• 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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  • 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 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:

    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  Stacey of This Lil Piglet picked out features from last week’s link party. Let’s see what she picked!

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

    Glitter & Gold Blinged Out Bug Catcher Perfect For Bug Themed Birthday Party Favors

    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 Animal Birthday Party

    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. 

    Personalized Bug Catchers perfect for a Bug Themed Birthday

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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

    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!!!

    Cricut Design Space Star Team Lucky 13

    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!

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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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    Be Awesome Link Party Week 8
    Be Awesome Link Party Week Number 8 Featured Pictures

    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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    Favorite Things Friday- Saving Dinner Giveaway and Balsamic Chicken Salad Recipe
    Balsamic Chicken Salad Recipe from Saving Dinner and Sew Creative

    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

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    Cast Iron Skillet Lemon Blueberry Scone Recipe With Lemon Glaze
    Cast Iron Skillet Lemon Blueberry Scone Recipe from Sew Creative. A quick easy and delicious moist scone perfect for a tea party or Sunday brunch

    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

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