my week in objects (mostly).

November 8, 2019

1. this bundle of candles.

{ready and raring to go.}

2. this creamy elixir.

{the heat is on, the temps have dropped, i’ve been wearing this nightly and loving it.}

3. these child-height utensils.

{and table-setting enthusiasm.}

4. this cookbook.

{and an afternoon with time enough to bake a cake.}

5. this sunlight.

{because as the days shorten, and the leaves fall, for a short window our tiny apartment is actually sunnier than ever.}

other things:


how solitude feeds the brain (hat tip: women who).

building a zero-waste future, $1 at a time.

friends & family for the next two days.


rest is the real revolution.

we can just be human.

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  • Reply teegan November 8, 2019 at 5:06 pm

    We bought a new house about 15 months ago and when I set up the kitchen, plates and bowls went in drawers low enough for my kids to reach. They are now 4 and 7 and they do 80% of dishwasher unloading, 95% of setting the dinner table, and 75% of clearing the dinner table, wiping it down, and sweeping underneath. When I was having a rough time with infants/toddlers, everyone said “It’s always hard, but the hard changes.” That may be true, but I love love love having kids old enough to help with our housework.

    • Reply Jacqueline UK November 18, 2019 at 11:22 am

      Good for you ensuring at a young age that everyone in the family has a role to play domestically. My grandchildren, 9 year old twins, now do their own washing. They each have a washing basket that comes downstairs on Saturday morning, and after the clothes are washed and dried they take it back to their drawers. She had a major back operation when they were 7 and their father taught them how to use the washing machine and become responsible for the dishwasher. My friends are amazed when I tell them this.

      • Reply E.miquell Avila Tregoat December 11, 2019 at 5:18 am

        Good morning, I came across your site by my usual way » by chance » and I’m so happy I did- even though I spent most of my morning reading it thank you for the lovely ideas and spinoffs I’m now thinking of- I also saw your collaboration with RosePearlman and both of you have really brighten my day- I moved from NYC and now my husband and I love in Paris- with the strikes coining on now and no true end in sight- thanks to you I have a lot of new ideas to keep me busy❣️Starting with the wreath. THanks again, eMiquell Tregoat

  • Reply Laurie November 8, 2019 at 11:21 pm

    I’m wondering… Where do you store the wire box with the silverware (cutlery), cloth serviettes (napkins), etc?

    • Reply ERIN BOYLE November 9, 2019 at 6:58 am

      In a crate underneath our kitchen counter, where you might typically put a single bar stool, but this is a better use of the space for us!

  • Reply steph November 9, 2019 at 11:48 pm

    yesssss to candles, calendula elixirs, baking and extra sunlight … my kitchen is so bright right now. so many silver linings to snowy, upstate autumns. a fall list here:
    ps. great links as always but i’m especially loving the solitude one – as an introvert my brain is one of my favorite companions / i need to read Loynaz asap

  • Reply Jen November 10, 2019 at 5:03 pm

    Ooh hopefully we’ll be seeing a dipped beeswax taper candle tutorial in the future? I have your other candle tutorials bookmarked—I love making rolled tapers and have a jar of beeswax bits and drips just waiting to be a poured candle.

    • Reply ERIN BOYLE November 11, 2019 at 8:40 am

      james uses a mold to make these candles! we’ve hand-dipped little candles in the past and it’s fun but would take up a lot of space to make long tapers regularly in a tiny apartment!

  • Reply Ally November 14, 2019 at 7:31 am

    The links are wonderful every week but I particularly enjoyed these. Especially the one on solitude that fed my heart and the one on intersectional feminism which fed my head. Thank you for this corner of the internet.

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