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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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Yes keep writinggggg I love it! And you! And Lily! And even Petey, but not as much.
Toggle Commented Jul 9, 2018 on one year later... at Life, love, & Lily.
I saw this print on Instagram and I can't help but feel it rings especially true for my wife Kristie and I right now. It's for sure on my Christmas list...for next year :) *Image belongs to the website with which it's associated Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2018 at Maiden Mag
Miles was 15 days old when my parents came to visit and help us pick out and set up his first Christmas tree. The baby was a champ in the carrier, our house smells amazing, and I even did my hair that morning. Not every post-partum day looks like this... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2017 at Maiden Mag
I've been preoccupied with the idea of presents-in-presents this holiday season. All pieces are useful, and sometimes don't even require wrapping! A few ideas: Above: A pair of slippers stuffed with gifts like nail polish, bath bombs, mini lotion, mini lip balm, a four-sided emery board (<-- love), and cute... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2017 at Maiden Mag
I love the jewel tones, shimmer, and softness of holiday cocktail dresses. I want them all. There aren't too many nights out in my future (just late nights with the baby), but these are my picks that will get you all the way through New Year's Eve! Silver Bloom Satin... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2017 at Maiden Mag
One of the things I looked forward to while trying to get pregnant was celebrating my favorite holidays with my new little family, and starting some of our own traditions. Like family Christmas stockings! I knew I wanted to knit them, but struggled a bit to find the right pattern... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2017 at Maiden Mag
Our son Miles Leonard Hammer was born on Saturday, November 18 at 11:02 pm weighing 8 pounds 5 ounces and 22" long! We are all healthy, exhausted, and obsessed. I'm sure it'll be quiet here for a little while longer, but I do have some fun Christmas content to share... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2017 at Maiden Mag
More on Instagram Links for your Friday "Recently on Instagram I posted an in-process photo of a brightly hued chartreuse dress that I was making, and someone (innocently enough) commented that they had never thought that the super intense yellow color would look good on anyone, and they were surprised... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2017 at Maiden Mag
In case you have some new mamas on your "nice list" this year, here are a few meaningful gift ideas that will hit a few important notes for the mother of a newborn: Help her feel seen, sentimental, relaxed, supported, and put-together. (I wouldn't mind any of these appearing in... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2017 at Maiden Mag
Last year around the holidays I noticed a Restoration Hardware wreath that looked like it was made of gold-dipped laurel leaves. They were actually brass, and I loved how they bristled from the wreath, looking so full and well organized. I can't remember how much it cost last year (it's... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2017 at Maiden Mag
I've been meaning to write about this time in our lives for a little while. The sweetness, the gentle rhythm, the waiting-for-baby readiness and appreciation for how brief and ephemeral these weeks are, how knowing this time won't last makes it that much more special. And it IS like that...sometimes.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2017 at Maiden Mag
I was exactly 35 weeks pregnant when my wife Kristie and I met up with Brittney and Shana at Outlook Farm to take a few maternity pictures. Ever since they shot our beautiful wedding photos, the four of us have been close friends. We didn't have to think twice about... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2017 at Maiden Mag
More on Instagram Is teal the new millenial pink? What three-year-olds think of their bodies I rly like these metallic swaddle blankets Literary Halloween costumes Mary Berry doesn't have a dining room table 5 ways white people can fight white supremacy Two new mini cross-stitch patterns on Etsy: Frida Kahlo... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2017 at Maiden Mag
Okay baby boy – we're ready for you. At first, the nursery made me nervous. The corners were clogged with overflowing gift bags – tiny clothes that needed to be washed; diapers that needed to be put away. Samson couldn't be trusted not to nose through the boxes and try... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2017 at Maiden Mag
During our drive from Massachusetts to Virginia in August to visit my wife Kristie's family, we stopped at kind of a lot of Targets. (Don't you think that makes sense as a road trip stop?) We would use the restroom and refresh our stock of snacks, and poke around the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2017 at Maiden Mag
Dear pre-pregnancy self, I wish I could tell you three things. 1. Don't plan to get pregnant at the same time as someone else. As sweet as it sounds to be expecting at the same time as a friend, it will likely happen for one of you first and not... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2017 at Maiden Mag
Pumpkin spice latte French macarons Ancient Stitch Mittens knitting pattern Initial necklace Criss-cross pillow *This post contains affiliate links. Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2017 at Maiden Mag
Like so many rooms in our home, our baby boy's has collected a few repurposed pieces that have floated around for years. I was charmed by this strange, vintage, adjustable footstool (that somehow cannot be made to look clean) during a flea market visit quite awhile ago. I bought it... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2017 at Maiden Mag
More on Instagram Links for your Friday Protest cakes The music played at the Gap in the '90s Blocking hate speech in ads isn't that hard – tech companies just need to care more Caffeine-infused nail polish Meet millenial doulas This box celebrates pregnant parents who've just given birth with... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2017 at Maiden Mag
Sorry, kitchen. This is my new favorite room. It started with closets. There's an oddly shaped closet in the baby's room that we'd been using for winter coats and overflow clothing that didn't fit in our bedroom's one closet (how had we lived like that so long, two women sharing... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2017 at Maiden Mag