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Not the U.S. Open

June 22nd, 2009

Father’s Day is the traditional time for the final round of the U.S. Open.  Only it spilled over into today, the day AFTER Father’s Day.  I’m sure plenty of people besides my husband were watching  on a weekday especially since it turned out to be an exciting battle for the championship.

He couldn’t take his eyes off the TV but I did and my eyes fell on this.  I can tell you WHERE I got it—(on Ebay) and WHY (for a mosaic project).    Just don’t ask me WHAT it is.   I have no idea.

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(ceramic golf mystery item with removeable golfers, about 6 ” square)

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summer scarf

June 22nd, 2009

Because it’s officially the start of summer.   Because it’s sheer and light and white.  Because it’s too pretty to sit in a drawer.   Because it’s June, and because even though it’s not a veil, it reminds me of something a bride would wear.  Which is why this feels like the right time for this scarf.      

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(hand-detailed scarf, never worn, length 75″)

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Is it too late to “spring back”?

June 17th, 2009

 

I’m such a terrible procrastinator, always running late.  I was feeling so proud of myself for my last post—getting a jump on the official first day of summer.  

Then I realized I forgot this— which I meant to post a couple months back when it was more appropriate.   Although technically, I made it under the wire.   Until summer officially begins,  it’s still spring.   So Happy Easter.

 

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(ceramic rabbit, about 5″ high)

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Surprise: it’s summer!

June 15th, 2009

Clutter is not just a physical problem; it’s also mental.  I’m convinced my brain is so cluttered that I lose track of time.  Days, weeks, months, even seasons tend to sneak up on me somehow.

I have no idea what happened to the month of May.  Or to the first few weeks of June.  But I just looked at the calendar and realized that summer officially begins in a few days.  Which is why I’m posting this brand new beach bag NOW—and not next Christmas.

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Travel treats: A girly goodbye gift

June 14th, 2009

This is a cluttercast courtesy of my daughter Alli.    Her husband was recently redeployed to Iraq, and she moved back to California.   Before she left,  she was given this set called “Travel treats”:  6 lotions and shower gels –all smelling like butter cream and frosting and burnt sugar—the kind of treats girls love. 

Alli  didn’t think she would use this— and she hadn’t even unpacked before offering it to cluttercast.   I’m not sure if this comes from her natural tendency—or as a reaction to growing up with me.   Instead of holding onto things for years like I do,  Alli has no problems letting go.

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Canine collar

June 10th, 2009

Since my son left for college, leaving me with an empty nest, he’s been urging me to get a dog.    He thinks I need a companion in addition to our cat.

We live in Carmel, possibly the most dog–friendly town in America.   So his suggestion does make sense.  What doesn’t make sense is owning the collar before we own the dog.  

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(dog collar, made in Guatemala,  1 inch wide, for medium-size dog?)

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Pirate party

June 9th, 2009

 A party with a pirate theme.   Put together in a package.  By someone else.   All I did was buy it, at a charity auction a few years ago.  I bought it because my son’s high school teams were the Pirates. 

I thought it would be a kick—to see him and his football buddies with these little kids’ party items at a graduation party.    And it definitely would have been fun ….if the graduation hadn’t been 2 years ago.

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Passage for parents

June 8th, 2009

A few years ago we were traveling through the Amish country in Pennsylvania.  I’d never been there and was fascinated by learning about their culture, especially about how their children grow up inside an isolated community without many of the modern things that are so much part of our kids’ lives.

Maybe that’s why I was surprised to see this plaque.  It didn’t seem to fit with the Amish lifestyle—-it sure fit with mine, so I bought it. 

It needs to belong to a family that can appreciate it— in our house, we’ve outgrown it.     

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Golf and Father’s Day

June 3rd, 2009

Although personally I don’t really get it, something about golf really, really gets to guys.   I lose my husband to golf every weekend—either on a real course or on TV.  And I’m not the only one. 

I know where my husband will be spending Father’s Day, just like millions of other dads—–watching the US Open.  And if that includes a dad in your family,  these mugs could be par for the course. 

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(Ceramic golf mugs; brand new)

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car crazy

June 1st, 2009

Yesterday I posted an item for men.  And since Father’s Day is coming, I thought   I’d continue the male theme for the rest of this week.  To prove that clutter—and Cluttercast—are not for women only.

And nothing is more of a guy thing than cars.  At least in my book.    So this book can be yours—if the dad in your life is crazy for cars.

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(Brand new large coffee table book)

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Related and rescued

May 31st, 2009

Cluttercast enters its 6th month today!  Check out the Cluttercast confessions on my blog—and see how my son inspired Cluttercast.

Years ago he started collecting his outgrown clothes and cast-offs.   He has great taste, and when his friends come over,  they take whatever they want.  His “free clothes pile” has become a tradition (and another way to know we’re related.)

Before his friends came home from college this summer, I scouted the pile in advance, and rescued this new, never-worn jacket…. posted in homage to the free clothes pile.

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(Nylon jacket by Blue Marlin, brand new, men’s size size XL)

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Up-side down

May 28th, 2009

I kept these around for a rainy day.   When times are hard,  and people are feeling down, sometimes even the smallest things can cheer them up.  There are 52 of those small things in each of these packs of cards—maybe they can help  turn the down-side up.

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Princess power

May 26th, 2009

I recently read a piece about Princess fever, how parents have mixed feelings about their daughters and princess paraphernalia, and how the princess message is particularly pervasive and powerful to little girls.

I’m glad to be past all that.   My daughter liked the Disney characters but  didn’t buy into the whole thing– I used say she was the “anti-princess”.   Although this article didn’t strike a chord for me personally, it did strike a chord— in the clutter.

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(Set of four princesses, brand new, about 3 inches high)

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Peter Walsh: Enough Already!!

May 24th, 2009

He’s Oprah’s guru when it comes to organizing.  But  Peter Walsh  and I are on different planets—and it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure it out.

A few weeks ago,  I was sent free samples of his new office organizing system.   I didn’t even bother unpacking them—-I put them right on Cluttercast and sent it to someone else.   So I was safe.  Free of guilt.  Free to live without Peter Walsh on my own cluttered planet.  

Until this arrived.  I don’t know what Peter Walsh and his team were thinking when they sent me his latest book— but I do know what I’m thinking .  Just what the title says: Enough Already!

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Creature feature

May 21st, 2009

These tiny rubbery creatures were my secret weapon.  My kids always looked forward to the times that I would take out my collection of tiny little toys.   This would only be in restaurants and on special occasions when  we were in a confined space and I needed them to behave.  The creepy collection worked like a charm.

Maybe too well.  Turns out these little critters could have traumatized my daughter for life.  Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

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Anthropologie times two

May 20th, 2009

I wrote a post recently for the Huffington Post about National Cleavage Day– and how I  lost my own cleavage (and both breasts) to breast cancer.  I’ve learned not only how to laugh about this situation—but how to dress for it.

I hit the jackpot when loose fitting baby doll tops became stylish.   I didn’t know how long they’d stay in fashion so I grabbed them whenever I could find them.  Like this brown top that I found at Anthropologie. 

When I went through my closet recently, I discovered that apparently I liked it so much I accidentally bought the same exact top TWICE.   This one still has the tags on it.

It’s chocolate brown, , much darker than it looks in this photo.   I like this top because it artfully camoflages my missing breasts—but it looks even better if you’ve still got yours.

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(Anthropologie top by Ric Rac, size L, BRAND NEW with tags)

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