• Welcome to Sew Creative, a blog about creative living. Blogger Crystal Allen lives in beautiful Vancouver, BC with her husband & children. She tries to inject "creative living" into every day & hopes to inspire and be inspired by others. Email her at
    sewcreativeblog@gmail.com.

  • Favorite Things Friday- Beautiful Children’s Books~ Win Julia, Child and Adventures with Barefoot Critters

    Favorite Things Friday Julia Child and Adventures with Barefoot Critters

    Yesterday was officially my last day as Children’s Book Publicist at Raincoast Books. I am starting my new life being creatively fulfilled each and every day through my writing and West Coast Creative Company.

    My last day came with little fanfare, I think most people had forgotten that it was technically my last day. I had a month’s worth of vacation saved up so my last day in the office was on June 30th. Knowing that it was my last day was slightly terrifying (goodbye regular pay cheque twice a month), incredibly inspiring (I can’t believe how far I have come in just 1 month and the amazing, talented women who I am starting to work with) and a pinch nostalgic (goodbye beautiful books, farewell smell of paper fresh off the printing press, see you soon good friends I’ve made along the way.) 

    I was taking a moment to reflect on the ending of one chapter of my life and the beginning of another, when my door rang. It was our friendly UPS driver with a package for me. A huge smile came across my face and I once again realized that every single action I have taken over the past 16 years of adulthood has brought me to where I am today. 

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    DIY Mod Podge Hot Air Balloon Inspirational Wood Wall Art

    DIY Mod Podge Hot Air Balloon Inspirational Wall Art Up up and away, Rise and Shine and Follow Your Dreams I have a thing for hot air balloons. I’ve never been on one, but the image of hot air balloons inspires me. When I was at SNAP I visited the Wallternatives booth and saw their beautiful Hot Air Balloon wall decals. I knew immediately that I must have them in my home. Wallternatives was kind enough to send me a set and they went up in Bean’s room as you can see in my post about Bean’s Room Makeover

    I find that hot air balloons have an inspirational type feel to them. They make me think that “The Sky’s The Limit” so I decided I needed to create some DIY Mod Podge Hot Air Balloon Inspirational Wood Wall Art to accompany them. 

    I started off by brainstorming ideas for sayings that could go with hot air balloons. I decided on:

    Up Up and Away Hot Air Balloon Wall Art

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    Wordless- Chicken Noodle Soup
    Nothing tastes better than Mama's homemade chicken noodle soup!

    Nothing tastes better than Mama’s homemade chicken noodle soup!

    Good until the very last drop.

    Good until the very last drop.

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    Be Awesome Link Party Week 6

     

    Be Awesome Featured Link Party Pictures Week 6 Happy Monday everyone! I just got off the plane from San Jose where I was for Blog Her 14. I had just about the best time ever and met so many fabulous, inspiring, creative, funny, moving, caring, smart women. I’ll do up a Blog Her recap soon, but in the meantime, since it’s Monday that means it’s Be Awesome Link Party Time!  

    This week’s features were chosen by Julie from SoberJulie.com

    Check out these fabulous projects that were linked up last week! (more…)

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    Late Night Wordless Wednesday- Road to Blog Her
    Salma and Crystal at San Jose Airport

    Sew Creative is on the road, in San Jose for Blog Her 2014. Here are 3 images from my trip so far for a late night Wordless Wednesday.  Back with more when I’m back in Vancouver after Blog Her!

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    Week #5 of the Be Awesome Link Party and Heading to San Jose for #BlogHer14
    Be Awesome Link Party Week Number 5

    Happy Monday everyone! I hope that you had a wonderful weekend. The end of last week and the beginning of this weekend was busy, busy in the Sew Creative household. On Thursday, Bean and I went to a Kids Cooking … Continue reading

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    Favorite Things Friday- Younique Moodstruck Fiber Lashes! #WIN a Set of Your Own!
    Favorite Things Friday Younique Moodstruck Fiber Lashes this year's must have beauty product

    I LOVE makeup. I’ve often thought that it would be fun to be a beauty blogger and get to review the latest and greatest in beauty products. My new series, Favorite Things Fridays, is giving me the opportunity to pretend … Continue reading

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    DIY Water Spray Table Made from Plastic Storage Bin and Piping
    DIY Water Spray Table using plastic storage bin and piping from Sew Creative

    Turtle turned 2 a few weeks ago and The Hubs and I were on the hunt for the perfect birthday gift. Turtle isn’t really “into” anything yet. He loves music, he loves playing outside, he loves water and he loves … Continue reading

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    Summer Inspired Be Awesome Link Party! Come Link Up!
    Be Awesome Link Party Week 4

    It’s Be Awesome time friends! In case this is your first week linking up at Be Awesome, this link party is co-hosted by 8 fabulous bloggers: Angie of Echoes of Laughter, Virginia of Fynes Designs, Julie of Sober Julie, Me (Crystal of Sew Creative), Joanna … Continue reading

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    Quick and Easy Blue Dragon Hoisin Sesame Sticky Chicken Recipe
    Quick and Easy Blue Dragon Hoisin Sesame Sticky Chicken Recipe

    Every once in awhile you create a recipe that is such a huge hit with both the kids and parents that you want to create it time and time and time again. I’ve been playing with “flavors from the East” … Continue reading

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    Favorite Things Friday- DAVIDsTEA Summer Collection, $1 Iced Tea & Takeya Iced Tea Pitchers
    Favorite Things Friday- DAVIDsTEA Summer Collection, $1 Iced Tea & Takeya Iced Tea Pitchers

    Welcome to the first week of my new series- Favorite Things Friday. Recently I was at the mall with a group of girlfriends and I said to them “We HAVE to stop in at DAVIDsTEA. One of them had never been … Continue reading

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    Inside Time Summer Fun- No Cook Play Dough
    No Cook Play Dough Recipe

    My new career path means that I am around the house a lot more often. We changed our daycare schedule from full-time to part-time which means I have lots more time to do hands on projects with the kids.  The Hubs … Continue reading

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