Miniature What On Earth

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We were working on the laundry chute and found this between the floor of the "back attic" and the ceiling of the first floor.

It is a tiny, perfect clothespin for a doll's dress.

When you hold it, it makes you want to whittle nine more just like it. If only to amaze a little girl.

Except, oh. I don't know how many little girls would still know what a clothspin is. Which is sad, really, because playing hide-and-seek between hanging sheets on laundry day is an experience that few have anymore , isn't it?

I think when it is sunny and warm again, I will try to hang my sheets to dry on the line like I did last summer. I'm sure I raised a few eyebrows in the neighborhood, but the sheets smelled fresh from the sun. So I'll take my chances.

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As a person who loves miniatures and loves dolls, I adore your clothes-pin find (here's my site about my dollhouse construction: and my doll collection:

I can't reminisce with you about the sheets, though. I think my grandmother hung them out on the line, but I don't remember much about it. Sun-dried sheets sound nice, though.

It truly is a shame that hardly anyone hangs laundry outside to dry anymore. I do, spring thru fall, even on sunny winter days, and my neighbors are used to it. If everyone did this, think how much energy we'd save! Why not let the sun do it? And clothes dried in the sun and fresh air smell much better than artificially scented ones ever will!

I agree with you all about hanging clothes out to dry and getting that fresh-air smell...but I think I've been spoiled by fabric softeners because, my goodness, clothes hung out on the line are REALLY HARD!

I wasn't expecting that the first time I tried it...

Here in Australia its odd NOT to hang your washing outside to dry, I get frustrated when the weather is bad and I have to drape the washing inside over clothes racks (we don't have a dryer). I found it weird when I lived in Nashville TN for a while that everything was washer/dryer, no clotheslines anywhere at all!!

This clothesline is the standard in Australia and was invented by an Australian back in 1946. Hope the link works

While I'm here can I also just give you guys kudos for what you are doing, I wish A - that I owned my own home and B - that I could do even 1/8 of what you do!!
*back to lurking*

My dad always hung towels on the line because (like Leah said) he liked them a bit stiff and crunchy - they're more absorbent that way. We'd hang sheets out there too, except for my brother's during pollen season because he was so allergic to everything.

Here in Rhode Island, my next door neighbor hangs her clothes out year-round. It always amazes me to see them out there hanging in the middle of winter! I'll bet she has no dryer; this house never did, either.

My basement has this drying rack thingy hanging from the beams. I asked a handy friend to drive by this house after I had done the same for the first time and after peeking through the basement window, she said it looked like some wires were hanging. Once we were able to get inside, though, we laughed when we realized it was just a drying rack.

My mother always hung her clothes out to dry when I was a kid. Because our yard was very woodsy, you had to be careful when you brought the laundry in---spiders and daddy longlegs would try to hitch a ride into the house...anyway, it was a habit I grew up with, and continued during my stay-at-home mom years. I found it very relaxing and zen-like to hang laundry, then sit with a cup of coffee and watch it dry through the kitchen window. I stopped doing it when I became full-time working single mom, because it seemed to take so much time.

Here at Oak House, there are mysterious holes along the back edge of the cement patio/driveway. I noticed this fall that they lined up perfectly with the mysterious iron hooks that have been set into the exterior masonry of the house, at clothesline level. So I'm guessing that the holes were meant to hold clothesline poles, and the lines were then strung across the driveway and connected to the hooks. You could dry your clothes during the day, and take the whole apparatus down before your husband came home from work and needed to use the driveway.
I hope to reconstruct this "portable solar clothesdryer" and start hanging laundry outside again this spring. It really is a pleasant experience, and even though it takes a little time, the time it saves in ironing makes it pretty much a wash. (get it? a wash? snort)

ohmigosh how I love the Supa Hoist. Not ONLY because it IS very cool, but also because it uses the word "Supa". I love that. I wonder where we could get one of these in the states?

Right now, there are hooks on the house and hooks on the garage where (I imagine) a clothesline hung right over the garden in the backyard. I use that but I think I need to get more strategic about it. Perhaps get a pulley that pulls the line back in and winds it this one or any of these.

Strangely, I learned to love the crispness of the sun-dried clothes because of no ironing! And the sun has been the only way I've been able to get stains out of some vintage white is amazing how well it works!

Mitch's 93 year old grandmother (in Maine) still hangs out all her laundry -- even in winter. Heck, the air is so dry. Not when it's below freezing, I'd guess. I am convinced that this is part of the secret to her longevity. Along with the genes (which hang alongside the trousers -haha).


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