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Dirt Road Adventures – Happy Winter

Happy Winter! What have you been doing this week?

We arrived home from the New Year’s weekend at the beach to finish removing all signs of Christmas from the house. I have a pile to donate and lots of blank spaces that need to be restyled for winter.

We celebrated my husband’s birthday with thrift store shopping and dinner with friends.

I hope your first week of 2023 has been great!

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

Cleaning and putting away the remainder of Christmas decor filled the first few days of 2023.

Then I had an idea for a project, and off to the thrift stores we went.

Although we found many great items, I didn’t find what I was searching for. The only thing we brought home was this Kennedy Rocker, a great deal at Christian Outreach Center. This will increase seating on our front porch.

Wedding Weekend

We then traveled to Greenville, SC, for a wedding weekend. The wedding and reception were beautiful. Several of our friends attended, and we had a wonderful time.

Here are a few of us enjoying beautiful weather on the bridge over Falls Park on the Reedy.

In Case You Missed It

One of my first repurposed projects in the farmhouse was this lantern made from a broken light fixture.

Also, I wanted to share another lantern repurposed from a light fixture inspired by my makeover. One of my subscribers, Debra Stagg, sent me the sweetest message and shared how she had used one of my tutorials to make this lantern. It’s stunning. Thank you, Debra, for sharing.

Another trash-to-treasure project was repurposing an old silverware box into a convenient remote control caddy.

And finally, I shared my Top 10 Tips For Successful Thrift Store Shopping. This includes some furniture transformations and before and after makeovers.

I feel blessed to receive another feature in Country Sampler Farmhouse Style Magazine. Our DIY greenhouse is featured in the Spring Issue, along with mentions of our repurposed chandelier and DIY apothecary cabinets.

It is an honor to receive this recognition for our hard work in a national magazine. You can find the magazine on newsstands now.

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

Master Gardener Stacy Ling shared How To Winter Sow Seeds Outdoors Like A Pro.

If you want great organizing ideas, be sure to see Simply 2 Mom’s How To Create A Garage Drop Zone.

You’ll love this easy tutorial to make a microwaveable heating pad.

Don’t miss these inspiring Word of The Month ideas from my friend CoCo.

What’s In My Cart

Just before we left for the beach, this new mattress topper arrived. When we got home, it was fully inflated, and we loved how comfortable it is.

I had wanted a memory foam mattress because my hips ache after sleeping on our current mattress. However, I couldn’t justify replacing an almost new mattress. Subrtex 3-inch memory foam mattress was an affordable solution.

Kim | Shiplap and Shells

Saturday 14th of January 2023

Congratulations on your magazine feature Rachel. Happy birthday to your hubby.


Sunday 15th of January 2023

Kim Thanks so much.


Saturday 14th of January 2023

Sorry, I'm so late in responding to this post, Rachel, my Dad has been in the hospital. Thanks so much for featuring my Word of the Month ideas, I really appreciate it. Love the picture of your hubs in the thrift store. It's so cute and congratulations on the feature! Your greenhouse is definitely one of my favorite spaces in all of blog land, CoCo


Saturday 14th of January 2023

CoCo, No worries. I hope your dad is doing Okay! Thank you for your sweet comments.

Jan Hebert

Monday 9th of January 2023

I love all of your ideas Rachel! Congratulations on the magazine article! I will definitely pick that issue up. Have you used Annie Sloane to paint metal file cabinets? My husband has a bunch of small to medium card files downstairs that I've got my eye on. Would love to try painting them. Your transformation of the silverware box is amazing! Jan in MA


Monday 9th of January 2023

Jan, Yes, I've painted a small metal file cabinet with Annie Sloan old white chalk paint. I recently shared it on my Top Thrift Store Shopping Tips. You can see the before and after. It's an old project so the images are bad, but you'll get the idea.


Sunday 8th of January 2023

Thanks so much for including us this week!


Monday 9th of January 2023

AnnMarie, You are so welcome.


Sunday 8th of January 2023

Happy birthday to Brad! My husband would never go thrifting with me for his birthday, haha! Also, big big congratulations on the magazine feature! I love your greenhouse! In fact, if you ever want build one here, you can come for a "vacation" in Maine! The rocking chair was a great score, and I love our memory foam mattress topper!


Monday 9th of January 2023

Molly, As much as I want to visit Maine, I don't think you can rely on us to build the greenhouse. LOL. It was such a challenge. Thanks so much.