If you've been following along here you'll know that I believe that the idea of homesteading stretches from growing your own food, to raising animals, to cooking fresh food, all the way to conserving resources and living closer to the earth. One of my favorite ways to capture the spirit of homesteading (whether you're on a sprawling farm or a tiny plot of land in the city) is by hanging your laundry to dry.
It's one of those simple routines that saves energy and money, adds a fresh clean scent to your laundry, and uses the sun's natural bleaching abilities. Sure it's easy to toss your clothes right from the washer to the drier, but there is something incredibly calming and rewarding about the ritual of hanging your clothes outside.
I was thrilled recently when I had the chance to partner with Frabjus Lady and The Screwy Carpenter to bring you a giveaway for some amazing clothes pins. These amazing clothespins are in a completely different category then the cheap store bought versions you're probably familiar with.
As we work to move consciously through our days I'm always seeking ways to bring pleasure and beauty into every part of our days. Something as simple as using beautiful tools can change a a daily chore into a relaxing, restoring part of your day. These clothespins are a simple work of beauty and are made with maple and finished with linseed oil.
They are each made by hand and use a heavy duty spring that won't rust or slip sideways like the cheaper versions. For years I've used clothespins to hang children's artwork and those little fingers are constantly causing the pins to break. These heavy duty clothespins are not only sturdy, but can hold much more weight then the cheaper versions. To learn more about how they're made and their history, hop over here.
One of the last things about clothespins are their versatility. When you invest in beautiful, long lasting tools, they can used for years in a variety of different ways: hang your laundry, put up artwork, organize your mittens, hold a page in a book, secure cords, or even improve fine motor skills in a child. If you're looking for more ideas check out: 20 Awesome Uses for Clothespins, or get some more ideas on Pinterest.
Today in partnership with Frabjus Lady and The Screwy Carpenter I invite you to enter to win you own set of these beautiful clothespin. There are 3 chances to win and the winners will be announced on Monday August 19th. For more information you can also follow along with the Lady and the Carpenter on Facebook.