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Dirt Road Adventures – The Count Down Is On!

Happy Sunday, and welcome to Dirt Road Adventures – The Count Down Is On. Each Sunday, 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.

Can you believe December is here? The days are already flying by, and the countdown to Christmas is on.

Our annual Christmas Party is this weekend, and the week ahead will be filled with last-minute decorating and lots of food preparation.

I don’t like to leave everything to the last minute and have already done most of the shopping.

I’ll share more details with you next Sunday, but now it’s time to take a look back at all things happening on the Dirt Road last week.

DIY Upcycled Old Book Page Christmas Village with inexpensive ceramic mini-houses.

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Adventures at the End of the Dirt Road

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

This past week was a mix of major and minor DIY projects, plus our Blogger’s Best Holiday Home Tours.

It’s funny because just when I think I’ve got everything decorated, I think of something else I was to add for the Holidays. So, if you saw my Christmas Curated Home Tour, it’s already looking different. The most major update is the Rustic Christmas Village Display.

I am so in love with how these inexpensive Christmas houses turned out. I hope you like them also.

In Case You Missed It

Shabby Chic Farmhouse DIY Mantel. Repurposed materials DIY Farmhopuse mantel.

DIY Shabby Chic Faux Fireplace Mantel with Repurposed Materials

Looking for a budget-friendly way to transform your living space? Check out our Shabby Chic Farmhouse Faux Fireplace DIY Mantel made with repurposed materials. If you want to embrace the charm of farmhouse living, consider adding a shabby chic farmhouse faux fireplace mantel. This project not only adds a touch of rustic elegance to your décor but also allows you to personalize your space with repurposed materials and creative touches.


Budget Christmas Decorations. Farmhouse Christmas decorating. Country Christmas tablescape.

Deck The Halls For Less: 10 Budget Christmas Decorating Ideas

Looking for ways to save money while decking the halls this holiday season? See my top 10 budget Christmas decorating ideas for all around your home. These 10 affordable, creative Christmas ideas are all budget-friendly ways to make your Christmas decorations look high-end on a dime.


Curated Country Farmhouse Christmas decorations. Vintage Christmas decorations.

Embrace the Charm of a Vintage Christmas: A Curated Home Tour

Welcome to our Curated Home Tour, filled with Vintage Farmhouse Christmas Charm. You are in the right place if you strive for a unique, curated home decorating style. Although our farmhouse is a new build, we have tirelessly aimed to create a warm, time-worn feel with antiques and vintage items collected over our lifetime. Today’s tour will inspire you to look beyond the decorating trends and create a home that is uniquely you.

Plus… See 30 Best Holiday Home Tours


DIY Orange and cedar topiaries. Farmhouse cow print. Sophie cow print.

DIY Real Cedar & Orange Topiaries

These DIY Real Cedar and Orange Topiaries are a sustainable and budget-friendly way to decorate for the Christmas season. Fill your home with the wonderful fragrance of live greenery and save money this holiday by following this easy step-by-step tutorial.


Upcycled Christmas village using old book pages. Magical Christmas village

How To Upcycle Old Book Pages Into A Magical Christmas Village

Do you love a magical Christmas Village displayed for the holidays? If so, you will love this idea to Upcycle Old Book Pages into a unique vintage style, old-world DIY Christmas Village display. You’ll never believe it’s made from inexpensive ceramic Christmas houses from Target. I know you will love this fun old Christmas decor transformation.


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

If you liked my DIY Christmas Village, you love seeing KariAnne’s ideas on How To Decorate For The Holidays With Christmas Villages.

Ann shared these creative bottle ideas for a Swedish-style Christmas.

I love this creative idea to Coat Fruit with Sugar that Amy shared.

See Kim’s fun DIY on How to Make Pinecone Napkin Rings.

I can’t wait to try Stacy’s Hot Spinach and Artichoke dip recipe.

Plus… all the amazing home tours that you don’t want to miss. See all the links here.

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Coming Soon

  • Adorable DIY Reindeer with Recycled Materials
  • Over 100 Ideas for Decorating for Christmas
  • Best Thrifting with the Gals for 2023
  • How To Host a Charcuterie Christmas Party
  • Best Appetizer Recipes for the Holidays
  • and whatever I dream up between now and then.

Have a wonderful week, and I look forward to sharing more adventures with you soon.

Diana McLean

Monday 4th of December 2023

Rachel. This fireplace is wonderful. I know it must give that cozy feeling to your home. Thank you for sharing.


Monday 4th of December 2023

Diana, I'm so glad you like it. We are beyond thrilled.


Sunday 3rd of December 2023

Thanks for sharing Rachel and have a a great time at your Christmas party👏🏻


Sunday 3rd of December 2023

Ann, You are welcome and thank you