Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Well Friends,
              Things are going along well for the new shop, The Old Homeplace. I just can't wait. My goal has always been to make my shops a place where folks will want to linger, wander and just sit for a  visit. We have finished up all the walls in old barn wood that has been begged, bartered and scrounged from every corner of Marshall County for almost a year now. Two walls are done in barn wood and two are done in wonderful old tin. I just love this tin, it is a soft gun metal blue with just the right amount of rust to it. It really makes the place cozy and warm looking. We are working now on putting tin on the ceiling and I have to say, this is the hardest part yet. Holding 9' pieces of tin above your head long enough to get it screwed on is to say the least....challenging. But I have to give most of the credit to my wonderful husband Bob. He has been behind me on this project and beside me everyday. We have so much to do here on the farm that every couple of days we put down our hammers and nails and have to finish up on other chores. Last weekend I really put him to the test I think. Every fall we walk the fields surrounding our home and pick up all the corn left on the ground after the farmer has finished in it. So we set off for the field  last Saturday morning, one of those mild fall morning with just a misting of rain. Now rain and fog are two of my favorite things, so this was like the perfect day. We spent about 5 hours in the field and picked up what we figure is about 10 bushels of corn. Now that is a lot of corn! The horses will thank us every day. So after a short afternoon nap to warm us up a little after walking in the rain all morning we headed back out to the shop. Working on insulating the ceiling and starting to add the tin we worked until dark. I must say we were feeling very satisfied with how much we got done. But as I am sure I suffer from some form of adult ...ADD I, of course I  wasn't finished yet. Did I say "suffer"? I'm not sure that would be the right word to use, I must say, I do get a lot done during the day. But poor Mr. Bob was looking forward to sitting down and putting his feet up for a while. It was already dark by then and the rain was still coming down, I swear it was calling to me. So being the wonderful man he is, he got up off his warm chair and took me for a walk in the rain that evening, something we have done since we first met almost 14 years ago. See what I mean....he's a great guy!
               So to say that I am truly blessed to do what I love to do and share it with my favorite guy, well it doesn't get any better than that. Check back for further updates on The Old Homeplace, opening in May 2015.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Fall is in the air

Hey friends, looks like fall is here. The leaves are blowing, pumpkins are everywhere and the nights are made for snugglin. Our days have been filled with building and decorating and all kinds of exciting things. We are looking forward to spring when our new shop "The Old Homeplace"  which will be open for business, spring of 2015. We have repurposed and salvaged all the wood and old tin we can find and it is coming together so nicely. Warm and cozy and oh so primitive, I can't wait until you see all we've done. Filled with farm house furnishings, farm tables, dry sinks, pie I need to say more?  We even hope to host "girl parties" in our new digs. You know what I mean, if you have a gaggle of best friends who love to get together and spend the day making stuff, we would love to have you here. We have front porches just right for gathering and spending the day, roaming around the gardens, sipping tea in the shade just and having fun. It's a great place to wander. Keep checking back on our progress.

Monday, September 8, 2014

My New Baby

Well Friends, Meet my new baby.....and my baby daddy. My new baby is our newest shop, "The Old Homeplace" and my baby daddy is my husband Bob,  Affectionatly  known as Mr. B.  We have been working all summer and it is finally  beginning to take shape. Windows, Doors and a Roof, Whoohoo!! Soon to be the home of all the farmhouse furnishings I am always stumbling across. I have been fortunate enough to collect farmhouse tables, great wardrobes and pie safes. Ohh, I just love old stuff don't you?  We expect to be finished by early spring and we are planning to have our usual Folk Art Show this June. Keep up with all the news on the shop, check back often. I'll see you soon. Watch our new baby grow.

Monday, August 4, 2014

A Beautiful Day

Good Morning Friends! Another beautiful day at The Briar Patch. Work is coming along on the new shop, The Old Homeplace. So excited to be adding another building to our little village out here. We are looking forward to adding more farmhouse furniture to our collection. Dry sinks, pie safes, old farmhouse tables.....ohhhhh can't wait. In celebration of our newest venture we would like to spread the joy a little bit. In memory of my mother, Lulu Pearl who has been gone from us for so long, but still lingers in our hearts every day, I would like to offer a bouquet of beautiful zinnias to your mother. Bring her on out to walk around the gardens and enjoy a day in the country, and we'll send her home with a handful of posies. Hope to see you soon.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

A Loving Piece of History

Hello friends,
              It's another beautiful day here at The Briar Patch. I wanted to share with you this wonderful quilt I found at the auction yesterday. I just knew it needed to come home with me. Isn't it beautiful.  The material is weak and worn and a little stained, testament to the years it has seen. I can't help but wonder, what loving hands made this wonderful treasure. Did they give it to the honeymooner's moving into their very first home? Did it cover them gently on cold winter's nights, swattle  a new born child snuggled against their mothers breast? I can almost hear the stories it has to tell. I think I am meant to have it. It's time has come to rest here on my shelf so I can hear it's whispers. I hope in your day you take the time to listen to the whispers of the aged, they have so much to tell. Please come by and visit us, there is always a treasure to be found here at The Briar Patch.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

What's new at The Briar Patch

Hey Friends,
       Took this picture of the front of The Marketplace here at the Briar Patch.  Is this the best table you've ever seen? Love the legs on it. The fireplace is hand made from all recycled materials and will fit a log insert. much going on here. We are in the process of building the new shop, The Old Homeplace. We plan to have it filled to the top with farm house primitives, quilts, just a little bit of everything. Stay tuned for updates on the building. We are planning to have a Fall Open House, so don't miss it. Find us on Facebook. You can reach me directly if you have questions at The Briar Patch is open everyday 9-5, except Wednesday's and open on Sunday by chance. Hope to see you soon.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Hello Friends! It's finally here.....Spring. We are so excited to announce the "upcoming birth" of our newest shop..The Old Homeplace. Construction is expected to begin in May and I can't wait. I've got the furniture, the great design ideas and even the sign, now all I need is a building to attach it all to. Soon enough, soon enough. All good things come to those who wait. We are now in our 7th year of business here at The Briar Patch and I think we are ready to expand. We will carry much more home furnishings that our little cabin would allow. I hope you will come and visit us and see how the construction is coming along....we'll even let you help if you want. The Lord has allowed me to acquire so much of the material for this building that I have to think it is the right time to build. I found the roof trusses at a yard sale, was given the barn wood for construction, stumbles across 2 matching screen door for the entrance and just this weekend was given over 300 bricks for the floor
Coincidence?? I don't think so. So anyway, I hope you will come out and see us. We will be open for business the first of May. Perennials, Primitives and just plain old stuff.