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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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When we moved to our new house, I knew I wanted to update the decor in Miles's room a little bit. It really hadn't changed since we'd set it up before he was born. He's definitely a woodland-loving kid, and is also really into outer space and constellations. I decided... Continue reading
Posted 5 hours ago at The Homesteady
Last summer I hit a running rut. I just didn't feel motivated to move my body outside. (Part of this was, I'm sure, due to having lived for a few months in a COVID world.) I asked my friend Anna, an incredibly dedicated runner, what she does to get out... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2021 at The Homesteady
I'm sharing another remaking project today, in which I rip out an old knitting endeavor and use the yarn to make something new! I knitted this cardigan in 2019 and just...didn't really wear it ever. It was a prime candidate for repurposing the materials into something more useful. I'd had... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2021 at The Homesteady
It's been a long time since I've written a post like this! If you follow me on Instagram, you've had a glimpse into our lives lately. I've been sharing our day-to-day challenges and joys, plus the knitting and sewing projects that have been helping me feel creative – like the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2021 at The Homesteady
Miles got a play medical kit for Christmas, and he loves giving us check-ups (or coming limping in saying, "I'm siiiick" and demanding pretend medical attention). We didn't have a bag or case for the tools, though, so I decided to make one for him! It's a simple zippered pouch... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2021 at The Homesteady
I have a surplus of black linen that was once destined to be a jumpsuit and now...I don't know yet! In the meantime, I used part of it to sew a burp cloth for a friend's beautiful new baby. (It was pictured here.) I pre-washed and dried the fabric, then... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2021 at The Homesteady
I have a few hand-knitted items I've made over the years that simply don't work for me anymore. They no longer fit, or I just find myself choosing them less often than I used to (or sometimes not at all). Rather than get rid of them, I've decided to rip... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2021 at The Homesteady
So many friends in our (socially distanced) circle are expecting or just welcomed beautiful new babies! I wanted to share a few of the things I typically buy to celebrate the arrival of a new little one – and the birthing parent too. (That William Morris quote comes to mind... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2021 at The Homesteady
My awesome sister-in-law Raven asked me a few months ago if I could make something for her: a shawl with pockets and fringe. The piece in the photo she sent me as an example was crocheted (sadly), so I set about finding a similar knitting pattern to make her for... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2021 at The Homesteady
I'm so happy to tell you that Kristie and I have bought our first house! We'll be spending the first few weeks of 2021 moving into our new home, and I can't wait. (Miles is excited too!) We've spent about a year looking for a house to buy in our... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2020 at The Homesteady
Miles was (by request) a blueberry for Halloween this year! I hope he always lets me make his costumes. It's a little hard to tell here, but he wore blue pants, a blue sweater (hand-knit for him by the mother of a coworker of mine, which just happened to be... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2020 at The Homesteady
This sweater is old. No one knows exactly how old, but it's been traded between my mother and her brothers and sister for at least five decades. (And by "traded between," I think I actually mean "stolen from" :) It's a sentimentally valuable –– and very warm –– family treasure... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2020 at The Homesteady
Last year I bought this off-white short-sleeved silk shirt from the thrift store. I wore it a few times, but never loved it -- it was too close to the color of my skin. So I decided to dye it darker using onion skins! This was my first foray into... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2020 at The Homesteady
Winter is coming. And it may be a difficult one, made so by the virus's ever-increasing rates that necessitate continued social distancing to protect ourselves and our communities – not to mention holidays that will look very different from years past. Shorter days bring their own challenges, and combined this... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2020 at The Homesteady
Halloween this weekend is obviously not going to look quite like everyone imagined. Our town's traditional downtown trick-or-treating has been canceled, so we decided to have our own (very) mini Halloween parade on Friday. Miles's little friend Eleanor will be here with our nanny Lucy for the day, so we... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2020 at The Homesteady
Ask anyone and they'll tell you: this is the prettiest time of year to live in western Massachusetts. My child happens to agree. Every time we're out – whether it's playing in the backyard, going for a run in the jogging stroller, or walking to the car – Miles spots... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2020 at The Homesteady
We're settling happily into a fall rhythm over here -- and I turned 33 this week! Really not much more to report around these parts. Lots of crafting and knitting (I'm almost done with all of my handmade Christmas presents for the year), and continuing our search for a house... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2020 at The Homesteady
Fall is here (even if it doesn't feel like it yet, looking at you 85-degree weather today)! It's my favorite time of year, and I'm especially excited because my sister is coming to visit for a weekend in October. (Everyone is getting tested beforehand.) We're already planning to do all... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2020 at The Homesteady
Hi friends! I wanted to tell you about a new antiracist magazine for kiddos ages 3-11: Ditto Kids. From their Kickstarter: Ditto Kids magazine is a print publication whose mission is to empower and guide kids ages 3-11 on their journey to becoming actively anti-racist. Ditto Kids help parents, teachers,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2020 at The Homesteady
A week(-ish) of magic- and myths-inspired play, projects, and reading! This was a fun introduction to fairies, knights, dragons, and magic. PLAY I put together a fairy-themed sensory box with rainbow-dyed rice, pom-poms, sparkly things, and two clothespin ballerinas that Miles made at daycare last year (I taped feathers to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2020 at The Homesteady
This little uterus is the bestselling cross stitch pattern in my Etsy shop [affiliate link] and one of my favorites! I decided to offer five kits for sale [affiliate link] that include everything needed to stitch this pattern from hoop to cloth to thread to needle. Putting it together was... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2020 at The Homesteady
Miles has been fascinated by fire-building for a long time. My parents have a fireplace in their home, and in the wintertime he loves helping my dad tote sticks inside, crumple newspaper, and feed the flames. He was also often invited to help stoke the wood stove at daycare, so... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2020 at The Homesteady
I stamped a tee like this one for Miles early on during quarantine using a small potato. I liked it so much, I made more and put them in my Etsy shop [affiliate link]. They're only available in 4T for now, and I only made six. Might save some for... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2020 at The Homesteady
It's been a long time since I've shared an update like this! So here's a random list of what's going on in our lives: We're chugging along in pandemic life. My wife Kristie and I are both still working from home. Next week we're starting a part-time nanny share with... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2020 at The Homesteady
Two weeks ago Kristie and I were visiting my parents' house and while Miles played, the four of us casually brainstormed a few different themed "weeks" of play, books, and activities that might be fun to put together for our two-and-a-half-year-old. It's a relaxed way to give our activities a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2020 at The Homesteady