The Borrowed Abode

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

The Janery Sewing Studio is Under Construction!

Authors: Jane

This past weekend Ryan and I packed up the contents of the Janery sewing studio to prepare for some construction work.

What’s happening? We’re having a wall taken down and moved to create a bigger work space for me and Janery! (With our landlord’s permission, of course.)

This is exciting not only because it increases...

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A Special Handmade Journal Sale at Gadanke!

Authors: Jane

Over my years of blogging-turned-business owning, I’ve made some amazing entrepreneur friends. One of them is Katie, who was blogging about life as an expat in Germany when I met her. She’s now the owner of Gadanke, a small journal company.  If you love journaling, scrap booking, and handmade products, you may be...

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February Book Report: Habits, Royal Spies, a Female King!

Authors: Jane

I have been tearing through books lately, both audio books and regular printed ones.  Inspired by my friend and fellow blogger Sarah R Bagley, I’ve decided to share a monthly “book report”. Here’s what I read in February.  If you read any of these and want to comment, or if you have a book recommendation for m...

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My Tips For Easy Summer Flowers in the Garden

Authors: Jane

Every summer I fill my gardens with flowers that keep blooming until fall.  It’s gorgeous, it’s affordable, and best of all, it’s low maintenance!

My secret flower is the Zinnia, a gorgeous and strong flower that’s beautiful in the garden and great for easy bouquets.

You can buy Zinnia plants at the nursery in...

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My 2016 Spring Week In the Life: Friday

Authors: Jane

Now that I have a somewhat regular weekday work schedule, Fridays have become exciting to me again.  They mark the coming of the weekend, when I generally don’t work and focus on spending time with my family instead.

This Friday is pretty simple, as far as work days go.  I get up around 7 am with Maple, get her ready, and off we...

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My Spring 2016 Week in the Life: Thursday

Authors: Jane

Thursday is always a fun day for me and Maple, because it’s not a work day.

Since I started Maple in part-time daycare, I’ve tried to do most of my work on daycare days, and put work aside on the days we’re home together. At first it was hard for me to put my work brain on hold on Tuesday/Thursday, because it always...

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My Spring 2016 Week in the Life: Wednesday

Authors: Jane

Wednesday was another work day, so my morning starts when Maple and I get up at 7 and get ready to walk to daycare.

I didn’t track the timeline of my day as closely as I did on Monday.  I also forgot to take photos.

After the dogs and I walk Maple to daycare, I make breakfast while listening to the Sarah R Bagley podcast,...

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My 2016 Spring Week in the Life: Tuesday

Authors: Jane

Tuesday was an awesome day. Maple was at home with me for the day, so I didn’t track the timeline of my day as closely.

Maple woke up three times during the night, so I was pretty tired in the morning. At her morning waking around 4:45 I brought her into our bed and was able to sleep until 7.

Once we were up, I made some coffee. I...

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January February Book Report

Authors: Jane

King Peggy by Peggielene Bartels & Eleanor Herman

Ryan gifted me this book to listen to on Audible and it was awesome! King Peggy is the true story of a woman from Ghana who lives in the Washington, DC area and works in the embassy. Suddenly she finds out that she has become king of a region in Ghana, and the adventure that follows...

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My Spring 2016 Week in the Life Series: Monday

Authors: Jane

Welcome to my 2016 Spring Week in the Life series! The way I’m balancing my roles as a business owner and stay-at-home mom has changed significantly since the last time I chronicled a week.

Let’s dive in to Monday, which is a work day for me.

5:20 am: Ryan gets up, and when he hears Maple awake he brings her into the...

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