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Window #25

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!

Window #25…
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.

Or pray.

Either one is good!

 

Hugs,

Claire

My name is Claire and I am behind the blog... The Rustic Pig. I am a wife, a mother to 2 boys, and I just might be addicted to Craigslist. I love to buy antiques, paint them, and give them a chance to be loved again! Please feel free to pull up a chair and stay for a while. If you ask a question or leave a comment, I will be sure to get back to you as soon as possible!

      

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Texas gal, wife, mother to 2 boys, author behind the blog The Rustic Pig, business owner, antique lover, and Christ follower!
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Comments

  1. I love hearing the story behind your name. LOVE your journey! Thanks for sharing your heart! You are such a blessing!

  2. Very cool window!! You have a wonderful blog!! I’m your newest follower from the Live Laugh blog hop – this is my blog if you wanted to follow back: godsgrowinggarden.com
    Thanks
    Angie

  3. Love your window sign!

  4. Love that saying! And your window turned out so cute!!

    Thanks for joining the CHQ Blog Hop this week! We hope you’ve made some new bloggy friends :o)
    xo, Meredith @ http://www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com

  5. Stopping by from the Keep Calm and Link up! I didn’t link up this week, but still have fun looking, and totally love your window!! What a great testimony to God’s faithfulness, and goodness, and how He truly knows us best! Loved your story, and your window. I’m your newest follower! Can’t wait to see how your business grows 🙂 ~Bre

  6. I love this window! Thanks for sharing. What type of paint do you use? I have a glass door that I am thinking needs a decal painted on it, but am afraid that the paint will scrape off.

    • Thanks!!! I just use just a regular paint pen. I also saw that they sell an oil based paint pen too. That might be better if you are worried about it scratching off. The regular paint pen works well too. I like to sand it gently when I’m done, so I’m ok if it scratches it up a bit. I just like how it makes it look more worn and old.

  7. Wow! 25 windows!! I’m excited to see what you did with all of them :o)

    I love that quote, by the way! Thanks for joining us this week at Keep Calm & Link Up!
    xo, Meredith @ http://www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com

  8. This is so adorable!! I love it. So creative, too! You did a great job. I didn’t realize you were a teacher (or had been), too! We have so much in common. I have an Expedition, too!! LOL Thanks so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent again this week. XOXO

    • So, as you can tell, I’m just now getting to my comments!! Are you still teaching?? If so, how do you have time to do it all??? I love that we are so much alike!! I’ll call you my bloggin’ sister!! Hugs!!

  9. I love your blog and how you share your faith! I’m now following. I’m Sarah from The Ease of Freeze. Have a blessed day!

  10. refabnfurnish says:

    On the same journey as you. Just left full time status to work at home more and be with 5 kids. Feel like God is leading me, but I’m still full of fear. Thanks for sharing and if you could please pray for me:)

    • Our pastor used to say, “If God leads you to it, He’ll get you through it!” He also said, “Fear is NOT from God.” So, keeping those two thoughts in mind, just know that God will make a way if he wants you to be home. I know I’m a better mom and wife since I quit working. Just look for open doors.. God most likely has a new path for you! Be excited!! I have always found that when we take a leap of faith, God blesses us. Remember.. all you need is the faith of a mustard seed! Praying for you sweet girl!! Hugs!!

  11. I love what you have been doing with your windows. I found you on the French Country Cottage & have been enjoying your blog for about 2 hours now. You are very funny & so talented. I wondered if you have ever tried the Glass Frosting spray paint? I like to use this on my windows. Works great for that frosted look. Thanks for sharing & I am you newest follower. Dee from My Painted Stuff.

    • 2 Hours!! Wow!! You made my day!!! Thanks so much for the sweet comments and the follow! I’ll head your way next!!

      I haven’t used Glass Frosting yet. I’ve seen it, but haven’t tried it! Maybe on my next window! I’m excited to go check out your site now! HUGS!!!

  12. Claire, I really admire your work. You are so creative! I have several projects that I have to do, but visiting your site makes me want to do even MORE!

    Great story of encouragement, by the way. God really does hear and answer our prayers!

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