Category Archives: Janery

From the Janery Studio: Springtime Pillows

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 always make me think of the warmer months. They’re all made from a linen-cotton blend with the most whimsical outdoorsy prints, some of which I used in Maple’s nursery. When I first discovered this Japanese fabric designer several years ago, I knew her fabrics would be the inspiration for my future child’s nursery.

My square pillows are now available in three sizes – 18″, 20″, 22″ and come with the option to buy just the pillow cover or the cover with a USA-made pillow insert.

Janery Designer Pillow Geo Bird Neutral Invisible Zipper

The Geometric Modern Bird pillow in neutral inspired the mural, but hurry – there’s only one left!

Janery Pillow Geo Bird 2 Grape 1000sq

The Purple Geometric Modern Bird pillow is the same pattern as above, but with springtime colors.

Janery Pillow Forest Creatures 2 Natural 1000sq

And for the animal lovers, the Forest Animal pillow with cheetahs, lemurs, owls, and more creatures.

Janery Pillow Butterfly Cascade 3 1000sq

Finally, there’s only one Butterfly Cascade pillow left, and that makes me so sad! This is a favorite of mine.

Everything in my shop is handmade by me, and the pillow inserts are an awesome faux-down polyester made in a small factory here on the East Coast. 

Janery Update: Overcoming the “perfection procrastination”

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 to launch my Charlie Cushion dog beds in the fall, but in the process I found I’d made some mistakes with them that could only be fixed by ripping out all the seams and starting over. It was an important lesson in measure twice, cut once!

Janery Charlie Cushion Seam Ripper

There’s been more bumps in the road to launching these waterproof dog beds, but the whole story is a topic for a separate post.

Janery Charlie Cushion Progress Notes

The launch of the new Janery website has also been challenging. I’m struggling with a quest for perfection in the website; a quest which I have now realized has kept me from making enough progress. I told myself I wouldn’t launch it until I had a perfect product line, had launched the Charlie Cushions, and had all new branding and perfect product photos, and the list goes on.

The reason? About two years ago I got the idea in my head that I couldn’t advertise or promote my handmade business until it looked more professional. However, in my first two years, I advertised and promoted my business and had the sales to show it. My photos and back then? Completely amateur and embarrassing.

Oh, the irony.

My blogging friend and neighbor, Sarah, has a great podcast about exactly this type of challenge. The Sarah R. Bagley podcast is focused on “a recovering perfectionist’s guide to a B+ life” – and boy, is that just the kind of advice I need to get Janery to the next step.

While I will always strive to create A+ products at Janery, right now I need to be a little more accepting of a B+ backend to the business if I want to take steps towards growing it.

Janery New Website Draft Screenshot

With this in mind, I’ve been busily uploading my best product photos to the new website, and working with my graphic designer to get all the elements in place for a late April launch date. Once the site is live and the Charlie Cushions are really launched, I’ll go about upgrading the site to A+, one step at a time.

Holiday Shipping & Janery This Weekend: GRUMP at Artisphere

A friendly holiday shipping reminder:  Ordering after Dec. 14th?  Upgrade to Priority Mail for delivery by Christmas. Just add the Priority Mail Upgrade to your cart before you check out.

Shop Local!  This Sunday Janery will be at an awesome holiday market in Arlington, VA.  Come on by and say hello!

GRUMP at Artisphere Independent Holiday Craft Market

GRUMP:  The “best alternative arts and crafts holiday show.”

Date:  Sunday, December 14, 2014
Time:  11am- 5 pm
Place:  Artisphere   –  1101 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington VA 22209