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I am a fan of quotes. I like to use them as a reinforcement life tool. You can read all the quotes you want, but if you don’t use them to your benefit (applying them to life), they will not do you much good. Quotes are everywhere in social media. So how can a quote […]

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Finding Inspiration Day to Day – A Functional Rustic Approach

Originally Published March 6, 2018. Updated August 15, 2018.

I was created to create
I was created to create.

I’m a busy little bee this week. Having the blog has helped me to stay focused. With all the new tasks I am undertaking it is important to find time management. I’m disappointed that I did not publish a blog post yesterday – but I did write one.

When I start a post for My Repurposed Life it always starts off as a quick message or update. It seems to get away from me once I start to write though. I will be finishing up yesterdays post later this morning. There came a point in the day when my brain just stopped – so I did too.

Where I use to struggle to come up with ideas to write about or projects to build – lately I have too many. I want to do all the projects now. That’s not necessarily bad – but I can’t just build the way I used to.

Before I started writing DIY tutorials I just created whatever came to my mind. Now, I have to take pictures and think out how I will explain to others. It adds an extra layer to the repurposing process.

It is causing me to slow down my approach. This is good – and new for me. As much as I plan and think things through – the ‘art’ part of my work is very much on a whim. When I feel inspired I let the mood dictate what I do. This is great when I am feeling inspired but inspiration is not all day or every day.

On days when I have the inspiration I will write them down. Complete one of them but save the other ideas for tomorrow or next week. The idea is still inspiring and I will still be excited about it next weekend.

By slowing my approach I am not “chasing the high” of completing a project. I get a lot accomplished in a day but when I build something the feeling of completion and a job well done is more concrete. I can see, touch and experience the task I completed from conception.

By pacing my new creations over a couple of days I can “chase the high” longer. Ha. I am assured an empowering experience another day. Although it is satisfying to invent two things in a day – the stress of organizing my pictures, videos and thoughts on both projects at the same time is increased. Building something new to teach someone has a lot more steps involved in just creating a new pallet project.

I’m aware of my learning style and approach to projects. In college I was the person writing a 20 page research paper the night before. I had spent the semester thinking about what I wanted to write but didn’t start until just before the deadline.

It’s not so much that I needed the deadline – but rather if I am going to complete a project, in this case a 20 page research paper, I want to have all the information in front me from the start. I absorb all the information on that topic and while it is fresh on my mind and all together in front of me – then I write about it. Any research I read early in the semester on the topic is forgotten, or at least not used as a reference because it is not in front of me when I write.

Based on previous experience – if I don’t write about it soon after experiencing it than it wont get written. I have pictures from many builds I did over the summer with the intention of writing a tutorial. However – because now they are just pictures and the experience I had when they were created is now faded from memory – the inspiration to write about it is diminished.

Lesson of the day: Find activities that make you feel inspired and integrate them into your daily routine.

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 – 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

“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 8.16.18

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  1. You can’t change what you refuse to confront.
You cant change what you refuse to confront
You can’t change what you refuse to confront.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. I was created to create.

I was created to create
I was created to create.

5. There is no limit to how radiant, alive and irresistible you can be.

There is no limit to how radiant, alive and...
There is no limit to how radiant, alive and irresistible you can be.

6. Strength grows in the moments when you think you can’t go on but keep going anyway.

Strength grows in the moments when you think....
Strength grows in the moments when you think you can’t go on but keep going anyway.

7. No. is a full sentence.

No. is a full sentance.
No. is a full sentence.

8. If at first an idea isn’t absurd, there is no hope for it.

If at first an idea isnt absurd, there is no hope for it.
If at first an idea isn’t absurd, there is no hope for it.

9. Life, I love you.

Life, I love you.
Life, I love you.

10. Mistakes are proof you are trying.

Mistakes are proof that you are trying.
Mistakes are proof you are trying.

Written by Sarah Palmer – Owner, Functional Rustic

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3 Tier Wooden Tea Light Holder – Black

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$15.00

“Quack Spoken Here” Wooden Ornament

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Using Quotes to Learn Mindfulness – A Functional Rustic Approach

Originally published March 8, 2018. Updated August 15, 2018.

I’m always amazed how I can read the same quote at different points in my life and have a completely different interpretation of it. Let’s use this Marilyn Monroe quote as an example:

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

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

At different times in my life this quote holds different meanings. After my brother killed himself I was devastated. It took all my energy not to cry every moment of the day. This went on for months, years. I had to make a concerted effort to appear happy, or at least not a sobbing shell of a human. At that time in my life, this quote made me feel proud of the fact that I was able to look “normal” when I was experiencing intense grief. I thought that by looking and acting like I was ok that I would start to be ok. If I pretended to be happy I might eventually feel happiness again.

Later in life, this quote found meaning for me in regards to dating. My boyfriend and I were fighting about something before we had to go a wedding together. I didn’t want friends at the wedding to know we were fighting and was considering just not attending at all. Feeling upset I turn to my quotes and come across this one. On this day, the quote reminded me that I should not avoid an event I want to attend simply because someone I don’t like at the moment is there. This quote reminded me that I can still participate in happy events even if I am not feeling happy at that moment.

Fast forward to today and the quote means something else. Today I read this quote and am reminded that it is important to realize that you can be happy and sad at the same time. Twelve years have passed since Andrew’s suicide and I’m still in pain grieving for him – but now I’m also happy and passionate about countless other things. I’m not less sad per se, but I am ALSO happy. I used to think I had to be one or the other. The quote also reminds me that I am not defined by my feelings. I am not a sad person, a happy person, an anxious person – I am a person and I have a wide range of feelings that happen at the same time.

In each chapter of my life the same words had different meanings for me. As I changed – so did my perspective. This is what I love about collecting quotations. Of course they can be inspiring and motivational – but looking now at quotes I collected a decade ago I am fascinated by how differently the words impact me.

As a woman in recovery – mental health, addiction – it is imperative that I remain mindful of the thoughts I’m having and how they impact my behavior. The words I read and hear have immense impact on my thinking and actions. I need to remain cognizant of what I expose myself to and how I respond to it.

That is why I collect and share quotations on Functional Rustic. My quotes provide me with the mindset I need to start each day. I read them every morning until I feel motivated. Sometimes it just takes one or two – sometimes I’m reading hundreds. However, this habit of reading intentionally positive content first thing in the day has been instrumental in developing healthier behaviors.

Lesson of the Day: What you see is determined by what you look for.

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.

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10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic 8.15.18

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10 Inspirational Quotations from Functional Rustic.
  1. I like messy people who don’t fit in a box or stay between the lines, but whose integrity is greater than any rule book and whose loyalty is stronger than blood.
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I like messy people who don’t fit in a box or stay between the lines, but whose integrity is greater than any rule book and whose loyalty is stronger than blood.

2. You are the painter of your own mood and your days are only as grey as yo allow them to be.

You are the painter of your own mood and ...
You are the painter of your own mood and your days are only as grey as yo allow them to be.

3. Your future begins with your next thought.

Your future begins with your next thought
Your future begins with your next thought.

 

4. The unexpected moment is always sweeter.

The unexpected moment is always sweeter
The unexpected moment is always sweeter.

5. There is no limit to how radiant, alive and irresistible you can be.

There is no limit to how radiant, alive and...
There is no limit to how radiant, alive and irresistible you can be.

6. The sign of a beautiful person is that they always see beauty in others.

The sign of a beautiful person is that they always...
The sign of a beautiful person is that they always see beauty in others.

7. Perfectly imperfect.

Imperfectly perfect.
Perfectly imperfect.

8. Stay strong. Make them wonder how you’re still smiling.

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Stay strong. Make them wonder how you’re still smiling.

3 Tier Wooden Tea Light Holder – Gold

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9. Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.

Strive not to be a success but rather to be of value
Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.

10. And if today all you did was hold yourself together, I’m proud of you

And if today all you did waas hold yourself together
And if today all you did was hold yourself together, I’m proud of you

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 – 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

“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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10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic 8.14.18

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10 Motivational Quotes from Functional Rustic
Inspirational Quotations from Functional Rustic.
  1. Your future begins with your next thought.
Your future begins with your next thought
Your future begins with your next thought.

2. Surround yourself with people who get it.

Surround yourself with people who get it.
Surround yourself with people who get it.

3. She wore a smile like a loaded gun.

She wore a smile like a loaded gun
She wore a smile like a loaded gun.

4. Strength grows in the moments when you think you can’t go on but you keep going anyway.

Strength grows in the moments when you think....
Strength grows in the moments when you think you can’t go on but you keep going anyway.

5. You give life to what you give energy to.

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6. Deep down you already know the truth.

Deep down you already know the truth.
Deep down you already know the truth.

7. If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves.

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If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves.

8. Behind every successful woman is herself.

Behind every successful woman is herself.
Behind every successful woman is herself.

9. Speak with honesty, think with sincerity, act with integrity.

Speak with honesty. think with sincerity
Speak with honesty, think with sincerity, act with integrity.

10. Close some doors. Not because of pride, incapacity or arrogance, but simply because they no longer lead somewhere.

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Close some doors. Not because of pride, incapacity or arrogance, but simply because they no longer lead somewhere.

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.

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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

“Naughty/Nice” 2 sided Wooden Ornament

“Naughty/Nice” 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.

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It’s Awkward Talking About Myself

Originally Published March 3, 2018. Updated August 13, 2018.

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www.FunctionalRustic.com Handmade Rustic Décor, DIY Tutorials, Quotations and Muscovy Ducks

I have a great service to offer but because I feel awkward promoting myself no one knows about it.

I share daily inspirational quotations and DIY tutorials for a living. My audience is a no-brainer. Anyone who shares/reads quotes regularly and anyone interested in DIY. I have an easily defined audience. Finding people that share these interests is not actually that difficult online.

But, when I see someone who, for example, is posting a bunch of quotes and commenting “this is so me” or “this is exactly what I’m feeling right now” I want to tell them about the hundreds of quotes I have collected and shared.

It should be as simple as saying, “hey, if you like those quotes, you should check out Functional Rustic”. I feel bad about it though. Ugh, this is embarrassing to share. I feel like I’m taking advantage of someone by seeing them in distress and then promoting my business to them.

I realize the point of the website is to be a source of inspiration for people in that exact situation – but because I am trying to make money off Functional Rustic, it feels like my suggestion to visit the site is more advertising than support.

It reminds me of asking people to donate to a charity. I may believe in the cause but, I don’t want to ask my friends for money.

The thing of it is, the only way I make money is if someone buys something in my shop. Also, the main focus of Functional Rustic is to provide inspiration to as many people as possible.  Promoting Functional Rustic in anyway is helpful for both the public and me.

But Functional Rustic is me, and it’s awkward talking about myself.

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Written by Sarah Palmer – Owner, Functional Rustic

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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 8.13.18

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10 Motivational Quotes from Functional Rustic
10 Inspirational Quotations from Functional Rustic.
  1. You don’t know this new me; I put back my pieces differently.
You don't know this new me; I put back my pieces differently.
You don’t know this new me; I put back my pieces differently.

2.  To make living itself an art, that is the goal.

To make living itself an art, that is the goal.
To make living itself an art, that is the goal.

 

3. One of the happiest moments in life is when you find the courage to let go of what you can’t change.

One of the happiest moments in life if when you....
One of the happiest moments in life is when you find the courage to let go of what you can’t change.

4. 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.

5. See good in all things.

See good in all things
See good in all things.

6. Growth is painful. Change is painful. But nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere you don’t belong.

Growth is painful. Change is painful. But nothing is as painful....
Growth is painful. Change is painful. But nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere you don’t belong.

7. She overcame everything that was meant to destroy her.

She overcame everything that was meant to destroy her
She overcame everything that was meant to destroy her.

8. The first step of change is to become aware of your own bullshit.

The first step of change is to become aware of...
The first step of change is to become aware of your own bullshit.

9. No. Is a full sentence.

No. is a full sentance.
No. Is a full sentence.

10. It’s not just about creativity, it is about the person you’re becoming while you’re creating.

It's not just about creativity, it is about the person....
It’s not just about creativity, it is about the person you’re becoming while you’re creating.

 

Written by Sarah Palmer, Owner – Functional Rustic

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Sensory Bottle Tutorial from Functional Rustic

Originally published April 27, 2018. Updated August 10, 2018.

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Sensory Bottle DIY Tutorial from Functional Rustic.

Quick. Easy. Cheap. Fun. That is the theme for this week’s Tutorial from Functional Rustic. We are learning how to make sensory bottles out of water, oil, food coloring and a plastic bottle.

My Muscovy Hen is hatching ducklings today so I wanted a quick easy craft I could teach and then get back to my feather babies. This craft is great because it is quick, easy and uses common supplies so I do not need look hard for the ingredients.

The sensory bottle is a great craft for people of all ages to enjoy. Follow the steps below, watch the video and then share you creations at DIY Project of Facebook so others can appreciate them too.

Sensory Bottle Tutorial by Functional Rustic

Materials: Water, Cooking Oil or Bath Oil, Plastic Bottle, Food Coloring, Glitter, Hot Glue

Step One: Find an empty plastic bottle with a twist on lid and rinse it out with water.

Step Two: Remove any labels on the bottle.

Step Three: Fill the bottle with water about half way to 2/3 full.

Step Four: Add one drop of food coloring to the water and mix it together.

Step Five: Add glitter. Approximately 1 teaspoon.

Step Six: Add Oil.

Step Seven: Screw the lid on and glue it with Hot Glue.

Step Eight: Take pictures and video of your creation 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 8.10.18

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10 Motivational Quotes from Functional Rustic
10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic.
  1. What is coming is better than what is gone.
What is coming is better than what is gone
What is coming is better than what is gone.

2. The best portion of your life will be the small, nameless moments you spend smiling with someone who matters to you.

The best portion of your life will be the small
The best portion of your life will be the small, nameless moments you spend smiling with someone who matters to you.

3. Simple things become complicated when you expect too much.

Simple thigns become complicated when you....
Simple things become complicated when you expect too much.

4. Prove them wrong.

Prove them wrong
Prove them wrong.

5. There is nothing wrong with loving the crap out of everything. Negative people find their walls. so never apologize for your enthusiasm. Never. Ever. Never.

There is nothing wrong with loving the crap out of everything
There is nothing wrong with loving the crap out of everything. Negative people find their walls. so never apologize for your enthusiasm. Never. Ever. Never.

6. If you have the power to make someone happy please do it. You might be the one to make all the difference in their world.

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If you have the power to make someone happy please do it. You might be the one to make all the difference in their world.

7. Things take time. So just be patient.

Things take time
Things take time. So just be patient.

8. I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.

I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic
I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.

9. Be the type of person that you want to meet.

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Be the type of person that you want to meet.

10. An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail.

An essential aspect of creativity is....
An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail.

 

Written by Sarah Palmer, Owner – Functional Rustic