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  • Be Awesome Link Party Week 11

    Be Awesome Link Party Week 11 Happy Monday everyone! I hope that you are all having a wonderful long weekend. We had a great weekend filled with visiting the PNE and making pickles. Today I’m headed to the corn maze with the kids. 

    Monday means Be Awesome Link Party time so let’s get right to it! Here are my fabulous co-hosts for the link party:

    Be Awesome Link Party Mondays at 6pm est #BeAwesomeParty

    Angie of Echoes of Laughter, Virginia of Fynes Designs, Julie of Sober Julie,  (Me!) Crystal of Sew Creative, Jo-Anna of A Pretty Life in the Suburbs, Tara of Suburble, Stacey of This Lil Piglet and Shauna of Satori Design for Living are the hostesses of this awesome party! 

    This week  Jo-Anna of A Pretty Life in the Suburbs picked out the features and she decided to go with a back to school theme. 

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    Sharing Summer Smiles and Memories

    Sharing Summer Smiles
    Summer is coming to an end. SERIOUSLY. Where did the time go? I think every summer goes faster than the one the year before. We had so many grand plans for the summer that somehow got away from us. Having weekly date nights on our back porch after the kids went to bed. Enjoying the local entertainment at the park every Wednesday. Weekly playdates with my friends with kids. Camping.

    Somehow summer escaped us, but we did manage to fit a lot of really great moments in. One of the things that I love about photography is that it helps us to remember moments that we might otherwise forget.  

    Here are my 5 favorite summer smiles: (more…)

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    Homemade Raspberry Vinegar Recipe Perfect For Foodie Christmas Gifts

    Homemade Raspberry Vinegar Recipe from Sew Creative. This recipe couldn't be easier and would make great Christmas gift idea for the foodies in my life If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably noticed that I’ve spent the last week canning and preserving up a storm! I took a food preservation class last weekend and  I can’t believe all the great tips and tricks that I picked up.

    Homemade Raspberry Vinegar from Sew Creative. This recipe couldn't be easier and would make great Christmas gifts
    I have a ton of foodie friends and family members on my Christmas list. I know that it’s CRAZY to be thinking of Christmas already, but I have a bit of time right now, I know that the fall is going to be busy for me and right now is the best time to be buying fresh, local produce.

    I’ll be sharing a couple of canning recipes next week but I thought that I would share a recipe today that is super easy, takes absolutely no special equipment and can be done in minutes. It’s my super simple Raspberry Vinegar recipe and I currently have 7 liters of it “brewing” on my countertop.  (more…)

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    Wordless- Gifts
    Gifts from my garden. 10 pounds of beautiful tomatoes

    Gifts from my garden. 10 pounds of beautiful tomatoes.

    Gifts from the Okanagan. Beautiful Okanagan Peaches that I canned over the weekend.

    Gifts from the Okanagan. Beautiful Okanagan Peaches that I canned over the weekend.

    Gifts for friends and family at Christmas. Raspberry Vinegar and Canned Peached (You should see the color of the raspberry vinegar today!)

    Gifts for friends and family at Christmas. Raspberry Vinegar and Canned Peached (You should see the color of the raspberry vinegar today!)

    Gifts from new friends. I was over the moon excited to receive my new Sonos Speakers today from my friends at Sonos and Best Buy. The sound quality is out of this world and setup is so easy.

    Gifts from new friends. I was over the moon excited to receive my new Sonos Speakers today from my friends at Sonos and Best Buy. The sound quality is out of this world and setup is so easy.

    Gift I made for my bug obsessed kiddo.

    Gift I made for my bug obsessed kiddo.

    What gifts, big or small, have you given or  received this week?

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    Be Awesome Link Party Week 10
    Be Awesome Link Party Week 10 Featured Pics

    Happy Monday everyone! I hope that you all had a lovely weekend. I know that mine was certainly busy. On Saturday I took a 6 hour food preservation and canning class and then we had our neighborhood block party. On … Continue reading

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    Cricut Design Space Star Challenge- Glitter and Gold Blinged Out Bug Catcher Perfect for a Bug Themed Birthday
    Glitter and Gold Blinged Out Bug Catcher

    Earlier today I shared my Let Your Dreams Soar Hot Air Balloon Laptop Decal that I made for the Cricut Design Star Challenge. I created that project because it spoke to my heart. I thought that I would share a … Continue reading

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    “Let Your Dreams Soar” Hot Air Balloon Laptop Decal for Cricut Design Space Star Challenge
    Sew Creative's Cricut Design Space Star Hot Air Balloon Let Your Dreams Soar Vinyl Decal 1

    A couple of weeks ago I received some AMAZING news. I had been selected to participate in the Cricut Design Space Star Challenge!!! If you are the crafty sort, chances are that you either own or are dying to own … Continue reading

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    A Love Letter To My Doula- Sharing moment’s from the birth of my children and hiring a doula for VBAC success
    Love Letter to my doula Sew Creative Blog 4

    I’m not very good at emotional posts. Ask me to write a craft or recipe post and I can pump that out like nobody’s business. But ask me to share something that brings tears to my eyes… and that’s a … Continue reading

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    Be Awesome Link Party Week 9
    Be Awesome Link Party Week 9 Reader Features

    Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a lovely weekend. My weekend was busy, busy, busy! Bean turned 6 over the weekend so Saturday was packed with getting ready for the party and then yesterday our house was crammed … Continue reading

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    Favorite Things Friday- My Tagalongs Fit Belt and Arm Band It (Plus a Giveaway!)
    Sew Creative Favorite Things Friday My Tagalongs Fit Belt and Arm Band It Plus a Giveaway

    3 weeks ago, as I was packing the last few things in my suitcase for BlogHer14 and waiting for the taxi to take me to the airport, my doorbell rang. I ran down to answer the doorbell and found a … Continue reading

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    Ruffle Skirt American Girl Doll Dress Sewing Project (Perfect for Beginners)
    American Girl Doll Dress Sewing Project perfect for a beginner sewer. Can be adjusted for all sizes of dolls 3

    I’ve been busy, busy, busy getting my new business up and off the ground running. I’m absolutely loving what I’m doing everyday (I think I may just be the best boss that I’ve ever had…) but last week at one … Continue reading

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    Wordless- This Week We…
    ...Found our happy place at the #indigofaves Christmas preview for Chapters and Indigo

    What were your wordless moments this week?

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