Archive for January, 2009

Cluttercatcher: Pink Uggs

January 31st, 2009



Lots of people wanted these  brand new pink Uggs .    I sent them across the country to Shannon– because she worked on New Year’s Day to help a total stranger (me) get this blog going for my New Year’s resolution. 

Shannon: I hope you enjoy wearing the Uggs– at least for awhile—It looks as if your adorable daughter already has her eye on them.


Results on Earbags

January 31st, 2009


Elisa:  You wondered which is worse: hat head or ear bags.  I’m sending you these so you can find out and let us all know. 

If you ever have the guts to wear them, I want to see a picture to prove it.


Cluttercast: Pogs

January 30th, 2009


This could have been my son’s college fund.  

All the kids were obsessed with selecting them and collecting them and playing  a game with them– kind of like Tiddlywinks.  The fad faded but not fast enough.     I don’t want to admit–or think—about how much each pog cost–even in 1990′s dollars.  

 Maybe somewhere  pogs are still popular.    I can’t bear to blindly toss them out when I think about the investment they represent.   I also can’t bear to look at them.

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Poll closes Feb. 3

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Cluttercatcher: Quacker

January 30th, 2009

If you followed the comments,  you know why Linda Brown HAD to get the duck necklace—she’s so duck-happy, she drives around in her car without room for a single passenger—just Linda and hundreds of ducks.

I felt like a lucky duck myself–to find the perfect clutter-catcher for my  necklace.


 Linda loves it .  And she already paid it forward.  


Obviously her car attracts attention and when a little kid came by with his parents, she gave him one of  her ducks.



And she gave me something, too.   She read my blog and found out I love chocolate as much as she loves ducks.  So she brought me some homemade brownies.  Just because.




Cluttercasting.  Rocks. 

So do Linda’s brownies.


Cluttercast: Angel Earrings

January 29th, 2009


In the photo you probably can’t see the pearl for their heads, or read the tag on these hand-crafted earrings.  It says “La Bona Angelica”–The Good Angel.   They have never been worn, and are still in the box.

I bought them myself  when I was recovering from breast cancer and I really felt the need for angels.

I was incredibly lucky during my cancer journey.   Lucky that I had some real ”angels” who were there for me when I most needed them. 

I don’t  know why I left these earrings in the box.   Or why I never wore them.  

Maybe that was because I already had my angels.  And maybe you—or someone you know— was meant to have these.

(they’re large, approximately 2 inches high)

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Result of Chinese killer whales

January 29th, 2009



Several people have told me me that these metal balls are meant to relax tension in the hands.  So I’m sending them to Bint’s daughter to keep her nervous hands busy.   I hope she likes them.


Cluttercast: Pillow talk

January 28th, 2009


You know you’re off the deep end when you start collecting OTHER people’s clutter.  Like this pillow.  It comes  from the clutter collection of my sister-in-law.

Actually she’s  the sister of my former husband.    So technically we’re not  related anymore by marriage.   We’re related by clutter.

Like all women, we’re always talking about the men in our lives—mostly, our sons.  LOL.    That’s why she knew I’d like this unique handsewn pillow made by Nancy S.Drew.   (I just googled her and discovered her website)

We’re also both packrats; so I bet she’ll  laugh when she sees it here.     At least I know she won’t ask me to give it back.

(pillow, 16″ square)


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Results of Jimmy Carter dress

January 27th, 2009



I never got anywhere near President Obama at his inauguration.   So maybe that’s a good reason to keep this Jimmy Carter dress as a presidential souvenir.    Based on this vote, other people are as sentimental as I am.


Cluttercast: Golf game

January 26th, 2009


Buying gifts for men is tough. Every year I struggle to figure out what to get my husband for his birthday.

He is obsessed with golf, so one year I secretly learned how to play golf to surprise him. He was thrilled.
I knew I could never top that birthday—especially since I never played golf again after that one game.

But the gift was such a success that for his next birthday, the kids and I got him another game of golf.
This one. We figured it was a no-brainer.
I guess it was. (brand new, he never even opened it)


Results of Duck Necklace

January 26th, 2009


So maybe I should call the blog “Quack for Clutter”…..

I didn’t have a poll on this item but obviously I didn’t need it.
By now I’m curious to meet Linda, give her the necklace, and get a picture so we can all see that car filled with 300 ducks.

Meanwhile, Linda, I really think you missed your calling. Someone says you work in a cafeteria, but based on your vote-getting skills, you could have run the presidential campaign for Barack Obama.



January 25th, 2009


My husband played in a weekend golf tournament a few years ago and at the big dinner, there was a party favor for the wives. The men had received all kinds of deluxe swag, so I was curious to see what was in the small box.

This was it–some of the wives adored this little purse made in Italy out of ostrich leather.
It’s 3 1/2 inches by 2 inches—and I can’t imagine carrying anything this small. So I was kind of disappointed, but I got over it.

The next year my husband played in the same tournament. I had given away my party favor, and figured next time they’d come up with something better for the wives.
So guess what I got. The same bag. Same color. Maybe it was even the same ostrich.

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Results on Panda triplets

January 25th, 2009


I guess lots of parents make the mistake of giving away beloved stuffed animals without their kids’ permission. I did ask my daughter’s permission to give these to Stacy’s son Cooper. I’m happy he wants to adopt the triplets—and hope he’ll love them the way Alli did.


Result on Dance costume

January 25th, 2009


The dance recital was adorable. But the costume isn’t getting a curtain call. Tossing it on the charity pile.


Hershey’s kiss

January 24th, 2009


No big surprise that I would own this. It pretty much describes who I am. I’m all about chocolate.

It’s brand new and shiny, about 4 inches high–the top lifts off and you can put things inside.

But there’s a very obvious problem with this chocolate kiss: I can’t eat it. And I can’t think of any other reason I would want to keep it around.

Maybe some other chocoholic could handle looking at it better than I could.


Results on silk scarves

January 24th, 2009


I HATE making decisions. But being a clutter collector made it easier this time.

I have enough scarves to share with the people who asked–and still have a few left to use as green giftwrap—thanks to Mammaloves—this mamma loves your idea.

So: Katie, Shelby and Traci: please email me at—send your address and I’ll mail each of you a couple scarves. Hope you’ll send back a picture when you get them.

Thanks to all.


Duck necklace

January 24th, 2009


I collected ducks when I was married to my first husband. So this necklace was a natural.

Not everyone can pull off wearing a necklace with a huge wooden duck. I’m not sure I pulled it off, but I wore it anyway. The kids loved it even more than I did.

I figured maybe someday I’d take it apart and use the beads or the duck for something else. Only I didn’t.
Since the divorce, I’m not really into ducks anymore. Not collecting them. Definitely not wearing them.

But I know that somewhere, someone knows a duck-lover out there– who would go quackers over this.