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the homesteady
Northampton, MA
Everyday joys + real-life inspiration
Interests: DIY, knitting, crafting, cooking, zombies
Recent Activity
Samson has a few tricks up his (furry) sleeve. He knows how to sit, lay down, shake, crawl, and... ...he can spin now, too! We're obviously pretty obsessed proud. When asked me if Samson and I would like to try ordering from their website, I knew it would be... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at the homesteady
While we're working hard preparing for the next few weeks of travel, I wanted to share with you four of my all-time favorite travel DIYs. These are projects I've made myself, and they're all actually pretty easy. Top: Washi tape twist ties for cords; Wash/wear bag for delicates (I sewed... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at the homesteady
While we're away traveling, I'm happy to introduce you to my friend Nick. He works at D.W. Alexander bar and lounge in Toronto, and he's here to share the recipe for my favorite cocktail in the world, the Aviation! Many cocktails have a long history and tradition. Since the mid-19th... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2015 at the homesteady
That's right, the United States Postal Service has declared April National Letter-Writing Month! This alone is a beautiful reason to pick up a pen and write a note to someone you love. But personalized gold foil-pressed stationery definitely sweetens the deal... What do you think of these cards? I partnered... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2015 at the homesteady
More on Instagram Okay friends, we're off tomorrow to put the "gay" into "gay Par-ee"! (That's my brother's joke.) Kristie and I will be traveling around France and England for the next two weeks, so this space will be just a *tiny* bit quieter -- I do have some content... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2015 at the homesteady
We've been drinking lots of tea lately as Kristie is trying to cut back on her soda consumption. I decided to use the leftover clay from this project to make a little hand-shaped teabag rest! You will need: Oven-baking clay (I used this one) A rolling pin An X-acto knife... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2015 at the homesteady
I'm sure you've heard this before -- that the most memorable travel experiences can't be planned. I really think that's true. That's one of the reasons I'm trying not to over-plan our trip to Paris next week. Thinking about that brought to mind a few of the most best travel... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2015 at the homesteady
More on Instagram Oh my gosh, we are eight days away from leaving for two weeks in France and England. There's lots and lots going on in my house to prepare, including what is practically idol-worship of these bags. And things aren't slowing down. I actually had a dream last... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2015 at the homesteady
On Sunday, Kristie and I drove to CT to spend time with my brother and my parents, and celebrate my dad's birthday. We spent the day looking at old family photos, playing with the dogs, FaceTiming with my sister (who is studying abroad in Paris), watching goldfinches at the bird... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2015 at the homesteady
Ahhh she is THE CUTEST!!!! I'm so glad you like the sweater. I can't wait to meet her in real life and see your pretty face for the first time in...what, like five fucking years??!
Toggle Commented Mar 30, 2015 on spring is a-springin'. at Life, love, & Lily.
I'm mildly obsessed with putting photos on pretty much everything, and I knew I wanted to try it on Easter eggs this year. Well, the process turned out to be simple! I picked a few Instagram pictures -- the ones that worked best were cropped to about 1"x1". These were... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2015 at the homesteady
More on Instagram I'm going to try something a little different with this week's list. Instead of "the best links," I wanted to share actions -- things that we can do, try, practice, talk about, plan for. Are you into that? It feels better to me...kind of like setting our... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2015 at the homesteady
There was one week this month -- one really great week where I got almost nothing done but sewing. Every day I would get home from work and plant myself in front of my sewing machine at the kitchen table. (We do have a spare bedroom upstairs that's full of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2015 at the homesteady
Mint cookie is my very favorite flavor of ice cream. But I didn't have it for two years after cutting gluten out of my diet! Until now. Until my cousin gave me his old ice cream maker. Grab a spoon, let me introduce you to my favorite ice cream! You... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2015 at the homesteady
Our friend Kristin was visiting this weekend from Virginia (she and Kristie have been best friends since they were tiny!). We all had so much fun together watching "The Office," going out to eat (and drink), and exploring Northampton. I was reminded of how cool it can be to see... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2015 at the homesteady
I hope high-waisted swimsuits never get old. Actually, it doesn't matter. I'm going to keep wearing them anyway. If you like retro bathing suits too, check out some of my favorites! (And my picks from 2013 and 2014.) All together now, let's dream of summer. Top row: ModCloth (I think... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2015 at the homesteady
What is it about travel that just wants to make you travel more? Kristie and I have always talked about prioritizing new adventures and time away, and since we've been planning our trip next month to France and the United Kingdom, it's brought up the topic of all the other... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2015 at the homesteady
Did you notice this sleep mask in my carry-on post last week? Well, it was really easy to make and I hope you give it a try. I'm excited to have this super-soft eye mask for our trip to France next month. To make one, you will need: 1/4 yard... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2015 at the homesteady
More on Instagram Things making me happy: Tonight's plans, old friends, new friends, lots of work, birds singing this morning, the possibility that I might finally be able to call myself an "advanced beginner" in sewing, Mumford & Son's cover of "The Boxer." Samson has healed beautifully in the one... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2015 at the homesteady
Thank you so much!!
Toggle Commented Mar 12, 2015 on a few bedroom upgrades at the homesteady
I love sewing. Really, I do! It hasn't always been this way (trust me), but I'm starting to sew more and more of my own clothes and accessories. It's a learning process, though, and every once in awhile I'm really happy to take a break and find a fabric DIY... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2015 at the homesteady
Hi Am! I cut through both fabric layers. I have some photos of the process; send an email to if you have any more questions!
PS I love your blog and I'm so so sorry about your cat :(
Toggle Commented Mar 10, 2015 on DIY geometric pendant at the homesteady
Thanks so much Meg!! I'd love to see it when it's finished if you share on Instagram :) #thehomesteadydiy
Toggle Commented Mar 10, 2015 on DIY geometric pendant at the homesteady
Aww thanks Jessica! :)
Toggle Commented Mar 10, 2015 on How to sew a dog bed at the homesteady