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the homesteady
Northampton, MA
Everyday joys & real-life inspiration
Interests: DIY, knitting, crafting, cooking, zombies
Recent Activity
I'm sure I'm not alone in this, but -- the Target OneSpot section is my kryptonite. It's the first place I visit every time I shop there, and my cart quickly becomes littered with little things that I don't need per se, but inexplicably want. The other day, I almost... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at the homesteady
Gahh yes! Having just one space figured out gives me a point to focus on -- to balance. Even when my house is trashed, tidying up just one area makes all the difference. I can say to myself, "Well, at least THAT is under control." #smallwins
I love mittens -- but honestly I've never been able to find a pair I like. That's because they never fit me! I have short thumbs -- like Megan Fox. (So yes, I'm basically Megan Fox.) Standard mittens are just too long in the thumb for me. There's extra space... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at the homesteady
More on Instagram It's Friday! It's Friday! This ends my second week at the new job. I've been working my ass off, which feels awesome, but I'm ready for a weekend for sure :) Acupuncture today, then a few days of sweatpants, sewing, and sleeping in! What are you up... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at the homesteady
Last weekend, Katy, Kristie, and I headed to West Springfield for the New England autumn tradition of the Big E. We went on a ride or two, played some games, but mostly -- we ate. And if you've been before, you know that's what it's all about. Everything we ate... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at the homesteady
I'm almost two weeks into my new job! It's great -- the people I work with, the work I'm doing. I'm really enjoying it. And I'm planning on keeping this job for awhile, so I've been putting a lot of time and thought into office nesting. I spend a good... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2015 at the homesteady
More on Instagram Today is my last day at work. I'm starting a brand-new job on Monday that I'm really excited about. But for today, and probably this weekend too, I want to do my best to honor the discomfort I'm feeling right now. My mom, having raised with my... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2015 at the homesteady
I'm so excited to share this wedding video with you, friends -- I think it might be the best one I've ever made! Jess and I worked together at a (very) small movie theater when I was in college. We got to know each other well and always had a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2015 at the homesteady
I had liquid frisket left over from this Easter egg decorating project, so I decided to combine it with marbling and make these prints! (I swear when I first heard this song on the radio, I didn't know it was Justin Bieber. I swear!!) If you want to make these... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2015 at the homesteady
We don't go camping nearly as much as we'd like—and that's something I'd like to remedy this fall. Can't you just imagine heading out to the beautiful foliage for a night or two in nature? I found five stylish DIYs I've got in mind for our next trip roughing it.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2015 at the homesteady
More on Instagram Do you know what I'm excited about this weekend? Nothing! Not to say I'm not excited, but what I'm so excited about is -- nothing. No work this weekend -- no side jobs, no wedding videos, no nothing. What I do have is a list of glamorous... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2015 at the homesteady
My mama has been making us the most beautiful ice cream cakes for birthdays recently. So when it was her birthday earlier this month, that meant it was my turn to give her recipe a try. Luckily, it's easy to make -- and very easy to customize to the birthday-person's... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2015 at the homesteady
I occasionally use stock photos in this blog and in a few other ventures, like graphic design sidework. If you're like me (i.e., have a budget of approximately $0) and are also looking for gorgeous stock photography, this list should help. These three services are my favorites and the only... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2015 at the homesteady
Our dear friends Steve and Anna just adopted a new dog! I put together a little care package full of treats for their dog Nina to celebrate her new home. (She's named after the Nina Simone song, "I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free." She's an... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2015 at the homesteady
I've been collecting sewing patterns on Pinterest forever, and seasons changing are always a good kick in the ass that gets me to actually make one or two! These are on my list for fall :) Oh, and if you like knitting too, check out Heather's great list of easy... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2015 at the homesteady
Flowers from a different stand, the next day It's not hard to find a perfect memory of Paris. Eating macarons on the Champs de Mars while the sun sets and the lights of the Eiffel Tower twinkle on. Rowing a boat on the Grand Canal, Versailles in the background (not... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2015 at the homesteady
This is one of my favorite kinds of posts because I get to find out so much about you guys! (Read the first, second, third, fourth, and fifth in the series -- and feel free to answer those too!) If you want to play along, settle in with a nice... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2015 at the homesteady
More on Instagram Exciting news! I'm starting a new day job on September 21 :) I'm really excited to move to the next level in my digital media career (and have a 15-minute commute!!), but I'm going to miss my co-workers and friends at my current job. And we're launching... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2015 at the homesteady
I occasionally shoot wedding videos on the side, and I'm really excited to share this one with you! Keri and Mary are such an awesome, fun-loving couple who balance each other's personalities perfectly. And their little daughter Daniela was the life of the party! Such a happy family :) Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2015 at the homesteady
Oh my gosh. This paper. I just love this marbled pink and gold paper I found at the Guild. I spent a few weeks thinking about how I could use it in a DIY (i.e., have an excuse to buy it), and I decided to combine it with gemstone clip-art... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2015 at the homesteady
Have you heard? Coloring is the new meditation. I posted on Facebook hunting for some new stress relief trips (it's been a busy summer, work-wise), and among the really thoughtful, creative suggestions I received was mention of adult coloring books. Have you noticed them in the best-sellers list on Amazon?... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2015 at the homesteady
More on Instagram Hi friends! It's raining today in western Massachusetts, but I have to say, I don't mind at all. (I do kind of wish I were home in my PJ's, though.) Rain always makes me feel cozy and content. It makes it easier to get work done, and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2015 at the homesteady
It's been four months since our trip to Paris to visit Phoebe while she was studying abroad! I finally got around to making a keepsake box to hold all of our ticket stubs, spare euros, and postcards, and we laid out all our photos in a beautiful softcover Artifact Uprising... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2015 at the homesteady
These are great tips! I have to admit, I just upgraded my Gmail storage this morning, because I just don't have the time to go through and delete all the junk from my inbox. #ihaveaproblem
The spare bedroom in our house has long been used as a catch-all for my craft supplies. Lately it's been getting out of control, so I've decided to challenge myself to use the supplies in there for a few new DIYs. Like the wooden beads left over from the cord... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2015 at the homesteady