Wednesday, July 23, 2008

The Clothesline...

Oh, how I remember when growing up, the wonderful big clothesline we had! I think we were the last on the block to buy a clothes dryer! I remember when the rains came pouring down, we ran outside to get the clothes off the line and what a site to see and hear the clothespins "snapping" off the line into the air! How we giggled when it was happening!


What memories do you have of a clothesline and do you still use one?

I hope to have a new clothesline by the end of summer...
ahhh, the fresh smell of sun kissed laundry!

THE CLOTHESLINE
~
A clothesline was a news forecast
To neighbors passing by.
There were no secrets you could keep
When clothes were hung to dry.
XO

47 comments:

ROSE VINE COTTAGE said...

I don't have a clothesline myself but when I read your post I could remember my Nana hanging clothes out on hers. She had the little cloth bag hanging on hers full of wooden clothes pins.
Hugs~Kelly

Diane of Crafty Passions said...

I remember Mom's clothes line, and how the bed sheets smelled after a few hours in the sun, and our PJ's smelled of sun and clean,we would put those on after a bath and settle with a bowl of real popcorn no that stuff we nuke either, getting in that clean bed, smelling of warm sun .... ohhhh I can smell it right now.Brings me back to my childhood.
Diane

Heidi said...

I LOVE hearing your story of the giggles and snapping clothespins off the clothesline! Can't wait to see your clothesline up in the yard... how fun! I do remember a clothesline in the back of our home on Live Oak... it was in the garden covered in green.

Raggedy Angel said...

Yes I have a clothesline I don't use it as much as I should, but I love to hang my sheets out, I always sleep better that night.
Beth

Connie said...

Yessss, I have memories of my grandmother hanging her sheets out on her breezeway in winter and they froze! I remember that day vividly and asked hubs to put up a clothesline for me in our former house. He did and I loved it when the clothes came in and smelled like sunshine. Ooooh, the memories, sweet beehive chickadee!!
Smoochies,
Connie

Garage sale gal said...

Hi MaryJane,
So, you lucky winner. Those are so great treasures you won :) I still hang out my sheets on the clothesline. :) My clothes pin are in tough shape, may have to buy some new ones. Thanks for visiting me and entering my giveaway. Warmly, Deb

Lisa said...

I do have a clothesline, but I've noticed there are not many in my neighborhood that do. I feel like a rebel of sorts. That's okay. Nothing smells better than fresh laundry dried on the line.

I remember when I was little, my aunt was our next door neighbor. She hung all of her clothes out. I would sneak over when she wasn't home and dress up her long nighties that hung out. I'd pull the gown through the holes in her underpants and pin them in place with clothes pins, then I'd put her bra on the top part. She got to come home to a suprise.

JLynnette (Aunt Jo) said...

I remember my granny's clothesline and playing between the sheets that hung in the sun.

I have one and use it weekly. Almost all of my laundry goes on the line.

Anne Fannie said...

Hi Maryjane, boy do I have memories of my Mom's clothesline. She still has it in her yard today! I remember her sweet striped clothes pin bag hanging there and running into the line and almost strangling myself while playing basketball.
I tried hanging some clothes on a clothesline here at my house about one month ago and my dear hubby freaked out and Buck the Rottweiler dog ripped all my towels down and destroyed them...that was the end of my dreams of a clothes line...
Love, Ann

Lorilee said...

My mom, Grandma and Granny all had clotheslines. I have had one in each of the 3 places I have lived. I love the smell of line-dried sheets! I also enjoy my time outside while hanging the laundry. This is my time to admire the latest blooms in the flowerbeds and watch the birds in my yard!

Donna Lynn said...

Hi Mary Jane,
I am back, still have some work to do on my new blog, waiting for Michelle, Shabby Creations to get a new blog header etc. up for me! I missed you so much, hope you are having a wonderful summer so far...
XO,
Donna Lynn

Pam said...

Mama used a clothes line often when I was growing up--I loved the smell of clothes dried outside; I can still remember running through, around and under the sheets and towels hanging on the line.
In our early married years I had a clothes line that saw very frequent use...that was when I had the fun of watching my tiny little girls running through, around and under the sheets and towels on the line!
There is just something homey and warm about a clothes line.
Hugs,
Pam

Katmom said...

Hey MaryJane, my sweet hubby finally got mine put up, he even used BLUE plastic coated wire for the line...Blue so I would be able to see the line w/o walking into it when there are no clothes on the line.
I used my "Solar Dryer" today. It makes the laundry smell so clean.
hugz,
>^..^<

The Vintage Housewife... said...

oooh honey i love a sweet clothesline...funny you asked...

daddy-o just made one for me last month...

i am enjoyin' the sunny smell on my lil'ol' vintage clothes...and i love that my lil' chicks will have such memories as hangin' laundry with mama kitten!

what sweet joy...check out my place to see my sassy lipstick red clothesline...

i just wanna be a laundry hangin' sweetie...thanks for the post cat

The Scarlett Rose Garden said...

I would love to have a clothesline. I have some sweet little shabby clothespins very similar to yours! I plan to use them in a vignette in my laundry room soon.

Congrats on the give-away win! Aunt Edie sounds perfect indeed.
Nikki

Cherry's Jubilee said...

I don't have one myself..but was just asking my dh to put one up for me. Better on electricity to...and the outdoor smell of the clothes is wonderful. I love your blog! cherry

Kim's Treasures said...

We aren't allowed to have clotheslines in our subdivision but growing up we did and I remember helping my grandma hang laundry all the time. My mom would use the big clothespins as a teether for my sister with a baby bottle nipple stuck on the end. Those are my memories! Love your painted clothespins they are so sweet...hope you get your clothesline!
Have a great day!
Kim

Pink Slippers said...

I love it..Was thinking about doing a clothesline with pretty hankies on them. An idea only because of cindy at My Romantic Home. Thanks Cindy. And thank you Ms. Beehive Cottage.

Dolly said...

I Do I Doooooo....
I use my clothes line to dry all of my laundry {except the bath towels}
I really enjoy hanging the clothes out and watching them sway in the breeze and there is nothing better then climbing into a bed made with sun dried sheets!
Mmmmmmmm..........

Mum is in her 70s and still hangs her laundry out too!

Hugz, Dolly

Debbie from NJ said...

Hi MaryJane,

what a sweet post. I love the clothes pins on the dish. I have fond memories of the clothes line at my grandmas. When I was a young girl, I helped her do the laundry with the wringer washer. Then, hang them in the sunshine to dry. Ahhh, the sweet smell of freshly washed clothes. I have a clothesline outside, and I still do hang laundry out.

Deb said...

Love your clothesline post Maryjane. I've always had a clothesline and rarely use my dryer even with our cold Canadian winters (drying racks indoors work wonderful too) :-}

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Susan @ Hummingbird Manor said...

We had one growing up. Oh how I miss the smell of sun dried laundry! LOL! It really takes me back.

Thanks for the memories!

Susan

papa sue said...

I love my clothesline! When I was growing up (in the same house I was brought home from the hospital to and I live in now) I remember my grandmother hanging up the freshly washed clothes. I also remember her teaching me how to hang them so they would be easier to iron (shirts hung from the bottoms at the side seams). The original clothes line was two metal T bars with lines hung between them. Thirty or so years ago we replaced that with an umbrella style where I put my daughters diapers out to dry. I still use it today (with a clothes pin bag) even though I have a dryer (it does save on electricity and gas). There is nothing better than the smell of clothes dried in the natural sunlight.

Hugs,

Sue

For the Love of Cottage said...

Hi MaryJane,
I still hang things out occasionally, especially sheets. I know it's old fashioned but I just love the way they smell.

Hugs,
LeAnn:)

suesue said...

my mom had a clothes line that spun around on a pole. we were always trying to hang from it and spin each other! i do want a clothesline now for my sheets. nothing like that smell!! thanks for the memory.

Grace said...

I have two memories - each very different. I grew up in Brooklyn, NY in the early/late '60's. No body had a dryer - barely had a washer. My mom would do a load about every other day. She would then hang out the window & hang the clothes just so (panties always hidden), there was always some other mom hanging out clothes & they would chat from the window & pretty soon there was this massive zig-zag maze of clothes fluttering in the breeze - three stores high - as far as the eye can see - it amazed me even then - aaahh inner city living. My other story - compltely differnt is about my MIL clothes line she had in Maine. It was built by my FIL - 3 lines strung between 2 posts. We would walk together carrying the baskets & she would hang & I would hand her the pins & just chat about life - so quiet out there. Totaly differnt settings - yet somehow the same.

madrekarin said...

My mom woukd take the clothes out to the line in an aluminum-framed laundry cart with a muslin lining. I remember the squeak of the wheels as it went over the lawn.
Imagine my delight when I found one just like it at an estate sale for $2! The liner was torn, so I made a new one and now I use it every day to take my clothes to the line. And the wheels squeak juat like they should. :)

Beverly said...

I love air-dried clothes...and you cannot beat what the sun does to whites! When our new house is completed...you can bet it is going to have a clothesline that will get lots of use!! I just hope all the birds around here don't use it for target practice!! Teeee Heeee!

Feathering My Nest said...

Mary Jane, I just love clothes lines. My husband just put one up for me last week. I look forward to seeing a good change in my power bill. My towels are rough and stiff, but they smell fresh. It takes only an hour or so when it's hot and windy. Have a pleasant day today. Kathi

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

I remember when I was a little girl, my cousin and I running under the sheets and between them when they were wet and it felt so good ! Because we were so hot ! It didn't make my mawmaw to happy though . :0) :0) :0)

I can still smell the Tide .

Kathleen from Yesteryear Embroideries said...

Hi Maryjane! My mom never owned a dryer until my brother and I moved away from home. I used to help her hang the clothes and take them in. I loved for the clothes to pile around my face when I was carrying them in and I would inhale the freshness all the way into the house.{: I have a clothesline that I use for my sheets and embroidered things if it is not raining. I love my dryer, but I love the gentleness of the clothesline. Enjoyed your pretty post. Blessings, Kathleen

Tracy said...

What a sweet post! I don't have a clothes line...My DH has allergies, so can't dry clothes out-of-doors. But I remember my Momma had a clothes line at the old family house where I grew up...and she used wooden pins. I especially loved the scent of sheets after they had hung out to dry...Thanks of the walk down memory lane! Happy Day ((HUGS))

Patty H. said...

Lots of memeories of the clothesline.
I saw the quilt in the post about your travel trailer (http://thebeehivecottage.blogspot.com/2008/05/my-vintage-1957-travel-trailer.html) and I was wondernig if you made this? Would love to see the whole thing. I'm working on a Grandmothers Flower Garden quilt now.
Blessings
Patty H.

Lea of Farmhouse Blessings said...

I just love my clothelines. I have one hung between 3 large oaks in the yard. I actually get excited to do laundry. It is so peaceful and quiet. I listen to the birds and its a wonderful time to reflect. Such a simple joy.

Blessings,
Lea

~~ATTIC CLUTTER~~ said...

Hi Maryjane ..what a dralin clothes line pic(:)
we used to hang out clothes too when we were young.. always were stiff(:) but smelled so good..
hugs Patty

Joy said...

We aren't allowed to have one in our subdivison but I remember drying my sheets out on the line they were so fresh and clean smelling!

Katy said...

oh i LOVE my clothesline! I love the way the clothes smell and feel off the line! I love how it's frugal and I just love seeing clothes hanging out....except for when people hang out their undies....LOL...when they live right beside the road!!! LOL

Red Geranium Cottage said...

I used to always use my clotheline when I lived in Missouri. But here in Ca. dont have a clotheline. Love your colorful clothespins.

Claudia said...

Mom had a clothesline and I loved it. We just put in a clothesline two years ago and I love hanging things on it in the summer. Just yesterday I hung out all our sheets - nothing beats that sun dried scent. And, the clothesline came in handy when our dryer needed repairs earlier in the summer!

Julie said...

Nope, no childhood memories of a clothesline.
But my husband and I had one at the one the first homes we rented!
I thought it was so fun and romantic. In actuality, it was a necessity, because we didn't own a dryer! But I just loved it -- I felt like a "real" wife. Like a "June Cleaver", a mother from the 40's and 50's.... I could go on and on.
We hope to put one up at our new home, soon! We're really excited about it!
Blessings, Miss MaryJane!
Julie

Julie said...

Okay, here's another one... but not exactly what you might be looking for... It is a memory, though!
A couple of years ago, my brother (who's a police officer) went on a night-time raid (to catch some bad guys!) and they (the SWAT team) took off running in the dark and he ran into a clothesline! It cut his forehead, but he's fine! I told him it was payback for burning my Pillsbury Doughboy when I was 2!!!
Blessings, Miss MaryJane!
Julie

Kathy said...

I do remember that sound and that smell...wonderful! When I was a new bride my mother-in-law taught me how to do laundry without a drier. I LOVED hanging the clothes and smelling them later on as I helped fold. Thanks for reminding me of a special time!
Kathy (mimisgarden.blogspot.com)

Mom2fur said...

My husband hung me a clothesline this summer, and I love it! Nothing smells like sun-dried laundry.
And I found a bag of about 100 of those awesome old-fashioned clothespins at a flea market in Pennsylvania...for about a dollar! I don't know what I'm going to do with them, but I couldn't resist.

Ruth said...

Yes I have a clothesline and use it. The clothes smell so good when they come in the house.

pennie said...

My husband built me a clothesline several years ago and I love hanging things on it, but especially my sheets. So much so that a pic of them is included in my blog header. People often ask if those are my sheets. Yeah, my sheets, my cat my flowers :)

best wishes to you,
Pennie

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