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Cluttercatchers: coming home

March 31st, 2009

 

I LOVE seeing where my clutter ends up finding a new home.     A HUGE thank you to all the people who send pictures.

  

quilt1Vintage handsewn quilt:

Thanks to everyone who voted,  there’s no doubt that the quilt ended up where it belongs—with Emily and Tyler.   Hope it helps you get settled when you move to Cleveland.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Stimey’s son Sam was really excited to get all the books—maybe the only hard part was choosing which one to read first.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Angel earrings:

They look great on Stacy–and hope they bring you luck! 

 

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Claudia sent this picture of Obama-mania  with some pins I picked up at the inauguration—that went right from Cluttercast to the school auction.  Also check out Anna’s blog to see pictures of what she made from my fabric samples.   She really is All Things Creative.   And Tracey wrote a post to let us know the leather gloves  are in good hands.

  Thanks again for sending pictures–and for inviting everyone (and my clutter) into your homes.

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Delicate dishes from Japan

March 30th, 2009

It was spring.   I was in Japan for the first and only time, with my first husband, before we even had children.   That’s when I bought this set of small dishes.   They represent a trip that included many wonderful memories.

When I got home,  I put the box away, waiting for an occasion when I might use them to serve something suitable.   Obviously I don’t entertain much—they’ve sat in the same box, in various cabinets,  in every kitchen in the 5 homes I’ve lived in since that trip.    I’ve never once taken them out. 

I saw Japan in the spring, so I think this is my version of a little spring cleaning.

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 (each dish about 4 inches in diameter)

If you would like this item,  please  let me know in a comment.   If you know someone else who might like it, I hope you’ll share this and let them know.

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Prada: Pretty in Pink

March 29th, 2009

When times are tough, people buy pink.  At least according to the New York Times Style section a couple weeks ago.  I get that—-and I definitely believe different colors can affect our moods.    Maybe wearing pink is like seeing the world through rose-colored glasses.

 After I read that article I thought about this Prada bag I bought years ago and never use.  My daughter isn’t a pink person either.    So  I figure in our current economy—Prada + Pink is the perfect color combination.

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If you would like this item,  please  let me know in a comment.   If you know someone else who might like it, I hope you’ll share this and let them know.

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This Week’s Catchers

March 28th, 2009

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Anne Brown and Linda Kaserman–I’ll send each of you a couple shirts, so everybody gets to ….enjoy the massacre…??

 

 

 

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Chocolate fountain:

 Some serious chocoholics out there.   Tossed the names into an empty can of Sees’ chocolate almonds.   And the fountain goes to…. Helen H.  ( I wonder if the ”H” stands for Hersheys.)  

 

 

 

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Lederhosen:

Krista Colvin ????   A professional organizer and she WANTS MY CLUTTER????

I thought she was kidding.   After all, Krista is cluttercasting every week.    She’s tough on clutter.  Turns out she’s got a soft spot—-for Edelweiss….      

 

  

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BCBG Sparkly Sweater:

 Also tossed these names into the candy jar.  So much easier making decisions this way!   The sweater goes to Ashley, hope it works for you!

 

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Miraval tote bag:

Liz:  because it’s not  just a tote bag but an attitude:  Life in Balance.

 

 Remember to visit the Cluttercast Forum.  Join to connect with other cluttercasters—  Emilie just posted some jewelry she’s cluttercasting this week.  Check it out.

If your name is above and you won something, please send your address to DarryleP@gmail.com.  Winners have one week to send an address—-after that, the item goes into Unclaimed Clutter and someone else will get a chance at it.

Thanks to everyone for your comments and support of Cluttercast.

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Everything is not little in Little League

March 27th, 2009

All over the country,  it’s time for the start of kids’ baseball season.   My son played on teams for years.   I will never forget the day he tried on his first baseball outfit and saw himself in the mirror.   Like a girl in her first prom dress, it’s a moment you never forget. 

My son’s baseball pants were always torn, and full of grass stains and dirt.  I never saved any of them. 

These pants are not stained or torn because no one played baseball in them.  My husband wore them—when the coaches were required to wear them to All star games.   These I saved. 

Because if you’ve sat in the bleachers for hours,  kids’ baseball can become tedious at times,  even when you’re watching your own kid.   Which is why it was always entertaining to see the  dads—wearing skintight baseball pants.   Play ball!

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(baseball pants, light gray, Men’s size XL)

If you would like to have this item, please let me know in a comment. If you know someone else who might like it, I hope you’ll share this and let them know.

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Clutter. Awareness. Week???

March 26th, 2009

No kidding,  I heard on Twitter that this is Clutter Awareness Week,  according to Lorie Marrero, creator of the Clutter Diet.   Hey, I’ll celebrate anything.

So here’s some Clutter(cast) Awareness:

alltop-badgeCluttercast is now  on  Alltop— an “online magazine rack” that is a world of discovery, including all the blogs you could possibly want to find on any subject.  You’ll see Cluttercast on the list of the top deals on the web, under Frugality, and Deals.  Check it out.

The world of cluttercasting is expanding beyond my personal piles of clutter.  Other people have already started cluttercasting on their own blogs.   Krista Colvin, an organizer in Portland, Oregon, met me on Twitter and immediately established every Friday as   Cluttercast day.   We’ll have Krista to thank someday if Cluttercast Friday becomes a national holiday.

I just learned that Emilie is doing the same thing; every Friday on her blog Bunch of Scrap. She already has a Cluttercast Friday Badge.  Which meant that I had to get a badge.  Now I do.  It’s in the sidebar;  please help yourself.

You won’t want a badge if you don’t have a blog.   But you can still cluttercast,  find out who else is cluttercasting, and participate in the community—right here.   That’s the idea behind Cluttercast Forum.  It’s a place where you can connect to other cluttercasters—and Cluttercatchers.   I just joined—and hope you will too.    Also look forward to seeing you on the Cluttercast Facebook page.

Clutter Awareness Week: it might be officially over–but not here.  Not even close.

Miscellaneous

Cluttercast: Miraval tote bag

March 26th, 2009

Miraval, in Tucson, Arizona, is Oprah’s favorite destination resort.  She’s talked about it frequently and even had a contest once, taking 50 lucky winners along with her for the experience of a lifetime.  

No, Oprah didn’t take me to Miraval.   My friend Myra did.   A few years ago I was fortunate enough to spend  a few beautiful and blissful days being pampered there.   It was everything Oprah says it is.

 This is the tote bag we got, and I kept mine as a souvenir of the trip.  Maybe someone might want it who hasn’t been there—with or without Oprah—but might also feel inspired by the Miraval mission: Life in Balance.

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If you would like this item,  please  let me know in a comment.   If you know someone else who might like it, I hope you’ll share this and let them know.

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Cluttercast: BCBG sparkly sweater

March 25th, 2009

Maybe it’s due to my days with a Hollywood lifestyle, but I like a little sparkle sometimes.  

This is something sparkly I picked up on Ebay.  It’s a flattering, very comfortable style in a loose weave with sequins that would fit lots of sizes— and it still has the tags on it.  That’s because….I’m not sure I really want to admit this….but I bought two.  At least I wore the other one, in a different color.   

Both are  by BCBG: I think it stands for:  Be Careful Before Getting.

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If you would like to have this item, please let me know in a comment. If you know someone else who might like it, I hope you’ll share this and let them know.

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Cluttercast: Lederhosen

March 23rd, 2009

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  I was 19.  It was my first trip to Europe and I bought an authentic pair of lederhosen because…..it seemed like the thing to do when you’re in Austria. 

Don’t even bother wondering if I ever wore them.  Of course not.    But for some inexplicable reason, of all the amazing things I acquired, THIS is what I kept.   I just had a feeling that someday the lederhosen would come in handy.

30 years later, that day arrived.  My son’s school was putting on  The Sound of Music and they put out a call for lederhosen to costume the von Trapp family.   I felt very righteous, thinking about all  those organizer types who advise people like me to get rid of anything you haven’t used in the last year.   

The night of the show I settled into my folding chair at the school.  My son was a 3rd grader; he was  in the play for maybe 30 seconds.  But I sat through all 4 performances in order to see my lederhosen finally make their appearance on a human being.  

They never did.  The von Trapp boys were all wearing lederhosen.  But not mine.  

It’s maybe appropriate to mention that the last song the von Trapp family sings is called  “So long, Farewell, Auf Weidersehen, Goodbye.” 

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If you would like to have this item, please let me know in a comment. If you know someone else who might like it, I hope you’ll share this and let them know.

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Cluttercast: chocolate fountain

March 22nd, 2009

I was at a party in Pebble Beach the first time I saw one.   A fountain:  instead of running water, it was running liquid chocolate.   I had no idea such a thing existed, except in my dreams.      I was mesmerized, and stood watching for an embarrassingly long time—while I dipped an embarrassingly large number of fruit and marshmallows.

I never knew there was a home version.    This was a gift—and I think it’s in my best interest never to take this out of the box.   

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If you would like this item,  please  let me know in a comment.   If you know someone else who might like it, I hope you’ll share this and let them know.

I’ll pick a name at random,  so don’t worry about trying to describe  why you need a chocolate fountain or why you love chocolate    Trust me: I get it.

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This Week’s Catchers

March 22nd, 2009

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 Harley Davidson:   Lisa Love

I ride a Harley…. I would  give it to my mom for her 60th birthday coming up in May…she also rides a Harley.

 

 

 

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Matt Christopher books:  

Stimey:  I try so hard not to comment here, because I’m also trying very hard to declutter, but this…this I cannot pass up. My 7-year-old reads everything in sight. He would love these. Then they would be passed down to my 5-year-old and eventually my 3-year-old. Plus, I’m trying to increase their interest in actual (non video game) outdoor sports, so these would be perfect!

Steve: Since I was laid off last August, we had to pull our son out of preschool, so he is home with us all day now…most of the books we have in the house are girl themes like fairies that are his older sister’s hand-me-downs, the Matt Christopher books would give our son something he could identify with. 

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Mosaic earrings and keychain:

DarleneThese are beautiful! If they haven’t found a home, I would love to have them…

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Prom dress:

Sandy: The City of San Jose has a program where they collect new or slightly worn prom dresses for low income students so that they can go to their prom. I would be thrilled to give them this dress.

 

Thank you to everyone who commented.  If your name is above, please send your address to: DarryleP@gmail.com.

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Cluttercatchers: Hello Dolly

March 20th, 2009

Little girls and their dolls—-what can you say?  Except how happy I am that my daughter’s porcelain dolls ended up far from California,  in such good hands .  Gayle’s twin daughters in Washington, D.C. have adopted two of them:

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Ruth in Ohio has two new dolls, to replace the porcelain dolls she lost as a child in a fire and never forgot….

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And the last doll is with Taffy, who’s giving it to her granddaughter in Texas.

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Cluttercast: Texas Chainsaw Massacre

March 20th, 2009

Once or twice a year a  box used to arrive at our house from a Hollywood studio.  Inside would be an assortment of t-shirts or books and other items tied into the promotion of a new movie about to be released.  These care packages were always addressed to my son Daniel, sent by a family friend working at the studio.  Getting a new package was always fun for Daniel’s group of friends–not just seeing what was in the package, but he always shared whatever he got.

It was kind of like having a fairy godmother.  These shirts came from the remake of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre.  In Hollywood, fairy godmothers don’t deal with  glass slippers and pumpkins.

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(2 blue shirts men’s size L, one gray XL)

If you would like to have this item, please let me know in a comment. If you know someone else who might like it, I hope you’ll share this and let them know.

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What’s New on Cluttercast

March 18th, 2009

Cluttercast has a new page on Facebook, where you can meet other supporters of Cluttercast and see what’s happening.    To visit and join our community, click here.

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And there something else new:  ClutterBoard– which provides a way to expand Cluttercast– beyond MY clutter to YOURS.

Click here to join the network–and connect to everyone else.  Anyone can cluttercast here, whether or not you have a blog.   Just follow the instructions—and  feel free to post any item you want to cluttercast!

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Miscellaneous

Cluttercast: mosaic earrings and keychain

March 17th, 2009

My passion for mosaics is pretty obvious—you can see it in lots of my art, even in the design of this blog.  

I used to browse all the time–Ebay, garage sales, antique shops– looking for things to put INTO my own mosaics.  Which still doesn’t explain why I bought these beautiful examples of mosaics made in Italy.  I couldn’t put them into my artwork, I knew I wouldn’t wear the earrings, or use the keychain.   I bought them just because… I like mosaics.

 The problem is, I never met a mosaic I DIDN’T like.

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If you would like to have this item, please let me know in a comment. If you know someone else who might like it, I hope you’ll share this and let them know.

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Cluttercast: prom dress

March 17th, 2009

It looks like something Cinderella might wear to the ball.  Which is kind of appropriate since this is kind of a fairy tale.

My daughter picked out this dress when she was a high school freshman.  She HAD to have it, just in case she would be going to that year’s junior/senior prom.  Even if she didn’t go to the prom,  she promised  she would save the dress and wear it to a future prom.

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This was completely unlike Alli, who never asked  for anything extravagant.  So I bought it for her.  I’m  a sucker for fairy tales.  And even though the dress still has the tags on and never made it to a prom, she did  get to go to the ball with her prince.

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(prom dress and matching satin purse, size 9)

If you would like to have this item, please let me know in a comment. If you know someone else who might like it, I hope you’ll share this and let them know.

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