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!

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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 school...in 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!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

A Sunday Coloring Page

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You guys, I saw La La Land last night, and I don't know if I'll ever recover. I wept. Like, I was wiping my eyes on the corners of my jacket. I so needed that movie to end the way I wanted it to...with Ryan Gosling coming out of the screen and marrying me.

That's all I will say. See that movie at your own risk. I see why it won the awards, but I cried like a baby, and I didn't want to.

Now, here is a coloring page for your Sunday. I hope you enjoy!

Happy Sunday!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Friday Night Spinstering: Painting

Sometimes when you're a spinster, you like nothing better than to stay home and be creative. Who am I kidding, though? That's most nights for me.

Because I paint a lot of portraits, I mix a lot of colors. If I'm lucky, they don't run out while I'm still painting the portrait. The result of mixing enough, though, is that I usually have some leftover tubs of color lying around. Last night, I decided to play around with them on an odd-sized canvas I had in my studio/guest room.

The image above was the result of my painting fun last night. I left it to dry, and I'll probably mess around with it more today. I don't think it will end up being a painting of clouds.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go get on the treadmill. ugh.

Happy Saturday!

Friday, January 13, 2017

Sketches From Last Night

Last Night I made some sketch of Miranda. She's really hard to draw form life for obvious reasons...she moves a lot. So, when I'd sketched her enough for my liking, I made some other sketches and doodles, and I thought I'd share those today just for some Friday fun.

Below you'll find two more bunches of sketches. I don't really have any explanation, so just enjoy!

Happy Friday!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Sidewalk Microwave

Today's illustration is an exercise in laziness. I was too lazy to get up and get a pen, so I left it very sketchy. I was too lazy to use a ruler, so it's a little slanted. Then, I was too lazy to scan it, so I just took a photo. Then, I was too lazy to get up and get my wacom, so I colored this using the trackpad on my laptop. But, I think it conveys what I'm trying to say.

Ok, so yesterday, on a painting break, I was walking Miranda. They've been doing construction at my apartment complex for what feels like forever, making the construction guys seem more like regular employees than contractors. As I passed one guy sitting on the sidewalk, I noticed that he was sitting next to a paint-splattered microwave he had plugged into outdoor power using an industrial extension cord. He was heating his lunch, and I was duly impressed.

From the looks of the microwave, it's been traveling with these guys for a while, so this was not a new idea for them. For me, though, it was a revelation. Why not bring a microwave? If everyone is going to bring lunch from home, then this is a great way for them to save money and eat a hearty lunch on the job. Perhaps we should all have sidewalk microwaves.

Well, I just needed to tell everyone about the genius construction workers at my apartment complex. Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Spinstergram: The Secret's Out...

So, remember when I went to Las Vegas over the summer? Maybe you don't, but I couldn't tell anyone why I went at the time. Today, though, you can watch it on TV!

I'm thankful to say that they definitely edited my segment (it originally aired here in Atlanta several months ago). I was a very nervous talker when I was there - so much so that Chris Harrison told me I was telling a very long story. Haha! How embarrassing!

Aaaanyway...if you want to find out when the show airs in your neck of the woods, visit the Who Wants To Be A Millionaire website, and find your local listing.

Looking at this photo, I sincerely hope two things: That the camera adds something more like 50 pounds and that I've actually lost weight since this photo was taken.

All right! Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Obsession Confession: Leah Remini

You may remember that last year I went on an audiobook binge, listening to several books written by former Scientologists. You may recognize today's image from the post on the Leah Remini book, Troublemaker.

Well, now A&E is running a show called Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath whose season finale is tonight at 10/9 central.  While recovering from a pretty rough cold this weekend, I took it upon myself to watch all the previous episodes. If you like stuff like this (cults, weird religions, etc), I highly recommend.

Unlike a lot of the documentaries on Scientology, this show isn't just a rehashing of the previous literature published on the subject. Remini goes around and talks to former Scientologists about their time in Scientology as well as their departure from the religion, the community, and oftentimes their own families. If you don't know much about Scientology, you will be shocked by a lot of the things you hear in these episodes. If you know much about FLDS, though they are a completely different group and Scientology does not endorse polygamy, you may not be that surprised.

Anyway, I'm definitely tuning in tonight for the finale, and I think you probably should, too.

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, January 9, 2017

Spinstergram: What I've Been Doing All This Time

Last night I dreamed that adding bacon to white wine turned it into just extra-delicious white grape juice. I'm not sure how it removed the alcohol. My guess is science.

Ok, now, I know I've been gone for quite some time. So, for today's post, I thought I'd share some photos of the things I've made since I've been gone. A lot of them I couldn't share before Christmas because they were surprises, but now all bets are off! Let's have a look:

We'll start with one of my favorite projects. I made this for my niece this Christmas:

Part of me made this because she's been really into the books Shoe La La and Fancy Nancy. The other part of me made it because I just...well, I would have wanted one for myself as a kid. I would have added trim to the sleeves, but if I'm honest, I didn't because stitching on the feathers were pretty hard to attach.

Next, we have the second quilt I've ever made:

I made this for my baby niece, who I like to call a chubbawub. She's so cute and chubby and round that she looks like a fake baby. Like a doll. She's very squeezable.

The story behind why it's satin: When I was little, I had a silk charmeuse little pillow. I'm guessing it was a crib pillow, but I have no idea. I loved that it was silky and could get cold. I called it "cold pillow," and my mom would put it in the freezer for me. I still like to be cold when I go to sleep.

Now for some things from my Instagram, so if you already follow me, you've seen these. Here we go:

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There are lots more on my Instagram, so if you want to check them out, head on over to @Jonezee85 and follow me!

Ok, now it's back to work for me! Happy Monday!