my week in objects (mostly).

April 13, 2018

five little things that made my week.

1. this view.

{because someone decided this little swallow needed a new place to hang. looks pretty happy to me.}

2. these little seed markers.

{and a very eager gardener.}

3. this golden glitter globe.

{don’t ask me what i’m gonna do if it breaks.}

4. this second-hand loo.

{for someone else very eager in our midst.}

5. these tiny plum blossoms.

{because, because, because, because, becaaaaaause.}

other things:

sweet dreams also guaranteed?

meet the frugalwoods.

ha! (via of a kind.)


what it means to lose backpage.

overdyed + faded = one pretty combination.

bill the patriarchy.

temptation is real.

glad to be in such sweet company.

green parenting, during earth month and always.


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  • Reply Liz April 13, 2018 at 11:46 am

    I just finished Meet the Frugalwoods last night! Such a fun read. Really makes you think about all the mindless spending we do without considering the long-term consequences of our purchases. I hope you enjoy it!

    • Reply Anna April 17, 2018 at 6:00 am

      Just think that for a bit of discussion and nuance the Frugalwoods mention could benefit from not only book link, but this article too:
      Anyways would love to read the book review on the blog, if there’s a mood and/or space for it.
      All the best- A

      • Reply ERIN BOYLE April 17, 2018 at 6:59 am

        Oh, interesting! I don’t know much about them at all but was intrigued by the book! Look forward to reading that piece!

  • Reply annie April 13, 2018 at 3:37 pm

    a big thank you for the lingerie recycling link. how awesome is that?!

  • Reply Delaney April 13, 2018 at 3:42 pm

    I love this blog and read it all the time! Thanks so much for beautiful work.

    I was surprised at the article about Backpage. It was really interesting to read the perspectives of sex workers and what it means for them, and I appreciate the insight. However, I wish it had addressed the other side of its removal, which is that it’s a huge victory for working against child sex trafficking. I work in a field where I see teens and kids who have, through just sheer incredible bravery, found ways out of some of the most horrific situations humanity can dream up. Backpage was a major platform for people selling sex with minors, and did little more than talk to stop this, and I think there’s a lot more to this story about a big corporation exploiting vulnerable people (children).

    • Reply ERIN BOYLE April 13, 2018 at 4:03 pm

      Hey Delaney, thanks for your kind words about my site! Certainly in full support of all efforts made to stop child sex trafficking, but I also appreciate the light that the article shines on the perspective of sex workers. As we look at ways to make the internet safer, we need to consider all people and I think this piece demonstrates ways in which shutting down sites like Backpage also perpetrates harm on vulnerable people. I don’t have a solution, of course, but a nuanced perspective felt important to share.

      • Reply Stephanie April 14, 2018 at 11:18 am

        I appreciated the perspective of the sex workers, too, but as an editor, I think that piece was actually not nuanced enough. The framing seems to suggest that Backpage was shut down because of a sort of moral prurience: “The site was a target for groups opposed to sex work, and for legislators.” That may be true, but it was also true that it was a target because there were so many documented and egregious abuses and cases of sex trafficking on the site, including children; and the leadership of the site was notoriously craven and uncooperative. (There have been several women in my community who have spoken eloquently and heartbreakingly about how the site was used to abuse them). To not mention that at all is misleading. A better framing would have at least attempted to put these issues in some sort of proportion: there were x number cases of child trafficking, but Backpage was used by x number of workers, whose livelihoods are now in jeopardy, somehow making a case that the good the site offered outweighed the harm it created, or that benefit at least coexisted with harm.

        The strong argument to be made is that sex workers deserve a safe, affordable space online, run by people who are willing to draw clear lines when it comes to minors and human trafficking, but it is hard to argue that Backpage was ever going to be that space.

        • Reply ERIN BOYLE April 16, 2018 at 9:16 am

          More certainly would have been more in this case. Totally agreed on your point about the strong argument that the piece could have made and failed to.

  • Reply sasha April 13, 2018 at 4:35 pm

    Great links, as always Erin. Thank you.

    I peeked at that last one, green parenting, and had to run away fast when I saw #1 cut back on red meat, and their suggestion was to switch to turkey or chicken How about think about becoming vegan, and try these healthy lentil recipes instead? Pulses (beans, legumes) are not only healthy for humans, (excellent protein and minerals) they are super healthy for the planet. They add vital nutrients like nitrogen back into the soil, hold the soil in place lessening erosion, are drought resistant, and introduce healthy bacteria to the soil too. They are cheap and vegan and grown in the US with minimal pesticides.

    • Reply ERIN BOYLE April 13, 2018 at 4:41 pm

      Hey Sasha! Lots of love for vegans here, but I think that piece was aimed at a slightly more conventional audience (I included it in the roundup because they were kind enough to ask me for a few of my ideas!) that might be just starting to explore the world beyond red meat! Agreed entirely that the world of pulses is an exciting and delicious one, not to mention far more environmentally sound. As a happy aside, I made lentil “meatballs” last night for dinner with leftover lentils I had and they were *so* good.

  • Reply Patti April 13, 2018 at 4:57 pm

    Thanks so much for mentioning Soo many friends follow you and told me about this 🙂
    it’s been especially awesome this week with equal pay day to let stay at home moms see just how much they work too!

    • Reply ERIN BOYLE April 13, 2018 at 5:07 pm

      Of course! Love those timesheets!

  • Reply Katie April 14, 2018 at 8:18 pm

    That swallow is absolutely gorgeous! Did you make it? Tell me more!

    • Reply ERIN BOYLE April 16, 2018 at 9:07 am

      I love it so much! It’s a kite from Haptic Lab! I got ours locally at Acorn Toy Shop!

      • Reply Katie April 18, 2018 at 8:43 pm

        Thank you so much! I actually loved it so much I did some very impressive googling (if I do say so myself) and found it later that night! My Martha bird just arrived today. She’ll be so fun hanging above my desk!

        • Reply ERIN BOYLE April 18, 2018 at 9:16 pm

          haha! glad to hear it!

  • Reply mado April 14, 2018 at 9:51 pm

    Always love seeing you in “mainstream” places like! and I’m a little ashamed to admit this but the blue light on our tv box has been on all day (although the tv is off), this article made me get up and go turn it off!

    I am feeling a little perplexed at the amount of plastic that has seeped into our (and our child’s lives). We started out great, he was drinking water out of a glass shot glass at 8 months! but now our cupboard is filled with plastic cups, we have baskets overflowing with (some broken) plastic toys, as I swore we would never have. Many are well-meaning gifts of course. I’m not sure where to start! especially since he’s old enough to notice now, and even if I try to weed out some toys, in a couple of weeks he’s asked for them again and I’ve fetched them out of the closet….

  • Reply Kat April 18, 2018 at 1:51 am

    Of all your posts, these are my favourites. They help take stock of my own week in little snips of beauty and joy. Good to see ‘old friends’ ’round these parts too; Elizabeth from The Frugalwoods and Of A Kind (the best nose for beautiful independent designers).

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