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Lucky symbols for the home

Updated on March 16, 2015

Fun and lucky symbols for the home

Some people believe in luck, other do not. No one will turn down good fortune, happiness, prosperity and good friendship, if given a choice.

There are many items in my home which I have chosen based on aesthetics, whimsy, or just-because. Some of them are just there because I liked them and not for any symbolisms or superstitions. But the fact that there are good omens and positive energy attached to my surroundings is something I embrace goodheartedly. Here are some of the ordinary things that give me joy.

All photos were taken by me Bakerwoman. All rights reserved

The Frog - Symbol of friendship, abundance, transformation

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In many cultures, the frog has been a symbol of fertility and transformation, and its resulting joy. The frog lays many eggs at one time and these tranform from tiny tadpoles to adult frogs.

I like large frogs to grace my home and garden. These amphibians remind me of the frog who magically turned into a handsome prince in the Frog Prince Brothers Grimm fairy tale that I grew up with.

The animated look of this surprised frog is very amusing and delightful to look at. It looks like it has seen some bugs for dinner.

Cross-eyed frog

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This frog statue with large bulging eyes sits by some pothos plants, another lucky symbol for the home. Those protruding eyes allow the frog to see in several directions at the same time. Do not let those crossed eyes fool you.

Frog planter

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This etched frog planter suns itself amongst several pots of pothos in the sunroom.

Garden frog planter - Stands guard in the frontyard

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This large frog planter seems unhappy because I have not gotten around to putting some nice flowers in it.

Frog with umbrella

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This frog metal artwork with an umbrella is a whimsical way to water the lawn. I just attach the garden hose to one end and the rain-like effect of the water spray over the umbrella never fails to elicit a smile or giggle from passersby.

The frogs' three stages of life represent various concepts to different cultures. Read about their symbolism, lessons, power, lore and legend.

Sundial with frog

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This charming sundial sits on our deck. It tells time pretty accurately when the sun is out in order to cast a shadow along the numbers. Time stood still at 12:30 p.m. when this picture was taken. One of my favorite motifs is the frog.

Turtle - Endurance, longevity, strength

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This shy garden turtle loves to hide amongst the spider fern.

Turtle holds the light of friendship

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This heavy metal turtle candleholder is a real charmer. It has a patina green color and fine openwork.

Elephant with trunk up - Symbol of strength, power, wisdom

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This whimsical pachyderm with the curly cue tail greets guests as they enter the house. Its legs look like four little trumpets.

Elephants with their trunks curled up are believe to give their owners good luck.

Elephant in a Burmese tapestry

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This is an ornately embroidered tapestry called kalaga from Myanmar (Burma) which has an elephant in the center and the signs of the zodiac around the periphery. It is made of silk, cotton, velvet, linen and intricately beaded with gold thread, sequins, glass stones. I particularly like this tapestry for its texture and of course, for the elephant with its trunk up.

Elephant collectibles

There can never be too many elephants in my collection. These were given to me by friends, most of them children, who know that I have a penchant for collecting elephants with their trunks up - a symbol of good luck.

Elephant carved ottoman - Please have a seat

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This elephant stool was carved from one large chunk of hardwood. It has carved flowers on the seat and a gracefully curled trunk to one side. This piece is quite heavy and I carried this across the parking lot to my car which almost knocked the wind out of me.

Read about the lucky "trunk up" elephants

Calico Cat

The lucky cat

Legend has it that the calico cat is also called the money cat. It is believed that the cat will bring its owner good fortune and prosperity.

The good fortune my calico cat, Mali has brought me is unconditional love and loyalty. What more can I ask for? She is also a rescued cat, so can I say that she is one lucky cat?

Lucky plants - Grow friendship and good fortune in your home

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We all know that money does not grow on trees, although some of us wish they did. There are some plants that are believed to bring luck and fortune to its owners. These are often given to friends or businesses as gifts or found as part of the plantscape of a home.

This money tree with a braided trunk is very prolific and continues to sprout new stems with five, six and occasional seven leaves. The 7-leaf stems are believed to bring the owner good fortune, friendship, and prosperity. It lost all its yellowed leaves one year and was put outside through the winter months. Just before it was condemned to be part of the trash, small leaves sprouted and the "ugly duckling" transformed into a lovely, healthy tree. It once again graces one wall of the sunroom with its shiny, glossy leaves bringing the outdoors in.

How to take care of a Pachira Aquatica money tree

Jade Plant - Crassula Ovata - Another lucky plant

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This jade plant used to be the size of my fist when I adopted it from a friend. It was lopsided in the tiny planter it was in and kept tipping over.

After transplanting the tiny plant into a larger pot, it grew into a sizable beautiful ornamental tree. It sat in our sunroom for many years, but became the fascination of my calico cat, Mali, which was not a good thing. The cat would swat the succulent leaves in the evening and leave them as presents outside my bedroom door in the morning. Although this was such a sweet gesture from the thoughtful feline, it was devastating for the jade tree. The plant was then put outdoors in the sheltered porch adjacent to the bedroom through the four seasons. It was also the first time that the plant sprouted small flowers which it never did indoors. I see this plant as a symbol of renewal and new beginnings.

Some facts about the Crassula Ovata friendship tree and money plant

Pothos - Epipremnum Aureum - Great feng shui plants

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This common plant is known as Epipremnum Aureum, but is easier to grow it than pronounce it. It is better known as pothos and come in a solid jade, marbled or variegated color. These plants are literally all over the house- living room, sunroom, family room and kitchen. I do not allow these to trail and instead cut these back, bundle up the cuttings with rubber bands and put these in vases until the taproots come out. In about 2 months or so, or when I am so inclined, these are transplanted into pots and found a home somewhere in the house. Sometimes, I mix some of the variegated leaves with the dark green ones for a more dramatic effect. I prefer creating bushy pots of pothos than allowing these to trailing

Gecko lizard in Native American pottery - Symbol of renewal and rebirth

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Gecko is a small non-poisonus lizard from the desert and a popular good luck symbol of the southwestern American Indians. It learns to survive in the hot and dry environment, regenerates its broken tail, and is therefore a symbol of renewal and rebirth. It is one of the few reptiles that have a chirping voice.

Southwest pottery with geckos

The handcoiled seed pot from the Southwest pueblo of Acoma is handpainted with geckos, a symbol of good luck often represented in art and jewelry. It is contemporary with a Southwest twist.

Gecko Lamp

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The base of this lamp is graced with an etched gecko lizard. Not only does the lamp shine light in the room but radiates luck as well.

The Story of the Gecko

Wind Chimes - Nature's orchestra

The tinkling sounds of wind chimes are music to my ears. I have a few which I strategically hung around the outside of the house.

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This 5-tube chime in the back porch represent the 5 elements of nature: fire, earth, metal, water, wood. I like it not for its symbolism, but for the soothing and calming sounds this brings when the wind blows.

Bamboo chimes in the entryway

Bamboo chimes in the entryway
Bamboo chimes in the entryway

Rusty wind still chime still rings true - The wind's best friend

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This old rusted bell from Oregon sounds like a church bell on windy days. It was given to me as gift many years ago and is supposed to develop a nice, coppery brown rust all over the metal.

Copper wind chime

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This lovely copper chime hangs on the trellis next to the hummingbird feeder.

Pelican wind chime - Memories of a seaside vacation

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A memento from the Monterey Bay, this pelican wind chime has a subtle tinkling sound from the four dangling bells.

Lucky Gnome - Bring luck to the garden

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The gnome represents the world of dreams and my inner child. In folklore, gnomes are hardworking woodland creatures who helped around the garden and homes. This is why these figures are often found as garden accents.

I found this lackadaisical gnome in a discount store and was captivated by its happy disposition. It has been relaxing on my flowerbed for a few years now.

Happy Buddha - Happiness, good luck, and plenitude

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I was taken by the countenance of this laughing buddha. It just keeps me smiling whenever I walk by it.

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      Cheryl Paton 4 years ago from West Virginia

      I enjoyed my stroll through your pleasant lens.

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      maryLuu 5 years ago

      Nice lens!

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Returning to sprinkle some angel dust around this lens!

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      anne mohanraj 5 years ago

      What a wonderful collection of curios! Thanks for sharing!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      What a great selection of lucky charms you have! I love all of your wind chimes!

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      myamya 5 years ago

      Great lens, well done! Squidlike

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      siobhanryan 5 years ago

      I have the frog elrphant and the wind chimes

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      LynetteBell 5 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      A friend of mine has a Buddha in every room except the bathroom area.

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      Rymom28 5 years ago

      Certain people in our family think this ceramic sculpture we have of two geckos kissing, which we found in a shop and bought for our anniversary, is "immature" because it is so bright and colorful. I'm so glad I found this lens, now I can tell them the meaning behind it! Thank you!

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      bilafond lm 5 years ago

      Fantastic lens. I love collectibles and it seems lot of work has been carried out preparing this lens

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      Sara Krentz 5 years ago from USA

      There are some lovely items here - I especially like the geckos.

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      DecoratingMom411 5 years ago

      Well-presented lens. I enjoyed looking at everything.

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      BuckHawkcenter 5 years ago

      I have so many animals figurines in my home. I had no idea they were bringing me good luck! But, I love it!

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      KarenCookieJar 5 years ago

      I like gnomes and Maneki Neko cats

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      jlshernandez 5 years ago

      @Millionairemomma: Millionaiemomma, I do have some silver coins crocheted together and hanging from the celing of one of the sunrooms. Based on the feng shui bagua map, this room symbolizes wealth, not necessarily in terms of money, but about abundance in what I hold dear. This is the room where we hold Christmas get-together and underneath the coins, I usually have the Christmas tree.

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      Millionairemomma 5 years ago

      I didn't know what frogs and calico cats represented until now. I like to hang Chinese coins around my home to encourage wealth. No physical wealth has appeared but I feel happy when I see them.

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      GabrielaFargasch 5 years ago

      I love frog statues!! I actually have one at my door entrance, of a cute frog riding a bicycle!

      Great lens! :)

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      Bigdaddyguru 6 years ago

      I enjoyed the pics, I liked your lens

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      sukkran trichy 6 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      enjoyed your amazing presentation. pics and info are great.

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      CherryTriggerCola 6 years ago

      Very fascinating. I'm sure Geico will be happy to know their gecko is lucky. Wonderful pictures too!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      its amazing.....

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      casquid 6 years ago

      It must be time for me to catch up. You have shown me more lucky items, not found in my own collection. Thanks!

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      ErHawkns7100 6 years ago

      Great lens.

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      Mary Norton 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Time to bring in some of these luck. Beautiful.

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      Mary Norton 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Time to bring in some of these luck. Beautiful.

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      iWriteaLot 6 years ago

      OMG! I was just at the pet store looking at geckos and decided to wait until next week to get one. Now I'll be going back for sure. I need all the luck I can get. Cool lens.

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      SilmarwenLinwelin 6 years ago

      What a nice, positive lens!

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      DuaneJ 6 years ago

      This was excellent. Feng Shui is very popular back here in India and I can relate with the beautiful artefacts you have highlighted here!

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      reasonablerobby 6 years ago

      Such a well put together lens with lots of interesting images and information. I wish you all the luck in the world!

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      Vikki 6 years ago from US

      I love this lens. Back to bless! ;)

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      Jennifer Alison Emmer 6 years ago from San Jose, California

      I definitely believe in luck as I am a Feng Shui Consultant! ;-) Great lens. ~ Jennifer

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      lemonsqueezy lm 6 years ago

      The frog is cute but I don't think that we need any more "fertility" in my house than we already have. Maybe I should go for the turtle instead.

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      Addalicia 6 years ago

      Lucky plants are my favorite. Very interesting lens :)

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      Lady Gotrocks 6 years ago

      This must be a very lucky lens! It's been blessed!

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      sponias lm 6 years ago

      I believe in lucky symbols. There are many lucky symbols that are dream symbols and can be explained through dream interpretation according to the scientific method. They were also found in many art works and religious manifestations that belonged to many different civilizations and historical times.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 6 years ago from Ljubljana

      Nice collection. What about the owls?

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      gogolf162 6 years ago

      I did not realize there are so many lucky things.

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      JoshK47 6 years ago

      I love the gecko pottery! Very elegant and attractive!

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      julietarot lm 6 years ago

      I love the calico cats. Lovely pictures on this lens.

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      LiquidGranite1 6 years ago

      I may choose the turtle, but I am not sure.

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      jlshernandez 6 years ago

      @CruiseReady: Ah yes, turtles are for longevity, but cats have nine lives. So, which would you prefer?

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      CruiseReady 6 years ago from East Central Florida

      Although the cats are my favorite, I think that, since we are getting older, we should probably rush out and get a few turtles for longevity!

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      bames24 lm 6 years ago

      I love your lens... such an interesting read

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      Lee Hansen 7 years ago from Vermont

      Thoroughly enjoyed reading yet another of your wonderful lenses. It's interesting to me to discover these symbols for good luck. I have at least one, and mostly several, of all the symbols you highlighted in this lens in my home. My brother's late wife collected elephants and amassed a huge collection - they gave her so much joy!

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      miaponzo 7 years ago

      OK.. here it is.. :) Very cute lens.. lots of nice pics.. but as long as everyone seriously remembers that this stuff is great for decorating with but not for really protecting.. that why we have a creator and guardian angels... :) Thanks again! Great lens!

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      dessertlover 7 years ago

      Cute lens! I love these ideas, and that sundial is so fun.

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      spritequeen lm 7 years ago

      This is some really fun, interesting information! Thanks for sharing! Angel Blessed

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I like your lucky symbols.I have wind chimes and laughing Buddha.

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      lizziehumphreys1 7 years ago

      really interesting lens! good job :)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I feel lucky for just stopping by to see this collection, I really enjoyed the experience. Must leave some angel dust here! ~ Best wishes to you! x

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      antoivo lm 7 years ago

      We believe in Ireland That Hanging A Horseshoe over the door brings us luck!

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      scar4 7 years ago

      We don't place any figurines in our home, no plants and other lucky objects at all.

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      jlshernandez 7 years ago

      It is always a blessing to find out that we have some kind of collection of animals, plants, wind chimes, etc. that are symbols of good luck. The fact that some of these are symbols of good fortune, good friendship and wisdom energizes my surroundings and makes me feel good being around them.

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      Cynthia Arre 7 years ago from Quezon City

      We have an elephant figurine which was a wedding gift but I didn't think it had any significance until I read this lens! We have lots of wind chimes and cat figurines too (as my hubby and I are cat lovers) so it was a treat knowing that they are lucky symbols for the home. I enjoyed reading this lens and I thought you presented the info beautifully. ~Blessed~

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      Darla Dixon 7 years ago

      Very cool lens! I knew a lot of people collect different types of figurines, but I never really thought of them as good luck tokens.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Awesome lens! Really enjoyed my visit here!

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      monarch13 7 years ago

      thank you for featuring my lenses! you are a great resource!

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      rajichandrasekhar 7 years ago

      Very Good. Informative..Inspirative to think out more ideas.. Thank You.

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      SelfAndSource 7 years ago

      Bringing many lucky symbols from many cultures into your home and garden. What a beautiful thought. Thank you!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Nothing about teddy bears? That is okay. I loved your lens anyway.

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      This give more reason to get a calico cat. Very informative on lucky symbols.

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      Treasures By Brenda 7 years ago from Canada

      Nicely done. I didn't know that the frog represented "friendship, abundance and transformation." My son collects frogs.

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      sheriangell 7 years ago

      Great display of lucky symbols. I have my lucky frogs as well as my happy Buddha who I believe brings us luck each time we rub his tummy!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Who knew there were so many different lucky items you could add to your house. I want a frog, they are really cute.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I feel lucky just reading about all these good luck symbols. Great job, thanks for sharing!

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      Carolan Ross 7 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      A delightfully lucky collection here, inspired. Thumbs up!

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      Moe Wood 7 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      I love frogs, turtles, and elephants. I also have a growing collection of mini buddha's. Thanks for the trunks up info. I can never remember if good is up or down. I always avoid buying b/c of it.

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      jlshernandez 7 years ago

      @jptanabe: I love your fun and positive attitude. It is so good to see you stop by again.

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 7 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Oh wow, these are so beautiful and fun! I didn't know some of them were lucky symbols, I'd want them anyway. Great job!