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10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic 12.11.18

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

  1. Sometimes you get the best light from a burning bridge.
Sometimes you get the best light from a burninng bridge.
 
Sometimes you get the best light from a burning bridge.

2. Jump off the cliff and build your wings on the way down.

Jump off the cliff and build your wings on the way down.
Jump off the cliff and build your wings on the way down.

3. I’ve never met a strong person with an easy past.

Ive never met a strong person with an easy past.
I’ve never met a strong person with an easy past.

4. It’s so empowering to say, “This isn’t serving me” and walk away in peace.

Its so empowering to say...
It’s so empowering to say, “This isn’t serving me” and walk away in peace.

5. Sometimes the people around you won’t understand your journey. They don’t need to. It’s not for them.

Sometimes the people arouond you wont understand your journey...
Sometimes the people around you won’t understand your journey. They don’t need to. It’s not for them.



“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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6. I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.

Ive not failed. Ive just found 10000 ways that wont work.
I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.

7. Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.

Sometimes the questionsare complicated and the answers are simple.
Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.

8. Sometimes we fall down because there is something down there we’re supposed to find.

Sometimes we fall down because there is something down there we are supposed to find.
Sometimes we fall down because there is something down there we’re supposed to find.

9. I’ve learned through my own shit, that when you’re genuinely ready to be the woman that you want to be, for yourself, you’ll drop all of the excuses you once had, and start making the moves that you need to make to become her.

Ive learned through my own shit that when you are genuinely ready to be the woman that you want to be....
I’ve learned through my own shit, that when you’re genuinely ready to be the woman that you want to be, for yourself, you’ll drop all of the excuses you once had, and start making the moves that you need to make to become her.

10. Sometimes we need to stop analyzing the past, stop planning the future, stop figuring out precisely how we feel, stop deciding exactly what we want, and just see what happens.

Sometimes we need to stop analyzing the past...
Sometimes we need to stop analyzing the past, stop planning the future, stop figuring out precisely how we feel, stop deciding exactly what we want, and just see what happens.

Written by Sarah Palmer – Owner, Functional Rustic

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Wooden Thank You Card LIME GREEN

Measures 3.5 in x 3.5 in x 5/8 in. The handmade Wooden Thank You Card by Functional Rustic is the unique thank you gift you didn’t know you were looking for until now. The Functional Rustic Wooden Thank You Card is small enough to fit in your pocket and durable enough to take with you wherever you go. PLUS, the Wooden Thank You Card is made from a salvaged wood shipping pallet and then hand painted with oil paints. Every single Wooden Thank You Card is unique making each card a truly one-of-a-kind expression of gratitude.

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Mini Chalk Board – Blue by Functional Rustic

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

$15.00



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10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic 12.10.18

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

  1. It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.
Its kind of fun to do the impossible.
It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.

2. Spending today complaining about yesterday won’t make tomorrow any better.

Spending today complaining about yesterday wont make tomorrow any better.
Spending today complaining about yesterday won’t make tomorrow any better.

3.  Sometimes you just need to disconnect and enjoy your own company.

Sometimes you just need to dissconnect and enjoy your own company.
Sometimes you just need to disconnect and enjoy your own company.

4. Sometimes you just have to stop being scared and just go for  it. Either it will work out, or it won’t. That’s life.

Sometimes you hve to stop being scared and just go for it...
Sometimes you just have to stop being scared and just go for it. Either it will work out, or it won’t. That’s life.

5. It’s never too late to be happy. But it’s all up to you and no one else.

Its never too late to be happy. But its all up to you...
It’s never too late to be happy. But it’s all up to you and no one else.



Wooden Thank You Card ORANGE

Measures 3.5 in x 3.5 in x 5/8 in. The handmade Wooden Thank You Card by Functional Rustic is the unique thank you gift you didn’t know you were looking for until now. The Functional Rustic Wooden Thank You Card is small enough to fit in your pocket and durable enough to take with you wherever you go. PLUS, the Wooden Thank You Card is made from a salvaged wood shipping pallet and then hand painted with oil paints. Every single Wooden Thank You Card is unique making each card a truly one-of-a-kind expression of gratitude.

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6. Stay afraid, but do it anyway. What’s important is the action. You don’t have to wait to be confident. Just do it and eventually the confidence will follow.

Stay afraid, but do it anywaay. Whats important is the action...
Stay afraid, but do it anyway. What’s important is the action. You don’t have to wait to be confident. Just do it and eventually the confidence will follow.

7. It’s not about perfect. It’s about effort. And when you implement that effort into your life…Every single day, that’s where transformation happens. That’s how change occurs. Keep going. Remember why you started.

Its not about perfect. Its about effort and when you implement that effort into your life...
It’s not about perfect. It’s about effort. And when you implement that effort into your life…Every single day, that’s where transformation happens. That’s how change occurs. Keep going. Remember why you started.

8. Stay away from anyone who makes you question your fire and don’t give in to the bullshit. You are who you are no matter how many times your world has burned.

Staay away from anyone who makes you question your fire and dont give in to...
Stay away from anyone who makes you question your fire and don’t give in to the bullshit. You are who you are no matter how many times your world has burned.

9. It’s okay to be scared, but you have to get out there, open up, love, make mistakes, learn, be stronger, and  start all over  again.

Its okay to be scared but you have to get out there open up....
It’s okay to be scared, but you have to get out there, open up, love, make mistakes, learn, be stronger, and start all over again.

10. It’s not about how bad you want it. It’s about how hard you’re willing to work for it.

Its not about how bad you want it. Its about how hard you are willing to work for it.
It’s not about how bad you want it. It’s about how hard you’re willing to work for it.

Written by Sarah Palmer – Owner, Functional Rustic

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Mini Chalk Board – Blue by Functional Rustic

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

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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.

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10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic 12.7.18

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

  1. Stay close to anything that makes you glad you’re alive.
Stay close to anythig that makes you glad you are alive.
Stay close to anything that makes you glad you’re alive.

2. Stay hopeful.

Stay hopeful.
Stay hopeful.

3. It’s a slow process, but quitting won’t speed it up.

Its a slow process but quitting wont speed it up.
It’s a slow process, but quitting won’t speed it up.

4. Stay away from people who make you feel like you are hard to love.

Stay away from people who make you feel hard to love.
Stay away from people who make you feel like you are hard to love.

5. Stop being afraid of what could go wrong and start being positive about what could go right.

Stop being afraid of what could go wrong and start being positive about what could go right.
Stop being afraid of what could go wrong and start being positive about what could go right.



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.

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6. It’s important for your spiritual development that you honor who you are and act accordingly.

Its importan for your spiritual development that you honor who you are...
It’s important for your spiritual development that you honor who you are and act accordingly.

7. Step by step guide on how to become extremely happy: 1. Stop comparing yourself to anyone else.

Step by step guilde on how to become extremely happy...
Step by step guide on how to become extremely happy: 1. Stop comparing yourself to anyone else.

8. “It’s impossible,” said pride. “It’s risky,” said experience. “It’s pointless,” said reason. “Give it a try,” whispered the heart.

Its impossible said pride. Its risky said experience....
“It’s impossible,” said pride. “It’s risky,” said experience. “It’s pointless,” said reason. “Give it a try,” whispered the heart.

9. It’s a beautiful day & I can’t stop myself from smiling.

Its a beautiful day & I caant stopp myself from smiling.
It’s a beautiful day & I can’t stop myself from smiling.

10. It’s important to do what’s best for you, whether people approve of it or not. This is your life. You know what’s good for you and remember, self love takes strength.

Its important to do whats best for you whether people approve of it or not...
It’s important to do what’s best for you, whether people approve of it or not. This is your life. You know what’s good for you and remember, self love takes strength.

Written by Sarah Palmer – Owner, Functional Rustic

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“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

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.

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10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic 12.6.18

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

  1. Stop destroying our planet. It’s where I keep all my stuff.
Stop destroying our planet. Its where I keep all my stuff.
Stop destroying our planet. It’s where I keep all my stuff.

2. It will come when your heart is ready to carry it.

It will come when you heart is ready for it.
It will come when your heart is ready to carry it.

3. Stop doubting yourself, work hard and make it happen.

Stop doubting yourself. Work hard and make it happen.
Stop doubting yourself, work hard and make it happen.

4. It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.

It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.
It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.

5. Stop holding yourself back. If you aren’t happy, make a change.

Stop holding yourself back. If you are not happy make a change.
Stop holding yourself back. If you aren’t happy, make a change.



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.

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6. It will hurt. It will take time. It will require dedication. It will require willpower. You will need to make healthy decisions. It requires sacrifice. You will need to push your body to its max. There will be temptation but I promise you this, when you reach your goal it will have been worth it.

It will hurt. It will take time. It will require dedication...
It will hurt. It will take time. It will require dedication. It will require willpower. You will need to make healthy decisions. It requires sacrifice. You will need to push your body to its max. There will be temptation but I promise you this, when you reach your goal it will have been worth it.

7. Stop shrinking yourself to fit places you’ve outgrown.

Stop shrinking yourself to fit places you have outgrown.
Stop shrinking yourself to fit places you’ve outgrown.

8. Its a bad day, not a bad life.

Its a bad daay not a bad life.
Its a bad day, not a bad life.

9. It takes a level of self love, of dedication and determination to live your greatest life. So, look within. Look at every area of your life and ask these questions: Am I on course? Am I growing mentally, emotionally and spiritually? Anything that is blocking that, anything that is preventing you from living your greatest life, make the tough decision to let it go.

It takes a level of self love dedication and determination to live...
It takes a level of self love, of dedication and determination to live your greatest life. So, look within. Look at every area of your life and ask these questions: Am I on course? Am I growing mentally, emotionally and spiritually? Anything that is blocking that, anything that is preventing you from living your greatest life, make the tough decision to let it go.

10. Stop cheating on you future with your past. It’s over.

Stop cheating on your future with your past. Its over.
Stop cheating on you future with your past. It’s over.

Written by Sarah Palmer – Owner, Functional Rustic

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Wooden Thank You Card AQUA BLUE

Measures 3.5 in x 3.5 in x 5/8 in. The handmade Wooden Thank You Card by Functional Rustic is the unique thank you gift you didn’t know you were looking for until now. The Functional Rustic Wooden Thank You Card is small enough to fit in your pocket and durable enough to take with you wherever you go. PLUS, the Wooden Thank You Card is made from a salvaged wood shipping pallet and then hand painted with oil paints. Every single Wooden Thank You Card is unique making each card a truly one-of-a-kind expression of gratitude.

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10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic 12.5.18

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

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

2. Success is never owned, it is  rented. And the rent is  due every day.

Success is never owned. It is rented and the rent is due every day.
Success is never owned, it is rented. And the rent is due every day.

3. It is ok for me to have  everything I want.

It is ok for me to have everything I want.
It is ok for me to have everything I want.

4. In the end, we’ll all become stories.

In the end we will all become stories.
In the end, we’ll all become stories.

5. Never. Ever. Ever. Get rid of the desire  to climb a tree or run through sprinklers.

Never. Ever. Ever. Get rid of the desire to climb a tree or run through the sprinklers.
Never. Ever. Ever. Get rid of the desire to climb a tree or run through sprinklers.



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



6. It is not selfish to do what is best for you.

It is not selfish to do what is best for you.
It is not selfish to do what is best for you.

7. Stop worrying about what you have to lose and start focusing on what you have to gain.

Stop worrying about what you have to lose and start focusing on wht you have to gain.
Stop worrying about what you have to lose and start focusing on what you have to gain.

8. It is up to you and only you to create the life you want and to live each day surrounded by that which brings you happiness.

It is up to you and only you to create the life you want...
It is up to you and only you to create the life you want and to live each day surrounded by that which brings you happiness.

9. Storms make trees take deeper roots.

Storms make trees take deeper roots.
Storms make trees take deeper roots.

10. Success is not built on success. It’s built on failure. It’s built on frustration. Sometimes its built on catastrophe.

Success is not built on success. Its build on failure...
Success is not built on success. It’s built on failure. It’s built on frustration. Sometimes its built on catastrophe.

Written by Sarah Palmer – Owner, Functional Rustic

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Wooden Thank You Card PINK

Measures 3.5 in x 3.5 in x 5/8 in. The handmade Wooden Thank You Card by Functional Rustic is the unique thank you gift you didn’t know you were looking for until now. The Functional Rustic Wooden Thank You Card is small enough to fit in your pocket and durable enough to take with you wherever you go. PLUS, the Wooden Thank You Card is made from a salvaged wood shipping pallet and then hand painted with oil paints. Every single Wooden Thank You Card is unique making each card a truly one-of-a-kind expression of gratitude.

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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.

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Winter Duck Enclosure – Functional Rustic Approach

The Muscovy Ducks of Functional Rustic have a new enclosure for the winter. Everyone is very excited.

3 Muscovy Drakes

Last year I only had a handful of ducks so one barn stall was sufficient to house them. This year though, I have 12 large ducks to care for. I could eat some of them and keep the smaller stall, but I’ve had a lot of animal deaths this year and am not keen on adding to the list.



(Did you know that Muscovy Ducks taste more like beef than typical a water fowl? Muscovy ducks spend most of their time on land eating grass – same as cows. Although Muscovy do have water proofing oils, because they do not spend as much time in the water as other water birds they produce less oil and therefor taste differently.)

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My chief complaint with the duck set up in the barn last year was the lack of proper lighting. There is a small window in the stall and a light bulb but, with the barn closed up it is very dark in the barn during the winter months. In order to keep the barn some what insulted in the cold Michigan winters I covered all of the openings with roofing paper last year. (I only used the roofing paper because I found a roll of it in the barn when we moved in. It was free and available so I made it work.) The roofing paper is black though, and blocked all of the sun light into the barn.



This year I wanted to make sure that if the ducks could not or did not want to go out in the snow they would still have lots of natural light. Added bonus, natural light in the stall means duck pictures and videos turn out better! To achieve this increased light while still keeping the barn insulated I chose to wrap the entire back of the barn with 6 mil plastic sheeting.

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The back of the Functional Rustic barn is a covered area with the south and east walls open to the outdoors. I hung the 6 mil plastic across all of the openings and secured it to the walls/ground with a carpentry stapler. I chose 6 mil plastic sheets because I wanted a plastic that was durable enough to endure Michigan weather but not too heavy to hang with staples. The 6 mil plastic sheeting works perfectly. Plus, it’s clear so the sunlight pours into the enclosure.




It is my hope that the clear plastic will provide some solar heating. The idea is that the warm sun rays will come into the barn and the plastic will keep the heat inside. I don’t expect it to be warm in the winter – but if I can keep the stall above freezing I would be thrilled.

Duck Enclosure Flooring

One of the new stalls off the back has rubber mat flooring that I added straw to while the other stall off the back of the barn has only a dirt floor. Last year I used the dirt floor of the duck stall to make compost. It worked splendidly. The poop was controlled, no bad smells and the floor actually gave off some heat.

The original duck floor consisted of dirt, straw, leaves and landscaping scraps. I added new layers as needed and mixed everything together to turn it into a compost floor. The ducks helped keep it mixed up by digging around in the floor for bugs. My pile of composting material on the floor started at about six inches deep. Over the past year of adding layers and housing ducks, the floor is a beautiful, rich compost nearly one foot deep. I plan to use my duck compost in the spring to plant the Functional Rustic orchard.



The plan with this year’s new dirt stall was to repeat what I did last year in the original duck stall. That was the plan. Ha. Michigan weather decided I needed a different approach this year. Functional Rustic is lucky to have acres of fallen leaves to collect and add to the compost pile. The kicker though, is the leaves need to be dry for me to use them.

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Well, Michigan has seen a fair amount of rain and now snow. I never collected the dry leaves. That’s a big problem for my compost floor. The snowfall over the weekend melted yesterday so the plan today was to rake up the leaves and store them in a dry place until they could be used.



Two inches of snow last night. Ugh. It looks beautiful and the ducks are adorable running through it – but the snow officially ends the search for leaves. So, today I started digging up the original compost floor. You see, the ducks have three stalls they can explore now. The rubber mat area, the new dirt area and the original duck stall. Since adding the plastic though, I have yet to see the ducks spend time in the original stall beyond using it to get outdoors.

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Well, if they wont be spending much time in the old stall – I don’t need that floor to be heated by compost. So, today I started digging up the original stall and moving the compost to the new plastic enclosed dirt area off the back of the barn. It is not as visually pleasing as fresh straw, but the coverage it provides is impressive. Plus, the floor I dug up is full of bugs that the ducks are having a grand old time hunting down. I continue to add layers of straw each day to promote more composting, keep the ducks feet dry and warm and to control the poop smells.



Duck Enclosure Walls

Initially hanging the plastic only took 30 minutes. However, the next few weeks involved lots of small fixes to make it just right. First of all, Muscovy Ducks have claws. When the plastic was first installed the ducks did not know what to make of it and tried flying through it. Ha. Amusing as it was to watch – they understandably freaked out when they hit the plastic and scratched at it with their claws. Needless to say, there are more than a few gashes repaired with duct tape.

The ducks aren’t the only ones flying into the plastic. There are a couple families of barn swallows living in there too. Despite the plastic being up for a few weeks now, the little sparrows continue to fly full speed into the plastic. It was funny at first but now I just feel bad for them. Someone is going to get hurt. I will say though, it is adorable to see 6 huge ducks on a wall with a family of tiny barn swallows perched beside them.

Fixing cuts in the plastic from sharp duck claws was the least of my problems. Wind was the bigger issue. The day we hung the plastic there was only a slight wind so everything seemed secure. Less than 24 hours later the wind was up to 40 mph gusts. Whole walls of plastic were falling off. Ugh.

When we (my husband and I) originally hung the plastic we placed the staples about 12 to 18 inches apart. Although the plastic was flat against the wall when it was stapled, the large gaps between the staples allowed wind to come in and blow the plastic around.

The bottom of the plastic sheeting was held down by stones and pavers. One big wind and the plastic slid out from underneath the stones as if they were pebbles. I found heavier items to hold down the bottom of the plastic, but since I still had the gaps in my stapling, wind was still coming in and causing the wind to whip around inside the stall – again causing the bottom to slide out and blow around.

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On another particularly windy day, I went out to the barn and examined where the wind was coming in. That is when I learned that my staples were to far apart. I immediately got the stapler and started stapling everything I could reach. That plastic was secure!! Having secured the plastic to the top and sides of the openings I thought I was all set.

Nope.


The plastic may be securely attached at the top, but the bottom is still loose. The stones and pavers are ok if the wind stays below 30 mph, but it’s Michigan, so that’s not going to happen. Again, I spent an hour just sitting in the duck stall trying to learn how the wind was moving around within the barn.

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As it happens, the wind is not actually getting into the barn. Apparently the plastic, although securely attached, is loose instead of taut so even if the staples hold strong, the plastic flaps back and forth. The flapping is what causes the stones to slide off the sheeting.

No amount of staples and stones was going to do the trick. The openings I am covering are over 12 ft x 12 ft. I need some sort of support in the middle to provide stability to the plastic. As it happens, I have a bunch of wire around the barn. The fencing around their enclosure came bound together with long pieces metal wire. I stretched that wire across the opening and duct taped it to the plastic on both sides.



Shockingly, it worked. Now that the plastic had the stiff wire in the middle I was able to get it to lay flush against the flat surfaces so it can be attached. Now the sheeting was able to pulled taut. Before stabilizing the plastic, even a small breeze caused the plastic move in or out. Stapling the plastic while it is blowing makes the final product flappy.

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No longer trusting the stones and pavers, I replace them with a wooden pallets. The pallets are heavier than the stones AND I can staple the plastic directly to it. Now the plastic is weighed down by the pallet while also being attached to it. Now when the wind blows the plastic barely moves at all.

It has been about week since I made the last repairs and I am proud to report that despite, strong winds, heavy rains and two snow falls – the enclosure is still in great shape. Also, the inside of the barn has remained consistently warmer than the outside. I am quite proud of what I accomplished.

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Winter Duck Feeding Routine

Another new change is how I feed the feather babies. Normally I pour their feed into a feeder and let them gorge. Since I secured the plastic walls though, the ducks don’t seem to want to leave. Staying in the barn all day means they are not exercising as much. To help keep them active I now distribute the food everywhere and make them hunt for it.

Spreading the food out forces the ducks to move around, keeps them from standing and pooping all day in the same spot and helps the compost floor to be turned regularly. Another benefit of spreading the food out is that everyone gets to eat at the same time. There is most definitely a pecking order in my barn. With one feeder, breakfast becomes a time for ducks to get bullied. I don’t like seeing the bigger ducks be mean to Larry and the smaller lady ducks. I know that this behavior is natural and healthy for ducks, but if I can prevent it from happening I will.

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I am pleased to report that since implementing this new approach Larry is looking much better as well. He was looking rough before – dirty, missing feathers and a generally an unkempt appearance. He’s a white duck that was coated brown with dirt. Poor guy looked miserable. Now, Larry is looking happy, bright and clean. He still gets picked on and chased around, but at least he has mouthfuls of food available wherever they chase him. (Interesting side note, Larry’s only son, Prodigy, is the duck that harasses him the most.)



In any case, the new enclosure has made for some happy feather babies and one very happy feather baby mama. Check out the videos below to see how the build enclosure progressed and how much the ducks love playing in it.

Written by: Sarah Palmer – Owner, Functional Rustic

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“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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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.

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10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic 12.4.18

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

  1. Imagine if we obsessed about the things we loved about ourselves.
Imagine if we obsessed about the things we love about ourselves.
Imagine if we obsessed about the things we loved about ourselves.

2. Success is the sum of small efforts repeated day in & day out.

Success is the sum of small efforts repreated day in & day out.
Success is the sum of small efforts repeated day in & day out.

3. Take a deep breath and repeat: I’m a talented, bomb-ass goddess.

Take a deep breath and repeat. Im a talented bomb ass goddess.
Take a deep breath and repeat: I’m a talented, bomb-ass goddess.

4. In the end we only regret the chances we didn’t take.

In the end we only regret the chances we didnt take.
In the end we only regret the chances we didn’t take.

5. I’m sorry, I don’t take orders. I barely take suggestions.

Im sorry. I dont take orders. I barely take suggestions.
I’m sorry, I don’t take orders. I barely take suggestions.



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



6. In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can.

In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can.
In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can.

7. In the end we only regret the chances we didn’t take.

In the end we only regret the chances we didnt take. (2)
In the end we only regret the chances we didn’t take.

8. Tact is the ability to tell someone to go to hell in such away that they look forward to the trip.

Tact is the ability to tell someone to go to hell in such a way that they look forward to the trip.
Tact is the ability to tell someone to go to hell in such away that they look forward to the trip.

9. Surrender to what is. Let go of what was. Have faith in what will be.

Surrender to what is. Let go of what was. Have faith in what will be.
Surrender to what is. Let go of what was. Have faith in what will be.

10. Successful people are  not gifted; they just work hard, then succeed on purpose.

Successful people are not gifted they just work hard then succeed on purpose.
Successful people are not gifted; they just work hard, then succeed on purpose.

Written by Sarah Palmer – Owner, Functional Rustic

Did you know Functional Rustic provides more than just inspirational quotes? Find handmade rustic décor and unique gifts in the Functional Rustic Store.

Below is an example of the handcrafted items available in the Functional Rustic Store.

Wooden Thank You Card SILVER

Measures 3.5 in x 3.5 in x 5/8 in. The handmade Wooden Thank You Card by Functional Rustic is the unique thank you gift you didn’t know you were looking for until now. The Functional Rustic Wooden Thank You Card is small enough to fit in your pocket and durable enough to take with you wherever you go. PLUS, the Wooden Thank You Card is made from a salvaged wood shipping pallet and then hand painted with oil paints. Every single Wooden Thank You Card is unique making each card a truly one-of-a-kind expression of gratitude.

$10.00



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10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic 12.3.18

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

  1. I’m just here to pet the dogs.
Im just here to pet the dogs.
I’m just here to pet the dogs.

2. Tetris taught me that when you try to fit in, you’ll disappear.

Tetris taught me that when you try to fit in you will disappear
Tetris taught me that when you try to fit in, you’ll disappear.

3. I’m doing whatever I want now.

Im doint whatever I want now.
I’m doing whatever I want now.

4. I’m not messy…I am creative.

Im not messy. Im creative.
I’m not messy…I am creative.

5. I’m making it up as I go.

Im making it up as I go.
I’m making it up as I go.



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.

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6. Technically the glass is always full.

Technically the glass is always full.
Technically the glass is always full.

7. Tell me, what is it you plan to do with you one wild and precious life?

Tell me what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life.
Tell me, what is it you plan to do with you one wild and precious life?

8. Telling girls to “cover up” just as puberty hits teaches them that their bodies are inappropriate, dangerous, violable, subject to constant scrutiny and judgement, including the adults they trust. Nor does it help them understand culture’s role in their wardrobe choices.

Telling girls to cover up just as puberty
Telling girls to “cover up” just as puberty hits teaches them that their bodies are inappropriate, dangerous, violable, subject to constant scrutiny and judgement, including the adults they trust. Nor does it help them understand culture’s role in their wardrobe choices.

9. Take your dreams seriously.

Take your dreams seriously.
Take your dreams seriously.

10. I’m going to make everything beautiful – that will be my life.

Im going to make everything around me beautiful. That will be my life.
I’m going to make everything beautiful – that will be my life.

Written by Sarah Palmer – Owner, Functional Rustic

Did you know Functional Rustic provides more than just inspirational quotes? Find handmade rustic décor and unique gifts in the Functional Rustic Store.

Below is an example of the handcrafted items available in the Functional Rustic Store.

Wooden Thank You Card ORANGE

Measures 3.5 in x 3.5 in x 5/8 in. The handmade Wooden Thank You Card by Functional Rustic is the unique thank you gift you didn’t know you were looking for until now. The Functional Rustic Wooden Thank You Card is small enough to fit in your pocket and durable enough to take with you wherever you go. PLUS, the Wooden Thank You Card is made from a salvaged wood shipping pallet and then hand painted with oil paints. Every single Wooden Thank You Card is unique making each card a truly one-of-a-kind expression of gratitude.

$10.00



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2 Item Fire Starter DIY Tutorial by Functional Rustic

It’s cold outside. Winter is rolling in and bringing snow falls and bitter cold temperatures. Although it may be cold outside – the fire in the Functional Rustic wood stove is burning red hot.

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This will mark our second winter heating the house with our wood stove. My husband, Dave, spent the summer finding dead trees and cutting them into fire wood to heat our home. Check out the chain saw video tutorial with Dave HERE. Dave’s hard work has furnished us with approximately 10 chords of hard wood for burning.

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Having a large supply of wood to burn is a great start – but there is more to an effective fire than just fuel. Being able to start the fire is the important part. Last year I used news paper – a lot of news paper – to start the fire each day. It worked – technically. However, I found that the massive amounts of newspaper created vast amounts of ash that ultimately extinguish the flames.

Also, we make our fire first thing in the morning – around 5 am. At that hour, the house is dark and cold. The last thing I want to do when I wake up is waste time fighting with a fire. For that reason, I created fire starters to help me start the day off quickly. I just toss them in, add some wood and light a match.

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My fire starters light quickly but burn for awhile – a great combination for getting the fire started. Keep reading to learn how to make FREE fire starters with items you already have around your home.

Fire Starters DIY Tutorial

Fire Starters by Functional Rustic

Supplies: Dryer Lint & Empty Toilet Paper Rolls

Step One:

Gather lint from the lint trap in your dryer.

Step Two:

Gather empty toilet paper rolls.

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Step Three:

Stuff lint into the empty toilet paper tubes. (I was able to create three fire starts with one lint trap.)

Step Four:

Fold the ends of the tubes so that the lint stays inside.

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Step Five: (Optional)

Write fun messages on the tube or add any colors you want. If I was giving them as a gift I would write messages on them but, for my daily needs I keep them blank.

Step Six:

Share your creation with Functional Rustic on social media using #functionalrustic.

Congratulations! You made your very own fire starter.

Written by : Sarah Palmer – Owner, Functional Rustic

Did you know Functional Rustic provides more than just DIY Tutorials? Support a small, local business by shopping in the Functional Rustic Store. Below is a sample of what you can expect to find. Special orders welcome and shipping is FREE!

 

Wooden Thank You Card AQUA BLUE

Measures 3.5 in x 3.5 in x 5/8 in. The handmade Wooden Thank You Card by Functional Rustic is the unique thank you gift you didn’t know you were looking for until now. The Functional Rustic Wooden Thank You Card is small enough to fit in your pocket and durable enough to take with you wherever you go. PLUS, the Wooden Thank You Card is made from a salvaged wood shipping pallet and then hand painted with oil paints. Every single Wooden Thank You Card is unique making each card a truly one-of-a-kind expression of gratitude.

$10.00

 

“Bark Spoken Here” Wooden Ornament

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

$10.00

 

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

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10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic 11.30.18

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

  1. The best is yet to come.
The best is yet to come.
The best is yet to come.

2. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to be grateful.

Thank You for giving me the opportunity to be grateful
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to be grateful.

3. Thanks for being awesome.

Thanks for being awesome.
Thanks for being awesome.

4. If you have been hurt many times and you still know how to smile, trust me, you are damn strong.

If you have been hurt many times and you still know how...
If you have been hurt many times and you still know how to smile, trust me, you are damn strong.

5. If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place.

If you dont go after what you want you will never have it.
If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place.



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.

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6. The bad news – nothing lasts forever. The good news – nothing lasts forever.

The bad news...nothing lasts forever. The good news....nothing lasts forever.
The bad news – nothing lasts forever. The good news – nothing lasts forever.

7. I’m a strong person but every now and then I would like someone to take my hand and say everything will be alright.

Im a strong person but every now and then i would like someone...
I’m a strong person but every now and then I would like someone to take my hand and say everything will be alright.

8. If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?

If you dont have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over.
If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?

9. I’m building a brand, I’m always busy.

Im building a brand. Im always busy.
I’m building a brand, I’m always busy.

10. The older you get, the more quiet you become. Life humbles you so deeply as you age. You realize how much nonsense you’ve wasted time on.

The older you get the more quiet you become...
The older you get, the more quiet you become. Life humbles you so deeply as you age. You realize how much nonsense you’ve wasted time on.

Written by Sarah Palmer – Owner, Functional Rustic

Did you know Functional Rustic provides more than just inspirational quotes? Find handmade rustic décor and unique gifts in the Functional Rustic Store.

Below is an example of the handcrafted items available in the Functional Rustic Store.

Wooden Thank You Card RED

Measures 3.5 in x 3.5 in x 5/8 in. The handmade Wooden Thank You Card by Functional Rustic is the unique thank you gift you didn’t know you were looking for until now. The Functional Rustic Wooden Thank You Card is small enough to fit in your pocket and durable enough to take with you wherever you go. PLUS, the Wooden Thank You Card is made from a salvaged wood shipping pallet and then hand painted with oil paints. Every single Wooden Thank You Card is unique making each card a truly one-of-a-kind expression of gratitude.

$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