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How to tell Mom you love her

April 30th, 2009

I love books in general.  Always have.  And those little books have some kind of special magnetic pull on me.  I can’t stop collecting them.   They’re cute and clever and such a simple way to let someone know you’re thinking about them.   And who better to think about than your mom on Mother’s Day? 

Even if you don’t give your mom a book or a gift or even a card, I hope everyone will find some way to wish your mom a Happy Mother’s Day, and let her know you love her. 

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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.

This item will close at 9 p.m. PST Friday May 1.

Please check Cluttercast Saturday May 2 for list of winners so items can be shipped in time for Mother’s Day.

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Pearls….of wisdom?

April 28th, 2009

Maybe you don’t think your mother’s advice always contains “pearls of wisdom”.   I doubt my kids would say that either.

 But I always associate mothers with pearls  because my mother loved pearls.   So I thought other mothers might appreciate the mother/pearl association.  

These are vintage—real pearls and real gold.  And I think they’d be a real wonderful gift . 

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HOW TO WIN: If you would like to have this item, please have a friend subscribe to Cluttercast–and  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.

This item will close at 9 p.m. PST Friday May 1.

Please check Cluttercast Saturday May 2 for list of winners so items can be shipped in time for Mother’s Day.

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Time for Mothers

April 27th, 2009

 Nothing means more to me than being a mother.   I lost my own mom when she was 41.  That’s probably why I have such fierce feelings about Mother’s Day.    And that’s why I decided that this week I would post some items I thought would make nice Mother’s Day gifts.

This is a brand-new, never-worn, still-in-the-box Anne Klein watch.  One of the things I like best is that it’s a mixture of gold and silver and works with anything you wear.  It was a gift—and I can’t remember the giver or the occasion or even whether it was a gift for me or for my daughter.  Which doesn’t really matter, since neither of us wears a watch anyway.

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 (Anne Klein II watch; measures 7 inches around)

HOW TO WIN: If you would like to have this item, please have a friend subscribe to Cluttercast–and  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.

This item will close at 9 p.m. PST Friday May 1.

Please check Cluttercast Saturday May 2 for list of winners so items can be shipped in time for Mother’s Day.

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This Week’s Catchers

April 24th, 2009

 Be sure to check Cluttercast every Saturday– which is the day winners will be posted from now on.   Just part of my ongoing effort to get organized.  Here are the results for this week:

 

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 Food to Live ByDawn

 Living in Iowa I have grown up “green”… we still have a garden and with 2 little kids at home and a third on the way I know this tradition will carry on. We have also switched to re-usable grocery bags, CFL bulbs and recycle, recycle, recycle! My wish is that my girls will learn the importance of Earth Day every day and will pass those values on to their own children.

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Junk Mail planter: Nicole Peltonn

I have loved so much that you’ve put up, but want to declutter my own place. This, however, I would love. We’re renting and the landscaping is pleasing but not very unique or exciting. I’ve decided to put out some flowers in planters so then we can take them with us. I’d love to have something like this to put out front (away from the puppies). 

 

img_5968Unisex copper bracelet: C. Otter

“… the copper bracelet may be just what I need to help me recover from a shingles episode that started last June. “

I hope it works!

 

 

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Earth Day t-shirt: Terri

My daughter, 8, is in Brownie girl scouts, and  her troop 60270 will be digging in the dirt and planting trees and seeds at a horse ranch.  Our family recycles every day and offers items for free for others to reuse. We live among a forest, and have planted native vines and bushes in our yard and are tilling an old vegetable garden to get ready for our own vegetable garden.

This would be perfect for you or your daughter  to wear while planting your own vegetable garden!

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Hate Junk mail? A new way to look at it

April 24th, 2009

 My friend Jane and I were at a sidewalk art show when we came across a booth that was filled with pots and bowls in all shapes and sizes, everything made of a material that looked like some kind of colorful stone.  Then the woman told us what we were looking at. 

Junk mail.  This woman came up with a  process where she boils and shapes junk mail into items that are each completely unique and useful.  PLus surprisingly attractive and surprisingly lightweight. 

Jane loves anything that has even a touch of purple— and she loves plants.  But when she brought the planter home, she realized she has no place to put it.  So she offered it to me. 

I love things made of recycled goods.  But I have a notorious black thumb—and Jane has seen the evidence.  So she suggested I cluttercast it.   And I thought today is the perfect time—- closing a week  focused on saving the earth. 

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(planter made by “Boiled Junk Mail Into Beauty”, 8 1/2 inches high, 7 inches across)

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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Food to Live By: on Earth Day and every day

April 22nd, 2009

Every day is Earth Day at  Earthbound Farm—the world’s largest grower of organic produce, which is located right nearby in Carmel Valley.  Where the earth and the environment are always front and center.

 So front and center  on Cluttercast in honor of Earth Day is an autographed copy of the Earthbound Farm Cookbook by Co-founder Myra Goodman. Even if  Myra didn’t happen to be one of my closest friends, this would still be my very favorite cookbook.  (At least until Earth Day 2010 when Myra publishes her second cookbook.)

 To be completely honest:  this cookbook IS my favorite .   But it’s not clutter.  And I’m not giving mine away.  Not that anyone would want my copy.  It’s filled with stains from all the meals I’ve cooked with it.

In honor of Earth Day, Myra is giving away a signed copy like mine— without the stains.

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HOW TO WIN AND SPECIAL BONUS:

 Knowing Myra makes me extra conscious of our environment.  In fact, cluttercasting itself is one way to go green.

Let me know in a comment why you think Earth Day is important or how you have changed one thing in your life to go green.    The winner will get a signed copy of FOOD TO LIVE BY.    As a special bonus in honor of Earth Day,  3 commenters (chosen at random) will get a free Earthbound Farm tote bag.     Thank you Myra and Happy Earth Day!!

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Celebrating Earth Day

April 20th, 2009

GUEST POST by Marsha Collier, Ebay guru– author of 15 “For Dummies” Books about Ebay

With Earth Day approaching , I decided that this year I wouldn’t be left out.  Since I was at the very first Earth Day in Central Park, the day meant a lot to me (from what I can remember, since I was obviously so very young).).  I went to look for my commemorative T-shirt for the day, and couldn’t find it. (It had obviously dissolved– as  real antique T-shirts do).

But I did find a mint condition – never worn– 20th anniversary pink Earth Day T-shirt!  What a treasure! My daughter and I bought it in Washington DC during a trip in 1990. I folded it up and put it away.

Since all I want is my old, old t-shirt, this new (19 year old) pretender will never do. Darryle, I hope one of your green, earth friendly readers will see the value in this shirt.

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(T-shirt, size Large)

Note:  Marsha and I went to high school together.  So I’m a little confused, Marsha, to hear you attended the first Earth Day.  1970?  How is that possible?    By my calculations, that would make both of us much older than we look or feel.  So if you really were at that first Earth Day event in Central Park, you must have been watching from your stroller.  LOL   And thank you for this “vintage” collector’s item!

IN HONOR OF EARTH DAY:   Please comment and tell one thing YOU do, or something you plan to do,  to help save our earth. 

 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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Unisex copper bracelet

April 20th, 2009

This is a really nice example of a unisex magnetized  bracelet—it has copper and silver in a pretty rope design and these bracelets are supposed to have lots of health benefits.

Not in our house.  The only thing it caused in our house was a dispute between me and my husband V after I found it the other day.  Neither of us remembers ever wearing it.  Or buying it.

He says I must have bought it a long time ago and don’t remember.   I say he bought it to wear on his sore wrist when he played golf.   

Of course we all know who’s right.  But there’s not much point in discussing it—and not much point in keeping it. 

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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

April 19th, 2009

 

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 OMG. Please, please, please. Please! I have 4 kids and my house is the kid hangout for all of their friends….  I would be your humble servant if you would pick me.  This is the “Brewer crew.”  (one of the kids is my nephew.) Don’t let their cute smiles fool you. The baby (who is 5 now) is the only one who somewhat listens to me…..  Oh Gawd, please pick me for this!!!

 

How could I turn down Wendy’s desperate comment and these faces?

 

 

 

 

 

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Knitters Get your needles ready: Gini, Loretta, Martha,  Angela  (please read below)

I’m not sure who belongs to the Knitter’s Circle—so please let me know.  I’d like to send the yarn to knit for the USO—this project sounds close to my heart since my son-in-law is headed to Iraq for his second deployment.  I’ll also send some  to Angela  for Project Linus.   

   

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Under the sea and Under the C(clutter): Darlene and Minnie

Since both of you want these for your granddaughters,  you can each have one.  Whoever contacts me first gets to choose her character.

 

 

Thanks to everyone who commented!   Winners: please email Cluttercast@gmail.com with your address.

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Under the Sea and Under the C (clutter)

April 17th, 2009

The Little Mermaid“ first came out when my daughter was around 4 and she got hooked—just like a fish.    She had a Little Mermaid birthday party, slept on Little Mermaid sheets (I’ve still got those someplace), and she collected all the ceramic figurines from the movie.

Unfortunately Ariel and a few other characters perished in the Northridge earthquake that rocked Los Angeles  a few years later.   Flounder and  Sebastian survived  the earthquake and survived abandonment—-and are awaiting rescue.   

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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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Knitters : get your needles ready

April 15th, 2009

When I put out a request for guest cluttercasters,   I didn’t expect door to door service.  But almost immediately, my friend Lynne showed up for an overnight visit, and  arrived on my doorstep with a huge bag of yarn.   She’s commiserated with me over clutter and made good on her promise to clear out some of hers.   

A few years ago, Lynne  became a manic knitter— she turns out the most incredibly gorgeous blankets like a knitting machine, even starting a business.   Her output has slowed down and maybe even a machine couldn’t finish knitting the yarn waiting in her house.    So she’s sharing a big batch of it:   22 balls of yarn in a mix of colors—- some of it pictured here.  Lots of hours are represented by this bag— the possibilities are limited only by the imagination. (And don’t even get me started on how much yarn is sitting in my own house.)

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How to win:    Since this item is a gift shared by a friend,  you can win this bag if you share Cluttercast with a friend.    Have your friend  subscribe to Cluttercast and then leave me your comment and let me know you would like the yarn.  

This item will close at noon PST Saturday April 18.

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Clutter update

April 13th, 2009

Anyone who collects clutter knows how it tends to spread out–and now the word is spreading too. As more people hear about Cluttercast, more clutter is beginning to float around the internet. I thought I’d update some of the latest.

Ebay guru Marsha Collier, author of 15 for Dummies books on Ebay, just featured Cluttercast on her weekly radio show. Click hear to listen to our interview.

Lots of bloggers are writing about Cluttercast, and several people have picked up the idea of Cluttercast Fridays, thanks to Krista Colvin. Recently I learned about a new Cluttercaster: Shopping Out Loud, who just listed her first item. And most Fridays, you can find new items at Bunch of Scrap, Organize in Style, and Runako Designs.

I love seeing the Cluttercatchers who end up with my own clutter. There is nothing like seeing the faces of kids when they get something new.

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Here is Steve’s son Brendan with his new Matt Christopher books.   

I also loved seeing the reaction of another kid who is Headless Mom’s latest Cluttercatcher–whose mom  wrote a beautiful post about their experience.  Headless Mom was the first person to Cluttercast aside from me.     And I’m excited that my first guest Cluttercast will be posted here tomorrow.

Miscellaneous

Calling all Kids

April 12th, 2009

Finally a way to get kids to listen:  a megaphone.  

When I saw this years ago, I thought this idea was genius and I bought two.   One for each kid.  I put them away planning to use them at the first opportunity.

I’ve always been a procrastinator and I think maybe this time I procrastinated too long.  I took them out finally but I don’t think my kids will hear me.  One of my kids is in college in Wisconsin and one lives in Texas.

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RulesThis item will close at noon PST Saturday April 18.

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

April 12th, 2009

Wow.  The HP printer was the most popular item ever on Cluttercast: with 76 comments.

That means more people are discovering Cluttercast.   It also means it’s even harder to decide who wins.  So starting  soon, watch for specific information with each new item regarding how winners for that item will be chosen.

Meanwhile I went with random drawings again this week to save my sanity. Here goes:

img_6035Peter Walsh organizing system: Melanie

I took a break from trying to cage the clutter here to read your blog–we could use lots of help around here…

 

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HP Compact photo printer: Toni Chase

 I have thousand of pictures hidden in my computer somewhere, this printer would sure come in handy! I could actually PRINT my pictures and maybe put them in an album! What a thought!

 

 

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Pretty as a picture:  I thought I would split them up:

One frame to Sassypants Wifey

One frame to Beth

One frame to Wendy Brewer

(if you have a preference please let me know)

I really wish I could send something to everyone, every week.    Keep reading for new items every week, and thank you for supporting Cluttercast.

(Winners: please email your address to Cluttercast@gmail.com)

This Week's Catchers

Be our Guest…..Cluttercaster

April 10th, 2009

help_wanted_sign_1You don’t see many Help Wanted signs these days.  Which makes this an especially appropriate time to post it here.   In this ailing economy,  people’s spirits are sinking.   Cluttercasting is an easy way to lift someone else’s spirits—and yours at the same time.

So Cluttercast is looking for Guest Cluttercasters who want to send out some positivity– along with some clutter.    Don’t worry that I’m running out of clutter—NOT EVEN CLOSE.  I’m planning to continue posting as long as people want my stuff.    But I want to expand the concept. 

There is SO MUCH stuff out there,  sitting around in so many homes besides mine.    Cluttercasting is  good for the economy, the environment, good for the soul.

So let me know if you have an item to cluttercast and you don’t have a blog.  Please email me at Cluttercast@gmail.com to list it here. It’s easy to do—and it feels even better to give than to receive.

Miscellaneous

Pretty as a picture

April 8th, 2009

I’m posting these now because somehow it makes sense right after the printer.     Even if you don’t own a photo printer, everyone uses frames. 

I sure do;   my house is overflowing with family pictures.   And when I find frames I like on sale, like these Ashleigh Moore designs,  I can’t resist scooping them up. 

It’s like that famous saying:  “You can’t be  too thin or too rich…..or  have too many picture frames.”   

Actually, you can.

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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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