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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

The Farmer's Wife

I have had the pleasure of knowing a talented lady, who recently opened a shop near Belview, Minnesota.  Kathy Alexander has been a friend for years.  She used to volunteer at the Redwood Valley Schools when I was the Volunteer Coordinator there. 

We later became reacquainted when she joined my Quester chapter in Redwood Falls.

Kathy has entertained us for several December Quester meetings.  We never get tired of going to Kathy's home at Christmas time!  She has wonderful collections in every corner of her home.

This fall, Kathy opened a shop on her farmstead.  She called it (quite appropriately,) The Farmer's Wife.  (Despite my teasing about cutting off tails with a carving knife!)


 Meet Kathy:

Kathy Alexander

First, I want to share some photos of Kathy's home this year and recent years.  Some of the photos are blurry, but I guess that happens after a few glasses of wine!

2011 


This charming wagon and sheep were purchased by Kathy at the Okoboji Antique Mall this summer.  A large group from our McPhail's Mill chapter of The Questers (Redwood Falls, MN) were on a two day antiquing field trip.  She was also scouting for her shop that was soon to open, but these went straight to her dining room!  The sheep have real wool covering them.  Since the Alexanders raise sheep, they have a special place in her home for her Christmas decorating scheme.

Below is another cabinet in her dining room!


Just a few of Kathy's many cabins, houses,  fences and sheep!  I covet the "Merry Christmas" redware plate!


This cabinet in her foyer has a few bottle brush trees, too!

 2008

These photos were taken at our meeting several years ago.  You will see the same cabinets....did she decorate them the same as this year???

The one below is in her living room.  Don't you love the Bennington ware?


More charming cottages are in the living room, below:


Here are some views of Kathy's sunroom.  Shhhhh.....She says she is selling some of her houses that she has collected. 



 In the living room......



Detail of the wall shelf from the living room.... and below, a wall cabinet in the foyer.


Here is the same cabinet that I photographed this year.  Kathy said with opening the shop and her son's wedding, both this fall, she just didn't feel like getting all of her Christmas things out!


Above is the cabinet in the foyer that I showed above, only this photograph was taken three years earlier!


Above is another cabinet in the foyer.


Above is a cupboard in the dining room.  I covet the fencing too!

And below is the cabinet in the dining room that the sheep and cart were on this year.

Now would you like to see her new store? It is only a few months old.


It wouldn't be Kathy's store without redware!




I loved this settle!







The Santa photo may be blurry from the wine or my new cell phone!





Don't get excited about this reindeer plate.  It is mine now!


The shop was decorated for her Christmas open house.  I can't wait to see what she has for spring.


I wanted this cottage, but two new redware plates was enough!

For an appointment to shop,  call Kathy Alexander at 507-762-3387 or 507-430-2176

The Farmer's Wife is located at 20797 330th STreet, Belview, MN 56214.

Kathy's email address is cupboardk@yahoo.com.  Kind of fits, doesn't it?

To see some of the redware that Kathy sells, try:  http://www.stephenearp.com/buy-redware/in-stores.htm



Congratulations, Kathy!  We wish you much success!