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10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic 9.12.18

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. When nothing goes right…Go left.
When nothings goes right...go left.

When nothing goes right…Go left.

2. When looking back doesn’t interest you anymore, you’re doing something right.

When looking back doesnt interest you anymore, you're doing something right.
When looking back doesn’t interest you anymore, you’re doing something right.

3. What’s to be ashamed of? I went through a really rough time, and I am quite proud that I got out of that.

What's to be ashamed of. I went through a really rough time and I am quite proud that I got out of that.
What’s to be ashamed of? I went through a really rough time, and I am quite proud that I got out of that.

4. What’s the most important thing you’ve done this year? Survived….

Whats the most important thing you've done this year. Survived.
What’s the most important thing you’ve done this year? Survived….

5. What if….everything you are going through is preparing you for what you asked for?

What if....everything you are going through is preparing you for what you asked for.
What if….everything you are going through is preparing you for what you asked for?

6. What a caterpillar calls the end of the world we call a butterfly.

What a caterpillar calls the end of the wold we call a butterfly.
What a caterpillar calls the end of the world we call a butterfly.

7. What a wonderful thought it is that some of the best days of our lives haven’t happened yet.

What a beautiful thought it is that some of the best days of our lives havent happend yet.
What a wonderful thought it is that some of the best days of our lives haven’t happened yet.

8. We either make ourselves miserable or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.

We either make ourselves miserable or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.
We either make ourselves miserable or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.

9. We cannot selectively numb emotions, when we numb the painful emotions, we also numb the positive emotions.

We cannot selectively numb emotions...
We cannot selectively numb emotions, when we numb the painful emotions, we also numb the positive emotions.

10. We cannot become what we want by remaining what we are.

We cannot become what we want by remaining what we are.
We cannot become what we want by remaining what we are.

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.

 

“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 – 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 – 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 9.11.18

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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 are forgetting how far you have come.
You are forgetting how far you've come.
Your forgetting how far you have come.

2. You are far too smart to be the only thing standing in your way.

You are far too smart to be the only thing standing in your way.
You are far too smart to be the only thing standing in your way.

3. You are beautiful.

You are beautiful.
You are beautiful.

4. Yesterday was the deadline for all complaints.

Yesterday was the deadline for all complaints.
Yesterday was the deadline for all complaints.

5. We drink the poison our minds pour for us and wonder why we feel so sick.

Wse drink the poison our minds pour
We drink the poison our minds pour for us and wonder why we feel so sick.

6. Words are crappy substitutes for hugs.

Words are a crappy substitute for hugs.
Words are crappy substitutes for hugs.

7. Wisdom is knowing what to do next; virtue is doing it.

Wisdom is knowing what to do next, virtue is doing it.
Wisdom is knowing what to do next; virtue is doing it.

8. Why the hell not.

Why the hell not
Why the hell not.

9. “Who hurt you?” “My own expectations.”

Who hurt you. My own expecations.
“Who hurt you?” “My own expectations.”

10. Whenever one person stands up and says, “Wait a minute, this is wrong,” it helps other people to do the same.

Whenever one person stands up and says, Wait a minute this is wrong.....
Whenever one person stands up and says, “Wait a minute, this is wrong,” it helps other people to do the same.

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 – Red

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

 

“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

 

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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I’m Devastated

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Sarah Palmer and Gladys the Bronze Turkey of Functional Rustic.

 

Gladys, the Bronze Turkey of Functional Rustic and my closest friend, was killed by a coyote this weekend.

I am devastated.

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10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic 9.10.18

10 Inspirational Quotations from Functional Rustic
10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic Every Week Day Morning.

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. Change is hard at first, messy in the middle and gorgeous at the end.
Change is hard at first, messy in the....
Change is hard at first, messy in the middle and gorgeous at the end.

2. A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art.

A work of art which did not begin...
A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art.

3. 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.

4. You don’t build a business, you build people. And then people build the business.

You dont build a business
You don’t build a business, you build people. And then people build the business.

5. The sun is up. The sky is blue. It’s beautiful & so are you.

The sun is up the sky is blue...
The sun is up. The sky is blue. It’s beautiful & so are you.

6. I like who I’m becoming a lot.

I like who I'm becoming a lot
I like who I’m becoming a lot.

7. The most beautiful thing I have ever seen is a compassionate human being.

The most beautiful thing I hve ever seen is....
The most beautiful thing I have ever seen is a compassionate human being.

8. It’s not selfish to love yourself, take care of yourself & to make your happiness a priority. It’s necessary.

It's not selfish to love yourself, take care of yourself & to make your happiness a priority. It's necessary.
It’s not selfish to love yourself, take care of yourself & to make your happiness a priority. It’s necessary.

9. Sometimes the place you are used to is not the place you belong.

Sometimes the place you are used to is not the place you belong.
Sometimes the place you are used to is not the place you belong.

10. 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.

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.

“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 – Red

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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Fork Bending DIY Tutorial from Functional Rustic

Ariel from the Little Mermaid was on to something when she started her collection of items in a cave under the sea. That’s a girl who sees potential in everything she finds. When Ariel saw a fork she thought it would be perfect for her flowing red hair. When I see a fork I see a treasure trove of opportunities to turn it into something both Functional and Rustic.

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In this week’s Functional Rustic DIY Tutorial we are learning how to bend cutlery to repurpose for crafts.

I was going through the garage when I came across a box with a few odd pieces of cutlery. Obviously, I had to try to repurpose them for something other than eating.
I cleaned off a fork, grabbed some needle nose pliers and started playing around. What I ended up with was a forking awesome rustic business card holder.

The first attempt was successful and not very difficult so I felt confident that I could do a video tutorial for my readers on only my second try. The plan was for it to be one continuous video. Like most repurposing projects around here however, things turned out differently than planned.

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That hole you see in the fork was made with a drill intended for metal. Easier to drill than I expected. Now I know how easy it would be to attach cutlery to a board if I wanted to use them as hooks. The possibilities are endless.

Watch the videos to learn how I created a Functional Rustic card holder/photo display out of a fork. Learn from my mistakes so when you repurpose your forks and spoons you will be prepared.

Well, that ended abruptly. Ha. As you may have noticed in the video, my business card holder is not quite functional yet. It is so non-functioning that it fell over onto the laptop and ended the video. The timing worked out well though because it gave me an opportunity to come up with a solution off camera. (Lot’s of swearing, ha.)

Seriously?! The camera cut out again? At least I was able to demonstrate how to make that final bend in the fork. Check out the final product in the final installment of the DIY Fork Bending Tutorial below.

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This particular tutorial could be both a “How To” and a “How Not To” tutorial. I thought about making another video where everything goes smoothly but, that wouldn’t be nearly as educational or amusing would it? (And the likelihood it would run smoothly the second time is probably low anyway, ha.) I want to teach you the basics and how to face obstacles you encounter. Repurposing projects are filled with things going wrong. Whether you are repurposing your life, your thoughts or an old piece of cutlery – things will fall apart and you will have to learn to pick up the pieces and start over.

I’m currently working on another cutlery project as a gift for my sister. She and her husband are skydivers so I am trying to make something skydive related for them. I call this stage of the project the “proof of concept” stage. Right now I have a general understanding of how I want it to look but, have not determined yet how to keep it together without duct tape. So far it is made of one spoon, two forks, duct tape and a pop can.

What do you think? Any suggestions on how to attach the spoons to the forks without duct tape? Better yet, any suggestions on how to secure it with duct tape and have it still look good? What would you be interested in seeing me try to create with cutlery?

Try bending forks and spoons for yourself and tell me how it worked out. I started DIY Projects of Facebook for the express purpose of providing a platform for you to show off things you create. Share you DIY stories, pictures and videos. Ask other DIY enthusiasts for advice on your DIY project.

As you may see in the above videos, I am a beginner too and can use as much guidance as I can get. Join the DIY Projects of Facebook Group and show us what you’ve made, tried to make or want to create.

Remember: All repurposing projects come with their own unique difficulties AND Do-It-Yourself does not have to mean doing it alone.

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.

 

“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 – 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 – 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 9.7.18

10 Inspirational Quotations from Functional Rustic
10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic Every Week Day Morning.

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. Now is the time to start living the life you always imagined.
Now is the time to start....
Now is the time to start living the life you always imagined.

2. I can do this, I thought. Then: And even if I can’t, I have to.

I can do this I thought...
I can do this, I thought. Then: And even if I can’t, I have to.

3. Never be afraid to try something new because life gets boring when you stay within the limits for what you already know.

Never be afraid to try something new...
Never be afraid to try something new because life gets boring when you stay within the limits for what you already know.

4. Things take time. So just be patient.

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

5. No one likes feeling judged. Back off and let people live. We’re all on some type of journey, all evolving and growing.

No one likes feeling judged
No one likes feeling judged. Back off and let people live. We’re all on some type of journey, all evolving and growing.

6. Be the reason someone believes in the goodness of people.

Be the reason someone believes....
Be the reason someone believes in the goodness of people.

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. Because when you stop and look around this life is pretty amazing.

Because when you stop and look around...
Because when you stop and look around this life is pretty amazing.

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 – Red

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 9.6.18

 

10 Inspirational Quotations from Functional Rustic
10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic Every Week Day Morning.

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. Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.
Give me six hours to cut down a tree
Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.

2. I don’t want my pain and struggle to make me a victim. I want my battle to make me someone else’s hero.

I dont want my struggle to make me
I don’t want my pain and struggle to make me a victim. I want my battle to make me someone else’s hero.

3. You’re a total champ.

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

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. Exist on your own terms. That is all.

Exist on your own terms. That is all.
Exist on your own terms. That is all.

8. 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.

9. Pay close attention to the people who don’t clap when you win.

Pay close attention to those....
Pay close attention to the people who don’t clap when you win.

10. Be yourself today, you look beautiful like that.

Be yourself today. You look beautiful like that.
Be yourself today, you look beautiful like that.

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.

 

“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 – 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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Overcoming Doubts Before Opening to the Public – A Functional Rustic Approach

Originally Published April 30, 2018. Updated September 5, 2018.

My business is opening to the public in a few days and I am a whirlwind of emotions.

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Overcoming Doubts Before Opening to the Public – A Functional Rustic Approach.

I started Functional Rustic about six months ago. I began the business intending to repurpose salvaged wood into furniture and décor and sell it at craft shows. However, winter is a horrible time of year to try to find local craft shows in Michigan.

Realizing the difficulties in selling crafts without a craft show; I started the Functional Rustic website. I took pictures of everything I built and uploaded them to the site. I even set up an online store through Facebook and Etsy.

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“Welcome” Wooden Sign by Functional Rustic.

No one was coming to the website, Facebook page or Etsy store. I felt like such a failure during those early days. (It may be only six months ago but it feels like a lifetime.) I researched everything I could find about building an online business.

The basic principle behind promoting a website is to give visitors a reason to come. I chose to start a blog as a way of increasing interest and awareness for Functional Rustic.

The blog idea came at an ideal time for me. First, it was winter in Michigan so it was quite cold outside. Below freezing temperatures are not ideal for wood working and painting. Second, I hurt my elbow and was unable to build anything anyway.

A little background on me: my youth was spent playing travel ice hockey. For that reason, my instinct when I am hurt or injured is to push through and suck it up. I’m not trying to be tough – I’m trying to stay in the game. For instance, I tore my ACL (a ligament in the knee) during a pre-season skate. It was excruciating. Doctors said I would need surgery to repair it. This was my junior year of high school so I was reaching the point where college scouts could talk to me about playing hockey for them. It was the worst possible time for a high school athlete to have an injury. As I said earlier, the doctors said I needed surgery. However, they also said that because the ligament was torn I could not injure the ACL any more than I already had. I interpreted that as meaning that I could still play hockey if I was able to cope with the pain. Long story short – not only did I continue to play that season but we had over 80 games that year, won the State Championship AND the National Championship. I had surgery on my knee the day after we won nationals. That experience though, changed me. It reinforced a very bad habit of not taking care of myself. It also taught me that I can push through a great deal of pain to achieve a goal. The thing is, just because I can do something does not mean I should.

I mention the high pain tolerance because when I hurt my elbow I did not see my doctor. I figured if I simply rested it would get better. Of course I didn’t actually rest it so, a few months later I officially injured the elbow (Medial epicondylitis & right lateral epicondylitis – aka golfers elbow and tennis elbow.)

Now it was time to see a doctor. I couldn’t even move the arm, much less hold anything in my hand. If I’m willing to see a doctor though, then something is very wrong. How did I allow the pain to get so bad?

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You were unsure which pain is worse – the shock of what happened or the ache of what never will.

I cried a lot in the week between scheduling my appointment with the doctor and actually seeing him. I wasn’t crying because I was hurt (ok, maybe a few of the tears were from physical pain); I was crying because my dream of starting my own business by creating décor may now not be possible. My stubbornness in seeing a doctor was sabotaging my goals.

I finally saw the doctor and sat sheepishly as he explained all the reasons that waiting to see him could seriously have jeopardized my recovery. He prescribed a couple of anti-inflammatory pain killers and some physical therapy and I was all set. I may have been feeling physically better after following the doctor’s orders but, the impact on my self confidence and hope for Functional Rustic being successful were greatly impacted.

Adding to the fears of running my own business, I have IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) and GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disorder). For me IBS/GERD means chronic fatigue, pain and nausea. It also means that there are days when I physically cannot do anything. I have been lucky since I moved to the country that I haven’t had any major episodes, but at anytime I could be out of commission for several days. As the only employee of Functional Rustic, I cant afford to not do anything for my business for a week simply because I feel sick. I need an approach that promotes both physical wellness and business success.

Not one to give up; I changed the focus of Functional Rustic from just an online store to a DIY resource and source for coping with anxiety and depressive symptoms. As much as it was a business strategy, mostly it was a coping mechanism for dealing with my stressors. I posted things on the website that made me happy and made me feel like I am contributing positively to society. I will lead by example.

It was when I started focusing on taking care of me and helping to inspire others with my experiences that Functional Rustic started to take off. When the focus was making money I was miserable and no one came to the website. As soon as I stopped focusing on earning that dollar and instead focused on just sharing positivity and my life lessons, my website went from 100 visitors a month to over 7,000 a month.

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I don’t want my pain and struggle to make me a victim. I want my battle to make me someone else’s hero.

So, for the past four months I have been building my online presence and increasing awareness for Functional Rustic. I have not thought much about increasing my inventory due to the weather and my injury. However, it is starting to warm outside and my elbow is healed. The time has come to start building again.

I am thrilled to be able to start creating and repurposing again – but I’m also scared. I’m having doubts about my ability to do all of this by myself. Promoting the website, writing blogs and managing social media already take much of my day. That was fine when I was injured and it was snowing, but now I need those hours to build actual products.

Where am I going to find the time to complete everything I need to do? As my success increases so do my responsibilities. I actually wrote a blog about this exact fear here.
That brings us to today. I have been invited to participate in a multi-family garage sale this weekend. I couldn’t be happier about the venue as a location for introducing Functional Rustic to the public.

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M-15 Garage Sale. 60 miles of garage, yard and barn sales.

However, my current inventory is sparse. Everything on the website is everything I have. One of each. Since I have no idea what the public will like and want to buy, I did not build duplicates. I was really hoping that people would be shopping in the online store and I could get an idea of what the public liked. Since I have made no sales in the online store – I have no idea what, if anything, people want.

After I write this post I plan to go to the barn and start building. (hmmm….I wonder if this post is longer than I intended because I am avoiding starting my next task?) I still have no idea what I’m going to build though, and it is definitely stressing me out. I did great when I was focused on sharing and teaching – but building the products is about making money.

I may have a graduate level education – but both of my degrees are in Social Work not business. Social Work is about people – not money. In fact, a social worker’s life is devoted to achieving great things with little-to-no resources or money. Those skills are helpful for starting a business – but less helpful when trying to sell actual items.

Eureka! I figured it out. After writing that last paragraph I read through what I have written so far in this post and found the solution to my problem. (Imagine that, the solution was in front of me all along.)

Sometimes life is about risking everything
Sometimes life is about risking everything for a dream no one can see but you.

Right now I am letting fear dictate my actions. Instead of focusing on things I know will make me feel good I am directing my attention to the uncomfortable feelings and negative thoughts I have. What I need to do is change my focus.

www.FunctionalRustic.com is more successful than I ever could have imagined at this stage of the game. I accomplished this success by staying true to my original goal of building the life I want. I want to feel at peace. I want to be healthy. I want to inspire others.

The signs and shelves I create make me happy. I feel proud of myself each time I complete a project. My designs are intentionally simple because the point of them is to inspire others that they too can build something like this for themselves. I want people to see what I build and say, “I could build that.”.

I am confident that if I stay true to the vision of inspiring others with what I create then the money part will work itself out.

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Whether I am repurposing a pop can into a plant marker, bending a fork into a business card holder or salvaging discarded pallet wood and creating rustic home décor – there is no shortage of possibilities for the Functional Rustic inventory.

Through sharing my story I intend to demonstrate to others that success can still be achieved even if you are feeling overwhelmed. It is inspiring to see someone struggle yet still achieve greatness. As I work through my doubts I find comfort in knowing that the people I look up to also struggled when they were at this stage.

Functional Rustic is about sharing my story in an effort to inspire others to realize what they want their story to say. Today when I head out to the barn to start building I am going to focus on creating things that make me smile instead of things that will earn me money.

This new mindset is not going to give me more hours in the day to accomplish what I want to do but, it does get me excited to get something done. More importantly, it properly prepares me to accomplish my goals.

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Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.

I would love to wrap this post up with an eloquent summary and sage advice but, honestly, I really want to get out in the barn now and start playing with my power tools and pallets.

I may still be experiencing a whirlwind of emotions regarding my introduction to the public but, those emotions are now of determination rather than doubt.

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 9.5.18

10 Motivational Quotes from Functional Rustic
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. Protect your peace.
Protect your peace
Protect your peace.

2. I am not a product f my circumstances, I am a product of my decisions.

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I am not a product f my circumstances, I am a product of my decisions.

 

3. 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.

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. She wore a smile like a loaded gun.

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

6. Behind every successful woman is herself.

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

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. Don’t be in such a rush to figure everything out. Embrace the unknown and let your life surprise you.

Dont be in such a rush to figure everything out
Don’t be in such a rush to figure everything out. Embrace the unknown and let your life surprise you.

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

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

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

 

“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

 

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 9.4.18

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

2. 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.

3. Life is short. Leave no lovely word unsaid.

Life is short leave no kind word unsaid
Life is short. Leave no lovely word unsaid.

4. 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.

5. It’s not that some people have will power and some don’t. It’s that some people are ready to change and others are not.

It's not that some people have willpower....
It’s not that some people have will power and some don’t. It’s that some people are ready to change and others are not.

6. 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.

7. Never love anyone who treats you like you’re ordinary.

never love anyone that treats you like you're ordinary
Never love anyone who treats you like you’re ordinary.

8. A river cuts through a rock not because of its power but its persistence.

A river cuts through a rock....
A river cuts through a rock not because of its power but its persistence.

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. 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.

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.

 

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

“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

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