Jan 21, 2015

Lovely Blue and White

Dear Chicago House,

I have always had a thing about blue and white, the cool crispness that you can achieve with that color combination is unique. But enough of my blabbing...how about lots of pictures of lovely blue and white.

blue and white pottery
blue and white bowks
blue and white sharpie shells
blue and white polymer pens
blue and white jug
blue and white jug
blue and white coaster
blue and white wooden fish

Ahhhhhhh!

Love from

Creative in Chicago

XX

Jan 18, 2015

Getting Creative with Sharpies and Shells

Dear Chicago House,

I have a big box of shells in the garage that have been begging to see the light of day. They were not the loveliest of shells, just plain white and smooth  but with a flick of a Sharpy they are now really quite beautiful.

shells and sharpies
shells and sharpies
You don't have to be a spectacular artist to create a set of your own, just select a color and start doodling.
shells and sharpies
I stuck to just one color for each shell for maximum impact.
shells and sharpies
and when I switched from blue to pink I changed my random patterns to valentine inspired hearts.
valentine shells with sharpies
sharpies and shells
But what to do with them?
If you made a load they would look pretty tumbled into a simple bowl, or how about a simple center piece?
shell center piece
Enjoy!

Love from

Creative in Chicago
XX

Jan 12, 2015

Tutorial: How to Make an Ice Lantern

Dear Chicago House,

There is nothing like bringing in the New Year with a blast of Arctic cold is there? With temperatures colder than my freezer last week I put that frigid air to good use and had a go at making some ice lanterns.

how to make an ice lantern
how to make an ice lantern
Aren't they fun, whats more they are easy and even better, FREE to make.

How to make an Ice Lantern

You will need
  • A pair of containers one bigger than the other. I used a large yogurt pot and a dixie cup
  • Tape
  • Embellishments, I used slices of orange and some greeny clipped from a garden shrub
  • Boiled water that has cooled, using boiled water will result in clearer ice 
  • Floating candles
Prepare your embellishments.

  • Half fill your larger container with the boiled water, then tape the smaller container into place as shown. 
  • Once the smaller container is in place slip your embellishments into the gaps around the edge.
  • Top up with water.

how to make an ice lantern


how to make an ice lantern
  • Leave somewhere cold...my garden worked last week but overnight in the freezer would work too.
  • To remove containers run under hot water for a minute or so, the containers will slide off.
  • Light a candle and plop into the ice vase. The heat from the candle will slowly melt the inside of the vase and you end up with a pool of water. using a floating candle will ensure the flame stays lit!
how to make an ice lantern

how to make an ice lantern
how to make an ice lantern
how to make an ice lantern
Love from

Creative in Chicago

XX

Dec 23, 2014

Free Snowflake Gift Tags

Dear Chicago House,

Hands up if you are finished with your Christmas shopping and have everything wrapped and ready to go? My shopping is just about done but things still need to get wrapped.  I usually run out of something like tape or gift tags when I am wrapping on Christmas Eve and can't face dragging myself out to the shops again. If that is the scenario in your house too, fear not...here are some quick and easy gift tags you can download and print out on your desktop printer.

free snowflake gift tags

There are a set of eight snowflakes >> Download the pdf HERE

The can be used to glam up even the simplest of gift wrap!
 
free snowflake gift tags
Happy Christmas!

Love from

Creative in Chicago

XX

Dec 1, 2014

Christmas Cookie Designs

Dear Chicago House,

When it comes to holiday baking Miss Chicago teen is in her element and when it comes to icing her sumptuous treats the more intricate the better.


She baked a huge batch of buttery sugary cookies this past weekend and we sat down for a family "ice off. It became apparent very quickly that me and Mr Chicago house didn't stand a chance. Our creations were so rubbish they are not worthy of a place on this blog.

Miss Chicago teen was the winner!



Love from

Creative in Chicago
XX

Nov 26, 2014

Do Brits Celebrate Thanksgiving?

Dear Chicago House,

As a Brit living the in US, I often get asked whether I celebrate Thanksgiving. What's not to celebrate, we would be crazy not to cook up a big slap up dinner with all the trimmings and having lived here for 18 years we embrace all American holidays!

While most Thanksgiving meals are shared with extended family, all of our family is back in the uk, so we have a slightly less chaotic table than most. It would be lovely to have everyone here but living over 4000 miles away from everyone is something we have got used to... but I think it only normal get get a little homesick occasionally.

So today I thought I would share with some photographs of Wales ...my homeland!


mumbles pier

Happy Thanksgiving!

Love from

Creative in Chicago

XX

Nov 21, 2014

How to Make a Pillow Gift Box

Dear Chicago House,

Oh my goodness it has been a cold week here in Chicago, it was 6 deg F when I got up this morning,  but at least we are snow free...so far!

But enough moaning. 

How about making some sweet little pillow boxes ...perfect for simply wrapping little trinkets.

homemade pillow giftbox

What you will need

  • Pretty paper, scrap book paper works really well
  • Something circular like a saucer
  • sharp pin
  • pencil
  • scissors
homemade pillow giftbox
 Start by using your circular object to create the following pattern
homemade pillow giftbox

homemade pillow giftbox
Then using the pin score gently along the lines you have created. This helps to create crisp folds.
homemade pillow giftbox
Fold along the scored lines and hey presto you have a little box. Fill with fun presents and tie together with a little ribbon.
homemade pillow giftbox
homemade pillow giftbox

Love from

Creative in Chicago

XX