my week in objects (mostly).

November 25, 2016

five little things that made my week.

1. this mini protest sign.signs | reading my tea leaves

{because, truly.}

2. the piles we packed.sweaters | reading my tea leaves

{and the family we saw.}

3. these pumpkin oatmeal cookies.cookies | reading my tea leaves

{for providing train ride nourishment.}

4. these skinny washi tapes.tape | reading my tea leaves

{because ’tis the season for getting crafty.} 

5. this little jar of sourdough starter.starter | reading my tea leaves

{for making pizza at “grammy and grandpa’s.”}

other things:

buddhist economics.

100% for the planet.

art for the holidays.

a radical feminist coloring book.

signs of a healthier hudson.

decisions, decisions (before november 28).

there’s a need to hold space for women.

the brilliant zadie smith on historical nostalgia.

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  • Reply Pilvi November 25, 2016 at 5:05 pm

    May I ask you what you do with the washi tape? This is the first time I’m seeing this, but it looks like my three-year-old daughter might like it.

    • Reply Erin Boyle November 27, 2016 at 3:56 pm

      It’s just beautifully colored masking tape! So good for anything you might use tape for: wrapping presents, hanging photos on a wall, sealing an envelope, etc!

  • Reply Elizabeth November 26, 2016 at 5:37 pm

    Willing to share the recipe for the cookies? They look delicious.

    • Reply Erin Boyle November 27, 2016 at 3:53 pm

      They’re the pumpkin oatmeal cookies from Sugarhouse Workshop (see my Simple Matters series for details!)

    • Reply Erin Boyle November 27, 2016 at 3:53 pm

      They’re the pumpkin oatmeal cookies from Sugarhouse Workshop (see my Simple Matters series for details!).

  • Reply lara November 26, 2016 at 6:28 pm

    Hi Erin! first, I’ve loved your blog ever since I took a swag and candle making class with you a couple of years ago- and look to it every day for a little break and some inspiration. I know so many of us have been feeling gutted after the election results, but the only way I’m dealing with it is by trying to do something to help further the causes I believe in. The thought of being more galvanized to make a change, small as it may be is the only thing that keeps me going amidst the anxiety and fear for what this election has wrought: I really love your advent calendar idea. I also loved reading about the whale sightings in the Hudson you posted about, and not to dampen the excitement and beauty of that beautiful tail popping up from the river, but I wanted to share what might be happening to this slightly healthier Hudson River very soon. There is a proposal to the coast guard to drastically increase anchorage sites for crude oil barges to park and travel along the mid-hudson. This would increase the chance of a spill that cannot be cleaned up (crude oil is nearly impossible to clean up in a moving river because it sinks to the bottom). Many Hudson Valley residents learning about this proposal have been trying to take action by writing comments to the coast guard here:
    There is an open public comment period through Dec.6th.
    This proposal could mean that there would be over 40 crude oil barges parked and moving along a small stretch of the hudson between Kingston and Yonkers, and it would reverse decades of effort and investment by environmentalists, local communities and governments to clean up the Hudson and create a more balanced ecosystem that includes a growing tourism sector that many towns depend on, as well as some industrial transportation, and wildlife conservation. The crude oil barge proposal has nothing to do with delivering oil and gas to local communities and nyc, nor does it alleviate the problems of other modes of oil transport. Anyways, sorry this is a long comment- I’ve been in letter-writing mode, but I wanted to just let you know about it in case you have a minute to write a quick comment to the coast guard, or if interested to read more about it hear and raise awareness about it to a wider audience. You can learn more about it here:
    Or read through this presentation (the last film segment and info deal the barge anchorage issue:
    Thanks so much for being here and doing the work you do either way!

    • Reply Erin Boyle November 27, 2016 at 3:53 pm

      Thanks so much for sharing, Lara!

  • Reply Grace November 26, 2016 at 6:47 pm

    Just stumbled across your blog and fell absolutely in love! Adore the collection you’ve created.

  • Reply Erin November 28, 2016 at 8:52 am

    Love, LOVE Zadie Smith’s words: “I don’t believe that great swathes of the population are in some way fundamentally stupid or evil or this, that or the other,” she says. “I think that different values within people can be preyed upon and brought to the fore, and that responsibility lies in large part with the ring leaders. But I kind of retain an optimism in individual people.”

    • Reply Erin Boyle November 28, 2016 at 9:18 am


  • Reply Maria November 28, 2016 at 11:33 am

    I read somewhere that Patagonia uses a wool provider in Argentina who has been filmed beating animals and treating them like garbage.
    As far as I know, Patagonia didn’t do anything about it. Do you know if this is true?
    Do someone know if Patagonia still partner with this provider?
    Love your blog!!

    • Reply Erin Boyle November 28, 2016 at 11:43 am

      Hi Maria,

      Thanks for your note (and concern!). I’ve never come across this story and have no idea if it’s true. Everything I’ve read has demonstrated that Patagonia has exemplary standards of production, but I would definitely be in touch with them directly to ask about this specific case!

  • Reply Jessica November 28, 2016 at 7:29 pm

    Hi Erin!

    I know you probably get sick of people asking about the products in your photos, but I’m gonna keep asking. 🙂

    Where is your Dopp kit from?

    Thank you!

    • Reply Erin Boyle November 29, 2016 at 9:08 am

      No worries! It’s from Archival, sadly now shuttered!

  • Reply Augustin Ra December 7, 2016 at 5:03 am

    I’m a huge lover of cookies and I’d love to have some of those, girl! <3

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