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10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic 8.24.18

10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic. Follow Functional Rustic and see all that Functional Rustic has to offer. Handcrafted Décor, Quotations, Tutorials and so much more.

10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic
10 Inspirational Quotations from Functional Rustic.
  1. Some people feel the rain, others just get wet.
Some people feel the rain others just get wet
Some people feel the rain, others just get wet.

2. Stay classy, sassy and a bit bad assy.

Stay classy, Sassy, and a bit Bad Assy.
Stay classy, sassy and a bit bad assy.

3. So far, you’ve survived 100% of your worst days. This too shall pass.

So far youve survived 100%....
So far, you’ve survived 100% of your worst days. This too shall pass.

4. Simply let things arise and unfold naturally instead of formulating expectations and worrying. Things usually turn out just perfectly.

Simply let things arise and unfold
Simply let things arise and unfold naturally instead of formulating expectations and worrying. Things usually turn out just perfectly.

5. She was a girl who knew how to be happy even when she was sad. And that’s important.

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She was a girl who knew how to be happy even when she was sad. And that’s important.

6. She needed a hero, so that’s what she became.

She need a hero so that is what she became
She needed a hero, so that’s what she became.

7. Serenity is not the absence of conflict but the ability to cope with it.

Serenity is not the absence of conflict....
Serenity is not the absence of conflict but the ability to cope with it.

8. Real queens fix each others crowns.

Real queens fix each others crowns.
Real queens fix each others crowns.

9. Protect your peace.

Protect your peace
Protect your peace.

10. People will kill you over time, and how they’ll kill you is with tiny, harmless phrases, like “Be realistic.”

People will kill you over time....
People will kill you over time, and how they’ll kill you is with tiny, harmless phrases, like “Be realistic.”

Written by Sarah Palmer – Owner, Functional Rustic

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“Mr & Mr/True Love” 2 sided Wooden Ornament

“Mr & Mr/True Love” 2 side Wooden Ornament by Functional Rustic is handcrafted from repurposed pallet wood and hand painted with oil paint. Twine is used to hang the ornament. Free Shipping.

$10.00

3 Tier Wooden Tea Light Holder – Orange

3 Tier Wooden Tea Light Holder from Functional Rustic adds a rustic elegance to any space. The 3 Tier Tea Light Candle Holder is made from repurposed pallet wood and hand painted. Free Shipping.

$15.00

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10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic 8.23.18

10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic. Follow Functional Rustic and see all that Functional Rustic has to offer. Handcrafted Décor, Quotations, Tutorials and so much more.

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10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic.
  1. Use your voice for kindness, your ears for compassion, your hands for charity, your mind for truth, and your heart for love.
Use your voice fro kindess, your ears for....
Use your voice for kindness, your ears for compassion, your hands for charity, your mind for truth, and your heart for love.

2. Trust the vibes you get. Energy doesn’t lie.

Trust the vibe you get. Energy doesnt lie
Trust the vibes you get. Energy doesn’t lie.

3. Today you are you that is truer than true. There is no one alive that is youer than you.

Today you are you that is truer than....
Today you are you that is truer than true. There is no one alive that is youer than you.

4. To be successful your focus has to be so intense that others think you’re crazy.

To be successful your focus needs to be....
To be successful your focus has to be so intense that others think you’re crazy.

5. This aint my first rodeo.

This aint my first rodeo.
This aint my first rodeo.

6. There is no elevator to success. You have to take the stairs.

There is no elevator to success...
There is no elevator to success. You have to take the stairs.

7. There is a difference between diving up and knowing when you’ve had enough.

There is a difference between giving up and...
There is a difference between diving up and knowing when you’ve had enough.

8. The world is changed by your example not your opinion.

The world is changed by your example
The world is changed by your example not your opinion.

9. The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.

The only true wisdom is knowing....
The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.

10. The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.

The only person you are destined to become
The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.

Written by Sarah Palmer – Owner, Functional Rustic

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Mini Chalk Board – Blue by Functional Rustic

The Mini Chalk Board by Functional Rustic is the fun and quirky handmade conversation piece you never knew you needed. The mini chalk board is made form repurposed pallet wood and hand painted with oil paint/chalkboard paint. Measurements: 19 in x 3.5 in x 5/8 in.

$15.00

“Mr & Mrs/True Love” 2 sided Wooden Ornament

“Mr & Mrs/True Love” 2 sided Wooden Ornament by Functional Rustic is handcrafted from repurposed pallet wood and hand painted with oil paint. Twine is used to hang the ornament. Free Shipping.

$10.00

3 Tier Wooden Tea Light Holder – Gold

3 Tier Wooden Tea Light Holder from Functional Rustic adds a rustic elegance to any space. The 3 Tier Tea Light Candle Holder is made from repurposed pallet wood and hand painted. Free Shipping.

$15.00

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10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic 8.22.18

10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic. Follow Functional Rustic and see all that Functional Rustic has to offer. Handcrafted Décor, Quotations, Tutorials and so much more.

10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic

  1. You are only human. You don’t have to have it together every minute of every day.
You are only human. You dont have to....
You are only human. You don’t have to have it together every minute of every day.

2. You are capable of amazing things.

You are capable of amazing things.
You are capable of amazing things

3. You are beautiful because you let yourself feel, and that is a brave thing indeed.

You are beautiful because you let yourself....
You are beautiful because you let yourself feel, and that is a brave thing indeed.

4. You are allowed to be both a masterpiece and a work in progress at the same time.

You are allowed to be both a....
You are allowed to be both a masterpiece and a work in progress at the same time.

5. Worrying does not empty tomorrow of it’s troubles; it empties today of it’s strength.

Worrying does not empty tomorrow of....
Worrying does not empty tomorrow of it’s troubles; it empties today of it’s strength.

6. Words. So powerful. They can crush a heart, or heal it. They can shame a soul, or liberate it. They can shatter dreams, or energize them. They can obstruct connection, or invite it. They can create defenses, or melt them. We have to use words wisely.

Words. So powerful. They can crush a heart
Words. So powerful. They can crush a heart, or heal it. They can shame a soul, or liberate it. They can shatter dreams, or energize them. They can obstruct connection, or invite it. They can create defenses, or melt them. We have to use words wisely.

7. Whenever you find yourself doubting how far you can go, just remember how far you have come. Remember everything you have faced, all the battles you have won, and all the fears you have overcome.

Whenever you find yourself doubting how far...
Whenever you find yourself doubting how far you can go, just remember how far you have come. Remember everything you have faced, all the battles you have won, and all the fears you have overcome.

8. When you judge yourself for feeling bad you miss the opportunity to understand yourself.

When you judge youself for feeling bad
When you judge yourself for feeling bad you miss the opportunity to understand yourself.

9.  What if I fall? Oh, but my darling what if you fly?

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What if I fall? Oh, but my darling what if you fly?

10. Vulnerability is a sign of strength.

Vulnerability is a sign of strength.
Vulnerability is a sign of strength.

Written by Sarah Palmer – Owner, Functional Rustic

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Mini Chalk Board – Green by Functional Rustic

The Mini Chalk Board by Functional Rustic is the fun and quirky handmade conversation piece you never knew you needed. The mini chalk board is made form repurposed pallet wood and hand painted with oil paint/chalkboard paint. Measurements: 19 in x 3.5 in x 5/8 in.

$15.00

3 Tier Wooden Tea Light Holder – Orange

3 Tier Wooden Tea Light Holder from Functional Rustic adds a rustic elegance to any space. The 3 Tier Tea Light Candle Holder is made from repurposed pallet wood and hand painted. Free Shipping.

$15.00

“Quack Spoken Here” Wooden Ornament

“Quack Spoken Here” Wooden Ornament by Functional Rustic is handcrafted from repurposed pallet wood and hand painted with oil paint. Twine is used to hang the ornament. Free Shipping.

$10.00

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Do Your Research Before Naming Your Business – Functional Rustic Approach

Originally Published March 7, 2018. Updated August 15, 2018.

Do your research. This is good advice for anything but especially when you are naming your business/blog.

Success occurs when opportunity meets preperation
Success occurs when opportunity meets preparation.

I did not do my research when I started my blog and have spent the day deleting and editing all of my posts. I am paying my penance for not doing my homework.

The Functional Rustic Blog at www.FunctionalRustic.com was called My Repurposed Life – for about a week. Ha. It was a good week though. The blog is about repurposing negative thoughts into strategies for success and talking about projects I make from repurposing pallets. My Repurposed Life was a great name for that concept.

Once I had the name, My Repurposed Life Blog, and concept I started writing every day. I linked the blog across all my social media platforms. I made different pins for each of the blog entries and shared them like crazy. I even completed Search Engine Optimization (SEO) on the new blog. I was very proud of my efforts and what I had accomplished in just a week.

Beautiful girl you were made to do hard things...
Beautiful girl you were made to do hard things so believe in yourself. 

Wanting to see if all my efforts to promote it were working – I googled “My Repurposed Life.” Imagine my surprise when www.MyRepurposedLife.com shows up at the top of the search. It even has the little trademark symbol (TM) next to it. Ugh. (Check it out. Great site. Very much like what I want to do.)

My heart sank. Prior to making that search I was feeling so proud, so productive, so capable. I set a lot of goals that week and achieved them. This google search was going to be the icing on the positivity cake. To continue the metaphor, seeing that trademark symbol was like someone throwing the cake on the floor.

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Struggles are required in order to survive in life, because in order to stand up, you have to know what falling down is like. 

I knew immediately I was going to be deleting and editing my content. I felt bad for essentially stealing her name and reached out to inform her of what happened. She was great about it. She simply confirmed it was trademarked and that others couldn’t use the name. I let her know I was editing everything to reflect my new found knowledge and we shared a laugh about how lucky I was to find it so early in my blogging.

I was fortunate that I found my mistake early and that she was as understanding as she was. Imagine if she found my page a year later and had to tell me to cease and desist.

I’ve lost an entire day to fixing this. Some of that time was spent doubting everything I have ever created – but most of it was locating and editing content. If it took me a day to re-do one weeks worth of posts imagine how long it would take to re-do a year’s worth.

Lesson of the Day: Do your research. Even if it is just a Google or Bing search, see if anyone else is using the name.

You cant go back and change the beginning
You cannot go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.

UPDATE: The Functional Rustic blog continues to be a success. However, today I am in a similar position as I was when I had to change the name. I am switching blogging platforms from GoDaddy to WordPress and now need to update all of my links. Once again I am going through every blog, image and video I posted in the past year (over 2000) to update the links in order to reflect the platform change.

All of the links I have to GoDaddy are going to be non-existent in October when my contract with them expires. In preparation of allowing the website hosting to end, I am transferring and linking all of my content to WordPress.

Courage is going from failure to failure
Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm. 

Fortunately, my experience with the My Repurposed Life/Functional Rustic Blog enables me to know exactly what I need to do now. Considering the amount of work involved in this process, I am grateful that when it came time to do this project I already knew how. Because of my “mistake” before I am not feeling overwhelmed (well, not AS overwhelmed) about the task that lies before me.

UPDATED Lesson of the day: I’ve done this before and I will do it again – better this time.

So far youve survived 100%....
So far, you’ve survived 100% of your worst days. This too shall pass.

Written by Sarah Palmer – Owner, Functional Rustic

Did you know Functional Rustic provides more than just a blog? Find out what others already know by shopping in the Functional Rustic Store.

Below are just a few of the handcrafted items available.

3 Tier Wooden Tea Light Holder – Black

3 Tier Wooden Tea Light Holder from Functional Rustic adds a rustic elegance to any space. The 3 Tier Tea Light Candle Holder is made from repurposed pallet wood and hand painted. Free Shipping.

$15.00

“Bark Spoken Here” Wooden Ornament

"Bark Spoken Here" Wooden Ornament by Functional Rustic is handcrafted from repurposed pallet wood and hand painted with oil paint. Twine is used to hang the ornament. Free Shipping.

$10.00

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10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic 8.21.18

10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic. Follow Functional Rustic and see all that Functional Rustic has to offer. Handcrafted Décor, Quotations, Tutorials and so much more.

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  1. You’re always one decision away from a totally different life.
You're always one decision away from...
You’re always one decision away from a totally different life.

2. You’re a total champ.

You're a total champ.
You’re a total champ.

3. Your mood should not dictate your manners.

Your mood should not dictate your manner
Your mood should not dictate your manners.

4. You were born an original. Don’t die a copy.

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You were born an original. Don’t die a copy.

5. You had a purpose before anyone had an opinion.

You had a purpose before anyone had an opinion
You had a purpose before anyone had an opinion.

6. You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where are and change the ending.

You cant go back and change the beginning
You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where are and change the ending.

7. You cannot change your destination overnight, but you can change your direction overnight.

You cannot change you desitination...
You cannot change your destination overnight, but you can change your direction overnight.

8. You can. End of story.

You Can. End of Story.
You can. End of story.

9. You can tell how smart people are by what they laugh at.

You can tell how smart people are by...
You can tell how smart people are by what they laugh at.

10. You are what you do, not what you say you’ll do.

You are what you do not what you say you will do
You are what you do, not what you say you’ll do.

 

Written by Sarah Palmer – Owner, Functional Rustic

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3 Tier Wooden Tea Light Holder – Silver

3 Tier Wooden Tea Light Holder from Functional Rustic adds a rustic elegance to any space. The 3 Tier Tea Light Candle Holder is made from repurposed pallet wood and hand painted. Free Shipping.

$15.00

 

 

“Hope/Love” 2 sided Wooden Ornament

“Hope/Love” 2 sided Wooden Ornament by Functional Rustic is handcrafted from repurposed pallet wood and hand painted with oil paint. Twine is used to hang the ornament. Free Shipping.

$10.00

 

 

“Bark Spoken Here” Wooden Ornament

"Bark Spoken Here" Wooden Ornament by Functional Rustic is handcrafted from repurposed pallet wood and hand painted with oil paint. Twine is used to hang the ornament. Free Shipping.

$10.00

 

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When Success Comes to My Door Will I be Prepared to Let It In

Originally published March 6, 2018. Updated August 20, 2018.

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I don’t fear failure as much as I fear success. If I try something and fail – I am right where I started and maybe even learned a lesson. A failed attempt presents no added responsibilities. If I’m successful though, the amount of new responsibilities are yet to be known.

It’s the feeling of not being prepared for success that causes me the most anxiety.

Perfect example of this is something that just happened recently with the Functional Rustic Newsletter.

When I set up the website through GoDaddy.com it provided templates for basic website set up. Included in that template was a “Newsletter” function that enables visitors to submit their email so I can send them the latest content.

I assumed that when visitors submitted their email that I would be notified. I have a lot of areas to focus on when building the business so I put off figuring out the Newsletter until I had an actual subscriber. As is often the case with assumptions, I was wrong.
A few weeks ago I happened to be clicking through the features on my GoDaddy.com account and came across my list of subscribers. I didn’t even know I had a list of subscribers!! I was very excited.

I click the link and find out that I officially have my first and only subscriber. It was a very proud moment for me. I had a reached a goal that I had forgotten I even had. Turns out the first subscriber is a friend of mine.

Now, I’m still feeling quite accomplished – but it is tempered a little by the thought that the one subscriber is my friend that is probably only subscribing to be nice. This is a thought I often have when I look at the Functional Rustic Facebook page. All but one of those followers are already my friends on my personal Facebook. (It was a special day when that ‘stranger’ started following on Facebook too).

I got to thinking though – I have 300+ friends on my personal Facebook and only 35 of them follow Functional Rustic. The over 270 friends that don’t follow Functional Rustic are not unsupportive, wish me ill-will or refuse to do things just to be nice. The people that follow Functional Rustic, even if they do know me personally, do so because they are interested in it.

I invited every one of those 300+ people and the ones that have an interest in what Functional Rustic has to offer joined the community – those that don’t have an interest ignored it. (I’m sure they regret it now, ha).

Instead of minimizing my accomplishment by doubting their motives, I will relish those that share my passion. I will be grateful that I found a topic that at least 35 of my friends can agree on. (That’s a feat in and of itself!)

So, I said I would address the Newsletter once I have a subscriber and now I have one. I have no idea what to write. Lucky me, that one subscriber is a friend that I can actually talk to about it. I contact him immediately and explain that I’m looking for Newsletter ideas. His advice is especially important to me because he is a successful small business owner himself. If anyone can relate and provide guidance about starting a business from nothing – it’s this guy.

He suggested, and I agree, that the Newsletter should be about sharing upcoming events and new products. I now have a plan for the Newsletter, problem solved!

No. Not for me. This is where the problems start. This is when my anxiety begins.
One subscriber leads to two and two lead to thousands. Over night I become beholden to possibly thousands of people. Overnight my responsibilities change. The readers will have questions and comments. Shoppers will love my products and submit orders all at the same time. With all those orders needing to be filled I won’t have time to create new designs and tutorials. My favorite part is engaging with other people – while I’m taking on these new responsibilities my time available for that is diminished. The list goes on.

One subscriber. One.

The task before me may be new, but it is known and therefore can be prepared for.
The fear comes from preparing for the unknown. When success does come to my door – will I be prepared to welcome it in?

Through writing this I have come to realize that being afraid is not a bad thing. In fact – my fear of success is merely a reflection of my desire to remain true to myself even as my circumstances change.

This is no different than one of my projects in the barn – I can repurpose the pallet into a sign or book case but looking at it you know it is just a pallet serving a different purpose.

I look at a pallet and get excited by the repurposing possibilities and the new functions it can perform. I need to transfer that same thinking to repurposing my approach to life.

Instead of fearing the new tasks – view them as new opportunities to repurpose myself to perform another function. My approach may be rough around the edges – but that just makes it rustic. My fears are repurposed into examples of my functionally rustic life.

Lesson of the Day: Instead of seeing my fears as something to be stressed about I will appreciate them as new opportunities to repurpose myself into an even better me.

Written by Sarah Palmer – Owner, Functional Rustic

Did you know Functional Rustic provides more than just a blog? Find out what others already know by shopping in the Functional Rustic Store.

Below are just a few of the handcrafted items available.

3 Tier Wooden Tea Light Holder – Black

3 Tier Wooden Tea Light Holder from Functional Rustic adds a rustic elegance to any space. The 3 Tier Tea Light Candle Holder is made from repurposed pallet wood and hand painted. Free Shipping.

$15.00

“Baby It’s Hot/Cold Outside” 2 sided Wooden Ornament

“Baby It’s Hot/Cold Outside” 2 sided Wooden Ornament by Functional Rustic is handcrafted from repurposed pallet wood and hand painted with oil paint. Twine is used to hang the ornament. Free Shipping.

$10.00

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10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic 8.20.18

10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic. Follow Functional Rustic and see all that Functional Rustic has to offer. Handcrafted Décor, Quotations, Tutorials and so much more.

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10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic.
  1. Never make permanent decisions on temporary feelings.
Never make permanent dicisions on temporary feelings.
Never make permanent decisions on temporary feelings.

2. Be the girl who decided to go for it.

Be the girl who decided to go for it
Be the girl who decided to go for it.

3. I’m doing okay, not great, not amazing, not horrible, just okay. And that’s okay.

I'm doing okay, not great, not amazing....
I’m doing okay, not great, not amazing, not horrible, just okay. And that’s okay.

4. Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to ones courage
Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.

5. Her aesthetic is dope. She is all sorts of stop and stare.

Her aesthetic is dope. She is all sorts of stop and stare.
Her aesthetic is dope. She is all sorts of stop and stare.

6. Your hardest times often lead to the greatest moments of your life. Keep the faith. It will all be worth it in the end.

Your hardest times often lead to the greatest moments....
Your hardest times often lead to the greatest moments of your life. Keep the faith. It will all be worth it in the end.

7. Self-love takes time. Days. Months. Years….don’t rush it. We’re all working on it.

Self love takes time. Days. Months. Years. Dont Rush it....
Self-love takes time. Days. Months. Years….don’t rush it. We’re all working on it.

8. If you had one with, what would it be?

If you had one wish what would it be
If you had one with, what would it be?

9. If you can’t stop thinking about it, don’t stop working for it.

If you cant stop thinking about it...
If you can’t stop thinking about it, don’t stop working for it.

10. Never miss an opportunity to show your love.

Never miss an opportunity to show your love
Never miss an opportunity to show your love.

Written by Sarah Palmer – Owner, Functional Rustic

Did you know Functional Rustic provides more than just inspirational quotes? Find out what others already know by shopping in the Functional Rustic Store.

Below are just a few of the handcrafted items available.

 

3 Tier Wooden Tea Light Holder – Orange

3 Tier Wooden Tea Light Holder from Functional Rustic adds a rustic elegance to any space. The 3 Tier Tea Light Candle Holder is made from repurposed pallet wood and hand painted. Free Shipping.

$15.00

3 Tier Wooden Tea Light Holder – Black

3 Tier Wooden Tea Light Holder from Functional Rustic adds a rustic elegance to any space. The 3 Tier Tea Light Candle Holder is made from repurposed pallet wood and hand painted. Free Shipping.

$15.00

“Meow Spoken Here” Wooden Ornament

“Meow Spoken Here” Wooden Ornament by Functional Rustic is handcrafted from repurposed pallet wood and hand painted with oil paint. Twine is used to hang the ornament. Free Shipping.

$10.00

 

 

“Happy Holidays” Wooden Ornament

“Happy Holidays” Wooden Ornament by Functional Rustic is handcrafted from repurposed pallet wood and hand painted with oil paint. Twine is used to hang the ornament. Free Shipping.

$10.00

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Indoor Duckling Enclosure DIY Tutorial from Functional Rustic

Originally published April 23, 2018. Updated August 17, 2018.

Duckling season is upon us and that means people across the world are talking about how this is the year they will start raising their own ducks. Functional Rustic is here to help.

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Indoor Duckling Enclosure: DIY Tutorial from Functional Rustic.

My first introduction to raising water fowl was in high school. The biology class was hatching ducks and geese. My understanding is that the eggs are incubated in the class and then when they hatch the students can take the ducks home for the weekend. All I know for sure is that my sister came home one day with 2 snow goslings, 1 mallard duckling and 3 baby chickens.

We lived in suburbia and already had a house full of animals. My dad was not having it but, the rest of us loved them so he got out voted. Normally what dad says goes, but when it involves an animal his opinion is moot.

Long story short, we learned that the birds were not a problem to take care of when it was warm but as soon as it got cold outside our suburban yard was not going to cut it. We ended up having to give them to a farm. (We had essentially stolen them from the school so we couldn’t very well return them to the teacher.)

IF YOU CANNOT PROVIDE A FOREVER HOME FOR THE DUCK — DO NOT GET A DUCK.

Getting a duck is like getting a cat or a dog. It is a commitment to years of animal care. It was wrong of us to take those birds when we were not prepared to care for them.
I learned a lot with those birds in the few months that we had them. 20 years later (oh my gosh, I can’t believe it’s been 20 years!) I finally have a barn of my own and can raise ducks properly.

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The Functional Rustic Barn. Home to Repurposing Projects and Muscovy Ducks.

The barn provides countless options for housing the ducks once they are bigger.

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The Muscovy Ducks of Functional Rustic. 3 of our Drakes (boy ducks) hanging out together.

I have Muscovy ducks. My mom does too. Her hen has hatched out 12 ducklings so far this year. (It’s the middle of April) One of my hens is sitting on eggs that should hatch any day. Until then though, I have zero ducklings and my mom has 12 — Not Fair!

My mom’s hen, Hazel, started to attack some of her babies. She even bit a chunk out of one of their cheeks. I had been asking to take some of her ducklings since the moment they hatched and she refused to share. However, with Hazel attacking her young my mom relented and let me have three.

There are many reasons I do not have the ducklings living in the barn right now — but I am not getting into that now. All you need to know is I have 3 ducklings living inside my house.

I may work in a barn but, I don’t want to live in a barn. If I’m going to have these adorable poop machines in my house I need an enclosure that keeps them enclosed and my house clean.

Here’s what I did:

Indoor Duck Enclosure: DIY Tutorial

Step One:
Find space in your home where you can construct an enclosure approximately 2 ft x 2ft. You can make it whatever size you want but make sure it can fit the ducklings and a cookie sheet inside it.

Step Two:
Find two trash bags and cut down the seams on each side. Cutting the sides is easy when you do it before you open the bag. I use 13 gallon trash bags so I needed two — but one large bag could do the trick.

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Cut the seams off of the garbage bag.

Step Three:
Open the trash bags and lay them flat on the floor where you want your enclosure. This will be the floor of the enclosure.

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Open the garbage bags you just cut and lay them flat on the floor. Blog Posts

Step Four:
Put a layer of newspaper on top of the trash bags. Wood chips could be put in place of or in addition to the newspaper. You want an absorbent surface. The ducklings will poop — all day, everywhere. It is a very wet poop and needs something to soak it up. Without an absorbent bottom you are just making a duck poop slip-n-slide.

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Put a layer of newspaper on top of the garbage bags. Add wood chips now too if you are using them

Step Five:
Find walls for your enclosure. Use whatever you have around the house. I recommend the wall be at least one foot high. Make sure your wall stays in place — that is to say, unmovable by ducklings.

The first enclosure I made used an empty pop can box as one of the walls. Those little duckers pushed through it within minutes. Make sure your wall cannot be pushed by the ducks; they’re stronger than they look.

(NOTE: My enclosure will have no roof on it. I am next to the enclosure while they are in it so I can keep the cats and dog away. Also, these Muscovy ducklings are learning to jump and try to fly. Escapes could happen even with 1 foot walls. At night they sleep in a brooder box with a lid. It is fine for overnight but too small for my growing birds during the day.)

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Find something that you can use for a wall that is at least 12 inches tall and heavy enough a duck cannot move it.

I had to play around with a few different items before I found walls that would work. The size of my enclosure ended up being around 2 ft x 2 ft because that is the size of my pallet storage shelves.

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Find something that you can use for a wall that is at least 12 inches tall and heavy enough a duck cannot move it.

For this enclosure I used what I had laying around — pallet projects. Specifically, I am using a small book case/storage shelf I built. It is heavy and a good height and shape for the project. (The ducklings can still escape through the cracks so I had to add boxes as a deterrent.)

I also used a mirror for one of my walls. The ducks get such a kick out of staring at and talking to themselves. It will get duck poo on it. Assume anything you put in the enclosure will get dirty.

Step Six:
Put all of your walls in place. Make sure to put your wall on top of the news paper. I initially had my wall outside the paper so I could fold the edges of the paper up along the inside of the enclosure. I thought it would protect the walls from duck presents.

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Put your walls into place. Be sure to completely enclose the space and put the walls on top of the newspaper.

Not only did it not protect the wall — it actually made it worse. They grab the edges of the paper and try to pull it up. Once they find the carpet they see there is no food and just hang out there. Pooping. For hours.

VIDEO of ducklings eating the enclosure.

Step Seven:
Add food and water. Put a cookie sheet underneath the water dish to catch spills. There will be spills. Ducks are messy.

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Add food and water to the enclosure. My ducks are starting to get too big for their bottle water dispenser so I have added a small bowl. They splash everywhere while they eat so the cookie sheet is essential

NEVER give medicated chick feed to ducks. But, do make sure that you are giving your ducklings food intended for babies. The main difference between adult and chick food is the size of the food. Chick food is very crumbly, almost powder like. The adult food comes in pellets or large crumbles. Little birds need little foods.

Ducks need water to eat. A duck can choke on their food if they do not have water near by to help them swallow. If you have food out for the ducks you MUST HAVE WATER out too.

The water should be deep enough for the duckling to submerge their bill.
Ducks are water fowl and love the water. New ducklings are not born waterproof though and need to be kept dry and warm. For this reason, small ducklings should not be given a pool to swim in — just a dish to drink from.

When the duckling is a few weeks old it will develop its waterproofing oils and can safely go in the pool. Even then, keep an eye on your duck to make sure it doesn’t stay too wet for too long.

VIDEO of the ducklings exploring the enclosure.

Step Eight:
Put your ducks into your enclosure and enjoy!

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Add your ducklings to the enclosure. Watch for any small areas they may be able to squeeze into.

VIDEO of the Ducklings in the enclosure.

VIDEO of the great duckling escape.

VIDEO of the great duckling escape 2.

Step Nine:
Take pictures of your creation and your adorable feather babies and share it with Functional Rustic on Social Media.

Written by Sarah Palmer – Owner, Functional Rustic

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10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic.
  1. When you judge yourself for feeling bad you miss the opportunity to understand yourself.
When you judge youself for feeling bad
When you judge yourself for feeling bad you miss the opportunity to understand yourself.

2. People are people and sometime we change our minds.

People are people and sometimes we change our minds.
People are people and sometime we change our minds.

3. So grateful for so much.

So grateful for so much.
So grateful for so much.

4. Good art is not what it looks like, but what t does to us.

Good aret is not what it looks like....
Good art is not what it looks like, but what t does to us.

5. Today I want you to think about all that you are instead of all that you are not.

Today I want you to think about all that you are....
Today I want you to think about all that you are instead of all that you are not.

6. A happy person is not a person who’s always in a good situation, but rather a person who always has a good attitude in every situation.

A happy person is not a person who's always in a good....
A happy person is not a person who’s always in a good situation, but rather a person who always has a good attitude in every situation.

7. Whatever makes you feel the sun from the inside out. chase that.

Whatever makes you feel sunshine from the inside out.
Whatever makes you feel the sun from the inside out. chase that.

8. Take your pleasure seriously.

Take your pleasure seriously
Take your pleasure seriously.

9. And it makes me want to take a back road.

And it makes me wanna take a back road
And it makes me want to take a back road.

10. Talk with people who make you see the world differently.

Talk with people who make you see the world differently
Talk with people who make you see the world differently.

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