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the homesteady
Northampton, MA
Everyday joys & real-life inspiration
Interests: DIY, knitting, crafting, cooking, zombies
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Mine is a window seat in a cabin in the middle of the woods. I'm all by myself, and it's one of those deep window seats that's really more like a small bed. There are bookshelves on both sides. I have a cup of tea (that never gets cold) and... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at the homesteady
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Post-Christmas and pre-New Year's, I had the week off from work (yay higher ed schedule!). I had made a big list of projects to tackle around the house, and with a near-masochistic glint in my eye, I headed for the craft room. It was bad. Bad bad bad. That room... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at the homesteady
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Ohmygosh, this face. I'm sure this isn't news to you, but I'm kind of into my dog Samson. He's a mixed breed rescue – we got him from this shelter when he was just 11 weeks old! Let's go back in time for just a second... (Brb, crying.) According to... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at the homesteady
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More on Instagram Okay, ready for kind of a brain dump? Because that's what Fridays are for? I think it's going to be February – yes, February is going to be our first chill month in a long time. I'm looking forward to having more time. Time to make harder... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2016 at the homesteady
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Sew up some cheeky wine bags to bring to a Valentine's Day (or Galentine's Day!) party, or wrap up a V-Day gift. You will need: Cotton or muslin cut to 15" x 15" 25" of cotton cord Iron-on transfer paper A large safety pin 1. Hem two opposite sides of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2016 at the homesteady
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I had a day off recently and took myself to a matinée. It was an introvert's dream – I smuggled a sandwich from home, sat close to the front of the theater, and pretended I was the only person there. I chose to go see Carol, and was thoroughly dazzled.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2016 at the homesteady
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More on Instagram Is it bad that I wish we were headed for a blizzard this weekend like the rest of the east coast?! Yes, that's bad. My snowboots have started leaking and neither of us is ready to brave the grocery store tonight (although I am not immune to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2016 at the homesteady
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I love this technique! The finished product looks so polished, but really, the whole thing is terribly easy. I want to try it next on a t-shirt! (Oh, and PS, because of the way I'm holding the bag in the first picture in this post, it looks like the letters... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2016 at the homesteady
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Last Friday, I left work and drove right into the Berkshires for a weekend holed up in a cozy cabin with two of my very best friends from college. It was the most satisfying, deeply needed time. We hiked, we cooked, we played games, we talked about everything – I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2016 at the homesteady
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More on Instagram I'm feeling a pull to focus on the good little things this morning, so here are some: Sweet snuggles with Samson this morning; a fresh cup of coffee waiting for us when he and I got back from a walk; a person helping just for the sake... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2016 at the homesteady
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Just because it's the dead of winter doesn't mean it's not the perfect time for a trip to the beach! As I was writing last week about how Kristie and I started 2016 with a weekend trip to Provincetown, I realized that, in all the years we've been together, the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2016 at the homesteady
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I recently started reading The Age of Miracles for the second time, and I was reminded about how great a really good book is, you know? It's told from the perspective of a middle schooler named Julia, who is dealing with all kinds of adolescent complications and dramas -- while... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2016 at the homesteady
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Many of us spend a big portion of each day sitting at a desk, focusing on a glowing screen (present company included). Our offices can become places associated with stress or deadlines, depending on the type of work we do. But considering how many waking hours are spent in them,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2016 at the homesteady
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More on Instagram Whether or not you believe in making New Year's resolutions, it's hard not to think about goals and plans at the beginning of a new year. I have so much in mind for this blog -- a list of things I want to prioritize, types of posts... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2016 at the homesteady
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...on a very chilly beach, ha! Kristie and I left on Jan. 1 for a weekend in Provincetown. We've visited P-town pretty frequently over the years we've been together, and it's always been a special place for us. It seemed like the perfect setting for starting a new year (and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2016 at the homesteady
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I have been daydreaming about something like this since I was a little girl, I'm not kidding. It brings both my greeting card game and my organization game to the next level. And it was so badly needed! Kristie brings home awesome cards all the time that she gets from... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2016 at the homesteady
It's that time of year again -- I'm stepping away from the computer until the new year to travel, nap, snuggle with Samson, eat, will my hair to grow faster, knit, binge-watch "Jessica Jones," and hang with Kristie and my fam. Oh! And I made you a holiday mix. These... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2015 at the homesteady
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This is one of those holiday treats that's almost too pretty to eat. Actually, you know what? Nothing that tastes *this good* is too pretty to eat. I gave little baggies of this chocolate candy cane bark to my coworkers as holiday gifts this year! If you want to give... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2015 at the homesteady
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More on Instagram (Margarita mix recipe here) Oh, weekend. I'm so happy you're here! It's been busy at work (but good busy, the very best kind of busy, that makes me so glad to work here). Regardless of how happy I am with my new job three months in, I... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2015 at the homesteady
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Hooray, it's time to get those presents wrapped and under the tree! I'm excited to partner with Darby Smart and Gap this year to share a simple -- but beautiful -- way to decorate your gifts. The Darby Smart gift wrapping set, which is full of all kinds of crafting... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2015 at the homesteady
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A deliciously soft blanket Brave Enough by Cheryl Strayed A calming candle An essential oil starter kit A few face masks (Replenishing is my favorite) A grown-up coloring book *This post contains affiliate links. This is not a sponsored post. Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2015 at the homesteady
I really like the commis bistro apron. My grandma always wore half-aprons, and they remind me of her! :)
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My streak of Swedish-inspired winter projects is continuing! I love these felt ornaments -- easy enough to make a pair in one evening. (I actually made these while watching Alien 3. It definitely added that holiday spirit haha ;) You will need: Blue felt Red felt A dala horse-shaped cookie... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2015 at the homesteady
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A make-your-own-cheese kit A vintage crochet pattern A sassy cross-stitch book A Lionel Ritchie-inspired print A pretty wall hanging A modern makeup bag decorated with old sewing patterns *Affiliate links are used in this post. It is not a sponsored post. Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2015 at the homesteady
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More on Instagram Flannel sheets were on sale at Target last weekend -- just $20 for a queen-size set, so obviously I bought some. They're a very dark gray, and deliciously comfortable and warm. We've had them on the bed for a few days. This morning, we all rolled into... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2015 at the homesteady