• 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
    sewcreativeblog@gmail.com.

  • 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 and Matching Flower Girl Barrettes 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. I have some weird, social phobias and I much prefer attending weddings when I have a task. I’d much rather be put to work and have a job during a wedding than sitting down, making conversation and partying it up. Give me a job people! For a few years, before I had kids, I owned my own wedding planning company and The Hubs and I would do “day of coordination” for couples. Being in the wedding business became difficult once we decided to have kids (too many evenings and weekends away) but I often think back about the weddings I organized and the brides and grooms I met with fondness. I’ve been asked to put on my “Wedding Coordinator Hat” again by my younger sister. She and her fiance are getting married next summer. “Sisser” doesn’t enjoy DIY or the little details that go into a wedding the way I do, so she has given me creative reign for her wedding. (more…)

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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 is still beautiful, but the temperature seems to cool down a bit (bye bye noisy AC). Something else that I love about this time of the year is the wonderful produce that comes from the Okanagan. Specifically, the GORGEOUS peaches. My kiddos love peaches (I just canned 20 pounds of them to get us through the winter and spring) and at this time of the year we always have a big bowl of peaches on the counter.

    Usually we just wash and slice them and eat them plain, occasionally we grill them on the BBQ and serve them hot and caramelized with a bit of french vanilla ice cream, but last weekend The Hubs told me that he wanted to try something new with them for breakfast, so I decided to experiment making a peach puff pancake.

    My first attempt was delicious… but the texture was all wrong. My second attempt was delicious in taste and texture… the kids and The Hubs gobbled it up and gave it the Sew Creative seal of approval so I’m bringing it to you.

    The peaches in the recipe get warm and release their juices, mixing with the brown sugar to create a delicious syrup for the pancake. I hope you like it! (more…)

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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 last year, but this weekend I was san husband… the last thing in the world that I would usually do is take the kids to a family attraction, as a single parent, on a long weekend, but I knew Heather had my back so off we went. I’m so glad we did. Just like always, Hopcott Meadow’s Maze ensured that we had the BEST DAY EVER. Here are some photos from our day for my (Mostly) Wordless Wednesday.

    Turtle cuddling with mom on the hayride.

    Turtle cuddling with mom on the hayride.

    Washing their hands after the petting farm. It's been so much fun watching these boys grow up together.

    Washing their hands after the petting farm. It’s been so much fun watching these boys grow up together. Heather and I got such a kick that they were washing their hands independently so that we could step back and snap pics.

    I love Meadow's Maze's porch full of brightly colored rocking chairs

    I love Meadow’s Maze’s porch full of brightly colored rocking chairs.

    The kiddos claiming their spot for the pig races.

    The kiddos claiming their spot for the pig races

    ig races. One of the MANY highlights of Meadows Maze. PS Heather screamed the loudest.

    Pig races. One of the MANY highlights of Meadows Maze. PS Heather screamed the loudest.

    Bean just couldn't get enough of the barrel ride

    Bean just couldn’t get enough of the barrel ride.

    Thank you so much to Hopcott Meadow’s Maze for the first class hospitality. Your farm has become a fall family highlight for us. Each time we go we can’t believe all of the fabulous family attractions you have in one farm. You have so many fun things to pack into one visit. We will be back each year!

    Live in the Vancouver area? Make sure you check it out, you won’t be disappointed. Thank you also to Heather for inviting us to tag along with your family. 

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    Tell me… What are some of your family’s fall traditions?

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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 and I am happy to report that it did not stay around!

    I cannot wait to see what you have been up to this week!
    I love seeing all of the incredible crafts, recipes, decor and more that you link up each week!Angie of Echoes of Laughter, Virginia of Fynes Designs, Julie of Sober Julie,  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’s features were chosen by Angie from Echoes of Laughter. Here are some projects that caught her eye this week:

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    Favorite Things Friday: Dreaming of My Dream Kitchen as a #TestDriveMoms
    Dreaming of A New Kitchen Frigidaire Test Drive Moms

    Do you have a room in your house that you hate? A room that you try to ignore as much as possible because it kills you that this atrocity lives in your house? For me, that room is our kitchen. … Continue reading

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    Spicy Pickled Carrots Canning Recipe + 4 Other Canning Recipes from Canadian Food Bloggers
    Spicy Pickled Carrots Canning Recipe. Canning with Crystal from Sew Creative

    Pickled carrots… have you had them before? They are SO GOOD and so simple to make. Best of all, since carrots are readily available 12 months out of the year, you can always whip up a new batch when you … Continue reading

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    Canning 101- Tips and Tricks to Get You Started Canning Today
    Canning 101 with Crystal

    Do you follow me on Instagram? If you do, you might have noticed that my past two weeks have been CONSUMED by canning. I’ve been thinking about it morning, noon and night. Every summer my family and I frequent a … Continue reading

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    Meeting Inspiring Women at Leading Moms
    Leading Moms Speakers poster

    One of my favorite things about being a blogger is the incredible women I get to meet on a consistent basis, many of whom are mothers. I’ve been profoundly changed with the birth of each of my children. The birth … Continue reading

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    Be Awesome Link Party- Week 12
    Be Awesome Link Party Week 12 Autumn Featured Pics

    Monday means Be Awesome Link Party time so let’s get right to it! Here are my fabulous co-hosts for the link party: Angie of Echoes of Laughter, Virginia of Fynes Designs, Julie of Sober Julie,  Crystal of Sew Creative, Jo-Anna of A Pretty Life in the … Continue reading

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    Wordless- Putting Up
    Spicy Pickled Carrots

    To follow along with what we are up to on a day to day basis, follow Sew Creative on Instagram. Tell me… do you can, preserve, or pickle? What kind of things are you putting up this year?

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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 … Continue reading

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    Sharing Summer Smiles and Memories
    Exploring Tidepools with Mama!

    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 … Continue reading

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