my week in objects (mostly).

October 19, 2018

five little things that made my week:

1. these keys.

{and my sister for having them.}

2. this finished curtain. 

{and the one that’s still in progress. (progress takes time.)}

3. two fresh candles.

{and a husband who keeps up our supply.}

4. this duvet.

{and the chilly nights that brought it out from hiding.}

5. f-a-y-e.


other things:

a dirge for the whole world, with scarcely the language to write it.

art deco new york.

living with dolly parton.

this is hopeful.


mild woman.

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  • Reply Kelly Libby October 19, 2018 at 1:44 pm

    That cast iron pan!!!! amazing!

  • Reply Ellen Anderman October 19, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    A question about duvets and comforters. How should a comforter for a queen bed measure so that when one of the two adults under it rolls over, there is enough for the second adult?

    • Reply ERIN BOYLE October 19, 2018 at 2:12 pm

      Haha! I guess that depends on whether the second adult sleeps hot or cold! We have a queen duvet for a queen bed.

    • Reply Nina October 19, 2018 at 7:20 pm

      You could do as the Germans do and have separate duvets on a shared bed – works wonders for the rolling-over problem and also allows each partner to choose the weight of their cover.

    • Reply Sasha L October 20, 2018 at 2:20 pm

      Ellen, we solve this problem with two beds, two queens. I get my heated mattress cover, two duvets, and my husband gets his one thin quilt. And our three dogs get to play musical beds all night.

      • Reply Ellen Anderman October 22, 2018 at 2:49 pm

        Ha! My mother had a close friend, with particular sleeping hours, who solved it even more extremely: by having a separate home.

  • Reply Jessica October 19, 2018 at 3:03 pm

    The duvet cover! Does it have tie downs inside so your duvet doesn’t move around? And how does it close? I have had one for 5 years that I. HATE. I have deemed this The Winter To Replace It And To Repurpose It Into Linen Clothes.


    • Reply ERIN BOYLE October 19, 2018 at 5:30 pm

      Ha! Yes! Crucial. Four ties on the corners. We don’t have any issues with bunching. I got it last year as part of this collaboration with Parachute and we’ve been totally pleased! Recommend!

      • Reply Jessica October 21, 2018 at 3:14 pm

        Thank you!

    • Reply Ellen Anderman October 22, 2018 at 7:19 pm

      Alas, our comforter fits the cover without bunching,. It’s the whole thing that just barely covers side to side of our queen bed – without our lumpy bodies under it to pull it from the sides, and before we turn over ( and over.) guess it’ll have to be a king set to fall over…

  • Reply Nina October 19, 2018 at 7:26 pm

    Looks like you might be making a blackout curtain? Are you sandwiching the black between two layers of white/cream, so it’s protected from fading? I initially had my black fabric exposed towards the window, and it got faded so fast – just thought I’d mention it.

    • Reply ERIN BOYLE October 19, 2018 at 8:45 pm

      oh, no. it’s just a pieced curtain that we only hang at night so no worry of fading. our blackout curtain in the kids room is faded on the window side, but we’re four flights up so no matter!

  • Reply Ramona October 19, 2018 at 9:02 pm

    One of the sweetest moments of my life was when my children first wrote their names. Such an important accomplishment!

  • Reply Sasha L October 20, 2018 at 3:04 pm

    Sigh, Dolly. Nothing is a simple as well like it to be is it? Thanks for shining a light Erin. Happy weekend, hope it’s a good one.

  • Reply Lizzy October 22, 2018 at 10:44 am

    I loved the article about solastalgia. Having studied both philosophy and climate change science at university, I am most interested by the complex questions posed by climate change. This article broadened my understanding of the complexity some more. Thanks so much for sharing!

  • Reply Emily October 22, 2018 at 6:20 pm

    Quick question, does your husband use candlestick molds or does he hand dip? I’ve been wanting to buy a mold but haven’t been able to pull the trigger on one, yet.

    • Reply ERIN BOYLE October 22, 2018 at 6:40 pm

      He uses a mold. But he keeps it at his office, so not sure which one! Will ask!

  • Reply Emily October 26, 2018 at 12:48 pm

    Thank you! And one other question. Do you get your beeswax online or from a local supplier?

    • Reply ERIN BOYLE October 26, 2018 at 1:08 pm

      I almost always buy from Brushy Mountain Bees!

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