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The Homesteady
Northampton, MA
Creativity, style, and power for everyone
Interests: DIY, knitting, crafting, baking French macarons, sci-fi thrillers from the '90s
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Sweet baby Logan Eugene arrived in the early morning hours of April 16 at 8 pounds 15 ounces. We’re all healthy, very happy, and more than a little bit in love — especially Miles, who is an amazing big brother already. So glad this little guy is here to complete... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2022 at The Homesteady
What I heard from a lot of other people who've been pregnant more than once turned out to be true for me too – that your body really remembers what to do pretty early on! When I was around six months pregnant with baby #2, putting on shoes got really... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2022 at The Homesteady
This sweet cotton gingham fabric was a remnant I snagged at Joann Fabrics last time I was there – I cannot resist that section! It ended up being just a little more than I needed to sew a new summer top for Miles. I used this pattern from Etsy [affiliate... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2022 at The Homesteady
Kristie and I recently drove up to Turners Falls for the day to have lunch with Katy and do a little shopping. It's about 45 minutes away for each of us, and a fun little place to meet! Two of my favorite shops in town: Loot and now, Swanson's Fabrics!... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2022 at The Homesteady
With baby #2 on the way, my wife Kristie and I wanted to do something special with Miles while we're still a family of three. Preschool was closed recently for a professional development day, so she and I both took the day off and got three day passes for the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2022 at The Homesteady
Since starting preschool more than a year ago (!), Miles had been bringing a vintage whole cloth quilt for his nap time blanket. (He doesn't take a daily nap anymore, but still has quiet activities, books, and blanket snuggles during rest time.) That blanket, while so beloved, just couldn't stand... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2022 at The Homesteady
I asked in my Instagram stories a little while ago if anyone had any questions about my second pregnancy or about our family expecting our second baby, and thought I'd answer them here! ANY DIFFERENCE IN APPROACHING "BABY ESSENTIALS" FOR #2? Yes! Firstly we still have lots left over from... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2022 at The Homesteady
We were lucky that the sellers of our first home included their washing machine and dryer in the purchase! They're tucked away in the corner of our unfinished basement. I shared recently about the process of enclosing (and painting!) our basement stairs, which created a new wall and closet as... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2022 at The Homesteady
One of my earliest nesting projects in getting ready to welcome baby #2 was stocking a rolling cart with postpartum supplies. The cart, while currently in the nursery, is destined for the bathroom to be in easy reach during those first few weeks of healing. The cart itself is from... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2022 at The Homesteady
This was one of the most PURELY FUN projects we've worked on in awhile! On the to-do list before baby #2 arrives was having our contractor enclose our basement stairs. Originally there were no risers, no walls on either side, and only one railing. I can't find a "before" picture... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2022 at The Homesteady
Last November I went to the first of a regular gathering of local queer-identified folks who are into crafting. We surrounded a campfire, each lugging our own big pots and bags full of scrap fabric and yarn. Organizers brought a few items to use as natural dyes, plus mordants. (I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2022 at The Homesteady
I knitted Frog and Toad (from the beloved children's book series) for Miles for his fourth birthday last November! This was a joy to work on, and I'm so pleased with how the friends turned out – although toward the end I started to get tired of balancing the sharp... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2022 at The Homesteady
We're ready with a few gifts for Miles's Easter basket a little early this year. Baby #2 is due at the end of April, but who knows when they'll actually arrive! Better to be ready just in case, don't you think? Here's what we've gathered: Dinosaur PJ's / Old Navy... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2022 at The Homesteady
Miles, our newly 4-year-old, has been talking lately about a few different spaces in his preschool classroom, like the "big feelings table" and the "one-person space." I thought it would be easy to create a calming area in our home too, where he can find tools and books to help... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2022 at The Homesteady
Baby #2 is joining the party in April, and we couldn't be more excited! Kim from Time Bandit Photography took some beautiful photos of our family at the end of my first trimester (I'll be 18 weeks along tomorrow). I'm feeling better now than I was in the beginning, but... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2021 at The Homesteady
My and Kristie's bedroom in our new house probably looks really similar to our last one! We both love having dark gray walls in our sleeping space, so that was an easy choice for our new room. You also might recognize the lamps, and the prints and paintings on the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2021 at The Homesteady
We continue to try doing our "hard best" (as Miles put it once, and I'm incapable of letting it go) with new transitions in our home and lives. August was a month full of travel, from Pennsylvania (meeting Kristie's family halfway to see them for the first time in two... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2021 at The Homesteady
If you haven't tried it yet, I hope I have the honor of introducing you to the free Flax Sweater pattern by Tin Can Knits. I've worked it up several times, and love its simplicity – and opportunities for modifying, like I did above by omitting the garter panel on... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2021 at The Homesteady
Miles's preschool was closed on July 5 for the Independence Day holiday, and we decided to spend it visiting an old friend of mine who lives in Boston. We packed up the car the night before, and drove the hour and a half east in the morning (even managing to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2021 at The Homesteady
The back porch of our new home was one of the reasons we were so excited to put in an offer on this house. (Side note: Buying a house in the middle of a pandemic was a straight-up nightmare. We were constantly getting priced out by buyers who were even... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2021 at The Homesteady
Tie-Dye Hoodie / Two-Pack Tank Tops Quilted Jacket / Cotton Shorts Suede Sandals / Terry Geo Sweatpants These are all affiliate links. Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2021 at The Homesteady
Sharing a recent knit today – the Aldous sweater by Isabell Kraemer. I really like how it turned out, especially the shoulder construction and the twisted braid details at the cuffs and hem. It's worth noting: the first day I wore it (and took these photos) I also got to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2021 at The Homesteady
One of our favorite photographers Kim of Time Bandit Photography offered special mini sessions on Mother's Day weekend, and I signed us up right away. Kim has such a talent for making people (especially kiddos!) feel relaxed and at ease in front of the camera. I adore these photos, which... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2021 at The Homesteady
I was browsing sewing patterns on Etsy (like you do) when I saw this lovely tiered dress. It looked a little more elaborate than what I typically sew, but the reviews were good, so I bought it. Immediately I knew I wanted to make it in white cotton, and intentionally... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2021 at The Homesteady
I designed this printable for Miles's preschool teachers' Teacher Appreciation Day gifts last month, and wanted to share them here too in case you're looking for something a little extra to go with a coffee gift card for the end of the year! I kept the design pretty simple so... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2021 at The Homesteady