Hello! My name is Eva and this is my blog. I love that you stopped by. Read on for the nitty gritty on the Humblebee Home and its occupants.

About Me  


I am a Roman Catholic. A former children’s librarian. Wife to Nemo since 2006. Mother of two little ones. Currently a stay-at-home baby wrangler.

I love houses. There is a special place in my heart for ugly houses. When I was a kid growing up around Detroit I always felt sad when I saw the abandoned, run-down, or burned out houses there that seemed to multiply every time I blinked. My childhood dream was to buy the all and make them beautiful again! Renovating an entire city is a little bit beyond my financial capabilities at the moment (maybe when I win the lottery…) but I do live out my dream in a small way. Nemo and I bought our first ugly house in 2007 and spent years renovating it on a microscopic budget. When we sold it in 2011 it looked a sight better than when we first walked though the door.

We bought another ugly house in 2011, this one without even a functioning kitchen. We probably won’t be done for a while.

I love making stuff. I am terrible about following directions and I have an impulsive streak as wide as the Mississippi, so my projects don't always turn out well--but I {almost} always have fun doing them. I  have been a knitter since childhood but lately I am really getting into sewing. I am also in the midst of learning to use power tools so I can begin to make bigger, more solid stuff.

I am a little crunchy. I'm probably not the most granola person you ever met but I do cloth diaper, line dry my clothes, eat legumes, and make my own cleaning products, etc.

I love thrifting.  I prefer my stuff to have some character and history. Most weekends I can be found scouring the local thrift shops for my next project.

I love stories. I love the blogging community because it is a treasure trove of so many great stories--and it gives me the opportunity to tell some stories of my own.

About Nemo

{No, his mother didn't actually name him Nemo. I call him Nemo for blogging purposes because he is internet shy. Plus he reminds me of Captain Nemo from The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen just a little bit.}

Nemo is a beardy-faced professor of Mathematics. If you ever meet him in person be sure to say, “math is hard!” and watch him turn red.

He is a gifted teacher, which I know from first-hand experience. He taught me to drive a stick shift, which is amazing because my dad tried to teach me the same thing for three consecutive summers with no results.

Nemo also serves as my encyclopedia. If there's anything I'm wondering about, he is sure to have a wealth of info on the subject already in his head. He is so handy to have around!

He's also handy around the house. Whenever I say, "Hey Nemo, we should renovate X" or "you should build Y" or "Crap! The toilet is leaking into Z kitchen", he grabs his tools and gets to work.

About CJ

Our little boy was born in June 2011. He was a very busy baby--always curious, always investigating...always getting into trouble. When he was about 18 months old he developed one of those intense toddler fixations, but instead of going ga ga for trucks or trains he fell head over heels for numbers and letters. That's basically all you need to know about him. Show up with an ABC book and maybe some milk and you will be friends for life.

About Noni


Our baby girl was born in January of 2013. CJ couldn't pronounce her real name so he started calling her "Noni" and it was so darn cute that we started calling her that too. She loves her brother, her right thumb, and grown-up food, in that order. I'll alert you to new developments as soon as they occur.

Where does Humblebee come from? 

“Humblebee” is an antiquated word for “bumblebee”. I first encountered the word when, several years ago, my circle of friends decided to get together to recite some poetry. I don’t typically read poetry (much less memorize and recite it) so I headed to the internet to find a poem to contribute. Somehow I came across The Humble-Bee by Ralph Waldo Emerson. The first verse goes like this:

Burly, dozing, humble-bee,
Where thou art is clime for me.
Let them sail for Porto Rique,
Far off heats through seas to seek;
I will follow thee alone,
Thou animated torrid-zone!
Zigzag steerer, desert cheerer
Let me chase thy waving lines;
Keep me nearer, me thy hearer,
Singing over shrubs and vines.

It's an instant serene summer afternoon, if you ever need one. Maybe if they had taught this one in my 9th grade English class I would have developed more of an appreciation for poetry:)

A few years after the poetry recitation I quit my job to become a housewife. I wanted to start a blog to chronicle my journey along this new path. My goal was to create a home full of contentedness and tranquility, and I wanted to choose a blog title that would reflect that. Emerson's poem came to my mind again, and so Humblebee Home was born.
You can connect with me on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. I can be reached by email at humblebeehome at gmail dot com.  

Thank you so much for stopping by! 


  1. Okay I clicked over here from your WIWS post and my 4-year-old has always been that way about numbers and letters, too! From when he was about 9 months old, his favorite toys and books have always been the ones that revolve around letters and numbers :)

    1. Cool! CJ became very interested in letters and numbers when he was around that age too. I sometimes don't know what to make of my daughter because she is that age now and has ZERO interest in books. It's so funny how kids are so different!

  2. SO glad I found your blog - first, are you kidding me with how cute that Empire Strikes Back dress is?! Also, we read all the same bloggers! Isn't Simcha Fischer the funniest person maybe ever? Thanks for giving me another blog to obsess over! :)

    1. I nearly had a heart attack of joy when I found the Empire Strikes Back tshirt at a thrift store, I was so excited to make something out of it!

      And yes, Simcha is my hero. I wish she was my big sister.

      Thanks for reading!