my week in objects (mostly).

March 31, 2023

1. these earplugs.

2. this bag sewn from old pants (with help from this book).

3. this pocket for flashcards.

4. a kid’s first solo knitting project.

5. a family fridge calendar (and ending the month on a bubbly note.)

other things:

covering for me.

lathe is a beautiful word.

my name belongs to me.

hotel stationery.

better late than never: toys.

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  • Reply Rachel April 1, 2023 at 8:16 am

    I loved your interview on toys. I am a Montessori teacher and toddler mom, and another element of a Montessori environment is just simply having way less toys and having the child embedded into the rhythms of daily life. Maria Montessori called this “practical life” work. Think mixing soap and water with a whisk and scrubbing a table. Or using tongs to transfer items from one bowl to another. I find my son basically likes magna tiles and all of the other toys are props in his room, but he loves to work on “real” things at my feet while I’m cooking dinner.

  • Reply Julie April 1, 2023 at 10:21 am

    Those earplugs have changed my life (and I have tried so. many. earplugs.) I forgot what dreaming was until these entered my life. I have the conversation ones for daytime – watching kids at an indoor pool, sometimes even our dinner table. I even learned I need one size for one ear and one size for the other (all comes in the same kit!)

    Beautiful roundup, Erin. Thank you for what you bring into our lives.

    • Reply Maya April 4, 2023 at 7:17 am

      What’s the hype about these ear plugs? Could someone enlighten me? I see them everywhere now. I noticed I like having my airpods in my ear even when music is off. Does that have to do with that? Please let me in on the secret. TIA <3

      • Reply ERIN BOYLE April 5, 2023 at 2:15 pm

        They’re just earplugs that are very comfortable and effective! I love them because I don’t feel like I’m swimming or otherwise all blocked up in a disorienting way when I wear them, but they really help me cope with *someone’s* nighttime snoring and I can sleep comfortably in them! At last!

        • Reply Amy April 14, 2023 at 6:02 pm

          I too have been saved! Although, in my case it was because I had been searching for a non-throw away one for ages. They’re incredible and I love that I won’t have to buy another pair maybe ever!

  • Reply Rebecca April 2, 2023 at 10:30 am

    What calendar is that?

    • Reply ERIN BOYLE April 3, 2023 at 3:38 pm

      it’s their studio calendar!

  • Reply Alexandra April 3, 2023 at 10:13 am

    WOW. That Maggie Smith article hits so hard. Thank you for sharing it – I did not realize she had a memoir coming out this month, nor did I realize I would NEED IT.
    I think that wooden or otherwise visually pleasing toys embody a kind of Shaker-esque approach to one’s home: “Don’t make something unless it is both necessary and useful; but if it is both necessary and useful, don’t hesitate to make it beautiful.” (I consider toys both necessary and useful!) My kids have their share of hideous toys – especially now that we live in a house where they each have their own bedrooms, plus a small playroom, and there’s a place to kind of put things they love and I don’t love looking at – but I do generally live by the idea that, you know, if I am going to have a kettle on the counter in my kitchen, it would be nice if it looked pretty. If I am going to have a hellpit of toys on the floor of my living room, it would be nice if they looked a little un-garish, haha.

  • Reply Anna April 3, 2023 at 5:41 pm

    LOVED your interview on Sara’s site. Funny, spot on and true!

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