Thursday, April 9, 2015

Spring in the Shop

I made a big rectangle of patchwork with lots of flowery calico and a little gingham I found in my scrap bag.  This was back when there was snow on the ground yet, but I was handling flowers and happy.  Then I cut the rectangle into hotpad-sized rectangles.  One hotpad went out to you in the 1000-post giveaway, and now the other 4 are in the shop!



There's also a new clothespin bag there, too.  The lining is from some fabric left from Genevieve's skirt (which she doesn't like to wear - oh dear).


I had the satisfaction of hanging out reams of laundry in spring sunshine earlier this week - it dried to sweet-smelling, crisp perfection.  I was drying most of our laundry on racks inside this winter to keep the humidity in the house where we needed it.  Are you ready to hang laundry outside again? 

The children are outside in the yard every minute they are not in school or kept inside by their mean mother doing chores and homework; this means that there has been some mud splatters on the clean laundry, but the sunshine and fresh air makes me so nice that I just shrug and brush it off.

Mud! Flowers! Sunshine! Wash lines! Ah, spring.

18 comments:

BLD in MT said...

We hung our clothes out for the first time a couple weeks ago. Its been on and off since then since we also got one more bit of snow, but they're on the line today! Yay! I do like it best.

beth s said...

Enjoy your warm weather! Your little projects always inspire me. ;)

AmyK said...

Yes to hanging laundry out again. I've done it a few times in the past couple of weeks and it always feels so satisfying!

Alica said...

I love to see laundry hanging on the wash line, and was so happy to finally hang my towels out on that beautiful warm day we had earlier in the week! Now that I can carry laundry baskets of wet laundry again, I'm going to take advantage of the nice weather when I can. There's nothing like crawling into bed after the sheets have dried on the line! (unless my neighbor just finished spreading his pit manure!!)

Eva Girl said...

Yes! I share your joy...it's actually snowing here today, but the daffodils are up and in bud - so I'm happy too!
Love the vibrant colors in your patchwork ; )

Nancy po said...

How cute! What kind of stuffing do you use for heat protection? Batting or? With our allergies we don't hang out clothes anymore, sigh... :(

jenny_o said...

I love your patchwork, always. I keep meaning to try some myself with some of the many, many scraps I've kept, but I haven't gotten around to it yet. If I would just START, I'm sure I'd be fine!

Hazel said...

This week the weather has been glorious here, so the laundry has been out every day and I've also been eulogising about the smell of line-dried bed linen :)
We don't have a tumble drier, so I hang our washing out whenever I can.

Margo said...

Nancy, I sympathize about the allergies: in the spring and fall, I keep my husband's things inside (including our sheets - waaaaah) to help keep pollen away from him.

I discussed hotpad fillers a bit in this post: http://thriftathome.blogspot.com/2013/05/my-favorite-hotpad-filler.html

I do not use anything synthetic. I find that thickness is more important for heat protection. I like some thin, flexible hotpads for certain kitchen jobs (lifting lids, hot canning jars, etc.), medium weight for most things, and then super-thick for the hot cast iron.

faith76 said...

Lovely makes. Spring has sprung in my corner of the world at last. Enjoying the glorious sunshine today. Xxx

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Becky said...

If there is an hour of sun in the day, I have been known to take advantage of it and hang my laundry out to dry. Granted, it doesn't dry as fast during the winter as it does in warmer months, but I definitely hung bedding out there this winter after stripping beds down following bouts of illness.
We sat and watched the tulips bloom yesterday - it was delightful!

Beth said...

Yay for mud, flowers, sunshine, washlines, spring, and babies coming any minute! Your hotpads are lovely.

Enjoyed the cheese jello post AND the Easter one.

Nancy po said...

Thanks Margo!

Sew Blessed Maw [Judy] said...

Such lovely pot holders..
Spring.. oh .. I am so enjoying it. Yes, I am hanging clothes out, every day,that it doesn't rain..
Kids-- mud, spring, and sun shine.. How fun..

Rachel Weaver said...

I don't know why it never occurred to me that drying clothes inside would help with humidity.
Hanging laundry has been my favorite chore as of late.

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