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Dirt Road Adventures – Get Ready for The Holidays

Are you still decorating for Fall? I have several Ideas for tablescapes and Thanksgiving ideas that I’ll be sharing over the next few weeks, but honestly, I’m starting to plan my Christmas Decor.

This past week I shared some of my ideas about how I’m preparing for the holidays!. How to Prepare for Christmas Decorating Now and Christmas Craft Supplies and Ideas so that you are prepared for the most magical time of the year.

Behind the scenes at The Ponds

Here are a few things we are doing behind the scenes right now!

Getting rid of the dead summer flowers and planting fall plants.

Closing the pool – so sad.

Adding finishing touches to the guest cottage. Such as these fluffy towels from Schweitzer Linens.

We also went to our beach cottage and began some renovations there.

First, we are adding a closet to the bedroom. It will take 1/2 of the window space here and the old door will become a sliding barn door for the closet. In addition, here’s our progress outside. Just a few pilings and cement, but it’s a start.

Plus I’ve started a few Christmas Projects, which I can’t wait to share with you.

In case you missed it

Recycled Tin Cans with Foraged Twigs / Friendsgiving Centerpiece with DIY projects

Fall Scrap Fabric Pillow Cover / Christmas Craft Ideas and Supplies.

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

Fall Inspiration

Debra at Common Ground shared so many beautiful fall vignettes on this post.

I don’t decorate much for Halloween but this post from my friend Michele at Vintage Home Design has me wanting to grab my broom and go for it. So darn cute.

handmade witches brooms with dried grasses tied to an old yard tool handle hanging on back of white slipcovered chair

Wendy at WM Design House shared the cutest DIY Pumpkin Placemats.

DIY Placemats no sew

I just love Kim at Shiplap and Shells – How to Make an Easy DIY Wood Pumpkin. I need one of these.

DIY Wooden Pumpkin
Bits & Pieces

Niky at House on Silverado shared How to Make a Barn Quilt. I love the fall colors but can also see this as a fun Christmas project as well.

How to Style a Table in October Blues from Ann at Dabbling and Decorating

Mary at Life at Bella Terra shared some beautiful Fall Front Porch Decor

How to Make the Best Compost Recipe from Stacy Ling at Bricks N Blooms

Check out Jennifer at Cottage on Bunker Hill’s new Pumpkin Fall Porch Sign DIY

How to Prepare Your Kitchen for a Renovation by Jen at Midwest Life & Style has so many great tips.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I look forward to sharing more adventures with you this week.

Kim | Shiplap and Shells

Thursday 21st of October 2021

I really love your pillow cover Rachel. It is so pretty! It's always hard to get the outdoor spaces closed up for the winter, especially your fabulous pool. Thank you for sharing my DIY pumpkin. I appreciate it!

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Monday 25th of October 2021

Kim, You are so welcome.

Jennifer Howard

Monday 18th of October 2021

Thanks for sharing me!! I have to go check out Kim's cute pumpkin and Wendy's placemats!!

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Tuesday 19th of October 2021

Jennifer, they are both so cute. Thanks so stopping by.

Sharlene Kiger

Sunday 17th of October 2021

Hi Rachel, Just received "Sophie" Silent Night print yesterday, so now my Christmas decorating is starting to spin with ideas! I always look forward to your wonderful decor for the holidays and love the Fall inspirations in your home. Thanks so much for giving suggestions that we can not only afford but easy to follow directions. Can't wait to see what Christmas ideas you have to share! Happy Fall and Happy Thanksgiving!

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Sunday 17th of October 2021

Sharlene, Thanks for making my day! I'm excited that you love Sophie. I look forward to sharing my ideas with you over these next few weeks.

Debra Oliver

Sunday 17th of October 2021

Hey Rachel, how fun to see my Fall Garden Room and the goat cart here! Thanks so much. Hope you're having a gorgeous fall weekend!! Hard to believe October is sliding by!

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Sunday 17th of October 2021

Debra, Thanks for stopping by and I agree, October will be gone in a blink.


Sunday 17th of October 2021

Thanks so much for sharing Rachel. Boy did I love Michele’s table😃

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Sunday 17th of October 2021

Ann, She is so creative.