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Dirt Road Adventures: The Most Interesting Thrift Store Finds, Summertime & Happy Father’s Day

Happy Sunday, and welcome to Dirt Road Adventures: Summertime and Happy Father’s Day! 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,

How is your summer going so far? I hope you have some great summer plans and are enjoying this Father’s Day Weekend.

We spent a lot of time this week planning our September vacation. We are planning a trip to New England, and I’m so excited. We have been trying to make this trip since our 40th wedding anniversary, and we just celebrated our 45th anniversary. LOL

After asking one of my blogging friends for advice, we booked our flight and rental car right away. We are still planning our agenda, and it sounds like it will be an amazing trip.

I’d appreciate any suggestions if you have ever been or are familiar with the area.

In other news, we are in the throes of summertime activities. The days are heating up, and we spend more time around the pool. I recently shared about our (new to us) thrifted outdoor dining table set. I am so thrilled with that find, and it looks amazing by the pool. However, this has resulted in us adding more new furniture around the pool. The white table and chairs looked more dressed up than our weathered Adirondack chairs. So we decided to update with new white poly Adirondack chairs that recline and fold up for storage. Brad and I spent a few hours putting them together. They come 80% assembled, and the instructions were good, but it was still time-consuming. I really love the new look, so it was worth it.

New pool furniture including thrifted white cast aluminum dining set and poly Adirondack reclining chairs.

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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 cleaned and stained our porch posts this past week, and they now look brand new. I appreciate the help from the folks at Asheboro Paint Center, who suggested the Benjamin Moore Wood Restorer.

In addition, I’ve been decorating my porch for the 4th of July, and I’ll share an update with you soon.

refreshed cedar porch posts.

The bee’s balm is in full bloom, and we love watching the hummingbirds and bees from the porch.

Bee's Balm in bloom

I found some interesting finds at the thrift store this past week. Be sure to read all the details under My Thrifted Finds. But first, let’s take a look back at all the blog posts I shared, in case you missed it.

In Case You Missed It

DIY Patriotic Tablescape using red white and blue cloth for napkin fork & knife holder.

Easy To Make Patriotic Tablescape: Simple DIY Ideas

Welcome to our Patriotic Tablescape Blog Hop. Today, I’m sharing how to make a cheap and easy patriotic Fourth of July table using scrap fabrics, thrift store finds, and inexpensive items you have on hand.


DIY No-Sew Patriotic pillow cover.

Fourth of July Craft – No Sew Patriotic Pillow Cover

Do you like to add patriotic decor touches to celebrate the Fourth of July? What better way to celebrate than with a Fourth of July Craft patriotic pillow cover? This no-sew project is easy to do and can be customized to your liking. All you need is some scrap fabric, a pillow cover, and basic supplies. This step-by-step tutorial will show you how to make one just in time for your summer decor.


Patriotic Twig Wreath made with Dollar Tree Star.

How To Make A Patriotic Wreath From Twigs: Dollar Tree Craft

You can make a Patriotic Wreath using free twigs from your yard and a Dollar Tree wooden star. It’s an easy, budget-friendly project you can make with your kids or grandchildren.


Dollar store DIY Terrarium displayed in screened in porch.

20 DIY Summer Crafts For Budget-Friendly Home Decor

Looking for some budget-friendly DIY Summer Crafts to help decorate your home for Summer? Now is an excellent time to get creative and add fun, festive DIY projects to your home. You will love these 20 budget-friendly summer crafts ideas you can make yourself.


DIY Dollar Tree Pillow Cover displayed on Kennedy Rocker of Farmhouse Front Porch

Quick & Easy Patriotic Pillow Cover with Dollar Tree Finds (No Sew)

Are you looking for some quick and easy patriotic decor ideas? You’ll love this no-sew red, white, and blue patriotic pillow cover made with Dollar Tree finds. I found this set of two Dollar Tree Patriotic bandanas for only $1.25. I brought them home without a clue how I’d use them. But as I laid them out on my sofa, I immediately saw a Dollar Tree pillow in my future.


How to make a DIY block print napkin

DIY Block Print Napkins: Personalize Your Table With Easy Paint Ideas

If you love the look of personalized custom napkins, wait until you see how easy the DIY Block Print Napkins are to make. DIY custom napkins can be made in many designs and colors to enhance any table setting. These DIY fabric napkins are easy to make using inexpensive pre-made cotton linen napkins and craft paint. With these simple techniques, you can create a multitude of block print table linens for creative tablescapes.



5 Summer Porch Ideas To Keep Your Space Fresh, Clean, and Stylish

Do you love a front porch? Summer is here, meaning more time spent outdoors and on your porch. But keeping your porch looking its best can be daunting with all the heat and humidity. Here are five ideas for a clean porch that will look fresh and stylish all summer long.


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 always ask myself, “Why didn’t I think of that”? LOL

In My Cart

My Thrifted Finds

Y’all, I stopped by the Salvation Army Thrift Store to donate and came away with some great finds.

First, these three vintage plant pots were only $.99 each, and the butter mold was $2.00. When I searched for their value, I couldn’t leave them behind. One is a McCoy, and the other was selling for $35.00 and up.

Thrift Store finds, vintage planters and butter mold.

I also got a vintage book for $.49. However, the most interesting find was this Antiquity Trivia Game for $1.99. I’ve searched and found that it’s from 1984, and it has a first-edition certificate inside. It is game number 882 of 2000. The best part of all, it’s never been used. All the cards are still sealed. I’m dying to read the clues but don’t want to open the seals. I don’t know its value, but I just think it’s fun, and obviously, they didn’t make many because I can’t find any for sale.

Have you ever heard of this game, and should I open the cards or not?

Coming Soon…

  • Thrifting with the Gals is next Thursday.
  • Have you ever wanted your art to look more vintage? Learn how to make thrift store art look like a valuable antique.
  • Our Supper Club Series is coming soon, and it’s smoking hot! Wink, Wink!
  • Here are some patriotic porch ideas you’ll not want to miss, as well as more!

I hope you have the best week, and I look forward to sharing more adventures with you.

Mary from Life at Bella Terra

Wednesday 19th of June 2024

Rachel, I have been traveling non-stop since the end of May and now just getting around to catching up with my favorite bloggers. Thank you so much for the shout out on my window box post. You are the best. Hard to believe July 4th is right around the corner!


Thursday 20th of June 2024

Mary, you are welcome. Thanks for stopping by.


Monday 17th of June 2024

Open the game, you only live once and I bet it will be great fun. The pool area is fabulous and inviting.The idea of dripping wax purposefully is such a good idea. I think of it as controlled mess. LOL


Tuesday 18th of June 2024

Diana, Exactly! Thank you for stopping by today. I appreciate you.