• 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.

  • Late Night Wordless Wednesday- Road to Blog Her

    Sew Creative is on the road, in San Jose for Blog Her 2014. Here are 3 images from my trip so far for a late night Wordless Wednesday. 

    Salma and Crystal at San Jose Airport

    Salma from The Write Balance and I at the San Jose Airport on our way to Blog Her 14.

    Blog Her

    Salma and I took a selfie and then looked above our heads and saw these beautiful Blog Her 14 signs. So excited for this conference.

    Business Card Ring

    Once we got to our hotel room I gave Salma her “roomie” gift. A business card ring with hole punch to collect and keep track of business cards she collects at the conference.

    Back with more when I’m back in Vancouver after Blog Her!

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    Week #5 of the Be Awesome Link Party and Heading to San Jose for #BlogHer14

    Be Awesome Link Party Week Number 5

    Happy Monday everyone! I hope that you had a wonderful weekend. The end of last week and the beginning of this weekend was busy, busy in the Sew Creative household. On Thursday, Bean and I went to a Kids Cooking Camp hosted by the BC Blueberry Council. We learned how to make a bunch of kid friendly recipes using beautiful, BC Blueberries. 

    Bean with her Fresh Blueberry Corn and Chicken Salad

    Bean with her Fresh Blueberry Corn and Chicken Salad

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    Favorite Things Friday- Younique Moodstruck Fiber Lashes! #WIN a Set of Your Own!

    Favorite Things Friday Younique Moodstruck Fiber Lashes this year's must have beauty product

    I LOVE makeup. I’ve often thought that it would be fun to be a beauty blogger and get to review the latest and greatest in beauty products. My new series, Favorite Things Fridays, is giving me the opportunity to pretend that I am a beauty blogger. 

    My morning makeup routine is pretty quick and easy. Tinted moisturizer, a bit of eyeliner, a quick swipe of eyeshadow, some blush or bronzer and mascara. On the average day it takes me 5 minutes to put on my makeup… I’m quick, quick, quick. I have my routine down and I can get it done fast. When I’m attending an event or having photos done I take a bit more time getting ready. I love having my eyes pop in photos, so when I’m going somewhere special I focus on my eyes.

    I was recently sent Younique Moodstruck Fiber Lashes. I have always loved the look of false eyelashes, but I don’t have the patience (or skill) to put them on. I’ve always thought “Wouldn’t it be easier to just brush them on, like mascara?”

    Ladies, that is exactly what you can do with Younique Moodstruck Fiber Lashes! It’s mascara and false eyelashes in one! Apply your mascara as usual, then add a layer of transplanting gel on top. Next brush on the natural fibers, then one more layer of transplanting gel and watch as your eyes are transformed! Best of all it’s made of all natural ingredients. The fibers are 100% green tea fibers and the transplanting gel has water, beeswax and Brazilian palm glue as the first three ingredients.  (more…)

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    DIY Water Spray Table Made from Plastic Storage Bin and Piping

     DIY Water Spray Table using plastic storage bin and piping from Sew Creative

    Turtle turned 2 a few weeks ago and The Hubs and I were on the hunt for the perfect birthday gift. Turtle isn’t really “into” anything yet. He loves music, he loves playing outside, he loves water and he loves DAVIDsTEA. 

    The Hubs and I decided that a water table would be the perfect birthday gift. Something that would keep him entertained in our back yard while I garden and keep him cool on a hot day. 

    We looked at a few different water tables at the store and weren’t really sold on any of them. They seemed like they would have a limited life and then we would be selling it on Craigslist. 

    “Should we DIY it?” The Hubs and I said to each other? We love handmade and there is nothing like a handmade gift.  (more…)

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    Summer Inspired Be Awesome Link Party! Come Link Up!
    Be Awesome Link Party Week 4

    It’s Be Awesome time friends! In case this is your first week linking up at Be Awesome, this link party is co-hosted by 8 fabulous bloggers: Angie of Echoes of Laughter, Virginia of Fynes Designs, Julie of Sober Julie, Me (Crystal of Sew Creative), Joanna … Continue reading

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    Quick and Easy Blue Dragon Hoisin Sesame Sticky Chicken Recipe
    Quick and Easy Blue Dragon Hoisin Sesame Sticky Chicken Recipe

    Every once in awhile you create a recipe that is such a huge hit with both the kids and parents that you want to create it time and time and time again. I’ve been playing with “flavors from the East” … Continue reading

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    Favorite Things Friday- DAVIDsTEA Summer Collection, $1 Iced Tea & Takeya Iced Tea Pitchers
    Favorite Things Friday- DAVIDsTEA Summer Collection, $1 Iced Tea & Takeya Iced Tea Pitchers

    Welcome to the first week of my new series- Favorite Things Friday. Recently I was at the mall with a group of girlfriends and I said to them “We HAVE to stop in at DAVIDsTEA. One of them had never been … Continue reading

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    Inside Time Summer Fun- No Cook Play Dough
    No Cook Play Dough Recipe

    My new career path means that I am around the house a lot more often. We changed our daycare schedule from full-time to part-time which means I have lots more time to do hands on projects with the kids.  The Hubs … Continue reading

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    Let Your Inner Awesome Shine! It’s The Be Awesome Link Party Week 3
    Be Awesome Link Party Week #3.jpg

    Happy Monday everyone! I hope that you all had a fabulous weekend and that you worked all kinds of fabulous projects, activities and creations. It’s time for the Be Awesome Link Party.  In case this is your first week linking … Continue reading

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    Weekend Inspiration: 11 Weekend Pallet Projects
    Weekend Inspiration 11 Weekend Pallet Projects.jpg

    Last month I took on my first weekend pallet project when I made my DIY Pallet Mason Jar Herb Garden. Last week The Hubs came home with 2 beautiful half pallets and I’m anxious to turn them into a lovely … Continue reading

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    The Dog (cat, donkey and penguin) Days of Summer #KinderMom
    The Dog  (cat, donkey and penguin) Days of Summer #KinderMom

    Summer. It is here and we are loving it. With my “new career” The Hubs and I decided to keep this summer simple and stay close to home. We’re taking this summer to treat our beautiful city like vacation grounds, … Continue reading

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    The First Day of the Rest Of My Life and a Free Inspirational Printable
    Copy of Life is a story make yours a bestseller inspiring inspirational printable free

    Last night I came home from work and said to the Hubs “Today is the first day of the rest of my life.” He laughed at me “Do you think you’re being a bit dramatic? I’d say that this is the … Continue reading

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