A day in my life

Blog posts on Artfully Carin may contain affiliate links to products or services I think are awesome. For more information, see my disclosures page.. One of the questions I get asked the most is how I fit in blogging and making arts and crafts with being a stay at home mum. I wrote a series […]

Kirby’s big boy bedroom

I’m so happy to finally show you Kirby’s big boy bedroom. I did it up in time for his birthday in January, but I couldn’t decide if I should get curtains for his room or just have the blinds, so I never took photos of it. The other day I updated some baskets in his room […]

Kids crafts: fun, personalised wrapping paper

I love easel paper and always have a roll or two in my craft room. It’ so handy. I use it all the time. I cut off large pieces for the kids to draw on, I roll it out on the craft table when we’re drawing with markers or painting to catch the spills (then […]

Shortlisted for the Brilliance in Blogging awards 2015 !

Yesterday was a bit surreal. I found out that Artfully Carin has been shortlisted in the Britmums Brilliance in Blogging awards 2015 for crafts!!! I was scrolling through my Facebook feed and saw that several of my favourite bloggers mentioned having been shortlisted in their categories, and clicked over to see who else was on the list. I nearly spat my […]

4 ways to make your own wooden charms and embellishments

I have been making my own wooden charms and embellishments since I first started crafting with balsa wood. I usually make a big batch of them in one go and keep them in a jar in the craft room so I always have some to hand when I need them. So far I’ve added them to key chains, […]

6 tips for working with balsa wood

I have loved crafting with balsa since I first came across it. It has the lovely look of wood, but is incredibly easy to work with, so is good for a lot of fun projects. But I know most people have never heard of it before, unless they know someone who makes models, so I thought I’d […]

How to make easy wood gift tags

Have I ever told you that one of my favourite craft materials is balsa wood? I don’t think so. The reason I love it is because it has the beautiful look of wood, but is incredibly easy to cut through and turn into something else. The other day I was wrapping up a present for a friend […]

How to make a paper wreath

I have been itching to make a paper wreath for my new craft room/ studio for such a long time, I think they’re so beautiful and they really appeal to my love of texture and detail, and over the last few days I finally had the chance to make one. I LOVE how it turned […]

How to make a cute sequin heart canvas

I’m back with another canvas craft today. This time it’s a quick and easy sequin heart canvas. Do you decorate for Valentine’s Day? I have to admit that until the last few years we didn’t really bother. It was just not one of those holidays we paid much attention to. Nice meal and a bottle of wine? […]

DIY distressed canvas

I redecorated Kirby’s bedroom before Christmas, but have been holding off on showing you around until I had made a few more bits. Last week I finally made him this DIY distressed canvas with his name and birth date. It is so quick and easy to make that I’m planning on making a few more in the next few […]