Thursday, March 31, 2016

Spinster Gripe: Lois Reitzes




When I first moved to Atlanta, I would listen to NPR on my way to work. After a few weeks,  I realized my boss usually didn't show up before 10:30 AM, so the necessity of showing up early seemed a little less...important. I found myself getting into my car around 9AM some days instead of arriving at work around that time. And this is when I discovered Second Cup Concert with Lois Reitzes.

When I first heard Reitzes giving the traffic update, I thought "oh, how quaint. Atlanta is letting this octogenarian continue to broadcast after all her years of service even though her voice has clearly deteriorated." Then, as the days continued, I really felt like they should be getting someone with a little more spring in their step to tell us about accidents and delays. The more I listened, the more I felt like she was having a massage while she gave the traffic report and was possibly even enjoying the fact that there were some accidents. This is, of course, to say nothing of her musical descriptions during her actual show that followed.

They've changed the lineup at WABE, and Second Cup Concert is now on a secondary channel. However, now Lois Reitzes has another show that starts at 11. It's called City Lights, and I'd be lying if I said the content isn't actually good. It's just that whenever she's actually interviewing someone, it takes her so long to get the question out....and if she starts an anecdote or a comment on her own, forget about it. It's going to take forever.

So, I wondered why WABE was holding on to such an old lady. When I looked Reitzes up, though, it turns out she's only 51 years old. She doesn't even look old. She's NOT OLD. What's worse is that I heard her do a little impression of someone yesterday, and somehow her voice was magically normal for those few words.

If you'd like to get an idea of what Lois sounds like, you can listen to yesterday's episode here.

Now, for the fun part. I wondered if other people felt the same way as I did about Lois Reitzes. I knew at least a couple of friends did, but was the confusion and disturbance more widespread than that? Well, I did a little google search. If you would like to be entertained by some other people's feelings, please click the links below:

- A Reddit Forum from a couple years ago. It's hilarious.

- This LiveJournal Post has some entertaining descriptions, and the comments are quite funny as well.

- this Blog Entry from 2005, starting with paragraph 3, has an excellent description of Reitzes's voice.

There's a lot more out there. Just do a google search relating to how you feel about Lois Reitzes after listening to her on City Lights or Second Cup Concert. Remember, she's not even old.

This concludes my NPR rant. Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Spinsterwear: Donut Tank


This morning I got an email from Zazzle saying that they were having a 40% off sale on "spring break" items. This includes tanks and tees, flip flops, water bottles, and sundry other items. I hadn't realized they had allover print tanks, so I decided I needed to make one. Behold! My donut tank!

If you want to make your own tee or tank or other spring break item (or purchase this one) you can go to Zazzle and use the code "UREADY2CHILL." For now, I'll embed the l ink to this glorious tank. I may need to order one.

Allover Donut Print Tand All-Over Print Tank Top
Allover Donut Print Tand All-Over Print Tank Top by spinsterstore
Browse more Donut All-Over Printed Unisex Tanks at Zazzle


Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Spinster Screening: Queen



Last night I went to my friend Deepty's house for a Bollywood night and some delicious treats! The movie she chose was called Queen, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

The movie starts with Rani (this means "queen" in english) and the preparations for her marriage to a man who will be coming home from London just of the wedding. It was unclear to me if this was an arranged marriage or if it was just a setup of two people whose parents really liked each other. However, within the first ten or fifteen minutes of the movie, Rani's fiancée, Vijay, has broken off the engagement.

Rani is understandably distraught, but the movie - which I think is a heck of a lot more fun than Eat Pray Love - is about her journey to deal with this disaster. From its initially terrible starting events, the movie becomes more and more fun as it progresses. But, I'm not going to spoil anything else for you.

If you have the fortitude to sit through subtitles, then I highly recommend this movie. It's a lot of fun - especially for the single ladies. Enjoy!

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Happy Easter!



Yesterday I went to an Easter Egg painting shindig, so today I thought I'd make an Easter Egg Gif in celebration of the holiday! Happy Easter!

Friday, March 25, 2016

Friday Thoughts: I love Cheerios



It's Friday, and last night I had a dream that I quit my job but they didn't let me leave, so I was just working there, waiting around for them to let me leave. It was very awkward, and it wasn't the first time I've had that dream. In this particular rendition, the boss at the job before that one had asked me to put together a list of places we could buy angel wings. I put together the list, and when I presented it to a larger meeting, she laughingly told everyone I thought it was a good idea to add angel wings to our collection. Oddly, that's not totally unlike what that particular job was like.

When I woke up, I was so glad it was a dream and that I got to eat cheerios once I had walked Miranda. So, in honor of cereal and the real world, I made this gif. I hope that you, too, get to enjoy a breakfast you love this morning.

Happy Friday!

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Thursday Fun: Political Gifs


Ok, I have to admit that I've been enjoying the primaries so far. I cannot believe what a mad house this whole thing has been. I'm actually quite entertained. It's to the point where I look forward to political coverage every day on the radio just so I can hear what's happened since last I heard.

So, today in honor of the four delegates we're all following, I've made a couple of gifs. One red one for the red candidates and one blue one for the blues. That is all I will say on the matter. Now, here's the Hillary/Bernie one.



It looks a little more purple than I realized...Enjoy! Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Just for fun: Your Mom



I don't have anything productive to say today. I'm finishing up some custom orders and then building up my stock for the Chastain Park Festival, so I'm pretty hard at work and listening to NPR. So, I thought I'd just make this quick and ridiculous gif. Share it as you like...Maybe even with YOUR MOM.

Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

#WIP Gif!


Since I've been posting so many work-in-progress (#WIP) photos on Instagram, it occurred to me that I should make one of the paintings into a gif. So, today I did! This is the painting I've finished most recently. I took the photos I'd posted on Instagram and then put them all together as a gif so you could see the process happening! I think it's pretty fun.

If you liked watching this, you can catch all the projects as I work on them by following my Instagram - @Jonezee85.

Also, this just in! I've been selected as one of the artists for the Chastain Park Arts Festival in May. So, if you'd like to check things out in person, you can see me there!

Happy Tuesday!


Monday, March 21, 2016

Spinster Thoughts: Why My Pants Fall Down



At first blush, pants that won't stay up seems to be a sign of weight loss. But, when you know that you're not, in fact, losing weight, it becomes confusing. I'm chubbier now than I've ever been (and, indeed, chubbier than this sketch depicts), and yet my pants refuse to stay up.

I've been doing some serious thinking about this problem. I know it's not that my pants are too large. Then, I realized, it's that they're hitting at the wrong spot for my chubbiness. As the sketch suggests, it's like trying to put pants on a balloon. Initially, they'll stay up, but the fact that my stomach is larger than whatever is below it will eventually force the pants down. For some reason, wearing a belt doesn't really seem to help.

Until I somehow become Adriana Lima or Gisele Bundchen (don't hold your breath), I've come up with a better, more comfortable solution: high waisted jeans. Specifically, this trouser jean from Ann Taylor Loft. I thought I'd share in case any of  you other spinsters are having the same situation. You can thank me later with all the extra time you've saved by not having to constantly yank at your jeans.

Happy Monday!


Sunday, March 20, 2016

Sunday Sketch: The Internet Rabbit Hole



Yesterday I took a break from socializing and spent my day painting, sewing, sketching, listening to NPR, and watching the Food Network. It was glorious, and now I feel better equipped to deal with people again.

Like most people my age, I somehow can't seem to watch TV without also being on the internet. While I did find some cool things to add to my Tumblr queue, on the whole, I'm not so sure I'm glad I fell down the rabbit hole.

I started by researching the claims that Richard Simmons is missing. While one source claims it's black magic, I think it's more likely that in recovery for his most recent surgery, he just put on some weight and doesn't want to be seen in public. Let me tell you, it doesn't take black magic to gain weight. I'm living proof.

Next, as a result of the same conversation that informed me about Richard Simmons, I researched the beheading of a referee in Brazil a few years ago. How did I miss this news story? This is insanity. And it's too scary and gross for me. And I wish I hadn't fallen down the rabbit hole on this one. But I did. So, here's the sketch I made.

I hope your Sunday is excellent. Don't fall down the rabbit hole unless it's full of Beyonce gifs.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Spinster Food: Doughnuts

donut-print, donut-repeat, doughnut-repeat


Before we get started here, I just have to say that I haven't actually made any doughnuts. I just...well, I just want some. I follow a local doughnut shop on Instagram (@RevolutionDoughnuts), and this morning I particularly want to eat all of their confections.

I'm too lazy to go all the way to Revolution Doughnuts in Decatur right now, so I thought I'd just look up some easy doughnut recipes on Pinterest. After reading the recipes and realizing I don't have any milk, I think I'll just eat something healthy. It's for the best, anyway. But, I invite you to enjoy these recipes and potentially make them yourself.

1. Super Easy Doughnuts from Raining Hot Coupons
          I have to be honest and say this recipe doesn't exactly seem "super easy" to me. But the product looks amazing.

2. Puff Pastry Doughnuts from Six Sisters Stuff
          This is a little more like it! But I don't have any puff pastry.

3. Easy Cronut Recipe from Baking Beauty
          I'm not so sure about the Vanilla Pudding part, but the rest of this recipe seems easy enough. And you might even have a can of crescent trolls in your fridge!

4. An Easy Donut Recipe to Make Your Life Easier from Homemade Recipes
          I'm pretty sure you don't have any dry active yeast on hand, but I like how this recipe has pictures, and the end product looks legit.

5. S'mores Donuts from Buns in My Oven
          I mean, just look at them. You need these.

All right. Happy Saturday! I'm hungry.


Friday, March 18, 2016

Spinster Thoughts: Running to Eat


Over the past few months, I've started eating way more vegetables and running every other day in hopes that I can drop a few of the fifty pounds I gained since moving to Atlanta. I know. That's a lot. No one feels it more than I do.

The thing is, I used to have an excellent metabolism, and it just decided it would quit when I moved to Atlanta. But that is neither here nor there. I've been running, and I hate it. But still, I do it. So, I thought I'd make a shirt that says exactly how I feel about this situation. Above you can see an image. If you feel the same, then you can get your own by clicking the link below.


I Hate Running Tee
I Hate Running Tee by spinsterstore
Shop for Running T-Shirts online at Zazzle.com


Happy Friday!

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Color Inspiration: Pastels

pastel-colors, pastel-color-palette
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Once upon a time, not too long ago, I was a fashion designer. One of the things fashion designers do is make color palettes. I may not be doing that for fashion anymore, but I sometimes still need to give color palettes to my portrait clients. As such, I find myself perusing paint chip websites and color palette blogs fairly often. Sometimes you just need to get some ideas.

Today I wanted to share a color palette I made up off of my Pinterest "Inspiration/Mood Board" Board as well as sharing a few of my favorite sites for color inspiration. But first, let me link you to the places where I got the above images.

Butterflies | Staircase | Lipstick | Balloons | Prism


It's almost easter, so I feel like it's the perfect time for pastels. But, as always, I figured we might need a few darker colors for grounding, so I added those, too.

Now, let's look at some of the other places you can find excellent color inspiration.

1. Color Collective:
          I thought this site had stopped posting, but they'd just moved! This is one of my very favorite places to look for color.

2. Color Palettes.net:
          This one can get overwhelming, but there's a wealth of ideas there! ...Like, literally, thousands of ideas.

3. Design Seeds:
          You can even search color palettes on this one.

4. In Color Balance:
          As far as I can tell, this one is written in Russian, but thankfully colors need no translation.

5. Pantone:
          You can view their seasonal reports on what colors will be trending for each season. However, the range of colors is fairly broad, so you'll need to know how to put together your own palette once you've seen what they're showing.

Well, enjoy! I hope you look at all the colors today. Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Spinster Food: Sausage and Apple Pie



If you follow my Instagram, you saw that yesterday I ate a sausage and apple pie. I suppose you'd call it a "hand pie," but it was delicious. I know the combination of pork and apples is nothing new, but somehow this particular rendition caught me by surprise. So, today I did a little Pinterest search, and I thought I'd share some pins of sausage-and-apple pies for your own tasting. Here we go!

1. Easy Pork Pies with Sage and Apple from Drizzle and Dip.
          I like the look of these. they look like something you'd find in a glass dome at any of my favorite bakeries in New York. I wonder, though, if my execution would be anything near as nice as these.

2. Sausage, Apple, and Cheddar Pocket Pies from King Arthur Flour
          The pie I had didn't have any cheese, but I imagine that - like most things - cheese will only make this better.

3. Sausage Apple Bake from TableSpoon
          This isn't really a pie, but it does include some different ingredients like cheese, orange, apple, onion, and even fennel. I wonder how this one tastes, but I think it'd probably be better for larger groups.

4. Sausage and Apple Pie from Patsy Bell Hobson
          This isn't a small pie...it's a whole big one. But, if you look at the lady's face who posted the recipe, she seems like she'd be a good cook, so I'm inclined to take her word for it. Also, this one seems pretty easy to make.

Ok, now I hope you can stop salivating. Happy Wednesday!


Sunday, March 13, 2016

Spinstergram: Fanch Ledan


Last night I went to my monthly Book SIG meeting, and it was in one of the houses I like best in the group. This house is one story and customized for accessibility, but the part I like best is the art. Lining the hallway to the living room is a gallery of at least twenty framed playbills from shows the couple has seen. They saw the likes of Dustin Hoffman and Lauren Bacall live on stage back in the day. The playbills, however, aren't even my favorite thing.

My favorite art in this house are the paintings by an artist I had not heard of before. His name is Fanch Ledan, and as far as I can tell, he paints interiors. The couple has quite a few of his paintings, all hanging about their home, but my favorites are the paintings of living rooms that actually hang o the walls of their living room. So meta.

Here is another one of their paintings:



And Here is another:

fanch-ledan-painting, fanch-ledan-interior, fanch-ledan-living-room

I just liked them so much I had to share. That is all. Happy Sunday!

Saturday, March 12, 2016

#WIP and Tiny Food


I'm back at it, painting pet portraits! right now I'm working on a Georgia Bulldog. He's just in the beginning stages, but I'll be documenting his progress on Instagram.

Also, I have a new obsession, and I think you're going to like it, too. The cooking website Tastemade had these tiny kitchen videos, and I'm sad I've already watched them all.

Most of the videos are pretty short, but I couldn't find any of them on YouTube to embed. So, please watch the creation of these adorable tiny doughnuts. If you want to see more, you can visit the Tiny Kitchen page on Tastemade's website.




Happy Saturday!

Friday, March 11, 2016

Spinstergram: Scott Antique Market


neon-sign, flamingo-sign, neon-flamingo



Yesterday was the first day of this month's Scott Antique Market. So, I decided to get my 10,000 steps in by doing a little shopping. I didn't buy anything, but I did take a bunch of pictures, so I thought I'd share them with you here!

In case you've never been to Scott Antique Market, it's a weekend once a month, and it's two warehouse-size buildings full of antique, art, and vintage dealers. If I were an interior decorator, I would be at this show every month. Since I'm not, though, I feel it's good not to tempt myself too often.

So, let's dive into these photos!


My friend Karen has an affinity for shell-shaped spoons. This was one of the first tables I saw, and I took a photo because, well, look at all those shell spoons!



I found this table full of vintage  hand mirrors somehow aesthetically pleasing. 



I thought this was a funny little jewelry box. The ring dish functions as a lid for the rest of the piece, but somehow the hand sprouting up makes the piece look as if someone were buried inside. 


This collection of plaid things struck my fancy. I liked to see t hem all sitting there together. 


To whom it may concern: I would like this chest, please. I like how it's got square detailing instead of rounded. Quite nice. 


I thought this was an interesting concept for a dinner table. There are different levels, so if you have a snobby guest, you can put them in a seat where they can actually look down at everyone. 


These intricately carved skulls aren't really my style, but I can appreciate that they are really cool.

mannequin-head, fake-head


I saved the best for last. In a tent outside of building one, there was a man with a whole bunch of vintage plaster men's heads. Most of them looked like scary Ken doll heads, but then there was one that looked like a middle-aged man who just did something he wasn't supposed to. I'd really love to buy this and put it on someone's book shelf and wait until they realize it's there. Amazing.

There are still three days left of Scott Antique Market in Atlanta this month. So, if you feel so inclined. I say go for it!

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

A Tuesday Doodle



Yesterday I took over 20,000 steps, and I passed out on the sofa around 7pm while listening to NPR. I woke up for an hour or so, and then I went back to sleep for the rest of the night. Spinster life FTW.

So, since I was especially busy yesterday, I just made a quick fashion sketch this morning while I was hard boiling some eggs. Here she is! I cut her foot off when I scanned her, so I had to draw it back in. But, since I was in Illustrator by that point, it looks pretty awkward.

I'll be starting a new painting in the next day or so, so keep up on my Instagram!

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, March 7, 2016

A Drawing of Phoebe


Today I want to share another quick little drawing of one of my favorite ladies. This is Phoebe, and she is great. She's always taking an interesting dance class, and she is an excellent conversationalist.

After I sketched this, I added a little color, too, just for fun. If you want to follow more of my projects, you can follow my Instagram (@Jonezee85).

And if you'd like to have a portrait made of yourself or your loved one, you can visit Sarah J. Jones Art.com for more info!

Stay tuned for more portraits and works in progress!

Saturday, March 5, 2016

A Drawing of Anna


I liked making yesterday's drawing so much that I decided to make one of my friend Anna. Anna is an amazing illustrator herself, and we shared a booth at Indie Craft Experience Atlanta. So...here's a little (fairly inaccurate) sketch of her.

Happy Saturday!

Friday, March 4, 2016

A Drawing of Chelsea


So, yesterday I decided to start my day with a quick sketch portrait. I did it with a mechanical pencil, so it was a little smudgy.

This is my friend Chelsea. She's a fashion designer, but lately she's also been doing comedy, and that makes me excited. I think she's funny. She's also a great movie date. She brings lots of snacks.

After I did the drawing, I decided to scan it in and then add some color in illustrator. Here's the result. I thought I'd share.

I hope your Friday is as fierce as Chelsea. Go get it!

Thursday, March 3, 2016

sPINster: Some pins from pinterest



Lately I've ben spending a lot of time on Pinterest and Ebay. I'm not really sure why, but I have. I like to start the morning with a little perusal and then get things going. Pinterest is so good for inspiration. I wish it existed when I was in college.

So, just for fun, today I'm sharing some of my recent pins I think you'll like. Let's get started.

1. The Before and After page of Chairloom.com.
          My friend Pat is looking for a new Chair, and while we were discussing this, she sent me a link to this site. They recover vintage furniture and make it look so cool. I'll take one of each, please!

2. The art of Ikenaga Yasunari
          I would very much like a portrait made by this artist. I love all the patterns...and everything else.

3. Watercolor Pet Portraits by Manda.
          Because I paint pet portraits myself, I am always checking out what other people are doing. I like these a lot.

4. These Gold Flower Earrings from Anata Jewelry on Etsy
          I think it's a really cool concept to have the stem of the flower hanging out the back of the piercing. I believe she also has a pinwheel style.

5. Broken glass nail art.
          This makes me want to get a manicure, but I have no idea where one would get this done in Atlanta. And how hard is it to get off?

6. Old Key Art from Young House Love.
          This makes me wish I still had a key from my apartment on 6th avenue and the one in Astoria. Alas, I as good and turned them all in.

7. The Best Hotels in NYC for Under $200 a night.
          This is useful information. Very useful indeed.

8. Portraits by Hope Gangloff, especially this one of a man and his dogs.
          I don't like the colors of this painting so much as I like the painterliness and the fact that he had his portrait made with his dogs.

9. This Article from Honestly WTF on where to shop for Antique Rings.
          The places listed here have some amazing stuff, but I don't think the prices are as good as if you were to, say, go into an actual antique or jewelry store...becuase there's always a discount to be had in person.

10. Cringe with Marc Van Bulck
          Ok, so I didn't pin this, but a friend recently told me that Marc Van Bulck, a dear friend from high school and community theatre, has his own podcast now. I gave it a listen, and he is quite a good interviewer. I recommend you check it out...especially if you like podcasts!

That's all from this Spinster. Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Uniform: Miranda Tee



As I mentioned last week, Zazzle was having a sale on custom tee shirts. They were all 50% off, so I knew I needed to get one. I thought about making one that said "I love my rescue," but then I thought...what better way to show that I love my rescue than making a shirt with her face on it? So, that's what I did.

The tee shirt arrived yesterday, and it is adorable. The only thing is that I ordered an XL because I wanted it to be a sleep shirt, and so the placement is a little off on my body. But I suppose if I were actually an XL person, it would be in the perfect spot.

I showed a couple of friends, and they said they wanted miranda shirts, so just in case they were serious, I added the shirt to the Zazzle Spinster Store. Tees are 30% off today, apparently, if you use the code LUCKYTEE4YOU. So, there's that. Check it out!


Miranda Tee
Miranda Tee by spinsterstore
Check out more Dogs T-Shirts at Dazzle

Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

#WIP: Finished Set!



So, if you've been following along on my Instagram, you've seen the development of the set of three portraits I've been working on. Well, today they're ready to ship! I'll be moving on to the next drawing project very soon, so you can follow along with that one, too!

If you're feeling the urge to order some of your own, all the information you need is on my website, linked at the top of this page or here for your convenience: www.sarahjjonesart.com. Stay tuned!