Red Dirt Farm and Studio

Small Farm Living Art, Photos and Stories

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…

We added an in-law suite for my Dad.  Halfway through the project my dad changed his mind and decided he did not want to move to the country.  We are devasted by his decision.  We are working to complete this project and to get our lives back on track.

Maybe we will see the completion of this project in 2020-2021.


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

Home to artist Kim and husband Mr. Red Dirt,  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. Red Dirt 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. 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…..


  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. 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


    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


      1. Debra says:

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


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


  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 🙂


  5. You are an extraordinary person.


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


  6. Jodee says:

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


    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


  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


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


  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.


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


  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!


  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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