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Dirt Road Adventures – Fall DIY Projects

Y’all, it’s been a Fall DIY Projects-filled week here at the end of our Dirt Road.

Plus, the weather has been spectacular since the storm moved out.

It’s been the perfect fall week.

I’m looking forward to sharing a look back and other behind-the-scenes happenings here at The Ponds. Plus, DIY Projects and Fall Decorating Ideas from around the web.

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

First, do you remember the old farmstead where we had our Country Garden Party?

In the first photo, you can see the backside of the old barn built in 1901. Just to the right of the barn and out of view was a giant oak tree.

Sadly, when topical storm Ian passed through last weekend, the tree and the barn were both destroyed. The tree uprooted and crushed the old barn. Only charred tree limbs remained when we arrived.

Fortunately, the other structures were undamaged.

We always enjoy having John visit us and share his fishing skills. He is quite the sportsman and loves to reel in a big catch like this one. I couldn’t resist sharing this cute photo his grandparents shared with me.

John's fresh catch while fishing at The Ponds

In other news, the pastures surrounding us are full of newborn calves, and these three look like they are posing for this photo opt.

three calves in pasture at the end of the dirt road.

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In Case You Missed It…

Industrial Farmhouse Fall Home Tour

See the budget-friendly tips and thrift store decorating ideas for Fall Decorating on this video tour.

Creative Ideas for Door Shutters

DIY Door Shutters on Farmhouse Front Porch and Decorated for Fall with grapevine wreaths

How to Make A Table Runner with Dollar Tree Burlap Leaves

Dollar Tree Fall Leaf Table Runner easy tutorial.

How To Make A Pot Rack Hanger for cheap.

DIY Pot Hanger Rack for Vintage Copper Collection on Brick wall in industrial farmhouse.

Easy Basil Pesto Recipe

Huge Basil Plant perfect for making Basil Pesto Recipe.

I joined my friends from Welcome Home Saturday this week. There are so many great ideas in this post.

It includes my Pottery Barn Hack Leaf Napkin Rings.

Air Dried Clay Fall Leaf Napkin Rings like Pottery Barn - Farmhouse Style napkin rings

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 creative friend Wendy shared, How To Make A Fall Centerpiece with a Dollar Tree Pumpkin Wreath

Dollar Tree Fall Centerpiece Idea

Don’t you just love this fall porch?

Front door decorated for Fall
Photo By: Helen Norman

I want to make one of these concrete pumpkins, which you can see in Regina’s tutorial.

How to Make a Concrete Pumpkin

How cute is this corner on Jennifer’s porch? I love those witch’s brooms.

Jennifer's Fun Fall Porch Tour

And talking about pumpkins, I’ve wanted to make one like this since last year.

I love decorating with vintage toolboxes; this centerpiece idea is gorgeous.

Want to start a Thanksgiving Family Tradition? Check out this great idea.

Did you know you can paint curtains? It looks easy, and I want to give this a try.

I wish I could have been at this event.

My friend Stacy has written an E-Book – 15 Ways To Decorate with Fresh Greens, and it’s available here.

Oh my, I can’t wait to try these pancakes!

It was exciting to see my 2021 Christmas Front Porch featured on this week.

From The Front Porch and Saturday Morning Gatherings, both shared my DIY Corn Husk Dollar Tree Pumpkin Tutorial.

Lady Decluttered shared this Fall Basket Centerpiece, and Our Tiny Nest shared the DIY Pot Hanger Rack.

And finally, SATURDAY MEANDERINGS shared the Dollar Tree Leaf Table Runner.

Seeing so many of my ideas shared was exciting, and it was greatly appreciated.

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Coming This Week

Stay tuned for my final Corn Stalk Tutorial – A Rustic Corn Husk Wreath. Plus, I’m sharing how to set up a Build Your Own Pulled Pork Nacho Bar and view the outdoor kitchen and entertaining area.

Thanks for stopping by today, and I look forward to sharing my next adventures with you!

Kim | Shiplap and Shells

Saturday 15th of October 2022

Congratulations on all your features Rachel, especially in Parade Magazine. How exciting. I'm so sad to see your neighbor's barn destroyed by the hurricane. I'm so thankful that the other structures remain intact. Thank you so much for sharing my pumpkin post, my friend.


Sunday 16th of October 2022

Kim, Thank you for stopping by.

Wendy McMonigle

Wednesday 12th of October 2022

Rachel, I am so sad to hear about this disaster and the loss of the tree and the barn, so sad. But you still managed to get a lot in and accomplished this week. You inspire me so much. Thank you for featuring my pumpkin centerpiece, I appreciate you so much. By the way I will be posting my sharing on Sunday and will be adding a few of your cornhusk posts.


Sunday 16th of October 2022

Wendy, Thanks so much and you are welcome.


Wednesday 12th of October 2022

So excited for all your features this week, Rachel, including the one in Parade! You are always creative and talented and it's definitely deserved. I'm so sorry to hear about your barn and trees. It's crazy to me how even though tropical storms are as powerful as hurricanes they can still do so much damage. Love the picture of John - he's such a cutie pie! Off to dive into these links. Thanks so much for featuring our time at Renningers. You would have loved it! Hugs, CoCo


Sunday 16th of October 2022

CoCo, We were lucky compared to so many. Any loss is hard to take.

Mary from Life at Bella Terra

Sunday 9th of October 2022

Rachel, I LOVE that fall photo too! Pinned it. How sad about the barn and tree. Those storms can be terrifying. Thank you for sharing my lemon ricotta pancake recipe. They are so yummy!


Monday 10th of October 2022

Mary, Thanks so much for stopping by today. I appreciate you so much.

AnnMarie | Simply2Moms

Sunday 9th of October 2022

Oh Rachel I’m so sorry to hear about your barn. Glad the other structures were ok. Thanks so much for sharing our post this week. Happy Sunday!


Sunday 9th of October 2022

AnnMarie, It was a neighbor's barn but I will miss seeing it on our walks. Thanks for stopping by.