my week in objects, mostly.

December 23, 2016

five little things that made my week:

1. these antlers. antlers |reading my tea leaves

{because toddlers in antlers are almost as good as grandpas in antlers.}

2. this hamentaschen.hamentaschen |reading my tea leaves

{and the others i devoured this week.}

3. this sack of presents.bag of presents |reading my tea leaves

{because focusing on small gifts of self care this year means it smells real good.}

4. these new heels on old |reading my tea leaves

{for getting me through another winter.}

5. this tree.tree |reading my tea leaves

{cause it’s made these dark days feel so much brighter.}

other things:

on optimism and despair.

we’re expecting a sofa.

the trouble with happy holidays.

this is your brain on art.

the original christmas tree stands.


protest fuel.

just two more days left.

ps. i’ll be taking a little break from this space to celebrate the holidays with my family. looking forward to sharing more in the new year.

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  • Reply Kim December 23, 2016 at 12:57 pm

    Merry Christmas Erin, Faye and James! Enjoy the break and the ensuing festivities!

  • Reply Lily Calfee December 23, 2016 at 2:23 pm

    Thanks for this one, Erin. Reading your stuff is so calming and refreshing, especially during this time of fervent consumerism. I love how you make things festive without piles of disposable stuff. Merry Christmas Eve Eve!

  • Reply Elizabeth December 23, 2016 at 5:33 pm

    Merry Christmas! Wishing you a bright & hopeful New Year!

  • Reply Kim B. December 23, 2016 at 6:05 pm

    Merry Christmas Erin to you and your family!

  • Reply Alix December 23, 2016 at 6:53 pm

    Naturally, I need to know the provenance of the gray tote holding the lovely gifties…

    Merry Christmas, Erin and family!

    • Reply ERIN BOYLE December 24, 2016 at 1:29 pm

      Same one as last time;) Utility Canvas!

  • Reply kate December 23, 2016 at 9:52 pm

    I’ve enjoyed your posts throughout the year. Have a lovely break and I look forward to reading more of your view on life, and the links and reading you’ve been doing, in the new year.

  • Reply Rebecca December 24, 2016 at 12:56 am

    Thank you for your beautiful blog which I regularly savour in Melbourne, Australia. It was with great delight that I discovered your book earlier this year; I’ve been a big fan ever since! With best wishes for a blissful Christmas. May 2017 bring you and your family many joyful moments.

  • Reply Mandy December 24, 2016 at 1:38 pm

    I found reading Zadie Smith’s acceptance speech such a balm and am so glad you featured it here. Lately, I keep thinking who do I want to look to and to emulate during Trump’s presidency? Both Zadie and you come to mind. Thank you for making this space one that I look forward to reading each day and for striking a tone, at once, inspiring and calming. Enjoy the upcoming holidays with those you love. Looking forward to all that RMTL will be in 2017!

  • Reply Julia December 26, 2016 at 1:52 pm

    Dear Erin,
    I gifted myself your book for Christmas. I have been inspired by your blog and now tell everyone about your book! My whole family (husband, 13 year old daughter and even my 8 year old boy who loves to hold onto to everything “But mama, I used to play with that when I was five!” :)) is now going through our things to make piles of what we can donate! A perfect way to begin the new year! Thank you for your example for all the work to write down all you know and have experienced! Happy Christmas and a most loving year 2017!

  • Reply Becky December 27, 2016 at 1:41 am

    Tell me a bit more about your boots? Who are they made by? Thanks!

    • Reply Kathy December 27, 2016 at 8:28 pm

      yes, please, me too!!

  • Reply Daniella Ciotti December 28, 2016 at 7:31 pm

    Hi Erin! I was wondering, is there a way to sign up for email updates with your new blog posts? I signed up for the email and didn’t realize it was just your monthly update, lol!

    • Reply ERIN BOYLE December 29, 2016 at 10:45 am

      Hi Daniella,

      I don’t have a specific sign up for that option, but if you’re interested, you could sign up through a service like Bloglovin or an RSS reader, which will automatically update with new posts!


      • Reply Daniella December 29, 2016 at 12:22 pm

        Actually I just saw when I commented there’s an option to “notify me of new posts by email”. I think I’m all set! 🙂


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