My mom had this little cat sitting on the shelf by the front door for as long as I can remember. She got it from Mexico a long time ago and it sat with other Southwest-style decor. She has never much liked cats, so I don't know why she kept it for so long, but when she finally got rid of it she gave it to me. I really liked the shape of the cat, but not the paint job, so I gave it a little makeover.
Now I like it a lot better, and it makes a perfect bookend.
Linked up to DIY Day at A Soft Place to Land.