Gifts from my garden. 10 pounds of beautiful tomatoes.
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 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.
What gifts, big or small, have you given or received this week?
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Tagged best buy, bugs, garden, gardening, gifts, harvest, okanagan peaches, raspberry vinegar, sonos, tomatoes, wordless, wordless wednesday
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 Sunday we headed to our community garden and harvested 10lbs of tomatoes!!! Our tomatoes at our community garden plot have gone crazy. It’s a jungle over there. Next I put my newfound skills to the test and canned 15lbs of Okanagan Peaches! My kiddos LOVE Okanagan peaches so I’m hoping that by canning some they will be able to enjoy the sweet fruit all winter long. Also on my list to can this summer is bread and butter pickles and pickled carrots.
What did you get up to?
You all know what Mondays mean… It’s Be Awesome Link Party Time! Here are my fabulous co-hosts for the party:
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 Stacey of This Lil Piglet picked out features from last week’s link party. Let’s see what she picked!
Posted in Link Parties!
Tagged diy, Fall Mantel, Fall Mason Jars, food, Fruit Rollup, link party, linkup, Peach Bellini Mocktail, Poncho Shirt, recipes, upholstered chairs, Watermelon mint popsicles
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 second project that I whipped up on my Cricut Explore… because I just can’t stop using the thing!!! It is SO MUCH FUN!!!
Our theme from Cricut was Fashion and Gear. Our theme for Team Lucky 13 was Gold Is The New Black. When I think of the theme it makes me think of making something that you love but might be the first adopter of… the “It Thing”.
My daugher, Bean is OBSESSED with bugs. When she first started her obsession her friends and the neighborhood kids were kind of freaked out “Ewwww!!!! Bugs!!!!” Bean with her bug facts and her genuine love for all creatures great and small ended up sharing her passion with her friends and now they all hunt for bugs together.
Bean’s 6th Birthday was over the weekend. She had a “critter guy” come to her party and bring animals with him from tarantula, to water dragon to hedgehog Bean wanted to hold them all. Some of her friends that were freaked out at first ended up coming around when they saw how comfortable Bean was around the animals.
Posted in Cricut Design Space Star Challenge, DIY and Craft, Featured, Uncategorized
Tagged birthday party, bug catcher, bug themed birthday, cricut, cricut explore, design space star challenge, diy, glitter, gold, party favors
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 a Cricut Explore. I was in the second camp. I met team Cricut at SNAP back in April, played with the new Cricut Explore and was saving up to buy myself a Cricut Explore for Christmas. Then I got the news that I had been selected for the challenge, that I was being teamed up with an incredibly talented group of bloggers and Cricut was sending me a Cricut Explore!!!
My awesome Cricut Design Space Star™ team (“Lucky 13”) consists of Monica of East Coast Creative, MJ of Pars Caeli, Sarah and Jessica of Pretty Providence, Melissa of The Sweet Escape, Sadie Jane of Simply Sadie Jane, Me- Crystal of Sew Creative Blog, Katie of That Girl Katie, Celina of Petit A Petit and Family, Andrea of Andrea’s Notebook, and last but certainly not least Erin & Tricia of Suburban Bitches.
Did I feel a bit intimidated being paired up with so many talented ladies? You betcha! But I had absolutely nothing to fear. These ladies have all been so warm, encouraging and generous with their time. I’m so lucky to be on team Lucky #13!
Posted in Cricut Design Space Star Challenge, DIY and Craft, Products I Love
Tagged craft, cricut, cricut explore, cutting machine, design space, design space star challenge, dreams, gold, gold is the new black, hot air balloon, inspirational, laptop decal, Let your dreams soar
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
Posted in Daily Life, Featured
Tagged birth, birth story, c-section, childbirth, doula, holistic doula certificate, hospital, midwife, midwives, obgyn, pacific rim college, vbac, vbac success
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
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
Posted in Favorite Things Friday, Products I Love
Tagged accessories, arm bandit, blogher14, fabulous products, Favorite Things Friday, fit belt, fitness, health, MyTagalongs, travel
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
Posted in DIY and Craft, Featured, Sewing
Tagged adjustable, american girl, beginner, diy, doll, doll clothes, dress, easy, fabric, project, quick, ruffle skirt, sewing
What were your wordless moments this week?
Welcome back, friends! I hope that you all had a fabulous weekend and got up to all kinds of fun! Are you ready to party? I hope so, because it’s Be Awesome party time! The eight of us, Angie of Echoes of … Continue reading
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Tagged be awesome, burger seasoning, diy, food, grilled cheese, grilled watermelon, hostess cart, link party, link up, mason jar tumblers, outdoor chalkboard, paint colors, pallet, patio bar, pink lemonade, recipes, solar lighting
It happens to the best of us– we have the best intentions of eating in every night, planning meals ahead of time, trying new recipes and wowing our family with our culinary creations… and then it happens… we fall into … Continue reading
Posted in Favorite Things Friday, Food and Recipes, Uncategorized
Tagged avocado, bacon, balsamic, balsamic chicken salad recipe, chicken, cucumber, dinner, food, meal planning, paleo, recipe, salad, saving dinner, sprouts
I love summer. The recipes that you can make with fresh local produce are unlimited. Bean and I have a game that we play during the summer. We go to our local farmers stand and I tell her that we … Continue reading
Posted in Cast Iron Skillet Cooking, Featured, Food and Recipes
Tagged baking, blueberry, breakfast, brunch, cake, cast iron, cast iron skillet lemon blueberry scone recipe, food, food blogger, lemon, lemon blueberry scone, moist, recipe, scone, sew creative, skillet, tea, urban homesteading