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Welcome to the Pig Pen!

A few weeks ago, my friend, Kim at Exquisitely Unremarkable had  this adorable pig pot hanger as a giveaway.  Since I have been collecting pigs for more than thirty years, I entered ..........and won! Thanks, Kim!
Isn't he adorable?  
I took this as a sign that it's time to share my pig collection.  Are you ready?
It all started with this guy:
My husband had this bacon press when I met him and I fell in love with it (along with my future husband, of course!)  I started collecting and the larger ones all landed on top of my kitchen cabinets.
Welcome to the Pig Pen!  That's the name this area has been affectionately given.  Let's meet the occupants.......
Starting on the left is 'Watering Can Pig'.  He was a gift from my kids when they were little and really is a watering can, not that I've ever used him.  I love the hammered metal. Next is 'Farmer Pig' who I found sitting on a shelf in a discount store. I had to take him home, the blue jeans got me! Third in line is 'Gardener Pig'.  Since I love gardening, I was sure she was my spirit pig!  She's on a spring and wobbles around when you move her.  The last one in this photo is 'Blue Pig', who was a gift from a friend and colleague.  She loved the fact that I collected pigs and gave me this one for my birthday.  
Are you loving the original names yet?  When I asked my kids for name ideas, they came up with the simple and obvious name choices and they just 'stuck' over the years.  
Let's move on......
.....Meet 'Chalk Pig'....
He sits on top of the highest cabinet and oversees the kitchen.  He's made of ceramic and is painted with chalk paint.  There IS a story about the sunglasses.  For that and a better picture of him, click HERE
This is 'Polka Dot Pig' and he has the sweetest story.
Polka Dot Pig was a gift from one of my First Graders.  One day, in class, I shared the story of how Tiger Pig was accidentally knocked off a shelf and broken beyond repair.  A few weeks later, one of my students came to school and handed me a wrapped box.  Inside was Polka Dot Pig, who is also a bank.  She explained how she and her mom had looked EVERYWHERE for another Tiger Pig.  They couldn't find one, but thought Polka Dot Pig might make me feel better.  I will never forget that little girl.  Her name was Chloe and she named this pig. 

Say hello to 'Apple Pig':
She was found in an antique store in Boulder City and I remember paying more than I wanted to for her.  She is a bank and the apple is removable. I just thought she was sweet.  My husband told me to get her, so seven years later, she remains part of the pig family.  
Since you can see part of the next  guy, here is 'Platter Pig':
Platter Pig also was a gift.  He lives on top of the cabinets and is only for show.  He's never been used as a platter or cutting board and the look on his face makes me laugh.  It's almost a smirk.  Once again, he was named by the kids.
'Flat Pig' or 'Greeter Pig'. as he's sometimes called was also a gift.  In a few houses we've lived in he's sat near the front door, hence the name, 'Greeter Pig'.  
He's solid wood and about 2 inches thick.  He just looks like a giant hug and I smile every time I look at him. 
Next up are the pig napkin rings.  They are the only pigs that aren't named.
I found them in a thrift store and, naturally, I had to have them.  They are ceramic and make me happy.....that's what it's all about, right?
This is 'Marble Pig' and was a Secret Pal gift several years ago.
He's no bigger than a penny and moves to various spots in the house.
Last, but not least, is 'Pointer Pig' from my teaching days.
He was very popular with my students and sometimes was fought over at center time.  Pointer Pig lives on my drafting table in a cup with pens, pencils and brushes.  He supervises! 
There are other pigs living at the Cottage - Princess Pig, Crystal Pig, and a few more, but how many pictures can you look at??  
Now you may be wondering why I chose pigs to collect.  That's simple.  I'm married to Kevin Bacon!  😁
As for my new pig, I think his name will be 'Petey'.  He reminds me of the dog from The Little Rascals.  
Welcome Home, Petey!  You're in good company!


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  1. Your collection is amazing and I love the stories that go with them. I thik little greeter pig is my fav, his expression is so funny!

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    1. Thank you, Julie. Greeter Pig has been part of the family for a long time!
      I'm so glad you stopped by...

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  2. Love all your little pigs and your newest one is absolutely adorable!

    Tania

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    1. Thank you, Tania. I agree, he's a great addition to the collection!

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  3. What a cute collection. I think Petey is my favorite. I am glad you said Little Rascals....I couldn't put my finger on what he reminded of!

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    1. Thank you, Christine. I'm glad that I'm not the only one who thought of him!

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  4. Love the collection and that little pig pot hanger looks so happy in his new home...surrounded by good company!

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    1. Thank you, again, Kim. He does seem pretty happy!

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  5. Absolutely adorable!! I love your pig collection!! I have a barnyard animal collection....cows, roosters, and guess what....PIGS!! And, like you, a few of them live on top of my cabinets!

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    1. Oh my goodness, Debbie, you have the whole farm! Lol They are so much fun, though, aren't they?

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  6. What a fun blog post! I really enjoyed reading it!

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    1. I'm so glad, Beth. Come back again soon!

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  7. All of them are so cute! My dad loved pigs and I inherited his collection when he died. They're outdoor garden pigs, though, and don't actually have names. I don't even know quite how many there are, I really should count sometime! Thank you for sharing your collection! I found you on the Farm Fresh Tuesdays blog hop. :-)

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    1. What a special collection, Dawn. It's funny, I don't have ANY outdoor pigs! I guess that needs to go on my wish list.
      I'm so glad you stopped by, come back again soon, won't you?

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  8. Love your piggie collection. I've got a small collection myself and was wondering if i'd see any in your collection that are the same, but not a one!

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    1. Thank you, Nancy. I guess there's a wide variety of pigs out there! I'm so glad you stopped by.

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  9. Ha ha, too funny, Ann!!! We wish we were married to Kevin Bacon... Still loved the giant swings he did in one of his early movies! Your piggy post is adorable and it'll be part of next week's features at Share Your Style #211. Thank you for sharing this week at #210.

    Enjoy your piggies,
    Barb ;0)

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    1. Thank you so much for the feature, Barb and I think we all wish we had his money from those movies!!

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  10. What a cute collection! I love your little pig from Kim! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!

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  11. What cute little piggies! I always think it's fun to have something to collect that you become "known" for. :) Thanks for sharing at Tuesday Turn About! Crissy @ First Day of Home

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    1. Thank you, Crissy. I worked with a girl who always said, "I want to collect pigs, now!".
      I'm so glad you stopped by!

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  12. What a sweet collection! The black and white cutie is my favorite.

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    1. Thank you...I agree, he is pretty cute!

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  13. These are so cute! My cousin used to collect pigs...I have no idea if she still does. :)

    I love the pig pen names too! Thanks so much for sharing this on Farm Fresh Tuesdays, I loved reading about your collection. I hope you'll stop by and share more fun posts this week!

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    1. Thank you, Lisa. I'm happy to share and will definitely be back again soon!

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