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the homesteady
Northampton, MA
Everyday joys + real-life inspiration
Interests: DIY, knitting, crafting, cooking, zombies
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Hi Ann! You must use a laser printer for this project.
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The very first time I had a book read to me was the day I was born. I was reading to myself at age 4. Even today, I'm loathe to leave the house without a book or my Kindle, just in case. My love of reading and writing is, of... Continue reading
Posted 15 hours ago at the homesteady
I love the beanies!
Toggle Commented 2 days ago on A Holiday {Giveaway} with Apolis... at Oh Joy!
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Yum yum! My obsession with French macarons is no secret on this blog. Ever since I got into felting, I knew I wanted to try to make a version of the sweet little sandwich cookie that could last forever. And so our newest Christmas ornaments were born! You will need... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at the homesteady
Hi Jessica! I think that would be just fine. I remember waiting a few days between printing these and transferring them to the wood.
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I'm really excited to share this recipe with you. We ate this potato leek soup for dinner last night, and it was a crowd-pleaser! By crowd-pleaser, I mean that both Kristie and I liked it, which doesn't necessarily always happen when one of us is gluten-free (those are Against the... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at the homesteady
I would say yes, as long as the wood hasn't been sealed or stained or anything!
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I feel so lucky right now. Last weekend I got to spend lots of quality time with my best friends from high school at Cara's gorgeous, amazing wedding (see more pics on Instagram Update: Their wedding photos! Swoon!), and this weekend they're coming to visit for our annual Bag Day... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at the homesteady
Don't worry Latasha, lots of craft stores like Michaels carry raw (unstained or unsealed) branch slices, and you can find them online on Amazon for example: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00HCYL66Y/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00HCYL66Y&linkCode=as2&tag=thehome03-20&linkId=F33MDVAXH2NDXDWX
Yes, otters FTW!! I had no idea they were so fierce, I've gotta find that episode. I. Love. "You've Got Mail". I actually just got it on DVD :) It's so cheesy and sooooooo good. "Sleepless in Seattle" is on Netflix, so that's next on our queue (to be watched while knitting of course!). A gold sparkly pedicure sounds divine -- and your answer to the last question is not cheesy in the slightest ;)
Toggle Commented Nov 19, 2014 on Let's meet for drinks [v.4] at the homesteady
Thanks Lizzy!! It's a fun way to try it out :)
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Kristie and I have been laser-focused on saving money the past few months (we have a big trip to save up for!). We've been taking on more side work, like babysitting and event coordinating, and utilizing a lot of the tips from this list. As it's getting colder, the ways... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at the homesteady
Carolyne, that is my favorite fact about otters. You can't get much cuter than these adorable creatures holding hands while asleep :) I'm with you on blankets and reading! I love having gray nail polish -- I need to get back on that and pick up a new bottle this weekend. That's such a sweet nickname :)
Toggle Commented Nov 19, 2014 on Let's meet for drinks [v.4] at the homesteady
OMG I didn't even think about baby owls. They're the best! I know what you mean about seeing high school friends -- three of my closest pals are coming out this weekend for our winter tradition of a visit, shopping, and watching terrible Christmas movies :) I'm with you 100% when it comes to how you've felt about Wes Anderson movies in the past, and how you feel about Moonrise Kingdom. I felt the exact same way!
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Amy, sweetest answer ever! Senior shelter dogs can be just the nicest, best things in the world. I totally agree with how you write about the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas -- you nailed it with the description of people's "softer, lovelier" sides. I'm definitely adding "Somm" to my Netflix queue!
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Oooh a port and lemonade sounds yummy! I can't imagine how cozy it must be to have winter by the fire on your boat. And yes, Frozen surprised me too! I love how you write about Emma. I hope she's back with you again soon
Toggle Commented Nov 19, 2014 on Let's meet for drinks [v.4] at the homesteady
Eep thanks Arlie!! I think I might actually try dying it temporarily with Kool Aid, so we'll see how it goes...
Toggle Commented Nov 19, 2014 on Here & there at the homesteady
Thank you so much Laura!! I'm so glad you like them -- I'd love to see them on Instagram, tag @thehomesteady if you share :) Thanks again, you made my morning!
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One of my family's favorite Thanksgiving traditions is to go around the table during dinner and each say something for which we're grateful. Last year, I made little cards out of kraft paper and stamps to collect everyone's answers to be read aloud anonymously. That was so much fun, we... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2014 at the homesteady
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In case you haven't seen them on Autostraddle, I wanted to share the three most recent DIY posts I wrote for the site... Make a DIY planter from an old vintage radio Cuddle up in front of a custom cardboard marquee sign Replace a cupboard knob with a DIY leather... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2014 at the homesteady
Hi Madison! Make sure you're letting the project sit overnight and dry completely. Also try using raw wood (that hasn't been sealed and doesn't have any kind of paint or coating on it). Let me know how that works!
Toggle Commented Nov 16, 2014 on DIY wood photo transfer ornaments at the homesteady
Hi Daylene! Try using a piece of light-colored wood with fewer markings if they're interfering with your final product. Part of the charm of this DIY is that you *can* see a little wood through the picture.
Toggle Commented Nov 16, 2014 on DIY wood photo transfer ornaments at the homesteady
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More on Instagram How cute is our new custom wedding portrait?! My parents got me an Etsy gift card for my birthday and I knew right away I wanted to use it on this. It's from My Little Buffalo in case you're interested. Lisa got every detail right! I have... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2014 at the homesteady
Hi Kayleigh! As long as it dries clear, it doesn't really matter. For this project, it simply acts as a sealer. I would recommend gloss if you want a shinier finish (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00178QQJ8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00178QQJ8&linkCode=as2&tag=thehome03-20&linkId=N2ATOKPW5QM7U45K) or matte otherwise. I think we used matte in this project.
Toggle Commented Nov 12, 2014 on DIY wood photo transfer ornaments at the homesteady
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It's true -- turn on "Friday Night Lights" and settle in on the couch, and you can knit this headband in one evening! It's warm and cozy of course, but also cute enough that I don't mind wearing it in stores. To knit this headband, you will need: 1 skein... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2014 at the homesteady