Red Dirt Farm and Studio

Living a creative life artist farmer dreamer

  I feel like one of the cats curled in the beams streaming through the window, seeking warmth.  Beyond the glass, across the lawn heavy frost sparkles.

The thermometer read minus 5 this morning before sunrise.  Pipes are frozen at the kitchen sink, as is the faucet outdoors we use to water the animals.  This means hauling water from another part of the house, out to the barnyard.

It is too cold to stock the cooler with eggs at the farm stand – they will freeze, I’ve left word for folks to come to the house to get their eggs.  Only a few will do so, I think most rather the convenience and anonymity of using the farm stand.


I just wanted to pop in and wish you all Happy New Year.  I hope you celebrated with love in your heart and dear ones near.
























Pleased with a new rooster calendar and sunlight streaming through the window and blankets piled high.

Eggs that form the shape of a heart in the frying pan.

Peacocks that watch through the window while I sketch and cats that try to lay on top of my work as I embroider.

  Golden dishes from Germany, France and Czechoslovakia sparkle in the evening light.  Surf and turf with the love of my life.

  A cat in the lap and a snake on the chippy white table.  A wonderfully quiet new year’s eve was ours.


Grateful for this day and a new year with new beginnings.

12 thoughts on “embroidering sketches and golden vintage china from around the world

  1. says:

    I hope that’s not a REAL snake. I don’t do snakes. And what about that pet door in the window? Is that how all the barnyard critters get in the house?


    1. Linda – that is the chubby cat door. We had a normal cat door in the wall, but our sweet Buddy kept growing. We put in a larger cat door, but he couldn’t fit through it. So we found the extra large chubby cat door that goes through the window – there is a special cat porch that Mr. Cottage built out there. The chickens hang out on it as does the peacock. Yes, we have had, raccoons, possum, owls, rabbits, squirrels and stray cats come through at various times. It provides non-stop entertainment for us – it has a lock so you can keep unwanted visitors out – but alas that broke a long time ago. That’s my pet snake – it belonged to my mother. xo kim


  2. Sarah West says:

    Wishing you a Happy new year and hope it gets warmer soon! Sarah x


    1. Happy New YEar to you Sarah. We are in for a long cold spell it would seem… Brrrr xo kim


  3. Debra says:

    I’m thinking a pet snake is a fake snake, so that totally fits you. I had a pet alligator my son and I named Harry. He’s probably still around somewhere in a box. “Here, Harry!”
    You are drawing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!I love this. Love the sketch and your creative take on it. Keep it UP!!!
    You had an owl come in through the chubby cat door??? How amazing!
    Happy New year my friend…


    1. Debra – you nailed the fake snake. I do think he/she needs a name and a story. Maybe my fake snake will come visit Harry! Debra I’m working on bringing my creative self back to life, I’m planning on sharing more of that here on the blog. I haven’t found my “community” yet, so I thank you for your support. Years ago, I had gone to bed and Mr. Cottage had fallen asleep in front of the TV, he was woken by the horrible screeching sound, he said the hair stood up on the back of his neck. The owl flew up to the top of the kitchen cabinets. It was a circus event with Mr. Cottage and at least a dozen of our cats trying to catch it. I slept through the whole thing (those were the good ole days) I surely wouldn’t sleep through that much ruckus these days. Anyway the next morning I came down and it looked like we had been robbed and ransacked – broken debris everywhere, feathers and fur. Oh my… xo kim


  4. Lisa Stamper Meyer says:

    Happy New Year! We are hunkered down here in Texas too. Not quite as bad as you guys, but cold enough for all of the furries to get into the bed and hang around the house all day. Stay warm!


    1. Happy New Year Lisa! It certainly is snuggle with the fur babies weather. Sending you warm weather dreams. Xo kim


  5. LaDy says:

    Happy New Year!

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    1. Happy happy to you too. Sending you warm wishes and hugs. Xo kim


  6. D.A. Squires says:

    Happy New Year, Kim! Wonderful way to ring in the new year… creativity is such a respite and reward and you have so many talents… hope the coop is heated for the girls : ) It’s a bit chilly for FL, but we cannot complain!


  7. Ah! Well… I was all in suspense about the snake. lol
    Come to think of it, we have pet snakes, too…
    Your home looks like a very inviting and fun place to be, even during a wild winter storm.

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