Jun 5, 2015

Free Fathers Day Card

Dear Chicago House,

Here is a simple card for Father's Day you can download for FREE

What's more, it is available in three different colors, click on the one you like and download a high quality PDF. All you have to do is print it out on your desktop printer and you are good to go!





Love from Creative in Chicago


May 28, 2015

DIY Good Luck Gift

Dear Chicago House,
Exam season is in full force and I have to say I am so glad my exam taking days are over! Miss Chicago teen seems to have had a whole year of tests from the ACT and SAT and more recently completed a whole batch of AP exams. She now just has a couple of school finals left before those lazy days of summer are on her.
Last year I made THIS little good luck gift and this year stepped it up a bit.

Meet  Mr Good Luck Mouse and his teddy!

My major inspiration was this pin - leads to a pattern you can buy but I just bodged it.

To make it yourself here is what you need

  • Altoid tin
  • Felt peices
  • a scrap piece of cotton fabric for the pillow
  • embroidery thread
  • sewing machine
Hopefully you can work out how to construct it by looking at the photos...it is a very easy sewing project! You could embroider anything you like on the blanket, a name, Happy Birthday, Well Done!, Congrats..the list is endless. I thought it would also be a good little gift for any kids going off to camp this summer.

Now lets hope Mr good luck Mouse and his teddy did their job!

Love from

Creative in Chicago


May 18, 2015

Free Graduation Card

Dear Chicago House,

As school comes to a close the world will become populated with lots of fresh graduates. Miss Chicago teen has another year to go in high school but judging by how fast the last three years have flown, I know it will only be a blink of an eye and she will be off to university.

So in celebration of those new graduates, I have for you today a free graduation card.

free graduation card
and whats more I have two colors to chose from


Download them here(pink) or here(blue)

Print them on your desktop printer and you are good to go!


Love from Creative in Chicago


Apr 17, 2015

DIY Coastal Art: A Fun Octopus

Dear Chicago House,

I watched a video the other day about an octopus that has been taught how to take photographs ( check it out here)

It inspired a sudden desire to draw an octopus but I took it a little further.

Want to make one of these yourself?..read on!

DIY Coastal Art: A Fun Octopus.

You will need
  • A piece of stiff cardboard - used the back cover of a notebook 
  • School glue- I used Elmers
  • Heavy duty foil
  • Shoe polish
  • Oil Pastel sticks ( optional)
  1. Start by sketching out a basic octopus shape...I kept things simple
  2. Squeeze the glue straight from the bottle onto your design. Some of my dots bled but I thought it added to the design.
  3. Let to glue dry completely, I left mine overnight. The take a piece of heavy duty foil and stick into onto your cardboard. I used a glue stick but any glue would work.

    Now you need to really work the foil around your design elements. I used a q-tip and my fingers. Once you are happy wrap the foil edges around the board.

  4. Next apply several layers of black shoe polish using a soft rag

    I also added a bit of subtle color using oil pastel stick..here it is before I blended it it.

It made a nice addition to the coastal theme shelf I have in my home office

Love from Creative in Chicago


Apr 3, 2015

DIY Decorated Easter Eggs

Dear Chicago House,

You know by now how much I like color and spotting the first colorful peep of a daffodil in the garden this morning was something to celebrate...is Spring finally on it's way?

Just in case the daffodil is a big Spring false alarm here is something colorful you can make for your Easter table.

Painted Easter Eggs

sharpies easter eggs

I made these with sharpie markers and they took me all of five minutes, you can't really go wrong, a few squiggles here and blobs of color there and hey-pretso a pretty egg.

sharpies decorated easter eggs

sharpie decorated easter eggs

Now Miss Chicago teen took a little longer on her egg and used watercolor paints...but take a look at this beautiful Rose Egg

watercolor rose painted easter egg

watercolor rose painted easter egg

Happy Easter!

Love from

Creative in Chicago


P.S. For more Easter Egg decorating ideas check out these posts

Polymer Clay Decorated Easter Eggs

Pattern Dyed Easter Eggs

Mar 29, 2015

How to Make Bath Bombs

Dear Chicago House,

Winter is never ending in Chicago...March is always such a disappointing month because for the 4 years I have lived here I have assumed it will bring signs of Spring...the greening up of the grass, bulbs poking their noses through the soil. But NO! Instead the days continue to be freezing and we still get the odd 6" of snow.

I don't like the cold, which is a bit tough when I live in such a prolonged cold place. My solutions..baths...lots and lots of hot lovely soaks in the tub.

And to jazz up those long luscious warm moments I have knocked up a batch of bath bomb.

Chuck them in the bath  and they fizz and splutter infusing the water with whatever essential oil you have used to make them...in my case peppermint.

How to Make Bath Bombs

You will need

  • 1 3/4 cups Baking Soda
  • 2 cups Cornstartch
  • 1 cup Citric Acid
  • Gel Food coloring (optional)
  • Baby oil
  • 5-5 drops Essential oil
  • Molds
Mix together the dry ingredients and tint with food coloring (optional)

Add enough baby oil until the consistency of the powder can be shaped and packed tightly. Then add your drops of essentials oil.

Pack firmly into a mold,  I used a novelty ice cube mold.

let set up for a couple of days then gently remove. Store in a glass jar.

Lets hope Spring arrive soon,

Love from

Creative in Chicago


Mar 12, 2015

Getting Creative with Sharpies

Dear Chicago House,

I have been doing some house keeping on Creative in Chicago this week, and it seems only when looking back on past posts themes pop up. In the past we have had coastal decor projects, string and rope projects, to name just a couple.

One of my more recent obsessions have been using sharpies, so today here is a fun round up.

getting creative with sharpies

Make your Own Fabric

I have not one but two tutorials on how to make your own fabric, with a handy deign chart. Check them HERE and HERE
shapies fabric design

Create a Driftwood Fish

This fun little fish was made using a paint sharpie, lots of ideas for different fish HERE
driftwood fish

Cool Zentangle Coasters

Full instructions on how to make these colorful coasters HERE
zentangle coasters

Pretty Sharpie Shells

Even dull boring shells can look stunning with a bit of Sharpie action >> HERE
sharpie shells

Free Greeting Card

Download this greetings card...suitable for anyone and whenever!
free card