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Dirt Road Adventures – Shopping In Wilmington

Happy Sunday! Are you still recovering from all the delicious Thanksgiving food? I hope you are having a wonderful holiday weekend with family and friends. I’m so thankful you stopped by today.

If you are not celebrating Thanksgiving, I hope you had a fabulous weekend, and I appreciate you for visiting with me today, also.

The last glimpse of warm weather. Although we had freezing temperatures for several nights last week, I spotted this lone bloom standing proudly in the garden.

Today is a look back at this past week on the blog, plus all of our Thanksgiving weekend adventures. A little shopping, some behind the scenes, and some great inspiration from around the web.

We arrived at the beach cottage with new bedding from Levtex Home, and I love the cozy texture of this Mill Waffle Quilt. It’s perfect for the newly remodeled beach cottage.

Levtex Home Coastal Bedding.  Navy Mill Waffle Quilt.

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Thanksgiving Weekend at Kure Beach

We enjoyed a wonderful meal at the home of our dear friends and beach neighbors. We were blessed to be invited to join their family to celebrate all we are thankful for.

Thanksgiving Tablescape

We also enjoyed an oyster roast and a warm fire with friends on Friday evening.

Oyster Roast and Fire Pit for Thanksgiving Celebrating.

Shopping In Wilmington

Black Friday was spent exploring fun shops in Wilmington and getting into the holiday shopping spirit.

We had a fun girl’s day out with lots of shopping, lunch, and laughter. Here are a few highlights of our trip.

Look at this beautiful wreath and mantel at Spruced.

Magnolia Wreath and mantel decorated for Christmas in Retail Shop
One of my favorite stops is Spruced of Wilmington

So many beautiful items were found. This coastal holiday table is stunning at Paysage Home.

Coastal Christmas Tablescape in boutique shop.

I really wish I had this deer for my front porch.

Grapevine Reindeer for Christmas Decorating.

Another favorite shop is High Tide Home Provisions, with lots of coastal-inspired decor.

Christmas Shopping on Black Friday.

If found a sweet driftwood angel for the beach cottage.

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

In Case You Missed It

How to Make Whimsical Felt Christmas Trees. See this fun and easy tutorial.

DIY Tutorial for Felt Christmas Trees.

DIY Foraged and Sustainable Christmas Ornaments are easy and cheap to make.

Foraged and sustainable Christmas Tree Ornaments and Gift Package toppers

5 Cheap and Easy Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas that you will want to add to your tree this year.

Sustainable and Budget-Friendly Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas to save money on rustic Country Christmas Tree

What about some Napkin Decoupage Coasters for inexpensive gift ideas this Christmas? They are so easy to make; I’m addicted.

Napkin Decoupage Coasters for Hostess Gift and Christmas Gifts.

I also shared some tips for repurposing your old Christmas Decorations, How to make new ornaments look vintage and How to flock your trees and pinecones for snow-filled decor.

While shopping in Wilmington, I saw so many vintage-inspired ornaments; you can use this tutorial to create your own.

Plus, the shops were full of snowy trees, and this two-step method is easy and doesn’t flake. You don’t have to worry about the mess. I’m decorating with items I added flocking to 3 years ago, and they still look great.

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

You have to check out my friend Stacy’s Winter Planter Ideas. They are just stunning, and you’ll want to see exactly how she creates them.

Winter Planter Ideas and tutorial.

I also fell in love with these tiny gingerbread houses; although I don’t like to cook, I may have to make some of them. Leslie at Feet Under My Table makes them look so easy.

Mini Gingerbread Houses and How to use them.  DIY tutorial for mini gingerbread houses.

I can’t wait for you to see how Meeghan made these lovely Christmas ornaments.

DIY Christmas Ornaments with glitter.

I loved how easily this Pinecone Swag came together for my friend Jennifer. Check it out.

DIY Pinecone Swag tutorial

Bits and Pieces

Be sure you check out these DIY Gingerbread Snowflake ornaments.

Don’t miss this vintage Christmas haul.

You will love this simple Christmas Tablescape idea.

See these quick and easy Holiday Vignettes.

Next this Week

The next week will be so busy with more Christmas Inspiration.

  • Blogger’s Best Christmas Home Tours
  • How to Make DIY Paper Christmas Trees
  • Easy DIY Gift Ideas to Make Now
  • Best Christmas Tree Decorating Tips

In My Cart

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Antique Candle Co. Holiday Sales

Thank you so much for your continued support and encouragement. I am so blessed to have the opportunity to share my passion for decorating and DIY projects with you each week.

Have a blessed Sunday, and I look forward to sharing more adventures with you this week.

Kim | Shiplap and Shells

Friday 2nd of December 2022

How fun to have Thanksgiving at the beach! I love all the shopping places you shared. I want one of those driftwood angels. I'm in love! Thanks for sharing my holiday vignette post Rachel.


Saturday 3rd of December 2022

Kim, the angel will most likely stay out year-round. Thanks so much.


Monday 28th of November 2022

Love to see what you're up to each week sweet friend! It looks like you guys had the most amazing Thanksgiving at the beach. I loved your girlfriend's tablescape too. It was so pretty. Thank you for including my gingerbread-inspired ornaments. It was super sweet of you! Sending you hugs for a happy week, CoCo


Monday 28th of November 2022

CoCo, You are so welcome. Have the best week.

Leslie Watkins

Sunday 27th of November 2022

How adorable are those coasters?! Those have to be made. Thank you for so much inspiration and for sharing my tiny houses! You will be addicted once you make them!


Monday 28th of November 2022

Leslie, I really want to try.


Sunday 27th of November 2022

Thanks for sharing Rachel. Your Christmas shopping looked like a big hit this year🙌🏻


Monday 28th of November 2022

Ann, We had fun. Thanks.


Sunday 27th of November 2022

You found some great stuff shopping! I hope you had the best thanksgiving and enjoyed your weekend! Thank you for sharing my winter planters this week! xoxoxo


Monday 28th of November 2022

Stacy, It was a great weekend. Thanks.