Thursday, July 10, 2014

Along the way

Well friends, we are on our way now, the structure for The Old Homeplace, our newest shop is up now. I am so excited! The Lord has layed out before me the opportunity to expand our business. I have found pieces and parts to my new building. Trusses at a yard sale, barn wood from a stranger, matching screen doors to welcome you in at an auction. It is almost like a treasure hunt and everyday I wake up excited to see what comes next. Yesterday I was blessed with about 30 sheets of old tin from a neighbor, my mind is whirling at the possibilities. I hope you will check back now and then to see how our construction is going. We hope to have a fall open house if we can keep on track with the building, but I have to except the fact that life gets in the way sometimes. Cross your fingers and say a prayer for us on our journey down the path of adding one more building to our growing little village.

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. Ah..so 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 phyllis.horvath@yahoo.com. 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.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Peaceful Morning

Morning friends, took this picture here at The Briar Patch on a snowy Sunday morning. Although we are all tucked in for the winter, we are making big plans for spring, putting up a new building and filling it with primitives. Purposeful clutter I like to call it. I have been collecting all during these long winter days. I have a collection of beautiful old quilts, all I suspect are around no less that 50 years old and beautifully pieced together by loving hands. I have all sizes of crocks and yellow ware bowls to offer you,  one of my favorite things.  Our new building will be big enough to hold larger pieces of furniture, chairs,  cupboards and pie safes. I just can't wait to go shopping for those! I hope you will plan on visiting us in the spring and see all the new treasures we have to offer. See you then!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Tattered Teddy Lovers....The story of Louie
I awoke this morning with an uneasy feeling. Unable to shake it and with no chance of falling back to sleep I was up early today. Shuffling down the hallway with my eye lids at half staff , I fumbled for the coffee pot. As I made my way to the living room I settled in to enjoy that first cup of the day. Propping my feet up and snuggling into my favorite spot with the perfect view of the fire place and Christmas tree, I couldn't help the satisfied sigh that softly slipped from my lips. Mmmm, I do love my mornings. Raising my cup, my gaze scanned the Christmas tree. Colorful packages and cheery lights greet me. As my eyes adjusted through the steam of my first cup of coffee , I realized that something was missing. LOUIE! Louie is not there, leaning on that pretty red package. What!?!? Where could he be? Why would he leave?? In my  search of  the house I glanced out the door towards the drive way...and there he was. I slipped on my shoes, and headed out. There he was, huddled on the bench at the end of the drive. Waiting for his Forever Family...I took his hand and as we took that long walk back to the warmth of the house and the cozy spot under my Christmas tree, I promised him that it won't be long now. Won't you be Louie's family?

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Tattered Teddy Rescue

Morning Friends!
Today is the first day the Briar Patch introduces you to some new friends. Meet Louie, our first guest to be featured on the Tattered Teddy Rescue website. This is where we showcase tattered, discarded teddy bears that have come here to rest. We found Louie alone and sad, tossed to the bottom of a long forgotten toy box. Children grow up and stop needing the company of fuzzy furry little friends, but Teddy's never change. They wait until the time is right then they appear, like magic again in the life of a child. Patched back together by loving hands, they are ready to show a tiny little heart how to  love. Nothing makes you feel better than something soft to hold. Louie, as you can see is still a little shy and insecure after being left behind for so long. He's waiting here at the bottom of the Christmas tree, waiting for a new forever home. Does any one want a gently tattered teddy?