Red Dirt Farm and Studio

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coupon date

Kim of Red Dirt Farm and Studio

I received a coupon in the mail for $10.00 off my meal at a not so local, local restaurant.

The restaurant is in another county over.

Mr. Cottage said lets spend Sunday doing the rounds.

We haven’t done the rounds in a long time.

Don’t let your mind wander too far into the gutter.

The rounds include driving the back country roads and taking in the beautiful scenery.

Hitting the antique shops, lunch at the $10.00 off restaurant and finally a few thrift stores.

A few of our finds from the day.

Chinese Currency from the 1940's

Chinese Currency from the 1940’s

Mr. Cottage spotted this pile of Chinese money from the 1940’s.


Vintage needle kit


I love the graphics on this old Clark’s thread box.


A basket full of old lace and tatting.


Vintage fabric – oooh aaahhh


It has a bird on it, so it must go home with  me.

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Poor Cock Robin printed in the 1800’s.   The graphics are stunningly colorful and beautiful.   A child’s tale, a wee bit on the sad side.


More birds – these are from the Ogden cigarette company which was a branch of the Imperial Tobacco Co. of Great Britain and Ireland.


Ogden Cigarette cards from the 1920’s.



Will’s Cigarettes – Butterfly cards also from the 1920’s.  I enjoy the back with the typeset almost as much as the images on the front.

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These are the stuff of my mixed media dreams.  My creative thoughts are swirling with the possibilities.

What a grand day Mr. Cottage and I had on our coupon date.

I’m off to play with my new stash.

See you later,



23 thoughts on “coupon date

  1. says:

    If the lace and tatting could talk, oh the stories they would tell.


    1. Do you think they would be tattling?


      1. says:

        Definitely, but I wouldn’t tell.


  2. Sarah says:

    That looks a grand day out! I love those vintage bits, the book looks so old. Sarah x


    1. Sarah – It was a grand and wonderful day being with the one I love. That book makes my heart smile. xok


  3. Oh, what wonderful treasures you found! I can’t wait to see how you work them into your art, KIm!


    1. Thank you Kristin – I’ve already started to transform the butterfly cards. They whisper sweet little things to my heart. Hope you and your family are well. xok


  4. Debra says:

    The bird in the coffin has me still smiling!!! I LOVE your treasures! You and I have the same taste in stuff. You must have had a wonderful day-my hubby and I plan to do the same antique store hopping very soon. It would be fun to go together with you and your hubby! Maybe someday….Thank you for your nice comment at my art blog. So far I am very STUCK as far as design-I am not very original-my pictures in my head are not matching up with what I’m making. I think I’m in a rut or artist’s block maybe..I don’t like it!!


    1. Oh Debra a fun antique hook up with be lovely. Charles and I used to go up to Pennsylvania regularly to the big antique extravaganzas and the auction houses. That was back when I owned a big antique mall and auction house. My family is from PA, so it was a twofer. I miss those days. That is as far north as we went though.
      I know about feeling stuck and the more you try to force it the worse it gets. My minds eye never quite turns into reality. AND since I can’t follow directions I don’t have a go to for following. It is what makes your art unique. Relish the moment and think spring planting. Thinking of Sam and Titus – hope they are pool hoping! xok


      1. Debra says:

        Thank you , Kim-I needed some encouragement! Maybe it’s just cabin fever…I was born in Pa-on a dairy farm.
        It’s just getting above zero today, so Sam and Titus are inside-again!
        Take care!!! 🙂


  5. artsychicksw says:

    Such great finds! Have fun with them and be sure to share what you create 🙂


    1. Sara – I’ve started some designs with the butterfly cards, should be showing later this week. AND I will be driving myself to the Dr. tomorrow, so I should be getting your package out to you. Now, do I have your address? I have to go look through my messages. xo


      1. artsychicksw says:

        If you don’t have it here’s my address:
        390 Thousand Acres Rd.
        Montreal MO 65591

        And, I haven’t forgotten about the cuff, just haven’t decided yet and have to wait until I get paid again next week. You can hold the earrings if you want so you only have to mail once.


  6. ha ha – you crack me up. Looks like you had a wonderful time and found so many treasures!!


    1. Staci – glad you got my sense of humor. Had a great time.


  7. bentwhimsstudio says:

    I love your goodies and you’ll have to tell me where you went! 😉


    1. Hi Caroline – we went first to that place in Gordonsville, that looks like it should be closed, and then the red barn in Ruckersville, that looks like it should be closed – LOL! The Goodwill in Ruckersville is my favorite one in our area – I always find treasures there for a reasonable price. It was a good day. 🙂


      1. You’re right, they do look like they should be closed! Sometimes you can find the best stuff in places like that even though you wonder if it’s safe to go in. It’s been a while since I’ve gone that way, will have to do it soon but need to use up the stash I’ve already collected before I can get more -lol! 🙂


      2. Really? You are supposed to use up what you already have – I don’t go by that rule! HA LOL


  8. Wow!! Your finds are amazing! Lots of lovely goodies to craft with. I love the old cigarette cards – they’re like little works of art. I have a stash of them too, though mine are from the fifties and the writing on the back isn’t as pretty. I can’t wait to see what you make with your finds! 🙂


    1. We have the same taste don’t we? It is fun to see that we can cross the world, and still collect similar items. Fun!


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