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Dirt Road Adventures – Welcome September

Happy Sunday, and welcome to Dirt Road Adventures and welcome September. 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.

I hope you are having a wonderful Labor Day Weekend. We are spending the weekend at our beach cottage.

Actually, I’ve been here for over a week because I came early for our annual Girls Beach Weekend.

Brad and Rudy joined me on Tuesday, and we survived the tropical storm Idalia. We had lots of rain, high winds, and a power outage for several hours. Otherwise, we were fortunate compared to those areas south of us. We are praying for all those less fortunate along the Atlantic Coast and in Florida.

Rudy spent much of the storm hiding in the bathroom. Once it was over, he was exhausted and slept the day away.

Rudy at beach cottage for Dirt Road Adventures

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Adventures at the End of the Dirt Road

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

Most of last week was spent walking, dining out, and shopping. All the beach neighbors were here for the weekend, and we will all gather this evening for our annual Hot Dog Supper.

Thrifting Adventures

While visiting Wilmington, I always have to check in to one of my favorite shops, Ivy Cottage. They are a consignment shop, and the inventory is ever-changing.

I found one new piece of vintage copper to add to my growing collection. Although the new piece looks right at home on the DIY Pegboard Shelf, it will most likely show up in the farmhouse kitchen.

Copper Pieces on DIY pegboard rack

In addition, I love this old pine cupboard. The price is reasonable, but I’m worried about transporting it from Wilmington to Asheboro. Still thinking about it.

They had several fall decor pieces and a few great baskets that I’m still considering.

In Case You Missed It

It was a great week on the blog. We explored many money saving decor and storage solutions. Fall decorating with inexpensive collectibles and more.

Easy Small Kitchen Storage Solutions That Are Affordable

Affordable Small Kitchen Storage Solutions

Affordable Small Kitchen Storage Solutions

We recently discovered a storage solution to utilize some unusable cabinet space. It was such a simple solution and with minimum cost.


15 Antique Rustic Fall Decor Ideas with Amber Glass Bottles

15 Antique Rustic Fall Decor Ideas with Amber Glass Bottles

15 Antique Rustic Fall Decor Ideas with Amber Glass Bottles

I will share 15 ideas for using amber bottles to create beautiful, festive fall décor. Whether you are looking for a simple way to add a touch of autumn to your home or you want to create more elaborate vignettes and centerpieces, these ideas will inspire you.


How to Give Your Old Lamp a New Look (With Easy DIY Tips)

Easy DIY Tips To Give Old Lamp a New Look

Easy DIY Tips To Give Old Lamp a New Look

This lamp transformation is an easy and inexpensive DIY project that will inspire you to hold on to those old lamps.


Pottery Barn Inspired Basket Tray For Less

Cheap and Easy DIY Pottery Barn Inspired Basket Tray Tutorial

Cheap and Easy DIY Pottery Barn Inspired Basket Tray Tutorial

Have you seen the Pottery Barn Basket Tray for Fall? It caught my eye immediately, and you know I’m not going to pay $129.00 for a basket tray. Therefore, the hunt was on for supplies to make a Pottery Barn Hack.


Free DIY Bird Deterrent Device That Works

Free DIY Bird Deterrent Device That Works

Free DIY Bird Deterrent Device That Works

If you’d like a bird deterrent device that works, you will love this free bird scare device tutorial.

Birds can be a nuisance, but there are ways to keep them away without harming them.


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

I love how KariAnne made this cute Dollar Tree DIY Wreath with Pumpkins.

These are some great tips and suggestions from Julia on Choosing Rest.

It’s not mum season yet, but I’ve pinned all these fabulous Fall Mum Ideas.

You don’t want to miss Wendy’s Creative Dried Floral Wall Arrangements.

I can’t wait to try CoCo’s Recipe for Easy Salted Carmel Apple Dump Cake.

Wait until you see Jennifer’s DIY Mushroom Cap Bowls made with Air Dry Clay. Jennifer is so talented.

It’s harvest time, and Stacy shares How to preserve tomatoes for year-round use.

Pre-order Stacy's new book

My friend Stacy has written a book, and you can pre-order A Beautiful & Easy-Care Flower Garden. This is a great gift and perfect for starting to plan your garden next winter when the book is released.

Mark your calendars! Based on Barbara Hinske’s book, Guiding Emily premieres 9/8/23 on Hallmark Movies.

Help us spread the word to support the Foundation for the Blind.

It’s such an inspiring message and if you’ve not read the book, you can find Guiding Emily Here.

What’s In My Cart

As Fall is rapidly approaching, I’m looking for Autumn Decor and DIY Supplies.

These are my favorite DIY Tools and Supplies that I keep on hand.

I just received this new coffee table book “Curate: Inspiration for an Individual Home” and I love it.

I’m loving this Fall Wreath.

This maple leaf-lighted garland is stunning.

This Spode Dish Set is perfect for Thanksgiving.

I’ve added these sunglasses to my wish list.

I added earrings to my cart, and these pearl earrings just arrived.

I’ve added this bracelet to my birthday wish list.

Here are some of my other Fall Favorites.

Dirt Road Adventures - Fall Favorites

Thanks for stopping by today. Have a wonderful Labor Day!

Wendy McMonigle

Monday 4th of September 2023

Hi Rachel. I am so glad you survived the storm without any damage. It is so sad for so many. Loved all of your thrifting finds, I do love that pine cabinet. Thank you for shaing my wall arrangement post.


Monday 4th of September 2023

Wendy, thank you so much. I appreciate you.


Sunday 3rd of September 2023

Rachel, I'm glad that the hurricane did not cause too much damage at your place. That's such a cute picture of Rudy! Our little dog always stuck close to us whenever we had unusual weather. Our pets always seem to know when something is not quite right.

That pine cabinet is lovely and I hope that you go back to that shop and bring it home with you!

Have a great week! Fall is such a lovely time of the year. We enjoy seeing the leaves change color.


Monday 4th of September 2023

Mary-Ann, Thank you for stopping by. It is funny how dogs are so intuitive. They get to safe spot. I hope you have a wonderful day.


Sunday 3rd of September 2023

I'm so glad you escaped major damage from the storm. What a blessing. I'm sure poor Rudy was glad once it was over.

I hope you are enjoying your long holiday weekend, Rachel!


Sunday 3rd of September 2023

Jen, I really appreciate this. Thanks.


Sunday 3rd of September 2023

so glad to hear you made it through Idalia with minimal problems. I would have been joining Rudy in the bathroom for the whole time! The cabinet is amazing!!


Sunday 3rd of September 2023

Debra, I really appreciate this.

Mary from Life at Bella Terra

Sunday 3rd of September 2023

Rachel, so glad you survived the hurricane. Thanks for sharing the Guiding Emily movie premier on Sept.8. Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend!


Sunday 3rd of September 2023

Mary I really appreciate this.