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Dirt Road Adventures: A Week of Surprises

Happy Sunday, and welcome to Dirt Road Adventures – A Week Of Surprises! 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.

I hope you have had a wonderful week. We began our week at the beach cottage and ended back at the farmhouse. It was a very unusual week weather-wise, but there was a bright spot that I’d like to share.

Most days, I love writing this blog and sharing all my ideas.

I’m so appreciative of all the comments and words of encouragement.

Then, some days, I feel lost and without an ounce of talent left to share.

On those days, I ask myself, is it worth it?

But it’s like the universe knows you’re feeling down, and then it happens.

Something wonderful happens to reenergize you and let you know that what you are doing does matter.

Last week, I received one of the most wonderful compliments, and I have to share it with you.

On Monday, I had this email in my inbox: I’ve written about your blog 🙂 How A Writer Feather’s Her Nest

Here is the article Frances Brown w/a Claire Gem wrote if you’d like to read it:

It was sweet and unexpected; I had tears as I finished reading her article. It was just the boost I needed to get my mind back on track.

I hope you’ll read the article and give Frances a follow.

It reminded me that we need to lift each other with our words and actions. Whether you are a booming business entrepreneur or struggling to become a blogger, artist, etc., we all need encouragement.

It’s easy to let criticism dominate your thoughts and allow yourself to become discouraged on your journey.

As you approach a new week, set a goal to lift someone up daily with your words. Be the encouragement that someone needs to take the next step and keep achieving.

I so appreciate how Frances lifted me up with her article, and she has encouraged me to do the same for others. I hope you will, too.

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Adventures at the End of the Dirt Road

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

Adventures I’ve had this past week

Our time at the beach was freezing. We actually woke to frozen pipes in our bathroom last Sunday morning. Fortunately, they thawed by lunchtime.

Then, we traveled home mid-week to balmy, warm temperatures. In fact, we had to run the air conditioner on Friday. And to top it all off, in between these drastic temperature changes, we had rain.

We would get ready for our walks, and Rudy would be so excited, only to look outside and see rain. We eventually got to walk and only had a few sprinkles to dampen the way.

We certainly hope for more seasonal weather in the coming week, and sunshine would be a nice addition.

Rudy gets excited to go outside.

In Case You Missed It

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and this past week was filled with ideas. I hope you enjoy the articles.

Farmhouse Galentine's Day Tablescape. Valentines decor tablescape.

Easy Galentine’s Brunch Table Decor: Quick, Budget-Friendly Ideas

Want to treat your treasured girlfriends to a Galentine’s Brunch party but don’t want to break the bank? You will love these easy, inexpensive brunch table decor ideas. From simple Dollar Tree supplies to DIY crafts and thrifted decorations, you are sure to wow your guests. Even if you are not crafty, you can duplicate these creative ideas. Plus, see easy-to-follow tips for setting a brunch table for a festive, laughter-filled time with your besties.


Farmhouse guest bedroom with iron bed, Valentine's pillows.

The Best Thrifted Valentine’s Decor Ideas

You will love these thrift store ideas if you are looking for budget-friendly Valentine’s decor ideas. I’ve gathered ten or more ideas for recycling, or up-cycling thrift store finds to use for your Valentine’s Day decorating.


Vintage Wooden Bowl with candles and pine combs. Farmhouse living room.

Beat The January Blahs: Winter Decoration Ideas For A Cozy Home

Once the Christmas decor is put away, January arrives, and then what? It’s a struggle for sure because all the festive decor has been stored, and our homes feel dull. However, it doesn’t have to feel that way with these winter decoration ideas. Let’s look at some ideas for January’s decorating, such as bringing the outdoors inside with decorations for Winter.


Rustic Valentines Heart made with wooden shims.

Cozy Budget-Friendly Valentine Rustic Wood Heart in 5 Easy Steps

You are going to love this simple and charming primitive Valentine decor heart hanger. If you want a unique and affordable Valentine’s idea, check out this Dollar Tree Valentine’s DIY, Budget-Friendly Wood Heart! You can create a stunning rustic heart in 5 easy steps for less than $5.00.


DIY Valentine's hearts on front door shutters of farmhouse.

Budget-Friendly Valentine’s Door Decorations

Are you looking for Budget-Friendly Valentine’s Door Decorations Inspiration? See how I used a recent thrift store find to decorate for Valentine’s on the porch without spending any additional money.


Valentine's flowers displayed in front of vintage display flower box.

12 Creative DIY Valentine’s Gifts Anyone Can Make for Under $5

Nothing says you are special and appreciated more than receiving a homemade Valentine’s present. Am I right? These budget DIY Valentine’s Gifts are so darn cute and are the easiest handcrafted gift ideas you’ll see anywhere. You can surprise your special someone with these Valentine’s Day gift DIY projects that anyone can make. They will be so impressed with your craftiness and will never guess they cost less than $5.00.


Adventures Off The Dirt Road

Why Didn’t I Think of That?

There are so many wonderful blog posts each week, 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 friend Stacy’s new flower gardening book is shipping the first week of February. Be sure to get your copy on order. It’s such a beautiful book titled A Beautiful & Easy Care Flower Garden. It will make such a great Valentine’s Gift.

Stacy's Book

You will also want to check out her article on Indoor Plant Decor Hacks.

My friend Tammy shared an easy Valentine’s Candle Stand tutorial that I loved.

I can’t wait to dive into these book recommendations to melt the winter chill, from my friend Kim.

Oh, and check out this sweet and salty Valentine’s recipe from Anne and AnnMarie.

I want to add more art to the farmhouse this year and loved Jennifer’s article: Wall Art on a Dime.

I don’t think I’ve ever had Lemon Oatmeal Cookies, but I can’t wait to try Renae’s recipe.

Check out my friend Jen’s cute FREE Valentine’s Printables.

And just when you were asking for more cute Valentine’s Day Craft, KariAnne these 5 Simple Valentine’s Day Projects.

Thrift Store Haul

I had some really good success at the thrift stores this week. I shopped in both Wilmington, NC, and Asheboro. I feel that they are getting stocked back up after the holidays, and the choices are much better.

The antique picture frame was such a great deal at our local CUOC. I can’t wait to see what I find to put in it. LOL

The lamp and the lambs are both slated for an update in the next few weeks.

Deals on milk glass are always hard to resist, and the basket tray and tureen are both amazing.

I’m still looking for vintage light fixtures and more vintage art next week.

What are you thrifting for right now?

Weekly Thrift Store Deals


Monday 29th of January 2024

So true Rachel, we all need to lift each other with our words and actions. You never know the struggles someone is dealing with. I find words of affirmation or tiny acts of kindness helps people some much. Thank you so much for sharing my candle holder. It was so sweet of you. I am loving all of your Valentine's projects.


Monday 29th of January 2024

Tammy, Thank you for stopping by. have the best week.


Sunday 28th of January 2024

And congrats on the article!!!!


Monday 29th of January 2024

Stacy, Thank you! It was a sweet surprise.


Sunday 28th of January 2024

Thank you so much for sharing my book and my blog post this week! I’m so glad you got the book and are enjoying it!!! ❤️❤️❤️


Monday 29th of January 2024

Stacy, You are welcome. It's beautiful.

AnnMarie | Simply2Moms

Sunday 28th of January 2024

We need to plan a trip to Gibson Mill soon! Sounds like a wonderful week!!


Monday 29th of January 2024

AnnMarie, Yes, that would be so fun. Thanks.


Sunday 28th of January 2024

Isn't it funny how life has a way of giving us that little nudge and pick-me-up just when we need it? Such a wonderful article, and she is so right! You are incredibly talented and one-of-a-kind. I'm so thankful we can be on the crazy blogging journey together and thank you for sharing my printables!


Sunday 28th of January 2024

Jen, You are so kind and I appreciate you so much. It's been a pleasure working with you and I look forward to many more collaborations.