my week in objects (mostly).

January 29, 2016

five little things that made my week.

1. this beaniehat_reading_my_tea_leaves_IMG_4442{a little present to myself in celebration of my book being born. treat yourself, etc.}

2.  this cream.cream_reading_my_tea_leaves_IMG_4448{and the tiny finger gouges. faye’s extremely into giving her little cheeks a nightly massage. so nice not to have think twice about the ingredients in this one.}

3. this pile of snail mail. 
{because of the senders (and stamps) and for the reminder to send some of my own. eek.}

4. this book.
{because i’d forgotten all about it, until my friend elena reminded me. one of my very favorites and no doubt another subliminal inspiration for faye’s sled. thanks to grammy for bringing it to “faye-day.”}

5. these flowers.ranunculus_reading_my_tea_leaves_IMG_4458{because they were a little delayed in the snowstorm, but arrived at the right moment to offer sweet encouragement from a far-flung sister.}

other things:

the joy of a never-ending search for hobbies.

the perfect project (or storage!) bag.

knife grabber.

vending machine pottery via ginny.

a tolerable guide to the 2016 presidential election.

spite houses.

short answers about zika virus, in case you’ve also been wondering.

loving these hills and valleys since seeing them here.

a refreshing perspective: “your birth is more important than your bugaboo.”

me in other places:

a q & a with sycamore street press.

seven daily habits with remodelista.

a book review from down under.

a book review from way out west (and a giveaway, too).

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  • Reply Anette Andersen January 29, 2016 at 10:19 am

    I have ben following you for a long time om Instagram and today I have spent the day at home studying your blog. Such a beautiful and informative blog. will certainly follow you here to 🙂
    Looking forward to see if your book will turn up in Denmark. Have a very nice weekend.

  • Reply Anna January 29, 2016 at 11:11 am

    I love this series 🙂 It took me roughly 12 seconds to purchase the lotion above! My fiancé and I are always struggling with dry winter skin issues (eczema and breakouts to name a few) and this lotion sounds like it is going to do just the trick! Also, the never-ending search for hobbies was such a beautiful video. And finally, still reading and still loving every minute of your book!

  • Reply Erin January 29, 2016 at 11:59 am

    I haven’t sent any letters in awhile, but this has been a good prompt. Maybe this weekend. Thanks 🙂

  • Reply catie January 29, 2016 at 12:36 pm

    regarding zika virus ~ not sure how credible it is but here’s something i found:

    • Reply Erin Boyle January 29, 2016 at 12:40 pm


  • Reply Claire January 29, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    I absolutely adore the book Brave Irene. So glad you love it, too!

    • Reply Erin Boyle January 29, 2016 at 12:48 pm


  • Reply Robyn January 29, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    What kind of flowers are those…I think I know but… 🙂

    • Reply Erin Boyle January 29, 2016 at 1:47 pm


  • Reply KM January 29, 2016 at 2:40 pm

    I LOVE Brave Irene!!! It was one of my favorites when I was growing up. Thanks for reminding me of it.

  • Reply Erin January 29, 2016 at 3:49 pm

    Thanks for the sweet mention of my tea towels, Erin! Loving your book so far, can’t wait to use this as a reference as I tackle some Spring cleaning in our tiny apartment… PS: Loved Brave Irene as a kid, William Steig books were always a favorite in my house. Sylvester and the Magic Pebble is another great one.

  • Reply Anna January 29, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    Our family’s beloved golden lab, who left us last summer after 16 3/4 happy years(!), was named Irene after this favorite book! So happy to see it here!

  • Reply Sylvie January 29, 2016 at 5:41 pm

    The Amazing Bone by William Steig was my son’s favorite book for a disturbingly long time…

  • Reply Noam January 30, 2016 at 6:41 am

    Hi Erin. Congratulation on the book launch.. I cant wait to get my hands on a copy….
    I just love reading you blog and the way you shine light on the magic of simplicity.
    Now I don’t know if you are open to a request like this but (in case you are…) i would love it if you could do a post about children’s books. I have an eight months old girl and i’m just starting to learn the field.
    It would be much appreciated..
    Thanks so much for all that you do.
    Noam X

  • Reply Orchids January 30, 2016 at 7:32 am

    I love these posts every week. Please make your book available to those of us on the other side of the pond!

    • Reply Erin Boyle January 30, 2016 at 1:09 pm

      Hi there! Thank you! You should be able to place an order online from just about anywhere—I’ve already seen a number of copies arrive safely overseas!

  • Reply Erin January 30, 2016 at 5:57 pm

    LOVED the spite houses article. I will discuss and research that for a while now. Hated the birth story one, though.

    • Reply Erin Boyle January 30, 2016 at 6:26 pm

      Oh! Sorry to hear it. Why the hatred?

  • Reply Pam February 4, 2016 at 11:21 pm

    Can you post pictures of you wearing that lovely beanie? It’s not available anymore and I’d love to try to knit one like it.

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