Red Dirt Farm and Studio

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 Hope Y’all are well and had a good holiday.

Greetings from all the farm critters.












Foggy mornings, sunshiny days so much roller coaster weather and rain is on the way again…

After another set back with the farm stand situation – the vintage trailer leaked and all the displays were ruined and had to be pulled out.  We set up another tent, which we already had on hand and a new wooden cupboard, which displays the canned and handmade goods nicely.


The tile work on the renovation continues.  We are pleased with how it looks this time, so far…

Red Christmas tulips smell like spring-time.

I didn’t do much baking this year, one batch of cookies, which weren’t very pretty, but they tasted wonderful.

Spinach sausage bacon roll-ups recipe here.  Beyond yummy.

Soap making books came my way and the future is looking sudsy.  There is a lot for me to learn, and supplies to acquire.  Something for me to look forward to as winter settles in around us.

A quiet candlelight steak and baked potato Christmas eve dinner for Mr. Cottage and I.

I’m a wee tad under the weather.

I’ll be seeing you next year.


Thanks for stopping by today.

xo Kim

24 thoughts on “As winter settles in

  1. LaDy says:

    Loving the look of the decorations for sure! And, the shower is coming along nicely.
    Merry “belated” Christmas and a Happy New Year you two!

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    1. Merry Christmas LaDonna – wishing you and yours all the best for the new year. xo kim


  2. Pam says:

    Beautiful pictures as always! I love your house! It is so cozy looking. Here in Michigan winter has yet to come our way. It’s been pretty mild so far but I’m sure it will catch up with us in January!

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    1. Hi Pam – our weather has been so crazy – well really for the past year. We had that foot of snow the other week, and then very mild temperatures leading up to the days before Christmas. With the rain, we are supposed to have the next few days we should be setting records for the wettest year. I guess right now, I’ll take the rain over the snow.
      We like our cozy – messy home sweet home – not fancy – just like us.

      Wishing you mild weather as you go into the new year.
      xo kim

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  3. Ginny says:

    Kim, wishing you and Mr. Cottage all good things in 2019. You are such an inspiration to us all. Your tile work looks beautiful, great choice of colors! We are still in the 70’s in Florida, and hoping for a nip in the air soon. Best wishes, Ginny

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    1. Thank you for the well wishes and kind words, Ginny. Speaking of inspiration, thank you for the Angel book recommendation, I gave a copy to a friend who is going through cancer. She is so amazing with her grace and courage, strong belief in her God, oh how she inspires me. She loves the book.

      We are pleased with tile selection and application – that bathroom has been redone at least three times due to poor craftsmanship, I think it is finally right!

      I know we all want it to be cool for Christmas, but oh those 70’s sound so good to me.
      Xo kim


  4. lindasschaub says:

    Your house looks cozy Kim, with a chicken here or there and your colorful staircase with the dried flowers hanging up along the way – hope all is calm, not harried this time … sounds good with this contractor. Take care of yourself because you have to be there to sell eggs and handmade gifts at your new set-up and help Mr. Cottage heal to 100 percent as well. It looks like all the tree lights are on in this picture – you either turned the tree around or got new lights. 🙂

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    1. Hi Linda – We love our cozy messy, cat, dog and chicken filled house – it’s not for everyone and that’s ok. Oh and I love those dried flowers and peppers, but maybe it’s time to take them down and dust. The contractor didn’t show up for the second time this week… I wiggled the lights around and you may not be able to tell there are bare spots in the photos, but in person, it is quite obvious – or maybe that’s just to me. Oh well, life is too short for perfection – at least in this house 🙂 Thanks for stopping in. xo kim

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      1. lindasschaub says:

        You certainly have your hands full Kim and I hope things are better for you in 2019. Funny thing, I gave you Ruth Soaper’s blog site address last time as she makes soap … then I mentioned it to Ruth. She laughed and said she had been following you for a while after she saw some of your comments on my site. You two seem similar to me – crafty, resourceful and very down to earth. Best to you and Mr. Cottage and those pets in 2019.

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  5. I see the cat is unphased by a chicken sharing his perch on Mr. Cottage. Makes me laugh out loud. Glad you got a new farmstand set up. Am sure your customers are glad, too.

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    1. Merry belated Christmas Miss Linda – TC (that cat) does pretty well with the chickens until they get in his face and peck – which they do from time to time. They go after the eye movement – I know this as I have been a recipient of their eye-pecking and have gone to dr because of it.

      I’m glad about the new farm set up even if the tent is already leaking. The new cupboard is nice. I’d like to get a second one but Mr. Cottage says it was a pain in the you know what to assemble. Customers have been slow to come back… xo kim


  6. Debra says:

    Oh my friend-I’m so sorry about all the hard things you’ve gone through this year. But I applaud you for getting back up, dusting off your butt and going forward. It’s not wrong to feel disheartened. We are all here to cheer you onward! I’m so happy to see the soap books on your table!!!!!
    May the new year be one of new beginnings and joy…

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    1. Dear friend – thank you for supporting all my crazy daydreams. I’m wondering why I keep on sometimes.

      I’ve been watching lots and lots of soap making videos and reading and the more I do, the more I realize there is a lot to learn and expense in supplies – just like any art or crafting so one step at a time. Seems like making and learning about soap making is a good winter stuck in the house kind of occupation. Blessings for a good new year to you. xo kim


  7. DA Squires says:

    Dear Kim… I just opened my emails… and LOVED reading this post (and, of course, the photos of your darling cottage and residents : ) The ‘new’ farm stand looks great–I want to teleport and shop every week…if only!!! Loved the sense that things have steadied and calmer winds prevail, and that you are researching the soap making process… Always Forward as I tell myself (not infrequently!) Wishing you much happiness for the coming year…you so deserve a long stretch of fair weather… (and hope you will finish Fantastic Tails…you MUST read the chapter ‘Cooped Up’–Red Dirt Farm was THE inspiration!!!) xo Debbie

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    1. Hi Debbi e- Happy New Year! Always forward is a lovely thought, and I think I will remind myself of that – probably often. I’m feeling hopeful that this new year will bring calmer winds – or at least I will be able to steady myself a little better. I’m hoping to have some time as winter settles in more to catch up with my reading – with my eye problems reading is done in spurts – oh and my inability to concentrate longer than a minute… Hugs to you from us here at the farm. xo kim


  8. tonytomeo says:

    Merry Christmas! I am sorry that I missed it. I have a lot of catching up to do.

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    1. Merry merry to you too Tony. Happy New Year and here’s to a good growing season for us all. Best, Kim

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  9. kaddietucker says:

    Your house looks so “homey”…I love it! I’ve been in houses so sterile and decorated just so-so, that I’m afraid to sit down, let alone get comfortable.
    Enjoyed the pics, and hope you feel better soon.

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    1. Hi Kaddie – I know exactly what you mean about those sterile houses – I often see beautiful homes on blogs, and for half a second I wish my house looked nice like them, but then reality hits me where it counts and I think no way could we live like that and be happy. Speaking of happy – Happy New Year to you. xo kim

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      1. kaddietucker says:

        And Happy New Year to you, Kim. 🙂


  10. Annie says:

    The first thing I do before reading your blog is enlarge it on my computer because there’s so much to see in your photos and I don’t want to miss details. They are so organic and leave me wanting more. Happy New Year to you and all who share life with you on Red Dirt Farm.

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    1. Happy New Year Annie – you got me wondering is my blog layout ok? I just switched to a new theme and I forget that each computer displays things differently. Sometimes I’ll go to a blog and see photos that I wish were larger so I could see all the details, then I wonder if that is on purpose so that people can’t see all the details! I can’t tell you how happy my heart feels to hear you enjoy my photos. I waited a long time hoping to hear a reader tell me my photos were nice. Peaceful thoughts – xo kim

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      1. Annie says:

        I love your layout. If it was a book, I’d curl up in a cozy chair with a cup of tea and leaf through the pages.


  11. Mrs. N in Japan says:

    Somehow this did not load in my other device! Goodness!
    I just loved the photos! How beautiful and cozy.
    Hope you had an enjoyable holiday! I’m sorry I’m so late here.


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