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!