my week in objects (mostly).

May 20, 2016

five little things that made my week.

1. these felt sleeves.

{because i felt like i was hunting forever for a super simple way of protecting my gadgets and i finally found it. i bought this laptop case a few weeks ago and got a matching sleeve for lil’ kindle yesterday.}

2. this stack of ledger paper saved from a recycle bin.ledger_paper_reading_my_tea_leaves_IMG_9950

{for being just the right size for this shelf. james’s elephant isn’t so bad either.}

3. this rollable hat from brooke’s latest venture.
ledger_paper_reading_my_tea_leaves_IMG_9955{because the hardest part about wide-brimmed hats is that you can’t always take ’em with you. not a problem here. the hat pin is pretty sweet, too.}

4. this chive flower.

{because three cheers for overwintered chives.}

5. this dark curtain.ledger_paper_reading_my_tea_leaves_IMG_9970

{because i still have to hem it, but for now it’s nice to be able to darken faye’s room with the flick of a wrist; no clothespins involved.}

other things:

mules in new york city.

sidewalk poems.

good night stories for rebel girls.


travel without research, yes please. 


farm, field, sea. (all of my favorite things in one place.)

a gallon a day.

my kinda mess kit.

22,000 stitches.

you risk relying on the opinion of mostly men.

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  • Reply emma May 20, 2016 at 11:58 am

    Thank you so much for including us this week, Erin! (and p.s. I’m also a total sleeve girl)

  • Reply Victoria May 20, 2016 at 12:47 pm

    You have found the perfect computer sleeve! I emailed you awhile back about this and we were both stumped. SO excited to order one of these gems to protect my computer 🙂

    • Reply Erin Boyle May 20, 2016 at 12:50 pm

      Oh good! Glad you saw this!!

  • Reply Alie May 20, 2016 at 1:14 pm

    Love the hat! I’ve been looking for one for a safari . . . all I can never find ones to travel with. Great find, and lovely weekly summary, as always!

  • Reply Mary Kate May 20, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    Love the hat, especially since it comes in sizes! I have an oddly large head for a small person 🙂

    Traveling without researching yields mixed results. Sometimes you end up having the time of your life, other times you get stressed out about not being able to find a good place for dinner. Other times you leave a city behind only to hear about something amazing you should have done while there, if only you had researched it first. But I 100% agree with the author’s advice to (try and) sightsee with a local. There’s no better way to see a place. Thanks for the links!

    • Reply Erin Boyle May 20, 2016 at 1:54 pm

      A question of personality to an extent, for sure!

  • Reply litterless May 20, 2016 at 2:39 pm

    Guzzling so much water after following that link.

  • Reply Coreen May 20, 2016 at 3:23 pm

    I love the 22,000 stitches! Have you seen Daphne Taylor’s quilts? They’re absolute works of art, and the “Quilt Drawing” series is in a similar vein as this, with lots of meticulous hand-stitching. Beautiful. (and she’s also a New Yorker!)

  • Reply kathy May 20, 2016 at 3:26 pm

    interested to know what you found for a room darkening curtain…. have been searching for more natural/nontoxic ones forever for my baby’s room and it’s an impossible feat!

    • Reply Erin Boyle May 20, 2016 at 4:01 pm

      It’s just a bit of denim that I’m hanging backward cause I love the reverse side!

  • Reply Joanna May 21, 2016 at 9:26 am

    Chive blossoms! Do you know about blue flower scrambled eggs or blue flower cottage cheese? I recently became reacquainted with the daughter of a long-ago friend. one of the first things she said was that she vividly remembered having blue flowered omellets at my house. That had been 30 years ago!

    • Reply Erin Boyle May 21, 2016 at 9:37 am

      I love that!

  • Reply Karen May 21, 2016 at 8:53 pm

    Thank you! I have been needing a sleeve for my gadgets for months!.

  • Reply emma May 22, 2016 at 7:04 am

    Wow, the article by Maggie Downs was really moving. Though I don’t think I’d like to give birth in the near future I am shocked by the state of things concerning birth, but also kinda hopeful there is a rising awareness (especially after I just read “Birth work as care work” by Alana Apfel) with a really moving foreword by Loretta J. Ross.
    To me birth is still this mystical thing which happens in a closed room and the only thing I hear about it is something like ‘I was painful – but so worth it’ and that’s just not enough to go down this road feeling with any kind of feeling of self-determination or independence or emancipation.

    • Reply shannon May 23, 2016 at 7:19 pm

      The lack of agency in Maggie’s story is appalling but sadly not shocking to me as so many (most?) American women find themselves in similar positions (literally and figuratively) during pregnancy and childbirth. Thank you for mentioning Apfel’s book – I am going to check it out! I’d also recommend Pushed by Jennifer Block and all of Ina May Gaskin’s books as they also deal with advocacy and American birth culture. And thanks Erin for sharing the link to Maggie’s story.

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