my week in objects (mostly).

July 21, 2023

1. these raspberries.

{which don’t stand a chance to ripen before my kids eat them.}

2. this tote.

{for coming with me on countless book-related errands this week.}

3. these thirty-year-old toys.

{and my half-baked theory that there are simply no good new beach toys on the market.}

4. this drying yarrow.

{for a could-be project.}

5. these black-eyed susans.

{for opening.}

other things:

the people’s quilting bee via grace.

the best baking zines are back!

flower plaid.

how your house makes you miserable.

tomato shrub bloody mary.

nothing but small towns all the way down.

it’s always a puzzle, whether to go see aging rockers.

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  • Reply Erin July 22, 2023 at 6:04 pm

    For anyone searching for durable eco-ish friendly beach toys we’ve had luck with Green Toys Sand Play Set. It is plastic, but super durable. Made in USA of recycled plastic (BPA and phthalate free). Eco friendly packaging.
    We’ve had 1 set for 6 years and it’s still going strong. Our other set is about 4 years. 2 sets so multiple children can play together. We do try to not leave them outside for multiple days when not in use. They’ve been used in fresh water and salt water. Still going strong. Much thicker and stronger than any other beach toy I’ve come across.

  • Reply Kaitlyn July 22, 2023 at 11:25 pm

    my favorite part of summer is foraging for wineberries in the CT woods!

  • Reply Dominique August 2, 2023 at 8:04 pm

    Hi! Did you make your tote? looking for something for all my pencils etc. Thanks!

    • Reply ERIN BOYLE August 3, 2023 at 1:49 pm

      Hi there! I didn’t make this one but I did alter some of the pockets just by taking out stitches! It’s a pretty classic painters tote that I found years ago at an art supply store! Similar to this one:

  • Reply Cussot August 4, 2023 at 7:55 pm

    I have a bundle of trimmed yarrow stalks to use for I Ching readings when I’m in the mood. I picked the yarrow in my favourite place over the course of a summer long ago. I wonder what future yours will have?

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