Monday, December 26, 2016

Post-Christmas Post

Hello to all! I'm not quite ready to start back up with the daily posts. You may have noticed that I took some time off between posts before Christmas. I had a bunch of work to do, but now I'm all caught up! Since I know these two have been given to their recipients already, I thought I'd share some of the orders I did for Christmas. Of course, if you follow my Instagram, you've already seen these. Hopefully I'll get the go-ahead on a few more within the next week, so I can share those, too!

I should be back to posting regularly after New Year's Day. Until then, check out this dog portrait:

That's it for me! Happy Monday-after-Christmas!

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Spinster Pins: Giftwrap

One of my favorite things about the holiday season is wrapping gifts. So, I made a gif of my wrapping a gift for today's post. BUT today's post is about some cute giftware ideas for those of you who want to take your wrapping game to the next level. Below I'll list some of the ones I liked best!

1. Fat Mum Slim's "20 Beautiful Ways to Wrap With Brown Paper"
          I love wrapping with kraft paper, so this post was absolutely delicious to me. I especially like the ideas with pompoms and the paper bows.

2. Instax Share Gift Tags:

A photo posted by jonezee85 (@jonezee85) on
Ok, so this was my idea, but I think it's great. Especially if you have the printer and not just the camera. That way you can use any photo you like as the gift tag.

3. Stitched Up Giftwrap from A Pair and a Spare
          I love this idea. It's such a fun and different thing to do. I also thin it's probably a great way to send gifts that you'll be shipping instead of hand carrying.

4. Animal Giftwrap from Kikki.K
          This isn't necessarily Christmas-specific, but I think it's so cute for kids or animal lovers. You can make it more christmasy by using christmas colors or making narwhals, reindeer, and polar bears.

5. Black Giftwrap Ideas from Apartment Therapy
          In case you want to do something a little different this year.

6. Homemade Food Gift Packaging Ideas from A Taste of Home
          Good for friends and neighbors...and anyone who likes to eat!

7. DIY Origami Bows from Fun Crafts Kids
          If you find yourself without ribbon - or if you're just tired of using ribbon - this is a really pretty alternative.

If you've already reached expert level at wrapping gifts, you may want to purchase this Gangsta Wrappa tee for yourself. It's about $28, but it tells everyone who's boss.

A few bonus tips:

1. I like to use Satin Acetate ribbon (as in the gif above) to make my bows. It's a little hard to find, but if you search for that on Amazon, you'll come up with a few results. You can also find it sometimes at a florist shop.

2. My mom likes to use satin blanket binding instead of ribbon when she needs an extra wide bow. It's a really nice, pretty touch.

3. My mom also often uses freezer paper instead of white wrapping paper. It's nice and thick and doesn't tear as easily as some white giftwrap.

4. You can purchase wrapping paper at the dollar tree. That's where I got the wrapping paper in the gif above. It's not the nicest or thickest, but my niece is just going to rip it off anyway, so...not super important.

5. You can iron your old tissue paper as long as you don't use steam.

Ok, happy Saturday and happy wrapping!

Friday, December 16, 2016

Gift Guide: Hidden Treasures

A couple years ago, I heard about Money Soap. The idea is that you get a bar of soap, and when you've used it all, there's money inside. It could be anywhere between one dollar and fifty. It's basically the long-game version of a scratch-off card. This, I think, makes it a fun option for the person who has everything.

After doing a little research, I discovered that money soap isn't the only sort of gift with a hidden treasure. So, today's gift guide gives you some of those options!

1. Money Soap: $14.95, Amazon
          This is a good gift for the guy who has everything. I'm not sure how it really smells, but the green color makes me think a guy would use it. Here's hoping it contains more than $14.95.

2. Pyramid Cash Candle: $19.99, Amazon
          This is a little pricey, but a lot of other candles are more expensive. And they don't come with money

3. Leo Jewelry Candle: $23.95, Daniella's Candles
          Great for your friend who's into astrology. They do, of course, make all the signs. I just chose Leo because that's my sign!

4. Secret Jewels Rose Petals Candle: $29.99, Amazon
          I love rose petal scents...and this one comes with a necklace surprise!

5. Rosewater Body Creme: $21.99, JewelScent
          I think this might actually be the most useful least to me and my dry hands and feet. I'm hoping the ring comes in a little capsule so you don't have to clean it.

6. Star Cash Candle: $27.99, Amazon
          I feel like this is a good idea for a kid or middle school student. I don't know that I can imagine many adults having a rainbow star candle out and about in their home.

7. Hidden Treasure Bath Bomb: $15.50, Amazon
          According to my Instagram feed, bath bombs are a big thing right now. But this one comes with a little sparkle inside! Win-win!

All right! Happy Friday!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Spinstergram: Finished Work

I'm taking a break from the gift guides today because...well, I didn't make one for today. Sometimes it takes a long time to find just the right things to include.

However, I have an image to share with you. It's not actually the finished product, but it was the most popular photo o this one on Instagram, so I thought I'd share.

I don't often get orders for colored pencil drawings, but when I do, I like to dive into the challenge. I'm particularly happy with the way the shading on the grandfather's shirt turned out on this one. There are a lot of different colors in there. As you know, white is the presence of all colors.

Now, the edges of this drawing are something I'd like to address. You may think the bottom of the Christmas tree looks awfully strange. That's because this drawing was supposed to be 8x10, and I drew it on 9x12 paper so that I would be able to make the entire drawing without going over the edges. So, all the edges of this drawing will be covered by the mat or framed once it's framed.

I shipped this one out yesterday and promptly started another portrait. If you'd like to follow along, my Instagram is @Jonezee85. Check it out!

Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Gift Guide: Mom

Yesterday's guide was for dads, so of course today's is for moms! Today I've got a collection of gifts that I think might just fit for moms of all ages...and maybe even some grandmothers, too! Let's take a look.

1. Starbucks Cold Cup: $19.95, Starbucks Stores
         If your mom is always on the go, she might like this super tall reusable tumbler. I have one of these, and I love it. I feel like I'm doing something good for myself by drinking as much water as this thing can hold. I even take it to the gym to work out. It says it's not dishwasher safe, but I haven't had any problems. That may mean my dishwasher is weak, though...I never know.

2. HoMedics 3D Shiatsu + Vibration Massage Pillow: 49.99, Khol's
          One morning I found myself watching a gifting special on QVC, and they were advertising this thing. You can use it on your feet or back or neck or whatever you want. They tried to convince the buyers it can look like just any other cute pillow. While I don't believe that, I do think a mom who's constantly on her feet might really enjoy one of these things.

3. SunnyLife Pineapple and Watermelon Cards: $19, ShopBop
          Is your mom in a bridge club or a card group? A cute deck of cards or two is always a good options.

4. Hand and Foot Cream: $11, The Body Shop
          This was voted one of the best hand creams by the readers of Total Beauty. I don't generally shop at the body shop, but I do have some dry hands and feet, so I'd be willing to give it a try. I imagine your mom would, too.

5. Patterned Modern Block Keychain: $34, Moon & Lola
          You may have noticed that one of the themes of this year's gift guides is keyring. There are a lot of really cute ones out there. I love this personalized option. It comes in a few different prints, and you can choose the initials or word you'd like. Pretty cute.

6. Kate Spade Swan Socks: $10, ShopBop
          Swans seem to be a big trend right now. Since Swans are kind of one of the mascots of my hometown, I thought I should include some swan socks.

7. Alpine Toile Flannel Pajamas: $103, Pottery Barn
          A nice set of pajamas is a good idea for a mom or a grandmother...or a sister or roommate. You can order these with a monogram as well.

8. Clear Glass Stemmed Jar with Lid: $15, Hobby Lobby
          Whenever I'm home for the holidays, my mom has an assortment of this type of jar/canister filled with different candies. Start your mom a collection of these as a *hint* that perhaps she, too, should provide a mix of different kinds of m&ms for guests and visitors to her home.

9. Lucite and Pave Necklace: $32, J.Crew
          This necklace comes in a few other colors, including navy and tortoise. I saw these in the store, and they're all cute and infinitely wearable.

10. Vera Bradley Fleece Slippers: $$14.46, QVC
          If your mom loves Vera Bradley, these should be a winner. They also look super squishy and comfy - perfect for relaxing after a night of having to wear high heels that don't feel great.

All right! That's it~ Happy Wednesday~

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Gift Guide: For Your Dad

I'm back with the gift guides!

Today's guide is for one of the guys who's hardest to shop for: your dad. If these gifts seem sort of random, it's probably because they are. Dads have everything, so I did my best. Let's get started!

1. Men's Cloud Layer Pullover: $60, Eddie Bauer
          This is a great gift for your dad, brother, husband, or grandfather. It's cozy, and you know they'll wear it all the time.

2. Windshield Cleaner and Defogger: $6.41, Amazon
          I'm not totally sure how this works, but if it does, I bet it's a life saver.

3.PowerGrip LED Flashlight: $19.95, L.L. Bean
          I love these things. It's a flashlight you can charge by pumping the trigger with your hand. That way it's always charged.

4. Udderly Smooth Udder Cream: $5.34, Amazon
          Ok, so this is a weird one. However, I know for a fact that my dad likes this stuff. It's great for guys who have super dry, cracked hands in the winter. I think they might actually use it on cows.

5. Wooden Watch: $35.99, Amazon
          I think a wooden watch is pretty cool. It's warmer than metal to be sure, but it's also a bit more creative...and so manly.

6. Ice Scraper Mitt: $14.99, Amazon
          I own one of these, and I think it's great. Everyone should have one.

7. Classic Width Birdseye Tie: $26.99, Tommy Hilfiger
          This is a nicely-textured tie, but you don't have to get this particular one if you don't think he'll like it. Ties are always a safe bet...if the guy you're buying them for actually has occasion to wear a tie.

8. Hydro Flask: $29.95, HydroFlask
          These things are really cool. The one pictured here is supposedly for food, but I don't see why you couldn't also drink coffee out of it. They're just really good thermoses.

9.Chambray Shirt: $64.99, L.L. Bean
          I always think a nice, sturdy men's shirt is a good gift. You know they're not going to purchase this for themselves, but they'd totally wear it if they had one.

10. Wooden Pocket Knife: $14.44, Amazon
          I didn't even know that wooden knives were possible. Apparently they are, and I think they're pretty novel and cool.

All right! We're getting to crunch time. Happy shopping!

Monday, December 12, 2016

Two Sparkly Things

I have two gift guides on deck, but I need to get to work quickly this morning, so I'm just gonna leave you with these two gifs. You can purchase each one by clicking the link below the gif.

I love the idea of sparkles, but somehow I never end up purchasing any. If you find yourself always purchasing something sparkly around the holidays, then perhaps you're primed for these excellent glitter boots from Free People

All right! That's it for me. Happy Monday and happy shopping!

Friday, December 9, 2016

Gift Guide: For Your BFF

Today's gift guide is for your Bestie. Some years, you know exactly what you're getting her. Others, you know she knows what she's getting you, but you have no idea what to give her. I'm here to help.

1. Wave Dot Sock: $8.95, Happy Socks
          You knew I was going to include a cute pair of socks. I love Happy Socks. I think they make such fun, cute designs. But, really, any fun socks will do. Target has lots of them for a good price, so you could even use them as just part of your gift.

2. Handpainted Wooden Initial Keychain: $28, Jill Makes on Etsy
          I just really love this keyring. Really cute.

3. Rome Tee: $39.50, J.Crew
          So, if your friend hasn't been to rome or doesn't particularly love rome or whatever the case may be, j.crew has tees like this for London, Paris, and New York as well. I just liked the blue and white of this tee.

4. Party Straw: $10, Ban.Do
          These straws are a little expensive, but they're so fun. Could be great for your New Year's Eve plans!

5. "Single All The Way" Sleep Tee: $24, Victoria's Secret
          I mean...I may have to get this sleep tee for myself. It's pretty perfect.

6. Aerie Hi-Rise Play Legging: $20.97, Aerie
          I love that we've moved away from foldover yoga pants to high waisted leggings. They're much easier to work out in. I like that these are floral, but they also come in other prints as well.

7. Pink Radio: $29.99, Amazon
          I work from home most of the time, and while I work, I like to have NPR going in the background. It's easier than queueing a podcast and having to pause it. I just turn it on and let it run. My radio is a vintage one I bought on eBay, but if you think your friend would like a radio, then I think this is a pretty darn cute option.

8. Hexagon Hoop Earrings: $32, Hartmann Jewelry Works on Etsy
          I love how minimal these are, but they're something really different.

9. Leopard Scarf: $24.99, H&M
          I am a scarf hoarder. I think they're a fun way to punch up an outfit while keeping warm. I also like a good blush color story. Very cute.

10. Threshold Chambray Sheet Set: $22.39-$44.79, Target
          So, these are pretty basic sheets, and they may not be the exactly what you're looking for, but the idea here is simple: new sheets. I don't buy sheets for myself often, but I love having fresh ones at the ready when I decide to change them. Check stores like Tuesday Morning, T.J. Maxx, Home Goods, etc for deals on nice sheets. If you want to get solids, have the hems of pillowcases monogrammed for some extra pizazz.

11. Starbucks Anniversary Scale Mug: $12.95, Starbucks
          I went to Starbucks yesterday, and I thought this mug was so cute. Stuff the cute socks in the mug with one of those cute holiday themed Starbucks gift cards, and voila! A very useful gift that you can buy while getting your morning coffee. Well...except the socks.

All right! I hope that you found a gift idea here you can use for your best friend...or yourself. Happy Friday!

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Gift Guide: Clip-On Earrings

Before my grandmother passed away, I would always have a hard time thinking of what to get her for Christmas. Her ears weren't pierced, though, so I would always search for a good-looking pair of clip-ons.

Now, I have a friend around my age who doesn't have her ears pierced, so I have renewed interest in finding good clip-ons that don't look like the makers made do with the restraints of clip-ons. Today, I present you eight excellent pair of clip-on earrings for your shopping pleasure. Some are very affordable, and some are...fancy. So let's look at the links.

1. Royal Gala Clip-On Earrings: $14, Charming Charlie
          Very Pretty, and they come in two color ways.

2. Beaded Clip On Tassel Earrings: $21.22, Alingenue on Etsy
          I love these. I was looking for a pair of tassel clip-ons, and these were by far the best.

3. Flower Cluster Earrings: $16.99, Amazon
          While these are more in keeping with the sorts of earrings you usually see in the clip-ons section, I think they're fun, funky, and dimensional enough to be gift-worthy.

4. Gold Half Disc Earrings: $26+, GitasJewelryShip on Etsy
          I wonder if these would be less heavy on your earlobes than pierced ones are.

5. Soutache Earrings: $37, GiSouthacheJewelry on Etsy
          So, everything in this Etsy shop is beautiful. They are, apparently, going out of business, so if you love these - or this style - , you may want to head on over now. Very sad to see this shop go. I think it's really cool.

6. Turquoise and Ruby Snake Hoop Earrings: $200, Kenneth Jay Lane
          These are, of course, the most expensive earrings in the list. However, Kenneth Jay Lane earrings are pretty fancy, and I think these particular ones are quite unique.

7. Pink Shimmer Statement Earrings: $19.95, T.J. Max
          You can't tell in this image that the pink part is transparent. Fancy and funky.

8. Oval Clip On Earrings: $10.50, Shoptiques
          These are so very 90s in the best way possible. Very super model.

All right. That's it for me. Enjoy your shopping!

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Gift Guide: Gifts for Guys

Now that I started with a college girl gift guide, I thought I should follow it with a gift guide for the guys. I suspect most of these things would be best for a college student or a guy in his early 20s. Still, I think a few of these items would be good for any guy. So let's talk about what's on the list. Most of it's from Amazon, so that's easy.

1. Rogue One Razor Gift Set: $9.99, Amazon
          Ok, so this isn't a great gift for non-Star Wars fans. But, if the guy shaves, and he does like Star Wars, then this is a good option. Plus it's only ten bucks.

2. USB Charger Keychain: $25.56, Amazon
          I think this is much better for men than the tassel. Still super useful in a pinch.

3. Flex Tank: $20, Amazon
          I don't advocate for men's tank tops. In fact, I don't like them. BUT if you're ok with them, then this could be a really funny gift for your scrawny younger brother.

4. Plaid Rugged Elbow Patch Shirt: $39.50, J.Crew Factory
          Cool and classic. Almost can't go wrong....unless he doesn't like red or plaid or...IDK. I'm getting old.

5. Beard Template: $14.99, Amazon
          I didn't know these things existed before yesterday. This is so weird that I just had to add it to the list.

6. Stripe Socks: $5.99, Steinmart
          Pro tip: Steinmart has lots of socks, and they are excellently priced. If you live near one, go check it out.

7. Shotgun Shell Coasters: about $45, Amazon
          For the hunter who has everything.

8. Organic Mushroom Farm: $21.71, Amazon
          For the guy who loves to cook...or loves to eat organic mushrooms? I just thought this was cool.

9. Breakfast Sandwich Maker: $24, Amazon
          If this were a gift guide for a woman, I wouldn't include this idea. We all already have too many tools and gadgets in our kitchens. However, for a bachelor's kitchen, I feel like this could work.

Ok, well. I hope this has given you some ideas! Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Gift Guide: College Girl

So, every year I like to do some gift guides. Usually I start before December, but I'm just getting around to it this year. Today's gift guide is labelled "College Girl," but I think it could be for any young lady in your life. So let's talk about what's on the list.

1. USB Charging Keychain Leather Tassel: $13.99, Amazon
          If you're not giving this to a college girl, give it to your coworker who's always asking if anyone has a charger. She can clip this on her keys or purse and never have to ask again.

2. e.l.f. Baked Eyeshadow Palette: $10, Amazon
          So, the link I have here is from Amazon, but you can also get this palette at Target and lots of drugstores. It's inexpensive, but I use this kind of eyeshadow, and I think it's great.

3. Wireless Earbuds: $16.99, Amazon
          Now that iPhone has forced the world into the age of the wireless earbud, why not get everyone on your list a spare pair. It seems like wireless earbuds are going to be easier to lose, so just add this to your shopping list for the next few years until they implant headphone chips in our bodies.

4. Rodan and Fields Unblemish Regimen for Acne: $180, Rodan + Fields
          Ok, so this is expensive, yes. And before you get mad, I'm not a Rodan and Fields Rep, and I don't even know the name of the person who sold this to my mom to give to me. What I do know is that it totally works, and it's great. So...if you think your college girl gift recipient would like clearer skin or just some nice smelling face stuff, this might be excellent.

Side note: if she does have bad skin, DO NOT make this about how bad you think her skin is. Chances are, she knows, and she doesn't need to be told. Just saying. Many a friend has made this complaint to me about well-meaning loved ones. Don't be that person.

5. Fujifilm Instax Share photo printer: $163.48, Amazon
          Ok, my parents gave me one of these for Christmas last year, and I love it. You connect to the printer via the bluetooth on your iPhone, and you can print any photo on your phone onto that cool instax instant film. Love. It.

6. Sonia Kashuk Holiday Brush Kit: $29.99, Target
          I have no idea how these brushes actually feel, but they're so cute. These would make anyone's bathroom counter look so fancy.

7. Sip Sip Tumbler with Straw in Girls just wanna have fun: $14,
          So, I love these things. I drink out of these when I work out, when I'm working at my desk, and when I'm on the road. Currently, I have two that I love plus two that are pretty good. I think they're magical. The only thing that would make them better would be if they were actually dishwasher safe. I still put them in the dishwasher, though. They seem fine..but maybe my dishwasher is just weak.

8. Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Cream Kit: $40, Ulta
          I purchased this kit a while ago, and while I'm not a makeup maniac like Kim or Kylie, I quite enjoy this thing. It's a fun thing for the girl who likes to try things but would never purchase something like this for herself.

9. Loop de Loops: $28+, Welkin and Main on Etsy
          These are cute and easy to wear. a great staple for the school year...or the work week...or a night out...or church. They're very versatile.

10. Patterned Boot Socks: $5.97, Aerie
          If you've been looking at my gift guides for any period of time, then you know socks are one of my go-to gift items. Who doesn't need some fresh, clean socks? I think these are cute, and Aerie socks are also really soft.

Welp. That's it for today. Happy Tuesday!

Monday, December 5, 2016

Obsession Confession: Stock Photos

You may have noticed the postings have been very sparse lately. I'm not making any promises that it will get better until after Christmas. I am happy to say I've been working pretty solidly on holiday orders. However, last week, I had a project that required me to use stock photography. And now I have a new obsession.

The person giving me the assignment suggested I use Getty Images, so for the first time I delved into the bajillions of photos in their library. There are many beautiful photos on the site, but there is also a bunch of really strange stuff. For example, I wonder what someone would need a photo of a metallic purple woman holding clock for.

If you haven't had to use stock photography before, I highly recommend you hop on over to Getty Images and have a look. search literally anything. It's a magical rabbit hole.

If you want to see what weird and wonderful things I've been finding, you can check out my Pinterest board here. Happy Monday!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Spinstergram: Carrots

Yesterday, I took my car to the dealership for a checkup, etc, and on the way back I got to stop in at one of my favorite Antique/Vintage shops in the Atlanta area, Queen of Hearts. In a back corner of the shop, I found this gem. I think it's a vase? I'm not sure what you'd put in it. Sticks? Well, the booth owner got a little creative and put fake carrots in there. Interesting.

I thought you'd enjoy this little moment. That being said, I only have time to blog for a moment today. Back to work!

Happy Thursday!