my week in objects (mostly).

January 22, 2016

five little things that made my week.

1. these bulbs.bulbs_reading_my_tea_leaves_IMG_3771{because new beginnings.}

2. these pom-poms.pompom_reading_my_tea_leaves_IMG_3776{for being mostly still not destroyed.}

3. this “car.”reading_my_tea_leaves_IMG_4331
{for providing week-long entertainment.}

4. this book.sadie_reading_my_tea_leaves_IMG_4339{for being just so deliciously sweet (and for inspiring the above).}

5. this bag.bag_reading_my_tea_leaves_IMG_4340 {full of useful “author” things, from my mama.}


other things:

a love of sentences. brilliant.

policewoman emoji, anyone?

everything. forever and always.

obsessing over home energy.

the joy of missing out.

the truth about clothing donations.

listening to this, obviously.

maybe the most perfect hoodie and sweats.

this beautiful new site.

if you’re in new york this weekend, you’ll need a batch of these.


me in other places: 

so glad to have been a guest on the just-launched #whydowehavethings podcast.

my musings on speed decluttering.

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  • Reply Aimee January 22, 2016 at 11:12 am

    Your “week in objects” series are my favorite posts on any blog. I love them so much, I had to include you in my list of My Favorite Blogs:


    • Reply Erin Boyle January 22, 2016 at 11:16 am

      thank you!

  • Reply ~ carmen ~ January 22, 2016 at 11:35 am

    Oh my gosh. The bulbs look so cute. I love growing flowers, veggies, & plants! New beginnings indeed. :]

  • Reply Sally January 22, 2016 at 11:35 am

    Obsessed with JOMO. Also, “A Love of Sentences”. Front and center was my favorite Jhumpa Lahiri quote. The short story it is pulled from gets me every time.

  • Reply Karen T. January 22, 2016 at 11:41 am

    Really enjoying your beautiful book, Erin. It caught my eye on an end cap in Barnes & Noble, and after reading the first chapter and seeing the photos I realized I wanted it to come home with me. I’m pretty minimalist, so that should tell you how much inspiration I was feeling!

    Can you please tell me the title and author of the book that inspired the box car? I’d like to request it from the library for my little grandson. Thanks.


    • Reply Erin Boyle January 22, 2016 at 12:02 pm

      Hi there: It’s called This Is Sadie; full info included in the link!

      • Reply Karen T. January 26, 2016 at 7:36 am

        Silly me . . . I didn’t realize it was a link! Thanks for responding anyway!

  • Reply Bridget January 22, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    Beautiful bulb vases! Do you mind sharing where you got them?

    • Reply Erin Boyle January 22, 2016 at 12:29 pm

      They’re not really bulb vases—just vintage bottles with the a wide neck! James found these ones in an old lab!

  • Reply Melanie January 22, 2016 at 12:20 pm

    I’ve always wanted to try out putting bulbs in water! Is that garlic or an onion?

    Have a good weekend! Hopefully NY doesn’t get a lot of snow! =)

    • Reply Erin Boyle January 22, 2016 at 12:28 pm

      Even better: paperwhites! (I’m praying for tons of snow;))

  • Reply Anna January 22, 2016 at 1:06 pm

    I love that book! My 2.5 year old son loves it too. So sweet.

  • Reply MissEm January 22, 2016 at 1:52 pm

    Oh, you should check out Christina Crook’s book called The Joy of Missing Out!

  • Reply Libby January 22, 2016 at 4:15 pm

    I’ve never heard of A Love of Sentences before but at the very top is this:
    Some nights you find one floating into bed with you, propped on an elbow, giving you a look of fascination, a look that says I can’t believe I’ve found you.
    — Kim Addonizio, “Ex-Boyfriends”

    And it’s so beautiful and accurate and non-flowery but still perfect that I feel just pretty gutted.

  • Reply Orchids January 22, 2016 at 5:27 pm

    My favourite posts! Love these every week. The bulbs idea is on my to-do list, along with regrowing lettuce and celery from the stubby stalky bits.

  • Reply Rachel January 22, 2016 at 8:28 pm

    I was so pleasantly surprised to see A Love of Sentences included in this post – thank you, Erin! Hope you have a beautiful weekend. x

  • Reply Claire January 22, 2016 at 9:34 pm

    Those bulbs just reminded me I want to try growing an avocado tree this summer!

  • Reply Zoe January 24, 2016 at 6:13 am

    I seriously love how you take such beautiful photos of the simplest of objects. Looking forward to reading the book too- just have to work around my hoarding husband to declutter!!

  • Reply Jo January 24, 2016 at 4:49 pm

    I love how the “car” later became a sled. You two are so brilliantly resourceful.

  • Reply Mary January 25, 2016 at 6:59 am

    Your book is fantastic – so inspiring!
    I’m looking for some bulbs at the moment – desperate for a little Spring!

  • Reply Mary Kate January 25, 2016 at 11:03 am

    Ah I love that Tumblr, though it appears to have copied my own 🙂

    • Reply Erin Boyle January 25, 2016 at 11:07 am

      Great minds is all, I’m sure! Love yours, too.


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