November 19, 2013

Hanging Laundry - and a Giveaway

I remember my mother hanging laundry. My little brother and I played on the patio while she stood under the umbrella-style clothesline. He and I played hide'n'seek behind the hanging sheets and she was afraid we'd pull them off the line so told us to stop, but we'd play again when she went inside. She had a bag that hung from the clothesline that held the pins, its fabric so faded by the sun that I can't recall the pattern or the colors.

Although hubby and I have always had a dryer, I enjoy hanging laundry outside. A cool summer morning spent outdoors listening to the birds sing, the repetitive motion of bend and stretch, snapping the wrinkles out before lifting a shirt to the line, and pinning it securely with a wooden pin. The sight of a line of sheets swaying in the breeze is so satisfying, a sign of a job well done.

going green under a bright blue sky

And opening the linen closet door to the scent of sunshine on sheets and towels is so sweet. Even after a week on the shelf, the smell of sun permeates the fabric and releases its magic when the sheets are spread across the bed.

My little girls and my little boy loved to play hide'n'seek behind the sheets on the line. Remembering, I didn't tell them to stop, but I did caution them to be careful not to pull the sheets down to the ground.


I never could find a clothespin bag though. I kept my pins in a plastic bucket, but it was never handy to take pins out to hang my clothes, or to put them in after I removed the dry garments from the line. I'd just toss the pins in the laundry basket along with the clean clothes, carry them indoors, and sort the clothes from the pins while I was folding.

hand made Prairie Pin Pouches
Photo (C) Pin Pouches

Then I found Julie's Pin Pouches! She sent me two in vintage fabrics, one of which was a turquoise print, my mother's favorite color.

What fun it has been to take a pin out of this bag and clip the corner of a sheet to the line. Julie's workmanship is excellent, and the hardware is strong, well-shaped, and holds up well. It slides along the clothesline easily as I unpin the dry clothes. The clever design of the hanger stays on the line no matter how strong the wind is.



She offers a choice of prints in strong duck cloth that will stand up to heavy use. It gets the job done, hanging at the perfect height and angle to pull another pin out of the pouch, and convenient to toss the pins back in when taking the clothes off the line.


Included inside my Pin Pouch was a pack of new wooden clothespins and a bar of Fels Naptha soap. As you can see from the photo, the Pouch is big enough to hold LOTS of clothespins - or other things. Julie says they can hold anything from toiletries to mail. She'll ship them as gifts too, and gift-giving season is coming up!


Julie has offered to give a Pin Pouch to one of our lucky readers! To enter, just leave a comment here on this post. For a second entry, go to Julie's Facebook page and "like" it, then come back here and leave a comment that you liked her page.

I'll draw a winner at random on Saturday, November 23, 2013, and will send the winner an email, so make sure your email is easy to find in your comments! (To check if you are a "no-reply blogger", and to fix it if you are, see this tutorial.)

Good luck!



Disclaimer: I received a Pin Pouch in return for this review. The opinions expressed in this post are my own.

Rules:
- Open to residents of the US only, age 18 and over.
- Limit of two entries per person.
- Contest runs from 6:00 AM CST Tuesday, November 19th, until midnight CST on Friday, November 22, 2013.
- Winner will be contacted by email and must respond by midnight CST on Monday, November 25th. If no response, another winner will be chosen. Prize will be shipped to the winner by Julie at Prairie Pin Pouches.



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33 comments:

  1. Cindy McElroy7:20 AM

    Good morning. Love this giveaway. I am an advocate of line drying and have been doing it for years. Like you, I have fond memories of my mom, grandma and great grandma drying clothes on the line. Oklahoma was made for clothes lines! I would love to win a bag. My mom had one when I was a girl, but I haven't been able to find one. If I don't win, I will have to buy me one. Loved the one with flowers. Thanks a bunch!!!

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  2. Cindy McElroy7:22 AM

    I liked Julies page. Thanks again!

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  3. I would love to win one of these! We have a clothes line off our back porch and I really have been needing a bag for the clothes pins. Thank you so much for hosting! I liked Prairie Pin Pouch's FB page too. :)

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  4. We still hang laundry! We don't even own a dryer. Those pouches are cute!!

    Iris♥

    PS: I having a US mailing address.

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  5. I liked Julie's page!! :)

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  6. I would love to win one! I just had my husband put me up a clothesline this past summer, I love clothes on the line, not to mention when you are laundering clothes for a family of 6 it does help out on cost, not having to run the dryer!

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  7. I liked Juiles page! :)

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  8. What a fun giveaway! I went to the facebook page and liked the pin pouches! I'd love to try out this fun and useful product!

    Thanks for sharing a giveaway!

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  9. Anonymous8:33 AM

    I liked Julies page. Thanks!!

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    1. Anonymous, I need your name! :-)

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  10. Um...yes!! I want to be entered into this giveaway! I love hanging my clothes outside when we can, and I don't have anything for my clothespins. This will be perfect! I love the fabric patterns too. :)

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  11. I went and liked her page with both my personal and blog FB names! :)

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  12. Great Giveaway! Please enter me to win. Thanks.

    ~Ann

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  13. Love to line dry! Didn't have time while I was a working mom, but am fortunate to be a stay-at-home momma to 4 beautiful girls :) and am always trying to find ways to cut corners!

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  14. Love to line dry! Didn't have time while I was a working mom, but am fortunate to be a stay-at-home momma to 4 beautiful girls :) and am always trying to find ways to cut corners!

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  15. I also liked Julie's page. Thanks!

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  16. Sonya Sampson10:34 AM

    What a lovely give away. Please sign me up!

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  17. I absolutely love hanging laundry, would love to win!

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  18. I "liked" the Prairie Pin Pouch page on FB.

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  19. I liked Julie's page and enjoyed your review. You bring back great memories of 'helping' my grandmother hang clothes to dry and the feelings it brings back when I do the same on my own. Thank you! Sandy Wuli

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  20. Can't wait to get my line up. My first project of next spring.

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  21. Nancy Crow7:15 PM

    I have one of Julie's pin pouches, I love it. I've given 2 away as wedding gifts this year. You can't buy something with that kind of quality in a store. Nancy Crow

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  22. Sheets on the line brings back many memories for me as well, gosh life was just a little easier then! I actually started hanging my clothes about 1 year ago and had to stop because of my daughters allergies, so I found that Lowes offered a nice retractable model that mounted to the wall and just needed a hook at the other end. Well I have hooks in different parts of the house that only I know where and why they are there. So on laundry days I hook up the indoor line and zig zag through the house. I would love a place to put the pins that could hand and then be set easily into my closet until laundry day again. Thanks for the opportunity. my email is walkerdimples@yahoo.com

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  23. I liked the face book page. I need one of those cloths pin holders! ~ Carolyn ~

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  24. Great giveaway! I love hanging my clothes outside, they smell so wonderful! I would love a ag to hold my clothespins!

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  25. I liked Julie's FB page too!

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  26. I'd love to win this!! I keep thinking I'm going to make one, but... ;)

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  27. Oh how I love to hang clothes on the line in the Spring and Fall. Nothing like hearing the birds chirping at 7am while you do so.

    And these vintage bags are precious!
    LOVE it.
    blessings,
    Shan
    The How to Guru
    shan d walker @ gmail dot come

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  28. I also "liked" Julie's fb page.
    Adorable!
    Thanks for this giveaway.

    blessings,
    Shan
    The How to Guru

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  29. What lovely bags! My current bag has a tiny opening and is hard to get the pins out.

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  30. I am a the number 1 fan of hanging clothes on the line and I do it yeaar round, even here in New England! A sunny day is all you need! If they come off a little damp, I put them in the drier for just a few minutes and that amazing smell will stay! Nothing makes me happier than NOT using my drier!!!

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  31. I like sunny and slightly breezy days, the wind helps to get the wrinkles out and soften the clothes.

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  32. Thank you to everyone who entered! The giveaway is closed and I will announce the winner soon!

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