Red Dirt Farm and Studio

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You can feel it.

The earth is ready to shake off her winter blanket.  There are quiet stirrings and subtle shuffling of the layers.

The robins are singing sweetly at sunup.

The scent in the air is different too.




















I was out on the back porch at 5 am with That Cat, it was cold and very dark, Wyatt was loudly crowing and off in the backwoods, our resident owl was hooting and screaming.  It is thrilling and will make your hair stand up straight.  I am completely captivated by owls, it has long been my desire to capture one with the camera.  I’ve seen them when I didn’t have my camera, but mostly I hear them and don’t see them.  Down in Florida in the area where our place in the sun is located, the city builds roosting bars and installs them in the fields where they rope off their nesting grounds.  They are burrowing owls, and I see their nesting spots everywhere – I’ve never seen the owls.  One day I will, and I’ll have my camera ready…


I always put the cart before the horse, or so says he.  So it, therefore, shouldn’t be surprising that although the master bathroom is far from being finished.  I’ve started adding my touches.

A small scrap of gift wrapping paper, with butterflies, it was my mom’s – just enough to line the drawers of the bathroom vanity.  Simple, but it makes me smile.


Hickory hardwood flooring.

It was purchased almost two years ago and has been sitting in boxes, stacked in the house waiting to be installed.  Mr. Cottage has made fabulous progress this past week.  All those home improvement tv shows that make the installation look so easy – not so much.  Fake.  Don’t be fooled.  Or maybe it is because all the people they show doing it are most definitely under 50,  and they aren’t recovering from 2 knee replacements and a blown shoulder.  Just sayin’.  One board, that’s all I’ve done, it was enough.

I found three boxes of Amaryllis that I purchased months ago, I forgot about them.  I planted the bulbs wondering if they were still alive – much to my surprise, within a day, the Red Lion had reared its head and within a week, it is blooming.  The other two, which I believe are Miranda or is it Minerva, yeah I think that’s it,  are taking their time but they are growing and I expect blooms on them in a few weeks.

Flour sack towels with my images printed on them, bright and cheerful soon available for purchase.  I started stamping the eggs again, they read – Red Dirt Farm, Fresh Laid and little hearts.  I stopped doing it after one of my customers left an ugly remark about the stamps.  I decided not to let one poopy pants ruin it for the rest of us.

We had such mild temperatures this week, but with crazy high winds.  I feel so grateful that our weather has mostly been inconvenient, compared to the heartbreaking stuff I see on the news across the country, tornadoes, and floods and crazy snow.  Just as our magnolia is thinking about blooming, temperatures have dipped again, it is always a hold your breath and see if the flowers will get damaged or not.  The old pear tree, which variety I do not know, is showing signs of growth, meanwhile, the Asian pears are still slumbering.  I sat out on the grass with Boo and chickens yesterday and marveled at the blue sky.  I watched a hawk soaring way high in the sky far over the field across from us, even though he was far away the chickens were quite nervous and all ran and took cover.  A couple of airplanes flew overhead and I wondered where are those people going, or are they coming back?  Con-trails drifted away, as did my thoughts.  I got up with a wet bottom, it looked like I had an accident in my pants.  Even those highs winds we had this week were not enough to dry out the soil from the constant rains we have had. I cut a few bouquets of daffodils and forsythia and brought them inside.  The scent is spring for sure.

Be well my friends and oh – Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

xo Kim

21 thoughts on “Red Lion Renovation Projects

  1. Lyn says:

    Never miss your email. It warms my day and I look so forward to it. What progress you two have made to complete your home. I love all your critters to see how their fairing,, plants trees in bloom and all your photos etc. it’s just fantastic . You two are fantastic. God bless you.

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    1. Ah that – comments like that make it for me. Being an introvert and completely awkward socially, blogging is my way of connecting with people, thank you for reading along and leaving your kind comment. You made my day. xo kim


  2. LaDy says:

    The master is coming along nicely. Love the vivid colors. The butterfly paper from your mom made me smile too. My Grandmommy comes back to me as a butterfly all of the time. Butterflies makes me smile. xo

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    1. You know, I remember you saying your Grandmommy came to you as butterflies – such a sweet and comforting thought. My mom shows up in little feathers, drifting in the air. Sometimes it is hard to know it is her, with all the feathers that drift around here – yet I do. Smiling all around. xo kim


  3. pennross says:

    Who did you have do the printing on the tea towels? The images look great!. I’m thinking of doing a t-shirt for my kids books (just for me to wear during the upcoming art show) but I don’t want the vinyl type of printing….just plain ink.

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    1. Penny – I printed them myself. I was thinking about doing some t’s too – however the packaging (Avery) for the transfer – said something about stretchy fabric – maybe it doesn’t hold up as well? I will say they do have a little of that vinyl feel – but I think after washing a few times that will improve. I can’t justify the cost of screen printing by a professional. I wasn’t sure how they would turn out, but all in all, I’m pleased. Hopefully, other people will find them appealing too. xo kim


  4. Debra says:

    Your tea towels are beautiful. This was a sweet post-love seeing the critters, your flowers, and of course, hearing about what you’re up to.

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    1. Why Thank you, Debra – nice of you to pop in and say hello. I have enjoyed working on those towels, they make me happy. xo kim


  5. Kris P says:

    You’ve got a lot of irons in the fire! I love your use of the wrapping paper as drawer liner, especially as it has an important connection for you. My husband and I have a major remodel in the offing and I’m terrified.

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    1. Hi Kris – we do have too many irons – such is life sometimes. I’m so glad I had that little bit of paper when I open my drawer to get my toothbrush, I just smile thinking about my mom, and that’s a good way to start the day. Since we have been going through our remodel and addition for a few years now, and it has been nothing shy of a horror story from top to bottom, I can appreciate your fear. It shouldn’t be that way, we were excited when the process began, and our reality quickly shattered that dream! Good luck to you. xo kim


  6. Jeannie says:

    Love, love, love the hardwood flooring. It is a beautiful color. I have hardwood and it is so much easier to clean than carpets. I have wondered if the videos were making it look easy – now I know the truth.

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    1. Hi Jeannie – Sorry to be so slow. We love hardwood flooring too, not into carpet especially with all the animals we have. Yeah, easy – not so much for these old folks, but I think my husband had done an amazing job, still have the second floor to do… xo kim

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  7. DA Squires says:

    Cannot help but envy the scent and feel of spring around the corner… if there is spring in FL, it is far too subtle for me! You and Mr. Cottage are amazing… undeterred and moving forward : ) Everything looks so cheerful–love the colors in the master bath (and smiled to spy a familiar book cover…hoping you have or will soon make it to ‘Cooped Up’ : ) I would adore being able to stop by your farm stand… do ignore that comment… how does this person not know that the opportunity to purchase stamped fresh eggs is a privilege??!! It is SO wonderful to watch spring arrive at red Dirt Farm… daffodils, forsythia, chickens, blue sky and soggy bottoms are what spring is all about. xoxo

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    1. Spring, just the word makes your heart happy – after a long cold winter. I know Florida is different, and yet, when we visit, I do notice the subtleties. Wondering how much I would miss the change of seasons here in Virginia if we lived in Florida full time, it’s on my mind. Yes, that special book is being enjoyed right now and can’t wait to share with everyone here. xo kim


  8. Annie says:

    Having missed much of the beginnings of your addition, I went back to catch up to appreciate the full picture. All I can say is..WOW! You’ve navigated some stormy seas and come far. Camera angles here make it look 90% done. Love those eggs!

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    1. Hi Annie – we have weathered more stormy seas that I can even say here. Moving forward though, and seeing the light at the end of the tunnel as they say. Now, that spring is around the corner, we want to spend all of our time outside working and not in the house – always something to pull you away. xo kim

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  9. lindasschaub says:

    Hmm – I just passed your website on to someone Kim and see I missed this post … where was I? I am happy to see you are moving forward with the renovation so you have more time to spend outside … if it ever gets Spring-y – we are not Spring-y here by a long shot!

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    1. Hi Linda – thanks for passing my blog on that is kind. I also notice you followed my photography blog, which I haven’t posted to in years – I could never get any interest with readers, so I kind of abandoned it. I miss post all the time so you aren’t alone. 🙂 Spring is here today, who knows tomorrow morning might be frosty again. March madness rollercoaster weather! Sending warm thoughts of spring your way. xo kim

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      1. lindasschaub says:

        Thanks for telling me Kim – I like your photos, so I thought I would enjoy it. OK, so I did not miss the post. I couldn’t figure out how I did. Also, I sent fellow blogger Joni ( your way a few months ago and she had not commented either and she usually does. We’re having an ugly Saturday – an all day rain beginning tonight. Trekking around on Sunday likely won’t be fun … more than likely a sog fest. Thanks for the Spring thoughts – we need them, no green here in my neck of the woods.

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  10. says:

    I knew that photo was fake — you installing wood flooring, indeed. Yeah, one board. My brother had to use knee cushion thingies you strap on. Both he and I have one knee replacement. His installation was a b**ch, too, because the boards weren’t all the same thickness. Can you imagine? He complained so loudly to Lowes or Home Depot, I forget, that they removed it from their catalog. Your Hellebore ??? flower photo was gorgeous. Branding your eggs, how cute. The poopy pants who complained might have been having a bad day but he/she can always buy eggs elsewhere. What does a little rubber stamp matter? Just crack the egg with the rubber stamp in the palm of your hand. Sheesh. We do a lot of breath holding over our azaleas. They invariably get dashed by a freeze or heavy rain.

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  11. Those hardwood floors are so beautiful and I am proud that Charles has done so well with them, but there has been a painful price to pay. He has those knee pads too, but his knees are so bad, he can’t bend down and put weight on them. So frustrating. Yes, we know about the boards being a different thickness and width – ugh lots of swear words. Hope your azaleas are blooming by now.


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