Inspired by my family and sewn up with love …

Me:  Hi  … I’m Donna, and welcome to Draw That Pig!

Most everyone else:  Hmmm … that’s an interesting name for a business. Do you draw? sketch? (no) Well, do you maybe paint? (nope, too) What’s a pig have to do with anything? Do you raise pigs? Sell them? (haha … very much no)

Me: I sew unique gift items for children and women, and I create bridal accessories, too.

Most everyone else: Wow. I never would have guessed that. Why the name Draw That Pig? Here’s my story …  The expression draw that pig is personal to me, and it goes way back – to my Kindergarten days, in fact. Near the back of my workbook was an assignment to “draw a pig.” What? NO! I panicked. Every day my parents would encourage me saying, “You could do it, Donna! You can draw that pig!” When the time came, I drew the best pig ever! I can even distinctly remember the teacher taking my workbook and holding it up for the class to see, praising my work!

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Best pig drawing ever!

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Yellowed Kindergarten workbook page, dating back some 43 years!

And that has been my motto for confidence ever since!

I bought my first sewing machine when my oldest was born, a kind of domestic instinct kicked in, I think. Among my early creations were Halloween costumes, purses and dolls. As my family grew (along with the chaos in my home) a new sewing machine ignited creations tending toward the more practical – crayon rolls, zippered pouches and bags. The many compliments I’ve received on my work fueled my confidence in the idea that I could sell these things to others.

Draw that pig is more than a motto of encouragement to me. It is a beacon. It is my history.

Believe me when I tell you that I have absolutely needed this reminder throughout the many years since my childhood. This adage works for me in myriad situations ranging from casual, to thought-provoking to very somber. And you would be amazed at the collection of pigs I have amassed from my parents over the decades! These are a visual suggestion that I could do anything I put my mind to! Like having a sewing business. Most importantly, I am reminded of my parents’ encouragement, in their belief in me — as a child and even now, well into my adult years.

And that is priceless! ❤

 

 

 

 

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