my week in objects (mostly).

    October 21, 2016

    five little things that made my week.

    1. this popcorn. popcorn_reading_my_tea_leavesimg_5110

    {or, as faye calls each popped piece, “a guy with tiny legs.”}

    2. this leather lace.leather_reading_my_tea_leavesimg_5114

    {a maybe, maybe-not solution to a little problem.}

    3. these tools. saw_reading_my_tea_leaves_img_5106

    {because girl’s got work to do.}

    4. this fabric square.fabric_reading_my_tea_leaves_img_5111

    {there was a little leftover from our slipcover, so mama’s heating pad’s getting a homemade cover of its own.}

    5. these swatches.leather_reading_my_tea_leaves_img_4649

    {too good to choose from.}

    other things:

    skip the t-shirt, donate instead.

    to the first lady.

    made by hand in someone else’s tiny apartment.

    bottled water or tap?

    comfy, cozy.

    for women who wrangle and weld.

    required (very difficult) reading on the heartbreaking reality of late-term abortion: two accounts.

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    simple matters series, part two.

    October 20, 2016

    simple matters series, part two | reading my tea leaves

    I’m so excited to announce that I’m gearing up to launch a second iteration of the Simple Matters series that I ran last fall in advance of my book release. Next week, I’ll publish the first in a series of interviews I’ve conducted with other simplicity seekers over the course of the past weeks and months and I couldn’t be more excited to share them in this space.

    Like last time, there will be stories from city folk and country folk. Stories from families with little kids, older kids, and no kids at all. Stories from people who have been on the road and from those who are engaged in the hard work of making a home right where they are.

    In a moment when it feels like we’re being made more and more aware of the differences between us, I’m hoping that the series will provide a bit of a respite, a bit of inspiration, and a bit of camaraderie; that the stories might demonstrate how we can opt for simplicity, even in the midst of complexity and how, in our own quiet and purposeful ways, we can make a difference in our own lives and within our own homes that might also impact the wider world. simple matters series | reading my tea leaves

    In case you missed any of the stories from last year, here they are:

    Simple Matters 01: Chelsea Fuss

    Simple Matters 02: Kate Oliver

    Simple Matters 03: Camille Storch

    Simple Matters 04: Courtney Adamo

    Simple Matters 05: Carmella Rayone

    Simple Matters 06: Rachael Ringenberg

    make-believe: pumpkin picking.

    October 18, 2016

    make-believe: pumpkin picking | reading my tea leaves
    I’m not sure that I’m gonna find myself in a bona fide pumpkin patch this fall, so just in case, I’m playing a little make-believe and daydreaming about a citified take on the classic autumnal excursion. No need to question whether your shoes are sensible enough for navigating fields of pumpkin vines if you’re stalking a city patch. 

    Mostly what I’m dreaming about is a day away from business as usual. Plus cider donuts. Lots of cider donuts.

    A solid jean jacket for keeping the chill at bay. 

    A cream-colored clutch for stowing dollar bills and donuts.

    A new book for devouring on the trip.

    A roomy coverall for covering a pumpkin-shaped belly.

    A fancy bra and matching undies because even if the outfit is simple, the underneath things don’t have to be. 

    seated lady and a girls pennant pin because jean jackets were made to be adorned with pins.

    A cold-weather fragrance for setting the mood.

    A pair of clogs with a little fringe for staying just this side of fancy.

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    make your own: beeswax candles redux.

    On these nights where the dark is beginning to creep in sooner and sooner, a candle keeps the funk at bay. And oh the funk, it’s coming on stronger now.My very favorite kind of…

    October 17, 2016 8 Comments
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    my week in objects (mostly).

    five little things that made my week.1. this aluminum pot for a natural dyeing project.{found and thrifted by my mom. also a good stand-in for a witch’s cauldron should we need one.}2. this snack.{because…

    October 14, 2016 8 Comments
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    roasted squash seeds.

    I’m impartial when it comes to which winter squash to love best. I love them all. Mashed into purées, softened in broth and blended into soups and chowders, floating in rich bean chilis, stuffed and baked,…

    October 12, 2016 18 Comments
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    checking chores off the list with taskrabbit.

    This post is sponsored by TaskRabbit, an online service matching freelance labor with individual demand.Painting the nursery that we’ve been rearranging to accommodate two kids has been high on my list of things to do this fall.…

    October 11, 2016 27 Comments
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    zero-waste decorations for fall.

    In any season, filling a house with reminders of the passing time and seasonal celebrations is a festive thing to do. Happily, it doesn’t need to require a special storage bin, lots of landfill-destined waste, or a decorating…

    October 10, 2016 31 Comments
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    my week in objects (mostly).

    five little things that made my week. 1. this stack of dingy newborn onesies.{saved from donation limbo and getting a second lease.}2. this quilt. {for making its autumnal debut. thank you, cool night breezes.}3. this planner.{but especially the…

    October 7, 2016 22 Comments