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Dirt Road Adventures

Oh my Gosh, what a busy time of the year! I feel that I’m rushing from one project to another every second of every day. Bare with me as I catch my breath.

Dirt Road Adventures is a look back at what happens here at The Ponds each week, a little back story and adventures my friends have shared. I hope you will get a glimpse into what I love about downsizing and living at the end of a dirt road.

A Dream comes True on a Dirt Road

I thought I’d share a little Christmas Past with you today.

You see, we decided to down size and get out of debt. This involved moving back to the country, which is where I grew up and never thought I’d return. But life has a funny way of coming full circle, doesn’t it.

I never dreamed that our decision would result in my home being featured in a national magazine. But that’s exactly what happened last year. Not only was my home featured but it made the cover of the magazine.

An Adventure of a Lifetime

I’m sharing this with you because, you just never know when a new opportunity will arise and the result of that one decision has had such an impact on our lives.

I never dreamed that I would be sharing all my projects and adventures here with you. I get to do what I love most and I’m still amazed at the response I’ve received for all of you.

So let me tell what I’ve been up to this past week.

This is a look back at all my adventures this past week.

I’ve been decorating the greenhouse and decided some stockings were needed to complete the look. Rustic, distressed ticking stockings were the ticket. Here, I shared how to make these easy and fun ticking stockings. There is a no sew method as well as one using the sewing machine. Both versions are shown below.

While out on a walking, dirt road adventure, I found some pinecones and some grapevine and made these cute candle rings for just pennies. You will definitely want to make these cheap and easy candle rings from foraged and dollar store items.

Antique Candle Co. has the best smelling candles and are perfect gift items.

You also got to see, how my crazy mind works, when I see something I want but don’t like the price. The next thing you know, I have made a coffee filter floral garland.

A Christmas Tree Tour Adventure

In addition, I joined a fabulous group of bloggers on a Christmas Tree Tour. My post included 15 inspired ways to make our trees look unique. If you missed it, I hope you’ll pop back over and take a look.

A Creative Decorating Idea

My friend, Ann at Dabbling & Decorating, has a beautiful home in Vermont, as well as a home in Maine. She and her husband have been renovating her mother’s coastal Maine home and it’s been so fun to follow along on her adventures. Ann loves thrifted, vintage items like myself and she shared a unique and creative way to use flea market or thrift store frames. I love how she displayed all these vintage bottles inside the frames. For more photos and details about how she did this, click here.

Decorating with Flea Market Frames
Holiday Craft Idea

Y’all know how much I love DIY home décor and Michele at Vintage Home Designs shared the cutest Pinecone Christmas Tree! Michele has a gorgeous farmhouse style and I love following along on her adventures. You can see how she made this fun tree here.

pinecone Christmas tree
Yummy Recipe

Oh my gosh, I recently discovered April at April Harris and she has so many interesting shares on her blog. It was hard to choose which recipe to share but this yummy recipe will be perfect for the holidays. It’s called Coconut Date and Cherry Christmas Square, YUM!!!. Click here to read her recipe.

I appreciate you so much for stopping by for Dirt Road Adventures today. On Thursday, I’m sharing a tour of my Greenhouse all decked out for the season and then another tablescape tour on Saturday. Can’t wait.

Y’all have the best week!




Thursday 10th of December 2020

Your always such an inspiration rachel! Love those stockings and the tree and everything.

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Saturday 12th of December 2020

Corine, Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment. Rachel

Margie Clements

Wednesday 9th of December 2020

Love all your ideas! I have a Happy face when I get a notice from you! Keep it coming!

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Thursday 10th of December 2020

Margie, Thanks for making my day. You are so kind.

Miche Ortega

Wednesday 9th of December 2020

Wonderful post, Rachel, as always. I have the issue of Farmhouse your home is featured in, and I just love it.

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Thursday 10th of December 2020

Miche, I appreciate you so much. I'm so glad you have a copy. Rachel


Tuesday 8th of December 2020

I'm loving your blog. You are the Queen of inventiveness. Rachel, be sure to be aware that pallet wood can have pesticides all over them OR insects in the wood. I know when they come from overseas, they are inspected but not all pallets are inspected as that would take forever. There are some stores I go to that 100% of their goods are from overseas and I wash the washables immediately when I get them home. Of course, I can't do this with furniture or rugs. I sure we both have noticed the horrible smell in some of the furniture . Think this means something with chemicals. Have a wonderful Christmas and stay safe.

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Tuesday 8th of December 2020

Oh Thanks so much Diana, I really appreciate you for stopping by and for the information. It's better to safe than sorry. Rachel

April J Harris

Tuesday 8th of December 2020

What a wonderful round up post, Rachel. There's so much inspiration here! Thank you for including my recipe.

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Tuesday 8th of December 2020

April, I can't wait to try it. Rachel