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Monday, June 9, 2014

Romantic Country Washday








Summertime just calls for an ode to laundry, and it's been a while since I've done one. We have the perfect weather for it in Albuquerque today. Lovely and calm, and in the high eighties after a couple of pretty blustery and hot days.




I promised a better look at the wonderful quilt I found on my last trip to Santa Barbara, CA., and here it is. Right at home with a couple of zinc washtubs that I found flea-ing a few months ago. I'm in love with all the weathered grey.




A lacey throw gets an airing. . .




and a sweet basket full of vintage napkins and towels.













It's a good day for festooning things in trees and among the bushes. Either to dry, or to set a scene. (The hanging willow wall basket is from Cost Plus.)





I came across this beautiful antique apron with a handmade trim some time ago for a pittance. I think it just needs a day in the sun. There's so much romance in a pretty old apron, don't you think?




An old pitcher and washbasin completes the scene.













 With the fragrance of roses wafting in the still air, I'm ready to call it an old fashioned washday. . . 









Such a lovely day in June. I hope you're having one too!

Thanks so much for paying me a visit. It really makes my day!
Have a great week ahead. . .

Jacqueline




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27 comments:

Linda said...

Hi Jacqueline....
Nobody does wash day QUITE like you!
Beautiful!
Enjoy your week...
Cheers!
Linda:o)

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

It's all beautiful! I love the quilt! What a find! I also like the shape of the basket from Cost Plus.

White Lace and Promises said...

Everything you pull together is so fresh and inviting. I love the quilt and all the pretty linen. I don't think I've ever seen the zinc baskets like that.

living from glory to glory said...

Just lovely, and It almost makes me want to do a load! Really brings some very common homemaker chores look cozy and welcoming!
Thanks, Miss Roxy

Bella's Rose Cottage said...

Happy Monday!
Your week is off to a picture perfect start...
Love the new quilt and the lacy this's and that's... I have a weakness for aprons too:-) the dappled sun and rose scented air... perfect!
Hope you had time to put your feet up and sip lemonade :-)
Hugs...

Consider It All Joy said...

I love your beautiful quilt!
While living in Wyoming in 1997 for 7 months, I literally did all of my laundry by hand, including jeans. Everything got hung out to dry. Although it was a lot of work, it was an adventurous change (for a period of time).
Beautiful setting you created.
Blessings, Cindy

Marilyn said...

The quilt is gorgeous.
All the grey, zinc, white, with just that splash of pink rose is amazingly beautiful!

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

The quilt was a fantastic find but I also love the zinc containers, the washboard and everything else. So many gorgeous pieces.

Junkchiccottage said...

Wow Jacqueline your wash day is beautiful. Love the quilt too. So pretty.
Kris

iris said...

hello
quel superbe pichet à eau
avec sa cuvette
comme j'aimerais être à coté de
vous pour profiter
de toutes ces merveilles
tendresse
edith (iris)

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Hi Jacqueline, there is nothing better then a summer wash day and you create it beautifully and weave memories in at the same time. Love your linens and the gorgeous bowl and pitcher.

This all takes me back to my grandma's garden helping her hang the laundry and then sitting under the grape arbor and watching the pretties wave in the breeze.
Just lovely my friend.
Hugs

Lin from A {tiny} Cottage In The Woods said...

Good morning, Jacqueline!

Oh, that quilt is gorgeous! In fact, it all is!

I can't imagine doing more than the delicates by hand today, but you make it all look so romantic and beautiful! And is there anything more wonderful than the smell of laundry dried on the line? Pure heaven! :)

Have a beautiful day!
xo,
Lin

Jeanie said...

To die for. Every single photo. Linens and pitchers and washbowls. Yes, to die for.

Petite Michelle Louise said...

a "lovely day in June" indeed! and you just made MINE a whole lot lovelier! ;)

Pat Cantwell said...

Jacqueline,
As you know, dear friend, I'm not an out~of~doors person,but I do love the aroma of freshly laundered linens from the line.
I remember as a child driving through the countryside on a Sunday afternoon with my parents and seeing a man's suit and a ladies dress hanging from the tree in the side yard. At the ripe age of seven, I ask my MoMa why someone would do such a thing. She told me they were airing out their clothing after being stored in moth balls. I tried it with one of my sweaters the next week and my MoMa said, my your sweater smells good! I really thought I'd done something amazing!
Thanks for sharing your lovely quilt, apron, lacey throw and so many more wonders!!!
Fondly,
Pat

Donna Wilkes said...

Wonderful memories are evoked by this beautiful post. I remember running through the lines of white sheets with their soft scent and billows.

June said...

A beautiful post Jacqueline! Your new quilt is so pretty. Now I am anxious to have a nice hot summer day to get all my linens out and wash and hang them in the sun to bleach. This post has inspired me!

Marjon said...


It's almost a fairy tale...beautiful old linen, quilt also the pitcher and washbowl...so great....your Pictures are perfect....i enjoy it...greetings from Marjon

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lynn said...

only you could make wash day look so charming, jacqueline:)

Ruffles and Roses said...

ah we both love linens, washing, smelling them, grey colors ......I must send you some pics of my collection I sell antique and vintage linens here on cape cod..Aprons oh I cant keep enough in stock ..I put one on a window and then a door window and Wah Lah ! selling lot hot cakes..thanks Jacqueline...your amazing and I cant believe 7 children you look Fab !
keep hanging...L

Janice Kay Schaub said...

This reminds me I have a stack of linens to iron......love the white crochet and all the lovely linens. Nothing like when they are all crisp and clean
Janice

Deborah Montgomery said...

so beautiful. there's nothing like the smell of linens aired outdoors. and I just want to tell you Jacqueline, as a new blogger, thinking about how to do my blog, and how I want it to be, you are in my list of top inspirations!

Liz Hockamier said...

So Pretty! I love all your antiques!
~Liz

Jeanette Ann O'Donnell said...

Oh I so love white and grey together,it's so soft. Beautiful pics too

The Charm of Home said...

I love that apron and the wash tubs! I am sure it would be pleasant to do the chore of washing in this setting! So pretty, as always and thanks for linking with Home Sweet Home!
Sherry

Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique said...

Oh Jacqueline... I just drool at all the pretties at your house. Even wash day is beautiful!!
Hugs ~ Kerryanne

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