Happy New Year and welcome to the first Dirt Road Adventures of 2023.
I took some time off around Christmas this past year; therefore, I didn’t share any adventures last Sunday. So today’s adventures will include a look back at the last couple of weeks, your favorite posts and crafts of 2022, plus some of my favorite finds around the web from 2022.
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This is a look back at all my adventures this past week.
Some Behind The Scenes – The Highs and The Lows of the Holidays
Warning: Some sad news!
Just before Christmas, we lost our sweet, grand fur baby, Pumpkin. She was only 10, and we had only learned of her heart condition two weeks before. My daughter and her husband got Pumpkin on Halloween just weeks after they were married.
I was with Jennifer when she picked her out, and we kept her when they traveled. It’s hard to express how sad we all were.
I hope you enjoyed your Christmas Holiday and were able to spend quality time with family and friends.
It’s sad, but since covid, we don’t have the large family gatherings we did before. We celebrated with our immediate family on Christmas Eve and Christmas day, which was wonderful. However, I do miss seeing the entire family over the holidays.
Once the festivities were over, I began to remove signs of Christmas from the farmhouse in preparation for our trip to the beach. It took much less time this year because I’ve been using these tips to store seasonal decor for over a year now.
Next, we arrived at our beach cottage to find a broken refrigerator. This is not a fun way to start the New Year’s weekend. Fortunately, we were able to purchase a new one and have it delivered before everyone arrived.
Finally, as I write this, we are celebrating the approach of 2023 at the beach with several of our friends, our daughter, and our son-in-law.
In Case You Missed It
First, let’s look at the week before Christmas! Click on the highlighted links to see the full post.
I shared a Candlelight Tour of the Farmhouse, including the living room, dining room, kitchen, bedroom, and screened porch.
In addition, I shared a video tour on YouTube.
The secret to making a Magnolia Wreath with fresh leaves was a last-minute project just before Christmas.
By the way, I didn’t preserve these leaves because I was short on time, and they still look great over two weeks later.
When I set the table for Christmas Eve, I decided to make a Christmas Tree Napkin Fold, and these reversible napkins made a beautiful tree.
Next, I shared the Reader’s Choice for best Craft Projects of 2022.
And finally, the year’s Top 10 Posts.
Adventures Off The Dirt Road
This is where I share inspiration from around the web. Things that I know you’ll love from some of my favorite bloggers.
My friend Stacy is a master gardener, and she shared her top 20 Best Gardening Posts. You will find the best gardening tips of 2022.
My Supper Club friend Michele has the most creative tablescape ideas, and this was my favorite from 2022.
Y’all know I love to decorate with thrifted items. My thrifting friend Robyn shares her best tips for decorating with thrifted breadboards.
My Thrifting with the Gals friend Ann shared some great tips for decorating with your thrifted items.
I loved all of Kim’s practical ideas for preparing for next Christmas now.
I love all of Anne & AnnMarie’s great posts of 2022, but this tip is genius.
Kristen lives in a winter wonderland, and her porch ideas are perfect for Winter.
Jen is one of my Supper Club Friends and shares delicious and practical recipes. This is one of my favorites.
Another favorite post comes from my friend Jennifer, whom I met in person this past summer. Jennifer’s Thrift Store Decorating Tips are so fun.
My friend Kelly shared her top 10 posts of 2022, one of which was these Home Organization Ideas. I thought you might enjoy seeing the.
I’m feeling a little brain-dead or lost after the holidays, and I loved CoCo’s ideas for easing into the new year. I hope you do too.
I hope you have a relaxing first day of the new year and that all your dreams come true in 2023.
I appreciate you so, so much, and look forward to sharing all my adventures with you this year.