27/10
2014

Happy Birthday!

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Carrie Can Paper Goods is turning 2 this month! To celebrate each day until the 2nd of November, 1 of our wonderful paper products will be sold at 1/2 price! But be quick because each offer ends at 22:00 CET! Curious which of our items will get this superb discount? Keep an eye on the facebook page, we’re starting tomorrow!

05/10
2014

Pass the Chalk: Chalkboard Interior Walls

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Dimples and Tangles

Apparently, or so the radio informs me, today is Teacher Appreciation Day in Belgium. A bit of a bummer for all teachers that it’s a Sunday but I’m sure tomorrow a lot of kids will make up for it.

This might be a bit old school – no pun intended – but one of the first things that comes to my mind when you say school is chalkboards. This is one of those moments when I realize how old I am. I’m not even sure if blackboards are still used much in schools, it’s probably all computer screens these days. Anyhow, I always thought they were quite magical. One moment they were heavenly blank, the next moment they were filled with words, numbers and sketches. And off course chalkboards should not be confined to school boundaries, since they work so great in interiors. Don’t you just love the following examples?

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25/09
2014

Squeaky clean white bathrooms

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Having a 3 month old baby means that a lot of stuff you used to take for granted becomes a rare luxury. Sleep, how I miss you! Another treat I’ve been missing out on? Showers. Let me first say that this doesn’t mean I never wash myself (although I do admit I sometimes skip a few days). It however does mean that long hot showers are a thing form the past, nowadays it’s more a 5 minute ‘get in, lather up and get out’ kinda setup.

And it also means our bathroom isn’t as squeaky clean as it used to be (time is another luxury item at the moment). Ah well, on the bright side this might be very beneficiary for the planet since we’re definitely saving up on water lately. Although this might be compensated by the machine loads of dirty laundry covered in baby puke.

So excuse me while I stare at these beautiful white bathrooms and try to remember what my bathroom looks like clean.

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Cote Maison

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Stil Inspiration

17/09
2014

Decorating with Paper Pom Poms

This weekend was my baby girl’s “babyborrel” (which literally means “baby’s drink” in Dutch). Merel threw her first party so she could meet all mommy and daddy’s family and friends. Isn’t she a sweetie ;-)

Off course Mom was in charge of decorations so during Merel’s oh so spare nap time, I made some paper tissue pom poms from scratch. These are to be honest, ridiculously easy to do. You can find a very handy DIY video tutorial over here.

So yesterday I was wondering what I should do with the remaining pom poms. A few where already donated to eager nieces but I still had some left and I’m not the kinda gal to throw away much (a.k.a. I’m a hoarder). So since officially there Merel’s poms I decided to decorate her playpen with them. I also added some bunting to make sure we don’t forget whose crib it is ;-)

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And off course afterwards I couldn’t resist to check Pinterest for even more nursery pom pom ideas. And I found much more inspiration if I want to take this paper pom pom idea up a notch!

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Nursery Paper Tissue Pom Poms
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05/09
2014

Guest post: Dog mat DIY

I’ve got a special treat for you! I’ve received an email from Olivia. Being a mom herself she knows how hard and busy the first few months of parenthood are, so she suggested to write a blog post. An offer I gladly accepted! So enjoy this extra guest post!

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Hey everyone! I’m Olivia from DIY Mother! Today I’m going to be sharing a super easy tutorial for anyone who has a dog who is a messy eater like mine: a bone-shaped dog bowl mat.

My family recently adopted an English Bulldog and she’s adorable. Her name is Mango, she’s great with my kids and absolutely, perfectly lazy. Before we got her, I did a lot of research about English Bulldogs and it’s amazing how accurate the information was about the breed. True to the traits, she’s great with kids and loves to cuddle, but she also has skin allergies, loves to gnaw at her paws, and is a messy eater.

Since I’ve been focusing my DIY energy on dog-related projects as of late, the first one I thought of was a food station mat. Not that my kitchen is always spotless, but Mango has definitely added to the mess. Plus, after our initial trip to the pet store, I didn’t want to buy anything else. I think I spent close to $200 for all of her supplies when she moved in.

I headed to the hardware store where I knew I could find some durable material. I didn’t know where I’d find it, but I knew it was there. I ended up getting some vinyl cut for less than $3 a foot. Much cheaper than getting something at the pet store. Here’s how it went:

What I used:
4 ft. of vinyl runner ($2.67/ft. and it’s in the flooring section with the rug runners)
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The vinyl ended up working great for this project-one side is glossy, with raised stripes and the other side is rough. It can get dirty easily, but that’s the point.
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Normally when I’m doing projects like this, I use my trusty projector. In this case, I figured that the design was easy enough-how hard is it to draw a bone, anyway? I got my phone out and looked at a vector image of a bone and drew it onto the rough side with a pencil.

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Wrong! I had such a hard time getting both sides to match up, but I kept cutting and cutting until I got close enough. I was going to customize it and perhaps add her name, but I decided against it because Mango is such a messy eater that I don’t need it to look good. Commence the obligatory dog photos!

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28/08
2014

Introducing… Merel

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Well here she is, my beautiful baby girl Merel.

My life has improved so much since she became part of it. I love being a mother but, allow me a confession, I never thought taking care of a tiny weensy baby could be so much work! Sure I realized she would change everything but to be honest not quite so drastically! I always thought I would still have a little time for myself throughout the day while she was napping. Well turns out little Merel isn’t such a big sleeper… Can’t really blame her since her mother apparently was the same :-) And she’s also got a big appetite, just like her daddy, so there is not much rest for the weary new mommy :-)

So therefor I already apologize for the lack of posts. I hope it will improve soon once we have a bit more of a rhythm going on. But to be honest at this moment family comes first… Thanks for understanding!

25/07
2014

Guest post: DIY wallpaper bag

I’m taking a few weeks of to enjoy the company of my newborn baby girl. In the mean time some very talented ladies will take over here on the blog. Enjoy!

Hi, I’m Eline from Roomblush. Today I’ll show you a simple tutorial that shows that you can be very creative with the rest of your wallpaper. Just as this nice little bag we created with the Roomblush Triangles Pink wallpaper. Follow the steps and create your own unique bag. Ideal for a gift or for yourself.

To create a bag in this size (7.1×9.4 inch), you take the size of an A3 from your leftover wallpaper.

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1. Fold the wallpaper double in a horizontal way.
2. Tape the open side with masking tape.
3. Fold the bottom of your bag upwards. The higher you fold up, the wider your bag.
4. Open one side of the folded bottom and flatten so you get the shape of a triangle.
5. Fold the base inwards, as shown on the photo. Tape it with masking tape.

Handles: Create the handles by first cutting a long, wide strip. The length of this strip is the double size of the width of the bag. Next you cut thin strips for the handles and tape them to the strip. Glue the strip with handles to the inside of the bag.

++ HAVE FUN ++

18/07
2014

Guest post: Tea towel as finishing touch

I’m taking a few weeks of to enjoy the company of my newborn baby girl. In the mean time some very talented ladies will take over here on the blog. Enjoy!

Hello you all, I’m Ruth from Georgette! When Caroline asked me to provide a guest post on the Carrie Can blog I just could not refuse. :-) She just had to say the words ‘interior’ and ‘textile’ and my mind exploded. As a textile designer it’s hard to resist anything made out of threads. I always had a strong weakness for interior textiles and I strongly believe that a room becomes more powerful and cozy when you put some textile objects in it. And I don’t mean the regular things like carpets and curtains.

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Today I would like to talk about one of my favorite pieces of fabric: the tea towel. I just love tea towels because of their weaving structure combined with the thickness of the cotton used. Sounds really nerdy, I know, but this is what blows my mind. These day’s you also find a lot of tea towels with beautiful prints etc.

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But what I even like more about them is that they can lighten up your kitchen in no time! You don’t always have to use them: just hang them on a nice spot, like you would hang a frame. You can match it with the colors of your kitchen, use an accent color or even go for something completely different. I myself have a crush on black and white with soft pastel and a graphic print. They fit with anything.

Enjoy these nice pictures!

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Pennyweight Goods

11/07
2014

Guest post: Dress up your room

I’m taking a few weeks of to enjoy the company of my newborn baby girl. In the mean time some very talented ladies will take over here on the blog. Enjoy!

Hello, I’m Katrien from Grafisch Werk(t). When I received a mail from Caroline where she asked me to write a guest blog, I did not think twice. I really love her style and the way she blogs, with lots of enthusiasm. As the main topics of her blog are about interior & paper, it definitely felt right for me to do this. When I would describe myself I’d say I’m a graphic designer with a huge love for interior design!

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Lauren Schroer

About 5 years ago we have had the luck to buy a house. Not just any house, but one that needed some serious work. So we had the luck to design the house however we wanted it to be. As we did almost everything ourselves, it was – and still is – a work of many years. Right now we have finished the kitchen and 3 bedrooms, the rest is still in progress …

Sure, you get used to living in an unfinished “house” but suddenly (read: after 5 long years) you get the feeling it isn’t your “home”. So, in order to dress up our house to feel a little more like home, I first started to buy plants & flowers. Cute, but they don’t last forever! A search through the internet (thank you, Pinterest) & some masking tape, gave me many possibilities to give every room it’s very own personal touch. Some are free, but all in all, a poster isn’t that pricy so you can change them from time to time. Here are some of my favorites!

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Weekdaycarnival

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Le Petit Biscuit Shop

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Free Vintage Posters

The last one is framed in our kitchen and looks really pretty! What’s your favorite poster?

04/07
2014

Guest post: Decorating with paper in the nursery

I’m taking a few weeks of to enjoy the company of my newborn baby girl. In the mean time some very talented ladies will take over here on the blog. Enjoy!

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Hello everyone, I’m Inge from Simply Fabulous Chic and today I’m a guest blogger here. Before I start my guest post, I want to thank Caroline for having me here! I hope she’s enjoying the quality time with her new baby girl and family. Congratulations Caroline!!

Today I’m sharing a few tips on how to decorate a nursery with paper, stickers & books. It really doesn’t have to be expensive to be fun. This idea found at 101Woonideeën is so original. You can use leftovers from wallpaper to create a huge paper city and create interesting wall art in the kids room. Beautiful to look at and for kids with loads of imagination, perfect to play in!

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Or create a cool background on the wall with paint and use your all time favourite postcards to give the room more personality. Throw in a few pillows on the bed et voila… you just created a kids room where they won’t come out of for a long time.

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Framing posters, quotes and other pieces of paper to create a cosy atmosphere in the baby’s room is always a winner. Personally I’m a fan of the yellow apple poster (it would fit in perfectly in my youngest son’s bedroom)!

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Even books can make a kids’ room interesting and beautiful. For a book worm like myself books couldn’t be left out of my list of fun decorating tips. Just look at this lovely shared girl’s room! And the paper pom poms at the ceiling make it even more romantic.

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Or what do you think of creating your own paper garland with the name of your baby? This idea, found at the Project Nursery, is especially great when having a girl. Loads of glitters on the letters, a beautiful piece of string and you’re done!

I hope these tips inspired you to start decorating your own nursery. And please let Caroline and me know if any of you have other great ideas to decorate the nursery with paper, it’s always great to hear from our readers!

Love, Inge x