Sep 23, 2014

Fun Decorated Cookies

Dear Chicago House,

Miss Chicao and a friend decided to bake cookies over the weekend.

They were edible works of art!

Yum!

Love from

Creative in Chicago

XX

Sep 19, 2014

Free Zen Tangle Card to Download

Dear Chicago House,


 A few weeks ago I shared on Facebook a zen tangle doodle I was working on.

Now it is a greeting card and available as a FREE download

A few weeks ago I shared on Facebook a zen tangle doodle I was working on.  Now it is a greeting card and available as a FREE download



 Enjoy!

Love from

Creative in Chicago

XX




Sep 16, 2014

Video: Creative Driving at Rush Hour

Dear Chicago House,

I pride myself with the fact that everything on this blog is original... but every now and again I come across something so creative that it is begging to be shared.

Take a look at this fantastic " Rush Hour" intersection from Black Sheep Films 

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RUSH HOUR from Black Sheep Films on Vimeo.

Enjoy!

Love from

Creative in Chicago

XX

Aug 20, 2014

A Garden Party

Dear Chicago House,

Chicago teen threw a fun garden party yesterday and despite a rainy start to the day we had a lovely sunny afternoon.

summer party table
summer party on the deck

green and yellow summer party ideas
As usual she put together the menu and with a little help from me, we whipped it all together.
The menu was kept light, nobody wants to stuff themselves stupid on a hot summer afternoon and the main event of the party was an ice cream tasting so she wanted eager bellies for that too.

We had a selection of elegant finger foods including

Fancy sausage on a stick

fancy sausage on a stick
Quite possibly the worlds daintiest sandwiches
dainty sandwiches
Cucumber canapes
cucumber canapes
 Tasty pin wheels
pinwheels

Some artistic melon and strawberries 
strawberry and melon
strawberry and melon
strawberry and melon

Cherry Pies on sticks
cherry pie on a stick
cherry pie on a stick
and last but not least a selection of home made ice creams for a taste test. She made four flavors, vanilla, coffee, mint choc chip and strawberry lemonade. They were all so yummy.
ice cream taste test
All the party supplies were generously donated by Party Pail

part paperware
paper laterns
Love from

Creative in Chicago

XX

Aug 9, 2014

How to make a Zen Doodle Coaster

Dear Chicago House,

I have really been into doodling recently (check out some of my creations) and my pot of Sharpies has sat on my desk ever since I created this fabric. It was only a matter of time that the two met!

Check out these fun Zen doodle coasters.

doodle coasters
zen doodle coasters
Simple to make too..here's how.

How to create Zen Doodle Coasters

What you need
  • Plain white tiles with a smooth finish ( I was lucky enough to have a whole box of these left behind by the previous owner of my house)
  • Sharpie markers- darker colors work best
  • Imagination!
 Start by creating a simple swirl design
how to make a zen doodle coasters
The simple add a different doodle to the zones created by the swirl design. To get some inspiration for doodle designs try checking out my zentangle doodle pinterest board.

Here is a tile all doodled up

zen doodle coaster design

To fix the ink bake the tiles for 30min in a 350 deg F oven

purple zen doodle coaster design
zen doodle coasters

No more coffee rings on my table!

Love from

Creative in Chicago

XX

Jul 20, 2014

Organic Berry Picking

Dear Chicago House,

Miss Chicago house LOVES fruit and berries, no matter what sort, are her favorite.

organic raspberries

A few days ago we visited a lovely little organic raspberry farm (Grace Farm Studio) just outside Woodstock IL (the town famous as the setting for the film Ground Hog Day).

We met with the farmer, Mike, and after a tour and instructions on the best berries to pick, he set us loose to pick and eat as many raspberries as we liked. Heaven!

organic raspberries

These raspberries were sumptuous and I loved the fact they were organically cultivated.

But these are not the only organic fruit we have harvested this summer.

On a welsh hillside (in a location I am going to keep hidden) is a spectacular, completely natural,  crop of blueberries or windberries as they are know locally. They are about as organic as you can get and totally free for the picking! Yum.


Now I feel the need to make some sort of pie coming on!

Love from

Creative in Chicago

XX

Jul 12, 2014

Zentangle, the new name for Doodling

Dear Chicago House,

It appears doodling has a hip new name, all these years I thought I was just doodling, but no . Apparently I have been Zentangling. How bizarre is that. What's more you can now take a class and learn how to Zentangle....err excuse me for being a cynic but why would you pay to take a class in something so basic. There are even certified Zentangle teachers out there!

OK let the ranting cease and lets take a look at a one of my latest doodles.

Here is a close-up

zentangle doodle

and panning out here it is in its entirety

zentangle doodle
a little more detail
zentangle doodle

It actually is a very relaxing thing to do so I can understand when the "zen" part comes from.

Love from

Creative in Chicago

XX