buy nothing

  • baby proof: buy nothing baby.

    I know it’s the season to talk about gifts and buying them, and I’ve got plenty of thoughts on the subject forthcoming, but as I’m roundly (heh) in the need-to-pee-with-great-urgency-every-hour and wow-that-was-quite-a-sensation stage of…

    November 20, 2019 32 Comments
  • habit shift: buy nothing.

    In Brooklyn, a stoop is not just a noun, but also a verb. To “stoop” something is colloquially understood to mean the act of setting something out on a stoop, or sidewalk, with the…

    June 3, 2019 40 Comments
  • tiny gifts for tiny people.

    Everything’s cuter in miniature. Kids know it. Toy manufacturers know it. Parents begging their children to walk past the quarter-eating bodega vending machines stuffed with bouncy balls and adjustable rings and tiny dinosaurs know…

    November 22, 2022 9 Comments
  • apartment progress: yellow.

    It’s the end of January. A mouse that was scurrying around in our wall became a mouse that was scurrying around in our apartment. Now it is a mouse scurrying somewhere in the underbrush…

    January 24, 2022 29 Comments
  • giving: supplies for making.

    Everyone’s talking about supply chains and gearing up early for the holiday season this year, and no doubt with good reason. I ordered tiny lobster claw clasps sometime mid-September and they’ve yet to arrive.…

    November 4, 2021 11 Comments
  • small improvements: cabinet pulls.

    The majority of our current kitchen cabinets are without pulls or knobs. There’s a small indentation along the bottom edge of the cabinet doors which makes them easy enough to open without handles, but…

    June 9, 2021 14 Comments
  • simple stuff: window treatments.

    I’ve often said, “life isn’t always simple, but the curtains can be,” and then I moved into an apartment with six whole windows soaring to heights that aren’t reachable without a ladder and realized…

    May 20, 2021 25 Comments