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day 26 – this little piggy…

November 26, 2008

little piggy

A couple weeks ago, on a whim, I bought a bunch of miniature plastic farm animals at the dollar store with the intention of using them as photo props; a fun way of experimenting with depth of field.

Since then, on any given day, you can find toys stuffed in my pockets.  I’ve been taking them on adventures throughout the city (they like the fresh air) and I’ve grown quite smitten with one little guy in particular – this piggy.

piggy city 2

I’m thinking a girl needs a companion on her travels and since a gnome takes up too much space, I’m planning on bringing this little piggy with me in February. Perhaps create a whole photo series – the adventures of little piggy.  The thing is, I can’t keep calling him little piggy (yeap, it’s a boy) but I can’t seem to find a good name for him.

Hmmm.  I do believe this is what giveaways are made of.  Let’s have a “Name That Little Piggy” contest.  Leave your suggestions in the comments and whoever comes up with the most appropriate name for little piggy will win a 5×7 print of their choice from my flickr photostream (you don’t have to pick a pig portrait – say that 3 times fast).  Contest ends November 30th at midnight EST.

The adventures have begun.  Already, the little guy has been spotted around town.  I feel like the piggy paparazzi.

Here he is with me at work:

piggy work

Here he is out and about on a walk:

pig gravel

Here he is, up to no good:

piggy apple

Here he is checking out the night scene:

piggy at night

Here he is taking in the view of the city:

piggy city

If I do manage to find a pocket-sized gnome any time soon, I’ll take him along on the trip as well.  Little piggy can then hang out with his gnomie – they’ll be bffs.  Oh! The places they’ll go!

24 Comments leave one →
  1. November 27, 2008 1:53 am

    For some reason the name Pascal popped into my head. I mean, it has to start with a P right? 🙂

    This post has reminded me that I have a little figurine that I have been wanting to do the same thing with. It is rather hard toting around a baby, a camera, and a figurine to take photos of but I’m sure once Moira catches on to what I am doing she is going to be All Over It!

  2. November 27, 2008 2:20 am

    Way too much fun and I love the photos. Norbert keeps coming to mind…don’t ask me why. That’s just what the pig keeps telling me.

  3. Frannie permalink
    November 27, 2008 5:59 am

    Oh, J. It’s first thing in the morning and I’m laughing out loud. I love that piggy and I love your quirkiness. Vintage J.

    I think his name is Boink.

  4. simplyblogged permalink
    November 27, 2008 5:59 am

    Cute idea. I think I would call him Lenny.

  5. Alison permalink
    November 27, 2008 6:11 am

    If he’s always going to be with you what pops into mind is PB&J like a peanut butter jelly sandwich but it would be short for Potbelly Boy and Jeanine or some such thing. Sorry I’m better at naming children. 🙂

    I love the idea of this little guy travelling the world with you and being in a photo series. What a different way of showing off your vacation pics. sort of a Where’s Waldo type of thing except we’ll have to find the little piggy.

    Oh, and the pic of him “up to no good” is hilarious.

  6. Frannie permalink
    November 27, 2008 7:10 am

    By the way, if you still have an Etsy shop, a poster of this Piggy Boy ion his various adventures is a must.

  7. Christina permalink
    November 27, 2008 7:18 am

    I’d go with Pablo or Mr. Pink

    I love the night scene photo

  8. November 27, 2008 8:17 am

    I vote for Pigustus P. Porksworth. He’s one cool fellar.

  9. Michelle Caron permalink
    November 27, 2008 9:42 am

    Porky!!! He won’t mind …really, he won’t..he actually likes it.

    I wish there was a miniature version of me that you could stuff in your pocket and take on all these adventures.

  10. Elizabeth permalink
    November 27, 2008 10:28 am


    Mr. Pitter Patter

  11. Jeanine permalink
    November 27, 2008 11:06 am

    oh! these are all SO good. Little Piggy might need a middle name and a nickname 🙂

  12. November 27, 2008 3:51 pm


    ! 😀

  13. November 27, 2008 3:52 pm

    My son’s name for little piggy: HAMLET 🙂

  14. Dorothy permalink
    November 27, 2008 4:37 pm

    The vote in my house is Mr Bo Bo, not quite sure why my sister chose that but it stands.

  15. sue permalink
    November 27, 2008 5:39 pm

    Porkchop…or Baconator…
    I really love Hammelt…oh sorry… typo, i meant Hamlet…that’s way cute!

  16. November 27, 2008 7:30 pm

    Wilbur? 🙂

  17. November 27, 2008 7:31 pm

    ps – I love these photos!

  18. November 28, 2008 1:01 pm

    Pork Chop! The perfect name. If not that, then either Pablo, or Picasso!

  19. November 29, 2008 10:36 am

    Amazing! I love him in the night – very moody!

  20. lizzy permalink
    November 30, 2008 4:02 pm

    i think it’s an awesome idea…to bring your little piggy about and experiment with photographs. i’ve named my computer and my camera and get teased mercilessly for it. it’s an awesome habit.
    the first name that came to mind was desperaux. he was a bold, adventurous & unconventional little fellow although his name is surely a mouthful.

  21. November 30, 2008 10:00 pm

    Kevin Bacon.
    And this is the cutest idea. I love the picture of him in the puddle.

  22. December 1, 2008 3:46 pm

    Since I was born in “The Heart of Dixie”, Alabama…

    Hammus Alabammus – an adorable species of pig. The only one in existence resides with the Yokums – their beloved pet, Salomey.

    From the old comic strip “Lil Abner” by Al Capp.

  23. December 1, 2008 5:30 pm

    oh darn … i missed it … i would have went with francis, tee hee

  24. August 24, 2009 12:37 pm

    OH, this is wonderful! I totally love it. I am thinking that Little Piggie and Gnomie need a children’s book of their own.

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