• 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
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  • Celebrating the holidays with Windy and Friends Appisodes

    Sew Creative counts down the last few days until Christmas sharing Windy and Friends Appisodes with her kids
    I remember being a kid and counting down the days until Christmas. The anticipation grew and grew EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. Things got really exciting when school let out for the holidays. I remember chatting with friends about what we hoped Santa would leave under the tree and then wishing them a happy holiday and joking “I’ll see you next year!” The first day of Christmas break was when things started to feel real. CHRISTMAS WAS JUST DAYS AWAY!!!

    Yesterday was the last day of school for Bean, and that means that today was the first day of Christmas break. The hubs worked today so that meant that I was alone to fuel those feelings of anticipation. I had a special treat to share with the kids. A brand new app, Windy and Friends and a Windy and Friends Advent Calendar

    Are you familiar with Windy and Friends? They are a crafty mamas dream come true! Visit the Windy and Friends website and the first thing you see is “Welcome to our handmade world.” You truly feel like you stepped into a handmade world when you hang out with Windy. 

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    Share a cup (or 3) of holiday cheer! Criollo Liquer, Bottle Green Spiced Berry Cordial & Apple Chai Cider

    Share a cup (or 3) of holiday cheer! Criollo Liquer, Bottle Green Spiced Berry Cordial & Apple Chai Cider

    The holidays are all about spending time together with family and loved ones, celebrating and enjoying a cup of holiday cheer! Here are 3 of my favorite beverages to serve at holiday parties.

    Criollo

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     The perfect beverage for chocolate lovers, Criollo Liquer is made with the criollo variety of cocoa bean which is extremely rare and considered a delicacy. Available in Chocolate Raspberry Truffle and Chocolate Sea Salted Caramel, these liqueurs are delicious whether served neat, on the rocks, mixed in a cocktail or added to hot chocolate. Also available in stocking stuffer sized bottles. 

    Bottle Green Spiced Berry Cordial

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    Made with black currents, aronia berries, and a blend of aromatic spices (cinnamon, clove, lemon, nutmeg and orange) Bottle Green’s Spiced Berry Cordial is a delicious, warming holiday drink. This cordial can be served mixed with sparkling water on ice as a mocktail, warmed with water as a mulled wine alternative, or mixed with wine and heated for a delicious mulled wine. 

    Apple Chai Cider

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    Filled with all the flavors of Christmas (cinnamon, clove, allspice, cardamon, ginger and more!) my Apple Chai Cider Recipe is one of my favorites for holiday entertaining. Brew up a batch ahead of time, then return the apple cider to the jug that you bought it in. Store in the fridge and pour a cup and heat whenever you need a warm, delicious mug of Christmas cheer. Simmer a pot on the stove to make your whole home smell like the holidays! Also yummy served cold. 

    Tell me… What is your favorite holiday drink?

    *Thank you to Criollo and Bottle Green for sending me these delicious drinks to sample. All thoughts and opinions on this site are 100% my own.

    Want more Christmas ideas? Check out my Countdown to Christmas suggestions here!

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    Twelfth Day Of Christmas- Signature Style from Melow Par Melissa Bolduc and Foxy Jeans

     Sew Creative's Creative Gifts for Creative People Countdown to Christmas Day 12- Signature Style with Melow Par Melissa Buldoc and Foxy Jeans


     Christmas is just around the corner and I’m counting down the days with my favorite gifts for the creative people in your life. 

    Day 12- Signature Style from Foxy Jeans and Melow Par Melissa Bolduc

    I LOVE signature pieces of clothing. That one piece of clothing that you can mix and match into your wardrobe that always gets compliments wherever you go. Special pieces that you won’t find in the big mall stores. Pieces that you have to hunt down at little neighborhood boutiques. I have a bit of a jacket/cardigan obsession because I love dressing up a pair of jeans and a black tank with a unique jacket. 

    Once I became a mom my wardrobe fell the the wayside. My husband teases me that all I wear is yoga pants and tank tops. That’s pretty much the truth when I’m hanging out at home, but I love to dress us when I go out. I still want to look like a mom, but a stylish, creative mom… sometimes with a bit of a rockstar edge. 

    I recently discovered two designers that have helped me accomplish just that look. I’m sharing them with you, because if you have a creative mama on your gift list a piece from one of these designers would make a great present! (more…)

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    Eleventh Day Of Christmas- Sonos Fills Your Home with Music!

    Eleventh Day of Christmas- Sonos Fills Your  Home With Music!

    Christmas is just around the corner and I’m counting down the days with my favorite gifts for the creative people in your life. 

    Fill Your Home with music with Sonos

    Day 11- Sonos Fills Your Home With Music!

    I grew up in a home filled with music. Fleetwood Mac, Bonnie Raitt, Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, The Eagles, Stevie Wonder, Sting and the Police… these artists were the soundtrack to my childhood. To this day, whenever I hear the song Lovely Day by Bill Withers, my stomach starts growling for blueberry pancakes because it reminds me of Sunday morning.  

    Even at 23 months old I couldn't keep the music from making me groove in my seat!

    Even at 23 months old I couldn’t keep the music from making me groove in my seat!

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    30 Handmade Gift Ideas- Sewing, Food, DIY & Craft Ideas from the site that specializes in Creative Living
    Sew Creative Blog 30 Handmade Gift Ideas- Sewing, Food, DIY & Craft Ideas from the site that specializes in Creative Living

      —-> PIN ME HERE <—- For the past 9 days I’ve been sharing with you some wonderful gift ideas for the creative people in your life (you can find my Countdown to Christmas suggestions here). Today I want to share … Continue reading

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    Ninth Day of Christmas- Encouraging Creative Play with Hasbro
    9th Day of Christmas- Toys to Encourage Creative Play from Hasbro

    Christmas is just around the corner and I’m counting down the days with my favorite gifts for the creative people in your life.  Day 8- Encouraging Creative Play With Hasbro I love toys that encourage the kids to use their imaginations. Toys … Continue reading

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    Eighth Day of Christmas- Blendtec Blender! Win one from Scratch Mommy!
    Sew Creative counts down teh days to Christmas with gift ideas for creatives. In this post she shares gifts for foodies Blendtec with a giveaway from Scratch Mommy

    Christmas is just around the corner and I’m counting down the days with my favorite gifts for the creative people in your life.  Day 8- Blendtec 725 Earlier this fall I helped launch the Scratch Mommy e-magazine as the DIY Editor. I’ve … Continue reading

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    Seventh Day of Christmas- Bath and Body Products to Help You Relax and Get Creativity Flowing
    Seventh Day of Christmas gift ideas from Sew Creative. Bath and Body products from Organix, Saje and Ours by Cheryl Hickey

    Christmas is just around the corner and I’m counting down the days with my favorite gifts for the creative people in your life.  Day 7- Bath and Body Products Friends often ask me how I get ideas for my posts and … Continue reading

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    Sixth Day Of Christmas- Gift Ideas for Tea Drinkers with Breville, Denby and DAVIDsTEA
    Sew Creative counts down teh days to Christmas with gift ideas for creatives. In this post she shares gifts for tea lovers from Breville, Denby and DAVIDsTEA

    Christmas is just around the corner and I’m counting down the days with my favorite gifts for the creative people in your life.  Day 6- Gift Ideas for Tea Drinkers 

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    Fifth Day of Christmas- 5 Fabulous BC Wines for Holiday Entertaining
    Sew Creative counts down the days to Christmas with gift ideas for creative people. Fifth Day of Christmas- 5 Fabulous BC Wines for Holiday Entertaining

    Christmas is just around the corner and I’m counting down the days with my favorite gifts for the creative people in your life.  Day 5- BC Wine I am inspired by all kinds of creative people from photographers, to chefs, to … Continue reading

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    Fourth Day Of Christmas- #BarbieWishes for Make A Wish Canada (And a Giveaway!)
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    Christmas is just around the corner and I’m counting down the days with my favorite gifts for the creative people in your life.  Day 4- Barbie  It’s no secret that I love Barbie and I love that Bean loves Barbie too. … Continue reading

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    Third Day of Christmas- Roominate Wired Building Toys for Creative Kids
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    Christmas is just around the corner and I’m counting down the days with my favorite gifts for the creative people in your life.  Day 3- Roominate Wired Building Toys I love toys that inspire my kids to create and use their … Continue reading

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