Thursday, May 6, 2010

Anatomy of a Pig, Part One

I have a special affinity for pigs. Yes, pigs. The barnyard animal that "wollers" in the mud and oinks to it's pudgy hearts content. Perhaps my love started as a child. As far back as I can remember, I had a piggy bank which, of course, was a piggy! It was made by my grandmother who is the best artist I know! Thankfully, her talent was passed down to my daughter. I loved dropping coins in that ceramic bank and hearing them clink the bottom. Another reason may be one of my favorite stories from my mothers childhood. Her family took a road trip to Minnesota to visit her grandparents farm. She was sitting with a little piglet in her lap and it peed all over her. I don't know why I thought that story was so blasted funny! I was young. Anything to do with an animal peeing on someone would probably tickle any child. Lastly, my grandmother decided I needed a piglet that was a little more grown up looking than my childhood "cartoon-ish" piggy bank, so she created one of my most beloved possesions.

Isn't she just the cutest? She made this for me in 1982 when I was just 9 years old. The same age my daughter is now. I have carried this piglet around with me for 28 years. It's lived in seven different houses (going on eight) in four different states. While she does have a bit of a scuff on her nose, she has been well taken care of. I love her.
It was my love for piggies that got me so excited at Fall Market to see Heather Bailey's new doll pattern, Claira and Clancey Pig. I've waited for this pattern for months and it finally arrived on Tuesday! It was cut out that night!

Now, I'm a purse girl. I can look at a purse and pretty much figure out how to re-create it. But dolls? No way. So, as I was cutting out my pattern, I was so confused. How are these crazy looking pieces going to come together to make my piggy?

Hmm, well, I must have faith! Heather's patterns have never steered me wrong. So, I will follow directions, and start constructing my beautiful oinker! With any luck, Part Two will follow shortly!