Notes from the Tulip House

Our Holiday

Greetings!  Happy 2015 to you!  The following are some pictures from our December holidays.


Checking out the Macy’s Window Displays

Our front door   The stocking were hung   Christmas yarn   Doily wall decor   Post card garland   A Christmas church   A note from Santa   Christmas morning




Christmas Stollen

The Mister’s homemade Stollen

Egg Casserole Christmas breakfast

Egg Casserole

flowers and pinecones   pinecone wreath   paper snowflake   paper snowflake   paper snowflake

The new Maggie Daly Park in Grant Park

maggiedalypark   maggie daly park


Touching the "Bean"

Touching the “Bean”

We had a very nice December, Little Bug’s grandparents visited for Christmas and then The Mister’s sister came for New Years.  As you can see, we went downtown to check out the new Maggie Daly Park.  It’s a pretty awesome space for kids, right on Chicago’s lakefront.  Parts of it are still under construction, can’t wait to go back this Spring when it’s done!

I took about three weeks off from jewelry making and am now trying to get back to work.  We’ve been having a bit of a cold spell and with my soldering station being located in our unheated garage, I have not been able to work as much as I would like.  I’m currently finishing up four pieces, a giveaway necklace, a couple of pieces with beautiful bold cabs of Owyhee jasper, and a linked bracelet with boulder Turquoise and Missouri fern fossil.  Once those are done I will start work on a Valentines inspired collection.  Hope to share some preview pics of that soon.

Season’s Greetings!

christmas wreath

Just a quick post to say “Hello!”  I’m busy busy busy over here at The Tulip House, shopping, making, and decorating!  I plan to do an Etsy shop update tomorrow night and Friday.  I’ve got a couple of pairs of Turquoise post earrings to list as well as two or three new silhouette necklaces, and maybe some other stuff too.

There’s a 15% off “Shop Early” sale going on in my Etsy store, you’ll find the coupon code in my store announcement.  Head over there, sale ends on Sunday.


Autumn Candle Holders


Diy autumn candle holders

Little Bug and I made these Autumn-y candle holders last week.  They are super easy to make and real purty.  I thought I’d share our project.  If you’re crafty you may have all the supplies on hand.

You will need the following:


A jar.

Some glue. (I used the glue above from The Paper Source, because that’s what I had.  Elmers will work fine too.)  I thinned my glue with a little water to make it easier to paint on my jar.

Tissue paper cut into pieces.  Whatever color, size, and shape you like.  Circles might be neat.  But, who has the time to cut circles out of tissue paper?  Not me!

You will also need a small brush to apply the glue and a candle.


Now play close attention to this part because it’s pretty tricky.  Brush your thinned glue onto the jar and apply the tissue paper to the glue, let it dry.

Tissue paper covered candle holder


candle holder project


We also made a kid safe version of this for Little Bug to give to a friend.  I substituted a plastic cup for the glass jar and a flame-less candle for a real one.

Toddler friendly night light candle holder


Toddler friendly night light candle holder

Wouldn’t this make a cute little night light?