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Dirt Road Adventures: DIY Budget Projects

Happy Sunday, and welcome to Dirt Road Adventures: DIY Budget Projects! This is where 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.

Hey Friends,

This past week was filled with budget-friendly DIY projects, from Mother’s Day gift ideas to Dollar Tree projects that wow! If you missed any of the great tutorials, you can catch up today on Dirt Road Adventures.

But we had some not-so-good things happening behind the scenes. Our guest cottage had a burst pipe behind the toilet, flooding the bathroom, kitchen, and part of the living room. The water also filled all the ductwork as well as underneath the house. This caused the insulation to fall and become soaked through.

We vacuumed out at least 100 gallons of water from the floors and ductwork. All the insulation and flooring in the bathroom, kitchen, and living room have to be replaced. Yikes. So far, the insurance seems to be cooperating. I’ll keep you posted.

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Adventures at the End of the Dirt Road

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

In addition to all the drama at the guest cottage, I managed to sneak in some vintage shopping. My friend and I left early Thursday morning to be among the first to attend the last French Farmer’s Wife barn sale. I’m so glad we got there early. Everything was on sale because Kathee and Gail are retiring, and this sale was to clear out the barn.

We both got some great deals, and I love everything I have brought home. I’m going to miss these sales.

In Case You Missed It

DIY Scrap Spring Pillow. Spring DIY pillow on vintage quilt and Iron Bed.

Top 10 Best Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Buying gifts for Mother’s Day is always a challenge, but today, I’m sharing The Top 10 Best Mother’s Day Gift Ideas that will surely please any mom!


DIY Farmhouse island. Farmhouse kitchen decorating. copper hanging pots, vintage light fixtures.

17 Best Modern Farmhouse Kitchen Ideas That Will Inspire You

Are you looking for budget-friendly Farmhouse Kitchen inspiration? These are 17 of the best modern farmhouse kitchen ideas, from design elements to simple decor choices. We’ll cover everything from cabinetry and countertops to backsplashes and lighting. This includes creating a warm farmhouse feel in any kitchen with simple, budget-friendly accessories.


DIY Decoupage Napkin box. Decoupage napkin box with white bird and vintage small vase.

How To Make A DIY Decorative Box with Napkin Decoupage

Want to create a unique decorative box? See this step-by-step tutorial for decoupage on wood. This simple napkin technique makes decorating a wooden box easy.


Flowers decorating a spring tablescape. Spring places and chargers.

20 Stunning Spring Tables: Easy Ideas to Wow Mom and More

You are in the right place if you are looking for tablescape ideas for your spring gatherings. I’m sharing 20 stunning spring table setup ideas that are easy and affordable. They are the perfect Mother’s Day Brunch table-setting ideas, girlfriend get-togethers, supper club tables, or any gathering with friends. You’ll see both indoor and alfresco spring table decor ideas that are budget-friendly but stylish and stunning.


DIY Candle Lantern nade from Dollar Tree materials.

Make A Rustic Candle Lantern: Easy DIY Dollar Tree Project Under 3.00

Do you like using a rustic candle lantern in your decor? Did you know you can easily make a DIY Dollar Tree Lantern that looks similar to one I recently saw in the Ballard Design catalog? By using a Dollar Tree garden fence and wooden box, you can recreate this style for under $3.00, saving over $100.00.


DIY Coastal Starfish wreath. Dollar store wreath idea.

Budget Patriotic Starfish Wreath: Easy Coastal DIY

If you want an easy coastal wreath that’s patriotic and full of charm, wait until you see this Starfish wreath. Made with 100% Dollar Tree supplies, this star wreath is budget-friendly but looks high-end. Whether you are decorating a seaside retreat or want to add a beachy feel to your home, this patriotic wreath is for you.


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

What’s In My Cart

Okay, I’m going to add a few items to my wish list today because Mother’s Day is approaching quickly.

Mary from Life at Bella Terra

Wednesday 8th of May 2024

Rachel, So I’m watching my puppy and I tried dictating my comment. Now that it’s posted I can see all the typos. So sorry about that!!


Thursday 9th of May 2024

No Worries. Enjoy your time while he's little.

Mary from Life at Bella Terra

Wednesday 8th of May 2024

Rachelle, I am so sorry to hear about your flood in the guest cottage. What a nightmare however I am glad that you got that thrift sale. What amazing fines and too bad they’re retiring. Thank you so much for sharing my post and how to grow camomile! I am always so amazed at all the things you do! Have a happy week.


Thursday 9th of May 2024

Mary, Thanks and it will all work out in the end. It could have been much worse. Enjoy the puppy.


Tuesday 7th of May 2024

So sorry to hear about the guest cottage, Rachel. I know it's so frustrating to have to deal with big messes like that. I'm glad the insurance is helping to take care of things. It definitely helps to take the pressure off a bit. I'm excited about the things you found at the last barn sale. It always looked like such a fun place to treasure hunt! Thanks so much for sharing my silverware trick, I really appreciate it. Big hugs, CoCo


Wednesday 8th of May 2024

CoCo, Thanks! hopefully everything will be back to normal soon. I always love sharing your ideas.

Wendy McMonigle

Monday 6th of May 2024

Oh no, Rachel, I am so sorry to hear about the disaster in the guest house. My daughter had a similar issue this week; water damage is so hard. I pray you get everything situated with the insurance and put it back together. It looks like you were able to have some fun at the barn sale, you sure found some amazing items.Thank you for sharing my napkin rings this week.


Monday 6th of May 2024

Wendy, I appreciate this. I'm sorry for your daughters damage. It's no fun. Thanks for stopping by.


Sunday 5th of May 2024

I'm sorry about the pipes, keep pushing insurance they are usually plotting excuses while they seem agreeable.I love those sunglasses and the bedding. Thank you for the items and post.


Monday 6th of May 2024

Diana, I will do. I used to work in Insurance so I know. Thanks for stopping by.