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Dirt Road Adventures – A New Year, A New Look

New Blog Theme

Hey Y’all, did you notice anything different?

You may have noticed that I was absent for a few days at the beginning of the year.

I’ve been working really hard to make my blog more user friendly.

I’ve completely changed the appearance and eliminated all I can.

I hope you like the changes.

Thanks!!

I have been writing this blog for two years and I want to thank you for being on this journey with me. Without your words of encouragement, I wouldn’t be able to do this.

The past two years have been so amazing. I’ve learned so much. Just when I think I’ve mastered this blogging thing, I realize I’ve still got so much more to learn.

I love sharing my ideas and my passion for decorating, diy and entertaining with you. Therefore, I’m trying to learn as much as I can to make your experience enjoyable.

Word of the Year – Authentic

Do you pick a word of the year? I like to pick one word to help me focus and stay on track!

This is my word for the year. AUTHENTIC

It’s so easy to get caught up in what everyone else is doing or telling you that you should be doing.

Then you realize you are not being true to your authentic self.

My goal for this year is to write and share what I love, what makes me happy.

I feel that if I’m sharing my passion instead of what someone else expects me to share, I’ll be happier and that will shine through. Hopefully, it will make you, my readers happy as well.

What is my passion? I love creating a unique home that is full of vintage and diy projects. An eclectic, curated home that doesn’t feel like a showroom but a collection of well loved pieces that work beautifully together.

I’m a trash to treasure enthusiast, who takes pride in finding a roadside piece of junk and turning it into a treasured piece of home decor.

I’m fortunate to be part of Thrifting with the Gals, which is a group of Instagram friends and bloggers who share a passion for vintage & thrifted decor. We share our adventures on Instagram stories weekly and the third Thursday of each month we give you tips and ideas on the blog.

I love to entertain and although these past two years have been difficult, I’ve joined with some wonderful friends across the country to share a virtual Supper Club table theme. So although I’m not entertaining in person as often, I still get to set my table for you on the fourth Thursday of each month.

In addition to the table setting, we share a full menu and recipes based on the monthly theme. You will see those on the fourth Saturday of each month.

I love that my job is sharing with you, so get ready for lots of authentic inspiration in 2022.


Adventures at the end of the dirt road

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

In case you missed it

First,, I updated the front porch planters with foraged natural elements. You can see all the details here.

Next, I shared how to repurpose an old TV cabinet into a creative Jewelry / Lingerie Cabinet.

I found some reclaimed wood and made this Candle Centerpiece.

Want to make you home cozy for Winter? Check out these Best Winter Decorating Tips.


Adventures off the Dirt Road

Why Didn’t I Think of That?

Each week there are so many wonderful blog posts and I’m sharing some of my favorites with you today.

There are so many creative ideas and I’m always asking myself, “why didn’t I think of that”? LOL

My Thrifting with the Gals friend, Ann from Dabbling and Decorating shared 16 Easy Salvaged Window Ideas.

Salvaged Windows and teacups

My creative friend Michele at Vintage Home Design made the cutest Heart Placemat by recycling a sweater.

white heart sweater placemat with red floral plate on top and white napkin folded into envelope to the rigth side fork tothe left side and pink bubbly in champagne flute to the left

Some Gardening Tips

My friend Kim has the most gorgeous garden and she’s sharing her 2022 Seed Selection for Cut Flowers. You don’t want to miss it.

cut flower garden with snapdragons

Stacy at Bricks N Blooms is sharing 7 Easy Indoor Gardening Tips for Beginners. That definitely me!

7 Easy Indoor Gardening Ideas for Beginners

Bits & Pieces

My friend CoCo at The Crowned Goat shared these Favorite Home Organizing Essentials!

Wait until you see this ornament storage hack from Stacy Ling at Bricks N Blooms.

What about Decluttering Your Digital Devices? See all 13 ways from Carol at Blue Sky at Home.

See How to Transition from Christmas to Winter Decor from Cindy at County Road 407.

Regina from Saved from Salvage revealed her Guest Bathroom Makeover.

Do you like Stuffed Mushrooms? Check out this recipe from Renae at Peacock Ridge Farm


Thanks so much for following along and I look forward to sharing more adventures with you this year!

Kristin | White Arrows Home

Saturday 15th of January 2022

Love your new blog and all you've been up to this year! Love being on the adventure with you my friend!!

Rachel

Saturday 15th of January 2022

Kristin, I really appreciate this. Thanks so much.

CoCo

Thursday 13th of January 2022

Stopping by for a quick minute to say thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing our favorite organizing essentials. Being organized is definitely something our home would not survive without. Loved your word of the year and I can't wait to follow along on all your adventures. I hope this is filled with magic and wonder! Big hugs and thank yous, CoCo

Rachel

Saturday 15th of January 2022

CoCo, You are so welcome. I love all your inspiration.

debbie-dabble

Tuesday 11th of January 2022

Rachel, I can not believe that you are only blogging for 2 years...You are such a Pro at it!! Love your Word for the Year...Authentic is something I decided to do for myself a long time ago...I know what I like and what makes me happy and even though my style is not "in Style", it does not matter to me because it is what makes my heart sing...my authentic self...Yes, I am a graduate of the book Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach on finding your Authentic self....I am actually reading it again this year...Looking forward to what you have to share in the future...Stay safe, healthy and happy!! Hugs, Debbie

Rachel

Wednesday 12th of January 2022

Debbie, I'm so glad you agree. I need to read that book again myself. Thanks for the reminder.

Cindy@countyroad407

Monday 10th of January 2022

I can’t believe it’s been two years for you! Seems like yesterday that i read your very first post. Not sure I’ve missed any of them since because you were made for this! Love all of your ideas and style. I know if we lived close to one another we’d be besties. Thank you so much for featuring my winter decorating ideas!

Regina

Sunday 9th of January 2022

Rachel - What you've accomplished in two years is amazing. WOW. Thanks so much for sharing my guest bath remodel. Looking forward to more DIY's from you this year :)

Rachel

Wednesday 12th of January 2022

Regina, I really appreciate your words of encouragement.