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Final Laundry Room Reveal and Some Fall Crafts

I put the finishing touches on the Laundry Room this weekend. I made a large clothespin sign from some of my old fence pickets:

I cut out the design using my scroll saw then nailed bracing on the back and painted my letters using the same stencil I used on the curtain.

I hung it above the window and washing machine:

I added a twine "clothesline" and hung one of my childhood dresses on it and also made a shelf  from fence pickets to put above the washer for the laundry soap.

On the long wall, I added another clothesline and hung some of the kids' and my baby clothes...aren't those overalls adorable?

The little apron is mine. My mom made my twin sis and me matching ones with our initial on the pocket. I remember wearing it playing house or helping make cookies.

Sadly, I don't have any of Bruce's baby or kid clothes. I need to ask my mother-in-law if she saved any.

More tweaking:

Then there's my mother's ironing board her dad (my grandfather) made her. The cover was old and dingy so I found this fabulous yellow and grey fabric and made a new cover for it:

I love how it turned out.

Finally, I took a burlap coffee sack and hung it on the wall next to the door:

yeah, the water heater is still out in plain sight...someday I will make a screen for it. For now though, I'm calling it done! It makes me smile. I just love the new look and how everything is now organized.

On another note, we got lots of rain! We sat on the back porch and just enjoyed it.

The dogs, of course, found a puddle and proceeded to make it a mud puddle hole, which of course turned them into Mud Puppies...

I had to laugh at Buddy's face. He had it buried all the way into the mud puddle - I think he was blowing bubbles. LOL.  He had so much fun...Herbie, in the background, doesn't look too much cleaner.
What do you mean, I can't come in?
Then there are the Fall crafts I've been working on:

One was out of necessity as Herbie thought this was a toy. Poor little pumpkin!

It needed something to cover the missing chunks, so I took some shiny aqua fabric I had, cut a circle and gathered it around the pumpkin and tied it up with twine - there!  All better!
It looks more silver in the picture than it is. I think I may have to cover the other one too as I really like how it looks.

My friend, Susan, sent me a link to a pretty Leaf Pillow. Yvonne's ( from Stone Gable) is stunning! Go check hers out. She has a terrific tutorial!
I asked Susan if she was making me one and she said she thought I was going to make her one. haha! I thought, "ok, why not?" Unlike Yvonne, I had to sew mine but  I had the brown fabric with the twine accent already so I made the cover from it. Then I made the leaves from burlap I also had on hand. I like how it turned out and so does Sue! Now I need to do one for me. :o)
I'm thinking it would look good with the leaves painted in Autumn colors...

Whew! I had a lot to cover! I hope you're still here reading. I have tons more projects to share but I will save those for another post. 

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. What an awesome laundry room - I love the clothespin sign, such a creative idea! What - that pumpkin wasn't a toy? I thought everything was a toy. Your muddy puppies made me laugh - they're so adorable!

    1. Thanks Karen! Lol I have to watch what I leave down low- they really do think everything is their toy.

  2. What a great laundry room... thanks so much for the shout out! You pillow came out great!

    1. Thanks Yvonne. You're sweet to say my pillow came out great. Not as good as yours but I appreciate it. It was fun to make so thanks for the inspiration!

  3. Congratulations on aa job very well done Cecilia! Rustic charm is really showing thru! Love the giant clothespin!

    1. Aw thanks! I do love the way it turned out! So glad you stopped by, Vel.

  4. What a fun post- your laundry room is done and you have muddy dogs! lol I just recovered my own ironing board today. It was BAD...I love your fabric...the one I used is just plain old off white-kinda boring but clean and hew!
    That leaf pillow is adorable and I love your pumpkin, too- xo Diana

    1. Isn't that yummy fabric? I thought about plain muslin as that's what Mom had on it but then I saw this and thought it was perfect. I'm so glad I can use some of her things -keeps her close even though she's gone.
      Thanks for stopping by. Have a good week.

  5. Your newly decorating laundry room is amazing. I love, love, love your clothespin sign - genius by the way - the tiny clothes hanging on the line and of course the metal wainscoting is amazing!

    1. Hi Robin! So glad you dropped in for a visit. I appreciate your kind comments very much!

  6. Cecilia, you always come up with the cutest ideas! The laundry room is just adorable!! Now...can you come to my place and do the same thing? Actually, if you just do my laundry that will be enough ;)


    1. LOL, oh Doreen! I'll be there shortly with tools in, or maybe I'll just do the laundry? :D Thanks for the smile!

  7. I'm so jealous of your laundry room! (We have a laundry 'closet') Love it and your clothespin sign!
    Your pups look cute, too :)

    1. I feel your pain! My first house had a laundry closet. This is what I always dreamed of having! Thanks for dropping in.

  8. The clothespin is so clever! And your pups are so cute. I can only imagine the unbridled glee they must have felt playing in the mud!

    1. Oh my gosh, yes! They were having a blast! So glad you like my clothespin too. It was fun to make. :)

  9. Hi Cecilia! You are so talented! Whew! You have worn me out looking at all of your wonderful projects! It's amazing that you still have your childhood clothes. Your laundry room looks awesome with them hanging up along with that very creative clothespin sign you made. I'm going to so enjoy following you to see what you come up with next. Thanks for finding me on Hometalk and for following me, too!

    1. Hi Gail! Thank you so much! I think I have those clothes because my mom saved everything! :) funny, I kind of did the same thing with my kids's baby clothes. Lol So happy to have you following me.

  10. Your laundry room looks must be so proud and happy that it is done...I so love the clothes pin that you so cleverly made....and yes, Yvonne's leaf pillow is awesome...and so is yours!!...

    1. Thank you Shirley! I had so much fun with the laundry room. Love how it came together.
      The pillow was easy to make - even with having to sew a cover. Thanks for stopping in.

  11. I love your rustic laundry room! The way you used your baby clothes is a special touch.


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