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 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

Mar 10, 2015

Breaking out the Paints

Dear Chicago House,

I have had so much work recently that it has been hard to find time for any extra curricular creative fun....but as a self employed web and graphic designer the last thing I want to do is complain!

I used to paint quite a bit but really haven't picked up my paint brushes for quite a while...which is a shame because I love the peace painting a picture can bring.

But I did break them out one weekend and had a real desire to paint something green. Lets face it it, here in snowy Chicago we really can't guarantee seeing anything green outside until mid April. Even as the snow melts this week what we are left with is brown sludge everywhere. Yuk!

This oil painting of a succulent might not be a masterpiece...but it is green and will have to tide me over

oil painting succulent

oil painting succulent

Miss Chicago teen has just finished a painting class at school and this is one of her oils where is had to incorporate a pattern into her painting. She also painted a set of hands which were amazing but she has not had them back yet so I can't share...apparently they are on display at school!

abstract pattern poppy


Love from

Creative in Chicago


Feb 12, 2015

Pink Panther Birthday Cake

Dear Chicago House,

So, Miss Chicago teen had a birthday yesterday and in a throw away comment last week, she said she wanted a Pink Panther cake for her birthday.

Now I am not one to pass up on a challenge.

pink panther birthday cake

I made a simple sponge base and iced it with a tasty lemon icing. Then I got crafty with a box of white fondant, making quite a mess of my hands as I tinted it with food coloring.

pink panther cake

She was nicely surprised when she got home from school and I got a big hug!

Lots of love

Creative in Chicago


Jan 29, 2015

Valentine Crafts

Dear Chicago House,

I am not one for the whole commercialism of valentines day, I think something handmade speaks from the heart, so today I have a round up of simple craft ideas for Valentines day.

Valentine Ice Votive

Make these unique ice votives by using a squirt of red food coloring in your water, full instructions HERE

Bead Valentine Card

You can whip up this pretty bead heart card in five minutes. SeeValentine card tutorial

Valentine Shells

Take some simple shells and a sharpie to create these fun valentine decorations >> see more

Free Valentine Card

This card can be printed for FREE and comes in three color combinations - download here

Valentine Ice Hearts

Simple outdoor heart decoration that clean up themselves >>More

Love from

Creative in Chicago


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 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


Love from

Creative in Chicago


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

Love from

Creative in Chicago