Buffet or Media Center

So why The Rustic Pig??  Here’s why….

When your best friend and her husband set you up on a blind date with their friend, you go.  

You go because you’ve known your best friend since 7th grade and surely she knows you better than anyone else.  Surely she knows the man of your dreams.  After all, you two practically planned everything together…your wedding, your children, and where you’ll live before you even got out of high school.

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So when your best friend tells your date there will be absolutely no first kiss on the first date, he better listen.  She knows what she’s talking about.  

She knows what you went through in your past relationship and she knows you need time.

But when you find out a few dates later that there is a secret word.  A secret word that means, now it’s time.  

You laugh.

And when you find out what the secret word is “Javelina” you laugh hysterically because… really?  How did she come up with that??

The Rustic Pig: Buffet or Media Cabinet?


What a ridiculous word!

I mean… a Javelina is a pig!  What does that have to do with kissing??


The Rustic Pig: Buffet or Media Cabinet?



Then, during each date, you wait and hope that the secret word was said at some point.  

Maybe when you walked off to powder your nose.  

Or when you went to get another drink.

Surely, tonight is the night.

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You beg your friend.  Please.  PLEASE say the word!

She looks at you and just grins.


Just plain evil.

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Then, at the end of the night on your fourth date, he walks you to your door.

As you walk into the house and turn to say goodbye, he grabs you from out of the doorway, and “BAM!” the wreath on the door hits you in the head, and smacks your face right into his!  He laughs, kisses you, and whispers, “Javelina…

You realize then and there that you will never think of the word “Javelina” as a filthy, stinky pig again.

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And a year and a half later, when we heard, “You may kiss the bride,” we finished our kiss with, “Javelina!”

So, it was only fitting that I name my business, The Rustic Pig.  After all, it sounded much better than… Javelina!


**PS- Paint color is Graphite by Annie Sloan.




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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  1. Javelina- I love it. For some reason it reminds me of Kathy Bates yelling TOWANDA when she was set free from her inner person…and became strong and real. lol Love the name and the story behind it. xo Diana
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  2. Awwww I love this story. How funny and sweet all at the same time. Oh and the furniture turned out great as always!
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  3. Love this post Claire. Very sentimental and sweet. By the way, i love the buffet, too. 😉
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  4. What a fabulous story, I love it. Hugs, marty
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  5. I have always wondered… 🙂 Love, love the story friend!!
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  6. Cutest story ever. Love The Rustic Pig!!!
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  7. Love the story, Claire. Now I have started out my Monday morning with a huge smile and a soft heart thinking of what a nice touch that added to your wedding.!

    And the buffet! Beautiful! Love the colour, too.

    Enjoy your week.
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  8. I love this story!! It never gets old. And I loved that you used your secret word to tell my man it was FINALLY time for that special first kiss! Love and hugs!!

  9. What a wonderful story! Such a great memory for you and your husband!!! Love the buffet!!~~Angela

  10. Very cute! my BEST friend and her husband introduced me to me husband!! AND of course THEY knew!! btw he raised pigs! Very cute story.. do you have pigs hidden around your house? Cute little ceramic ones , iron ones w wings etc.?

  11. what a sweet story totally loved it
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  12. Claire, what a wonderful memory and story…I’m sure your kids love to hear it! And how fitting to incorporate that into your business name!! I do agree, Rustic Pig sounds much better than Javelina 🙂
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  13. Love, love, love it!!!!! AND the buffet 🙂

  14. Good Morning Claire!!
    I absolutely love your story!!! The Rustic Pig is a great name and now has more meaning then ever for me!!!
    I also love your buffet as well……….beautiful!!! (no stripe 🙂 !!!!! Have a great day………you made me smile!!! Loie

  15. I love this buffet, Claire! It is sooo pretty!
    Love the story, too!
    Also…I am so excited that you are coming to the Hometalk Round Top blogger event! Can’t wait to meet you there! 🙂
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  16. Carol Tomlin says:

    I love everything about the Rustic Pig ! The story so delightful. Keep inspiring us. There is a part of me that wants to quit nursing and do what you do. Luv Carol

  17. ok, makes me want to strip all my vintage furniture & paint!
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  18. Adorable story and beautiful piece of furniture! Just stopping by to welcome you to the Social Fabric Community!

  19. Your site still looks good but the internet has changed. They can get you up to speed

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