Friday, October 26, 2012

Pardon the Absence

Started training at my new job last night! I got this as a seasonal holiday retail gig so now I'm working 40 hours at the day job, doing about 17 hours of training at Lush, then will be working there on weekends. This is going the complete opposite direction of my ideal goal to work part time somewhere and focus on my art, but oh well. Ya do what ya gotta do when you have bills to pay...

Monday, October 22, 2012

Spontaneous Sale!

So I start training this week at my second job at Lush Cosmetics and I couldn't be more excited! It will be seasonal work/weekend shifts and with a 40 hour a week M-F day job, I'm guessing I'm going to be a bit worn down and have a little less time for art and whatnot. So, since I won't be updating my shop as much in the next few months I wanted to do a little somethin' somethin' now for fun, so I'm having a sale in my Etsy shop! Get 25% off everything through this Friday with the code BUSYBEE. Treat yo' self or start some holiday shopping super early!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Re-Work In Progress

Not sure what it is with this one....I keep re-working it! It's getting there though...

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Out in the Wild

I've started a section of my facebook fan page for images of my work in their homes with their owners so I can say thanks to my customers! If you have a photo, please email me at heartless (dot) arts (at) gmail (dot) com

Sick! No!

Well, I ended a fun weekend with a not so fun cold. It had been rainy most the weekend and I think that combined with a few longs days = sick. The wedding was a ton of fun though! We danced our asses off and ended the night with a big group singalong to The Arrivals "Simple Pleasures in America". Congrats Sam and Ryan!

Me and the boyfriend...Look at these dorks. 
Hopefully I'll kick this cold soon and can get back to posting about art n' craft stuff! 


Sunday, October 14, 2012


My Grandma passed away a little over a month ago. It was very tough for all of us but she was in pain and not very happy, so of course now we are glad she's not. She was 92 years old, such a long life! 6 kids, 17 grandchildren, and 8 great-grandchildren, whew! She came here from Sweden when she was a teenager and met my Grandpa on the boat (she was coming from Sweden and he came from Ireland). The granddaughters all got one of her hankies and we also got to choose some jewelry from her collection. While it was a sad day, it meant a lot to me to get these items.

A few months before I moved to Chicago, so glad I got to live closer to her for the last 6 years.

My Grandma was not happy about wearing this shit, but I think it's awesome! 

Friday, October 12, 2012


I made this cute bow for a wedding gift using a tutorial on Offbeat Bride. I had an old atlas on my bookshelf and used pages from that, which proves I have issues throwing anything away; I am the queen of "you never know, I might need that one day". I used the page for Illinois to make the bow and decorate a painting I had wrapped in brown kraft paper. Super easy and quick to make, I want to put bows on everything now!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Wedding Season

Got these cute heels at Broken Cherry in Wicker Park

This weekend I'm attending the 3rd wedding this year and I'm a bridesmaid! Above are the shoes I'm wearing with my peacock teal dress, they're pretty rad. It's rare I wear heels since I'm already 5'11" and don't like drawing attention to myself, but I'm looking forward to getting all gussied up on Saturday and celebrating with Sam & Ryan.

I've kind of been in decompression mode since the opening at the Koehnline Museum of Art and dropping off my work for 3 shows at the Anysquared Art Walk. I'll probably be working on new pieces next week once I've recovered from my wedding hangover. Till then I'm going to schedule some probably boring blog posts (sorry), but I hope everyone has a great weekend! Are you working on any fun projects? Let me know in the comments!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Anysquared Art Walk

I have pieces at Township, Cole's Bar, and the Anysquared space! It's a big art walk presented by Anysquared on October 13th and the work at Township and Cole's will be up through November if you miss the walk.

Monday, October 1, 2012


I signed up to receive a test kit from Craftisas and wanted to share what I made, a black faux leather clutch with studs and chevron fabric lining. It's a subscription service where you receive a kit for a new project every month. It's a photo heavy post because I wanted to share the step by step process. 

Cute packaging  

The step by step instructions were really clear and concise. 

Some of the supplies  

Drawing out the template on the faux leather   

It helped to use a brayer to smooth out the E6000 while adhering the fabric lining to the faux leather  

I needed a quick reminder of how to do a blanket stitch so I referenced by Sublime Stitching book  

All done!  

Minimal mess on my work table for once! Took under an hour from start to finish.

All in all I would definitely recommend Craftistas. It was nice to take a break from my other projects and work on a new project with something I normally wouldn't make! The kit came with everything I needed and I only needed a few basic supplies of my own (ruler, scissors, clips).


My friend Sam is getting married in less than two weeks! I'm so happy to be a part of the bridal party and I had fun planning the bachelorette party this past Saturday. We had dinner at Old Oak Tap in Ukrainian Village then popped over to Bar Deville for a few cocktails then spent the rest of the night at one of our favorite bars, Gold Star. Whew!

Sunday morning a few of us from the party had brunch at Longman & Eagle and now I know why everyone raves about it! I had the market scramble with a croissant and side of mixed greens in a light pesto sauce and it was amazing. We then went to the farmer's market to wander around and I picked up a small bouquet of flowers for my living room, I really want to keep fresh flowers in the apartment more often! I had a wee bit of a hangover and was tired so I spent the rest of the day catching up on TV and movies (watched Battle Royale) with the boyfriend who was home sick from work. It was the perfect weekend!