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Dirt Road Adventures – The Best-Laid Plans

The best-laid plans of mice and men! Am I right?

Oh well, the mother/daughter beach trip didn’t happen.

When it was time for my daughter to join me at the beach, the bad weather was rolling in.

Rainy and cold was the forecast and since that eliminated our favorite thing, (reading on the beach for hours), we postponed our trip.

Tiny House - Beach Cottage

However, Brad was able to get the cedar shake shingles installed on the front of the cottage. YEAH!

Y’all this tiny cottage has been remodeled from top to bottom and inside and out. And we did it all by ourselves.

If you missed the inside check out Tiny House Ideas for Beach Cottage Before and After.

Adding cedar shingles to beach cottage

So should we paint them or leave them to age naturally?

I really need your help.

But don’t they look good?

He did such a great job.

Beach Cottage Renovations

I was so honored to be featured on Rebecca at Farmhouse at Meadowhill’s YouTube channel. She shared a beautifully arranged tour of my home.

In addition, my Ultimate Guide to Creative Tablescapes was featured by Fabulous Friday Link Party.

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

While Brad was adding shingles to the cottage, I was helping a friend with a screen printed canvas that just wasn’t working with her decor.

I can’t wait for you to see what I did to make it work for her. Stay turned and I’ll share the process next week here.

How to update a screen print canvas

In Case You Missed It!

I shared 9 Creative Patriotic DIY Ideas on Tuesday and How to Refurbish Outdoor Furniture on Thursday!

In addition, How to Build Cheap DIY Raised Garden Beds and 10 Best Herbs to Grow & Why.

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

Wait Until You See This Powder Room Wallpaper & Remodel – Heather Krout

Powder Room Remodel with wall paper

Don’t you just love these Dried Artichokes? Jennifer at J Dub By Design shares how to dry them here.

Dried Artichokes

Y’all I love to entertain but I don’t know if I’d attempt 50 guests at one table. See how Mary makes it look easy with How to Host a Memorable Dinner Party.

Entertaining Setting 50 for a Dinner Party

You have to see From Antique Farm Disc to Amazing Water Fountain from my friend Wendy.

This and That

Check out this recycled tin can project from Kippi – How to Make Tin Can Planters

Just in time for planting check out Stacy’s – Gardening 101 A Guide for Beginners.

What about some fresh dill in this Chicken Orzo Soup with Lemon and Dill recipe of Meeghan’s.

I’d love to walk the beach with Ann after seeing Beachcombing, Blue Mussels, and an Antique Bowl.

What’s in my cart this week?

Y’all I’m so in love with these dishes from Bico Cermanics – Summer Provence

This lint shaver extends the live of your clothing and upholstery fabrics.

These Self Watering Plant Spikes really saved my new plants while I was at the Beach.

I’ve got big plans for this Star Punch.

These white jeans for Spring and Summer. I’m ordering a second pair because I love them so much.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I look forward to sharing all my adventures next week.


Monday 23rd of May 2022

It's always so much fun to see what you guys are up to, Rachel. I totally grieve you and your daughter did not get to have your mother/daughter trip but I'm thankful your husband got up the shingles and I know your reunion will be extra sweet when you see each other. The updates to the house have all been amazing. I'm definitely on team natural. They're just so pretty! Hugs, CoCo


Tuesday 24th of May 2022

CoCo, Thanks so much for your input


Tuesday 17th of May 2022

Definitely leave the shakes natural! They are gorgeous!


Wednesday 18th of May 2022

Karen, You are so sweet to reply. Thanks so much for your input.


Monday 16th of May 2022

I am new to your site and have been really enjoying it. Don’t hate me, I love your cottage. Personally I would leave the top above the roof line alone but paint the front a soft sage green but that’s just me. It’s beautiful either way.


Monday 16th of May 2022

Ally, I appreciate your input and welcome to my Blog. I hope you will come visit often and I love interacting with everyone.

Theresa Palm

Sunday 15th of May 2022

WOW! The shake shingles look amazing! What a beautiful transformation. Aging naturally would enhance their beauty. Thank you n Brad for sharing.


Monday 16th of May 2022

Theresa, I really appreciate your input. Thanks for stopping by.

Mary from Life at Bella Terra

Sunday 15th of May 2022

Rachel, I love your beach cottage~it looks dreamy and I'm sure you will make the right choice on the cedar shingles. Thank you so much for featuring my dinner party post. You are a sweet friend. And I love looking at all the other posts you shared too! Some new ones for me to follow. Happy Sunday.


Sunday 15th of May 2022

Thank you Mary. It was a pleasure!