The Borrowed Abode
A DIY/ Home Decor blog focused primarily on decorating rental homes and apartments.
A Lesson on Following Command Adhesive Rules
- Published on Monday, 04 May 2015
The other day the baby was snoozing in the bathroom as I was getting dressed. I bring her rocker in there when I shower so that the steam can help her congestion.
Suddenly I heard a crash.
I rushed towards the bathroom, yelling at the Poodle because if something crashes it’s usually her fault! (She claims she can’t help he...
Sapling Status: 3 Months
- Published on Friday, 01 May 2015
Oh boy! This has been a talkative and wiggly month!
While every month with Maple has been amazing, this was the most interactive one yet. Before having a baby, I didn’t realize how quiet and reserved they were during the first few weeks. Watching her develop into an alert little human is so interesting.
Easter was so exciting! ...
A DIY Backdrop for Large Product Photos
- Published on Monday, 27 April 2015
A DIY Backdrop for Large Product Photos
When you run a handmade business, it’s important to have crisp and clean product photos. There’s tons of tutorials on creating small lightboxes for products like jewelry, ceramics, or purses. However, solutions for large products – like my dog beds – are harder to find!
The Nursery: Reupholstering a Curbside Ottoman…Finally!
- Published on Friday, 17 April 2015
As part of creating the baby’s nursery, I reupholstered an ottoman that had been languishing in our shed for years. This ottoman is basically as old as my relationship with my husband – I found it in my apartment’s trash right after we started dating. I immediately removed the old upholstery because it was in r...
From the Janery Studio: Springtime Pillows
- Published on Monday, 13 April 2015
After the beautiful weekend we enjoyed here in Virginia, I think spring has finally arrived for good. On Sunday we had family photos taken at a park, and on Saturday I took Maple and the poodle for a long walk around town. It was so nice to have the baby outside in the fresh air, finally!
I have a few pillows in stock at Janery that...
A New Chapter Begins
- Published on Wednesday, 08 April 2015
Yesterday afternoon I took a deep breath and hit “send” on an email to my boss. I notified her that I wouldn’t be returning to my job as a small business advocate for a large defense company.
This was a hard decision to make, especially knowing how it will cause more stress for my boss at first. I took several...
Stitch it! DIY Makeup Brush Holder
- Published on Monday, 06 April 2015
In the past few years I’ve had to do a lot of business travel, and early on I started looking for ways to make travel packing easier and better. I started using the hotel toiletries and hair dryer, but still packed my makeup and makeup brushes. I decided a DIY makeup brush holder was just what I needed for traveling with my br...
The Nursery: DIY Fabric Hoop Art Tutorial
- Published on Wednesday, 01 April 2015
Are you tired of decorating your walls with factory art or framed posters from big box stores and looking for something a little different? Perhaps you want to DIY some art but you’re not exactly a talented painter. Here’s an easy way to add a personal and customized touch to your space with fabric hoop art.
To achieve this effect, you...
Janery Update: Overcoming the “perfection procrastination”
- Published on Monday, 30 March 2015
It may come as no surprise to my regular readers that my handmade pet bed & pillow business, Janery, took a backseat in my life last year. Sales were lower than even my first year, and I didn’t reach my goals of launching Charlie Cushions or my new e-commerce website. Family came first, and I don’t regret that.
I actually started...
Sapling Status: 2 Months Old
- Published on Friday, 20 March 2015
Happy 2 months to Maple! Once again the time has flown by, and I have a feeling it’s going to be that way every month.
This is the month where she discovered her smile. And oh, what fun it is to see her whole face crack open into a smile at the most random of times. She’s also been finding her giggle, though I h...