Archive for March, 2009

Cluttercast: Matt Christopher books

March 16th, 2009

You won’t see books on Cluttercast very often.  I have lots and lots of them—-but I can’t bear to give them up.  I’ve always had a strong attachment to books and reading since I was a child.   My daughter  does too.   I didn’t think it was possible for me to give birth to a child who did NOT love reading. 

Until my son came along.   From the time he was born, I did all the right things to  interest him in books.   He liked sports.  So I bought books about sports—baseball, football, basketball, hockey.   I bought almost every single book written by Matt Christopher, a popular author for school-age boys who wrote stories about sports.    This series — featuring almost every imaginable sport– is plenty of evidence that I tried.  Unfortunately, these same books—all brand new, never opened— are also evidence that  I struck out. 



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This Week’s catchers

March 14th, 2009

Lots of clutter will go out this week;  here’s who’s getting it:



Rosemary My dearest friend’s favorite movie is Love Story…. We have been friends since we were 5.  She had a horrible 2008. ..  I think these would be a great “surprise” to receive as a … gift from her dearest friend of 32 years. 

Mary HamOne year… I was given a present from my husband of beautiful turquoise earrings and bracelet. Unfortunately the clasp came undone on the bracelet and I lost it. The bracelet would go wonderfully with the earrings my husband gave me but it wouldn’t replace the thought or love he put into it.

Jann: My sister-in-law is part Native American, and I’d love to share these with her. She lives in Nevada…away from the “family”. Maybe these will let her know we still love her.

One bracelet to each of the above– one pair of gloves to each of the following 3:

img_5741 Italian leather gloves:

 Nerissa:  I was in the Navy stationed in Sicily and had bought a beautiful pair of Italian leather gloves while living there.  I let my inner child get the best of me playing in the snow with my kids a few years ago and I completely ruined them . Now who knows if I will ever get to travel back to Italy to find another  pair.

Anna: I’ve been looking long and hard for a beautiful set of leather gloves. I would cherish these for many years.

Tracey: I would love to have a pair for my sister. Her birthday is in April.


Embroidered Greek gown:

Shannon:  I have no need for this, but it is beautiful. I would love to have it!





 Tootsie pops:

Danielle:  Pop art like this is great for photography. I am aspiring to be a professional photographer, and I find that using familiar symbols, like these tootsie pops, in an usual setting really captures people’s attention. It’s hard to find examples of this naturally, and these could really help me in a photo essay that would develop that idea, and help me gain photographic skill. I’ll even email you the finished photos.



Handknit sweater:

Miranda:  I love unique clothing and would love to wear this  in the winter.



I’m sending these items to the first people who asked.  Thank you to everyone who commented.



Chinese killer whales:  Terri 




Angel earrings: Stacy






 Golf game:  Mindy





Rising crafts seed necklace: Heather




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Cluttercatcher: Moo-ving in

March 14th, 2009

img_5133So far Cluttercast has turned up some definite animal lovers.  Linda Brown, who got the duck necklace, is so quack-happy , she drives around with 300 ducks in her car.






Sandy Bouja doesn’t drive around with her cow collection;  she lives with it.  

She thought her home would be the perfect spot for my cow, who was part of a series called Cows on Parade.




Sandy says Daisy fits right in with the rest of the herd, right in front on her green pedestal.







Sandy, you are right about being crazy for cows.   I hope both you—-and Daisy–are udderly happy. 



Cluttercast: Harley Davidson set

March 13th, 2009


Harley.  Davidson.   Even the words scare me.  I’m terrified of motorcycles. 

This is where I got the cardholder and pen set–and borrowed the jacket for the picture.   It’s the only time I’ve ever been on a Harley. 


It was pretty wild.  Considering it was  parked inside a building in Manhattan.


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Sneak Preview: THINK MINK

March 11th, 2009

img031When I started Cluttercast as my New Year’s resolution, I did something  I often do: speak without thinking.  I do this a lot in real life and it’s complicated enough.  In cyberspace, words live forever.

Look over a couple inches to the right sidebar– you’ll see what I mean.  It’s still there—where I mention the mink coat.

I tossed off the mink as an example of “clutter”.   Hardly.

Yet reading this, it certainly sounds as if I’m going to cluttercast a mink coat.   Am I?  Those words have been sitting there; I’ve had time to think about them.  And after two months of cluttercasting, it’s time to THINK MINK.

Because nothing in my life is simple, in order to think mink,  I had to think about some other stuff.  Before the fur starts to fly.   

#1.  THINK FUR:  The mink coat comes from farm-raised animals but it’s still fur, and politically incorrect in many eyes.  Including mine.  That’s why the coat is sitting in my closet, not being worn.  For me, even cluttercasting a fur coat is a political statement of sorts—and I had to decide whether this means I’m supporting something I don’t believe in doing myself.  As I said, nothing is simple.

#2.  THINK FAMILY:  Also not simple.  Family to me includes my former family.  Namely my ex-husband H, who gave me the coat.  Even though I don’t wear it, we’re still friendly and I’d like to stay that way.

The most obvious recipient is my daughter Alli.  A vegetarian since age 12, you’d think I could safely assume she would never wear fur.  Because she says she won’t. 

But I also believed her when she refused to wear leather shoes all through high school.  7 years later, she owns enough UGGS to open a factory outlet.  So if she changed her mind about sheepskin, how do I know she won’t change her mind on mink?   Plus she currently lives in a warm climate; but the army could send her soldier husband to Alaska,  where she could become more fur friendly.

My son could clue her in on the cold, since he’s in college in Wisconsin.  But he says he doesn’t want the mink either.   Which leads me to…

#3.  THINK FRIENDS:  I have lots of friends.  Many of them live in cold climates.  Many of them are not opposed to wearing fur, as I am.  One friend even offered to loan me her mink coat to wear to the inauguration—I didn’t mention I had one sitting in my closet.   

Not only will some friends think I’m crazy to be giving it; they will want a shot at getting it.  Some of my friends don’t even know about Cluttercast yet.  They will now– and I’m sure I’ll hear from them in the days to come.

I’ll be posting the coat soon, and allow plenty of time for comments.  This is just a heads up.    To be sure you stay informed, click here to subscribe.    And THINK MINK.


Cluttercast: Embroidered Greek gown

March 11th, 2009

Same trip as the gloves, different country.  

This is a hand-embroidered gorgeous caftan from Greece .  I remember using the remainder of my cash to buy it  in a local market, on the very last day of my trip before flying back to New York the next morning.  Of course when I got home,  I packed it away for years.

You know that famous Latin saying:  Veni, vidi, vici.  I thought it meant: I came, I saw, I bought.     (please check measurements below)


(Floor length,  high slit up the front,  made of a heavy cotton -type fabric, measures 35″ across chest; 36″ hips)

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Cluttercatcher: update

March 9th, 2009


Thank you to everyone who voted on the vintage handsewn quilt:

Emily:  I’m so happy to give you this quilt as a housewarming gift; and hope it will make Cleveland feel more like “home.” 




These are items that no one asked for—or the winners did not claim, even though I tried to contact them by email.    Please feel free to comment below if you’d like one of the following. 




Chinese killer whales–click link for  original post on this item







Angel earrings–click link for original post on this item and others below







Golf game





Rising crafts 




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Cluttercast: Italian leather gloves

March 9th, 2009

I’m old enough to remember when a lady wore gloves to fancy occasions of any kind.   On my first trip to Europe as a college student, the exchange rate was so favorable that I could really live on a couple dollars a day in Italy.  So when I got to Florence,  I had enough extra money to scoop up several pairs of   soft, exquisite Italian leather gloves.  I brought them back from Italy and never  took them out of their plastic covers until two days ago when I found them, untouched and perfect.

I can’t imagine how many times the cost would have mutiplied since then—-if I was counting on fingers I’d need even more gloves than the 3 pairs I still have.


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This week on Cluttercast

March 8th, 2009


VINTAGE QUILT:   All of the reasons for wanting this quilt  are very thoughtful and moving—and thank you to all those who commented.

The quilt is in perfect shape, but I’m still torn—so please help  by voting for one :


My mother in law, Carolyn … has been making quilts with her church group for many years. They give the finished quilts to people in hospitals, hospices, assisted living centers, etc. Over the years she has gained a lot of knowledge about dating quilts based on the fabrics used and the style of the design. She has been teaching me some of her knowledge, so whenever I come across a vintage quilt, I now try to see if I can put an approximate date to it!
I think she would love this quilt for several reasons: first, her love of quilting; second her appreciation of handwork and the lasting memories it makes; and third because of the – as you said so well, Darryle – “home” feeling a quilt can give. I would like her to have it because she has been making quilts for others for so long, it’d be nice for her to have one all her own.
This will be a very popular item, I’m sure. Thanks for reading my comments.


What a beautiful quilt! And what a great idea for cleaning out the clutter! I would love this quilt, but I think my sister would love it more. She has her house decorated with antiques from my grandmother and various other family members. I have made her a quilt a few years ago, but she always wants to take my one antique quilt. This would be a great thing for her to have her own vintage quilt and it would feel great to let her know that I got it for her! She is letting me move in with her while my husband is on deployment for the next 8-12 months and that is a lot to take on. She has her own family to deal with and then is gracious enough to take me in with my 2 dogs. Thank you.


I feel the same way you do about quilts being so homey. I’ve never been able to afford any handmade quilts although I do love them. Around June we will be moving to Cleveland for more family support due to my disability. I am not really happy about moving there, mostly due to the weather, but that’s where we have the most family. In the long run it will wind up being better for my child, and that’s what it’s all about.  A beautiful quilt like this would be a wonderful housewarming gift for me, from someone whom, even though we do not know each other, knows what it’s like to suffer from long term illnesses and knows the sacrifices that must be made because of them. Thank you and be well.



Margaret:   My seven year old already knows he wants to be a scientist. Or an inventor. Or “the kind of doctor who would try to find out more about how babies grow inside their mommies to help people with sick babies.” I definitely see a microsope in his future. I think he’d love to try one out now.  I’ll even clutter cast two things to make up for bringing one one item into the house!

Margaret: I’m going to hold you to that! Please send your address to

Thank you to everyone!!


Cluttercast: Bracelets

March 7th, 2009

When I was in my early 20′s,  Love Story was an enormous hit—-and Ali MacGraw immediately became an icon.  I’ve always loved how she looked—-then and now.    She stopped making movies but occasionally I see a picture of her—in her 60′s, she is still gorgeous.  I especially love her style—simple, classic, usually with some knockout and unique jewelry. 

A few years ago I saw a picture of her in a magazine, wearing a stack of silver bracelets—just when I happened to go to a street fair.  One of the booths was selling all these bracelets with stones—and  I could totally picture myself looking just like Ali MacGraw.   

And the tag line of the movie was “Shopping Love means never having to say you’re sorry….”


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Cluttercast: Microscope

March 6th, 2009

 I never liked science.  I always thought I was missing a scientific gene.  Or maybe I just had  a mental block.  I managed to make it through high school and college (Yale, in fact) without ever taking chemistry.  I’m not proud of this—in fact this huge gap in my education is one of my major regrets. 

I didn’t want the same thing to happen to my kids.  I tried to encourage an interest in science despite my own deficiency.   But maybe there is a scientific gene missing from our DNA, after all.  This microscope sat for years in our house—and no one ever opened the box.


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Checking in from Clutter Central

March 5th, 2009

Two months of cluttercasting.   My longest New Year’s resolution ever.   For anyone making resolutions in the future:  if you want to succeed, publicly humiliating yourself is the way to go.   Meanwhile, a few things to clarify:

You would assume that since I’m clearing out so much stuff, my house looks much better.    Actually, it looks worse.   

img_5620This is a sneak peek at  my office;  you can see our cat asleep on the far right.  I’m not cluttercasting Peppy….although there are moments when I’ve considered it.     

 Some days bring buried treasure.   Like today, when I found this.


Designer scarf.  Early 80′s.   Eat your heart out if you love vintage.  I’m not cluttercasting it.  And here’s why.   This is the last time I remember wearing this scarf.


A few brief hours later (“brief” meaning 21 hours of excruciating torture) my first child was born in Cedars Sinai Hospital.   A few brief years after that….


I chose this picture not only because it happens to be within reach–but because this  shows my daughter wearing shoes.   

Today  I found those shoes.  Not just the shoes in the picture–but  an entire box of shoes– from the same era.  I lined up a few samples.   


Don’t even ask why anyone would save such a thing.  If I thought Alli might want them someday, I might even save them for another 20 years.   But she’s a military wife who moves around constantly.  She doesn’t save stuff like I do, and she has enough problems carting around the shoes she wears now.   

For myself,  today proved I’ve come a long way in two months of cluttercasting.   (pun alert)  Not just taking baby steps, but making  great strides in learning how to let go.   When I opened this box today,  I honestly didn’t want to keep the shoes—I just wanted to use them to take a short walk down memory lane.


Cluttercast: Tootsie pops

March 4th, 2009

They look absolutely real—but they’re not.   If these Tootsie pops were real, they would not be clutter.  They would be eaten.

And so far I haven’t been that desperate.   I don’t recommend them if you have small children at home—I don’t think they would get it.  In fact, I don’t quite get it.  I don’t know why anyone would even bother to make Tootsie pops that aren’t edible in the first place.

I bought them to use in my mosaics— as potential “art”.  I guess you could say “Pop Art.” 


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Cluttercast: handknit sweater

March 3rd, 2009

I tend to get very involved with something I love, especially something creative.  And in the early days of my marriage, before I had children,  it was knitting.
I bought all my yarn at a shop  in Beverly Hills.  There was a lady who sat in a small room at the back of the shop, and she could make up a pattern for any sweater I came up with in my imagination.     I became possessed.   I would design the concept, she’d make up the pattern and I’d knit it up.    Obviously this became a VERY expensive hobby– but after all,  it was Beverly Hills.

Once I had children I stopped knitting.   I put all the sweaters away in a box.   Every few years I would take them out and think of all that work and wonder what I should do with them.   This year,  finally I had the right idea.   (please check measurements below)



(wool sweater, measures about 37″ across chest, 19″ long)

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Cluttercast: vintage handsewn quilt

March 2nd, 2009

Cluttercast is officially 2 months old and I’m celebrating.   I’m celebrating the community that’s growing —and how great it feels to do this.   To celebrate doing something I love, I thought I’d cluttercast something I love.

I’ve collected vintage and antique quilts for years, at flea markets and auctions and garage sales and Ebay and anywhere else I find them.  To me, nothing says “home” like a quilt.    So this handsewn quilt will bring the comforts of “home” to someone else—sharing the love of quilts– and cluttercasting.


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This week’s catchers

March 1st, 2009

img_5437Red Hat:

My friend Eleanor has always been famous for her hats. She has a hat for every occasion. . I think that this red hat would be the perfect gift to Eleanor, at the best possible time in her life.  .. I will also get some pictures to share with everyone, to show you the “Many Hats of Eleanor”. … She is such a HOOT in her hats!! Bargain Mom



img_53961Porcelain dolls

When I was a child age 11 I lost my Father, then a year later our home burned to the ground and we lost everything. ..Even though I had several dolls that I cherished  that isn’t what i grabbed to take out of the house… I grabbed my Father’s jacket and several of his guns. You think you know how you will react to a situation, but  when a stressful incident happens there is something in the back of your mind that takes over. I have never gotten over the loss of my dolls, even though I am now in my 60’s…  RUTH

I have 4-year old twins who each have a porcelain doll. They love them and treat them very gently…. I am sure the girls would love, and treat well, these dolls!  GAYLE

When my first granddaughter was born I started giving her porcelain dolls every year on her birthday, she is turning 8 this year, i would love to give these to her this year.  TAFFY 

 I planned to split up the dolls and give each person one, and then I found two more!  So I’m sending one for each of Gayle’s twins, one for Taffy’s granddaughter, and two for Ruth. 

img_5532Cigar box:

Despite my many pleas, my husband is a committed cigar lover and smoker. He also is a collector of “wee” objects and I think he would love this… I collect gifts throughout the year to give to the family at the holidays…I have four children,  and we celebrate both Hanukkah…Christmas too. .. the porcelain cigar box would be the first gift  for the next holiday season. A perfect celebration of my husband’s addiction because he’s been so patient and generous with mine.  ANDI     (who is from my high school graduating class at Beach High!)


Donald Pliner bag:

I have a niece who would ADORE this!  Pundit Mom




img_55251Fish Pin

I would love to have this fish pin to amuse my grandson(age 5).  He is a Pisces and loves to swim so I always call him my little fish, I love the colors too since I love jeans and turquoise! ~Julie

Cluttercatchers: Please send your mailing address to: and I’ll ship your item this week. 

Thanks to everyone who commented!!

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