August 19, 2017
by Caroline

Welcome to my Niche-free Blog

I have so much I want to share and talk about.

I cannot stick to one niche.

(I pronounce it “nitch”.)

I have many tags and categories, so I hope you will find something that you like.

Thanks for visiting. Please have some tea, poke around, and come back soon.

July 1, 2020
by Caroline

My Birding Challenge

Today I am exactly half-way to completing the Cornell Lab of Ornithology/Ebird “Checklist-a-Day” challenge. I aim to record my bird sightings at least once per day for the entire 2020 year. I have made a comic in honor of this halfway point.

This challenge has improved my birding. I’m actually a terrible birder. But I’m getting better. I have become more familiar with my local ecosystem’s birds and their calls. I’ve gotten outside every day, which has been restorative during this pandemic. I’ve observed bird behavior and seen things, like a hairy woodpecker feeding its young, that I may not have noticed if not for this challenge. I look forward to what the rest of the year will bring – well, at least in terms of birding! 

December 30, 2018
by Caroline

One-Cauldron Chickpea Curry Illustrated Recipe





Here is a one-pot recipe I decided to illustrate for a contest that I did not win. Foolish judges. I borrowed heavily from my great-great aunt Katharine (okay, flagrantly copied) in order to learn some of her pen-and-ink techniques. I used Prismacolor markers. Next time I’ll go all authentic and use a quill and India ink, as she most likely did.

(right-click on the image and open in new tab or click here for a size you can actually read)

December 20, 2018
by Caroline

How to make a WimMala for Counting Breaths

Love and Nature!     Healthy, Happy, Strong!     Image may contain: cat


This is how I count my breaths whenpracticing the Wim Hof Method. There are 3 sets of 30 snow (of course!) quartz beads. One breath for each bead. Each time I reach the hexagon bead, time for retention. Then getting to the Tree and Love charms means I’m all done!

To assemble, just string 30 snow quartz beads, each separated by a seed bead, then add a silver hexagon. Repeat until you have 90 snow beads. Add the Love and Tree charms , if you want (you might need a jump ring here) and tie off the elastic string. Secure with a drop of E6000 or super glue. Here are links to the materials I used.

90 Snow Quartz Beads (Amazon)

E6000 Glue

Stretchy Powercord

Seed Beads for Spacers (these are the exact size of the string so you might have some that don’t fit but most will)

Tree Charms (ebay)

Hexagon Spacers (ebay)

Love Charms (ebay)


Note: affiliate links are included in this post.

March 25, 2018
by Caroline

I like you just the way you are: The Colors of Mr. Rogers’ Sweaters 1979-2001

In honor of what would have been Fred Rogers’ 90th birthday, I am sharing a picture I painted.

I like you just the way you are: The Colors of Mr. Rogers’ Sweaters 1979-2001
Oil on Cradled Board

Each square represents an episode and the approximate color of the sweater that Mr. Rogers wore. There were three episodes during this stretch when Rogers went without a sweater.

A donation of $143 (Fred’s favorite number) will be made to the Fred Rogers Center in Latrobe, PA upon the sale of this painting.

See Fred talk about sweaters here and here.

And if you know of a sweater pattern close the ones Fred’s mother used, please let me know!


October 1, 2017
by Caroline

My first Goodreads giveaway!

As Thanksgiving approaches, I’m eager to get the word out about my children’s picture book. I’ve set up a giveaway on Goodreads. No need to like, share or sign up for anything. You do need a Goodreads account however. Two winners will receive a free copy of my book!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Where's the Turkey? by Caroline Jones

Where’s the Turkey?

by Caroline Jones

Giveaway ends November 07, 2017.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.


Enter Giveaway

May 15, 2017
by Caroline

Artists at Work: Jasper Johns (May 15, 1930 – )

Jasper Johns’ explained that  his use of familiar imagery – flags, letters – derives from “things the mind already knows.” 

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Note: There are many sites listing artists by their birthday and presenting their biographies. My project differs because I am focusing on the artists’ process whenever possible, and giving just a brief summary of their work along with my comments. Being able to peek into artist’s studios is fascinating to me.  I’m hoping to learn more about how artists work and maybe find some artists who are new to me.