Beauty in the Ordinary

This is not about being brilliant, or extraordinary, it's not about wanting to be famous, or making headlines, or trying to impress...this about sharing a 'gift' each day with the world...to lift the spirit of people when they read this blog, to show them the beauty in the ordinary.
"And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it." Raold Dahl

Monday, July 12, 2010







V. It's Monday, it must be laundry day.

Laundry, there's always laundry.

Washing, drying, folding, ironing.

In all the years that I have been doing the laundry
it still amazes me that there are still things to learn.
And why didn't I know these things years ago?

Things such as...
If you accidentally shrink a wool sweater immediately soak it in cold water with a few capfuls of hair conditioner.
This allows you to gently stretch the fibres back to their original size.

If you wash your cashmere sweaters yourself...wash them in cold water on the gentlest cycle with a pair of old jeans.

This prevents the sweaters from piling...it really works.


The very best advice I can offer though is this...
Whenever possible hang your freshly washed bed linens on a clothesline outside in the fresh air and sunshine to dry.

Preferably have two young boys on hand to run back and forth through the hanging sheets laughing madly for as long as possible.
When dry, place immediately back on your bed, a light mist of linen water and a few strokes of the hand all over prevents any ironing from taking place.
You will find yourself having the best sleep ever after being wrapped up in linens filled with the summer air and the laughter of small children.
Happy Monday everyone!

8 comments:

  1. Oh, I do love linens from the line. I love the whole process of hanging them out too. It feels old fashioned and earthy and simple.

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  2. It is Chania all of those things...so lovely.

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  3. It is obvious that you have never tried to do my laundry.

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  4. ...and I hope to keep it that way Tom!

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  5. I didn't know any of the laundry tips you shared... well... except the beauty of linens on the line. I'm definitely going to wash my sweaters with old jeans from now on!!

    Glad you like my drapes!
    Victoria

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  6. The linens on the line is perfect for Chania's attraction of simplicity..yes?

    I love that sight, that smell, that sensation of fresh linens...ahhhh

    thanks for popping over my way- and you were only 1 of 2 who realized it was my birthday today, and brother Scott's was yesterday.:0

    Suzan

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