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

Nov 26, 2014

Do Brits Celebrate Thanksgiving?

Dear Chicago House,

As a Brit living the in US, I often get asked whether I celebrate Thanksgiving. What's not to celebrate, we would be crazy not to cook up a big slap up dinner with all the trimmings and having lived here for 18 years we embrace all American holidays!

While most Thanksgiving meals are shared with extended family, all of our family is back in the uk, so we have a slightly less chaotic table than most. It would be lovely to have everyone here but living over 4000 miles away from everyone is something we have got used to... but I think it only normal get get a little homesick occasionally.

So today I thought I would share with some photographs of Wales ...my homeland!


mumbles pier

Happy Thanksgiving!

Love from

Creative in Chicago

XX

Nov 21, 2014

How to Make a Pillow Gift Box

Dear Chicago House,

Oh my goodness it has been a cold week here in Chicago, it was 6 deg F when I got up this morning,  but at least we are snow free...so far!

But enough moaning. 

How about making some sweet little pillow boxes ...perfect for simply wrapping little trinkets.

homemade pillow giftbox

What you will need

  • Pretty paper, scrap book paper works really well
  • Something circular like a saucer
  • sharp pin
  • pencil
  • scissors
homemade pillow giftbox
 Start by using your circular object to create the following pattern
homemade pillow giftbox

homemade pillow giftbox
Then using the pin score gently along the lines you have created. This helps to create crisp folds.
homemade pillow giftbox
Fold along the scored lines and hey presto you have a little box. Fill with fun presents and tie together with a little ribbon.
homemade pillow giftbox
homemade pillow giftbox

Love from

Creative in Chicago

XX

Nov 7, 2014

Driftwood Fish Tutorial

Dear Chicago House,

After Sally the Seahorse had her 15 minutes of fame on an episode of "unlivable" on the FYI network a few weeks ago, I was inspired to once again dabble with my stash of lake Michigan driftwood.

This time I have created  a driftwood fish

driftwood fish

Well actaully that's incorrect,  I have made a pair a sweet pair of driftwood fish ... let call them Freddie and Felix.

driftwood fish


and they are oh-so-easy to make and make a great decorative accent to any beach or coastal themed room.

You will need
  • A selection of driftwood...or any sort of sticks really
  • Cardboard - I used the cardboard from an old Amazon box
  • Hot glue gun
Start by sketching out a general fishy shape on your cardboard. You don't have to be detailed at all for this. Cut out your shape.

how to make a driftwood fish


Start laying your driftwood on your fishy shape, it helps if the wood slightly overlaps your shape. Once you are happy with how everything is looking fire up your glue gun and stick away.

I added an eye to each of my fish ..it was a old cork I picked up when collecting my driftwood.

Enjoy!

Love from

Creative in Chicago

XX

Nov 4, 2014

How to Make a Drfitwood Seahorse: Video Tutorial

Dear Chicago House,

I was thrilled to bits to be contacted by the FYI network recently, asking if they could used a photograph of my driftwood seahorse in one of their shows, Unlivable. Of course I said yes!

The show aired in October and they now have a video clip on their site which features the driftwood seahorse project.

driftwood seahorse video tutorial

>> watch video tutorial on how to make a driftwood seahorse

driftwood seahorse
Enjoy!

Love from

Creative in Chicago

XX

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