Getting A Facelift

21 Oct

Well, I didn’t get a facelift, but my blog did! As many of you probably noticed, the header is remarkably different from the boring block lettering which used to be there. One of the great things about blogging is that it connects you with all sorts of people from various artistic corners of the web. One such person is my dear friend Tahira (TJ) Lubrano, the person who is responsible for how snazzy pants my site looks these days. I wanted to give her this little shout out as my way of thanking her for the hard work she put into making my blog easier on the eyes.

TJ’s art speaks to me on so many levels. It’s fun. It’s imaginative. It’s colorful. It’s happy. It’s playful. It’s beautiful. I could go on and on, but I thought I’d let her brilliant illustrations speak for themselves.

As you can see, she’s got talent pouring out of her at all times. She’s a fantastic person (seriously, I can’t express how much I adore her!) and I’m sure she’d love it if you stopped by and said hi.


TJ’s Website

Facebook Fan Page

Twitter Page

Etsy Page


Thanks again, TJ!

83 Responses to “Getting A Facelift”

  1. Carrie Rubin 10/22/2012 at 6:18 pm #

    The header is great, and I love her artwork, especially the cupcakes. πŸ˜‰ Yum.

    • Jen and Tonic 10/22/2012 at 9:01 pm #

      The cupcakes seem to be her most popular type of drawing. Cupcakes DO draw a crowd.

    • TJLubrano 10/23/2012 at 3:19 am #

      Thank you, Carrie!!! You gotta looooove cupcakes hehe πŸ™‚

  2. Love and Lunchmeat 10/22/2012 at 5:18 pm #

    I love your header! I am definitely going to have to go look at her other stuff. It’s funny because I want to pretend that it doesn’t matter what a site looks like (that it’s all about the writing), but the truth is almost every blog I watch also has its own distinct and fitting look. And I’ve spent more hours than I care to admit designing my own stuff.

    • Jen and Tonic 10/22/2012 at 5:22 pm #

      I do the same thing! I say, “If it’s good writing that’s all that matters” and then I see a blog with a great layout and think, “DAMN! I am so distracted by all this beautiful shiny stuff.”

      Please do take a look at her stuff. I couldn’t possibly include all of the things she’s done that are wonderful.

      • Love and Lunchmeat 10/22/2012 at 5:42 pm #

        I just did. Her stuff is gorgeous! I’m following her on Twitter since I’m somewhat hopeless at Facebook. (Avoidance mostly.) And I see we’re both on the same wavelength today, sending people off to visit other blogs…

        • Jen and Tonic 10/22/2012 at 5:59 pm #

          As bad as that is “for business” I LOVE sending people to other blogs I love.

    • TJLubrano 10/23/2012 at 3:18 am #

      Love and Lunchmeat…I’m hungry now. That aside, so happy you love what you saw! πŸ™‚ Thank you so much!

      And thank goodness, I read that you’re following me on Twitter! So will look you up! I’m not always getting notifications when someone follows me -_-. I’m all for good writing as I often just picture the images in my head when I read, but I agree a fun layout makes it that much nicer as long as its not toooo crowded, because I get distracted very easily.

  3. SummerSolsticeGirl 10/22/2012 at 11:56 am #

    wow, that’s a lot of talent right there!

    Looking Sharp!

    • Jen and Tonic 10/22/2012 at 12:04 pm #

      Thanks! And yes, she really does have a bucket of talent.

    • TJLubrano 10/23/2012 at 2:46 am #

      Thank you, thank you!! You gotta love Ms. J&T brilliance huh? And I’m not talking about this post, but in general ^_^

      • SummerSolsticeGirl 10/23/2012 at 8:52 am #

        Yes, her brilliance is very sharp (ok. enough with the bad puns already) but I love, love, love your illustrations. Love the colours and the lines. Don’t get tired of looking at them

        • TJLubrano 10/23/2012 at 2:12 pm #

          Hahaha Jen’s name is perfect for the cool puns!

          Really, thank you, thank you!! So happy here πŸ™‚ By all means, keep on staring! They don’t mind it at all. The cupcakes might even start to ramble to you.

          • SummerSolsticeGirl 10/23/2012 at 2:15 pm #

            ooooh don’t tease me with the cupcakes.. me so hungry right now.. you evil, evil woman! πŸ˜‰

          • TJLubrano 10/23/2012 at 2:23 pm #

            Uh oh! My apologies!!!!!

            You need food STAT! *runs around*

          • SummerSolsticeGirl 10/23/2012 at 2:28 pm #

            hahaha, it’s OK. I found your blog so now I’m busy pinning

          • TJLubrano 10/23/2012 at 2:39 pm #

            Ohhhh you are pinning? I’ll look for you on Pinterest! πŸ™‚

          • TJLubrano 10/23/2012 at 2:41 pm #

            Whoops! Just a sec. I blindly assumed your Pinterest name is the same as here. Am I right?

          • SummerSolsticeGirl 10/23/2012 at 2:57 pm #

            nope, Claudia Petrilli

          • TJLubrano 10/23/2012 at 3:14 pm #

            Ohhh Italian right? πŸ™‚ – Thank you!

          • SummerSolsticeGirl 10/23/2012 at 3:24 pm #


          • TJLubrano 10/23/2012 at 3:32 pm #

            Weeeeeeeee! πŸ˜€ (Not that I can speak it, apart from a few words/sentences, but my dad’s side has Italian)

  4. becca3416 10/22/2012 at 10:14 am #

    Love those. Does she sell?

    • Jen and Tonic 10/22/2012 at 10:27 am #

      She does! Links to her Etsy and Zazzle stores are at the bottom of the post πŸ™‚

      • becca3416 10/22/2012 at 10:28 am #

        Duh. I haven’t adjusted to it being Monday yet. Thanks.

        • Jen and Tonic 10/22/2012 at 10:45 am #

          I feel you. I woke up today thinking it was Sunday until I heard my computer going off with work e-mails.

    • TJLubrano 10/23/2012 at 2:44 am #

      Heey Becca! Thank you πŸ™‚ If you have questions about something just let me know okay?

      • becca3416 10/23/2012 at 6:03 am #

        I am very interested in buying something for my godchild who is due next month. I will be in touch.

  5. TJLubrano 10/22/2012 at 7:02 am #

    Lovely Jen!!! I jumped up and down when I read your post yesterday! Haha. Thank you so, so much for the wonderful things you said. You seriously made my day. Your header really was one of the most fun commissions so far, simply because the character I had to draw is hilarious herself (also in real life…) and I adooooore her (also in real life…hehe) πŸ˜€

    Ah I never realize all the things I’ve drawn until I see them all together or I put them all together. Then I find it hard to believe that I’m the one who did it. How silly is that?


    • Jen and Tonic 10/22/2012 at 12:17 pm #

      It’s funny that I happened to schedule this post for your birthday! Even more hopping up and down…possibly even twirling?

      Working with you was really fun! Not that I didn’t expect that, but to see the whole creative process was interesting. Anyone who says what you do isn’t work obviously hasn’t had the opportunity to collaborate with you. There were so many steps and choices!!

      I LOVE LOVE LOVE the header, and think it fits my blog perfectly. You’re the best!


      • TJLubrano 10/22/2012 at 3:06 pm #

        It was a little birthday present for me and I ran around the living with my phone in my hand! I kid you not. (I often twirl around in the living room, without the phone though as I could make it fly away.)

        So happy you liked the creative collaboration and that you looooove the header! There are indeed quite a few steps involved haha. But for me one of the most important things is to keep the communication as clear/fun as possible!

        *twirls around in her chair*

  6. writerwendyreid 10/21/2012 at 5:10 pm #

    I’ve mentioned before that I love your header. TJ’s illustrations are awesome! (My oldest son’s name is TJ – Thomas James”) πŸ™‚

    • Jen and Tonic 10/21/2012 at 6:50 pm #

      Yes, I do remember you saying that! Ah, TJ is a cool nickname. My initials don’t make anything good.

      • writerwendyreid 10/21/2012 at 8:23 pm #

        I don’t even have initials. I dont have a middle name and neither does my daughter.

        • Jen and Tonic 10/21/2012 at 8:27 pm #


          • writerwendyreid 10/21/2012 at 8:48 pm #

            My mother had 5 names and thought it was ridiculous and a real pain in the ass whenever she had to sign official documents. She swore not to put me through that and I decided to make it a tradition for the females in our family and hope my daughter passes it on if she has girls. πŸ™‚

          • Jen and Tonic 10/21/2012 at 9:32 pm #

            That’s actually a really cool tradition!

          • writerwendyreid 10/21/2012 at 9:35 pm #

            Yup…I’m a rebel without a clue! πŸ˜›

    • TJLubrano 10/22/2012 at 7:04 am #

      Yay! High Five to my fellow TJ! Thanks so much Wendy πŸ™‚

      My real initials are T.L., but my mom’s last name starts with a J. So with my artist name I carry both my parents name πŸ™‚

      • writerwendyreid 10/22/2012 at 7:37 am #

        Very cool TJ and I am so jealous of your artistic talent! I can write (or at least my friends tell me I can) but I’ve always wanted to be able to draw, but even my stick people don’t look very good. πŸ˜›

        • TJLubrano 10/22/2012 at 8:40 am #

          I’m curious to your writing now! I will have a look at your site later!!

          Haha. At least you are able to draw the stick figures and you’re not staring at a white piece of paper right? hehe πŸ™‚ You’re so kind. When I was younger I seriously couldn’t draw the way I do now. The last 2-3 years is when I really picked it up again, so I practiced A LOT and I still do.

          • writerwendyreid 10/22/2012 at 10:07 am #

            That’s encouraging actually. If I ever get some free time (hot commodity around here) I will have to give it a try again. πŸ™‚

          • TJLubrano 10/22/2012 at 11:41 am #

            Really?! πŸ˜€ YAY! I’m keeping my fingers crossed that you’ll have some free time soon. Can’t wait to hear about your doodly adventure now haha.

  7. saradraws 10/21/2012 at 4:13 pm #

    The cupcakes ARE SO FUCKING CUTE it makes me DIZZY!

    • Jen and Tonic 10/21/2012 at 4:45 pm #


      If you click here, you can see a lot of her cupcake drawings at a glance:

      She also did a cupcake drawing tutorial:

      • TJLubrano 10/22/2012 at 7:05 am #

        Whoops! My apologies Sara…I probably shouldn’t mention that I have much more cupcakes waiting huh?

        Hehe πŸ™‚

        I’ll be updating the tutorial this week for you Jen!

    • TJLubrano 10/22/2012 at 7:29 am #

      Oh. I think I commented on Jen’s reply and now I’m not sure if you’ll see my apologies for the cuteness overload…

      I’m still birthday high.

      • saradraws 10/22/2012 at 8:18 am #

        No apologies necessary. Cute overdose is not fatal unless you’re a butt brain. Which I am not.

        • TJLubrano 10/22/2012 at 8:34 am #

          Ah thank you! Okay….I must get this mental image of a real butt brain out of my brain now.

  8. Janene 10/21/2012 at 1:24 pm #

    Love it, Jen. You’ve got great taste, too. I bought the original B&W girl three up from the bottom photo. LOVE HER!

    • Jen and Tonic 10/21/2012 at 3:32 pm #

      Oh, you own it?! That IS a great piece!

    • TJLubrano 10/22/2012 at 7:06 am #

      Yes! Janene had dibs on choosing between the original B&W ladies haha. They will be up for sale soon, had to buy a bunch of frames for the photoshoot of the pieces.

  9. Madame Weebles 10/21/2012 at 11:33 am #

    TJ has some mad skillz. Love it.

    • Jen and Tonic 10/21/2012 at 11:38 am #

      Fo realz!

    • TJLubrano 10/22/2012 at 7:07 am #

      Can I join you both with my gangsta handshake?

      Merci Madame Weebles πŸ™‚

  10. Katy Kern 10/21/2012 at 11:28 am #

    What a great post, Jen. Lovely header and selections of TJ’s lovely work.

    • Jen and Tonic 10/21/2012 at 11:38 am #

      They were the pieces that really stood out to me when I first saw them. The last one, the one she did the for the auction, is simply incredible.

    • TJLubrano 10/22/2012 at 7:25 am #

      Thank you Sweet Katy!! πŸ™‚ I forgot about the big fluffy red haired lady until I saw it again haha.

  11. La La 10/21/2012 at 10:38 am #

    Wow those are beautiful!!!

    • Jen and Tonic 10/21/2012 at 10:57 am #


    • TJLubrano 10/22/2012 at 7:08 am #

      La La, so happy you love them! Thank you!

  12. Le Clown 10/21/2012 at 9:44 am #

    TJ captured your essence. I do love me some cartoon drunk Jen Tonic. It’s a magnificentβ„’, and an amazing shout out to TJ.
    Le Clown

    • Jen and Tonic 10/21/2012 at 10:57 am #

      Cartoon drunk J&T doesn’t beg people to drive her to 24-hour fast food joints, and also doesn’t sing bad karaoke. I like her much better than real drunk jen.

    • TJLubrano 10/22/2012 at 7:12 am #

      Le Clown, that’s such a big compliment. Thank you so much. I always find it quite tricky whenever I have to draw someone I know, but usually when I stick to certain features, in this case Jen’s gorgeous eyes (NO staring Jen!), the character sort off transforms into whoever I’m drawing πŸ™‚ Which is…pretty cool and maybe a tad scary? Haha. Thanks again.

  13. Dani Heart 10/21/2012 at 9:12 am #

    I do love how your site is now. I love TJ’s art too. πŸ™‚ What a sweet post this is. πŸ™‚

    • Jen and Tonic 10/21/2012 at 9:30 am #

      Tj is so freakin’ talented. It makes me wish I had payed attention in art class a bit more. Although, I’d argue that a part of her artistic ability is innate. Her gift plus all the hard work she puts into it is what we’re seeing in her illustrations.

    • TJLubrano 10/22/2012 at 7:24 am #

      It is one of the SWEETEST post someone did for me! The sweetest was the Honeymoon ^_^

  14. Brigitte 10/21/2012 at 8:24 am #

    Jen, I agree with S7 — from the first time I saw your header, I thought it was so cool. I’ll check out this artist — love the drawings and paintings!

    • Jen and Tonic 10/21/2012 at 9:26 am #

      When I first saw it I nearly died from happiness! Thanks so much for checking out her sites πŸ™‚

    • TJLubrano 10/22/2012 at 7:14 am #

      Hello Brigitte and thank YOU!! Hope you like all my other work too πŸ™‚

      • Brigitte 10/22/2012 at 7:18 am #

        It is BEAUTIFUL!!!

        • TJLubrano 10/22/2012 at 7:31 am #

          Aww! That makes me SO happy πŸ˜€

  15. Ruby Tuesday 10/21/2012 at 8:12 am #

    Wow. Just wow. That is some amazing stuff. I’ll be sure to have a look at the rest of her sites, back when I’m in front of a real computer again!

    • Jen and Tonic 10/21/2012 at 9:26 am #

      Isn’t it?! She has a very distinct style. She has been broadening her horizons in terms of the things she draws, and the mediums she uses. It has been great watching her progression. I’m mesmerized by the first and last pieces I included.

    • TJLubrano 10/22/2012 at 7:19 am #

      Ciao Ruby! Ah Jen is right, I have been exploring the art world a lot more lately and I loooove to stalk people with whatever I capture on paper. Some stay just a sketch or an idea that I might use for the future, others like the cupcakes…well they get a life of their own and will probably forever be a part of my art portfolio. Haha.

      Big thank you for checking out my other sites! πŸ™‚

  16. speaker7 10/21/2012 at 8:05 am #

    I freakin’ love your header. It is awesome and makes me weep for my own crudely drawn one. I’m always amazed by artistic talent since I can’t even cut straight with scissors.

    • Jen and Tonic 10/21/2012 at 9:24 am #

      I initially attempted to make my own header, and when I finished and realized I had misspelled my blog name, I knew it was time to call in the big guns.

      Thanks! I really like it too. She does fantastic work.

    • TJLubrano 10/22/2012 at 7:22 am #

      Speaker7!! Thanks so much for freakin’ loving the header!! πŸ™‚ Oh. I can’t cut normally with scissors either. I always blame the scissors though. They are just rude.

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