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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Pin Pals – a fast and fun gift!

No, I didn’t misspell it.  We are not writing any letters here…. these Pin Pals are tiny little friends that you can wear on your lapel, hat or backpack.  Today, I give you the Pet Rock edition of Pin Pals.  What?  ……… *shocked expression*……… you don’t know what a pet rock is?  OH my friend.  You are just too young then.  Go ask someone older than you… hmmm maybe I’ll just explain it to you.  Read on!

I say to you that a pet rock is the perfect pet!  A rock does not need to be fed, walked, bathed, groomed and will not die, become sick, or be disobedient.  They are an exceptional gift for any child that has been begging for a pet and were a short lived craze in the 70’s. 

A question I get all the time is: “How will I care for my Pin Pal Pet Rock?
  • Swimming and Bathing: Never take your pet rock swimming. They are known to be poor swimmers and will sink to the bottom. Your new pet never needs to be bathed, although you can wipe them with a damp cloth if they get dirty. 
  • Feeding: The specific diet for pet rocks has long been a mystery. Some say that they eat nothing.  However, I have found that they thrive when they absorb oils from your skin. So handle your pet often to ensure the healthiest sheen for their skin.
  • Exercise: Pet Rocks by nature are lazy. They do get a thrill out of an occasional toss into the air, but you should avoid throwing them at anything. Pin Pal Pet Rocks are more sedentary than most.  So they have been fitted with a mobility enhancer in the form of a pin back. Simply pin them to your lapel or backpack and carry them with you wherever you go.
  • Traveling: See Exercise
  • Training: Unlike humans, rocks shrink with age.  Larger rocks are still very young and are more easily trained. The Pin Pal Pet Rock is much older and while they have been taught to “sit” and “stay”, they are more difficult to teach the coveted “roll over” command.  So, if you can be happy with an older pet that is set in their ways, you’ll become good friends with your Pin Pal Pet Rock. 

My Pin Pal Pet Rocks are a limited edition.  If you are local and very lucky, you might just get one this year.  If you are not so lucky, you can make your own for yourself or for gifts.
BTW, don’t you just love the angle of this shot.  I’ve been learning and practicing a lot with photography.  Maybe tomorrow I’ll share some tips with you on getting better shots of your work. Now back to our regularly scheduled program!

Pin Pal Pet Rock Supplies

  • Rocks – you can find your own (like we did) or you can purchase small gravel at the floral department
  • Pin Backs – the smallest you can get
  • Eyes – I took my rocks with me to choose the right size eyes for them
  • E-6000 – or some other Oh-My-Gosh-This-Is-Never-Coming-Off-Again adhesive for non-porous surfaces

Optional – gift giving supplies

  • Tiny Rubber Bands – or string; string works, but I had the little bands you get at the dollar store with about a zillion of them in the pack
  • 3/4” strips of white scrap CS
  • Slivers of DSP – you know, the strips that were 1/4” or so and you should have thrown them away but you couldn’t stand to do it so you have them; wondering what you’ll EVER do with them.  Yep, there they sit, mocking you.  Well get them out 'cause today is the day for vindication!  YES!

Steps to making a Pin Pal Pet Rock

  1. Which side is up?  Look at your rock and figure out where the face is.  Some rocks tell you and others make you guess.
  2. Glue the back of your rock onto the pin back
  3. Attach eyes so your rock can see
  4. Optional – Make a tag with your gift giving supplies and hook it into the pin back
  5. Wear with pride.  Pin Pal Pet Rocks love to socialize, so show him to all your friends.  They’ll be so envious of your new pet!


  1. Ok, as I get up off the floor from giggling so hard, these are great!!!!!! Yes I do know what a Pet Rock is, guess I am on that older side. What a cute little gift, so glad you shared, probably as I pass through FL they will be gone :( Love them!!! How do you walk them, just on my lapel while walking Lucky? Do I need one of those little bags, like with Lucky? Cuteness award!

  2. Oh my gosh! This is too cute! When my cousins and I were kids we made our own version of pet rocks but used wood chips and named them Skizziboms! No joke we still have them! Super cute post! I think I have a new blog to stalk!

  3. This are just too cute!! I just love them.

  4. What a fun project! You made me smile

  5. Tee, I am laughing SO hard right now...."mobility enhancer"??!! Too stinkin' funny! You are awesome and this made my day! These little dudes are so "rockin'" ADORABLE! know it is ROCK, my friend! :)

  6. Those pet rocks are adorable! LOVE the story! I may have to make one for my daughter for Christmas, I'm always teasing her about getting her a pet rock!


You rock!


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