Monday, May 22, 2017

Just for Fun: Celine Dion 2017

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I must admit that I didn't watch the Billboard Music Awards last night. I did, however, catch some footage of Celine Dion in her fabulous dress, and I just had to make an illustration of her wearing it.

I cannot believe that it's been 20 years since "My Heart Will Go On" came out. Boy, do I feel old. I remember making my friend Mollie listen to this song over and over and over at her house so many times that her mom called her into another room and asked her to stop playing it. That poor woman probably thought she was in a torture cell.

Anyway, here's Celine in all her majestic glory. Happy Monday!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Swimsuit Doodles

Well, hello. Happy Mother's Day! If you've been following my Instagram, you've been seeing that I'm working on a quilt. It's a big one. This is the biggest quilt I've made yet. I think it will be a bit larger than queen sized when I'm finished. But, since I figured those photos wouldn't be too exciting to you ladies, I'm showing you a little doodle I made during an exploratory trip to the Magistrate's Court in Florence, South Carolina. It's on a stenography pad, but I still like it.

Aaaand just in case you haven't been seeing my quilting Instagrams, Here are a couple of those photos as well.

Here, Miranda is trying to hinder my progress. Like a cat, she feels the need to sit right on top of whatever I'm working on. But she's so cute, I don't mind.

Here we have a photo of some of my hand quilting. I actually made the "print" on this fabric with alcohol ink. There are a couple of squares like that on this quilt. I feel like they give the quilt a little whimsy, some personality, and a very personal touch.

Stay tuned on my Instagram for more progress and updates!

Monday, May 8, 2017

Atlanta Spinstering: Rap Snacks

In a gas station west of atlanta, not too far from Six Flags, I found the above pictured potato chips. I just thought you should know about Rap Snacks.

I've googled them, and apparently they're owned by Lil' Romeo. It looks like their most recent addition is Fetty Wap's Honey JalapeƱo. I can't say I've tried these yet. They looked vaguely bootleg to me, but now that I know they're real, maybe I will.

To see all the Rap Snacks Flavors, visit their website here.

If you missed it last time, my little sketchbook is still for sale on Etsy! Click here to check it out.

Happy Monday! (or should I say Rappy Monday??? No? Ok.)

Monday, May 1, 2017

Buy My Sketchbook!

I've been meaning to post the little sketchbook on my Etsy for some time, and this morning, I finally did!

I didn't want to post it until I'd also made a video of all the pages in the book. Yesterday, I made that happen, so I've embedded it here just for you!

Now, if you'd like to purchase the little sketchbook, then you can buy it on my Etsy by clicking this link. 

Happy Monday!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Spinster Jams: Maren Morris

So, I don't generally like country music. I appreciate that it has a place in the world and expresses some things that other genres don't, but it's just not the first thing I go for. That being said, I have recently heard several interviews with Singer/Songwriter Maren Morris, and so I thought I'd check out her album on the way home for easter weekend. The drive from Atlanta to Sumter is a long one, so I had plenty of time.

Well, for a single lady, I highly recommend this album. Morris sings about love, sure, but she also covers other topics like her love for FM radio, her 80s Mercedes, and a song giving advice to a friend who can't seem to stop going back to a cheater. There are also quite a few songs that are decidedly not quite country.

Now I have to get ready for work, but on the way there, I'll be listening to a little Maren Morris.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Spinster Shopping: Easter Baskets

Well, Spinsters, I know it's been a while. Life has gotten a little crazy. But today, we need to talk about something fun.

You may have noticed that today's shopping guide is called "Easter Baskets." I know that technically these aren't baskets - they're handbags - but I thought that was a fun name, so bear with me if you can. I just thought straw bags might be a fun way to celebrate the changing season, and I think I found a bunch of cute ones. So let's check them out!

1. Jade Tribe Big Pom Pom Beach Basket: $105, The Webster
          You may notice that the prices on straw bags have gone up. I was pretty surprised how expensive they are now. However, you can really tell the difference between a cheap one and an expensive one. I love the oversized pom poms on this one. They call it a "beach basket," but I think that's probably just this bag's fantasy location. It's too small for that....maybe a cute dinner date instead?

2. Baracoa Clutch: $118, Trina Turk
          Trina Turk has some really cute bags this season. This is such a fun little clutch/pouch with the playful mixture of the transparent vinyl and the more natural straw. Very cute.

3. Muun Basket Bag: $230, Barney's
          This one's pretty pricey, but I have to think that if it's from Barney's it probably won't fall apart on it's first time out. Plus, this one is a little more subdued and appropriate for more occasions.

4. Mystique Key West Pom Pom Straw Basket: $210, Marissa Collections
          I think this bag is a lot of fun. It looks like something you'd find in Mexico. I think it's a great vacation bag.

5. Black Straw Pom Pom Clutch: $38, Amazon
          This bag is simple and much more affordable. I do really like the combination of the pom poms with the tassels, though. And, since it's black, it doesn't necessarily shout "summer!" like the rest of these do.

6. Seafolly Carried Away Pom Pom Beach Basket: $102, Neiman Marcus
          This shape is a little more of what I think of when I think traditional straw handbag. It's a wide mouth tote, but it's got the fun pom pom embellishment I like for this season.

7. Lemon Clutch: $31.99, Amazon
          I'm a sucker for a little clutch that looks like some other object. I can never fit my stuff in them, but I love the idea. This little lemon is such a cute option.

8. Jade Tribe Square Basket Tote: $175, Spring
          I love how this bag has a little insert. The dangly pom pom/tassel combo, too, is really nice. Also: bonus Easter points for being pastel!

9. Banana Straw Bag: $17.99, Amazon
          Our most affordable item on the list. This is just cute and fun and a little kitschy. It also comes in a cherry version. I think of this as more of a teen/college option. But that's just me. You do you.

All right! That's it! I hope to write here more often in the future. I also hope you enjoyed this collection of cute basket bags. Happy Sunday!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

I'm Still Alive

Hello! It's been a while, I know. It would be an understatement to say that I've been very busy. Still, I wanted you all to know I'm still alive. Haha. So, I made this gif.

Hopefully things will settle down in the coming month, and I can get back to blogging and illustrating more regularly again.

Until then, I'm still alive!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

#WIPWednesday: A Big Dog

I'm currently working on a pet portrait that is 18x24. While I've made a few drawings this size before, I'm always excited to work on one so large. The process is a bit different because of the scale, and of course it develops more slowly.

Stay tuned on my Instagram (@Jonezee85) for progress shots! It's time for me to get to work.

Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The Little Sketchbook Is Almost Finished!

So, I thought I was going to finish my little sketchbook last week, but somehow I'm still working on it. Yesterday, I did some Facebook live videos (I'll embed below). In the meantime, here's another couple of pages. The floral on the left is pasted in. It didn't show up quite as well in the photo as it does in real life. I think the dots on the right threw my camera off.

All right! Now for the videos.

This first one is from The Spinsterhood Diaries Facebook page. It's much shorter than the second one, so if you're short on time, this is the one for you:

 This second one includes a little tour of the sketchbook while I wait for one of the watercolor paintings to dry. It's much longer, though, so if you've got the time, this is the one for you!

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

Monday, March 13, 2017

A Few Things You Should Know

So, this weekend, I finished my fourth quilt. It's a baby quilt, and it's a little irregular, but I enjoyed the experience, and I suppose that's all that matters. Well, that and the fact that it does its purpose as a blanket. It is warm.

Now, as for the title of today's post. There are a few things I've been meaning to tell you. Before we get started, this is not a sponsored post.

1. Protein Blends:
          If you're a spinster, and you're too lazy to cook, sometimes you end up eating things from your freezer. However, a lot of the options aren't as healthy as you might hope. If you need some extra protein and fiber, might I suggest Bird's Eye Steamfresh Protein Blends? If you eat the entire bag (which is generally a mix of beans, vegetables, and a starch), it's 500 calories, BUT it does have nearly your entire day's allotment of fiber so...I think it's a good option. My favorites are the New England Blend, the California Blend, and the Italian Blend. Make sure you drink plenty of water, though...

2. Target Quinoa Blends:
          These aren't nearly as healthy for you as the Protein Blends, but they're really very good. I think the Mediterranean-Inspired blend and the Moroccan-Inspired blend are the best ones. Bonus: They're actually really nice-looking in the bowl  once they're cooked.

3. Walgreens Girl Scout Cookies:
          I really hesitate to post this information for a number of reasons. Firstly, I love the Girl Scouts. I was a Brownie, and I loved it. Secondly, I'm afraid Walgreens will stop making these cookies if they're caught. However, in the absence of a Girl Scout Cookie stand, these really will do in a pinch. Walgreens' store brand cookies, Nice!, has created very acceptable knock-offs of Samoas, Tagalongs, and Thin Mints. I don't know how they're getting away with it, but they are. I've tried the Samoas and the Tagalongs, and they're both very good. Perhaps not quite as good as the original, but they will certainly do in a pinch.

4. Happy Style Socks:
          So, when I designed socks, one of my favorite lines to research for "inspiration" (wink wink) was Happy Socks. Well, yesterday I made a trip to Walmart, and I discovered that Happy Socks has a very affordably-priced line there called Happy Style. Photos aren't available on the Walmart website, sadly, but there's gotta be something else at Walmart you need anyway, right? That's what I thought.

5. The Great British Baking Show:
          You probably already know about this show, but if you don't, you need to go to your Netflix Account right now and check it out. This show is great. It makes me hungry, but it also makes me feel oddly creative.

All right. That's enough for your Monday morning. Grab some coffee, and make it through. Happy Monday!

Friday, March 10, 2017

Side-By-Side Tinsel Print

The reference photo for the portrait I'm working on right now has a red tinsel background. The background is small and a little out of focus, and with how much I've been looking at it, I was inspired to make this little image. With the highs and lows in the original image, it sort of ends up looking like the page on the right here. Then, of course, I had to add the print into some fashion girls.

Ok. That's all for today. I hope your Friday is excellent and that you eat some chocolate. But really you should eat chocolate every day.

Happy Friday!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Spinstergram: Printed Sketches

Last time I checked, I only have 6 pages left in the little sketchbook. I posted the right side of this image the other day on my Instagram, but later I added the sketch on the left, adding the print from the right into the pants. I find this sort of side-by-side so pleasing.

I've pasted so many pages into this sketchbook that it's really fat. I kind of like that about it. It reminds me of when, in high school, my art class worked on altered books. It seems like a good kind of contained chaos. Or maybe organized chaos? That would be the only thing even remotely organized in my life. Ha!

All right. Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Happy International Women's Day!

Today is International Women's Day, and from one woman to another, I'd like to wish you a happy one. I made this little time lapse to celebrate. You should also celebrate with some chocolate. I know I am.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Spinstergram: So Close to 800 Followers

Spinsters, I'm pretty excited. I'm very very close to 800 followers on Instagram. If you're not already following me, then you should be. Go here and click the button. Or, if you already have the app open, my account is @Jonezee85.

I'm also hoping to update my Etsy shop this week with some new things I've made. These items include but may not be limited to the little sketchbook, a baby quilt (and quilted - No machine!), and a paper flower crown. Of course I'll post about it when I've updated. In the meantime, go check out the Sarah J. Jones Art Etsy Store and buy everything. Thank you in advance!

And as for today's image, this is a work-in-progress of a painting that will hang in a pet aftercare provider. Their clients will be able to order paintings of their pets as part of their overall aftercare package if they so choose. I've already delivered a dog painting, and this one will be next!

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, March 6, 2017

More Leopard From The Sketchbook

I've been working in the little sketchbook since January, and I'm getting close to being finished! So, today I thought I'd share a two-page spread I made over the weekend.

First, I drew the print on the right hand side. Then, I drew the girl on the left on a separate pieces paper outside of the book and then glued it in. The marker really bleeds through the paper, so If I wanted to save the sketch on the page before the girl, I had to paste her in.

Anyway, stay tuned here and on my Instagram to see what else is coming out in the sketchbook. When I'm finished, I'll post the whole thing on my Etsy!

Happy Monday!

Friday, March 3, 2017

Late Nineties Nostalgia

In keeping with the rest of the posts this week, I have yet another fashion doodle from the little sketchbook. Today's doodle is 100% an outfit I used to own in the late 90s. Let's talk about it.

Before I start in on the bullet points, I'd like to talk about how weird I know her face looks. The mouth, in particular, is weird because I drew it in pen. It was originally going to be a closed mouth, but then the bottom lip got out of hand, and I had to fill it in and it just spun out of control. So...just pretend she's about to say something.

Ok, now we can continue. Let's break this down into bullet points.

- Headband: I remember having a specific technique for headbands where in you had to place them straight into your hair instead of slicking the hair back. Very serious business.

- Pearl Studs:
          I'm not sure if this was something specific to where I lived in South Carolina, but large pear studs were all the rage toward the end of high school. 98/99 was a time for more subdued pearl studs, so of course I wore those.

- Lip Gloss:
          Oh, the lip gloss. I had clear lip gloss, vanilla lip gloss, lip gloss with glitter in it, and some that was sort of weird and frosted-looking. The glitter was the best one...obviously.

- The Flip:
          I'm not sure how popular the flip hairdo was in other parts of the US, but we were very serious about it in my  hometown. We didn't tease it or anything like I would probably do now if I were going to wear it. We just used a curling iron to try to get the most perfect upturned-curl around the edges of our shoulder-length hair.

- Cap-Sleeved Tee:
          I had a great number of these, and they were all rather fitted. My most favorite one was from The Limited

- Spaghetti-Strap Dress:
          The cap sleeve tee/spaghetti strap dress combo was my go-to. I specifically remember having two such dresses from American Eagle: One Khaki and One Denim. I'd wear a white tee under the khaki one with a denim jacket (from The Gap, obviously) over top. With the denim one, I think I may have worn different colors, but I don't remember that one as well.

- Cross-Body Bag:
          I still like a good cross body, but I remember having a very small one around this time. It had colored seed beads hanging from the bottom.

- Buddha Beads:
          These were really popular. We all had them, but none of us knew what they really were. I've done a little research, and apparently they are "Mala" Bracelets used in both Buddhism and Hinduism. This bracelet is the construction we all had. Of course, we all hd lots of different colors, too.

What about you? Did you wear this? Do tell.

Also, have a happy Friday!

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Another Couple of Pages

Today is Thursday, and I have another couple of pages from the little sketchbook. I've been doing a lot of work in the book this week, so I feel like I may finish it before the end of March. We shall see.

Today's side-by-side is comprised of a swimwear sketch I pasted onto the left side page and a doodle I drew directly onto the right side page.

More to come!

Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

A Little More Leopard

So, I'm actually sharing these  images in reverse order. I first drew this pinup-style doodle/sketch and filled in leopard for the background. After doing that, I decided it would be fun to draw the sketches I did yesterday.

This image gets a little blurry toward the center because the book is actually pretty thick , so the scanner didn't get to the very middle.

Check back tomorrow for another two-page spread of the sketchbook. And if you are absolutely in love the the doodles (because, why not?) I'm going to post this sketchbook on my Etsy when I run out of pages. In the meantime, you should head over there anyway, because there are some very *ehem* well-priced sketches and drawings in the shop right now.

Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

A Little Leopard

In working on my little sketchbook, There have been some pages that I don't really like. There have also been times when art from one page bleeds through the back side to the next page. As a solution, I've been pasting in some drawings I've been making outside of the book itself. This helps avoid bleed-through when I use markers.

One of the pages I've made (this will be cut into three strips) was a few little meditations on leopard print. I always have a hard time drawing leopard print digitally, but it turned out much better when I was drawing by hand.

I have a little over half of the book left, but it's been fun working on this when I get a little free time here and there. Stay tuned! More to come.

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, February 27, 2017

A Red Carpet Illustration

I have to confess that I didn't watch the Oscars all the way to the end last night. I didn't see the mess at the end where they made the mistake of announcing the wrong "best picture." I did, though, see the pre-show, and my very favorite look was Taraji P. Henson in Alberta Ferretti. That blue velvet was just so perfect. Everything about this look was on point. She looked amazing. So, I thought I'd make her my image for today. I wish I'd decided to make her leg come all the way out of the slit instead of hiding a little inside of it. Her calf muscle turned out to look weird because of that but...well, it was a quick sketch.

Close second favorites were Nicole Kidman in Armani Prive, Brie Larson in Oscar de la Renta, and Hailee Steinfeld in Ralph and Russo. If you want to see some of the highlights of the red carpet, I liked this slideshow from The Standard. For a longer slideshow, here's one from Vogue.

Happy clicking!

Friday, February 24, 2017

Colors From The Sketchbook

Yesterday I decided to add a little color to the sketchbook project. I had a box of watercolor pencils I hadn't fully explored yet, and I think this little doodle/experiment was a lot of fun.

I just sat here for ten minutes trying to think of something else to say, and I just...I'm drawing a blank.

Happy Friday!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Sketchbook and Doodles

 Last night I dreamed I was a Kate Middleton impersonator in Japan. That has nothing to do with the rest of this post, but it was so random I thought I'd share. 

My latest obsession is making Facebook Live videos. I do make videos on Instagram sometimes, but you can't keep them afterward, so I think they're slightly less fun. 

Last night I made a little sketch/doodle video in the little pocket sketchbook I bought at Tuesday Morning. You'll hear me talking in this video in response to someone you can't hear. That's because people can comment while I'm working, and I can respond to them vocally instead of stopping to type. 

Recently I discovered that some artists sell their sketchbooks that are full of sketches. I have so many full sketchbooks, I thought I'd try my hand at this as well. When I finish this little sketchbook I've been working in, I think I'll put it on my Etsy and see how it goes. It won't be nearly as expensive as the examples I'm going to list below, but it also will be a lot more random than those are. 

Ok, here are some links to sketchbooks. 

3. This Sketchbook from Sketchbuch on Flickr

4. This really beautiful Moleskine I assume has already been purchased.

5. This one from Mohdi

These things are surprisingly hard to find. So, that's interesting.

What do you think? Would you purchase something like this? Do you think it would make a cool little gift?

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The Weird Dreams Have Returned

So, I think the fruitful sleep has started allowing me to remember more of my bizarre dreams. So, today I thought I'd share some of the ridiculous things I've dreamt lately. We'll do it in a bulleted list. Let's go!

1. I dreamed I was going to be given a performance review by a place where I didn't work. I hate performance reviews, so this was really annoying.

2. I joined the show choir at my high school, and even thought it was the end of the year, I was ordering a bunch of costumes through a Jetsons-esque automat/computer.

3. I was asked to give a speech to a bunch of college students about what they should be doing on Spring and Summer Breaks if they wanted to be in the fashion industry. I kept being interrupted by people who were from he show choir and wanted all the attention. Whenever I made a snarky remark about how they were making my speech difficult, the woman who was heading the event would look at me accusingly like I was the one causing the problem.

4. I was in Taiwan with my parents, my grandfather, and my sister. We were going from stall to stall on a street. We had split up, but I ran into my grandfather in a place where they were giving $500 hand massages. I told him I didn't want a hand massage that was that expensive, so he bought the massage for a Japanese woman who was standing nearby. He had some sort of fetish and liked to watch hand massages.
          I walked further, and I ended up in a really amazing shopping mall that had a really luxurious department store where everyone was priced like it was on AliExpress because they didn't have to import any of it. The lingerie section was amazing - everything was very sculptural, like if you wore it you'd look like a robot. I tried to go into the bridal section, but a french man was photographing the dresses, and he could tell I was american and kicked me out.
          We all met up on the first floor of the mall (I was worried the whole time because I was using international texting rates that I hadn't signed up for, so my bill was going to be huge), and we were trying to decide where to eat. Dad and my grandfather would have nothing else but Taco Bell in the food court. I got really mad because we were in Taiwan, and I wanted to eat something a bit more local.

5. I met a man at the YMCA and decided we should get married. He had a much better-looking brother, but the one I met had the better personality.

6. It was my wedding day, and I walked down the aisle to be seated in a pew to the right. I wondered what was happening and asked my sister. She was excited and said "just wait, you'll see." Then, my friend Katie and her boyfriend walked down the aisle. It was their surprise wedding, and I had been the decoy bride.

7. I was under an overpass where a bunch delinquent teens hung out. I was in a group of other teenagers (apparently I was a teenager) who were just hanging out - not delinquents. We were approached by some shady characters and decided that if we moved as a group, we could get away. So, we moved as one mass toward the glass door (not sure how we are suddenly inside), and we noticed people were disappearing as they exited. Then we found out there were human traffickers waiting just outside the door to capture each of us with a chain and swing us around until we were disoriented.

Ok, if you made it this far into this post, congratulations!

Here's hoping that I sleep through the night soon.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

I Need More Sleep

So, I've been having trouble sleeping lately. My schedule is all off, and I feel like I need to make a list so I'm sure I get everything done. As evidence of my flustered yet foggy state, see above the photo of what I did this morning. I was trying to feed Miranda while also thinking about emptying the dishwasher, and I ended up pouring some dish detergent in her bowl instead of dog food. Don't worry. I washed the bowl thoroughly and wiped the floor down. Now that I think of it, that's probably the cleanest the floor's been in a while.

One of the projects I've been working on is producing the audiobook version of Maikro, a book of Haikus and Microfiction. I'm hoping to finish editing today, and I will certainly let you know when this book is available on Audible.

For now, I need to take a shower and get to work!

Friday, February 17, 2017

A Random Friday Post

If you follow my Instagram, you know I was out at a freelance gig yesterday. Unfortunately, I always have to keep all that happens in those meetings top secret.

Since this is a super random post, I want to share something with you that I think you might want to know. Have you ever been at the dentist, and when they put that lead thing on you to take your x-ray, you think "hmmm this is so nice." Well, you can get that feeling without going to the dentist. Weighted blankets are a thing.  Here is some stuff I found about them on the Internet:

1. This article on Forbes says they can help with high-energy kids.

2. This article on How Stuff Works says they're great for insomniacs

3. If you need something you can carry with you all the time instead of a blanket, fear not! Salt of the Earth makes weighted vests.

4. If you're a cat lady with anxiety, I've found  a prime-eligible option for you on Amazon.

5. You can also get a more normal-looking one at the especial needs store.

Ok. I hope this somehow helps you. Happy Friday!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Happy Discount Candy Day

I just want to congratulate you for making it through Valentine's Day. Today, you will be rewarded with all the discount candy your little heart desires. I say make a morning of going to all the drugstores, Targets, Walmarts, and grocery stores and gather all the discount candy you can. What will you do with it? freeze what you don't think you'll be eating or gifting immediately. 

This has been a Spinster P.S.A. Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day!

Well, spinsters, the day has come. Let's try very hard to stay upbeat about this. Sure, everyone will be getting engaged today, but we can avoid knowing that by avoiding our Facebook feeds. Just remember, today is a day to be glad that you don't have to pretend to like a giant teddy bear from a guy who didn't have the presence of mind to check your Pinterest or Amazon wish list instead. For the record, that's never happened to me, but I can imagine it'd be terrible.

Right now I'm watching the Today Show, and someone's getting engaged, so I guess the above paragraph may have been wishful thinking. I'll probably happen upon someone getting engaged today IRL.

Anyway, go get yourself some chocolate, a coffee, AND a heart-shaped donut. Don't forget that today is also the day to order a heart-shaped pizza. You should potentially also purchase some new pajamas today so that you can eat all your treats from the safety and comfort of your bed.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Monday, February 13, 2017

Happy GALentine's Day!

In case you didn't know, today is Galentine's Day. That means breakfast all day and hanging out with your best lady friends. This is when spinsters can hang out with their best girls - even if those girls are partnered. Valentine's Day...well, that's for the single ladies and the heart shaped pizzas.

So, this morning, I did my very first Instagram live stream. I made this card live! that's why the letters in "GALentine's" are all smushed up at the end. It was lots of fun.

I also posted this video, but my phone always is low on storage, so it cut out before I was finished. Here you go:

Well, go forth and eat waffles. Happy Galentine's Day!

Friday, February 10, 2017

A Friday Coloring Page: Lace Hearts

I'm ashamed to say that creating this coloring page took longer than it should have. I'm a little out of practice with the ol' lace brushes. This may look like a page of weird grey hearts, but if you zoom in, they're actually lace! So there are lots of tiny little spaces for your to fill in if you so choose.

No Free Art Friday drops for today. Apparently some of my Shrinky Dinks broke in half. Very sad. Very, very sad.

Remember, spinster, Valentine's Day is one of the best seasonal candy holidays. So, if you're responsible for your own treats this year, make a voyage to the nearest drugstore. My suggestions for drugstore candy are the fun sized reese's hearts and the individually sold Snickers  hearts.

Happy Friday!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

A Hearts and Flowers Coloring Page

Today I've made you an extra girly coloring page. Here it is in all its glory. We have hearts, flowers, lace, ribbons, and all sorts of scrolling details. You could print this out, color it, and use it to line the envelopes of the valentines you should have mailed two days ago. Don't worry, I still have some to send, too.

All right. Back to work!

Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

A Valentine For You

So, I have a confession to make. I, from time to time, enjoy watching Dr. Phil. I don't agree with his advice most of the time, and he generally is just trying to promote his son, wife, and his app, but the people on the show? Gold.

You've probably seen it, but just in case, I'm going to embed a video. It's better if I don't try to explain this. It's just...amazing.

So, I figured you might want to use this valentine for everyone you know.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Spinster Shopping: Better Than A Bouquet

Of course the classic gifts for Valentine's Day are Chocolate and flowers. However, unless you've been given the actual plant, flowers don't last that long. So! I have come up with an idea. Instead of actually flowers, you can get flower-themed treats instead! they'll last much longer!

Let's talk about them

1. The Body Shop British Rose Body Butter: $6.65, Amazon
          I have really dry skin, so body butter is always appealing. One that smells like roses? Yes.

2. Revlon Parfumerie Nail Polish in African Tea Rose: $6.94, Amazon
          So, this is scented nail polish. I love that idea. Plus the color is a good one, too. Nice and bright and perfect for Valentine's Day.

3. Rose Jam by NAR Gourmet: $7.90, Walmart
          So, years ago, I went to Hong Kong for work with a woman named Dinah. I love her. She took me to tea at the Mandarin, and they had rose petal jam served with scones and clotted cream. It was delightful. I never thought, though, that you'd be able to find rose petal jam at Walmart. For an extra-special Valentine's Day tea time, make some (non-dry (why are they always so dry?)) scones, and clotted cream and dine upon them with some rose Jam.

4. Herbivore Botanicals X UO Hair Perfume: $12, Urban Outfitters
          I never thought about hair perfume, but I like this idea a lot. I love when I catch a whiff of my own hair, so I imagine it would be even better if it literally smelled like roses.

5. Rose Clutch: $78.64, AliExpress
          I originally saw this clutch on Charming Charlie, but it was so popular that it's out of stock! It's reminiscent of a Judith Leiber minaudiĆØre but with a much more affordable price tag. Since I had to link it to AliExpress, though, don't expect to receive this in the mail before Valentine's Day.

6. diptyque Roses Scented Candle: $32, Nordstrom
          I can tell I'm getting older because in the past few years I have really started to understand why people are so into candles. To be clear, I don't like the ones that smell like anything thick or heave - cookies, cinnamon, vanilla, etc.. - but a light rose-scented candle? I think I'd quite like that.

7. Fig + Yarrow Organic Clay Mask: $23, Amazon
          A couple weeks ago, a friend who works at Sephora did masks on me and some friends while we caught up on TV shows. It was delightful. So, I think this clay mask could be a great way to celebrate galentine's day with friends along with a heart-shaped pizza and some sparkling grape juice.

8. Rose Sequin Heels: $64.99, ModCloth
          Who doesn't want a pair of chunky-heeled sequin pumps? There's only size 8.5 left in these shoes, so I guess a lot of people agree. They're necessary.

9. Cameron Street Roses Clarise: $198, Kate Spade
          I love this trend of floral-printed handbags. Search the word "Rose" on the kate spade website. You will not be disappointed.

10. Chanel Gommage Microperle Eclat Facial Exfoliant: $45, Nordstrom
          Back when I was not a starving artist, I used to quite enjoy the Chanel counter of Lord and Taylor near my office on fifth avenue. This was one of the products I purchased during that time, and I must say, it is delightful. I've since run out of this exfoliant, but the rose-scent was absolutely delightful. In fact, I seem to remember I also had a face cream from Chanel that smelled like roses in the best way possible. The scent is not too strong, but rose-enough to make your skincare routine a little more pleasant.

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

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Spinster Shopping: Valentine's Day Candy

Yesterday's post was about chocolate, but I will acknowledge that not every spinster is a huge chocoholic. So, today I present you with some non-chocolate options, and my! They are pretty!

A lot of the items today on the can be bought in multiples, making them great for giving to friends instead of lovers. In other words, they're perfect for Spinsters.

1."Kiss Me" Sugar Lips: $7.50, Sugarfina
         My sister sent me some of these for my birthday, and they were so cute. They come in a neat little box, and they're delicious, too!

2. Valentine's Day Candyfetti Sprinkles: $35 for 12 packets: SweetsIndeed on Etsy
          I think you can use these on cupcakes or just straight up eat them like nerds. Either way, they're super cute, and this listing comes in cute little packets which are perfect for mailing or leaving on coworkers' desks.

3. Mini Valentine Sweet Skewers: $48 for 12, SweetsIndeed on Etsy
          I love this idea. So cute. If you've waited too late to get these in time, I think you could make really cute versions with gummy bears, fruit by the foot, and other gummy sweets!

4. Valentine's Day 2017 Tackle Box: $28, Dylan's Candy Bar
          Dylan's Candy Bar has holiday candy down to a science. It's an assortment, and it comes in a good reusable package. It's all neatly labelled and shippable for your convenience.

5. Red Rose 3D Fancy Pops: $9.99 for 25, Candy Crate
          So, I think this is better than a bouquet for many a spinster. I also found a ring pop version on Oriental Trading.

6. Sugarpova "Flirty" lips: $4.99, Sugarpova
          Anther cute option. This packaging makes this an easy option to ship in a college care package. You know it's not going to leak, and I think it may be resealable.

7. Sparkle Heart Lollipops: $16 for 8, Sweetniks on Etsy
          I think these are so pretty. In fact, I think you should go to this Etsy shop and check out all the options they have. All very cute and/or cool.

8. Harrods Jelly Hearts: $6.39, Harrods
          Another cute option, especially for the anglophile.

9. Rose and Honey marshmallows:$14 for 16 pieces, Sweetniks on Etsy
          My parents recently received some home made marshmallows from some friends. They loved them. I think these are a super fun option for the spinster who loves her chocolate fountain or fondue pot.

10. Pink Rock Candy Lollipops: $12.99/dozen, Oriental Trading
          I really don't think rock candy tastes that good, but sometimes when you're at work, any sugar is good sugar. Plus, I think rock candy is basically the jewelry of candy. AND you can get it in any color you like.

Happy Shopping!

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Spinster Shopping: Valentine's Day Chocolate

Just because you're a spinster doesn't mean you can't give Valentine's Day yourself or a friend. Today, I present to you some of your options. From chocolate you can find at your local drugstore to luxuries you can find across the pond, I think there's something for every spinster on this list.

Let's get started!

1. Christophe 9-Piece Assortment: $20.95, Christophe Chocolatier
          This was the first item I knew I wanted to add to this list. Christophe Artisan Chocolatier and Patisserie is a beautiful little shop off of King Street in Charleston. I love it, and I think their chocolates are beautiful. This is a special little gift for someone who will really appreciate it.

2. Valentine's Day Slices of Love 9 Piece Round Box: $28, Godiva
          If you or your Galentine loves Godiva, I think this is a really cute collection. I don't love the box, but what's inside is delightful.

3. Gourmet Chocolate Covered Sea Salt Caramel Shortbread Cookies: $16 for 8 cookies, LHE Bakes on Etsy
          I like the idea of getting something super home made for a Valentine's Day treat. While these aren't strictly chocolates, they are chocolate-covered shortbread cookies, so i think we can make an exception.

4. Harrods Alcohol Free Passionfruit Caramel Truffles: $18.01, Harrods
          I think these are really pretty - from the packaging to the metallic dusting on the truffles themselves. In addition, there's a little fruity flavor to the caramel, which I think could be a real bonus.

5. Varsano's Sea Salt Caramels: $39/lb.: Varsano's New York
          The photo of these isn't great, but I love these. Every time I'm in New York, I have to stop by Varsano's and get the milk chocolate covered sea salt caramels. They are amazing. So good. Just perfection.

6. Classic Pralines Romance Heart: $15, Lindt
          Who doesn't love lindt? I've never had their pralines, but I'm fairly confident they can get that right. This is your basic heart-shaped box full of chocolates, but I feel you can be pretty sure it will taste good.

7. Eat Your Heart Out Collection: $40, Phillip Ashley Chocolate
          What I like about this is that you can choose whether or not you want the label, among other things. Plus it's very cute.

8. Valentine Milk Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel Hearts: about $15, Taylor and Bennett
          A really nice presentation. However, it'd have to come from the UK, so...keep that in mind.

9. Ghirardelli Sweetheart Truffles: $11.95: Ghirardelli
          Ghirardelli is pretty ubiquitous, so I feel like this one will be easy to find. Plus, I know plenty of people whose favorite chocolate is already Ghirardelli. If you're one of those, this is a win-win. It's cute and festive, but it's also your favorite.

10. Chocolove *Seasonal* Truffles: $16 Chocolove
          Chocolove chocolate is one of my personal favorites. They also have a traditional heart-shaped box full of cherry cordials, but I thought this one was more interesting and offered more choices. AND, $16 is not a bad price!

11. Darling! Pop Art Chocolate Box: $38, Maggie Louise Confections
          I have no idea how this tastes, but as far as looks go, this is my favorite item on the list. How cute is this? It's perfect for spinsters, single ladies, daughters, nieces, or even your favorite makeup artist. So cute.

12. Cacao Atlanta Chocolates: $22.46, Williams Sonoma
          Chocolove is a delightful chocolate shop in Atlanta, and lucky for you, you can purchase their goods from Williams Sonoma. That means they'll come beautifully wrapped, and they can deliver to you anywhere!

Ok, I also have a bonus item I somehow forgot to add to the image, but I think it's so beautiful and such a great presentation I have to add: 21 Piece Mon Coeur Box from Francois Payard New York. It's $40, but it's beautiful.

Ok, now make sure you're set for chocolate this Valentine's Day. Since you're buying it for yourself, you know you'll get what you like best. If you're buying for me...I'll take one of each (especially 1,5,10, and 11). Happy shopping!

Thursday, February 2, 2017

More Shrinky Dink Madness

So, yesterday I purchased some inkjet shrinky dink paper, but it didn't really work the way I had hoped. It's not as thick as the "rough and ready" kind, and it doesn't shrink uniformly either. However, I will continue with my experiments.

Because the inkjet paper didn't work so well, I used the "rough and ready" shrinky links and a sharpie. I still think it could be better. I think my next experiment will be with my Prismacolor pencils. I'm sure you'll see that on your Instagram.

Ok, happy Thursday! I need to do work.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

#WIPWednesday: A Cat Painting

Yesterday on NPR I heard a remembrance of Ed Lowe, the man who invented Cat Litter. As such, I thought it was only fitting to share this tiny piece of a cat painting I've been working on. I'm hoping to add the finishing touches today.

Also, keep your eyes peeled on my Instagram for a mid-week free art drop. With all those Shrinky Dinks I had to do something!

Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Children's Illustration Project

When I work on portraits that are surprises or gifts, I can't post them to Instagram or this blog until they've been given to their final recipient. So, today I'm sharing another project image instead. This is an illustration from a children's book project i'm working on. She's eating a peanut butter sandwich in her swimsuit.

Stay tuned for more illustrations or news on this project! Happy Tuesday!

Monday, January 30, 2017

Spinstergram: Shrinky Dink Fever

I think I've gone off the deep end, and now I just want to make Shrinky Dinks all the time. I hope you are pleased, Katie. The next pack of Shrinky Dinks I hope to acquire will be opaque.

Keep your eyes peeled later this week to see what I make for #FAFATL out of Shrinky Dinks!

Happy Monday!

Saturday, January 28, 2017

A #FAFATL Bracelet

I think most people encountered Shrinky Dinks in childhood, but my friend Katie recently introduced me to them at the ripe old age of 31. Now I'm obsessed.

In case you're  as unfamiliar as I was with Shrinky Dinks, here's how they work: You draw a design on this special paper, cut it out, and then you bake it in the oven. When it bakes, it shrinks to about 1/3 the size of the original design and becomes hard plastic, and it is SO cool.

Because of my newfound Shrinky Dink obsession, I decided to make a special #FAFATL charm bracelet for Free Art Friday. I'll be dropping it this morning, so look out on Instagram!

Friday, January 27, 2017

Night and Day

So, this week I've been working on a bunch of different projects. One of them is a series of illustrations depicting the stages of creation. The image you see above is, of course, the creation of the fourth day. It's one of my favorites in the series, which will be used to aid in teaching the creation portion of the Godly Play series.

I have something to drop for Free Art Friday, but I may have to wait until tomorrow to do so. Stay tuned! For now, I'm on the move.

Happy Friday!

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Oh, Rob!

mary-tyler-moore-show, mary-tyler-moore-dead

There was sad, sad news yesterday for spinsters everywhere yesterday, when we heard that Mary Tyler Moore had passed away. She was funny and charming as Laura Petrie in The Dick Van Dyke Show, but I loved her most as the successful single professional lady in Mary Tyler Moore. She was fun and quirky but also serious and a feminist. I may have to re-watch this series in her honor.

Since we're all pretty upset bout the passing of such an iconic lady, I thought I'd show you something that actually made me laugh out loud this morning. It's a Bad Lip Reading Video of the presidential inauguration. I think it's about 1,000% better than whatever was actually said, and you could have voted either way and still think it's funny. So, please enjoy this:

Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Meet The Spinster


Ok, so I had so much fun with the "Meet The Artist" hashtag illustration yesterday, I thought I'd make one especially for The Spinsterhood Diaries.

Now if you're thinking I'm more attractive than usual in this drawing, then you're correct. But I'm the illustrator, and of course that's my prerogative. Now, let's talk about a few of the things here:

- The Jade Bangle:
          You may have noticed that the jade bangle is in both of these illustrations as well as most of my other self portraits. That's because it's very hard to get off - that's the way it's supposed to be. It's like a piercing, sort of, except my hand is the earring.

- The Radio:
          I ordered this thing on eBay, and I love it. I know, I know. I can listen to the radio on my computer, but I like the sound of the actual radio better.

- Chocolove: you just gotta try this.

- Prescription Sunglasses:
          One of the truly life-changing purchases I've made. Since Zenni glasses are so affordable, this was the first time I actually got around to getting them. This is a must for all my fellow four eyes out there.

- Quilt:
          Now that I've started quilting, I can't stop. I always want to be working on one.

- Floss Picks:
          Obsessed. In the past year I've started flossing in the shower while I condition my hair. I think floss picks are infinitely easier than regular floss.

- Elastic band wrist pin cushion:
          I think I bought this for $3 or something when I was in fashion school. All the Korean girls had them, and once I got one, I knew why. You never have to worry about dropping your pin cushion, losing it, or having to turn around or search for a pin. It's right there on your wrist.

Ok, so that wasn't really everything in the illustration, but those were the ones I thought needed explanations.

Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

#MeetTheArtist: Sarah J. Jones


So, there's this fun challenge/meme going around called #MeetTheArtist. Each image contains a drawing of the artist, their likes and dislikes, and what's in their art bag. I am obsessed. So, of course I made my own.

I tried to make this square so you'd be able to see it well in Instagram, but I had to much stuff. So, if you click on this image and open it in a different tab, then you should be able to zoom in pretty well.

Now, I know I'm not as skinny as this image. I tried to make my body proportions a little more realistic, but having been a fashion designer, my default cartoon character is about seven feet tall. So, the fact that this one looks potentially believably 5'7" at all, is pretty good in my opinion.

Well, I think this thing is pretty self explanatory. Enjoy!

Monday, January 23, 2017

Etsy Shop Updated & Some DIY Valentines

Last week, I started working on my yearly round of home made Valentines. I do this instead of Christmas cards because...well, people get way less valentines than Christmas cards, and so this is more fun to get. At least, I think so anyway.

So, today I'm bringing you a list of cute Valentine DIYs that are more fun to make, give, and receive than the same thing you do every year. Of course I'll still be sending cards, but if you want to send me one of these ideas, I won't say no!

♥ Honestly WTF's DIY Heart Friendship Bracelet:
          Super cute and perfect for friends who aren't romantic partners. 

♥ Taryn Cox for The Wife's "You Rule" Valentine's Day Cards:
          Great for elementary school students, but equally as great for your creative coworkers. If this one's for adults, though, I highly recommend you give them a clear plastic grid ruler. They are my personal preference as a creative person. 

♥ Just Between Friends' Valentine's Day Muddy Buddies Mix:
          Get it? It's for your buddies on Valentine's Day. I'd eat it. 

♥ Made To Be A Momma's Valentine Socks Gift:
          Such a simple idea, but I love socks, so she had me at...well, socks. Target has really cute inexpensive ankle socks around holidays that are on theme. The thing about Valentine's day is that generally I'm willing to wear hearts year round. That means they'll get a lot more wear than, say, Christmas or Halloween socks. 

♥ Toy Caboodle's Valentine's Day Scratch Offs. This one's a video, so I'm embedding below:

♥ Bits of Everything's Just Write Valentine:
          Again, great for school kids, college classmates, or coworkers! Everyone likes a new pen or pencil. 

♥ Artful Parent's Heart Shaped Cherry Hand Pies:
          could someone just bring me one of these right now? Thank you!

♥ And lastly, this Wish Bracelet DIY from Lisa Yang's Jewelry Blog:
          I'm sure you can also purchase cute little charms, too. I think wish bracelets and necklaces are really fun and cute, but I don't think they're worth the $20 you usually end up paying. So, voila! make some for your Valentine's Day Friends. Add a charm that sums up their personality OR one that embodies the wish you know they hope comes true. 

Now, go make those! 

Also, I have renewed some of the listings on my Etsy shop and added a couple new ones. I think I'll be adding a few Valentine's day cards in there soon, too. I'll keep you posted!

Happy Monday!

Friday, January 20, 2017

Obsession Confession: Thrifted Transformations

For someone who went to fashion school, my sewing skills aren't really up to par. As a result, sewing isn't really my fave. But I wish it was. That's why lately I've been so obsessed with Coolirpa's YouTube Channel and her Thrifted Transformations.

Basically Coolirpa (her name is actually April), goes to thrift stores, purchases items on the cheap, and transforms them into modern, fashionable items. I love it. It's like watching Sixteen Candles minus the teen angst.

So, in case you've been too lazy to click through the links, I'm going to embed one of my favorite finished products she's made. super cute.

Have an excellent Friday!

Thursday, January 19, 2017


Today I'm freelancing, so I'll keep this short. It doesn't start until after lunch, but still. I need to get going.

Here's an image of a pet portrait/sketch I started yesterday. Hopefully I'll post an update to my Instagram (@Jonezee85) before I leave for my gig today.

Ok, Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

A Watercolor Portrait and a Weird Dream

So, if you follow my Instagram, then today's imagery isn't new to you. I posted it yesterday while I worked on this watercolor portrait of Maria Nichol. The other day she posted something about "blorange" hair being a new trend, so I thought I'd try it out with watercolors. Below you'll find the result.

Now for that weird dream.

For a while now I've had this recurring nightmare. It's not scary in the usual "someone's chasing me," way. It's more of a real life scary. So here it is:

I'm playing with my puppy (or puppies...last night it was just Miranda), and up comes another dog that I'd forgotten all about. I hadn't been feeding it or playing with it or anything. I hadn't seen it in weeks or months. I'd replaced it with Miranda, who looked exactly the same and had the same name. The shame, guilt, and sadness are overwhelming when I realize I've been neglecting this poor, helpless creature, and I try to make amends.

Such a weird and scary dream, right? I'm going to keep a very close eye on Miranda...forever.

I hope you have a happy Wednesday and that you hug your pet.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

A Bow Quilt

So, recently my spinsterhood has focused heavily on quilting. So far, i've been working on some pretty basic designs, but as I worked, I started thinking about how I used to CAD intarsia for sweaters and cold weather accessories. Why couldn't I do the same thing to design quilts?

So, yesterday, I did a little messing around to see if I could make a quilt design that I'd actually like to make. The result is the above bow quilt idea.

Now, there are wayyyy more squares in this quilt that I'd actually want to cut out and stitch together, but I do like the final product. I think it could be very cute in a little girl's room. I'm going to pin it and see what pinterest thinks. I have a new quilt board that I like very much.

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, January 16, 2017

Another Coloring Page

I'm still recovering from having seen La La Land. My love for Ryan Gosling makes me feel like I'm in middle a bad way. It's not ok.

Ok, actually I am ok. Don't worry.

I did make you a coloring page for today, though. Since Valentine's Day is now less than a month away, I thought I should make one with hearts and flowers. You could even print this out, color it in, and make an envelope liner out of it. Or maybe use it as part of one of your valentines. Just think on it.

All right. That's all for me. Happy Monday!