our story

Once upon a time, our place and this blog were known as Coral Cottage.


Now – Red Dirt Cottage at Red Dirt Farm   We have been renovating and adding an addition to our house for the past few years, and we aren’t finished yet.

After my Mom passed away in 2014, my Dad asked if he could come live with us, and we agreed.  We would have to make some repairs and renovate the house to accommodate him, first.  It has been a very slow, labor-intensive project, as we have tried to do most of the work ourselves.  We have been drained, physically, mentally and financially trying to make this happen.  We love our home and we love our family, in the end, all the blood, sweat and tears will be worth it, but there are a lot of days we wonder what we have gotten ourselves into…

For Dad, we have added a bedroom and bathroom, his own kitchen and living area, with a nice back porch.  For us, a new master bedroom and a new guest bathroom upstairs.

Maybe we will see the completion of this project in 2018.


Our farmhouse is a 1930’s cottage style farmhouse, in central Virginia.

Home to artist Kim and husband Mr. Cottage,  4 cats,  3 peacocks,   about 70 chickens and a couple of roosters.  We also have two senior rescue dogs that complete our family.

Nope, I won’t get the homemaker of the year award, because my house is full of clutter, dust, cat and dog hair and lots of unfinished creative projects.  Not to mention a few chickens and a little rescue duck, that sometimes live in the house.

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

For over twenty years, I dedicated my time to animal rescue – cats and dogs.  Never, did I think that would include chickens but I’m happy to say we have several that we brought here and gave a second chance.   That has been very rewarding.

My purple studio where I create art sits under the shade of an old pecan tree at the back of our property.  Although in recent years my art has taken a bit of a back seat while I have been recovering from a head, neck and shoulder injury and subsequent surgery.  I love creating, and I guess I always will, in some shape or form.

 I run a small roadside farm stand on our property, selling fresh eggs and flowers and handmade goods.

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.

And that my friends, is what Red Dirt Cottage – formerly Life at Coral Cottage is all about.


Join along as the adventures continue.



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

18 thoughts on “our story

  1. 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…..


  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!


  3. 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


    • 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


  4. 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 🙂


  5. 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.


  6. 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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  7. 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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