Monday, August 11, 2014

The Beauty of Clothpins (and a giveaway!)

 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.


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31 comments:

  1. What a great giveaway! There is just nothing like hanging clothes out. It's a blissful feeling. Thank you for the chance to win something I can really use! ;0)

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  2. You struck a chord with me when you said the spring won't slip sideways! Thank you for the opportunity to win a sturdy clothespin.

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  3. I can't enter because I don't do facebook. However, I still use clothespins most days to hang clothes outside. It's hard to find good quality ones. And I craft with them a lot, too.

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    1. If you enter using the email button (under the Facebook entry button) you can still be in the giveaway and your comment counts an an entry. There are also chances to enter if you use Pinterest. Would love for you to have a chance to win.

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  4. I have some of my mom's pins from decades ago. They've lasted, while all the one's I find in the store are cheap, flimsy, and don't hold up long. I'd love some of these. Even if I dob't win, I feel like a winner for finding a source for quality clothes pins. Thanks!

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  5. Hanging laundry of course... But much much more! Keeping cereals fresh and crispy by closing the bag with a clothespin, labeling seedlings by writing down the plantname on the clothespin and clipping it on the border of the seedlings tray, keeping together important paperwork to work, attaching a "don't forget" memo to the housekeys as to remember it when leaving the house, hanging children's artwork to a corkboard with clothespins screwed on the board's lower frame/border.
    A clothespin is much much more than what it's named after. It IS a really multifunctional tool, can't miss them!

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  6. This is PERFECT TIMING!!! I'm in the process of hanging my First clothesline and I need some seriously GREAT clothespins!

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  7. I love hanging laundry out to dry on the line. We also use clothespins to close bags in the kitchen - bread bags, flour bags, etc. - I find them much handier to use than twist-ties.

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  8. I love hanging clothes and would love these clothespins...

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  9. Keeping chip and cereal bags closed.

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  10. I use them to keep bags closed in the kitchen.
    Laura
    Laurasu82 at yahoo.com

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  11. I like to hang up sheets and blankets to dry.

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  12. I use them for hanging up our laundry.

    cc_girly(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  13. I hang everything I can on the line.

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  14. I love hanging my clothes on the line. I use drying racks by the wood stove in the winter, but they aren't quite the same as the outdoor ones!

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  15. I can certainly appreciate a good clothespin! I bought several when I started housekeeping (only 7 years ago) but my favorite ones are a bunch of old ones I bought at a yardsale for cheap!

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  16. I love hanging my laundry outside but, the pins available in stores are horrible.
    Love the idea of a small business(I try to support as many as I can) making pins.
    I visited the website and ordered a sample pin.

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  17. I would love to win these clothespins as I hang my laundry out as much as possible.

    Debi Beeuwsaert

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  18. Beautiful photos! There is nothing better then line dried sheets :) These clothespins look like an awesome product ... all of the ones I have used fall apart.

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  19. Lovely craftsmanship... We don't even own a dryer :)

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  20. I use them to hang my laundry outside or in the basement.

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  21. I use them to hang pictures and prints from string I'm craft projects I've done, I also love hang drying my clothes outside in the nice weather.

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  22. Your photographs are stunning. I would love to have these wooden clothes pins. I use them for all sorts of things too

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  23. i use them to hang my notepad / letter around the wall of my room. And i would always read them when i need some inspiration.

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  24. I would use them to hang the laundry. No matter how many clothespins I have it seems like I never have enough!

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  25. Always need more clothespins. WIth 5 kids there is always laundry!

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  26. I mostly use them to keep bagged food closed, but very versatile.

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    1. I love clothpins. Use them for many things, including drying my grandmothers memoirs from a water logged old suitcase in the flooded cellar we had, on the 13th, in my screen tent. Hanging memories.

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  27. Nothing better than the smell of line dried clothes.

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  28. well, I'd say hanging the laundry but these are so pretty I want to stare at them..so I'd use them for my children's art!

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