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.

- 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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