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

XX

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
valentine-ice-votive
valentine-ice-votive
valentine-ice-votive

Bead Valentine Card

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

Valentine Shells

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

Free Valentine Card

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

Valentine Ice Hearts

Simple outdoor heart decoration that clean up themselves >>More
valentine-ice-decor
Enjoy!

Love from

Creative in Chicago

XX

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