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Cluttercast: Cow on parade

February 12th, 2009

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Got milk?
A few years ago, I took a whimsical turn in my art—and made some mosaics including that slogan. Of course that meant the mosaics also had to feature cows. So I started looking around to buy some—and I went slightly cow-crazy.

This one is part of a series called Cows on Parade. I haven’t used it in a mosaic– and I know I never will.  Because in order to use it I’d have to break it.   I break tiles and plates and other stuff all the time. But the thought of breaking this cow breaks my heart. I also don’t have the heart to leave it sitting in its box until the cows come home.

(ceramic cow, about 9 inches high)
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Cluttercatcher: Couch potatoes?

February 11th, 2009

Cluttercasting has turned out to be fantastic for me in many ways—and getting rid of clutter is the least of it.

Far more rewarding are the connections. And knowing that something of mine will be enjoyed by someone else.
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This designer pillow came from my sister-in-law– so it felt like a member of the family. Carol was drawn to the words about boys and their mothers—and you can see why. In her comment she says they’re couch potatoes. I think that’s a stretch, but just looking at Carol with her sons, you know the pillow is in the right place.

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Cluttercast: Wedding album and frame

February 10th, 2009

Today would have been my 31st wedding anniversary. If I had stayed married to my first husband.

After we got divorced I remarried. A few years later, my ex-husband got engaged, and my daughter was very excited to go shopping for a wedding gift– for her dad and her step-mother-to-be.
This set is what she picked out for them–a photo album and picture frame covered in white roses. We wrapped it up so she could bring it to the wedding a few months later.
That was years ago—but she never gave it to them at the wedding. Because there was no wedding.

I always wondered what happens after a wedding that’s cancelled—whether the bride keeps the gifts. In this case, she does. Except I was the wrong bride.

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Cluttercast: Cashmere cowl-neck sweater

February 9th, 2009

I think most women have a weakness. Something we just can’t resist. For Carrie Bradshaw it’s shoes; for some it’s linens; for some it’s lingerie.
I unfortunately have multiple weaknesses. And one of them is sweaters.
It’s not my fault, either. I’m sure my sweater craving came about because I grew up in Miami Beach where we didn’t need them.
Since I left Florida I’ve definitely over-compensated for the absence of sweaters in my early life. I don’t want them to take over this blog–so I’ll take it slow.

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(Charcoal gray, gorgeous cashmere made in Italy, from New York boutique, bust measures 34″, has some give)
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Cluttercatcher: Pink and POGS

February 8th, 2009

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Turns out Kanani really does love pink in small sizes. Her dog Angel is a perfect fit with the mini-ostrich purse.

Everybody also wanted Kanani to have the pogs, for the kids in her classroom. Which turns out to be incredibly appropriate. Kanani did some research and learned that the whole pogs craze from the 1990′s started with a teacher in Hawaii who wanted to make math more fun. She used the bottle caps from a brand of juice made from Passionfruit, Orange, and Guava—thus, the name POGS. Kanani was actually born in Hawaii–yet another reason she’s the perfect match for the pogs. Hope the kids enjoy them.

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Cluttercast: Celebrate Survival

February 7th, 2009

July 3, 2005 was a date I could never forget. (although I almost did.)
I had a lot to celebrate—10 years survival from breast cancer.
I was so grateful, on that date I threw a party. This t-shirt and the little leather notebooks with pens were party favors. The cover of the notebooks says Celebrate Survival but without the date—and I still have 15 of them left.
When you’re making notes or lists of any kind, I think it’s a great message to see. And to remember.
No matter what you have survived, it’s always worth celebrating.

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Cluttercast: Rising crafts

February 6th, 2009

My husband is one of the few Americans who have visited the refugee camps housing refugees fleeing the conflict in Darfur. He is just a private citizen who felt the call to do something—and he arranged for women inside the camp to earn money for their crafts—through a non-profit called Rising International.
Rising is working to end world poverty by empowering women all over the world–and the doll here is one of their signature crafts; made by widows in Afghanistan for their children. Rising organizes home parties where you meet women from one of the countries represented. We had a party at our house; and my husband went to several others. Each time he bought a few more things and that’s how we accumulated crafts from Rising International all over our house–including these items we never used. I like to think that someone who connects with their crafts will be connected– through Rising International—to the women creating its crafts all over the world.

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Bamboo tray from Bangladesh, Nadera doll from Afghanistan, seed necklace from Columbia, beaded pig keychain from Zimbabwe

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Cluttercast: Leather Belts

February 4th, 2009

About a week ago I saw an article in the New York Times Style section that had a fashion tip for the failing economy. To update your look without spending money, it suggested that you wear a belt around one of your jackets.

I thought it was a great idea. Especially because the very next day, I found these really nice leather belts. I’m sure I’ll find more.
They bring back such fond memories. Of the days when I had a waist.

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(leather belts: both size M)

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Take my toad. Please.

February 4th, 2009

You wouldn’t expect me to keep this at all, much less for the 5 years I’ve hung onto it. But there are memories attached–from a trip that I took with my son to Australia.

I don’t remember what kind of toad this is, but they’re native to Australia. One night, I almost jumped out of my skin when one of them jumped right in front of me. 
This is not THAT toad—I ran away faster than he did. This is one of his cousins—slightly altered with a zipper in the back to make a little change purse.  

I admit this is a really odd souvenir. But you know how teenage boys are. My son was 15 at the time. And he tried really hard to talk me out of buying this.

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Help Wanted: Angels

February 3rd, 2009

I hate making decisions. That’s why I have so much clutter in the first place–I can’t decide what to keep and what to toss.
Cluttercast is a HUGE help in clearing out the clutter. Except for one thing: deciding who gets what. I’m sure this dilemma will get more challenging as this community grows.
I greatly appreciate the suggestions in the comments—and I’d love any thoughts on how to decide:..i.e. pick names out of a hat, vote,etc..
Right now I’m stuck on the angels:

Barbara:
I would really like and need a guardian angel. In 2008 I had a bad fall resulting in a broken left shoulder and arm. 3 months later I needed eye surgery for my retina and and a macular hole.
Then in 3 months I fell again and cracked my right wrist and elbow. Now in 2009 I just had catarac surgery on my right eye. Please could I have the beautiful earrings


Katie:
Life comes and goes it seems. I have a Daughter a retired teacher because she lost her hearing and has taken into Art. Teaching art to children in small country schools to make things alive for her. She loves Angels and also paints them. she will be showing her art in Carmel this Sat. and Sun. at the Le Vemissage Gallery between 5th and 6th st. Carmel by the sea… Goes by the name of “Hozhoni” But a gift of Angels to be worn on her ears would be a great gift of love and inspiration from you. What ever you do will be the right thing.

Clearly Barbara could use them right now. On the other hand Katie asks on someone else’s behalf, and I appreciate her telling me whatever I do is right.
I wish I knew. What would you do?

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Who gets the Angels?

  • Flip a coin or pick out of a hat (43%)
  • Barbara should have them (38%)
  • Katie's daughter should have them (19%)
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Cluttercast: One size fits all—except me

February 2nd, 2009

They’re shiny, stretchy, stylish.   Made in Paris by Pile ou Face.   I thought they were so perfect to wear under jackets and sweaters that I bought not one but 3 of them.  And they weren’t even on sale.

Only I never wore them.
It’s not that they don’t fit.   They stretch—and could fit almost any woman.

But they don’t work for me because I’m missing two things: breasts.
I lost them to breast cancer 13 years ago.

When I bought these tops, I wore fake breasts.  But I don’t anymore.   And it’s partly due to Keira Knightley that I’m admitting this.

And the story does have a happy ending: I’m here.    I’m happy to stop wearing the fakes.  But I’d like someone else to wear the tops—for real.

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Cluttercatcher: Anna O’Reilly

February 2nd, 2009

Now that I’m cluttercasting, my love of shopping in stores or on Ebay has lost some allure.   But I still like to shop for blogs.

After Anna O’Reilly commented on a few of my items, I visited her blog and noticed she shops for fabric remnants. I don’t sew, but just that day I had located some fabric in my clutter.   It was obviously a sign. 

I sent them to Anna,  so she can create something  from my clutter.   Meanwhile  check out the Cluttercast story on Anna’s blog.  You’ll  see that cluttercasting is not just catching.  It’s also connecting.

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Cluttercast: Football plates

February 1st, 2009

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My husband is a major football fan.   I’m not.  Not even close.   

I bought these plates years ago—not to serve food—but to use in one of my mosaics

I never made the mosaic.   We never used them.  And they’ve been sitting around for years.   

They’re still sitting–never taken out of the box they came in.    I’m cluttercasting them in honor of Super Bowl Sunday—this is the only way  my husband and I will BOTH be involved with football today.

Vote on Football Plates

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Poll closes Feb. 4

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