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10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic 9.20.18

10 Inspirational Quotations from Functional Rustic

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.

  1. Never compare yourself to anyone, except the previous you.
Never compare youself to anyone, except the previous you.
Never compare yourself to anyone, except the previous you.

2. I’m letting go…..so I can be free.

I'm letting go....so I can be free.
I’m letting go…..so I can be free.

3. I’m going outside. So if anyone asks, I’m outstanding.

I'm going to stand outside. So if anyone asks I'm oustanding.
I’m going outside. So if anyone asks, I’m outstanding.

4. I’m being murdered by my own mind.

I'm being murdered by my own mind
I’m being murdered by my own mind.

5. I’ll make you smile when you feel weary and lift you up when you feel small. I’ll be right here for you to lean on ’til you feel brave and strong and tall.

I'll make you smile when you feel weary and lift you up when you feel small....
I’ll make you smile when you feel weary and lift you up when you feel small. I’ll be right here for you to lean on ’til you feel brave and strong and tall.

6. If you’re waiting for a sign, this is it.

If you're waiting for a sign this is it.
If you’re waiting for a sign, this is it.

7. If you talk about it, it’s a dream. If you envision it, it’s possible. But if you schedule it, it’s real.

If you talk about it, its a dream. If you envision it....
If you talk about it, it’s a dream. If you envision it, it’s possible. But if you schedule it, it’s real.

8. If you have accomplished all that you have planned for yourself, you have not planned enough.

If you have accomplished all that you planned for yourself, you have not planned enough.
If you have accomplished all that you have planned for yourself, you have not planned enough.

9. If you are the smartest person in the room, you are in the wrong room.

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If you are the smartest person in the room, you are in the wrong room.

10. If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.

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If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.

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

 

“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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Dr. Masaru Emoto’s Water Experiment – A Functional Rustic Approach

Watch the short video below about the results from Dr. Masaru Emoto’s water experiment. He studies how words, music and pictures impact water crystals when they freeze.

Learning about this experiment changed my life. I first came across it while watching the film What the Bleep: Further Down the Rabbit Hole. I found the clip from the movie about Dr. Emoto on YouTube and watched it repeatedly. I still do. The message is profound.

Words matter. Intention matters.

This is why I share quotations. On a molecular level I am positively impacting myself and everyone that reads the words I share. Those quotes can literally change people. As I am holding my coffee cup, reading through my quotes every morning I am changing the water in the coffee. Each sip I take is like drinking those positive words.

This is why I share how I overcome negative thinking. I am not the only person that has doubts and fears and insecurities. When I find an approach that helps me keep those negative thoughts at bay – I share it so you can experience that positive change too. On a molecular level I am changing me and those that learn from me in beautiful ways.

This is why I share tutorials. I feel such pride in myself every time I try a new DIY craft. Every single item I make I admire and smile each time I see it because it is a physical representation of something I accomplished. By teaching you how to build the crafts you too can have the opportunity to feel that pride. You too can have that opportunity to imbue your positive energy onto items you keep around you.

This is why I create and sell handmade décor. When I build it, I do so with the intention of inspiring someone to try and create something themselves. I believe that on a molecular level my intentions impact the sign or candle holder etc. My designs are purposefully simple so as to inspire someone to say, “Ya know, I could make this.”

This is why I share my business approach free of charge. When I share the strategies I used to average thousands of visitors to my website, I don’t do it for money. The intention is to teach, not profit. I believe the noble intentions will actually impact how the lesson is received and how it will be implemented.

This is why I have not gotten another tattoo. My first tattoo was when I was 18 – its a duck. Ha. My second tattoo was when I was 20 – its an abstract face of a weeping woman. My third tattoo was when I was 23 – its a heart. The heart is on my hand and is honor of my brother Andrew. With my new found knowledge of the power of words and images, I want to be sure I am effecting the water in body the best way possible.

Like I said, learning about this experiment changed my life. What do you think of Dr. Masaru Emoto’s results?

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.

“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

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

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

 

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10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic 9.19.18

10 Inspirational Quotations Functional Rustic

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.

  1. Life is getting up an hour early to live an hour longer.
Life is getting up an hour earlier to live an hour longer.
Life is getting up an hour early to live an hour longer.

2. Let it hurt. Let it bleed. Let it heal. And let it go.

Let it hurt. Let it bleed. Let it heal. And let it go.
Let it hurt. Let it bleed. Let it heal. And let it go.

3. Leave me alone. I’m only speaking to my dog today.

Leave me alone I'm only speaking to my dog today.
Leave me alone. I’m only speaking to my dog today.

4. It’s ok if you fall down and lose your spark. Just make sure that when you get back up, you rise as the whole damn fire.

It's ok if you fall down and lose your spark
It’s ok if you fall down and lose your spark. Just make sure that when you get back up, you rise as the whole damn fire.

5. It’s not who you are that holds you back, it’s who you think you’re not.

Its not who you are that holds you back, its who you think you're not.
It’s not who you are that holds you back, it’s who you think you’re not.

6. It’s never too late to get your shit together.

It's never too late to get your shit together.
It’s never too late to get your shit together.

7. In order to love who you are, you cannot hate the experiences that shaped you.

In order to love who you are you cannot hate the experiences that shaped you
In order to love who you are, you cannot hate the experiences that shaped you.

8. I’m not sure how many problems I have because math is one of them.

I'm not sure how many problems I have because math is one of them.
I’m not sure how many problems I have because math is one of them.

9. I’m not sorry for wanting what I deserve and I’m not afraid to walk away to find it.

I'm not sorry for wanting what I deserve
I’m not sorry for wanting what I deserve and I’m not afraid to walk away to find it.

10. I’m not afraid, I was made for this.

I'm not afraid. I was made for this.
I’m not afraid, I was made for this.

 

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 – 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

 

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

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10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic 9.18.18

10 Inspirational Quotations from Functional Rustic

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.

  1. We are what we believe we are.
We are what we believe we are

We are what we believe we are.

2. We are human beings not human doings – let’s start acting like it and take time simply to be.

We are human beings not human doings, lets start acting like it and take the time to simply be.
We are human beings not human doings – let’s start acting like it and take time simply to be.

3. Understand: My peace is my priority.

Understand, My peace is my priority.
Understand: My peace is my priority.

4. Training is the opposite of hoping.

Training is the opposite of hoping.
Training is the opposite of hoping.

5. Today is going to be the day.

Today is going to be the day.
Today is going to be the day.

6. to amuse, to make, to tell, to thrill, to teach, to share.

to amuse, to make, to tell, to thrill, to teach, to share
to amuse, to make, to tell, to thrill, to teach, to share.

7. Through discipline comes freedom.

Through discipline comes freedom.
Through discipline comes freedom.

8. Thinking is difficult, that’s why most people judge.

Thinking is difficult, that's why most people judge.
Thinking is difficult, that’s why most people judge.

9. there’s a storm inside my head and it’s killing all the flowers.

There's a storm inside my head and its killing all the flowers
there’s a storm inside my head and it’s killing all the flowers.

10. There will be obstacles, doubters & mistakes but with hard work there are no limits.

There will be obstacles, doubters and mistakes
There will be obstacles, doubters & mistakes but with hard work there are no limits.

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.

 

“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

 

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

 

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

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A September Day at Functional Rustic

I don’t need a reason to go outside and appreciate nature but it sure is great when I can find one.

Every morning I take a video of the sunrise over the pasture behind my barn. (Follow Functional Rustic on Instagram & Facebook and you can see it too!) I love watching the Blue Heron stalk the shores of the wetlands and sparrows dive bombing the tall grass to eat bugs. During the spring thaw there is even a family of beavers that can be seen swimming around the now flooded part of the yard.

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In the back drop of it all is a towering forest. My impulse is to write “towering trees” but when I look across the yard every morning I do not see trees – I simply see a forest. It is not until I venture beyond the wetlands into the woods that I truly appreciate the trees for the forest. There is a whole ecosystem on every tree, stump and twig. Life is everywhere.

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This is from my first time ever going into the woods.
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Got the Vibe stuck in the mud the first time I went back into the woods.

Part of the cycle of life in the forest is acorns dropping from the trees. I collect acorns and use them for crafts. Specifically I burn faces onto them. It was not until this spring that I got the idea to start collecting and crafting with acorns so the supply was minimal. But we’re heading into Autumn and the acorns are raining down. Literally, I get hit in the head with one.

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I use the wood burner to burn faces onto the acorns. Well, I used to. Honestly, I’m not a huge fan of wood burner. I bump into things a lot and working with/around a very hot and flammable tool is not relaxing for me. All I see are the ways I will hurt myself or burn down the barn. Also, it takes awhile to burn those little faces on and I, apparently, lack the patience. Fortunately for me my husband LOVES to wood burn stuff. So, these days, I gather up the acorns and he turns them into the art.

I like to include an acorn or some other small trinket with any online order. It’s little extras in life that make people smile and this is how I chose to do it. Plus, the acorns are perfect for my product photos. They’re cute and help demonstrate the size of my items.

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3 Tier Wooden Tea Light Holder.

On this particular day (September 12, 2018) I went back into the woods to see if the acorns had started to fall. They are most definitely falling. I was able to fill an entire coffee can in under an hour.

This post isn’t about acorns though. I am writing today so I can show off pictures of the cool plant and animal life I came across while I was gathering the acorns. This one of those days where the journey is more important than the destination. Also, it is a testament to the things you can see if you just take the time to look.

I really need to start learning about fungi because they are everywhere. I knew there were several species but I never thought there would be so many in one place. If you can identify any of the species of fungi or insect included in this post, please educate me.

This first mushroom is what inspired me to specifically look for interesting things growing in the woods. This is a stump along the path to woods. I stopped by it in order to set down my coffee and that is when I saw the beauty pictured below.

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These white mushrooms pop out in the dark floor of the forest. I hope these are the mushrooms that turn into huge white balls. I will have to check back in a few days to find out.

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The mushrooms below remind me of bagels or some other toasted bread. I wanted to get them from different angles to show how thick they are but apparently there is a hornets nest in the ground about a foot away and they had other plans for me.

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The red mushrooms on the stick though, absolute favorite fungi of the day. I’ve never seen that before – fungi on a stick. It’s beautiful. A decomposing part of a branch is now the foundation upon which this fungus is building it’s life.

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I almost didn’t see the amazing creature in this next picture.

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I thought it was just a cob web or perhaps cocoon of some sort. It was not until I moved the stick to pick up an acorn that I realized someone was on the other side.

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Absolutely stunning. Who knew I had such a beautiful neighbor?!

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That little green guy with his pretty blue spots was my favorite picture of the day. Meeting that creature was not highlight of the day though. The following videos was not filmed in the woods but rather by the garage where I was dropping off my coffee can of acorns.

I reached down to pull open the garage and saw two worm like creatures fighting. Yes, fighting. I have never seen bugs or worms fight. It is absolutely amazing. I’m not certain what the species are but I’m guessing the big one is a millipede? You tell me and we’ll both know.

I am so glad I chose to search for my acorns today. If I had just been going for a walk in the woods instead of actively looking on the ground for a small acorn – I likely would not have noticed all of the life around me. Sure, I saw that white mushroom from across the forest, but not until I got close did I see the texture and beauty.

I don’t know why I’m so surprised by my magical day. There is always something new to see when appreciating the sights and sounds of Functional Rustic.

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.

“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

 

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

 

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

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10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic 9.17.18

10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic

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.

  1. The only limits to the possibilities in your life are the buts you use today.
The only limits to the possibliites in your life are the buts you use today.
The only limits to the possibilities in your life are the buts you use today.

2. The most reliable way to predict the future is to create it.

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The most reliable way to predict the future is to create it.

3. The little girl just could not sleep because her thoughts were way too deep. Her mind had gone out for a stroll and fallen down a rabbit hole.

The little girl just could not sleep beause her thoughts....
The little girl just could not sleep because her thoughts were way too deep. Her mind had gone out for a stroll and fallen down a rabbit hole.

4. The first step is you have to say that you can.

The first step is you have to say that you can.
The first step is you have to say that you can.

5. Stay committed to your decisions, but stay flexible in your approach.

Stay commited to your decisions, but stay flexible in your approach.
Stay committed to your decisions, but stay flexible in your approach.

6. Start over; my darling. Be brave enough to find the life you want and courageous enough to chase it. Then start over and love yourself the way you were always meant to.

Start over, my darling. Be brave enough to find the life....
Start over; my darling. Be brave enough to find the life you want and courageous enough to chase it. Then start over and love yourself the way you were always meant to.

7. Sometimes the wrong choices bring us to the right places.

Sometimes the wrong choices bring us to the right places.
Sometimes the wrong choices bring us to the right places.

8. Sometimes the hardest thing and the right thing are the same thing.

Sometimes the hardest thing and the right thing are the same thing.
Sometimes the hardest thing and the right thing are the same thing.

9. Someday is not a day of the week.

Someday is not a day of the week.
Someday is not a day of the week.

10. So many people love you. Don’t focus on the people who don’t.

So many people love you. Don't focus on the people who dont.
So many people love you. Don’t focus on the people who don’t.

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.

 

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

“Mrs & 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 – 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

 

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

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How To Change A Drill Bit DIY Video Tutorial from Functional Rustic

It has been less than a year since I began my DIY journey and I have learned a great deal along the way. It is hard enough finding the inspiration and courage to begin a project, but the added stress of learning how to use the power tools can turn away even the most determined DIYer.

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How to Change a Drill Bit DIY Tutorial from Functional Rustic.

You do not need any special training or experience to start your first DIY project. However, it is very helpful to know the basics regarding the tools you will be using. Functional Rustic is here to help!

I was embarrassed to ask someone to teach me how to change a drill bit. Technically I knew how to do it, but it took me forever each time I tried. I’m starting a wood working business and struggling to use a drill does not provide confidence. Fortunately my husband saw my struggle and realized I was never going to ask for help so he taught me a better way.

Learn from my struggles and approach your next project with confidence.

In this week’s DIY Video Tutorial from Functional Rustic I will teach you how to change a drill bit.

Let me know in the comments below if you found this Tutorial helpful. Be sure to share your next DIY project with other DIY enthusiasts at DIY Projects of Facebook.

Written by Sarah Palmer – Owner, Functional Rustic

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

Below are just a few of the handcrafted items available.

 

“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

 

3 Tier Wooden Tea Light Holder – Green

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

 

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

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10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic 9.14.18

10 Inspirational Quotations Functional Rustic

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.

  1. There is no such thing in anyone’s life as an unimportant day.
There is no such thing in anyone's life as an unimportant day.
There is no such thing in anyone’s life as an unimportant day.

2. The universe is on your side.

The universe is on your side.
The universe is on your side.

3. The truth is: Belonging starts with self acceptance. Your level of belonging, in fact, can never be greater than your level of self acceptance, because believing that you’re enough is what gives you the courage to be authentic, vulnerable and imperfect.

The truth is, belonging starts with self acceptance...
The truth is: Belonging starts with self acceptance. Your level of belonging, in fact, can never be greater than your level of self acceptance, because believing that you’re enough is what gives you the courage to be authentic, vulnerable and imperfect.

4. The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.

The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.
The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.

5. The secret of your future is hidden in your daily routine.

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The secret of your future is hidden in your daily routine.

6. The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.

The secret of change is to focus all of your energy....
The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.

7. The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.

The secret of change is to focus all of your energy....
The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.

8. The reason people awaken is because they have finally stopped agreeing to things that insult their soul.

The reason people awaken is because they have finally stopped....
The reason people awaken is because they have finally stopped agreeing to things that insult their soul.

9. The problem is not the problem, the problem is your attitude to the problem.

The problem is not the problem, the problem is
The problem is not the problem, the problem is your attitude to the problem.

10. The pain, it will leave once it has finished teaching you.

the pain, it will leave once it has finished teaching you.
The pain, it will leave once it has finished teaching 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.

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

“Mrs & 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 – 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

 

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

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Troubleshooting the New Display Cart for Functional Rustic

Today is one of those work days that is both fun and frustrating. I am signing up for craft shows and am trying to work out how my new display cart will fit in the various sized booths at the different events.

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Plan to use this bakery cart we got at a garage sale as the center piece for all my items at craft shows.

I just got the wagon and am so excited about it. Picked it up at a garage sale for only $75!! (Everything is better when it’s on sale.) Isn’t it pretty? Doesn’t it look both Functional AND Rustic? It is light weight and rolls very easily. I really could not think of a better craft show display for my items than a functioning bakery cart/wagon.

Adding to the excitement of the cart, I adore the people we bought it from. She is a teacher and he is a social worker. Just like me and Dave (I’m the social worker and my husband is the teacher)! What are the odds of that happening? AND…I recently lost a bunch of weight and needed new clothes on a budget – her clothes fit me perfectly! It is always an added treat when a purchase comes with a memorable story.

The cart barely fits into the bed of the truck but it does fit and it was not hard to get it up into the bed. Ratchet straps worked great to keep it secure and I will find a large tarp to protect it from the Michigan weather during transport. Unloading the cart is simple because of how light it is and the fact that it rolls. Mostly though, it will make transporting my items into the show so much easier. Everything about this cart is amazing.

(The fact that it rolls was very convenient today. Just as I finished taking the video and pictures it started to rain. With only one hand I was able to lift and push it into the garage in seconds and without anything falling off!)

Today was the first day I really took the time to play with the cart. This is the fun part. Most of my inventory is in store at Countryside Craft & Antique Mall but I do have enough currently on hand to see how items will fit on my new cart. Also, when I build my new items for the upcoming shows I can design them with the display cart in mind.

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Front view of the new Functional Rustic display cart with my creations on it.

Setting everything up and admiring my handy work is a fun way to spend my morning. I often feel like I have not built enough or have not come up with a wide enough variety of items for Functional Rustic but, as I try to fit everything on the cart I am provided with tangible evidence of my hard work.

It is a very proud feeling. Most of the creations I built were done so as a way to cope with the stressors of life. These things only exist because I was feeling sad/angry/anxious and needed a way to cope with those feelings. These are the physical manifestations of my coping skills. I am literally displaying my fears and insecurities to the public in the hopes they will give me money so they can take them home with them.

I find it to be an interesting business model.

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Side view of the Functional Rustic cart with my creations and a pallet storage shelf containing chalk boards.
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Functional Rustic cart with my creations and a pallet storage shelf containing chalk boards.
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Back view of the Functional Rustic cart with my creations and a pallet storage shelf containing chalk boards.

My new cart is 8 feet long and 3 feet wide. I have a craft show I am signing up for and the booth size is 10 feet wide and 7 feet deep. Most craft events I know about have booths of 10×10 so my initial plan for the display was for it be facing forward so all the items are visible and people can walk around the whole cart. Like I said though, 8 foot cart – 7 foot space.

I have been staring at the cart and rearranging items for the better part of an hour trying to come up with the best way to utilize my new cart space and properly display my creations. I am finding myself becoming frustrated and was hoping you could help me troubleshoot my project for the day.

I need to sign up for the show ASAP but have concerns that I may need to purchase two booths to accommodate my new cart. I really want to make the cart fit in one booth so as to keep my buy-in costs lower. The event will provide table and chairs to everyone but I don’t want to look like everyone else. In a show full of tables a cart will stand out and draw people in.

I welcome any feed back and advice you are willing to share. Once I am officially signed up for my events I will share the dates and locations so you can mark you calendars and come out and join me. And, obviously, if you want to buy anything you see in the video/pictures let me know. Everything is for sale and shipping is FREE!

Thank you in advance for taking the time to help me out. I started my own business & have no idea what I’m doing so I appreciate all the guidance I can get.

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.

“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

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

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

 

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10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic 9.13.18

10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic

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.

  1. You’re mad. Bonkers. Off you head…but I’ll tell you a secret….all of the best people are.
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You’re mad. Bonkers. Off you head…but I’ll tell you a secret….all of the best people are.

2. You will find that it is necessary to let things go; simply for the reason that they are heavy.

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You will find that it is necessary to let things go; simply for the reason that they are heavy.

3. Your smile is your logo, your personality is your business card, how you leave others feeling after having an experience with you becomes your trademark.

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Your smile is your logo, your personality is your business card, how you leave others feeling after having an experience with you becomes your trademark.

4. You should give a fuck. You really should. But only about things that set your soul on fire. Save your fucks for magical shit.

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You should give a fuck. You really should. But only about things that set your soul on fire. Save your fucks for magical shit.

5. You must find the place inside yourself where nothing is impossible.

You must find the place inside yourself where nothing is impossible
You must find the place inside yourself where nothing is impossible.

6. You have to keep breaking your heart until it opens.

You have to keep breaking your heart before it opens.
You have to keep breaking your heart until it opens.

7. You don’t have to move mountains. Simply fall in love with life. Be a tornado of happiness, gratitude and acceptance. You will change the world just by being a warm, kind hearted human being. you-dont-have-to-move-mountains-simply-fall-in-love-with-life.jpg

8. You attract what you are ready for.

You attract what you are ready for.
You attract what you are ready for.

9. You are magic, own that shit.

You are magic, own that shit.
You are magic, own that shit.

10. You are going to want to give up. Don’t.

You are going to want to give up. Don't.
You are going to want to give up. Don’t.

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.

 

“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

3 Tier Wooden Tea Light Holder – Green

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

 

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