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  • Let It Snow Recycled Pallet Winter Decor with Expressions Vinyl & Cricut Explore

    Sew Creative Blog's Let It Snow Recycled Pallet Winter Decor with Expressions Vinyl & Cricut Explore The Hubs has a habit. It’s a habit that some wives might hate, but that I, as a crafter, love. My husband finds the odd things at work and brings them home. Once it was a giant “bubble” that I turned into a DIY Airplant Terrarium, another time it was a giant styrofoam surf board (I still have to figure out how I’m going to DIY that one). The Hubs is constantly on the lookout for pallets for me. I made my DIY Mason Jar Her Garden with one and I used another pallet piece for today’s project. 

    Pallet for Let It Snow sign This was the Hubs’ last work dumpster find. He says it is the lid for a pallet shipping container. When I looked at it I immediately saw a picture frame and I knew I had to use it to make some Recycled Pallet Winter Decor! (more…)

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    Cranberry Pumpkin Seed Granola Recipe with Hemp Hearts, Sunflower Seeds and Coconut Oil

    Cranberry Pumpkin Seed Granola Recipe with sunflower seeds, hemp hearts, coconut & coconut oil. Delicious, nutritious & easy. My kind of recipe! Worth eating breakfast for! Are you ready to lecture me? I’m not a breakfast person. I never have been. As a kid my mom used to beg me to eat breakfast. I just wasn’t into it. Most days I’m not hungry in the morning. I’d much rather eat brunch than breakfast. A high protein meal around 11:00 is perfect for me.  Breakfast has to be REALLY good for me to want to eat it. Yes I know… breakfast is the most important meal of the day and I’m trying really hard to get into the habit of eating every morning. I decided to make myself something really good to incentivize me. The result? My Cranberry Pumpkin Seed Granola Recipe. 

    Friends, this granola is worth eating breakfast for.  (more…)

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    Favorite Things Friday: Taking #SelfTeas with DAVIDsTEA Fall Collection… Plus a DT Giveaway!

    Favorite Things Friday (7)

    It’s a common known fact… I’m a DAVIDsTEA addict. I drink tea from DAVIDsTEA every single day. I have never, in my entire life, started the day with a cup of coffee… EVER. I wake up each morning, get started with my day, get the kids off to school and daycare, make myself a cup of tea and then get started for the day. You see, for me tea isn’t a caffeine. I drink a mixture of rooibos, herbal and black teas and love them all for the flavors, not the “wake me up”. If I had to describe it, I’d say that tea is what makes me feel like me. A good cup of tea makes me feel creative, inspired, warm to my core. I have a hard time writing without a cup of tea beside me. Even as I write this post this is what sits on my side table:

    What I need to be creative. A pot of DAVIDsTEA, my favorite mug and my aqua blue Moleskine

    What I need to be creative. A pot of DAVIDsTEA, my favorite mug and my aqua blue Moleskine

    My pot of tea, my favorite mug, my aqua blue Moleskine and a pen. When I stop to ponder a sentence, my cup of tea is what I reach for as I raise my eyes towards the ceiling and search for my words. Tea not only is my beverage of choice it’s also part of what makes me, me. I think the same is true for a lot of tea drinkers. 

    I was recently in Toronto for a blogging conference and was lost in the blogging world of “I NEED MY COFFEE!”  Foolishly I had left my tea and travel mug at home and while the hot beverages at the hotel were lovely I’m sure, they just didn’t compare to my DAVIDsTEA.

    I left Toronto, early on a Sunday morning. I was anxious to get home to my family, my home and as silly as it sounds… my tea. As I walked to my gate at Pearson Airport a flash of aqua blue (my favorite color BTW) caught my eye. A DAVIDsTEA location, right there at Pearson Airport. “I’ll meet you at the gate,” I told my travel companion “I need some tea.” I walked into the store, stood in line, breathed and took it all in. The scent of tea, the quiet conversation of other tea lovers, the flip of paper as customers scanned through the multitude of DT offerings, the beautiful tea accessories lining the wall… I felt instantly at home. 

    I purchased my cup of tea for the plane, longingly considered the boxed DAVIDsTEA Fall Collection and then sadly decided against it as I tried to juggle my overflowing carry-on, my cup of tea, my wallet and my laptop bag. 

    6 hours later I was home. “A package arrived for you while you were away,” The Hubs told me. I cut open the box and smiled. My welcome home package, a box of the DAVIDsTEA Fall Collection  straight from my friends at DAVIDsTEA.

    DAVIDsTEA Fall Collection

    Inside the box:

    They also sent along a David’s Perfect Spoon which I love and helps me make the perfect cup of tea every time. That spoon is like magic. 

    Fall had definitely hit once I arrived back in Vancouver so the DAVIDsTEA Fall Collection was perfect timing. Each morning (ok let’s be honest… morning, afternoon and evening) I’ve been drinking a mug full of comfort. 

    Snap A #SelfTEA!

    My very own @DAVIDsTEA #SelfTea

    My very own @DAVIDsTEA #SelfTea with my pot of Maple Sugar Tea

    Do you classify yourself as a “Tea Addict” too? DAVIDsTEA wants to see your mug. Snap a photo of yourself drinking your DAVIDsTEA, tag @DAVIDsTEA and #SelfTea and share it on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook for your chance to win a tea prize pack from DAVIDsTEA. They will pick one winner each week until October 31st. More details on the DAVIDsTEA SelfTea contest can be found here. 

    DAVIDsTEA Pumpkin Chai Candle

    Pumpkin Chai has to be the most talked about tea from DAVIDsTEA. Each year, as soon as the tea disappears off the shelf at the end of fall, tea drinkers around the world start asking if Pumpkin Chai will be coming back the following year. My good friends at DAVIDsTEA are giving one of my lucky readers a Pumpkin Chai Candle so that they too can experience pumpkin chai goodness all year long. 

    Enter below and tell me, what flavor from the Fall Collection would you most like to try?

    Sorry, contest open to those who have a Canadian mailing address only.

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    Almost Wordless- Hanging Out With Jamie Oliver & Marilyn Denis
    Our road to blissdom begins with a plane trip from Vancouver to Toronto

    Karen from She’s Gone Digital and I on the plane heading from Vancouver to Toronto to see JAMIE OLIVER(!!!), visit with clients and attend Blissdom.

    Did I mention to all of you that I was in the same room as JAMIE OLIVER (!!!) a couple of weeks ago? Yep, it’s true. (more…)

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    For You I Am Thankful
    For You I Am Thankful

    Today is Thanksgiving in Canada and I’m feeling thankful for all of you. I started Sew Creative in January 2013 while I was on maternity leave with now 2 year old, Turtle. I had no idea what a huge impact my blog … Continue reading

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    20 Minute Start To Finish Scone Recipe for Two… or One
    20 Minute Start To Finish Scone Recipe for Two... or One. Perfect for last minute tea with a girlfriend

    My first memory of eating scones was at high tea in Victoria, BC when I was 6 years old. We were visiting my great aunt and my mom, sister, Aunt Gert and I went out for a very proper, Victorian … Continue reading

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    Wordless- First Day of School in Vancouver
    Big smiles (with missing front teeth) for the first day of school!

    School is back in session in BC! (We were delayed with a strike). Here are photos from Bean’s first day of school! We hope that your first day back at school (whenever it happened) was filled with just as many … Continue reading

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    Easy Peasy Peaches Canning Recipe Perfect For Beginners
    Easy Peasy Peaches Canning Recipe perfect for the beginner canner

    It’s hard to believe that my whole foray into canning only started a month ago. I took a food preservation class at my local community centre and after years of wanting to start canning I was hooked. I think I … Continue reading

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    DIY Paper Wedding Bouquet and Matching Flower Girl Barrettes- Cricut Design Space Star Challenge
    I have to try making this on my Cricut Explore for my Wedding! DIY Paper Bridal Bouquet

    I love weddings. There is something so magical about witnessing two people committing to each other for the rest of their lives and celebrating their love. As much as I love weddings, I don’t like attending weddings as a guest. … Continue reading

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    Cast Iron Skillet Peach Puff Pancake Recipe
    Cast Iron Skillet Peach Puff Pancake Recipe a delicious summer and fall breakfast treat, perfect for brunch entertaining

    I love this time of year. Summer has always been my favorite time of the year, but as I’ve gotten older I’ve become a bit less tolerant of the heat. I love late summer and early fall because the weather … Continue reading

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    (Mostly) Wordless- Fun at Hopcott’s Meadows Maze
    Sew Creative Trip to Meadows Maze

    A few weeks ago, over Labor Day weekend, my good friend Heather (the blogger behind Mother Your Business) invited the kids and I to join her and her family to Hopcott’s Meadows Maze. The Hubs and I took the kids … Continue reading

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    Be Awesome Link Party Week 13
    Be Awesome Link Party Week 13 Featured Pics

    Hello Monday everyone! I hope you had a great week! I think it is safe to say that Fall is here with cooler temperatures and leaves starting to drop. You might remember that last Monday, my city got a little snow … Continue reading

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