Hi, I’m Kim and I have been married to my best friend for 32 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.
For as long as I can remember I have 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 a very rewarding experience.
My 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 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, flowers 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 learning to paint. I had a calling to paint, which I left unanswered until finally, I couldn’t deny it any longer. I am enjoying this time learning and playing with paint.
My work is light-hearted folksy style, heavily influenced by nature and my love for 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.
We are blessed to live a beautiful life full of love and respect. It isn’t always pretty or easy; actually, it is a tough life with lots and lots of work, but it is the life-style that makes me happiest.
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.
Just a little view of my everyday life here at Red Dirt farm.