The Borrowed Abode

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A DIY/ Home Decor blog focused primarily on decorating rental homes and apartments.

Sapling Status: 4 Months

Authors: Jane

Maple’s third month was even more exciting than her second, with her making more talking sounds and even starting to babble in addition to cooing.  She also learned to pull things to her mouth and suck/chew on her fist. And just days before her 4 month birthday I gave her a stuffed doll, and she loves holding it. When she’s sleepy, she...

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Amber the Poodle Has Surgery for Chronic UTIs

Authors: Jane

Amber the Poodle has spent the last week sulking under our bed. The reason? She’s stuck in a big plastic Cone of Shame and isn’t allowed to lick or groom her back end, after surgery to fix her chronic UTI issue.

We have yet to figure out how she manages to get under the bed with the Cone of Shame on, but she does. Standard Poodles are...

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Ethical Pet Accessories for Dogs and Cats

Authors: Jane

Hey guys! I’m excited to kick off this week with a guest post on ethical pet accessories from Jamillah at Made-to-Travel! She’s been a blog friend for several years, and I love that she blogs about ethical shopping. The fact that most of the products we buy are made overseas and in sweatshops of both underpaid adults and...

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How to Create a Decorative Functional Pet Feeding Station

Authors: Jane

If you’ve ever lived with pets in a small space, you know that they require some space for feeding and storage of all the supplies they require. Fortunately, your pet gear can blend into your home with a pet feeding station.

Different home décor websites sell pet feeding cabinets that have integrated storage for pet food, bowls, and...

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A Lesson on Following Command Adhesive Rules

Authors: Jane

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...

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Sapling Status: 3 Months

Authors: Jane

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! ...

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A DIY Backdrop for Large Product Photos

Authors: Jane

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!

Si...

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The Nursery: Reupholstering a Curbside Ottoman…Finally!

Authors: Jane

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...

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From the Janery Studio: Springtime Pillows

Authors: Jane

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...

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A New Chapter Begins

Authors: Jane

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...

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