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Cluttercast: Reading glasses

February 28th, 2009

For some reason, I always wanted to wear glasses.   Only I didn’t need them.   20/20 vision——every single time I had my eyes checked.   I kept hoping something would change.

 When I was 30 the doctor told me to stop checking and come back in 10 years.  By 40, he said, I’d be ready for reading glasses. 

I was crushed—and since I loved how I looked in glasses, I actually went out and BOUGHT several pairs with clear glass.  And I wore them just for fun. 

These are not the fake glasses.  These are the real ones I  stashed in every room of the house when I turned 40, and I finally needed them.

(glasses, all between 1.25 -1.75)   

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Cluttercatchers: Is everybody having fun?

February 27th, 2009

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Earbags:  

I never had the guts to wear the earbags.   Elisa promised she’d wear them to keep warm in New York when she took her son out for walks.   Here’s  the comment she sent along with her picture:

I can’t understand why people kept looking at me when I wore the earbags at the park!

 

 No guts, no glory.   Love it!!

 

 

 

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Silk top:

Terri’s husband  Steve wanted her to have the silk top from Paris because he thought the color and style would look great on her.     He’s right—-and Terri, you’re really  lucky to have a husband with an eye for fashion.    Looking at you and your daughter Peyton, I’m sure Steve knows he’s really lucky, too.

 

 

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Pogs: Kanani got the pogs to take into her classroom.    School policy doesn’t allow her to photograph the kids, but she says they’re having lots of fun with the pogs.

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Golf explosion:

Colton’s mom didn’t even realize he’s been reading Cluttercast every day until he won the exploding golf ball.   Now he can’t wait to try out his practical joke and have some laughs out on the golf course.

Colton, I’m sure you’ll have lots of fun– it seems as if all these Cluttercatchers are having fun.     But the truth is,  the person having the most fun with Cluttercast—-is ME!!!

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Cluttercast: Fish pin

February 26th, 2009

When my kids were little, I used to look for costume jewelry that I thought would amuse them—which is how I ended up with the duck necklace and this fish pin– and probably more items yet to come.

I got this fish to honor the pet we had at the time, which was a goldfish.  I never really wore pins but I liked the design and the colors.

Then we got a new pet—a cat.   I still remember the day the kids and I came home— and found the goldfish remains on the carpet in the living room.   Since then we’ve stuck to cats— and never had another fish.   Also since then I never bought another piece of animal jewelry to amuse the kids.

 

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Cluttercast: Cigar box

February 25th, 2009

This comes from the days when I used to cruise Ebay for hours– looking for ceramics or plates or stuff I could use in my mosaics.   I  was looking for the things I liked.   Fruits.  Vegetables.  Candy.  Handbags.  Shoes.  Candy.  

I found this line of tiny exquisite porcelain boxes that are absolutely perfect replicas of everything you can imagine.  Fruits.  Vegetables.  Candy.  Handbags. Shoes.  Candy.  

 Somehow this arrived along with the candy other boxes.  The box is less than two inches wide–it couldn’t even hold a cigar butt.   The cigars are less than an inch long and made of porcelain.  But I can still smell the smoke.      

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Cluttercast: Donald Pliner handbag

February 24th, 2009

This bag was  not hidden in my clutter.  It’s been hanging out in plain sight where I see it every single day. 

Sometimes a handbag is like chocolate—irresistible.  This one is even the same color—chocolate brown leather.   The wool fabric is in my favorite colors.  When I saw it, it practically had my name on it.    It actually did have my initials—DP.     For Donald Pliner.   

I  love the way it looks but I haven’t used it.  Not even once.   And I don’t want to keep seeing it every day when I know someone else could be wearing it.  Anything  chocolate is meant to be enjoyed.

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(Donald Pliner bag: measures about 10″ across, 5″ down) 

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Cluttercast: Porcelain dolls

February 23rd, 2009

My daughter loved playing with dolls when she was a child—making up stories, changing their clothes, even cutting their hair.  When she got these porcelain dolls I managed to intervene before she got her hands on them.   I put them up on a high shelf where they sat watching her play with the Cabbage Patch dolls and  Barbies.

They sat up there for years.  She never took them down, or played with them.  She never seemed to fall in love with them.   They made it through her childhood without coming down from the shelf.   When she stopped playing with dolls, I packed them up and put them away.

Alli is grown up now;  and although she’s changed in many ways, she hasn’t changed her mind about these dolls.  So they’re still looking for love—and I’m sure they will find it out there. 

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This Week’s Catchers

February 22nd, 2009

Every Sunday from now on, I’ll post results of that week’s items.  

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Wedding album and frame:

Brenda: I happen to know the perfect young lady for it: Donna, my co-worker. She just announced her engagement today, and she is RADIANT with happiness. Donna is a wonderful person who works to help people with disabilities. She would be so happy to receive this gift.

This was intended as a wedding gift for my ex-husband, so I feel it’s most appropriate to send as a wedding gift for Donna, who just got engaged.

   

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 Cow on parade:

Sandy Bouja:  I want this cow as you can tell from my e-mail address! I have hundreds of cows but don’t have this one! My family thinks it’s gotten out of hand, but I don’t. Every room in my house is decorated with cows, my Golden Retreiver was a cow for Halloween and of course, so was I! I would be so happy to take this cow off your hands!   I love this website! And good for you for getting rid of your clutter. I’ve been working on that lately, too! But not my cows. I love Cows on Parade and don’t have this one. I would give it a revered spot on the shelf with the others. I would feel honored to relieve you of this cow!

I wish I had more cows.  I’d like to give Anna a cow as a reminder of Wisconsin, your home state.  But I think the cow would feel most at “home” with Sandy and all her other bovine friends.  Now we all want to see how your cow collection compares with all the ducks.

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Golf explosion:

Coltonhey I am Colton.I am 10 years old.I love to play golf with my uncle.my uncle is a photographer he takes pictures of tiger woods and other players.I love to pull pranks and I laugh hysterically at jokes one time I laughed for 1 and a half hours straight.So I hope I get it.

Colton: You are the perfect cluttercatcher for this golf ball.  I hope you’ll laugh for at least an hour or two after you watch it explode.

 

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Great American Lodges:

Marilee: I would be interested in having this package. Joe and I have an interest in the great lodges at the National Parks and hope to visit more of them in the future. We had a wonderful DVD about them and a lovely National Park book which was lost in the fire. I also do a project in my classroom about the parks. Also…you would not have to mail it. It would be fun to pick it up and actually see you in person.

I’m giving this to Marilee  in person.  She was my son’s 3rd grade teacher, is now a friend, and without Cluttercast I would never have known she would be happy to get this book.   I’m even happier to give it.

 

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Chinese silk jacket

Mary: I’d love to have your chinese jacket! It’s the most wonderful shade, most of my clothes are blue, and my eyes are dark blue (extra points for color coordination?)! Give it to me & I’ll send a photo.   Also, I haven’t had a Chinese jacket since a sinophile phase I went through in grade school (jacket, slippers, birthday lunch @ China Row on Cannery Row, making Chinese figurines in ceramics class, reading books set in China …). With your jacket I could relive my youth – how’s that for a reason?!

Mary: I hope you’ll enjoy wearing this jacket and  maybe you’ll have a second Sino-phile phase.   Please check the measurements posted to be sure it’s a size that will fit.

 

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Gold ring with diamonds:

Brenda: I would like to give this ring to my mom, who never asks for anything and gives so much to others. She endured an abusive, sociopathic first husband. Then, she held several jobs to support 4 kids; she always sacrificed for us, and she continues to give everything she has to others. She never asks for anything in return. She is battling bladder cancer and still continues to care for her grandson. Quite simply, I love my mom, and I want her to have something elegant that she can treasure.

Thank you to everyone who voted—you decided that Brenda should have the ring for her mom.

 Cluttercatchers: Please email your address to me at DarryleP@gmail.com .  Thank you to everyone who commented.

This Week's Catchers

Cluttercast: Red hat

February 20th, 2009

There’s something about the color red.  It says I’m sunny, I’m strong, I’m sassy.   When I had cancer, wearing red always made me feel better.

That’s when I bought this hat–it’s wool, trimmed in black velvet,  by Summer Tompkins.   I decided to become a hat person when I lost my hair during chemo.   I wasn’t one of those brave women who pull a hat over their bald hat and go out.   I never let anyone see me bald–and I wore wigs with a hat OVER the wig so the wig wouldn’t be so obvious.    This one didn’t fit over the wig–so I never wore it, but figured I could wear it when my hair grew back.

As soon as my hair grew back,  I  stopped being a hat person.

The other day I was in a restaurant and saw a group of women at a table, all wearing red hats.  They must be part of that Red Hat Society I’ve heard about.   Maybe someone wants to join—or maybe someone just wants to be sunny, strong and sassy.

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Vote on gold ring with diamonds

February 20th, 2009
ringThis was meant to symbolize love on Valentine’s Day.  But giving away the ring is confusing—so I’m going to let a vote decide.  Here are the comments:
 
Jann:
 
 I wear a size 6 ring. Or at least I think I do. See, I have known my husband for 30 years this April. We were married 2 years later after we met. We have never had money because I have always been ill and have medical bills. He gave me a saphire ring as an engagement ring. It no longer fits. We were never able to take a honeymoon, or buy a house, or do any of the things “normal” couples do. I always wanted to collect antique jewelry. This ring could be a “start” for me. It could also make me feel as if “all is not lost”.

Brenda

I would like to give this ring to my mom, who never asks for anything and gives so much to others. She endured an abusive, sociopathic first husband. Then, she held several jobs to support 4 kids; she always sacrificed for us, and she continues to give everything she has to others. She never asks for anything in return. She is battling bladder cancer and still continues to care for her grandson. Quite simply, I love my mom, and I want her to have something elegant that she can treasure.

Ellen: 

Mine is a “Cinderfella” story in that my husband was on disability when we courted, fell in love and got engaged almost 23 years ago. I had purchased wedding bands on layaway while a single girl (his and hers matching rings) but my honey couldn’t afford a diamond for me once we met and fell in love. Your sweet and lovely ring looks as though it would match my gold band (especially if a size 6)and give my hand the completed “bridal” look (once my ring is fixed since it had to be cut off at the ER when it got stuck a few years ago!). Thanks for considering my somewhat silly-but-true sweetheart story!

 

Who gets the ring?

  • Brenda (55%)
  • Ellen (28%)
  • Jann (17%)
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I didn’t offer a choice of giving the ring to charity and I thought I should explain why.

I appreciate all the comments supporting charities.  But it would be impossible for me to choose—one of yours or one of my own.  We all have causes that affect us personally; there are countless charitable organizations that deserve and need our support.   I envisioned Cluttercast as something else. 

Cluttercasting could be considered philanthropy:  because it’s a way to give to others.  I think of it as a new concept in ADDITION to charity; but different.  

A cluttercaster gives away something they no longer need or use.   A cluttercatcher wants something you don’t want anymore.   It’s not a donation; not charity.   You can be both– a cluttercaster and a cluttercatcher.  Such as Headless Mom.

There is  no money involved, other than shipping if appropriate.    Especially for people who hang onto their clutter, knowing it’s going to a specific person can make it easier to let go.     Whether you know the person who gets your item or not,  there is a connection. 

In her comment on the Chinese silk jacket,  maybe Erica said it best:  “Cluttercast is a great way to spread a little positivity out into the universe.”

Thank you for all the comments and for voting.

Miscellaneous

Cluttercast: Chinese silk jacket

February 19th, 2009

Like so many other things sold in the US, this jacket was Made in China. But unlike so many other things, this was also bought in China.

It was before China was westernized. I was on a trip to the Far East and we took a one-day trip into China from Hong Kong. I had maybe an hour to spend in a Chinese department store, and I raced through like a crazed woman on a mission. I bought this because it reminded me of the Mao jackets that everyone wore in China.
I don’t think I ever wore the jacket, and I felt very cheated only having that one hour for shopping.  But I figured someday I would return to China  for a longer trip.  I haven’t made it back yet but when I do,  I’ll make sure  to allot way more time for shopping.

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(padded silk jacket, bust approximately 35″, hips approximately 36″)

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Cluttercatcher: Take my Toad. Please.

February 18th, 2009

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When I started my blog last summer,  I felt a little over my head.  I’m kind of clueless limited  when it comes to technology and it’s been a huge effort and a huge education to get up to speed.  Not that I”m up to speed yet. 

But since meeting Matt a few weeks ago I’ve taken a quantum leap.  Leap as in frog.  Or toad.  

Working with him has made a big difference.   Thanks to Matt, I’ve been able to get rid of a huge load.   And also  get rid of a small toad.

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Cluttercast: Great American Lodges

February 17th, 2009

This was a gift and it looks gorgeous—The list of legendary lodges covers the spectrum of America—from the Ahwahnee in California to Sundance, Utah to Bar Harbor, Maine. The package includes a cookbook with recipes and menus, national park lore, landscape art, traditional American music on a CD—everything needed to set the mood for lodge dining.

I never opened the package although I’ve been to some of these lodges. Maybe even eaten some of the dishes. But making the recipes myself? I’m not much of a cook. It’s never gonna happen. Hopefully someone else would appreciate the chance to get away—without leaving home.

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Cluttercast: golf explosion

February 16th, 2009

It seems as if golf has seen an explosion of interest in the past few years. This is a different kind of golf explosion.
We live Pebble Beach–and one of the biggest events of the year has been this weekend–the A T & T tournament–which always draws lots of crowds, pros, and celebrities. I used to take the kids to watch; and the crowd favorite is always Bill Murray. He clowns around on the course and doesn’t seem to take golf very seriously.

I bought this exploding golf ball as a practical joke for my husband. Only I don’t play golf, plus I think maybe he takes the game more seriously. And now that he’s finished playing in the A T & T tournament, it’s too late to try this on Bill Murray.

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Cluttercatcher: Cooper and panda triplets

February 15th, 2009

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I’ve had countless –and very close— personal relationships over the years with stuffed animals —my own; my kids’ , the ones my husband won at the county fair—most of them winding up in huge bags donated to charity.

I never got to see where they ultimately landed and who loved them after we did— the way I got to see Cooper fall in love the minute he adopted my daughter’s panda triplets.

Look at those faces. Four great reasons to be cluttercasting.

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Cluttercast: Gold ring with diamonds

February 14th, 2009

Today is Valentine’s Day. I have a lot of love in my life–and I know how lucky I am—everyone doesn’t feel as lucky as I do.

I tried to find something shaped like a heart for today. And there’s a simple story behind this ring. I don’t wear it anymore. It’s vintage; I bought it for myself, and it’s real. I hope having it might help someone feel a little more love–and a little more luck.

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(I don’t know the ring size; probably 5 1/2 or 6)
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Miscellaneous

Cluttercast: Peter Pan costume

February 12th, 2009

My daughter Alli was always imaginative, and for her birthday one year she wanted a performance of Peter Pan. She wrote her own version and assigned parts to her friends. I assumed Alli would want to play Wendy, and I had the pefect nightgown. But it was her birthday; she wanted to be the star—so she cast herself as Peter Pan.

I barely passed high school Home Economics. But I managed a passable Peter Pan with a scissors and a piece of green felt. And actually I was proud of how it turned out. Since this was about as handy and creative as I got back in those days.
I think it still works—-although when I found it recently, someone thought it was a costume for the Jolly Green Giant.
Either way. Obviously I’m not ready for Project Runway.

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(approximately 19″ across, about 28″ long)
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