Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Lovely Laundering and Ironing

In the first 20 years of our marriage, I sadly never used a clothesline. In the last 13 or so, I have discovered my love of a clothesline. When we moved to the cottage, that was one of my first concerns...where to hang the clothesline. Hanging clothes outside makes them so fresh and crisp. It also helps get the stains out that didn't come out in the wash. As a fan off all things natural, I detest those store bought stain removers. I much prefer the sun. It does a great job! My dear online friend, made these clothespin aprons. They make the job much easier and prettier I might add. As you can see, there is one for me and one for each of the girls.
At the beginning of our marriage, my mother gave me her old ironing board.
I used it until just recently. My dear friend made me an ironing board cover that at least made it a little prettier. Still, it was the clunkiest thing ever. I thought about painting it turquoise and trying to make a cover for it myself. I still may try it as it has been through 3, yes THREE yard sales and has not sold! HAHA
When I finally decided I had used that thing long enough, I found this one at an antique store.

The cover I had on the old clunker fit this one perfectly.
I guess I went from vintage to antique :)

The little purple spray bottle holds my lavender water. I don't use starch. I just mist the clothes and iron. Between the fresh air and the lavender water, my laundry smells so good.


  1. MomB,
    Yes hanging the wash outside is a feel good thing to do. And I like to iron! My ironing board is almost fifty years old, and every time I get a new ironing board pad I put it right over the old one. Its very nice to iron on now. And I can look back over the old ones if I pull up a corner, to my first days of marriage. I don't know if its a good idea to be attached to your ironing board covers, but there you have it.
    Cute picture of your girls and their pumpkins. You lead a very well rounded life.
    Nancy Jo

  2. I love a clothesline too! DH has put one in everytime we have moved. Really a very necessary thing as we have a swimming pool and lots of towels and wet suits. I do put a tsp of starch in my linen water for added crispness when ironing.

  3. I would love to have a clothes line, but hubby thinks it's tacky. I think it makes good economic sense! I adore the little aprons, those would be very easy to make. Have a good weekend!