• 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.

  • Bean The Blogging Zoologist’s Real Life Adventures With Pom Pom My Baby Panda (Plus a Giveaway!)

    Bean The Blogging Zoologist's Real Life Adventures With FurReal Friends Pom Pom The Baby Panda

    I have a child who loves animals and who has a very active imagination. From the time that she was little, instead of pushing her to learn to read, we encouraged her to use her imagination and create her own stories. Bean loves playing with animal toys and imagining that they are real.

    Bean Dog
    When Bean was 3, she told The Hubs and I, that when she grew up she wanted to be an animal behaviourist. The two of us looked at each other in disbelief. An animal behaviourist? We didn’t even know that the job existed, much less what it was. Apparently, Bean had been absorbing more of the show Shark Tank than I realized. We had seen an episode about someone marketing a product that taught your cat to use the toilet instead of the litter box and Bean had picked up the profession there. Someone who taught kitties to go poop on the potty? That was her dream job!  (more…)

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    Cricut Explore Giveaway!!! DIY Hipster Rudolph Shirt Made on Cricut Explore

    DIY Hipster Rudolph Shirt Made On Cricut Explore From Sew Creative. A quick and easy Christmas Shirt that makes a great Christmas Gift

    I love Christmas. Without a doubt it is my favorite time of the year. Christmas music, holiday cheer, searching for the perfect gift… and the magic. Becoming a parent allows me to see the magic of Christmas in a whole new light. Bean is 6 years old this year, and the magic of Christmas is alive in her heart. She can’t wait to see Santa this year for photos, she’s over the moon excited for Elf on the Shelf and she’s already trying to decide what to put out for Santa and Rudolph on Christmas Eve. 

    I love giving handmade gifts at Christmas, both gifts that I make myself and gifts that I buy that someone else has made by hand. I have a hard time keeping the gifts a secret. I want to show them off the moment that they are ready. 

    This month is the last month of the Cricut Design Space Star Challenge. A big thank you to Cricut for putting on such an amazing blogger program! It’s definitely bitter sweet seeing it come to an end. I would love to work with Cricut forever. I’ve had so much fun taking part in this challenge. The talent of the bloggers participating is amazing. Each round I’ve been in awe, humbled, inspired to do my very best and so honored that I was invite to participate. My team is comprised of blogger rockstars (myself excluded) and each month we’ve had a member in the Top 10 and our team even won one of the team challenges!

    Our team name is Team Lucky #13 so for this month’s theme we decided on The 13th Day of Christmas. This is exciting for 2 reasons. 

    1. We all made really awesome DIY Christmas Gift Ideas!

    2. As a gift to our readers we are giving away a Cricut Explore!!!!

    Cricut Explore

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    Balsamic Roasted Butterflied Chicken Recipe with Sweet Potatoes- Cooks in 45 Minutes!

    Balsamic Roasted Butterflied Chicken Recipe with Sweet Potatoes- Cooks in 45 Minutes! This is so delicous and would be easy to make as a weeknight meal!

    Whole roasted chickens… It’s usually a weekend recipe right? Most roasted chicken recipes take almost 2 hours to make and doing that on a weeknight…. well… Nobodies Got Time For Dat! Oh, but now you do! The Hubs and I discovered a secret a few years ago that allows us to cook whole roasted chickens any day of the week– all you have to do is butterfly the chicken before you cook it!

    Have you ever cooked a butterflied chicken? It cooks in a fraction of the time, making this a perfect “Any Night Of The Week Recipe!”

    We have started buying a few chickens at a time, butterflying them and then freezing the chicken  butterflied. They thaw faster this way and then they are all ready to cook once they thaw. 

    Ready to find out how you can have a weekend type meal on a weeknight?
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    Favorite Things Friday- Doh Vinci and Play Doh Fun With The Kids (plus a Giveaway)

    Favorite Things Friday Doh Vinci and Play Doh Fun With The Kids (plus a Giveaway)

    I remember being 7 years old and getting a Play Doh Mop Shop Hair Salon for Christmas. The set came with a salon chair, 4 people, scissors, a variety of other hair accessories and Play Doh in a variety of colors. I have such fond memories of cramming those little people full of Play Doh, setting them on the salon chair and screwing the crank so that their hair grew. My favorite was the dad. He had a beard that grew which reminded me of my dad. Here is a video of a commercial for the Mop Shop. 

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    Old Trunk Makeover using Modern Masters Metal Effects Blue Patina Aging Solution
    Old Trunk Makeover using Modern Masters Metal Effects Blue Patina Aging Solution

    “Crystal, could you use this trunk? If you want it, it’s all yours!” read the Facebook message from my neighbor that popped up on my iPhone. I opened the message and saw a photo of an aqua blue, gold and … Continue reading

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    Fully Loaded Chicken and Potato Casserole Recipe Using McCains Superfries
    Fully Loaded Chicken and Potato Casserole Recipe. An easy and delicious family dinner recipe that kids and adults both will love!

    When you hear the words “Family Dinner” what do you think of? Here are the thoughts that come to mind for me:   -Simple but delicious meals. -Food that both parents and the kids enjoy. -The house filled with the … Continue reading

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    Making Wishes Come True- Disney On Ice Let’s Party in Vancouver
    Making Wishes Come True Disney On Ice Let's Party in Vancouver

    “Disney on Ice is coming! Disney on Ice is coming!” Those were the words SHRIEKED from my 6 year old daughter’s lips when she came home from school on Friday. A friend at school had told her that she had … Continue reading

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    15 Minute Envelope Pillow Sewing Tutorial & Fabric Stencilling with Royal Design Studios
    Sew Creative Blog's 15 Minute Envelope Pillow Sewing Tutorial & Fabric Stencilling with Royal Design Studios

    What’s a great way to update a room and give it a quick makeover with low budget and not much time? Make yourself some throw pillows! Today I’m going to share with you how you can make one of a … Continue reading

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    Mommy Monday- She’s a Barbie Girl (3 Barbie Life In The Dreamhouse Giveaways!)
    Sew Creative Blog's Mommy Monday Big Barbie Giveaway!

    I remember adoring playing with Barbie’s as a kid. My mom gave my sister and I her childhood Barbie dolls and clothes.  My sister and I would play Barbie’s for hours, imagining stories that our Barbie’s could act out. When I had … Continue reading

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    Apple Chai Cider Recipe (Served in a Pumpkin Drink Dispenser from Pottery Barn)
    Sew Creative Blog's Apple Chai Cider Recipe

    Yesterday I told you about my childhood memories of trick or treating with family friends and coming back to the house afterwards to the smell of mulled apple cider made by my god mother, Sharon (you can read the post … Continue reading

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    Apple Picking, A Pumpkin Carving Party and a Beautiful Pottery Barn Pumpkin Drink Dispenser
    Apple Picking, A Pumpkin Carving Party and a Beautiful Pottery Barn Pumpkin Drink Dispenser

    When I think of fall I think of comfort, family and tradition. As a child my fall and winter was filled with traditions. It started each year at Halloween. Annually, we would go to my god parents house for trick or treating … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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