Wednesday, August 23, 2017

I'm Dreaming of the South Line Water Cat

While I slept last night, my brain made up a song. It goes like this: "I'm dreaming, I'm dreaming of the south line water cat."

I have no idea where this song or idea came from, but I googled it this morning, and apparently, in Southeast Asia, there is such a thing as a fishing cat. Coincidence or a result of ambient awareness? To my knowledge, I'd never heard of the fishing cat, but who can say?

As for the photo, I'm pretty proud of the box table I made last night for my dinner break with my friend Tash.

Speaking of packing, I have to say that I had a spinster-power moment yesterday when I disassembled a bed all by myself, moved the mattress and box springs, and put them all in a compact area. Insert the strong arm emoji.

Now, back to packing!

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Another Couple of Mystery Packages!

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Well, thanks to two amazing customers, both of yesterday's Mystery Boxes have been shipped! I still have a bunch of packing to do, though, so I have two more packages in the Etsy store. These are more Mystery Packages instead of Mystery Boxes, as they are just thick envelopes. They're still jammed with surprises, though!

Stay tuned - I still have lots of stuff to pack and sort through. Happy Tuesday!

Monday, August 21, 2017

My Very First Mystery Boxes!

A couple weeks ago I watched a video about ordering Ebay Mystery Boxes. Spoiler alert, most of the things she got were garbage. However, I later watched a video of an Etsy Mystery Box, and it was much cooler. Most of the items in the box were for those fancy planners, but it was still a fun box to open.

Since I've been packing up my apartment (one room of which has served as an art studio), I've found a lot of art and things lying around. They are not garbage, but I'm not sure how much of my own art I need to be hanging in my own home. So, I decided to make my own Mystery Boxes!

Each of the boxes I've made so far contains at least five pieces of original art (by me!) as well as some other fun things I have stock piled around here. Sometimes it pays off to be a little bit of a pack rat...well, at least it pays off for the people who are getting these boxes.

I've already sold the first one I made, but there's one left at my Etsy store. Today I'll need to run a few errands and will pickup some larger envelopes that can fit some of the 11x14 piece I have left. Then I'll post a couple more Mystery packages! Stay tuned!

Friday, August 18, 2017

Art for Chefs

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Well, I guess you can tell by now that I've gotten really into looking at art on Etsy. So, today I've made another shopping guide. This one's for the person who loves to cook...or just loves to eat.

1. White Kitchen Mixer: $110, Little Mach Works on Etsy
          Part of me thinks that real chefs don't use hand mixers. The other part of me knows that everyone has used a hand mixer if they've ever learned to bake. So, I like this one. It's a nice everyday object painting.

2. Peanut Butter and Jelly: $150, Whimsical Wild Artwork on Etsy
          I really like this painting. I like the subject matter, and I like the execution. This would be cute for kids or adults.

3. Measuring Cup: $120, Rendered Imressions on Etsy
          Again, this is a nice everyday object. I love a good pyrex measuring cup.

4. Bottles: $129, Hobson Fine Art on Etsy
          The description of this painting says it's soda and water bottles, but I'm not so sure about that. Still, I like the idea of a painting of the inside of a refrigerator. Everyone's would be different. Mine would be mostly pickles and jam...which I do not eat together.

5. Oysters: $350, Kristine Kainer on Etsy
          This is great for someone who lives at the beach. The texture is also really nice, and the color combination (red and yellow usually feels like McDonalds) is not one you might initially think of, which is cool.

6. Eggs: $50, Hobson Fine Art on Etsy
          I love the color palette of this painting. I could hang this in any room...not just the kitchen. Though, I will admit that it would be a little strange in the bathroom or bedroom.

7. Avocado: $190, Jo Bradney on Etsy
          Avocados are still so popular. I'm starting to wonder if they were actually a trend or if they have staying power as an ingredient for everything. I really like that this has purple, teal, and green. Very nice color combo.

8. Kiwi: $30, Jamie Stevens Art on Etsy
          Ooh, kiwis! I love kiwi, and I never eat it. I'm too lazy to peel it. The look of it is excellent, though. Also, watch this video. If you haven't seen it, it will make you want to grow a kiwi banana immediately.

9. Yellow Onion: $165, Jo Bradney on Etsy
          Don't give this to one of those people who inexplicably hates onions. For everyone else, though, it's gorgeous.

10. Bananas: $163.60, Isabella Di Sclafani on Etsy
          This is actually the first painting I saved for this shopping list. I love everything about it. It's minimal, I love bananas, and I love the colors. So...wins all around.

Well, I hope your day is as delicious as these paintings. Happy Friday!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

An Old Work Doodle

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Cleaning out the closet that houses all my art supplies, I found several half-used work notebooks. Before I threw this one away, I thought I'd show it in digital form.

this doodle came from a notebook I used to take notes in when I worked at Aerie. I think I may not have been have been paying attention in this meeting. I'm not sure why I went with the plaid/stripe combo. I don't think we were doing that the season I made this. But, that was like five years ago, so who even knows?

Ok, that's all! Happy Thursday! Follow along with me as I paint a couples portrait on my Instagram (@Jonezee85).

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Your New Gallery Wall: Rainbow Sherbet

When I was little, I liked to get Baskin Robins' Rainbow Sherbet.  It was delicious, and the pink/purple/orange color made it even more appealing. Today, our shopping guide is a collection of pieces that remind me of that sweet treat. So, let's get started!

1. Made to Order Abstract Painting: $200+, Art by Heroux on Etsy
          When you order this painting, the artist will make it for you in whatever size you'd like. They do note that not every painting will be exactly alike, but I think that makes the whole process more exciting!

2. Large Seascape: $750, Nancy Merkle on Etsy
          I love this painting. It's a landscape while still managing to be sort of abstract. Perfect.

3. "Simple Beauty" : $45, Sue Ringer on Etsy
          This is a small 6x6 painting, but I think it'd be a great addition to a desk, a gallery wall, or a little piece of wall that's too small for anything else. I love the chunky brush strokes.

4. Orange and Pink Watercolor: $48, LamArtStudio on Etsy
          This is actually watercolor, acrylic, and some other things, I think. It's simple but would look great in a collection.

5. Rani Pink and Golden Orange Painting: $100, Midas Touch NK on Etsy
          This is a little more precise than the other items in the list, but maybe you're a little more precise in your art choices. If you like things very neat and orderly, this could be for you!

6. Pink and Orange Marbled Painting: $40.17,  Spectrum Artworks on Etsy
          This one has glitter in it. I like a lot of the things in this shop. They're very freeform and colorful. I think you should visit.

7. "Let's Go Fly a Kite," Acrylic on Canvas: $61, Jill Lambert on Etsy
          I'm not sure why this is called "Let's Go Fly a Kite," but I'm certainly not mad at it. I like the colors, and I think it's a pretty sizable painting for only $61. If I weren't in the process of moving, I might consider purchasing this one.

8. California Rocks: $159, Pat Adams Art on Etsy
          Another purply-pinky-orangy landscape. I like this one, too, but it's a little less abstract. Very cool.

9. Oranges: $33, Chic Canvas Co on Etsy
          This one is a great option for the pretty lady. It also has a sort of vintage 1950s or 1960s feel. It could be great in a kitchen!

10. "Orange" Acrylic on Paper: $35, Evelina Petrenko on Etsy
          This is a bright painting, and it's on paper. That means you'd need to frame it. At $35, though, you could afford to do so. I think this one is a steal.

11. Dots paper painting: $38.93, Elizabeth Ellenor on Etsy
          This item ships from Australia. It's a little departure from the sorts of abstract paintings that are popular right now. I like it.

Well, that's it! I hope you're considering supporting some of these fabulous Etsy artists. If not, I hope you're inspired! Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Spinster Shopping: Interior Life

Every since I visited a couple's home that was filled with paintings of other people's homes, I have been intrigued by the concept. So, like in the past few posts, I did a little perusing on Etsy. Today's post is a bunch of interiors...or at least the things you'd find in a home's interior. I hope you find these as delightful as I do!

1. Oil Painting Original of Interior: $450, Bruce Habowski on Etsy
          What I like about this painting is that it feels like you're looking into someone else's room. Just a little...not enough to intrude. But also the wire/piping on the wall is very familiar to me from my time in the apartments of New York.

2. Chair Painting "There," $60, Lucia Dill Art on Etsy
          I like how loose this painting is while still telling you exactly what it is. Somehow it reminds me of the AA meetings in Infinite Jest.

3. "Night Studio Glow," $1,300, Thor Wickstrom on Etsy
          Ok, I know this one is expensive. But look how amazingly detailed it is! It's amazing. Click on the link to see some closer views. So cool.

4. Modern Colorful Abstract Interior Room Painting: $180, Jennifer Allevato on Etsy
          I like this artist. I think she makes some really fun/cool work. There are a lot of whimsical, cute rooms, but she also has several different paintings of her own studio, which I like very much.

5. "French Chair in Lavender Pink Room," $200, Kelly Coleman Coursey on Etsy
          I like the color combo. This comes already framed, so you can just go ahead and hang it on the wall should you decide to order it. I like the blue and white dishes on the wall, especially.

6. Original Oil Chair Painting: $116.21, Marleen Kleiberg on Etsy
          Ok, this is my favorite painting on this shopping guide. Marleen Kleiberg appears to be an artist from the Netherlands, so I'm not totally sure how much the shipping would be on this painting. However, I love these colors. I also especially love the little moment of subtle purples, blues, and greens in the top left hand corner. So nice. Please send me this as a belated birthday gift. Thank you. Only kidding...or am I?

7. Green Breuer 21" x 24" Vintage Original by Reginald Van Pelt: $795, Reginald VanPelt on Etsy
          I like this chair in its simplicity. While the price may seem pretty high, it's a pretty good-sized painting. Additionally, this is one of those neutral paintings you can put anywhere. So that's a major plus.

8. "A Topiary's View" : $25, MercersDaughter on Etsy
          I like this artist because she's versatile in her media choices, but she's also very affordable. I like the name of this painting. It makes the topiary in the background seem more fun and slightly anthropomorphized.

9. "Morning Room": $25,MercersDaughter on Etsy
          This is a more traditional painting form the same seller. I like it. I like the color combo. And, again, at $25, what are you waiting for?

10. "Urban Jungle #4" by Marisa Anon: $532.11, Lunartics on Etsy
          I had a painting by this artist in yesterday's post as well. I like how quirky this painting is, and the plants are pretty trendy right now. Or are they? Are plants always in style? I don't know. I do not have a green thumb.

11. "Morning Greeting," $400, Catherine J. Martzloff on Etsy
          This is the painting that inspired me to create this shopping guide. I liked this cheery bathroom and the idea that someone would immortalize the bathroom where they spend every morning. I remember a professor of mine mentioning this when we were reviewing Van Gogh's Bedrooms as well as a desk lamp piece by (I think, though I can't find it online) Michael Brodeur. It's a really cool concept, I think. I may have to make a painting of something like that...perhaps my big Starbucks pineapple cup...or my toothbrush...or my Barcelona chair with a stack of random paper and books in it. TBD.

Well, that's it! I hope you've enjoyed this peek into other people's spaces. Happy Tuesday!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Spinster Shopping: Ode To Breakfast

Well, good morning! I hope you're having an excellent breakfast. If you're not, today I've put together another shopping guide. This one will make you hungry. I've scoured Etsy's amazing sellers to find some original artwork worthy of any spinster's kitchen, dining area, or anywhere else she might eat. For me, that'd be my sofa.

The prices on these things are reflective of the fact that they're actual original paintings, not prints. So, keep that in mind while you browse. I really love the ones I found here, so let's discuss!

1. "Eggs" : $550, Brian Nash Artist on Etsy
          I think this is a fun painting, and it's really very big. So, if you have a big breakfast room, this could be a really cute painting. It's literal, but it also sort of looks like a strange polka dot.

2. "Coffee with Biscotti" $295, Laura Craig Fine Art on Etsy
          I like the light in this painting. I also really like the mug. And, of course, I also like biscotti. So, all told, I think this is very nice.

3. "Coffee Epidemic," $220, ExceptionallyAshley on Etsy
          This is one of those paintings you could really put in any room of your house. It's sort of neutral as well as a little architectural. At first I thought it was a photograph. Pretty cool.

4. "Breakfast Still Life No.01-01" $119, TZ Art Studio on Etsy
          The bacon in this painting is a little crazy, but I like it. Not every painting needs to be super realistic. Plus this has some nice turquoise notes as well as some yellow-orange.

5. "Grapefruit for Breakfast" : $200, Andrea's Fine Art on Etsy
          Again, I really like the color combo in this painting. I like blue and white plates in the first place. I don't like grapefruit, but no matter. It's still very pretty.

6. "Breakfast Bagel" : $300, CynArt on Etsy
          This is the only watercolor painting on this shopping guide, but I love the way the knife is rendered. And, of course, I like bagels, too.

7. "Breakfast" : $350, ArtworksRockland on Etsy
          I like that they didn't go super cutesy with the donuts in this painting. It's simple and straightforward, but look at the nice light on the outside and inside of the coffee mug. Beautiful.

8. "Sunny Side Up," $79.99, Chris Bell Fine Art on Etsy
          I'd love to hang #s 8 and 11 as a pair in any room of the house. It is important to note, though, that they are different sizes. Still, I'd consider it. Perhaps opposing wall companion pieces?

9. "Coffee and Bread": $150, Kate Painting on Etsy
          This painting has a couple different condiments. I felt I needed to branch out from just eggs, bacon, and coffee, and I think this green-and-gold color combo is nice.

10. "French Breakfast" : $349, Alexander Titorenkov on Etsy
          Who doesn't love a pretty cup and saucer and a croissant? Nobody. That's who.

11. "Bacon" : $59.99, Chris Bell Fine Art on Etsy
          At this price, I really think you should buy both #s 8 and 11.

12. "Sunday Morning" by Marisa Anon Frau: $159.02, LunArtics on Etsy
          This painting reminds me of Joni Mitchell's "Chelsea Morning." It's so cheery!

13. "Red, White, and Blue" : $99, Carmen Beecher on Etsy
          You can enjoy this painting for more days thank just the 4th of July. And a breakfast of berries sounds amazing.

14. "Doughnuts for Breakfast" : $150, Shineh Art Studio on Etsy
          This is my secret favorite of the collection. It looks like an Entenmann's donut, but I love the brushwork. The strokes are wild and economical all at once. It is delicious.

Well, I hope this leaves you hungry...for art! hehe. Happy Monday!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

13 Fabulous Vintage Party Dresses

Yesterday, I turned 32 years old. I had a gloriously relaxing day where my mom took me to get a pedicure, and my dad took us to have a fancy dinner. I did not wear sparkly party dress, but my mom did give me some fun sparkly earrings.

Just for fun, I also did a little online Etsy shopping on my birthday, and I came up with this collection of fabulous dresses I think would be absolutely appropriate for any spinster's birthday. A lot of them are from the same Etsy seller, which should tell you that their entire shop is amazing. But let's talk about all these dresses, ok? Ok.

1. Vintage Pastel Sequin Dress: $289, Braxae on Etsy
          I think this color palette is so modern, even though this dress is obviously not brand new. I love the idea of over all sparkle, though. When it's your birthday, you should go all out.

2. Blush Feather Trim Dress: $298, A Finer Vintage on Etsy
          This dress is so femme and so bold. I feel like you'd want to dance your way down a pure white staircase in this one wearing strands and strands of diamonds and pearls.

3. Pastel Sorbet Dress: $159,  Braxae on Etsy
          This is definitely a dress for a summer birthday. I think this would be great at the beach or anywhere warm...or just...anywhere at all.

4. Black Sequin Fringe Dress: $450, LoveItShop on Etsy
          This is a daring dress that reminds me of Liza Minelli. If you're an iconic diva, this one is for you.

5. 1950s Taffeta Hourglass Dress - Soutache Sequins & Feather Trim $165.00, Vintage Vixen on Etsy
          I believe this dress is rather short. So, to offset all of that that's going on, I highly suggest flats with this little number. Or, you know what? Wear whatever you want. It's your birthday dress....or at least it could be.

6. Vintage Gold Sequin Dress: $160, Manners House on Etsy
          Simple and to the point. It's a gold sequined mini dress, and it is perfect. I think you could pretend you're Beyonce in this one.

7. Black Feather Dress: $325, Sown Threads Clothing on Etsy
          It really says something about this shopping list that this dress is the most subtle. But I really like it. I could see having this one in your closet for any event year-round. It's Audrey.

8. Exotic Palm Leaves Sequin Dress: $349, Braxae on Etsy
          When I first saw this dress, I thought there was a tiger coming out of the side seam. While I'm a little disappointed this dress exists without tigers, I still think it's amazing. I love how graphic it is.

9. ART DECO Emerald Green Sequin Dress$475.00,  Braxae on Etsy
          I can imagine this dress being great for a redhead or someone with medium-to-dark skin. The color is excellent. 

10. Vintage Sequin Dress by Nadine: $85, Manners House on Etsy
          Now, this is one of the most obviously vintage items on this list. It's pretty 80s/90s. At the same time, though, the artwork, layout, and motifs are not entirely un-modern. Plus, at $85, it's the best deal on this list.

11.  Pink Sequin Dress / Pink Pearl Beaded Dress$179.00, Braxae on Etsy
          This dress is simple and sweet but still has all that sparkle. It's a no-brainer for a lady who's shooting for a "pretty in pink" look on her birthday.

12. Ralph Lauren Sequin Dress: $3,885, Braxae on Etsy
          I know, I know. This price tag shocked me, too. BUT, if you click on the link and look at the detail shots, this dress really is a work of art. If it were more like $385 instead of $3885, I might be really tempted to buy it and lose weight to wear it. Instead, I'll keep my money and eat some more birthday cake.

13. Iridescent Ivory Fringe Dress: $229, Braxae on Etsy
          I like how this dress is tonal, sparkly, and it has a lot of movement with the beaded fringe. It'd be excellent for making an entrance into a room that had optimal lighting.

All right! Those are the excellent Vintage Party Dresses I found on Etsy yesterday, on my birthday. So, if your birthday is coming up, perhaps you should treat yourself to something utterly extravagant and eye-catching. Just a thought.

Happy Sunday!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

10 Excellent Vintage Wedding Dresses (For Someone Else)

I'm ashamed to admit that last night I watched the season finale of The Bachelorette. While my opinion remains intact about how terrible the entire concept of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette is, it did inspire me to do a little Etsy shopping while I watched.

Don't get too excited. It still looks like I'll be a spinster forever. This is purely inspired by watching a tv show about a woman who demanded a proposal. So, let's talk about these dresses!

1. Fringe Beaded Dress: $985, Braxae on Etsy
          A lot of these wedding dresses are going to be shorter, but I think this one is fabulous. If you visit the link, you'll see that there are amazing little dangle beads. You can be sparkly and shimmery and classy all at once.

2. Dainty Flowers Vintage Wedding Dress: $285, Reluctant Damsel on Etsy
          So, I think this dress really needs to be steamed, and potentially the neckline at the opaque underlay needs to be reworked, but overall, I do love the dainty floral overlay.

3. 1970s Lace Wedding Dress: $489 The Vintage Mistress on Etsy
          This is a pretty traditional wedding dress, and I really like it. For under $500, it's a lot more affordable than buying brand new.

4. Vintage 1960s Wedding Dress: $250, Storied Vintage 2 on Etsy
          This dress is very Jackie Kennedy to me. It's got the long train in the back, and then it's got sort of a column skirt in the front. If you're a S or XS, this could be a really fun choice!

5. Vintage Pearl Beaded Wedding Dress: $550, Braxae on Etsy
          I think this dress is very "now," despite being vintage. Of course, you'd have to have the body for it, but it is really nice.

6. Pink Belted Wedding Dress: $438.82, Charmemode on Etsy
          I'm not sure if this one is really vintage. BUT it looks vintage. I like the belt. Very cute.

7. 1960 Emma Domb Jeweled Wedding Dress: $288, MCVintage Bridal on Etsy
          This dress gives me a distinct Game of Thrones feeling, and I'm not entirely sure why. It does have some nice detailing at the top, and is fit for a princess.

8. 1960s Cocktail Suit: $189, Lipstick Girl Vintage
          Ok, this dress is so cute. Even if a short wedding dress isn't for you, this could be an excellent rehearsal dinner or bridesmaid's luncheon dress. Very cute and very chic.

9. Lisa 50's Wedding Dress: $428, Breanne Faouzi on Etsy
          This dress reminds me of the one Audrey Hepburn wears in Funny Face. It's beautiful for dancing. I can just imagine a ballerina doing a wedding-themed dance in this. The skirt is so pretty.

10. Boho Fairy Wedding Dress: $148: Reluctant Damsel on Etsy
          The best thing about this is the detailing at the neckline and at the back. Very, very pretty. Could be really nice for a backyard wedding with fairy lights and a flower crown.

Ok! That's all! If you're a spinster like I am, I encourage you to at least check out these vintage shops on Etsy. They have some pretty cool stuff!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

The Spinster's Birthday Wish List

It occurred to me today that in 11 days, I will be 32 years old. Thirty-two. What happened? I thought for sure that just five minutes ago, I was 26 years old, weighed 125 pounds, and looked great in my jeans...strange. Very strange.

In past years, I have celebrated my birthday for an entire month, but this year, I'm a bit scattered. I've got art/illustration bookings through December, but right now I'm trying to pack up my apartment so I can move. So, if you need any of the sample art pieces from my festival tent, I'd be happy for you to take them off my hands.

Aaaanyway, since my birthday is coming up, this morning in the shower I made up a birthday know, in case you want to get me something special. Feel free to start  a GoFundMe to help you fulfill this list.

Ok, now let's talk about what's actually on the list.

1. A House:

          I'll accept anything from a cozy two bedroom cottage (Miranda need her own space, of my studio goes in the guest room) to something that might best be described as a mansion or a manner. Just as long as it's a gift, and I don't have to pay rent. I'll be happy to cover the taxes, though. There's no need for you to have to pay anything beyond the broker fee, closing costs, inspector fees, the downpayment, and the mortgage. I'm not an unreasonable person.

2. A Sanitations Specialist:

          With this house you're getting me, I'll need someone to keep it clean. I prefer this person is a professional who enjoys their work and sees no need to complain to me about what a slob I am. They'll come and clean, you pay them, and then they'll leave...until they come back the next week.

3. To Be Independently Wealthy:

          I need this so that I can focus on the two most important things: keeping Miranda company and making stuff.
          Note: Sugar Daddies will be considered, but unless a platonic arrangement can be reached, they will most likely be rejected. I'm thinking something more along the lines of the Medici if I must depend on someone.

4. My Own Gallery Show:

          I think a person could probably make this happen easily enough, but the idea here is that you would gift the space and the event to me for my birthday. I've always wanted to have a gallery show. Plus, if we sell the artwork at the show, then I could be on my way to Wish List Item #3.

Any questions?

My birthday is August 12th, so I guess you'd better get started. Thank you!


Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Spinster Shopping: Star-Spangled

Happy Independence Day to all the lovely Spinsters out there! Today's post isn't really directly patriotic. But, in the spirit of the holiday, I thought we might have a star-themed post.

This post is definitely heavy on the earrings, but I can't help it. I love earrings.

So let's look what we've got here.

1. Jenny Packham Crystal Embellished Double Star Drop Earrings: $19.20, Lord & Taylor
          These are on clearance and more than half off. For the lady who likes a little more dangle than the one who'd wear #7.

2. Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat: $42, Bloomingdale's
          This is special anniversary edition packaging, and I love it.

3. Golden Star Clear Pencil Case/Makeup Pouch: $20, Ross Miu on Etsy
          The glitter moves inside the clear layers, I think. I love it.

4. Steve Madden Jupiter Sandals: $62, Revolve
          This is a more affordable version of a set of Loeffler Randall sandals that cam out several years ago. I loved them then, and I love them now.

5. Steve Madden Large C-Hoop Dangling Star Chain Earrings: $9.97, Haute Look
          I really like the look of c-hoop earrings. That's pretty much it.

6. Star Glitter Nail Polish by Pretty Jelly: $8, Pretty Jelly on Etsy
          While these colors aren't really "American," You're much more likely to wear this polish year-round, justifying the $8 price tag.

7. Sparkling Star Drop Earrings: $9.97, New York & Co.
          These are on sale for 50% off, and I think they're a steal at just under $10.

8. Edible Star Glitter: $8, Fancy Sprinkles on Etsy
          I mean, who couldn't use a dose of star-shaped edible glitter?

All right! That's all for now! Happy Fourth of July!

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!