my week in objects (mostly).

January 24, 2020

1. this crate.

wine crate | reading my tea leaves

{filled up and ready for a tiny someone.}

2. this old bucket in a new spot.

bucket | reading my tea leaves

{and just one more reminder that sometimes just swapping places makes all the difference.}

3. these gifts from grandparents.

horse and unicorn | reading my tea leaves

{but mostly the fact that they’re being slept with at night, horn and all.}

4. these tags.

sheets, labeled | reading my tea leaves

{because sometimes you just really do need labels.}

5. a new spot to hang old things.

trivets on magnet hook | reading my tea leaves

{and especially that they cover up the breaker panel.}

other things:

i’m intellectually aware it’s all a futile exercise in empty consumerism.

i quit.

good, good, good, now someone make one for me.

beauty & being.

common, safe, and the same.

hand-delivered perfectly ripe specimens.

the cloth project.

oof.

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11 Comments

  • Reply elisa January 24, 2020 at 5:43 pm

    uhm it’s illegal and codes violation not to have a cover on the fuse box and it’s an extreme fire hazard to hang fuel for a spark over it, just in case one didn’t know or think of it 🙂

    • Reply ERIN BOYLE January 24, 2020 at 6:38 pm

      oops, sorry to alarm you! meant to say breaker panel, not fuse box, so it’s just two switches obscured here.

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  • Reply Lee January 26, 2020 at 5:21 pm

    Thanks for the link to the article about thinx! the question is–do I throw away the pairs I have or send them to fabric recycling? AHHH! I truly wish the onus of knowing if a product was safe was not placed on the consumer.

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    • Reply ERIN BOYLE January 27, 2020 at 8:29 am

      in terms of recycling vs disposal, i don’t have a perfect answer. the sad truth is the PFAS are already very much in our environment and i’m not sure whether having them go to landfill or be reused in fabric is better or worse. agreed 100 percent regarding putting the onus on the brand—or, frankly, a regulatory body, instead of the consumer.

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    • Reply Audrey January 27, 2020 at 5:00 pm

      I found this Thinx article so upsetting (and grateful it was linked!). I ordered a few pairs of organic undies to go along with my period cup as a sustainable duo each month. Not only are they expensive but this is so frustrated to learn after I’ve been wearing them for like 6-months. Thanks for sharing, Erin.

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  • Reply kate January 27, 2020 at 5:20 am

    the D&C article hit me like a truck. I had one done a week ago after a missed miscarriage for my first pregnancy. glad I could have it done but the heartbreak is nothing I could ever have imagined.

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    • Reply ERIN BOYLE January 27, 2020 at 8:25 am

      sending lots of love and healing your way.

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  • Reply Nat January 28, 2020 at 7:52 pm

    The article about thinx resonated with me, not because of the specific brand (I’ve never bought anything from them before), but because of women business owners/founders using their gender to distract from their employment practices. I used to work for a small, local business, that was founded and run by a woman, that focused on “ethical” textiles. Perhaps the people who made the yarn and fabric we sold were paid a living wage (I hope so!) but everyone in the shop made minimum wage, which in my state is certainly not a living wage. I eventually quit that job and focused on my other part time job at a large organization, which pays me twice as much in hourly wages as my supposed ethical, woman-owned, local business job. I still feel like I can’t talk about the employment practices at that company, because everyone who knows about them views it as such an ethical business.

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  • Reply A February 10, 2020 at 10:48 am

    Really small question, but wondered where you found your bed linen storage bags? I’ve been looking for some simple ones to hold ours!

    • Reply ERIN BOYLE February 10, 2020 at 7:03 pm

      They’re all from random places saved over the years! Some came with sheets, others came from other gifts or clothing items!

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      • Reply A February 11, 2020 at 6:46 am

        Thanks so much!

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