Red Dirt Farm and Studio

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Hello, and Welcome to Red Dirt Farm and Studio.

Hi, I’m Kim and I have been married to my best friend for over thirty years.  We live in a 1930’s cottage-style farmhouse in Central Virginia. We have been renovating and building an addition to our home for the past few years, and probably will be for a few more.

I am a maker and I am also a small-scale flower and chicken farmer.

Mr. Red Dirt is the down to earth smart business-oriented mind.  Me – I’m the head in the clouds, day-dreamer.

Long ago, in another life, I worked for a financial firm.  Completely miserable and out of my element, I eventually left to pursue work that felt more authentic to who I am.

My creative spirit set sail and I have been fortunate to explore many different paths. My home has always been my sanctuary.  A sweet farmhouse and a lovely purple studio where I create art sits under the shade of an old pecan tree at the back of our property.  It has been unused for a number of years.  I currently carve out space to paint and create in the house, usually at the kitchen table.

I like to work with different media.  I started out working with metal, mostly creating garden art.  Then, one year my husband purchased a kiln for me because I was interested in working with glass. I worked with glass for several years.

I used to travel selling my work at art shows and festivals.  Eventually, I gave that up so that my time was available to help care for my mother who had Alzheimer’s.  It was a 15-year journey that left me mentally and physically drained. When my mother passed it rocked me to my core.  I stopped creating and making – my soul was broken for a very long time.  During this time I suffered a head and shoulder injury and then was diagnosed with an Auto-immune disorder.

I turned to my gardens to get my heart and soul and physical being back in alignment.  I cried a river of tears while tending my flowers and through the heartbreak, I was experiencing, time spent gardening and in nature revived my spirit.  I decided to pursue my life-long dream of selling flowers at a little road-side stand here at the farm.

In 2020, I picked up a paintbrush for the first time, I am teaching myself to paint, and I am so full of joy and happiness again.

My work is light-hearted folksy style, heavily influenced by my love of color, nature and animals, in particular birds.

 I run a small roadside farm stand and art wagon on our property, selling fresh eggs and flowers and my paintings and other items I make.

I care for my animals and my flowers the same way, using nature as a guide, no chemicals, no pesticides for the plants, and no harmful antibiotics or steroids, for the animals; lots of love and taking the bad with the good.

Here I share stories and photos of my life and the things I cook and make, but this is not a how-to or a DYI, kind of blog. It is more like a letter written to a friend.  Please, introduce yourself and join along in the conversation, that’s what makes blogging fun for me.

We are blessed to live a beautiful life full of love and respect.  It isn’t always pretty or easy; actually,  caring for this small farm is a lot of hard work and there is never a day off.

And that my friends, is what this blog is about, my life here on the farm, and of course the things I make.

 

Join along as the adventures continue.

XO

Kim

Just a little view of my everyday life here at Red Dirt farm.

19 thoughts on “Welcome to Red Dirt Farm and Studio

  1. Staci says:

    What a lovely post! I won’t be getting Martha’s award any time soon either – too many other good things to do. 🙂 I didn’t know you rescued animals. Wow! Something I’d love to do at some point…..

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  2. Staci – life is too short to spend all your time cleaning house! Yep, my rescue babies got out of hand, we had 26 cats and 11 dogs at our highest point. They gave me so much joy, but it was a lot of work and very costly. I think you have your hands full with all your lovely chickens!

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  3. Debra says:

    Oh Kim~I am so glad you are showing your wonderful art work. I am totally blown away by it. Have you submitted to any Stampington magazines? If not, you need to. Your mixed media jewelry and your art is glorious. I love the white bird in your header photo-is that a stitched design or chalk? PLEASE show more of your work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Love, Debra

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    1. Debra, I can not begin to tell you how much your kind words mean to me. I have an issue with not believing in my work and don’t promote it at all, or very little. I’ve rarely shared it on social media for fear I would sound like a commercial – or worse make a fool out of myself. I would love to share it with the Stampington Group, but I’m a chicken. New promise to myself to be brave and work on this. So your words of encouragement mean the world to me. I so respect your art work and will cherish your praise. Thank you, Kim

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      1. Debra says:

        Yes-you really need to submit-have no fear, you really are a very fine artist.

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      2. I so appreciate your message of encouragement, I hear it and I almost feel it in my heart.

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  4. Beki says:

    Hi Kim – thank you for coming to visit my blog today. I love yours, and the idea of living in a colourful cottage with a tribe of rescued animals sounds like heaven! I look forward to seeing more of your posts 🙂
    Beki

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  5. You are an extraordinary person.

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    1. What a generous and beautiful thing to say. Thank you.

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  6. Jodee says:

    What a beautiful photo of an even more beautiful cottage! It has such a charm!

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    1. Jodee – Thank you for stopping by and leaving a lovely comment. We think it is charming, but we might just be bias. Peace and blessing to you. Kim

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  7. P.E.A.C.E. says:

    Just lovely! So glad I’ve happened upon your delightful blog. I can quickly see it is a place I will look forward to visiting. Warm wishes, Gina

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    1. Welcome Gina – I hope you do visit from time to time and let me know your thoughts. xo Kim

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  8. Cindy La Ferle says:

    I’m an artist with two furry rescued babies, too. One of our cars, Izzie, was a feral kitten running in our neighborhood when she ran under the tire of a neighbor’s car. Luckily, my husband helped the neighbor retrieve the kitten (Izzie) from underneath the car and brought her home to me.

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    1. Hi Cindy – Hooray for your husband rescuing Izzie. I enjoy your blog and your art work. Thanks for stopping by.

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  9. I have to tell you, that photo of your house stays with me and inspires me through times of doubt, when I question whether any of my dreams will come true. And let’s hear it for creative chaos!

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  10. karen says:

    So happy for you…new adventures await. It will be so fun to have a full farm…lots of animals, Ethyl and Miss Lucy will be jealous at first but will learn to have a great time with all their new friends. Hope you heal fast and can get back to your art.

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  11. Mrs. N in Japan says:

    I got teary reading this ….and the having to create-I get that. Really get that. Just lovely and heartwarming post…I am going to love it at Red Dirt Farm….honestly one of the good things about this new year was finding this blog. Can’t rightly explain it but I just really feel blessed by finding it. xo

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  12. christyg02 says:

    I’m so glad that I found your blog. I love chickens and flowers, and have dreams of being a flower farmer and having a flock of pet chickens. Your photos are beautiful and Lucy is adorable. Red Dirt Farm looks like paradise!

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