FAFATL: Kittens and Puppies

I feel like I say this every week, but Hooray for Friday! Even though there's still a full day of work on Fridays, it somehow feels like a party to me, especially when the weather's this nice.

Today's Free Art Friday is one little dog and one little cat. My dog one looks a little bit like a cat rabbit mouse, but I still think it's cute. Maybe some dog people need a magnet today.

As always, if you live in the Atlanta Area, you can check Instagram throughout the day, searching the hashtag #FAFATL to see where all the other participants are posting their magnets as well. If you find one, just grab it, take a photo, post it on insagram, and comment below the original photo saying it's claimed!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Audible Spinstering: Mary Kubica's The Good Girl

After I finished War and Peace, I decided to look at the suggestions Audible.com Tries to give me every time I visit their page. One that kept coming up was Mary Kubica's The Good Girl. I'll be honest with you right now. I liked the cover. That's about it.

So I downloaded the book and started in on it. I believe that this is the first audiobook I've listened to that had more than one reader. There were four narrators, which you'd think would be helpful in keeping the characters straight. In some ways it did, but in other ways it was a little distracting. For example, one of the narrators was an English woman who sometimes had to do an American accent. We'll just say that wasn't really her best quality as a narrator.

Over all I think the book was probably pretty good, but I was very distracted by all the narrators and their varying levels of enthusiasm about the story they were telling. If you're going to read this book, I say buy it in book form.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Spinster Food: Snapea Crisps


Spinsters, I think it's been quite some time since we discussed desk snacks. I'm ashamed to admit that earlier this week, I ate an entire box of Girl Scout Cookies. After that, I knew I needed a little something healthier, and that was when I remembered I hat a gigantic bag of Snapea Crisps from a recent trip to Costco.

What, you ask, are Snapea Crisps? Well, that's what I'm going to tell you. They're snap peas that are, according to the website, baked. Whatever the method of processing, though, they are delicious. They taste like the most delicious pea-shaped potato chips you've ever had. I'm sure they're not better for you than, say, raw snap peas, but they are a darn sight better than an entire box of cookies. And they're addictive. So, that means they're the perfect desk snack of the moment.

I highly recommend you go to the store and purchase some of these as soon as humanly possible. So far, I know for a fact that they are sold at Whole Foods, Walmart, and Costco. That seems to be a pretty good assortment of retail outlets.

In case you were wondering, this was not, in fact, a sponsored post. I just really like these things. Be careful, though. They are...ehem...a "good source of fiber."

Happy snacking!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Atlanta Spinstering: I'm Yelp Elite 2015!

Guys! Guys guys guys. I have something really exciting to tell you. First, I need to say that I'm not sure why I drew myself as a middle aged woman from your pottery class, but you get the idea. I'm excited. Now, let's proceed.

Before I moved to Atlanta, I wasn't active on Yelp. That is, I didn't have an account. I just was creeping' on the reviews to see if the restaurant I was planning to visit was good or terrible. However, when I got here to the heart of the dirty south, my friend Sarah told me all about the Yelp App and how she had a couple friends who were Yelp Elite. They get to go to special Elite events, and...it's just cool, ok?

So, once I heard about Yelp Elite, I got kind of obsessed. I reviewed all sorts of things...foot massages, beauty supply stores, thrift stores, and of course restaurants. I took pictures of crutches for sale at the Value Village.

Anyway, I'm not officially addicted. And yesterday, I got a very exciting email. Guys. You're looking at an illustration of one of the newest members of the Yelp Atlanta Elite Squad. Hooray!!!

So, if you wanna read all my reviews of all the things, you can see them here. I think that link works.

I'm excited for all the adventures to come as a Yelp Elitist, even though I'm fairly sure "elitist," is not the word they'd like to use for themselves.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Monday Morning and an Old Playlist.

Well, it's Monday, and while I still feel like I'm laughing up a lung, I do feel quite a bit better. As you can see above, Miranda was feeling just fine this weekend. She looks like a real animal here instead of the furry baby human I know she is, but I still think she's cute.

Miranda and I took many a  nap this weekend, and she was so cute for all of them. Because of all the napping, though, today I'm posting photos instead of illustrations. However, you'll also get a rerun of one of the old playlists that's just for Mondays.



Before I post the Playlist, though, I wanted to share this one photo of one of the #FAFATL headbands I dropped this weekend. It went to a good home on a cute little girl's head. I must admit that I think the magnet I used to attach it to the light pole was one of my better creations. Now if I could only get a really good drawing of a dog going. One of these days...

Now, to get your Monday Started off right, click on the playlist below and enjoy!

Monday Songs by jonezee85 on Grooveshark

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Sunday Funday: Outfit Coloring Page

Earlier this week, a friend of mine posted an article on my Facebook page about how coloring can be really good for adults. I then posted the article on The Spinsterhood Diaries Facebook Page, and I believe a few of you quite liked it. So, of course it followed that I should make a coloring page at some point this week.

Today's coloring page is all the components of an outfit. At least I think In remembered everything. Just inc as, though, let's discuss the items included in this coloring page.

This whole outfit revolves around a sweatshirt I loosely based on one I saw at the Marimekko store when I was in New York. It was so cute, but I couldn't bring myself to spend $175 on a sweatshirt.

Above the sweatshirt, you'll see a matching necklace. Next, there is some lipstick and then a bottle of perfume with one of those atomizer bulbs. When my sister and I were little, we really wanted perfume that came with a squeeze bulb. I'm nearly thirty, and I still think I'd feel fancier and more glamorous if I put my perfume on this way.

Next to the perfume is a pair of wacky socks because if you're going to wear socks, they should be exciting. Beneath the socks is a pair of bangles, and next to the bangles is a cross body purse. They're just easier to carry. Below the purse is a skirt I would very much have liked to wear every day when I was a slimmer girl. Unfortunately now I'm fairly sure it would accentuate the fact that I generally look like I'm smuggling a sack of flour over my belly. You're welcome for that visual.

Under the sweatshirt is a pair of clogs because they're cute and comfy and look cool with socks. And Below those are a pair of undies based on the Aerie Mini Boy Brief with matching bra because, you know...sets (as if anyone wears a matching set on a regular basis.) Lastly, above the bra is a pair of earrings with the floral design from the sweatshirt and the necklace.

So, if you have a hankering for some relaxation and stimulation of your motorskills, print out this coloring page today and go to town. Enjoy!


Saturday, March 7, 2015

The #FAFATL I Was Supposed to Post Yesterday

Yesterday was Friday, but I spent the day cuddling with Miranda and taking naps and trying to get better. As such...I have these two cute headbands I didn't post yet for #FreeArtFriday. Today, though, I'll at least go to the grocery store, and when I do, I'll post one!

Now, let's talk about each of these headbands. On the left is a headband I made by wrapping the body with Sharpy-and-alcohol decorated fabric. The ends are finished with a little navy embroidery floss because I couldn't make the ends stay. So we'll just call that a little design detail.

The second one is a headband made with the cat printed fabric I had made on Zazzle. It's a print of my own hand drawn kitties. This one's got a little bit of a wilder bow because the fabric is different.

I Hope that whoever takes these babies home will wear them with pride and cuteness! Check on the ol' Instagram throughout the day for the hashtags #FAFATL and #FreeArtFriday. If you live in the Atlanta area, people are usually posting on Saturday, too.

Happy Hunting!

Friday, March 6, 2015

Audible Spinstering: War and Peace

Firstly, I want to say that what you're reading right now is a pre-post. If you're reading this at 7AM, I am most certainly asleep. Later I'll wake up and take some antibiotics and then my temperature. Ah, le sinus infection. Incidentally, though today's image is indeed a loosely rendered portrait of one Leo Tolstoy, His face is not far from how I am feeling as I write today's post. Now, feel sorry for me and bring me all the udon and brothy soups. Thank you.

Now that that's over and you are planning on writing me all the "get well soon" cards and gifs, we should get to the meat of today's post: my obsession with Audible.com

Not long after I moved to Atlanta, I was sitting with my friend Megan, over some quest no doubt. I was saying how I'd read Infinite Jest, and somehow I liked it more and more the longer it's been since I finished it. On the subject of particularly grueling and muscle-building books, Megan said she felt much the same way about having read War and Peace. So, though I know Megan is actually perhaps several standard deviations above my IQ score, I had to check it out. Unlike Megan, though, I knew I wouldn't  be able to read the book with my eyes. Nay, I would spend my days at work sketching away and listening to a very posh english man telling me the stories of Leo Tolstoy.

So, a couple of days ago, I finished the book. I have to say...it may grow on me, but I feel like there could have been a bit more economy exercised. Perhaps it's because I'm such a spinster, but I didn't really care too much about the battle descriptions unless they were particularly funny or revealing of some sort of human experience everyone has but never voices. Indeed, there were several of those.

While I'm glad to have this book under my belt, I think I would have gleaned a lot more of why it's such an excellent and famous book if I had read it with my eyes on the subway on the way to work. I also would probably have formed a much closer bond with the physical object of the book and how, as I carried it, I looked leagues more intelligent than I actually am. Because be not fooled. That is what reading on the subway is all about. Well, at least 50% of reading the subway is about that.

Ok, now I think I need to go and try to sleep through fits of caughing. Dreams of soup await.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

More Outfits For Your Paper Doll

Since yesterday I gave you a full color version of the paper doll, I thought today I'd actually let you color your own. Today's Paper Doll is all in black and white, and she comes with two brand new outfits that will fit her colorful twin sister from yesterday's post.

The first outfit is a ballet costume, complete with sequins, a sweetheart neckline, a tutu, tights, and ballet slippers. The second is a bit warmer, with a double breasted coat, jeans, and a pair of sneakers.

This paper doll page can easily be printed out on 8.5" x 11" Paper, and if you've printed out the one from Wednesday's post, you've now got four whole outfits!

When coloring your paper doll and her outfits, remember: you don't have to just use solid colors. What about a polka dotted coat or some floral jeans? Perhaps her one piece swim suit has some stripes or hearts! You could even get really fancy and add some glitter, puff paint, rhinestones, or sequins!

Once you've finished with your designs, don't forget to share on The Spinsterhood Diaries' Facebook Page or on Instagram! I can't wait to see what you create!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Wednesday Fun: Color Your Own Paper Doll

Today, since we're smack in the middle of the week, I think it's time for something fun. I called this page "Color Your Own Paper Doll," but after I'd written all that, I realized you'd actually just be coloring her outfits. That's the most fun, though, right?

Today's paper doll is a little girl, and she comes with one pretty dress and one superhero costume. At the bottom, she has a two-piece semicircular stand, which you can fit together to help her keep her balance. Color and decorate them any way you like!

This page should print nicely on a piece of 8.5" x 11" paper or cardstock. If you get the notion, keep the paper doll, and perhaps I'll make more outfits for her sometime soon!

Enjoy!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

A Terrible Parking Job and some Kitten Links

Since yesterday I showed you some adorable puppies, I thought I'd be remiss in my spinsterly duties if I didn't also show you some adorable kittens. After all, kittens are pretty much the mascot of spinsterhood.

Before we discuss the adorable kitties, though, I have to just show you this image from yesterday's lunch break. Look at this parking job. I blurred the license tag to protect the guilty but...I mean, LOOK AT IT. It's shameful.

Now that that's taken care of, we can proceed to the cute portion of today's post. That is, the kittens around the Atlanta area that are just waiting for you to take them home.

1. Rocket
          Look at this little guy. He clearly loves having his picture taken.

2. Weeble
          Look at this cute round face

3. Els
          Very dressed up just for you.

4. Penny
          This cat is just beautiful.

5. Jailcat Precious
          The facial expresión on this cat says it all. You can tell she's a gangsta.

I hope this kitten cuteness started your day off right! Happy Spinstering!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Monday Photos and Links - Puppy Edition

Well, Spinsters, as promised, I'm back from my little break! I'm still a little under the weather, but not so much that I can't bring you some photos and links.

Yesterday I went to Atlanta's Sublime Donuts, and it was delicious. I had a glazed croissant, a strawberries and cream doughnut, and the love potion pictured above. I drank the love potion, hoping that it would work. Instead, my online date postponed and then cancelled our date. So...I have to say I don't really recommend this. As far as I can tell, it doesn't work. 

Thankfully, I went to CostCo and then made the delicious strawberry shortcake you see below. Yes, that's home made whipped cream. You just can't beat it.



The last thing I'm bringing you today is a  little dose of cuteness. I love my puppy, Miranda, so much that I could just eat her up. As I may have mentioned, I found Miranda through pet finder. So, today, I wanted to share with you a few links to cute little puppies in Atlanta that need a home. Don't worry, I'll bring you some precious kittens soon, too.

So, let's get started looking at some precious little babies, shall we?

1. Sunny:
          Look at this roley poley puppy! How could you not want to just pick him put and squeeze all that cuteness? I bet he's a spunky little boy, too.

2. Basil:
          This puppy looks a little like Miranda, and I love him. Look at that sweet little face. How could you not want to adopt this baby? His bio says that he is the runt of his litter. He needs your love and kisses.

3. Huck:
          Look at this scruffy little baby. He looks like a little rascal, even when he's trying to look presentable and professional in that tie.

4. Buddy:
          How could you not love these little lopsided ears?

5. Penny:
          The bio here is what kills me. Someone, please adopt this baby:
     From Petfinder: "

ABOUT PENNY

We have rescued little Penny from a high kill shelter in a rural area. She is between 3 and 4 months old and never met a stranger. She is very playful and enjoys cuddling. Unfortunately we don't know anything about her history but he past her temperament test with flying colors. She is great with other dogs, cats, kids and people.
This little girl will tickle you and will make someone very happy if given a second chance. Looking for a little baby who will snuggle and fall asleep in your arms???
Please e mail us for an application and meet Penny...."

There are so many cute little babies, I just think you should spend some time on pet finder today. Enjoy!