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This Little Piggy {Bank} Got A Makeover

My child is grown and grand children are a ways away so I had a personal chuckle about making over a piggy bank!

Titled Piggy Bank

My neighbor’s daughter, who is entering her sophomore year of college, is home for the summer.  She’s cleaning out her closet and gave me this piggy bank that needed some TLC.

Before and After

I spray painted it all gold and then I decided to give it to a co-worker for her grand daughter.  So I spray painted it white and added some large gold dots to make it a bit more kiddish.  I covered the nose with scrapbook paper to hide a crack, hot glued some buttons on the snout, ears and eyes, and then decided it was one cute pig!

side view

spot closeup tail


I’d have so much fun saving coin if I had this bank!  Did you have a piggy bank growing up?  Do your children?

Linking to the weekly party at Tatortots and Jello



Get-Together Gifts for My H.S. BFFs

I thoroughly enjoy giving gifts, big or small.  I love taking time to wrap them up special.  It’s one of my greatest pleasures, as evidenced by my The Gift Is In The Wrap Pinterest board.

This past weekend I got together with my 5 girlie bffs  from high school.  It’s been many years since we graduated but every time we see each other  we have bunches of laughs and I love every minute of it.  I wanted to give them each something little just to let them know I value their friendship.   Gifts don’t have to be expensive to send the right message.

I picked up 5 paper journals with different bright cheery covers and 5 pens, each one matching a journal, at Michaels.

Then I grabbed some paint chips and scrapbook paper from my stash, and added bakers twine and stickers to make a bookmark for each set.  I personalized each one with the initial of their first name.  This is an sample of the two sides.bookmarks

I tied each one up with some bright ribbon.


journal close up 1

close up 3close up 2

And there you have it.  Simple, inexpensive, personal, thoughtful.  Do you give little gifts like this?  I also made some birthday gifts for 3 of my friends, which I’ll share soon.


Holiday “Window Shopping” at Home Goods

I’m getting jazzed to start my holiday decorating.  I know, you’re probably thinking Stop, we need to first have Thanksgiving first!  But, there are so many awesome decorations out there I need to get my own up to decide what I need.  Last year I barely decorated because of my shattered wrist.

So, I was at Home Goods the other day just being a looky loo.  Want to see what I saw?

As decorations go…these lime green cone-shaped trees are on my “I need” list.  I already have the Santa.

Lime Green Velvet trees

love the larger ornaments…


and what about these colorful and bright nutcrackers…

Colorful Nutcrackers

I’m always a sucker for vases and glass…

Red Vase

Amber Vases

and these goblets would be fun to set on a table…

Red Goblets

What’s on my list you ask? Well, here’s what I shared with the hubby…

Fall DishesJeweled Glass

Glass and Purple BowsBlack-White Bird Dishes


Red Bench

Have you been out looking and getting ideas?  What’s on your list?  How are you decorating this year?