Jul 15, 2015

Buttercup Braid

Dear Chicago House,

Last year I brought you Fancy Mountain Hair, this year lets go mellow yellow, with a beautiful buttercup braid.

buttercup braid
buttercup braid
buttercup braid

Miss Chicago Teen used her magic touch to weave this pretty side plait and string it will delicate buttercups when we came accross this stunning buttercup meadow in Wales last month.

buttercup meadow wales
Got to look good on a county walk!

Love from

Creative in Chicago

XX

Jul 7, 2015

Tutorial: Sea Glass Sea Horse

Dear Chicago House,

I have been a bit quiet of late, having spent the last month in the UK touring around universities with Miss Chicago teen.

It was quite an exhausting trip but we managed to cram loads in, including a trip to the beautiful Gower peninsular in Wales, where on a tiny patch of shale I found a bumper crop of sea glass. This was my haul after only a minute or so!

sea glass


Quick as a flash Miss Chicago teen worked her magic and turned it into a spectacular sea glass sea horse.

sea glass sea horse


Using Elmers glue (or any school type glue) the glass was stuck onto a good card stock... the green and clear glass for the body and brown glass for the fins and eye.

Here it is framed and ready to hang on the wall.
sea glass sea horse


There is something quite special about a piece of art that can be made from free beach treasure.


Lots of Love

Creative in Chicago

XX


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!

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bwc_jc1on9kqZjZxVjRKVTJqTmc/view?usp=sharing

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bwc_jc1on9kqZjZxVjRKVTJqTmc/view?usp=sharing

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bwc_jc1on9kqRXdydzE3WkJKYUE/view?usp=sharing

Enjoy!

Love from Creative in Chicago

XX

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

XX

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

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bwc_jc1on9kqSVY4UnVOTE1Mbzg/view?usp=sharing
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bwc_jc1on9kqQm0tTmJjbktxLVE/view?usp=sharing

Download them here(pink) or here(blue)

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

Enjoy!

Love from Creative in Chicago

XX

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
Enjoy!

Love from Creative in Chicago

XX

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

XX

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

Polymer Clay Decorated Easter Eggs

Pattern Dyed Easter Eggs