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Dirt Road Adventures – A Very Vintage Week

Happy Sunday, and welcome to Dirt Road Adventures – A Very Vintage Week. Each Sunday, we review all the exciting events behind the scenes, on the website, and the sources of inspiration I discovered online during the past week. This weekly recap ensures you don’t miss any of our adventures.

Friends, as we roll to the end of October, I’ve been gearing up for Christmas Decorating. This week, I shared how I’m decorating my banister with oversized DIY ornaments, how to recycle wine corks into the cutest Christmas trees, how to set up for a Thanksgiving pie party, and yummy pie recipes and more.

In addition, I had a very vintage week with fun adventures.

Vintage shopping at the French Farmer's Wife Barn Sale

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Adventures at the End of the Dirt Road

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

It was a bittersweet week as we stood in line to attend the last French Farmer’s Wife Barn Sale. I have decorated my farmhouse with so many of their unique European antiques. From copper to breadboards to dough bowls and my famous wooden bowl, the treasures I have found add so much to my decor.

I found a few new pieces to add to my collections, but I will certainly miss the fun of treasuring hunting with my girlfriend. We’ve been attending since their first show together. We always say, “we don’t need anything,” but leave with the trunk loaded down.

Here is a glimpse of the inspiration we found at the last show.

After the barn sale, Brad and I traveled to our beach cottage. The weather was beautiful, and we took advantage of it to visit the Cargo District in Wilmington.

Shopping and exploring the Cargo District in Wilmington, NC

It’s a unique shopping and dining experience. The entire area is built with shipping containers.

We had lunch at Beat Street and Alcove Beer Garden, which are located in the same building. It was a unique and fun spot, and the food was wonderful.

We will definitely be back. We did a little shopping in the area before heading to my favorite vintage shop.

Vintage Shopping Adventures

Next, we went to the Ivy Cottage, where I have found some wonderful treasures over the years. This trip was no different.

As soon as we entered the store, Brad spied a huge copper cauldron. Wow, it’s huge, and my heart rate went sky-high. The price was right, so needless to say, it’s currently traveling home with us. I’m still shaking a little from the experience.

Can you guess what I plan to do with it?

Vintage shopping at The Ivy cottage Wilmington, NC -Great Vintage Copper Find.

After that stop, we visited Flea Bodies, and I picked up some great milk glass pieces. Stay tuned for how I’m going to use them.

Finally, we spent some time relaxing on the beach. The weather was just perfect, and we had a great trip.

In Case You Missed It

Holiday recipe Cranberry Dump Pie.

Easiest Holiday Cranberry Recipe: Cranberry Dump Pie

Looking for an easy and tasty holiday cranberry recipe? You are going to love this Cranberry Dump Pie Dessert Recipe. A cranberry pie is perfect for Thanksgiving and Christmas, and you’ll be amazed at how easy it is to make. This crustless pie creation is the perfect combination of sweet and tart, festive and delicious.



Recycle Wine Cork Christmas Tree Tutorial: ECO-Friendly Christmas Craft

Looking for a creative and sustainable way to decorate for Christmas? This recycle wine cork Christmas tree tutorial is perfect for you! Made from upcycled wine corks, this tree is a unique and eco-friendly wine cork Christmas craft that will enhance your holiday decor.


Fake snow on a Christmas tree branch. How to frock a Christmas tree.

How To Add Fake Snow To Christmas Decor in 2 Easy No Mess Steps

If you are looking for an easy, no-mess way to add fake snow to your Christmas decor, check out this 2 Easy Step easy method. You can add fake snow to a Christmas Tree without the mess usually associated with flocking a Christmas tree. You can easily add faux snow to trees, wreaths, pinecones, and more; they also look great year after year!



Budget Tips To Set Up A Thanksgiving Pie Party Buffet

Are you looking for budget tips for having a Thanksgiving gathering this holiday? Thanksgiving is a time for family and friends, and what better way to celebrate than with a delicious pie party buffet? But entertaining can be expensive, so I’m sharing a fun Thanksgiving Buffet Table Set Up that won’t break the bank. These fun pie party ideas will encourage everyone to participate and save you time and money.


Dollar Tree large Christmas ornaments on stair railings. Modern Farmhouse Christmas decorations.

How to Make Budget Large Christmas Ornaments From Dollar Tree

Are you a fan of large Christmas ornaments? They are all the rage, but these oversized Christmas ornaments can also be expensive. However, don’t despair; I have an easy, budget-friendly solution. You can use Dollar Tree Christmas items to make stylish and giant ornaments that look expensive for a fraction of the cost.


6 Thanksgiving Holiday pie ideas. Cranberry pie, pumpkin pie, pecan pie, keto chocolate pie, eggnog gingerbread pie

6 Mouthwatering Thanksgiving Pie Recipes To Try For 2023

Who wants pie for Thanksgiving dessert? How would you like to have some guaranteed mouthwatering Thanksgiving Pie Recipes to try this year? As family and friends gather, there’s nothing better than freshly baked pie. If you are looking for some easy pie recipes that are a new take on traditional Thanksgiving desserts, look no further than these 6 amazing recipes that will wow your guests.


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 always ask myself, “Why didn’t I think of that”? LOL

My talented friend Jennifer shared this stunning Wreath she made using Trader Joe’s florals.

KariAnne shared some great tips on How to Transition from Fall To Christmas.

I love Wendy’s Painted Pumpkin Pillow Cover.

I can’t wait to try CoCo’s Salted Caramel Pumpkin Pie Bars.

Kim shared her great Farm Table and bar stools. They are stunning.

I loved Cindy’s heartwarming autumn scenes around her home.

Stacy shared some great antique shopping tips.

I love Amy’s Easy Wooden Pumpkin Tutorial.

Wait until you see Renae’s French Country Pantry Makeover. It’s just stunning.

I love all the leaf wreaths this fall, and Heidi’s DIY Rustic Wreath is adorable.

What’s in my Cart

We installed the rechargeable light over our beach cottage kitchen island. It provides just the right amount of light and is dimmable. Plus, we didn’t have to have any electrical wiring run.

You may also notice that I brought one of the mini rechargeable lamps to the beach. It’s perfect for sitting on an outdoor table.

adding a rechargeable cordless light to kitchen island

I picked up several craft supplies last week. Check out these Holiday Craft Supplies.

I added this Magnetic Ring Phone Holder to my cart.

I hope you have the best week, and I look forward to sharing my next adventures with you.


Wednesday 1st of November 2023

What a fabulous find, Rachel. I am so excited for you! I love that Brad goes treasure hunting with you and helps you find so many goodies. Your home is truly one of a kind because of trips like these. Thank you so much for sharing my pumpkin gooey bars. They're so easy to make! Well, off to explore your latest posts and to see what you've been creating. You inspire me all the time. Big hugs, CoCo


Thursday 2nd of November 2023

CoCo, You are just so kind and I appreciate all you sweet comments. They inspire me to keep going. I appreciate you.


Sunday 29th of October 2023

That cauldron is stunning! I can't wait to see what you do with it. Thanks for the feature, my friend.


Monday 30th of October 2023

Renae, You are very welcome. Thanks for stopping by.

Mary from Life at Bella Terra

Sunday 29th of October 2023

Rachel, that copper cauldron! Oh my! A friend of ours gave us a huge copper cauldron (not polished like yours) and we have it outside by the fireplace filled with wood. It's so big it's hard to move. Can't wait to see what you do with yours. Happy Sunday!


Monday 30th of October 2023

Mary, This one is so heavy also. Thanks for stopping by.


Sunday 29th of October 2023

Thanks so much Rachel for adding my autumn scenes to your post today. I always appreciate the support. Wish I could go shopping with you someday. You find the best stuff!


Sunday 29th of October 2023

Cindy, I feel very fortunate some days. LOL

Kathee Zurian

Sunday 29th of October 2023

Rachel, thank you for all your support over the years. Gail and I have enjoyed every minute of our barn shows and you and Vickie (your partner in crime) have been a delight for us as well! You both have picked up so many great pieces and when I see your post with all your treasures from the barn it reminds me why I love this so much. So bittersweet for both Gail and I! I love that beautiful cauldron...what a statement piece! Thank you again dear friend...sending love and hugs, kathee


Sunday 29th of October 2023

Kathee, Thanks you for all the wonderful statement pieces you have curated and I've been fortunate enough to find at your sales. Each piece is something I'll treasure forever. I'll be keeping my eye on you and anything you share.