Friday, July 23, 2010

sunshine is the best disinfectant




And not just in public policy. And really, for our purposes, it's the best deodorant. Some of our recent estate find reeks of mothballs (a scent that I don't mind so much, but I believe I'm in the minority). One of the best ways to get rid of bad smells in vintage is a nice long sunbath. We were supposed to get rain today, but luckily, have had loads of sunshine instead, so our yard is currently a vintage lover's playground.




I originally hung these in my usual place--the line under our deck. Unfortunately, that's not the sunniest spot, so Andy rigged a rope line from our apple tree in the center of the yard to the deck, supporting the line with...criss-crossed cross-country skis! Isn't he clever?





And check out this amazing mermaid fabric! I am so in love with this print, but have no idea what I'd do with it. I'm no seamstress, so I should probably let it go, but...check out that accordion-playing mermaid!




xo
K

20 comments:

  1. oh my gosh these pictures are so pretty. they make my little heart so happy. theres just nothing like sundried laundry. bounce can't compete

    ~Kristen

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  2. berkeley is having sunshine policy debates right now. (If only they read this blog!)

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  3. I love these pictures, the vintage clothes all look so lovely together!
    From Carys of La Ville Inconnue

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  4. Those clothes actually look like they are smiling from the warmth of the sun :)

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  5. well, that does it... i'm coming over to camp out in your back yard beneath a canopy of vintage goodies :D

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  6. i can't wait to see all these lovelies in your shop! and the photos are gorgeous :)

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  7. I love the novelty print fabric! And such a good idea about putting the clothes in the sun. My mom actually used to make us put our bed mattresses out in the sun for a day when we were kids, "to give 'em a good airing out". It does help. :)

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  8. Love these photos! The go go boots in my shop had to air out for days. I don't think they saw daylight since 1966.

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  9. this is so fun!!! thanks for the tips and that accordion mermaid is da' bomb!

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  10. Yay for the ski-pole clothesline! The fabric is so FUN!!

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  11. For some reason the skis holding up the line remind me of Leggs Inn, no idea why!

    and some of those garments have piqued my interest to say the least. nice haul!

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  12. Karen ShamaLamaMamaJuly 27, 2010 at 12:17 AM

    Ha! My backyard looked just the same this afternoon. My pergola looked like 15 people were hanging from the rafters! The photos are lovely...

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  13. I've got a few items that I picked up at the last flea market that are smelling pretty musty. I will definitely give the sunbath a go, thanks for the tip! Now if only the sun would start shining around here again, it's been foggy and gray for the past two days straight :( Come back summer!

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  14. Oh, oh! Such gorgeous dresses and blouses that I held my breath for a moment is awe-struck... sigh!!

    Love,
    Aya of Strawberry Koi

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  15. What a sweet blog! :))
    Come visit mine hon, I think (hope :)) you'll really like it! I can't wait to hear from you!

    Have a nice day!
    xxx

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  16. That mermaid fabric is super! It would make a cute swimsuit and cover-up.

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  17. Those pictures are so cool! You shoulder have spread a blanket and had a picnic in vintage land (and I for one hate the smell of mothballs with a passion, so good job! :) )

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  18. Is there a selvedge on the mermaid fabric that gives any details about it. I am looking for a mermaid fabric to make a baby quilt for my neice-to-be who is arriving this summer. This one is perfect!!

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    1. Hello kacameron. I'm sorry to say, this fabric sold quite a long time ago. (I'm not sure if you noticed, but this blog post is over two years old!)

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