When we decided to move back to the San Antonio area to be near our family back in June, it meant I had to quit my teaching job. Honestly, I was OK with this. My love for teaching had slowly left.
I really didn’t know what I wanted to do with the rest of my life, but I knew I didn’t want to teach. If you have ever been in this place before, you know it can be pretty sad. I had gone to school to be a teacher for 4 years. I had taught for 13 years. Now what? It’s amazing how your job seems to define you.
I felt lost.
I had a small Mary Kay business. Mostly for my family, friends and I. My sweet sister-in-law encouraged me to sign up for a booth at a local church craft fair in November in order to get some leads. My heart wasn’t really in the business, but I did want to make a little bit of money each month.
Then, a little over a month ago, while shopping on Craigslist, I came across a man who was selling 56 antique windows. Well, I didn’t want 56, but I had seen several ideas for using antique windows in the home, so I thought I’d buy a few. When we got there, I purchased 25. Soooo, a little more than a few. They barely fit in my Expedition.
The whole ride home I worried that I had made a HUGE mistake. What was I thinking buying 25 windows that I had NO idea what I was going to do with??
My first idea was to make a few dry erase boards.
Then, I decided to pick my blog back up and write about a window a day. At the time, my blog was called “Just Because..” With the blog being more about crafting, I really needed to come up with a name that described what this was all about. My husband has always sweetly called me “Pig” or “Piglet,” so I knew I wanted Pig in the name. I thought about The Vintage Pig, The Antique Pig, and so on, until I came up with “The Rustic Pig.” It just fit.
Husband later suggested “The Patina Pig.” I love that too, but he was a little too late with that one!
All of these windows led to chalkboards, wreaths, paintings, calendars and more! (Feel free to browse my previous posts on the left to see how windows #1-24 turned out.)
All of a sudden, I had product that I needed to sell. Thank goodness I had signed up for a booth in November! Out went Mary Kay, in went The Rustic Pig!
You see, God knew all along what the desire of my heart was. That was to work from home and do what I love…crafting, decorating, painting, and designing. He set it all up for me. I see that now. For years I had asked God to let me work from home. To allow me to start up my own business. To show me what was next. It took several years, lots of tears, and lots of prayers, but he answered my prayers. When HIS timing was right.
Of course I went back and bought the rest of the windows, but since my original post was about “25 Windows,” then it is only fitting to write about how special window #25 is!
I had been painting with a paint pen on wooden blocks, and so I thought it would be neat to write something on a window too.
So, I found a saying I liked and printed it off.
Then, I taped it to the back of my window.
Next, I flipped the window over so I could trace the letters with my paint pen.
I chose to use a white paint pen because the wall I was going to put it on was pretty dark. I didn’t want the letters to blend into the wall.
When I was done, I lightly sanded over the letters so you couldn’t see my pen strokes. Plus, I like how it makes it look a little more rustic.
Is that not the cutest saying you’ve ever read?
I put into the quest restroom. The one my boys use most often. Maybe now they’ll remember to wash their hands.
Either one is good!