Saturday, May 28, 2016

Memorial Day: See You Soon!


It's Memorial Day weekend, and I think we're probably all taking a little break. Well, at least I hope we all are. This post is to say that I am, at least. Miranda will be here until I get back, seeing you all the time. I'll be back to posting on Wednesday. So, see you soon!

Friday, May 27, 2016

Spinster Food: Savory Steel Cut Oats

breakfast, breakfast-food

I love breakfast. I'm one of those people who could eat breakfast food for any meal of the day. In fact, I can't understand people who don't eat breakfast. I think they're missing out.

I've had a pretty bad cold for over a week now, and the only thin that sounds good to me for breakfast is a bowl of steel cut oats. They feel good on my throat. However, I don't eat them sweet, and I know a lot of people think that's really weird. So, if you want to be a weird old spinster, too, I thought I'd share my recipe with you today.

What you need:

- Quaker Steel Cut Oats in the can
- Water (as directed)
- Salt
- Pepper
- Onion Powder
- Garlic powder
- Worcestershire Sauce
- One Egg

What to do:

1. Start cooking the oats.
          Follow the directions on the canister. I use the microwave version because it's faster, and I dirty less dishes.

2. Crack your egg.
          I like to crack my egg into a mug before I add it to the pan. This way, I know I won't get any shell in the pan. I also season the egg with salt, pepper, and garlic powder before adding to the pan.

3. Add Egg to Pan.
          While the oatmeal is still cooking, start frying your egg.

4. Take the Oatmeal out of the microwave.
          While the egg is still frying, take the oatmeal out and stir.

5. Season your oatmeal.
          Add Salt, Pepper, Onion powder, garlic powder, and a splash of worcestershire sauce to the oatmeal. I don't measure anything out, I just add things in. Try not to add too much worcestershire sauce, though. You only need a splash.

6. Finish frying the egg.
          I like my eggs over medium for this. Mostly cooked but with some egg goo.

7. Add the egg to the oatmeal.
          Pour the egg from the pan onto the oatmeal and then, with a spoon, chop it up and stir into the oatmeal.

8. Enjoy!

Now you've got an easy, hearty breakfast that's pretty good for you, too! Happy Friday!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Spinster Shopping: Guys' Wall Art


Earlier this week, I brought you some gift ideas for your soon-to-be college ladies. Today, I have come up with some wall art ideas for the guys in your life. I tried to encompass a range of different interests here while still choosing some cool imagery. So let's get to linking!

1. Ramen by Ariakay: $34, Society6
          This art is great for anyone who loves Ramen or loves to eat. It's great for a kitchen..or any other room in the house.

2. "Pike" by C. Jeremy Price: Prints from $70, Saatchi Art
          For the fisherman or the chef. I feel like ordering art from Saatchi would make you feel pretty fancy.

3. Breaking Bad by Caleb Boyles: $40, Society6
          For the Breaking Bad fanatic. And, let's face it...who doesn't love that show?

4. Basketball Court Schematic Diagram Poster: $10.59+, Quantum Prints on Etsy
          Quantum Prints offers more than just basketball court diagrams. I think this is the coolest idea for a sports fan. It's better than just a sports poster or a mascot image.

5. Retro Gaming Poster: $18.24, Handz on Etsy
          For the gamer. I'm not sure if the youngsters going to college now would even recognize these controllers, but I like the idea of this graphic.

6. Number 86 by Jeff Larson: $40, Society6
          Color blindness is something that lots of guys have. What better thing to put in a guy's room than a color blindness test? Plus, if you aren't color blind, it still looks pretty cool.

7. Custom Watercolor Pet Portrait: $135 +: Coconut Towers on Etsy
          Dogs are man's best friend. So, why not gift a guy with some custom artwork of his bestie? This would be something they'd want to keep around for a while.

8. Bill Murray at Steve Zissou by Liana: $37, Society6
          For the West Anderson or Bill Murray Fan. This may look like a regular fisherman, but if you've seen The Life Aquatic, then this piece means a little more.

9.  Harley Davidson 1928 Patent Artwork: Prints from $36, Fine Art America
          Another diagram. I think diagrams are a really cool idea for guys' rooms. This one is for the guy who has a need for speed.

10. Tattoo by Mouni Feddag: $35, Society6
          This is for an artsier guy or the tattoo fanatic. I like how whimsical it is and all the bright colors.

Ok! Well, that's it. I hope you've seen something you like! Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

#WIPWednesday: A Tiger Cub


So, yesterday I said I'd be making a wall art shopping guide for guys, but I haven't quite found all the best art for them yet, so I'm showing you a #WIP for WIP Wednesday. Well, ok, it's only a work in progress because this photo is of the painting as it was drying. It's dry now.

I had planned to do this painting in time for the show at Chastain Park, but it was not to be. I had a custom order, though, for a child with an orange face, so I took advantage of the paint I'd already mixed when I was finished, and made this painting. And, I've posted it on my Etsy.

Also! I found out this week that I've been accepted as an exhibitor at the Morristown Armory Craft Market this October. So, if you're in the New Jersey area, come see me!

All right, that's it! Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Spinster Shopping: Wall Art


Graduation time is upon us, so you may be thinking of what sort of special thing you can get for your favorite grad. Or maybe you're just looking to update your own room. Whether you're decorating a dorm or a room in your gigantic house, some new wall art could add some fun and personal punch to your walls.

I did today's shopping with a dorm room and college-aged girl in mind, but fear not! I'll do a post on art for guys soon, too. So, let's get started!

1. Cactus n' Baskets Framed Art Print by Good Objects: $36, Society Six
          For your friend who loves plants but can't keep the real thing alive. Just frame some for her wall!

2. Monica Ramos Tiger Print: $30, Big Cartel
          This print is of wild things in a serene color palette. Great for a wild girl's peaceful oasis.

3. "Going to the Pool" framed print by Babeth Lafon: $35, Society Six
          This is called "going to the pool," but I think it also looks like some sort of study or travel kit. Great for a student.

4. Sunglasses Watercolor Illustration (Framed): $25, Sarah J. Jones Art on Etsy
          Ok, yes. This is a shameless plug. It comes framed, though, and it's perfect for the girl whose future's so bright she's gotta wear shades.

5. Kate Miss Composition 2:B: $20, Kate Miss Creative Studio
          For the minimalist in your life. Great if she doesn't know what colors she wants to use yet. Here's a ready-made palette.

6. Summertime Framed Art Print:$33, Swanderful Things on Society Six
          I love this. It's so simple and graphic, and it could help me feel like I was at the beach even when it's cold outside.

7. Library Masquerade by Marisol Spoon: $18-$195 depending on the options you choose, Marisol Spoon
          I saw Marisol Spoon for the first time at an art festival recently. Her husband makes all her frames, and they are amazingly intricate. This is a great piece for the quirky, artsy, or bookish girl.

8. Abstract Flower Illustration: $27, Studio Legohead on Etsy
          Studio Legohead also does custom pet portraits, and I think they're really cute. This, however, is also really cute and is a little more universal.

9. Fashion Wall Art: $20, AKR Design Studio on Etsy
          If you couldn't tell by all the other "objects" artwork I posted here, I'm liking that pretty well right now. I like that this is black and white and includes some accessories. It would pretty much go with any room. A close runner-up to this one, though, is this Denim Cutoff Collection from Good Objects.

All right! We're finished. Enjoy your shopping and have an excellent Tuesday!

Monday, May 23, 2016

Just for Fun: Dinosaur Print


Well, happy Monday to all of you! Today, I just have a little print for you. This would never be a possible print in production...unless it was a digital print. I've used eighteen colors so...yep. BUT! Zazzle has 30% off on clothing today, so...I made it into a tank top. They digitally print these things, so 18 colors isn't even a factor.

So...here it is!

Perfect for a trip to Jurassic Park! Jk. I hope that never exists. But...Happy Monday!

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Spinster Fun: Magical Happy Saturday


I'm a little under the weather, and so I haven't been sleeping so well for the past couple of nights. In the half sleep-half awake state, I think of random things. One night I just felt an aching need to google the Tina Fey/Taylor Swift feud. But, you already know all about that, I'm assuming. And, that's not what I'm talking about today.

So, in the middle of the night, I had what I thought was an amazing, magical idea. In my sleep-deprived daytime brain, this still seemed like an excellent idea. But then I made it. You know...I'm not a filmmaker. But, I still think it's kind of fun. It's like I magically can put this piece of paper back together and write backwards! Thanks, sleep brain!

Now, in case you still don't know what I'm talking about, and you need to see something magical this morning, here it is! Enjoy!


And, of course, have a happy Saturday!

Friday, May 20, 2016

Spinster Shopping: This Outfit I saw...


So, at one of the stoplights near my apartment, there's a bus stop. Most of the people who wait there look like they're college students, and I guess that makes sense. But of course they could be going anywhere. But that's not the point here.

A few days ago, I was in my car at the light, and I saw this girl crossing the street. She looked like a college student, wearing a backpack, but I thought her outfit was so cute. It was simple and casual, but it also looked like she'd made a little effort - but not too much. You know, the appropriate amount to go to class. So, I did a little searching, and I found some similar things. I don't think my body is conducive to this outfit anymore, but maybe yours is.

Let's look at what we've got here.

1. The Tee: $23 on Amazon:
          The girl who crossed the street was wearing a Lord of the Rings shirt made to look like the NASA Logo. Well, as good at googling as I think I am, I didn't find that tee within my 5 minute search. But, I think the actual NASA logo is pretty cool, and this tee is the same color scheme as hers was.

2. The Belt: $8.07, Asos:
          The skirt she was wearing didn't have belt loops, but she added a skinny tan belt to break up all the blue.

3. The Skirt: $14.60 on Amazon:
          So, I don't know if this girl's skirt was actually pleated chiffon. It was pleated, and it was flowy, and it hit at about mid thigh or a little lower. This is the part of the outfit I'd have to modify if I were going to try to wear this look. I'm not ready for a mid-thigh-length skirt anymore.

4. The Shoes: $44.99, Modcloth:
          This girl was wearing black and white spectator flats with cutouts on the side. They were cute, but I couldn't find any that really looked like hers. I think these are pretty cute, and they match back to the belt.

So, anyway, that's what a girl I saw this week was wearing, and I thought it was cute. Now I feel a little bit like a creeper. But Happy Friday!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Just For Fun: Quick Painting Video



This past weekend, as part of their Pentecost celebration, my church asked if I would perform a live painting during one of the songs the choir had planned. I was a little nervous because the song was only minutes long, and the paintings I usually do take many days from start to finish.

The first round was a little tough, and I was not pleased with the painting I created. However, I thinned out my paint a little and painted the ground of the canvas before the next rehearsal, and that one turned out much better! The one I made in the actual service could have been a little better composed, but for something that took five minutes, I think it turned out ok. Plus, it was fun!

So, I thought that, for fun, I'd make another, smaller one for this blog and for Youtube. I taped most of it wonderfully, but I didn't realize that, on the last round of filming, my phone decided to stop halfway through, so there's a chunk missing. Still, I thought I'd use the video anyway for fun.

Here it is...Check it out!



Love it? Need it? Have to have it? Well, you're in luck. I posted it on my Etsy store. I'm linking below in case you do. Just click the image, and it will take you where you need to go!


Happy Thursday!



Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Atlanta Spinstering: The Georgia Aquarium


Last night I had a special treat and went to the Georgia Aquarium. I like aquariums (or aquaria...I have discovered that there are two plural versions of this word) because they provide a way for me to interact with nature while still being inside in a temperature-controlled environment. For someone who sweats as much as I do, this is key.

The last time I went to an Aquarium, I believe I was in fifth grade, and it was the Baltimore Aquarium. It was wonderful. I remember they had quite a good showing in the bioluminescence department. But I digress.

I thought I'd share a couple photos and a couple videos with you today from my trip to the Aquarium.
Above you'll see a photo of an iridescent fish I quite liked. I liked the shimmer of its scales, but I also liked that this fish's lips looked like they could give Kylie Jenner a run for her money. Just saying.



The next photo is just of one of the environments the Aquarium had set up for some of its fish. I thought it was very pretty and very much like something we would have used as inspiration for a fashion print. The color combination is interesting.

Also, I didn't get a photo of the cuttlefish, but they are really amazing. I watched as they changed their colors right before my eyes. It was almost like they were showing off for me. I loved it.

I also took a few videos, and I thought I'd share those here as well. I'm embedding from Instagram since the files are already posted there. This is one I took of some very graceful jellyfish. I know they can sting you, but they really are very pretty.

A video posted by jonezee85 (@jonezee85) on

And my last video is just of some fish swimming around that I thought were so peaceful. I wish I had done this whole video in one long take instead of in two segments. I still think they're really graceful, though.

A video posted by jonezee85 (@jonezee85) on

Well, that's all I've got for you! If those videos aren't showing up, I think you can click through to Instagram, and they'll work. Enjoy! I need to get to work. Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Just For Fun: Banana Print


So, one of the CADs I did this weekend was of a banana I ate last week. Then, since I had the vector image, I decided to make a banana print. So, above you'll see the actual print repeat. I was lazy and only CADded one banana and just used it a lot of times. Below, you can see a closeup.



I feel like I should tell you to go bananas today. But perhaps you should just eat a banana. But maybe, if you feel it's appropriate, you should also go bananas.

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, May 16, 2016

A Spinsterly Graphic


So, I think we all know by now that I make my reference images in Illustrator. So, I was working on a bunch of different items this weekend, and I thought "why don't I make a spinsterly painting?" Well, I haven't actually made a painting yet...it's way down on the list, but if I do ever get to it, I made a reference image.

So, here's a spinster. It's me, in particular. I'm sure you knew that by now. I'm wearing my bathrobe, sitting weird in a chair, and holding a mug. The only thing missing is Miranda, but she hates to sit still for photos.

That's all I've got for you today. If you're hating your Monday, just think...you can go home tonight, have a shower, put on your bathrobe, and sit in a chair. Substitute a piece of pizza for that coffee. You don't want to be up all night.

Happy Monday!

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Spinster Fun: Face Doodles


Last night, through the use of someone else's Hulu password, I started watching The Path. It's the new Aaron Paul show about a cult and it's congregation. The cult has a lot of similarities to Scientology, though in the world of the show, Scientology also exists. Still, the cult itself seems loosely based on Scientology and a bunch of other 60s cults.

Anyway, last night while I was watching that, I indulged in a little face doodling. The two faces at the top are my favorites, but you can see below the whole page for fun. The sketchbook is bigger than my scanner, so I had to just take photo of the page. That's why it's got a gradient. Click on the image to view larger. To view even larger, open in a new tab.



Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go get on the dreaded treadmill. womp womp. Happy Saturday!

Friday, May 13, 2016

Spinster Thoughts: Tina Fey


Is it me, or is Tina Fey not very funny on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt? Last season she had that weird lawyer character that I assume was supposed to be funny but just made me sort of...uncomfortable (and not in a funny The Office sort of way). This season she's a therapist doing kind of a bad impression of Cecily Strong's "The Girl You Wish You Hadn't Started A Conversation With At A Party."

The thing is, I love Kimmy Schmidt. I also love Tina Fey. But something weird is going on here. I'm just going to go ahead and say this out loud, too: Sisters could've been funnier.

I find this all more than a little perplexing. I loved Tina Fey as Liz Lemon. I loved her on Weekend Update. I loved Date Night. When she and Amy Poehler hosted the Golden Globes, they killed it. So, what's going on here? Maybe she's just really busy? Too busy to be as funny as she usually is? I don't know the answer. I just needed to say this out loud.

Tituss Burgess, on the other hand, continues to split my sides.

And I know i'm late to the party on season 2 of Kimmy Schmidt. I'm watching it at a snail's pace so I don't have to wait as long between seasons next time.

Oh, and in case you didn't see this, please enjoy these penguins' reaction to this man's singing:

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Spinster Thoughts: It's Too Hot


Well, it's reached that point in Atlanta when opening the door to your apartment feels like opening the door to the oven to check on your cookies. The only difference is...well, you don't get cookies out of going outdoors here.

The pool at my apartment complex isn't open yet, and so I made this gif to explain how I feel about this weather. Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

More Doodles: Backpacks


Today I've got some more doodles for you. Just some backpacks. I'm still recovering from the weekend. haha.

Check back tomorrow for some WIP photos. Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Just Some Dog Doodles


Yesterday, I went at about half speed. I uploaded a bunch of stuff to my Etsy shop, unloaded all the paintings from my car, took some reference photos, and broke my desk lamp while using it as a base for my gorilla tripod. All in a day's work.

I ate some turkey noodle soup for dinner while watching Cake Masters, but before that, I did this page of random doodles. I'm not really sure why I added the hair dryer and round brush, but there you have it. That thing at the bottom is a Kong toy. If you have a dog, you know all about this.

Well, that's it. Have a happy Tuesday! I have to get back to full speed working today. Enjoy!

Monday, May 9, 2016

Weekend Recap and New Items on Etsy!

etsy-listings, featured-listings, animal-paintings

My first outdoor art festival is finished! It was hot and sweaty, but over all it was fun. I gave out about 75% of the 250 business cards I brought, so we'll see if I start painting all the portraits sometime soon.

In the meantime, I've added a few new things to my Etsy store. Above you can see a preview, but I'll be adding more throughout the week, so check back! You may also notice I've changed the name of my shop from "The Spinster Store" to "Sarah J. Jones Art." It seems more appropriate if I'm going to be posting my artwork there instead of spinster-themed goods.

Now, if you missed the festival this weekend, and you live in the Atlanta Area, you're in luck! I'm going to list a bunch of other festivals below that you can attend. I may not be an exhibitor (I'll let you know here if I am), but they're always fun to attend. I'm not sure if this list is absolutely complete, but it'll give you some ideas...

Upcoming Atlanta Festivals:


And, since a lot of you readers are in South Carolina, here are some for you, too!


You can find more shows by state and city on ArtFestival.com and Zapplication.org



One last note: I was sandwiched between two awesome artists' booths, and you should check them out! Silas Reynolds and his lovely wife were to my right. You can check out his work on Facebook. I'm hoping to do a trade with him soon. I love his dots. Fred Wise and his wife Jamie (I don't know if I spelled that right) were to my left. They have some very cool watercolors and a few larger pieces, too. Check out the Gallery Section on Fred's website. He has a lot of work, and I didn't even think to ask if we could trade. Sigh...next time.


Saturday, May 7, 2016

Chastain Park Arts Festival: Day 2


Yesterday was my first day at the Chastain Park Arts Festival. The setup was pretty intense because it was the first time I'd used my curtains and mesh walls. I think if I'm going to do many more of these things, I may need better implements. They don't look super great, but they'll work for now. Tonight I'll take everything down and take it all home. I'm not sure how that will work out yet.

Now, if you're living in Atlanta and are thinking about coming around to check out some things, I'll have a special treat for the first person to come by and ask about it. I'll have the below palette painting available for free to the first person to say "free art friday" to me at my booth. See below.



I'll also be posting this on Instagram, so you may have some competition! Good luck, and I hope to see you there!

Friday, May 6, 2016

#FAFATL: Mustached Man


It's Friday, and I'm putting the finishing touches on my tree painting in hopes that it will dry by tomorrow morning. I'll be running a lot of errands today, so I'll be dropping this little magnetic head somewhere around Atlanta. Be on the lookout!

Bonus! Stay tuned tomorrow. I'm going to have a special Free Art Friday piece at my booth for the first person who comes buy and says the code word. Happy Friday!

Thursday, May 5, 2016

One Last Painting Before The Show


My preparations for the Chastain Park Arts Festival are almost complete. I finished sewing my curtains yesterday, my mesh hanging walls are complete, and I even have a tote-cooler with some reusable cold packs...you know, for snacks. I still need to wire the back of a couple of paintings, make price tags, and make a list of everything I'll need to bring...oh...and this one last painting.

I decided to try a little something different for this show and paint something that's not a human or an animal. It's alive...but it's a tree. The only correct color in this painting right now is the light blue on the very bottom. Sometimes it takes me a little while to adjust the colors the way I want them. At times I think it would be nice if this photoshop command existed in real life. But then it wouldn't be a painting, and it wouldn't be quite so special.

I'm hoping to finish this painting before the show, but of course you can't really rush these things. So, we'll see if it gets done!

All right, I must get back to work, but Happy Thursday! It's almost the weekend!

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

A Satisfying Gif


One of my favorite things about painting portraits is cleaning the old paint out of the jars. If you know me, then you'll note that it's surprising that I want to clean anything at all. However, cleaning dried acrylic paint out of a plastic jar is exceedingly satisfying. It's so satisfying, I thought I'd share it with you so you could live vicariously.

Three more days until my first outdoor art festival, and I'll be putting the finishing touches my display curtains today. I'm ready for this thing to get started!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Spinster DIY: Packing Paintings


So, I've been getting ready for my very first outdoor art festival for several weeks now. Aside from the actual art-making, I've been doing all sorts of other things. There's the practice tent-setup, the display planning, and just logistics in general. There's an artist who lives lives near me who has been so gracious in fielding all my questions and giving me really good info and advice. I need to tell you to check out her work. But also, today's post is one of the tidbits she and her husband have given me that I like the best. I think you can use it, too.

Packing paintings and framed artwork can be a little dicey, especially when they're bigger than the standard size of bubble wrap or padded envelopes. Now, before I go any further, I have to tell you that this is just for carting things around in the car or maybe in a moving truck you're packing and operating yourself. I don't know that I'd just slip a painting in here naked and trust it to the post office. However, these reusable pouches are pretty amazing.

Above you'll see the illustrated instructions, but below I'll go into a little more detail.

1. First, you'll start with your painting.
          How big is it? At Home Depot, they offer two different sizes of bubble foil insulation. It's a little pricey, but if you're carting something worth more than a couple hundred dollars, then this'll do nicely. Plus, depending on the size, you'll be able to get more than one pouch out of a roll.

2. Purchase the correct size of insulation

3. To measure what size your pouch should be, lay the painting down on the unrolled foil and fold over. Leave enough at the top to fold over and make a flap. This is how you'll make sure your painting doesn't slip out.

4. Cut.

5. Tape the sides, but remember to leave the flap at the top.
          You can use any sort of packaging tape, gaffer's tape, or duct tape. I used the foil tape you get in the insulation section at Home Depot. Next time I may use something cheaper, but I do like how you can cut the right length and then peel the back off as you tape it down.

6. Tape on your string
          Now, you don't have to do this step if you'd rather tape it closed or use adhesive velcro. I think this is a nice way to close, though. I used a neon pink cording I found at Home Depot. (This is not a sponsored post...but Home Depot is closest to my apartment.)
          You'll want to leave at least six inches of string hanging down from the top flap. Then, wrap the string around the pouch toward the back. Just below where the flap will fall when folded over, tape down the string , but make sure there's some string left over to tie a bow. I like to wrap my string around the entire thing a couple more times before leaving enough length to tie a bow. I think this makes it more secure...you know, like those journals.

7. Slip your painting in, wrap the string around, and tie a bow! You've got a safe way to store or transport your artwork!

I think you could use this idea for lots of different things, but currently I'm using them for artwork transportation. Leave a comment here or on The Spinsterhood Diaries Facebook Page if you have more ideas!

Want to see all the paintings I'm transporting? Come find my booth this weekend at The Chastain Park Arts Festival!