31/03
2015

Baby Bunny Ears: Quick & dirty Easter DIY

Easter DIY – Baby bunny ears – free printable

I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that it’s Easter this Sunday, you’re probably much more prepared then me (‘Easter, this weekend? are you sure?’). My babygirl spending her very first Easter without a bit of handmade love? No way! So I recycled last years Easter egg tutorial and made the bunny ears baby sized! Let me share this quick and easy DIY tutorial with you:

1. Download the free printable here. Print on 180g (or heavier) photo paper.

2. Cut out the ears with scissors or a cutter knife & ruler (I used both, the cutter for the straight parts and the scissors for the ears)

Easter DIY – Baby bunny ears – free printable

3. Glue the 2 pieces together, make sure to test the size on your baby’s head first!

Easter DIY – Baby bunny ears – free printable

4. Put on baby, hope she/he doesn’t destroy it instantly.

I told you that it was a quick and dirty DIY! Ideal for new mommy’s! But if you want some more, check out my Easter Egg tutorial

16/02
2015

Wonderful designed window film – Siluett Frost

Let me start off to say that I’m a great fan of window film, I think almost all our windows received this treatment. They let through the light better than curtains and you can apply them either halfway or on the entire window.

Before I always bought my film on the cheap, either online or in our local hardware store.

But for Merel’s bedroom I went on an online search for some qualitative and, very importantly, great designed window film. Nothing but the best for my little girl! That’s how I came across Swedish Design Studio SiluettFrost.

I’m a big fan of the Graphite window film, the detail is just stunning.

But to be honest this design is a bit more mom’s cup of tea… So should I go with the very cute Daydreaming window film which of course is ideal for kids?

Or maybe Lov which features birds since my daughter’s name is Dutch for blackbird?

So which one would you chose? Or do you now some great alternatives to make me doubt even more? I would love to know!

12/01
2015

DIY baby photography: Up in the clouds

DIY baby photography: Up in the clouds – on carriecanblog.com

Every year I make my own Christmas cards for family and friends. And every year I try my best to do something original, quirky and  – let’s be honest – time consuming.

But this year the hubby and me decided to do something quick and dirty. And what could be more simpler than taking a picture of our newborn baby girl Merel? Well, turns out that if you ask 2 graphic designers to make a Christmas card, nothing is ever simple. You see, we had the great idea to take a picture that not only showed the holiday spirit but that also referred to our sweet girl’s name (Merel means blackbird in Dutch).

DIY baby photography: Up in the clouds – on carriecanblog.com

So something that says both Christmas and birds? A brainstorm later we came up with this idea: “let’s photograph her as a little angel inside a fluffy white cloud!”. Off course we could have photoshopped the cloud but nothing beats the real thing. So after excitedly typing in the terms “DIY” and “cloud” on Pinterest, I came across this great tutorial by The Farm Chicks.

DIY baby photography: Up in the clouds – on carriecanblog.com

A few evenings filled with balloons, paper and glue later, we put our very own cloud on top of Merel’s highchair, dressed our girl up in a family heirloom baptizing gown and reused some props from our wedding photo booth. A minimum of Photoshop retouches later (taking out the legs of the chairs) we had these wonderful shots. Aren’t they lovely?! I’m so glad we didn’t follow up on our resolution to do something simple!

PS: in case you’re wondering, the background is a wall of the baby room. The wallpaper is Squarestripe Pink by Roomblush.

01/12
2014

Free DIY tutorial: Advent calendar

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Oh my, I can’t believe it’s December again! Christmas 2014 will be a special one since it’s the first one for my baby girl Merel. I thought this deserved a proper countdown so this year I finally made my own Advent calender. I based the design on my new Gifts Christmas Cards which are available in my shop.

I thought I’d make this calender my very first Christmas gift to you, lovely blog readers, so I turned this project into a printable and DIY tutorial! Hurray!

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What you’ll need:

• glossy A4 photo paper
• scissors
• eyelet puncher and gold eyelets
• 24 small glassine bags
• decorative rope
• kids wire coat hanger
• candy and small chocolates

First up download the free printable tags over here. Print them on the glossy photo paper and cut them out with your scissor.

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Fill the glassine bags with the candy and chocolates. Fold the bag over, place the round tag on top and punch a hole through both with the eyelet puncher. Put the gold eyelet through the hole and fasten with the puncher.

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Cut off 24 strands of rope of different sizes. Thread trough the eyelets.

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Hang the packages on the coat hanger. spread them out evenly.

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Tadaa, that’s it! Easy isn’t it?

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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

Chalkboard Interior Walls - Carrie Can Blog
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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Smile and Wave

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Bungalow 5

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Pinterest

25/09
2014

Squeaky clean white bathrooms

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No Glitter, No Glory

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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Poppytalk

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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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Pinterest

Nursery Paper Tissue Pom Poms
Pinterest

Nursery Paper Tissue Pom Poms
Pinterest

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)
Scissors

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!