my week in objects (mostly).

March 17, 2017

five little things that made my week.

1. these mittens.mittens | reading my tea leaves

{because it was beyond freezing this week. yes, literally.}

2. this tulip.tulips | reading my tea leaves

{picked out by a certain orange-loving kiddo. no complaints.}

3. this wrap.wrap | reading my tea leaves

{for snuggling a little guy that needed some extra love this week.}

4. this starter.starter | reading my tea leaves

{for becoming pizza. more on er’rything sourdough coming soon.}

5. this light.shells | reading my tea leaves

{because i can’t complain about wonky sleep when it means more sunshine.}

other things:


drying rack o’ dreams.

blizzard of ’88.

why is my life so hard?


the time of daffodils.

who made your feminist t-shirt?

daydreaming about tables lately. (found via missmoss.)

numerical expression of political policy.


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  • Reply E March 17, 2017 at 11:19 am

    Those blizzard photos are amazing. I always love looking back upon yesteryear.

  • Reply Erin S March 17, 2017 at 11:24 am

    I’m looking forward to your post about everything sourdough!!! πŸ™‚ Happy Friday.

    • Reply Kim March 17, 2017 at 8:27 pm


  • Reply Lizzie March 17, 2017 at 11:46 am

    Looking forward to more on sourdough! The designs on the loaves on James’ instagram are beautiful, wish I could get mine to turn out like that.

  • Reply Erin March 17, 2017 at 11:46 am

    Tulips are so beyond beautiful…I want to start having more flowers in the house, and this post was a great reminder of that! Thank you. Hope your weekend is fabulous πŸ™‚

  • Reply Lexie March 17, 2017 at 11:53 am

    That Thinx article was so hard to read! I have one pair of Thinx and three pairs of Dear Kates. It hurts to see a woman-owned/run company get so much bad press. Feels like a step backwards.

  • Reply Eva March 17, 2017 at 11:59 am

    I just switched from a bowl to a weck jar for my sourdough and am so delighted by how perfect it is as a container! I started mine with a mason jar but mixing with a mouth that narrows is so hard on the hands – the weck jars completely eliminate that struggle. I was also a whirlwind of sourdough this week, making bread, pizza, and pancakes in preparation for snow.

  • Reply Elizabeth March 17, 2017 at 12:11 pm

    I made a sourdough starter a few months ago and I love it! Can’t wait to hear more about your sourdough experiences. πŸ™‚ Happy weekend!

  • Reply Stacy March 17, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    The feminist t-shirt article is so good. I feel like there’s just so many little nuggets in there to consider (is a t-shirt necessary for activism? do we really need to be making these articles of clothing? whose responsibility is it all?) As someone who strives to only make ethical clothing purchases (and who also owns a ‘the future is female’ shirt) I’ll be re-reading this one for sure.

  • Reply Jess March 17, 2017 at 12:34 pm

    oof indeed. And dang, I was just thinking about getting a pair of Thinx. I have 2 pairs from Dear Kate — started by a Brown student in an entrepreneurship class! Made in the USA! — but I have to say unfortunately they’re not as fool/leakproof as I’d hoped. The piece actually resonates a lot with my experience working in the non-profit sector (where women are the majority of employees), and is such a great example of why we need intersectional feminism.

  • Reply Kirsten March 17, 2017 at 1:40 pm

    Those mittens look pretty warm….


  • Reply Mary Kate March 17, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    Guess I’m glad I never got any Thinx. As a lifelong office employee nothing puts me off faster than mistreating one’s employees. And good point on the feminist t-shirts. I’m really trying harder to only buy US-made, responsible, durable clothes going forward. If someone would only come up with a petite clothing line that fits these parameters, I’d be set.

    The daffodil video was beautiful and sad! I may be the only girl who really doesn’t enjoy cut flowers because I get sad when they die. When my fiance wants to do something nice for me he knows now to generally buy a potted plant or chocolate. I’m such a weirdo πŸ™‚

    • Reply Sasha March 20, 2017 at 3:34 pm

      Me too on the flowers!!

  • Reply Breanna Marie March 17, 2017 at 6:34 pm

    Love the shells! Are they a mobile? How do you hang them?

    • Reply ERIN BOYLE March 17, 2017 at 9:00 pm

      Yeah! Just drilled little nails with a handscrew and hung from string!

  • Reply mado March 17, 2017 at 10:25 pm

    I really hope you get the drying rack, it looks so dreamy! (but probably not lease-approved)

    The Thinx article is sad, but it also makes me wonder how many male CEOs (of startups or otherwise) are just as abusive, yet a) no one sees their failings as a moratorium on their company and b) there are so many male CEOs they never get the same amount of personal press anyways. Your links are always so good, thanks for keeping it up!

  • Reply Lynn March 18, 2017 at 9:25 am

    Always love your links. The clothes industry gives me a headache, because it’s a problem I can’t solve. It’s so dang hard to find clothes made without sweatshop labor (and I’m not even talking about cost; just the actual existence of these items is hard to find). Sure, there’s American Apparel, but the CEO is an ass, and I can’t shop there.

  • Reply Kim B. March 18, 2017 at 11:54 am

    We have a similarly constructed drying rack in our tiny bathroom, but it’s not nearly as handsome (by which I mean it’s not aesthetically attractive at all!!). But it is handy.

  • Reply monica b March 19, 2017 at 12:37 am

    Erin, I have a question. I’ve been an avid follower for years and am only just now commenting. So, first off, I really appreciate you and your posts, and thanks for the positive influence you’ve had on my life (especially when everything else I read online is so depressing these days). As a mother of two boys (6 and 8) who have a lot of interests and respective ‘kit’!, along with a husband who makes amazon purchases faster than I can read the email confirmations, I find that I expend a lot of emotional energy toward managing other people’s stuff in our home. As a result, I’ve been editing ‘my stuff’ away over the years as it’s the only realm I feel I have more control over. I’m really getting there, and I love all that I’ve learned in the process. I’m not, however, constrained by space, so I fantasize of living in a small space again just so I can HAVE to be more ruthless?! As a jill-of-all-trades who enjoys many hobbies, many types of jobs, many aesthetics and loves color, and, frankly, who has never been naturally good at editing, it has definitely been a process. So my question is, do you find that you really are more at peace, more happy with *much* less, or are you then always grappling with the opposite dilemma and fantasizing about having more, stressing about what to add…?

  • Reply Amanda K. March 30, 2017 at 3:29 pm

    the drying rack is nice but DUDE! who could use that? only 9 rods? for $260? not practical at all! let’s make that thing quadruple decker and then we’ll talk…

    • Reply ERIN BOYLE March 30, 2017 at 7:03 pm

      Mumbles something about minimalist wardrobes…;)

      • Reply Amanda K. April 4, 2017 at 10:28 pm

        my wardrobe is minimal, thanks for the recommendation! does any minimalist actually have only 9-ish items of clothing?
        i have three kids and use cloth diapers — the drying rack isn’t practical, especially at that price…admit it πŸ˜‰

        • Reply ERIN BOYLE April 5, 2017 at 9:22 am

          not sure if my tone got lost in translation! really just joking! but i do honestly sometimes wish we had a smaller rack. right this minute there are just two diaper covers drying on our rack, but the rack is taking up an entire corner of the apartment!

          • Amanda K. April 5, 2017 at 2:22 pm

            i knew you were joking, but it felt like a joke+jab, ya know? or maybe i was just being extra defensive! TOTALLY POSSIBLE!
            I was also thinking, i’ve never used my dryer, i grew up watching my mom hang my clothes and I do the same for my family. my husband rigged a line along our ceiling for rainy periods (or pollen-y periods) when i can’t hang outside.

            ANYWAY. to be clear, i love you and your blog and didn’t mean to pick a weird internet fight about drying racks!

          • ERIN BOYLE April 5, 2017 at 2:43 pm

            Ha! No worries! Happy hang drying!


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