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the homesteady
Northampton, MA
Everyday joys & real-life inspiration
Interests: DIY, knitting, crafting, cooking, zombies
Recent Activity
I went to H&M over the weekend to exchange a shirt for a different size, and was instantly crestfallen. I saw so many beautiful things I wanted, but budgets, you know? So these are the ones that got away. Basic tee; mock turtleneck; pointed flats; backpack; silk blouse; wool-blend coat... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The Homesteady
I think we've reached peak fall excitement in this house! The leaves are starting to change, there's a chill in the air, and it's the season for pumpkin-flavored everything. Let's be honest for a sec. Pumpkin is not my fave. But my wife Kristie loves it, so every fall I... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2016 at The Homesteady
I read We Should All Be Feminists while eating breakfast by myself at Zaftig's in Brookline. I was in Boston for a conference and relishing the chance to share a quiet meal with a book. Zaftig's is high on the list of things I miss about living in Boston –... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2016 at The Homesteady
This perfume reminds me of Paris A DIY travel jewelry organizer One of my favorite records right now I just had leftovers of this Spanish rice for lunch *This post contains affiliate links Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2016 at The Homesteady
More on Instagram Links for your Friday: Just some really soothing bullet journals Coming soon: an Anne of Green Gables adaptation Brand new retro-inspired typewriters Ever wonder how Mary Bennet turned out? (I do.) Come drool with me over some fall knitting inspiration Let's keep talking about how good "Stranger... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2016 at The Homesteady
"Adulting" is a blog, a book, a zillion different memes. It's a verb that still gets snagged by spellcheck. It can mean doing the dishes, knowing what time the post office closes, waking up on time by yourself as a 20-something young adult. Taking care of yourself for the first... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2016 at The Homesteady
We celebrated my mom's birthday this past weekend with a special hike – with two llamas! My mom had read about this kind of activity in the newspaper last year, and had her heart set on it. My dad arranged everything with Debbie at Country Quilt Llama Farm. We met... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2016 at The Homesteady
Dear Joan Jett, The first time I saw you in concert I think I was 15 (maybe 16). I was really, really excited – your music was a major outlet for me back then. I was in an unsafe, unstable, unhealthy relationship at the time though, and my then-boyfriend somehow... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2016 at The Homesteady
Quick shout-out to the sense of satisfaction and accomplishment I get every time I walk up the stairs and look into this lovely little room. I think our apartment would be considered a three-bedroom if this room had a closet – and a door. Yeah, that whole lacking-a-door thing...don't worry... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2016 at The Homesteady
Hi friends! I hope you had a kick-ass weekend. I wanted to share a quick video tutorial I made on Saturday and Sunday. It shows all the steps necessary to make one of my favorite projects ever: photo transfer Christmas ornaments. (I'm a firm believer that it's never too early... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2016 at The Homesteady
I feel like when seasons change is usually a good time to take a critical look at my closet. Maybe my tastes have changed, or my body has changed, or both. I recently had this moment where I realized my clothes looked nothing like the styles I admire on Pinterest.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2016 at The Homesteady
Every summer for the past few years, my mom, aunt, sister and I head to NYC for a day (or sometimes two). It is typically a spur-of-the-moment decision made once we reach August, and this time was no different. The day before we left, my mom called. "So are we... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2016 at The Homesteady
There's nothing like a big, late-summer thunderstorm. I love the sunny days of course, but the rain can be just as much fun (and more refreshing). Over here in New England, we had a few big storms last week that reminded me of this book from my childhood. (Did you... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2016 at The Homesteady
When we were staying in Provincetown way back in January, I noticed something at our hotel that blew my mind. It was a washcloth made just for makeup removal. It had two different sides – one that was black (for mascara and eyeliner), and one that was a neutral brown... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2016 at The Homesteady
More on Instagram (& my bathing suit) Links for your Friday: A printable Frida Kahlo bookmark LOVE this list of 10 disabled women we should know Not cool, Zara Every single movie trailer that premiered at Comic-Con Enamel pins for book lovers Listen to the "Stranger Things" soundtrack (!!) Lavender... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2016 at The Homesteady
A lovely watch The perfect bag for a long weekend How we've been making our own iced coffee this summer A free pattern for a beautiful crocheted blanket (I have to learn!) *This post contains affiliate links Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2016 at The Homesteady
After a few years of intentional practice, I've gotten to the point where I can now carve out time for self care in my life without any feelings of guilt. I know when I need to spend an evening at home, taking a long bath, drinking tea, watching something stupid... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2016 at The Homesteady
Let me start this with a confession: I've never seen an episode of "Girls." But I do feel like I know Lena Dunham. She's a feminist who's my age, who's consistently outspoken and honest about her experience with endometriosis (something I know very well). That was when I started paying... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2016 at The Homesteady
Hi friends! I have a couple new items in my Etsy shop I'm really excited about that I wanted to share with you. I've been cross-stitching my ass off lately on some new patterns, including the feminist one above. Plus a truth about pizza. And the best couple from the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2016 at The Homesteady
Who's ready for the perfect summertime treat? Rosé (which was my gateway to becoming the wine-loving human I am today – let's all take a minute to pour one out for Franzia Sunset Blush) has been on my mind lately thanks to drooling over rosé-flavored gummy bears and granitas, so... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2016 at The Homesteady
My wife Kristie and I have been working extra hard to save money lately, and one of our favorite things has always been thrift shopping. Of course, the crossover between thrifting and DIY is rife with creativity and inspiration – plus affordability! For a long time, I've been keeping track... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2016 at The Homesteady
We're deep in the middle of this hot, sticky summer. (See my hair in the next pic? It is that curly all the damn time now. Unstoppable.) A breezy, oversize shift dress is basically my July uniform. I sewed this lightweight denim one in about two hours this past Sunday.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2016 at The Homesteady
More on Instagram Links for your Friday: Guys, aliens. Natural ways to treat sunburns Things to say to little girls other than, "You're so cute!" How to make an indoor swing (which I want especially after Maine) A Golden Girls cafe is opening in New York City Meet the first... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2016 at The Homesteady
The most delicious brussels sprouts recipe A photo print that's almost too sweet for words Earrings I ordered yesterday A free sweater pattern that's on my list *Affiliate links are used in this post. Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2016 at The Homesteady
Things that don't matter in Maine: What time it is Putting on makeup How many times you ate ice cream in three days Doing anything with your hair Rain My parents, along with my aunt and uncle, rented a house on Vinalhaven Island in Maine for the week straddling June... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2016 at The Homesteady