Aug 31, 2015

Drying Summer Herbs

Dear Chicago House,

I would love to have a huge vegetable garden and fill my kitchen with a bountiful harvest. Alas that is not the case but I do grow herbs.


This past weekend I have harvested and bundled my sage and oregano ready for drying.

 It is as simple as gathering sprigs togather and tying them simply with string.


They are now hanging in my kitchen to enyoy on a snowy Chicago day!

Love from

Creative in Chicago

XX

Aug 27, 2015

What to do with your Sea Glass Collection

Dear Chicago House,

No trip to the beach is complete unless I come home with something in my pocket, it maybe a shell a beautiful pebble or if I am really lucky a stash of sea glass.
I am betting quite a few of you have a box of sea glass treasure like this from your summer vacation.
sea glass
It seems a shame to just leave such coveted gems locked away forgotten so here are some crafty ideas of what you can do with your collection.

Frame It

sea glass art

Buy a couple of shadow frames, stick your glass down on some heavy duty card and voila! I created two pictures with different colored tones of glass.
sea glass art
Display It

Fill little glass jars and display on a window ledge where the glass a catch the light.

sea glass

sea glass
Get Creative

Use your glass to design a creative mosaic. 
sea glass sea horse
sea glass sea horse

Enjoy!

Love from
Creative in Chicago
XX

Aug 14, 2015

Weird Street Entertainers in the UK

Dear Chicago House,

My month long trip this summer seems like eons ago now. It was very knackering with lots of college visits for Miss Chicago teen, who seems hell bent on a desire to study there. But we had a lot of fun too.

Today is a collection of street entertainers we came across on our travels.

Lets kick off with this British chap  in Convent Garden stripped down to his boxers! His trick was to lie on a bed of nails.
  

Then we have The Mad Hatter who was sat outside Harrods


He was holding a live mouse, who was quite happy to sit there!


This guy blew me a kiss and did a somersalt trick when I put 50p in his tin.

A real invisible man
And a paper biker boy

What fun!

Love from
Creative in Chicago
XX

Aug 12, 2015

Take One Plain Envelope!

Dear Chicago House,
I can be a real sucker for beautiful things.



During a month long trip to the UK this summer, I visited Convent Garden in London. It is a vibrant place with lots of fabulous street entertainment ( more about that another day!) and a fantastic boutique market.


convent garden

My pounds came out to play when I came across this stall selling gorgeous little stamp blocks... I was quite reserved to buy just one!

convent garden stamp blocks

My beautiful little celtic swirl stamp is perfect for tarting up a plain envelope!

but I took it a little further that just inking it up..I added an embossing powder for a bit more panache.

You can make this too!

What you need 
  • Plain envelopes
  • A pretty stamp block
  • Stamping ink
  • Embossing powder ( I bought mine on Amazon)
  • Heat source (e.g a heat gun)
  • Piece of foam board



  1.  Open your envelope and slip your foam board underneath it- mine is blue in this photo. Ink up your stamp and print.
  2. Sprinkle the embossing powder on the ink before it dries
    You don't need very much powder at all, tap the excess back into the container. Now give your coated print a blast with your heat source. this can be anything from a heat gun but I got a bit creative and used the warming lamps on my cooktop!
    Here is the print  after the heat treatment.
Pretty, pretty oh so pretty!

Love from

Creative in Chicago

XX

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 with 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