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Dirt Road Adventures: May Days

Happy Sunday, and welcome to Dirt Road Adventures: May Days! 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,

I’m so glad you stopped by. It’s the middle of May, and it’s already been a busy month.

We have celebrated Mother’s Day, my daughter’s birthday and tomorrow is our 45th wedding anniversary. It’s hard to believe we have been together for 47 1/2 years. We were such babies when we married, but it has been an amazing adventure. We have both changed drastically from the shy 21 and 19-year-olds we were. Thankfully, all those changes have been hand in hand, and I couldn’t be more thankful for my faithful, loving husband.

Wedding picture from 1979.

Instead of waiting until Monday to celebrate, we had a dinner for just the two of us on Saturday night. Tomorrow will be filled with already scheduled activities like grooming Rudy, rotating tires, inspecting the car, etc.- such romantic anniversary activities. LOL

Anniversay dinner

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Adventures at the End of the Dirt Road

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

We did find a great deal on some new-to-us outdoor furniture. We have been looking for a new table for the poolside and are loving this great deal. We cleaned and repainted the pieces on Friday. They look brand new. It’s been a rainy weekend, so we didn’t move them to the pool. However, I can’t wait for you to see how they look, so stay tuned.

Thrifted outdoor table and chairs.

The pollen has finally disappeared, and we removed the vinyl curtains from our screened porch. It feels so good to have the breeze blowing through there again. Rudy loves the porch so much and would stay there 24-7, if we let him.

In Case You Missed It!

Low Country boil pot being dumped and drained in serving area of outdoor kitchen.

5 Things To Know To Host A Fun Low Country Boil Party: Pro Tips

Hosting a Low Country Boil Party is easy and fun. It is a casual gathering and a relatively inexpensive party to host. We’ve held several here at the Ponds, and they are always a blast. Here are the 5 things you need to know to host your own Low Country Boil Party. I’ve included pro tips to take the guesswork out of what you need for a successful event.


Vintage kitchen decorating, rolling pins, copper pots, bread boards

How To Decorate With Vintage Kitchen Decor

Do you love to collect vintage kitchen decor and utensils? Want to learn more about how to display those vintage rolling pins and other vintage kitchen utensils you’ve been collecting?


Red, White & Blue buttons under glass with American flag for Memorial Day tribute.

3 Easy Ways to Decorate with Vintage Red, White & Blue Buttons

Do you have a stash of old vintage buttons? How about pulling out all the red, white, and blue buttons for some patriotic decorating? These 3 easy patriotic decorating ideas include a DIY button craft that you can make in about 30 minutes. Create stunning patriotic vignettes with these simple ideas, perfect for any patriotic holiday.


Vintage decorations displayed on shelves in vintage hutch.

7 Tips for Styling Vintage Decorations on Shelves Like A Pro

If you are looking for shelf styling tips, you are in the right place. Learn how to create interesting vignettes with vintage decorations on shelves. I love collecting vintage decor and displaying it around my farmhouse. If you have several collections that you are hiding behind closed doors, let’s bring them out on the shelves and let them shine. I’ll share tips on how to style shelves for cabinets, cupboards, and the kitchen hutch.


Cabinet ion beach cottage upgraded with rattan cane added.

DIY Rattan Cane Upgrade: Coastal Chic Cheap Cabinet Makeover

Do you like the coastal chic look of rattan cane cabinets and chests from Pottery Barn and other high-end retailers? With this DIY cane cabinet door makeover tutorial, you can easily upgrade almost any inexpensive cabinet. This budget-friendly project can be completed in just a few hours, depending on your cabinet size.


DIY Thrifted beaded mirror makeover by adding beads to thrifted mirror.

DIY Beaded Mirror Makeover: Budget Thrifted Flip

Did you, by chance, see that set of thrift store mirrors I recently found for $4.00? Well, wait until you see them now. If you are a fan of the beaded mirror trend, you will love how easy it is to transform inexpensive thrift store finds into beaded wood frames. Beaded frames are all the rage; you don’t have to be a craft wizard or spend a fortune to create these beaded ideas.


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

Favorite craft supplies.

Kim | Shiplap and Shells

Sunday 26th of May 2024

I love that you shared your beautiful wedding picture with us, Rachel. congratulations, and happy anniversary to you both! Thank you so much for sharing my cottage garden post. I appreciate your kindness so much.


Sunday 26th of May 2024

Kim, You are so welcome.


Friday 24th of May 2024

Happy Wedding Anniversary!!


Friday 24th of May 2024

Anna, Thank you. I can't believe it's been 45 years.


Wednesday 22nd of May 2024

Love your wedding photo so much Rachel. You guys are totally gorgeous! I'm super excited about your patio furniture. We're getting the house painted soon and are having to do the porches and the patio at the same time and goodness gracious I have been shocked by how expensive outdoor furniture has become. It's totally bananas. I'm off to dive into your links and really appreciate you including my urns in the mix. They're messy but super easy! Big hugs, CoCo


Thursday 23rd of May 2024

CoCo, Thank you for all your comments. Yes! outdoor furniture is so... expensive. I was thrilled to find these high-end pieces to use around our pool.

Mary from Life at Bella Terra

Sunday 19th of May 2024

Rachel, Happy Anniversary! 45 years-Congratulations. Love seeing your wedding photo. Hard to believe how the time flies by. Love the outdoor set and yes, I am happy pollen season is over too.


Monday 20th of May 2024

Thank you Mary!


Sunday 19th of May 2024

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! May you be blessed with many more wonderful years together! Your wedding picture is lovely!


Monday 20th of May 2024

Mary-Ann, I really appreciate your kind words.