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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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I finished knitting this chunky cardigan all the way back in July, and now it's finally getting cool enough to wear (without having to first turn on the air conditioner). I found the pattern on Ravelry (it's $5, designed by the Blue Mouse). Super bulky yarn means it knits up... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The Homesteady
I'm laughing a bit to myself, trying to think of a way to explain this: I've always felt that the months of the year begin to weigh more starting around September. In my mind, they must be heavier because if you stacked them, these would be closest to the ground,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2019 at The Homesteady
More on Instagram I went to a bachelorette weekend in Newport in July and had so much fun with a wonderful group of women. We wine-tasted, napped, and danced. And I got to test (and then cross) my nearly-two-years-postpartum drinking limit. Whoops! All was well, though. I thought on the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2019 at The Homesteady
Affiliate links are used in this post. I'm so proud to share this with you: A set of 10 cross stitch patterns inspired by activists, mathematicians, artists, pilots, and more icons from women's history. In mid-2017, I was contacted by a publisher looking for someone to write a book of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2019 at The Homesteady
It's been way too long since my last four favorites post. Clementine swaddle DIY palo santo holder Bee ring [affiliate link] Ceramic smartphone amplifier [affiliate link] Images belong to the websites with which they are associated. Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2019 at The Homesteady
Thank you First Alert for sponsoring this post. Plan, practice, and repeat your escape plan with First Alert! Six years ago, in February, it snowed. It snowed so terribly much that our home in western Massachusetts lost power. We had no electricity and no heat, and couldn't cook. The heavy... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2019 at The Homesteady
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Aug 6, 2019
One made for Miles and one for his friend Eleanor whose birthday we just celebrated, these touch books were fun and fairly simple to put together. I scrounged through our craft room and basement for interesting textures, and came up with: window screen, pink bubble wrap (cut from leftover Glossier... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2019 at The Homesteady
Striped tee, Etsy / Harem pants, North of West Leopard PJs, Cotton On / Turquoise shorts, Cotton On "Kindness Makes the World Go Round" tee, Old Navy / Henley set, H&M All links are affiliate links except North of West. Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2019 at The Homesteady
More on Instagram I've been keeping a secret Pinterest board where I store what's next on my personal projects list -- some of which I end up sharing here, and some of which I don't. It feels like a delicious thing created just for me, and is in keeping with... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2019 at The Homesteady
I got tired of washing out used Ziploc baggies (and very tired of buying and throwing them away) so I decided to make four of my own. Food-grade plastic, cut without measuring, folded in a fluster, and sewn on each side. Added: sticky velcro tabs leftover from Miles's family quiet... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2019 at The Homesteady
It’s done, it’s done! Holy cow. I’m so proud of this crib blanket, made for one of my oldest friends who is expecting a sweet squishy new baby this summer. She studied abroad in Copenhagen in college and I visited her for a week while she was there so when... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2019 at The Homesteady
Happy Pride Month! Northampton celebrates early, our march held the first weekend of May so that the many college students who attend school in the valley are still here and can participate. Kristie and Miles and I marched with a group of students and staff from the community college where... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2019 at The Homesteady
A sweet Mothers' Day snap of my wife and son Summer is here! Well, warm weather is here. The sun is here. All of us are glad for it. A few notes: Kristie and I drove to Maine and videoed our first wedding of the season last weekend Cows have... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2019 at The Homesteady
We are lucky and not. My parents and siblings live close enough that Miles gets to see them regularly (and we have access to eager babysitters). Kristie's mom, sister, and our nephew, though, live in Virginia. They visit as often as they can and we're planning a trip to see... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2019 at The Homesteady
There's this Tumblr post, written in 2016, that's been reblogged almost 200,000 times. It's about a new genre concept called "soft apocalypse" and it sounds...really nice, actually. (I won't do a good job of re-explaining it here so I won't try; it's perfect the way it's written. Please go read... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2019 at The Homesteady
Four years ago, my brother and sister and I sneakily planned a surprise anniversary party for our parents to celebrate their 30th year of marriage. We roped my aunt into taking them out for dinner, and while they were gone we got the party ready. We set up a popcorn... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2019 at The Homesteady
A few weeks ago we had a spring solstice egg hunt in the backyard with our dear friends Katy and Allan and their two little girls. Miles took his cues from the ladies, watching them rush around our rainy backyard, reaching for the bright plastic eggs. He wandered cautiously away... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2019 at The Homesteady
"Where is our Easter box?" I called to Kristie from the basement, facing the shelves where our holiday decorations rest divided into separate cardboard boxes. "We don't have one," she answered from the kitchen (leaning, I imagine, a little more closely to the open basement door). We don't have one?... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2019 at The Homesteady
Reading: Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver [affiliate link]. I quite like it. Not so much the trick she's doing with the last sentence of a chapter also being the title of the next chapter, but rather because I love her writing. It's so rich. I re-read The Poisonwood Bible [affiliate link]... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2019 at The Homesteady
Oooooh I like the new design!! Also love all these updates. You are giving her such a beautiful life.
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The clothing Miles wears comes from thrift stores, hand-me-downs from neighbors across the street (whose son is a few months older than ours), or the sales racks at fast fashion stores whose doorways we guiltily, greedily darken. Sometimes I am emboldened to make something for him to wear. Regardless of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2019 at The Homesteady
Thank you Lexington Law Firm for sponsoring this post. A high service partner and consumer advocate that will help you fight for the credit you deserve! It's time! Kristie and I have resolved that 2019 will bring us closer to a new home – to a house that we own,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2019 at The Homesteady
I can't remember the day I bought this sweater. It was probably something I added to an armful of clothes on my way to the register at H&M, thinking it would be a good staple. I do remember where and when I've worn it: absentmindedly pulling it on during late... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2019 at The Homesteady
The past two weeks have been a blur of weathering daycare colds, ordering new carseats, missing my sewing space, arriving too early to therapy appointments, donating bags (and bags) of clothing as a result of KonMari-ing, doubting my work on a Rowan pattern for a cardigan, making tiny pancakes the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2019 at The Homesteady