Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Laundry Bliss

Clothes Pin Gift I know that these two words shouldn’t be in the same sentence, let alone in a title all by themselves, but alas, I like to shake things up every now and again! *smile* Monday was/is always laundry day…I know…I schedule this weekly event on the first day after the weekend…what was I thinking?!  You know I’ve come to dread the Monday morning routine…I wouldn’t doubt there are a lot of you out there that would rather be stamping/creating rather than doing laundry.  And that, my friends, is how this project all came about. 

These are not your Grandma’s clothespins!  I remember the days, when my Mom and Grandma used to hang the sheets out to dry and the fresh smell of spring would permeate the fibers.  I loved sleeping on those sheets.  I also remember her giving us some of her clothespins to play with.  Magic markers and crayons were our tools of choice.  Years later, I found her bag of clothespins in the garage with our beautiful creations in them.  I’m sure she smiled when she hung her clothes to dry with those special clothespins.

Handstamped ClothespinsSo how to make laundry fun?…stamp on your clothespins with your favorite Stampin’ Up! stamp set!  I combined two of my newest favorite sets, Bliss and Clearly For You, to create my Chic clothespins.  I may have to put up a clothesline just so I can smile while hanging my sheets to dry! 

I also thought these would look so cute holding up some pennants using Stampin’ UP!’s Big Shot Pennant die on a muslin string in our laundry room, spelling out L-A-U-N-D-R-Y.  I think that would make me happy every time I walked in there! Unfortunately, I ran out of clothespins so I’ll leave that project for another day! 

Stamps:   Bliss, Clearly for You
Papers:   Basic Black, Crumb Cake
Ink:  Jet Black Stazon,
Accessories: Daffodil Delight Ribbon, Scalloped Oval Punch, Antique Brad, Muslin Fabric Strip, Mini Glue Dots
Tools: Crop-a-dile, Heat Gun, Crimper
Techniques Used:  Heated Ribbon

Clothes Pin DecorHow did I do that?  Ink up your stamp and lay on the table, ink side up. Ensure that you have no ink run off on the side edges of the stamp…you’ll not want any edges appearing on your inked image.  Take your clothespin and roll it on the stamp. Make sure to use some pressure on the clothespin as you roll it.  If you use words make sure that they are in the right direction before stamping…you’ll not want any upside down words.  Can you guess why I am out of clothespins yet?

UPDATE 3/8/11:  There were a couple of comments about the stands in the photo above.  I received those with the clothespins.  They were called clothespin stands. They may also be called wooden doll stands.  HTH.


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*Use these clothespins to cut down on your energy bill so you can buy more stamps! Is anybody reading this stuff?


  1. I love this idea. I hang clothes out any time I can as does my mother-in-law. Can you guess what she will be getting as part of her mothers day gift.

  2. These are too cute! TFS I'm glad you thought of something. I did a picture holder.

  3. OMGosh! These are gorgeous! Never would have thought laundry could end up being so bright and cheery! LOVE it!

  4. Great idea Linda and thanks for sharing. Wash day will be more enjoyable from now on. Zx

  5. My Mom still hangs out her clothes and she is 87 years old....I hang mine out, too. In fact, my doctor always jokes...don't come in on Monday because it is wash day. LOL Love the inspiration. Thanks so much.

  6. That's a great idea! And the clothespins turned out so cute!

  7. You are hilarious and I LOVELOVELOVE this post!!! I have a ton of vintage spring clothespins, that I decorate with SU! paper and chunky glitter and ribbons etc.
    i love your style! What do you have the pins standing in upright?
    OH! Itd be cute using rubons too! You have me all inspired now!

  8. Kim Overholt - Parker, TXFebruary 24, 2011 at 8:35 AM

    Yes, I am reading "this stuff" Great ideas and very pretty blog.

  9. You have put beauty in the everyday task of laundry! Your choice of stamp sets is excellent and the beauty of the basic black ink on natural wood is timeless. Thanks for elevating the humdrum to a hot commodity!

  10. I love the clothes pins and your comments. LOL Where did you get the bases to hold the pins?

  11. TFS such a cute idea, makes me want to start hangin out my landury!!

  12. What a cool idea! I can totally see making these!!! You are just too stinkin' smart!!

  13. Hi Olive, love the clothes pins! But, I most especially love your CLEAN pretty background! Such a pretty site!

  14. Those are absolutely lovely! I would also like to know what you used to hold pins upright.

    You are truly blessed with talent. Looking forward to hearing from you

  15. Just wondering where you bought the clothespins?

  16. I bought these in a mass buy a couple of months ago. I don't know exactly where they were purchased. I assume you can buy clothespins at any retail store in the laundry section or online somewhere.