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Monday, July 23, 2012

Dual Purpose Clothesline or What I did In July

Hello heat-survivors! Uh huh, we lived to tell also. :)

 I've done a bit of canning from the garden since we visited last. Here are garlic dills.
And green beans cooling in the pressure canner.

  I'm looking forward to using these tomatoes in soups once the weather cools down.

In my last post I mentioned that I had plans for my new clothesline...

And I showed you the fabrics I intended to use.

Well, I measured, cut, pieced and sewed a bit between all the canning and, oh yeah, we had family from out-of-state visit, too, but I finished my li'l project at last.

Here it is, an umbrella-type cover to give the clothesline a dual purpose and hopefully cut down on the sun fading our darker clothing as it hangs to dry.  I'm basically pleased with it, but the cover was hanging there just doing it's job shading yet a bit limp and lack-luster...then

A breezy updraft caught it....

Yes, this is more like it. 

 I can see that I need something similar to dome-type tent poles to give the cover a slight upward lift all the time.

I'm still working on that and hope to add that later, but all in all I'm happy with it. You just can't beat having a clothesline to save money on your electricity bill AND shade from the harsh sun for the darker clothing AND for sitting under while sitting on the back deck.

 Until last summer I'd never heard of moonflowers. They bloom at night and have a heavy, sweet scent.

Until next time take care,  don't believe everything you hear and nothing you read in mass media. ;)


  1. Yes, it sure has been a HOT summer this year! I think the topper for your clothesline is a *fantastic* solution!

    Thank you for visiting my blog and for taking the time to comment. I see we have a couple of things in common such as Jesus Christ as our Saviour, the KJ Bible and loving the movie 'Sheffey'.

    So nice to meet you.....

  2. Welcome back! I had wondered where you'd gone. I always enjoy reading your posts.

  3. I love taking a peek into your daily country life. And I absolutely love how you got a parasol for the hot summer from your clothesline! Be sure to show us a recipe of that tomato soup, I would love to give it a try too. :-)

  4. I could drink that tomato juice straight from those quart jars! ha Love all the photos and I see why you've not posted for a while. It appears you've had a busy and enjoyable month.

    Wishing you great blessings!

  5. The garden did pretty well in spite of the 100+ heatwave, Mum. I'm envying the pickles, but mostly I'm sighing over the canned tomatoes. I hope for beef and vegetable soup on a visit, sometime this winter(hehe).
    I think the clothesline cover is a roaring success:D
    I think that moonflower is very cool and very southern-feeling. Makes a body think of jasmine and magnolias, don't it?
    I think I'm going to sue blogger for easier to read identity words. They drive me cross-eyed, lately.

  6. I love moon vine, but the rabbits
    eat mine right down to the ground !
    The fragrance is wonderful at night !
    Rabbits ate my green bean vines too!
    This heat wave is awful, and I saw
    some Fall fabric and Christmas fabric
    out as well ! Too hot and too humid
    to blog !

  7. How happy I am to be here! First let me say the changes with Blogger has gotten to me too! :) It takes me much longer to post once I finally remember how to do it. :)

    Garlic pickles! Oh my do they look good, I love pickles. Your clothes line cover is a pretty one too. You are so talented!

    Continue to enjoy a beautiful summer my friend.



  8. WOW~ the clothesline umbrella idea was fabulous!
    Your canned goods look so yummy... this winter you'll smile whenever you open up a jar of "summer".... :)

  9. Wow all of your canned goods look awesome. I love the colors of the flowers. I would love to have a clothes line like that. I've been hanging clothes over my deck since May when my dryer broke.

  10. A covered clothesline....what a great idea! Never would have thought of that!!!

  11. Zinnias always turn out so pretty even in the heat! I've never heard of Moonflowers, but they sure look great. I have a clothesline just like this one and I want to try out your brilliant idea. Excellent post! :)

  12. So many cheerful and homey and welcoming pictures for us to enjoy. Thank you :)

  13. I don't know how I missed this wonderful post! I found it on JES's blog and recognized it :) What gorgeous colors and the photo from the top looking down is just lovely. I will be playing around with how to do the corners. I think you are brilliant ;0

  14. Thanks for linking up the THE LAUNDRY ROOM for our Herbal Series last week! I love the idea of a dual purpose clothes line! You are very creative :) I hope you join us again for this weeks topic of HOME DECORATION… This would include instructions (and recipes or household tips) on how to make potpourri, room sprays, candles, herbal wreaths, create herbal sachets, pressed flower decorations, etc.... Home decoration DIY's (such as repurposing and recycling projects for the home) and Misc. DIY's would also be welcome! Have a wonderful week and thank you again for the "comment" tips you left last week!


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