Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Spinstergram: My First Quilt

As I mentioned yesterday, my first quilt is finished! It's pretty big, so I had a hard time taking a photo of it. Miranda, of course, has already claimed it as her own. It's not perfect, but I think it's a good first try. Let's talk about what makes up the quilt.

The Squares (from top left to bottom right):

1. Spoleto Festival USA 1998 Tee Shirt with art by Claus Oldenberg

2. A Beetles Tee from my aunt, Marsha, that is very dark and tonal, so you can't really see their faces in this photo

3. A Tee I screen printed with my friend Pat's face on it. She's an awesome artist and illustrator, so you should check out her website here.

4. Penland School of Crafts Textiles Tee from the summer I went there to learn weaving and dying.

5. A Converse College tee. I cut off the first and last letters, and I wish I hadn't, but I was just trying to make all the squares a uniform size.

6. AEO Better World Tee: This was our volunteer uniform when I worked at American Eagle Outfitters. I wore this one time cleaning up trash along the hudson river. I will not tell you all the sorts of filth I discovered there.

7. "WE 💙#18" Tee I made when my brother was playing college baseball.

8. "I'm Big On The Pig" Piggly Wiggly Tee (back side)

9. A tee shirt my sister designed when she was working for Creator Designs.

10. "This Girl Can Work It." I got this tee in college from Delia's, I think. After I bought it, though, I thought it was weird to wear this shirt, so I wore it under another shirt all the time.

11. Derby Day Sumter tee my cousin Katie designed. Unfortunately, Miranda wanted to lay on top of that.

12. A Citadel tee.

13. Spoleto Festival USA 2003 tee shirt with art by Susan Rothenberg.

14. Troy University tee from when my brother in law worked there on the coaching staff.

15. University of South Carolina Student Gamecock Club tee. If you joined the student gamecock tee for $25 when I was a student at USC, you could have a free ticket to every game.

16. The front graphic from that same Piggly Wiggly tee.

17. Cute Alligator tee I got from Delia's in college.

18. A Ninja tee drawn by Olivia Sui that I got for free when I interned at Anna Sui

19. Spoleto Festival USA 2002 tee with art by Elizabeth Murray

20. Hanson concert tee from when my friend Sydney and I went to see them at House of Blues. This is the back of the tee.

21. Anna Sui illustrated tee I got when I interned there.

22. My favorite solid teal tee from college. It was from Urban Outfitters, and because I was so tiny in college and everyone wore tight tees then, it was very tiny.

23. Greenville tee from Greenville, SC

24. Tee from the Art Institute of Chicago museum.

25. P15's American Legion Baseball team tee from when my brother played for them.

26. Feline Meow tee I got from Maria Nichol when I visited London. Loved this tee, but I gained a bunch of weight when I moved to Atlanta, so I couldn't wear it anymore. :(

27. Tee from my first student event at FIT.

28. Johnny Cupcakes tee. In my first year in New York, I took a trip to Boston on the train. I bought this tee, but I never really wore it that much.

29. Spoleto Festival USA 1977 tee with art by Christan Thee. Obviously I didn't get this tee in 1977. I think they might have brought this one back one of the years I went.

30. The front of the Hanson concert tee. I accidentally put this one in upside down, and I didn't even realize it until I was quilting that square. Adds character.

Ok, so the other things: I only use fitted sheets on my bed, so the light blue color is made from a top sheet I've had for years but never used. The border (which is actually wrapped around from the back) is from a set of sheets I got on Gilt when I lived in New York. Believe it or not, I actually wore a hole in the fitted sheet, so I just had the top sheet lying around.

That's it! That's my quilt. I'm very excited to have finished it, but now I want to make another.

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, November 28, 2016

Paper Flowers and Turkey Time

As you might have guessed, I went out of town for Thanksgiving. I ate everything, and now there is no food left in the United States. Thanks, Donald. Gosh.

While I was gone, I finished my quilt and also binged on Netflix's The Crown. The quilt is in the washing machine as I write this, but I shall post a photo of the finished product soon enough. The Crown was excellent, but I need more episodes immediately. I highly recommend it. My mom and I watched the whole thing in a matter of two or three days. That's how I finished the quilt in such short order. My right index finger has a callus.

Above, you'll see a photo of one of my other recent projects, some watercolor paper flowers. They're not quite finished yet, but I think they look lovely.

Today I start working on a list of Christmas orders. I'm thankful to have so much work this time of year. I should be busy up until the week of Christmas, I think.

All right. Now I have to get on the treadmill. Happy Monday!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Two Things from Tumblr

grilled-cheese-illustration, grilled-cheese-graphic

So, I have this bad habit of waking up super early and then spending lots of time checking all my social media. One of my favorite early morning websites is Tumblr. I feel like most of the people I'm following are probably in high school or college, which feels a little weird. On the bright side, though, they keep me hip (I guess).

The first thing I saw (and I could have seen this before, but if you haven't seen it, you need to) was this video about grilled cheese:

And then, there was this story about a man making silly requests at a hotel:


The comments below the post are the best. Former hotel employees say they actually like strange requests because it breaks up the monotony. So, start thinking of requests for your holiday hotel bookings!

Also, in my search for this video, I also found this picture of a man in a cheese suit. Enjoy!

Monday, November 21, 2016

Spinstergram: White Elephant Gift

So, I love a good white elephant gift exchange. I like the opportunity to think of the weirdest, creepiest, funniest gift possible. Unsurprisingly, this year that included a portrait. I thought it would be so funny if someone who was not the person depicted ended up with the portrait.

Some groups say that the white elephant exchange includes requiring each person to display their gift in their home for an entire year. That wasn't the case with our game, but I think the recipient will.

So, my gift was this portrait of one of our hosts, John. To jazz it up, I bought a dollar store frame and added some sculpted details. Notice that the bow at the top has a head in the center...just to be weird. Then I added a ribbon banner at the bottom with his name. Then, as you can see, I spray painted the whole frame gold.

One person opened the gift, and I'd say it was a hit. And then it was stolen by one of John's best friends who, I think, will actually hang it in her home. My day was made.

All right. I must do work. Happy Monday!

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Spinster Reading List: Avi's True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle

So, a couple months ago, I was in my childhood bedroom, and I'd forgotten to bring a book. So, I looked in the closet, and I found True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi. I remember reading this book for summer reading in middle school (I think), and liking it. For a long time, on surveys when I was asked to name my favorite book, I'd say this one.

The book is small and light, and I believe it falls into the "young adult" category. That means, it's an easy read. What I thought was most interesting, though, was that Avi has somehow managed to capture the thought processes and reasoning of someone Charlotte Doyle's age.

While I think it's weird this author goes by only one name, I do think the writing is fun and interesting. There was a little too much detail about the actual workings and physical construction of a ship. Personally, I feel like I could have done without that. However, I guess if I were in middle school and somehow learning about a ship was useful to me, then perhaps this would be a fun way to learn.

I also would like to say that I wasn't really expecting the ending to be what it was. I will not spoil it for you, but it kind of surprised me. Not in a "what!?!?" kind of way but more like "huh, that's interesting."

All right. That's it for me. Happy Saturday!

Friday, November 18, 2016

Spinster Screening: Saint Vincent

bill-murray-saint-vincent, saint-vincent

So, today's movie came out a couple years ago, and I meant to see it, but I never did. So, when I saw it was on Netflix a few days ago, I watched it.

I like Bill Murray, but after his weird Christmas special, I wasn't so sure this was going to be good. However, with the help of Melissa McCarthy and a super sweet child, this movie is a winner.

Before you go and put this in your queue for family movie night, I must tell you that there are quite a few off color moments. Murray carries on a relationship with a "lady of the night." All in all, though,  it's the classic story of a grumpy guy who actually has a heart of gold. I definitely recommend this one if you're looking for a feel-good Friday night.

All right! That's it for me! Happy Friday!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Sorry...Another Gif Of My Face

Today...is another gif of my face. Sorry!

If you follow me on Instagram, you've probably already seen this gif, but for some reason it was really fast on Instagram. So, here's the intended speed.

Don't forget that Fantastic Beasts comes out this weekend. That has nothing to do with this post, but I'm very excited.

Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Spinster Gif: Hair Color

So, a couple years ago, I made a gif about coloring your hair. For some reason (I'm not sure why now...it's been on my desktop for over a week) I decided to make a photographic version. To be honest, I'm at least 50% embarrassed I spend time making this. Perhaps that's why it sat on my desktop for so long.

I suspect that one of the reasons I made this gif was because I wanted to know what I would look like with lavender hair. I have wanted to dye my hair lavender for a couple years now, but I'm pretty sure I won't do it. I lack the perseverance to maintain a dye job of any kind, and I hear the crazy colors don't even last very long.

In any case, here's this gif. Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Audible Spinstering: American Heiress

On the treadmill yesterday, I finished listening to Jeffrey Toobin's American Heiress: The Wild Saga of Kidnapping, Crimes, and Trial of Patty Hearst. It was long.

Before I start this, I have to say that Patty Hearst's whole ordeal began two years before my parents were even married - eleven years before I was born. So, needless to say, I have no memory of this news story from any sort of primary source. However, I've seen a few things about it over the years - mostly in relation to Stockholm Syndrome - and so I thought it would be interesting.

The book itself mostly focuses on the five years from Hearst's kidnapping to her release from prison, and at times, I felt like I was listening to it in real time. There were a lot of details. I'm sure they were all necessary, but somehow this book manages to dissect occurrences that could have been really exciting in such a way that makes them...a little dry. I do wonder, however, what someone who was alive for these events would think of this telling.

The thing I came away with from this book was a feeling that Patty Hearst is (or was then) adaptive, pragmatic, and possibly conniving. I think she really did join the SLA, but I'm not sure if it was because she really believed in it, just thought it was cool, or actually feared for her own survival. But then, I think perhaps that's the question everyone takes away from this story. Perhaps it's a more nuanced issue than just brainwashing, Stockholm Syndrome, or counter-cultural young rebellion. Who can say, really, except for Patty herself?

In the beginning of the book, Toobin seemed pretty fond of the word "argo," using it at least ten times to describe the way the SLA (and later Patty) expressed themselves. I feel like I notice that more when I'm listening to a book than I normally would if I were reading. Though, the word "sumptuous" does haunt me from my last encounter with the writing of Kevin Kwan.

In any case, I'm not sure if I recommend this book. It's pretty long, and I feel like it would have made a much better documentary with Ken Burns-style scrolling stills.

All right. That's all I have to say about that. Happy Tuesday!

Monday, November 14, 2016

Spinstergram: Weekend Creations

This weekend I did a little work fulfilling orders from the flash sale, but on my Sunday night, I did some other kinds of creating.

After my halloween project with the paper flowers, I wanted to try some other kinds. This is one kind I tried to perfect last night. I watched some Youtube videos beforehand, but I think I still want to try more kinds. These were fun and easy to make, though.

Next, this photos is actually from Saturday, but I definitely did a bunch of quilting sunday night, too. I just particularly liked the design of the stitching here.

Since this is my first quilt, it's far from perfect. But, I'm enjoying the experiment, and the quilt is already very warm and soft. Miranda approves.

When you think about this being my ideal weekend evening activity, it's no wonder that I'm a spinster. But I can't help it that quiet creation is my favorite. I think I would consider joining quilting bee, though.

All right. I hope your Monday is full of things you enjoy...or at least a good coffee or tea treat. Happy Monday!

Friday, November 11, 2016

Holiday Shopping: $10 FLASH SALE!!!

Happy Friday, Everyone! I've got an exciting Friday Treat for you! Today, I'm having a FLASH SALE!

Ok, so here's the deal:

I'm running a special on this style of portrait ONLY:

So, TODAY ONLY, you can get a digital file to print on your end (on photo paper or card stock or stationary or tee shirts - whatever you want) for JUST $10! Woohoo!

If you haven't started your holiday shopping yet, this might be a great place to start. And if you do want the deal, here are the guidelines:  


1. All information must be sent via email only. No texts. No Facebook messages. Visit the contact page of www.sarahjjonesart.com for the email address. Somehow I feel like it's weird to post the email straight on this blog.

2. In the subject line of the email write "Digital Portrait Flash Sale"

3. All information must be received before 7 AM tomorrow morning. (That's Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 7 AM)

4. Payment accepted via PayPal or VenMo only. 

5. Ok, now here's what to include in the email:

  • A good photo of the person or pet you'd like depicted in the photo. It should be unobstructed and hopefully the largest file you have. The clearer the photo, the better the portrait will turn out.
  • Colors:
    • Background Color:
      • I suggest White or Cream. If you're putting this on a tee shirt, I suggest while.
    • Outline Color:
      • Black, Brown, or Navy:
        • Both of the above portraits are done in Navy. I feel like that's the best color, but I'm open to your thoughts.
    • Two Overlay Colors:
      • The colors that will be behind the face. This is the yellow and blue in the image of the man. 
      • Good options are colors that look good when mixed. Here are some ideas:
        • Red + blue = purple
        • Yellow + blue = green
        • Red (or pink) + Yellow = Orange
      • You can also look up "color palettes" on pinterest and send me a screen shot of a color idea you like. 
  • Size:
    • I can literally send you any size you want. It's better to go with a large size if you're not sure what you want, but here are some standard sizes that will be easy to frame:
      • 4x6
      • 5x7
      • 8x10
      • 11x14
      • Anything Square - Squares are easy to scale, so if you know you want something to be square, it's good to go with something big, and you can size it down later if you want. 
Ok! that's it! I hope this wasn't confusing. I tried to simplify it as much as possible.

Now, if you're looking to get one of these done, but you're not sure what you'd like to do with it, here are some ideas. I got them all from Zazzle:

1. A Tee Shirt:

2. A  Water Bottle

3. A Framed Print:

4. Wrapping Paper:

OK! Now Choose a photo and send me some orders!

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Spinster Uniform: A Sketch

I made today's illustration a while ago while sitting on the sofa. Not surprising, I know.

I think I actually made this sketch after a day of freelancing when I came home an put oaths outfit. The freelance gig was a fun one. I wen too a brainstorm session for a marketing department, and they just needed me to sit there and illustrate their ideas. I love when I get one of those.

All right. Time for me to do some work. Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Photoshoppery: Donald Trump's New Hair

Welp. I guess we have a new president elect. To be honest, I'm a little worried. If nothing else, someone needs to talk to this man about his look. I can't imagine, though, that he hasn't had access to the best image consultants money can buy.

So, in efforts to help the ol' Donald, I decided I'd help him pick out some new haircuts. I found the original picture in this article on Dr. Hurd . com. Now let's look at my suggested changes.

First, I decided to do something subtle. I toned down the skin color, evened it out, and clipped some of the extra off of Donald's hair. This is, perhaps, what Donald Trump might look like if his skin were amore natural color. Doesn't he look so respectable with a trim?

Next, we have some hair I stole from George Clooney. Clooney's always been known for having trendsetting haircuts, so I thought it appropriate Donald try out his look. The result is decidedly Reagan-esque.

A little further from his conservative fanbase but still hearkening to Reagan, we have this suave look with shaved sides. This would certainly appeal to the young people.

Taking it even further, we have a look I've borrowed from Justin Bieber. This actually makes Trump look like a chubby David Bowie. And we all know he fancies himself a blonde.

Lastly, if Trump really wants to be really daring, he could take a page from Harry Styles's book and just let it flow. This may require hair transplants from Milania or even just a straight up wig.

I hope this has lightened your heart. Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Election Day: Who Will Win?

So, I haven't been this interested in an Election...ever. I think this whole thing has been a three-ring circus. I can't wait to see the outcome. A lot of people are really concerned about the outcome, and so am I. I'm just more fascinated than I am concerned.

So, I made this gif today for the election. I am sorry to say I didn't pay attention to the placement of the question mark, and by the time I realized it wasn't centered, I'd already done too much work to move it.

If you haven't voted yet, get out there! Decision 2016! And have a happy Tuesday!

Monday, November 7, 2016

Monday Thoughts: Quilting and a Song

As you can see, I've been working on a tee shirt quilt. I had a lot of tee shirts I'd - ehem - grown out of. I'm enjoying feeling productive while I watch Netflix.

On a totally unrelated note, the other day I was in the new Tuesday Morning that's opened near my apartment. It's really big and organized and wonderful. The only problem is that the one time I went in there, they were playing really sad/bittersweet music. Like...can we please get something a little more upbeat?

The one they played that day that's really been stuck in my head is one I don't think I'd heard by Elton John, and now it's been stuck in my head for over a week. I'd like to punch it in the face because...ugh.

All right. Here it is. Don't enjoy.

Happy Monday! (if you can)

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Hillary the Tarsier

So, Donald Looked like a baby bird, but Hillary looks decidedly like a Tarsier. Her face may look crazy in this photoshoppery, but her hair is still on point.

So sorry I'm giving you nightmares with these photoshop edits. I just...they make me laugh.

Happy Saturday!

Friday, November 4, 2016

#FAFATL: My Old Pallette

So, I don't actually mix my painting colors on a palette. Instead, I mix them in jars so my mixing doesn't dry up too fast. I do test them, however, on a canvas that I call my palette. I also wipe my brush on it.

Every now and then the palette gets a little too lumpy, so I need to start a fresh one. Today's #FAFATL is made from one such palette. I've painted over it, and then I decided I'd add some resin, and then I decided to add some glitter, and it all got a little out of hand. But it's Free Art Friday, which means it's free. So. If anyone wants this crazy glittery thing, I'll be dropping it somewhere around Atlanta keep your eyes peeled on Instagram (@Jonezee85).

Happy Friday!

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Donald The Baby Bird

After yesterday's Big Eyes post, I need to make some more weird photoshoppery. So, I photoshopped Donald Trump to have big eyes, and now he looks like a baby bird.

I'm just going to leave this here. Do with it what you will.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Netflix and Spinster: Big Eyes

Last night I finally watched Big Eyes. I'd been meaning to watch it for a while, and now it's on Netflix.

I haven't got a whole lot to say about this movie except that I liked it. I liked the cast, and I liked the story. I think you should watch it.

 It also inspired me to make this creepy photoshop image. Believe it or not, this started from a photo of my own face. enjoy your nightmares.

Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Same Shape, Two Prints

Yesterday I was looking at my Pinterest, and I saw these earrings. I'm not sure when or why I pinned these, but I thought the elements could be pretty cool as a print. So I whipped up a couple really quick, and here they are!

I think the first version in this post is my favorite. I think it's nice and graphic, but it's also sort of a stripe. And also...it's sort of Art Deco-ish.

Here's the second one:

I think this one is pretty cool because it makes use of all the shapes created by the lines. However, I feel like the lines throughout make it kind of look chopped up. Is that a good thing? I'm not sure what I think.

I've scheduled this to post at 7AM, so by the time you're reading it, I'm already off to a super fun freelance gig...that I can unfortunately not tell you about because I signed an NDA.

All right! Happy Tuesday, and welcome to November!