Thursday, July 28, 2016

Spinstergram: New #WIP

It's been a couple weeks since I posted a #WIP photo. Currently I'm working on a project that I think may be a surprise, so I've decided not to show any more imagery of the person involved until I ship and know it's gifted. However, I think the dog is looking pretty good! Of course he's not finished yet, but hopefully he will be today.

If you want to stay up to date on the progress of this and other projects, you can follow me on Instagram (@Jonezee85). Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Atlanta Spinstering: The Foot Fan Returns

So, when I lived in New York, I lamented the fact that I had to use a window unit air conditioner. I only had one, and it was in the main room, not my bedroom. To help it along, I purchased a box fan and placed it at the foot of my bed. I slept a lot better without flaming feet.

Since I've lived in Atlanta, I've had the luxury of central air conditioning, and I have taken full advantage. There are also overhead fans in every room of my apartment. However, yesterday, with a heat index of 102, I decided it was time to bring out my old friend the foot fan.

What a delight! I slept like a little micro pekingese. I don't know how well they sleep, but they are the babiest things I have discovered on the internet in recent memory. The only problem was that I had a dream where my brother and sister told me I "lack integrity." I hope that dream does not come true.

If you suffer from the flaming feet as I do, I highly recommend a foot fan. If you're a spinster then you won't even have to consult anyone.

Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Obsession Confession: UnReal

unreal, lifetime-unreal, unreal-rachel

One of the TV shows that one some awards last round is Lifetime's UnReal. Now, I know Lifetime is known for cheesily addictive made-for-tv movies, but this's good. It's so good.

In case you haven't heard anything about the show, it chronicles the lives, work, and relationships of the staff, producers, and show-runners on a show called Everlasting. Everlasting is basically a fake version of The Bachelor, and I have heard tell that it's pretty realistic. After all, it was co-created by Sarah Gertrude Shapiro, who was once a producer on The Bachelor. Just saying...

So, if you need some drama in your life, I recommend UnReal. I'm having to watch it one episode at a time because I'm all caught up. BUT if you start watching the first season now, you'll have some binge time before the second season ends.

Happy Tuesday and happy binging!

Monday, July 25, 2016

Back From Vegas!


I've been back from Las Vegas since 5AM on Saturday Morning, and I'm still sleepy. BUT! It was really fun. Here are some of the highlights:

My friend Tash and I got to Las Vegas late on Tuesday night, and when we checked in, Bally's Las Vegas didn't have the room with two queen beds I had booked. Instead, they upgraded us to a suite in the Jubilee Tower that was bigger than my apartment. It was magnificent. We had two bathrooms, a dining room table, a bar, a sofa, two sinks on either side of the shower, and a view of the Paris Hotel's Eiffel Tower. It was amazing and amazingly inexpensive.

Bally's Las Vegas connects to Paris Las Vegas via a tunnel with restaurants and shops. Because my body was still on east coast time, I'd wake up around six every morning and have a stroll through the tunnel while having a coffee. The photo above is from a little seating area with tufted sofas and chairs just outside of the casino in the Paris where I had my coffee one morning. It feels like you're sitting outdoors because of all the building facades, but you also get the benefits of air conditioning. Best of both worlds.

We ordered room service for breakfast the next morning because, well, we had a dining room table, and we needed to use it. I know hotels charge a premium for room service, but I do so enjoy it. Were I a very wealthy spinster, I would surely order it more often.

Wednesday night, we did a little tour of the craziest hotels - The Bellagio, Caesar's Palace, The Venetian, and several more that I honestly just can't remember right now. The sheer excess was a little dizzying. I can't help wonder how a town with so much redundancy survives. and yet it does. I will say that the architecture, aside from being marred by the presence of slot machines, is truly spectacular.

One of my favorite things from this trip was a visit to the bar at the Mandarin Oriental that overlooks the strip. We had a plate of cheese, fruit, and charcuterie while we watched the sun set on the strip. Not only was it delicious, but it was really quite peaceful. The Mandarin has no casino, so it has a much more sophisticated and peaceful vibe.

Another excellent choice was having a late lunch in the Paris's Eiffel Tower. The restaurant overlooks the fountains in front of the Bellagio, but it also has really delicious food and excellent service. I highly recommend this.

All told, this was a fun first trip to Las Vegas. I feel like I'll go again, and I'll definitely be even more low key than I was this time. It's easy to get overwhelmed in that town.

Also, an interesting tidbit: The cheapest/least crowded times to go to Las Vegas are in August and October. You can get some really good prices on hotel rooms, which I'm sure you know. What you may not know: If you book your flight through Spirit Air or Frontier, they now charge in excess of $50 for carryons. So, if you still want to fly with them, perhaps you should pack all your clothes in a backpack.

All right! that's it from me. Happy Monday!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

See You Soon! (and a brief book review)

Well...I know I've been teasing you for some time about some "big news." However, I double checked yesterday, and I'm not sure I can share it yet. I am so sorry to lead you on this way.

However, I am getting ready to go to Las Vegas, and that is why I must make a "see you soon" post. I won't be gone for that long, but I'm going to allow myself to recover and wait until next week to post again. In the meantime, if you'd like to follow along with what happens in Vegas that won't need to stay there, you can follow my Instagram (@Jonezee85).

And if you were planning to burgle my place, too bad, so sad. There will be someone staying here all day erryday.

In other news, in the middle of the night when I couldn't sleep, I finally finished Kate Bolick's Spinster. Unfortunately, I don't think I can recommend this for your summer reading list. It took me over a year to read this book. Instead of a rollicking celebration of single-ness that I expected, it's more like reading someone's master's thesis partnered with a diary of their own self-discovery. In other words, it's pretty dry.

I so wanted to love this book. I wanted it to be a power ballad for spinsters everywhere. Instead, it reads a little like a research paper, and on the whole, none of the women reported upon in this book were actually spinsters in the strictest sense of the word. They were either divorced, widowed, partnered, cohabitation, or lesbians. So...not really spinsters at all. This is briefly mentioned in the last part of the book, but it hardly makes up for my dashed hopes.

Plane reading, purchased before my reading list was created: Kevin Kwan's China Rich Girlfriend. I read Crazy Rich Asians last summer, and now I'm back for more. I hope this one is as much a fun summer read as the last one.

Happy Tuesday! See You Soon!

Monday, July 18, 2016

This Weekend's Doodle: Colored

This weekend, I decided to do a little sketching while I was keeping Miranda company on my couch. I took a photo of the one you see above and posted it on my Instagram. This morning, though, I thought it would be fun to color it in Photoshop. So, here we have it!

I decided to sketch this lady in the 90's/early 2000's style tumblr is telling me is the thing right now. I kind of wish I could wear crop tops, but at the same time, I'm almost 31, and I like to eat, so... never mind. I'll just draw them instead and share t hem with you!

Stay tuned for some fun news tomorrow! Happy Monday!

Friday, July 15, 2016

Spinstergram: Another photo of Miranda

My dog is the cutest. She can't help it. She's just adorable. I took this photo of her this morning. She's decided this chair is hers now.

One of the things I love about Miranda is that she's so friendly. Whenever I have a guest saying with me, she's so excited. In the morning, she sits in front of their door until they come out, and then she greets them with her sweet enthusiasm. What a welcoming party!

In this photo, she's just starting at me while I watch the Today show. I love her.

Happy Friday!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Spinstergram: The Hungry Little Puppy

My dog, Miranda, knows that human food is more delicious than her dog food. Lucky for her, she has a face so cute that her begging is often successful. Every morning she waits for me to eat my breakfast, a forlorn look in her eye, until I finish and set my dish on the floor for her to lick. This morning, this was that face.

In case you weren't aware, I love my dog. I think she's the best. She was definitely worth the trip to Athens that day I went to pick her up from the humane society. She'll be two years old August first, and I think I might have to get her a special doggy cake...or maybe just some beef.

I hope your breakfast was as delicious as Miranda thought mine was. Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Spinster Food: Curate Bars

At the festival a couple weeks ago, one of the snacks they were giving out was a bunch of Curate Bars. They're each about 200 calories, but they're made with good ingredients that will keep you full. My current favorite is Berry Bliss, with berries, flax seed, chia seeds, and quinoa. It's goat a nice little crunch and the tartness of blackberries.

These are a little hard to find, though. Not every grocery store carries them. Some of the Krogers around Atlanta carry a small selection, but yesterday I found whole boxes at Target. Score!

So, if you can find them, I highly recommend Berry Bliss. If you can't find them in your local store, you're in luck! I just found them on Amazon.

All right. That's it for me. Snack away, and have a happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Another Print and Five Things To Check Out

So, I've been perusing the internet as usual. And today I have some more things I think you should know about. Also, here's a vintage-inspired blue rose print. I made it last week (I think). I think it could be a cute desktop background.

Ok, let's get to those links:

1. Embroidered Pet Portrait Jewelry
          Kathy Halper Designs on Etsy makes these amazing little hand-embroidered pet portraits for you to hang around your neck. I love these. They're a little pricey, but I think they're totally worth it, especially since she's doing it by hand.

2. Crossing The Street On A Rainy Day Tee
          This print by Swanderful Things on Society Six comes in many different embodiments, but I think I like the tee best.

3. Lip Balm with a flower inside
          I doubt this looks any different than any other lip balm when it's applied, but the object itself is so beautiful, I'm not sure I care. It's $14.92 on Ali Express.

4. Ramen Tee Shirt
          I love the idea of this tee shirt. I just wish the print placement was about three inches higher. If you love it, though, you can also get it as a print from Arlakay on Society Six

5. Jessica Jorgensen Art
          I can't remember how I first came across this Etsy shop, but I love her pencil sketches.

All right! that's it for me! Happy Tuesday!

Monday, July 11, 2016

Another Print...And Some Dog Houses!

Ok, so I skipped a couple of days. I have been super busy for the past few days, and you shall know why soon! Today's image is a nautical scarf, and as in the last few posts, it really has nothing to do with the content of this post. So sorry.

Now for what I need to tell you about. You may already have known about this, but just in case you didn't, there are some really fancy dog houses out there. So, I just thought I should share some of them via links with you. I think yo will enjoy them.

1. Dog Trailers
          Look at these adorable airstream-like dog trailers for the puppy on the go!

2. Dog Log Cabin
          Look how adorably rustic this is. It looks like someone spent quite a bit of time on this.

3. Dog Mansions
          Some of these insane dog mansions cost more than my car. In fact...I think most of them do.

4. Custom Dog Houses
          La Petite Maison makes both custom dog houses and children's play houses. Perusing this website is a must.

5. This whole slide show of the best DIY dog houses.
          My favorite is the little chihuahua in its little Mexican dog house.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Just another print.

Well, the past couple of days have been super busy, and I haven't been thinking many spinsterly thoughts. So, here's another print. Enjoy! 

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Another Print and Some Book Recommendations

This morning on the treadmill, I finished listening to The Sympathizer. I haven't quite had time to process how I feel about it, so I'm not ready to write a review of any kind. Last week, I finished reading Sarah's Key in book form, not audio. That book was great, and I promptly watched the movie....which, as always, was not as good as the book (in my opinion). So, I was (and am) on the hunt for some new summer reading.

Yesterday, I posted a request on Facebook for people to give me their book recommendations for summer reading. So far, I've gotten some good leads, and I thought you might want access to this list, too!

As for the print, it really has nothing to do with this post. I just don't have an image for a reading list, and I made this print yesterday from the drawings of succulents I did for the show a few weekends ago.

Now, here's that list:

1. The Nightingale by Kristin hannah

2. I'm Your Biggest Fan by Kate Coyne

3. Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

4. The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley

5. Balls by Julian Tepper

6. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

7. The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera

8. A Time To Kill by John Grisham

9. Ken Follett's Century Trilogy

10. Sycamore Row by John Grisham

11. The Man From Beijing by Henning Mankell

12. Cross Justice by James Patterson

13. Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman

14. American Gods by Neil Gaiman

15. The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson

16. The Life We Bury by Allen Eskins

17. Burying The Honeysuckle Girls by Emily Carpenter

18. The Winter's Tale by William Shakespeare

19. The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom

20. 1599: A Year In The Life Of William Shakespeare by James Shapiro

I'm hoping this list develops even further in the coming days, so if it does, you can look forward to more recommendations from my Facebook friends! Do you have any recommendations for me? Leave a comment below!

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

This insane print

So, more CAD experiments took place yesterday. I decided to use this image I found on Pinterest as inspiration for a print. I thought it would be a fun, bright, graphic thing. Well. As you can see, it looks insane. The repeat is messed up on this, but I didn't bother to fix it because...well, obviously I'm not going to use this insanity.

But then...I guess I did just use it here. I thought you might need help waking up a little this fine Wednesday. I suppose now that you've looked at this, you don't need any coffee.

All right. Back to work. Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Spinspiration: CAD Experiments

Over the weekend, I decided to do some CAD work while Miranda sat next to me like the sweet little cuddle bug she is. So, I thought I'd share some of the images with you just for fun. The first one is a geometric rug. Miranda would happily dismantle a new toy on this thing, covering it with fuzz.

I thought of the above image as a spring scarf, but I suppose it could be a big ol' square rug, too.

This one was a bit of an experiment for me. I painted 1/4 of the repeat with watercolor, and then I brought it into Photoshop and then Illustrator to make the repeat. I think I like the texture.

All right. Well, I hope you had an excellent Fourth of July! Happy Tuesday!

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Spinster Shopping: Four Items

I haven't done a shopping guide in quite a while, and I don't know if I think this really qualifies as one. Today I just wanted to share with you four things I recently purchased that I quite like. So, here goes!

1. DW Home Caribbean Breeze Candle:
          I got a small version of this candle at Marshalls for $2.99. I purchased it because it smells like my aunt Millie's house, and I love that smell. I don't know how she achieves the smell in her home, but for me, this candle will have to do.

2. S&T Always Off Makeup Removal Cloths:
          I bought these at Walmart on a whim, and they are so excellent. I was my face like regular, and then I go in with a damp one of these cloths, and you would not believe the amount of makeup that's still on my face. Now I feel like if I wash my face without one of these, i'm asking for trouble.

3. Cole's Cheese Sticks:
          I was at the grocery store buying spaghetti sauce when I decided to see if they had any bread I'd like to have with my meal. These Cheese sticks, in the freezer section, are out of control. They're dangerously good, but also high in calories, so be careful...

4. Women's Elke Slide Sandals from Target:
          Before I bought these, I'd been wearing the same pair of sandals for three summers. It was time to get a new pair. Thankfully for me, Target had these guys, and they were on sale for $18.95. I bought the gold ones, and I love them. Here's hoping they last the next three summers.

Ok, that's all for today! Happy Sunday!

Friday, July 1, 2016

Spinster Binge: Mr. Robot

Recently I've been doing something I thought belonged in the last century...or at least the last decade. What is it? I've been watching a tv show in real time. I've been waiting a week between episodes, and it's excruciating. The show is Preacher, and if I'm honest, I'm not 100% sure what's going on there.

The thing about watching a show in real time is that there are commercials...and you can't help but see - or maybe just hear - them. And that's how I heard about Mr. Robot. The show is from USA Network which, until now, I had thought was just a vehicle for Law and Order marathons. Apparently they create original content as well. The crazy thing is that it's good. Like, legitimately good.

The show revolves around Elliot, a coder at a cyber security firm that handles large businesses. He is the best guy they have, and he's always called in to stop viruses, etc. I know, I know. That sounds boring. But it really isn't. It's fascinating, and there are also some really excellent sub plots. All told, I think I'd categorize this show as a dramatic psychological thriller with lots of crime - both cyber and IRL.

I finished the first season (on Amazon Prime) yesterday. Then, I realized the second season doesn't start until July 16, and I'll have to watch that as it airs. This is going to be very painful, but I imagine it will also allow suspense to build week to week.

If you're looking for a thrilling new show to watch, I suggest Mr. Robot. It's not what you'd expect from USA...and by that, I mean it's not a Law and Order marathon.