Makers Rose Pearlman and Erin Boyle met in 2018 and immediately struck up a friendship, united by a reverence for everyday objects. Their approach towards craft reflects a shared commitment to sustainability and accessibility – as they write in Making Things’ introduction, “Craft can be exquisite and exacting, the result of formal training and years of practice, but it can also be experimental and messy and not quite perfect.” Scouring sidewalks, stoops, and thrift stores, the authors repurpose materials to create projects that range from functional to fun and frivolous. Step-by-step guides make it simple to start and finish each project, while the book’s stunning photographs show how each craft can fit within an organized, thoughtfully curated home. As Making Things demonstrates, relying on a limited range of supplies and repurposing the same materials can spur our creativity, encouraging us to look at a pile of junk on a stoop and see endless possibilities.





“This book teaches the reader how to make all kinds of beautiful things, but also how to make meaning. It is an antidote to the alienation created by a life of screens, reminding us that we have bodies, and preferences, and are more able than we’ve grown to believe.”

—Jonathan Safran Foer, author of Everything is Illuminated and Extremely Loud Incredibly Close

“This dreamy book has my head spinning with future project possibilities! I am inspired and ready to create!”

—Leanne Ford, interior designer and creator of Feel Free magazine

“A magnum opus of fun, clever, aesthetically pleasing projects for home and family! Beautifully presented and bound to become a classic.”

—Melanie Falick, author of Making a Life: Working by Hand and Discovering the Life You Are Meant to Live

“This is not your ordinary crafting book, but a beautiful reminder of all the handy and practical things we can actually make ourselves — everything from pot holders to market totes to storage baskets caddies — items that will help us organise our homes and simplify our busy lives. I am brimming with ideas after reading this.”

—Courtney Adamo, writer

“Making Things is a delightful book full of wonderful crafts and home projects. Erin and Rose have such a distinctive style, and I’m so happy to have some insight into their creative process. Their thoughtful approach to materials is accessible and broad, and they have kindly spelled out every step of each project with beautiful photography for those of us who are easily-flummoxed!”

—Sandeep Salter, owner of Salter House and Picture Room

“This book is bursting with creativity and resourcefulness! By transforming ordinary materials like torn t-shirts, shipping boxes, and rope we can make a bevy of beautiful objects. Erin and Rose celebrate the opportunity to make everyday life more sustainable, resourceful, and delightful too.”

—Katrina Rodabaugh, author of Mending Matters and Make Thrift Mend

“This is a book for me. Rose and Erin inspire me to slow down and connect with my creativity daily. As I move away from buying new materials, I’m always looking for ways to put to use what I have on hand. Making Things shows us a way of living — seeing possibility all around.”

—Lena Corwin, designer and author of Made By Hand


Ace Hotel Brooklyn Launch Party
Brooklyn, NY
Thursday, May 9 | 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
By invitation.

M. Patmos | Book Signing
Brooklyn, NY
Sunday, May 14 | 1:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Free and open to the public. Books will be available for sale.

Tatter Blue Library | Simple String Bag Workshop
Online Course
Thursday, May 16 | 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Advance tickets and registration required.

Paper Source, Columbus Ave Store | Book Talk, Signing, and Craft Demonstration
New York, NY
Saturday, May 18 | 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Free and open to the public. Books available for sale.

Poppy’s HQ | Crafts & Community Dinner and Workshop
Brooklyn, NY
May 21 | 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Advance tickets and registration required. Books will be available for sale.

Cardinal Gift Shop | Flower Frog and Mini Knitting Loom Workshop
Brooklyn, NY
June 5 | 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Advance tickets and registration required. Books will be available for sale.

North Adams, MA
Saturday, June 15 | TBD
Open to MASS MoCA Members.

Tourists Welcome – Book Signing and Crafting Demonstrations
North Adams, MA
Sunday, June 16 | 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Free and open to the public. Books and craft kits will be available for sale.

Ace Hotel Brooklyn | String Bag and Rope Carrier Workshop
Tuesday, July 9, 2024 | TBD
Advance tickets and registration required. Signed books will be available for sale.

High Season Market | Book Signing and Craft Demonstrations
St George, ME
Friday, August 9 – Sunday, August 11 | 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Demos free and open to the public. Signed books and craft kits will be available for sale.



For anyone looking to declutter, organize, and simplify, author Erin Boyle shares practical guidance and personal insights on small-space living and conscious consumption. At once pragmatic and philosophical, Simple Matters is a nod to the growing consensus that living simply and purposefully is more sustainable not only for the environment, but for our own happiness and well-being, too. Boyle embraces the notion that “living small” is beneficial and accessible to us all.
Filled with personal essays, projects, and helpful advice on how to be inventive and resourceful in a tight space, Simple Matters shows that living simply is about making do with less and ending up with more: more free time, more time with loved ones, more savings, and more things of beauty.





Erin speaks to the heart and soul of the minimalist lifestyle. With her deft prose and graceful imagery she details not only how we can approach homekeeping more simply, but why—for our own happiness and peace of mind—we absolutely must. Simple Matters is a must-have manual for serenity in the modern world!

Anne Sage, lifestyle blogger and author of Sage Living: Decorate for the Life you Want

There is no need for more: Love what you own and own only what you love is [Erin’s] calming message in Simple Matters.

Michelle Slatalla, editor-in-chief of Gardenista


Erin at the Simple Matters event at The Springs in downtown LA. Photo by Nicki Sebastian.