Thursday, October 29, 2015

Thoughts on a Thursday

The subject for today's blog is Clothes pins. If you happen to have a clothesline, you must have pins to peg out the wash.

Monday seems to be the day of choice for doing wash. If you have the clothesline and the pins...one needs a vessel for the pins. Books with household hints from the 1900's usually included directions on making clothespin bags.

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Simple

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Not so simple
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Here is a tip from Audel's Household Helps, Hints and Receipts, 1913.

In cold weather if towels are rinsed in salt water after being washed, they will not freeze on the line. Bring them in and, without ironing, fold and put away. Salt is particularly good for bath towels, as the salt left in the towel is exhilarating for the skin when used after a bath.
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How clothespins started

The first American clothespin patent was issued in 1832 and was quickly followed by many adaptations for its simple but effective design. Wooden clothespins are made from maple, white birch, pine, or oak. In the early 1900's, sailors on long whaling voyages made scrimshaw clothespins for their sweethearts.

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these are some of mine



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When I was in grade school I made clothespin dolls, something like these.
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Not really as fancy but you get the idea.

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more like mine!!

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Laundry sprinkler bottles were also in use. I have a couple.

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Adding the sweet smell of lavender to the water is not only a powerful antibacterial and a natural insecticide but, for centuries, it has been associated with good household management.

Here is a recipe for lavender ironing water.

What You Need

Materials

  • 30 drops essential oil
  • 1.5 cups Distilled water
  • 3 oz. Vodka
  • Spray bottle (I use a bunch of small spray bottles and keep them all around the house!)
  • Funnel
for the directions, go to

http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/how-to-make-your-own-linen-spray-apartment-therapy-tutorials-25739

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Bakelite clothespins in faded colors like sage green, summer-porch blue, Chinese red, and soft amber are lovely but expensive and difficult to find.

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These are cool, I did not know about this kind.   

Most of my information came from the internet and from my Clothesline Book.

To learn about the history of the clothespin, and to see clothespins that are more than a century old, including models of the nation's first patented clothespins, visit the Museum of American Art (part of the Smithsonian Institution ) in Washington, D.C.

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And now for a few pictures of what has been happening in the Studio.











Such awesome stitchers. If you would like a schedule of classes, email me

thequiltingb1947@gmail.com


Thank you again for joining me in a trip down memory lane.

Words of Wisdom for today.

October 27, 2008
" Decide to be happy today, to live with what is yours - your family, your business, your job, your luck. If you can't have what you like, maybe you can like what you have. Just for today, be kind, cheerful, agreeable, responsive, caring, and understanding. Be your best, dress your best, talk softly, and look for the bright side of things. Praise people for what they do and do not criticize them for what they cannot do. If someone does something stupid, forgive and forget. After all, it's just for one day. Who knows, it might turn out to be a nice day."
Author Unknown --- Submitted by Lauren Covington --- New Jersey
Morning Affirmation

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