WELCOME TO PILLOW THINGY
Hi There! I'm Javonne Steward and this is my story.
I'm a mom of 2 kids living in Houston, Texas. I started sewing back in 2012 when one of my co-workers generously gave me a sewing machine. I had never used a sewing machine before then. She gave me some sewing basics and by practicing a lot I became better over time. I sew every Pillow Thingy with that same sewing machine today.
In 2018 I went through a life changing event that triggered some painful emotions from my childhood, mainly abandonment. You see, I grew up as a foster child in the inner city of Chicago and I was adopted when I was 16. I went through several homes as a kid and as a kid I always felt like I didn't belong to any of the families. I felt abandoned in ways. At one point in my childhood I had this stuffed dog and pillow that brought me comfort whenever I felt desolate. So during this life changing event it resurfaced some feelings from my childhood. So in order to keep my mind distracted from focusing on negative things... I got creative.
And Pillow Thingy was birthed.
I was trying to make a doll to go along with my book "Princess Javonne: A Story of Overcoming Obstacles". I was trying to get the head right (because I can sometimes be a perfectionist) but I couldn't get it the way I desired it...so I got frustrated and cut it off.
The next day my daughter got up and asked if I could sew the "neck" (which is the THINGY) close and asked if she could color on it. I obliged. The very 1st Pillow Thingy is pictured below.