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Dirt Road Adventures – Halloween Projects and More

Happy Sunday, and welcome to Dirt Road Adventures – Halloween Projects and more. 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.

Can you believe the month is rolling to an end?

Do you know what that means?

I’ll be pulling out the Christmas boxes soon.

When do you start decorating for Christmas? I’ve got so many new ideas, and I can’t wait!

Stay turned because it’s all coming soon.

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Adventures at the End of the Dirt Road

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

I love it when friends use my tutorials to create amazing home decor.

Look at how Christine @farmhouseonoakridge used my DIY Old Book Leaf Craft with Dollar Tree Woodcrafts For Fall Decor tutorial to create this great garland for her home.

image of book page leaf garland

In Case You Missed It

How to repurpose Black Shutters used to frame around front door.

The Best Idea To Make Door Shutters To Add Style To Your Home

Have you considered adding Door Shutters to your home? Framing your front door with shutters will add instant style to your front entry. However the cost of door height shutters can be expensive, but here is a DIY Door Shutter alternative that is easy to make.


DIY Wooden Shiplap Christmas Tree. Screened in porch decorated fgor Christmas with shiplap tree.

How to Build a Wood Christmas Tree Using Shiplap

Looking for a unique Christmas Tree alternative? You will love this step-by-step tutorial on How to Build a Wood Christmas Tree using reclaimed shiplap boards. This is an easy project to create a unique farmhouse-style tree. There’s no need to worry if you don’t have reclaimed wood because I’m sharing how you can age new wood at the end of this tutorial.


Thanksgiving Tablescape with vintage milk glass plates and vintage silverware.

17 Best Creative Thanksgiving Tablescape Ideas for 2023

Are you hosting a Thanksgiving lunch, dinner, or a Friendsgiving celebration? I can’t wait for you to see all the inspiration I’m sharing today. Thanksgiving is a time to show off your creativity by combining fall harvest decor and seasonal autumn displays to celebrate the season. If you’re looking for inspiration, check out these 17 creative Thanksgiving tablescape ideas for 2023.



Traveling The NC Pottery Highway: Your Guide to Handmade Pottery Earthenware Treasures

Are you a fan of handmade pottery, salt-glazed pottery, and earthenware? You are in for a treat today as I take you on an earthenware clay treasure hunt. The North Carolina Pottery Highway is primarily located in the Handmade Pottery Capital of the United States, Seagove, NC. It is a scenic route that winds through the heart of the state’s pottery region. Along the way, you’ll find dozens of potteries, each with its own unique style and selection of handmade pottery treasures.


Pinecone Turkey Place Card Holder - Printable place card for pie party-1

Pinecone Turkey Place Card Holder: A Budget Thanksgiving Craft

Looking for a fun and festive Thanksgiving craft to dress up your table? Look no further than this cute, foraged pinecone turkey place card holder! This easy pinecone turkey craft is perfect for a beginning crafter, and it’s a great way to add a touch of personality to your table without breaking the bank. Download the FREE Thanksgiving Place Card printable to add to your pinecone turkey.


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

Halloween Ideas from around the web

I thought we’d take a look at some clever ways to decorate and enjoy Halloween this year.

My friend CoCo decorated her home in the cutest Halloween style I’ve seen. Be sure to check out her Festive Spooky Halloween Home Tour.

Do you remember this fun Witches Brew Centerpiece?

And these adorable ghost napkins are perfect for a Halloween Party.

I had to share this Clay Ghost DIY project again. It’s so darn cute.

And if you are looking for some Easy Treats for Kids, look no further. These are so fun.

More Inspiration

Find out if your hydrangeas are deer-resistant and what you should do as a precaution. Stacy shares her best advice here.

KariAnne never ceases to amaze, and you’ll love this toilet paper flower idea.

Are you traveling this holiday season? Check out these Travel Outfits that are Comfy and Cute.

What’s in my cart

These long pheasant feathers. Can you guess how I’m going to use them?

A trio of Red Velvet Ribbon – I’m getting it while it lasts.

And this Green Velvet Ribbon

I love my black watch band and decided to get this brown Apple Watch band.

Cardboard Cones for crafts.

This cute book will make a great hostess gift this holiday season.

Coming Soon

  • Cranberry Dump Pie Recipe – perfect for Holiday entertaining
  • How To Host a Thanksgiving Pie Party
  • The Best Pie Recipes for Thanksgiving 2023
  • The Cutest Recycled Cork Christmas Trees
  • How To Make Giant Christmas Ornaments
  • And More….


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Tuesday 24th of October 2023

It is totally blowing my mind how quickly this year is flying by Rachel! We have the spooky soiree to get through and then we are pulling out the Christmas boxes too. Thank you so much for sharing my Spooky Season home tour, I really appreciate it! Sending you lots of hugs, CoCo


Tuesday 24th of October 2023

CoCo, You are so welcome. Have a wonderful week.


Monday 23rd of October 2023

So many fun projects you have been working on. Thanks for the inspiration. Have a great week.


Monday 23rd of October 2023

Wendy, I really appreciate this.

AnnMarie | Simply2Moms

Monday 23rd of October 2023

Another full but fun week at the Pond! Thanks so much for sharing our comfy and cute travel outfits. :)


Monday 23rd of October 2023

AnnMarie, You are welcome.

Frances Brown

Monday 23rd of October 2023

Rachel, I love your blog. I have used your tutorials to create the book page pumpkins! Also, was it you that gave the tutorial on the ghost inside the glass dome? I've done both and love them. Keep the great ideas coming!


Monday 23rd of October 2023

Frances, Thank you for your sweet encouraging words. You made my day.


Monday 23rd of October 2023

I can't believe how quickly this fall is going by. And that Halloween is already next week! I can't wait to see what you have planned for Christmas, Rachel. I'm sure it will be beautiful, as always.

Thank you so much for sharing my DIY ghost napkins. I appreciate it!


Monday 23rd of October 2023

Jen, you are welcome and thanks for stopping by.