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?

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Heritage Primitive Gathering

Hello friends! We are once again excited to be a part of the Heritage Primitive Gathering to be held this Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013. It will be held at the Pierceton Elementary School from 9-3. Here are a few of the great primitives we will be offering. So many things to see there! Santa's and Snowmen and Reindeer Oh My! Be sure and stop by the Briar Patch booth and sign up to get on our mailing list...everyone who does will automatically be signed up for a chance to win a $25.00 gift certificate to the Briar Patch. Betty Tyler from Log Cabin Crafts will be there with her great primitive snowmen. You don't want to miss all the great vendors at this show. See you there!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Summer 2014

Hello friends, we have gotten all tucked in for the winter, but we are already dreaming of the summer of 2014 and all the plans we have. I hope everyone had a wonder year, we were truly blessed her at the Patch.  My "Back to Eden" garden was a huge success last year and I plan to work on it all through the winter (yes you can) to make it even easier in the spring. If you haven't heard of "Back to Eden", you really must check this out on the web, it is the best gardening method I have ever used. It has taken gardening from a chore to a pleasure. It will get you so excited about gardening, you will want to share it with everyone, just like I do. So go now...check it out, you'll be glad you did.   Also in the works is a brand new building at The Briar Patch! I am so excited, I can hardly wait. Now to think of a name for our newest addition..we have the small cabin and the  Marketplace. The new building needs a name too! We are tossing around The Mercantile....or the Homestead....what do you think? I would love to hear your feedback,  if you have any suggestions please let me know. Anyway...we will be working on it all through the spring and summer and have high hopes of having our first ever Fall Open House! I hope everyone will be come by and watch our progress. Have a wonderful winter and look forward to a brand new spring.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Well folks, summer is here and we are so excited to be preparing for our 5th Annual Folk Art Gathering to be held here on the grounds of the Briar Patch. Come on out and see a variety of vendors that will be set up around the gardens. Look around the gardens and listen to the  grasses rustle in the breeze as you stroll around the grounds and visit all the different vendor tents. We will have hand loomed rugs, garden art, antiques, primitives and all kinds of fun finds. See our demonstration on rug hooking, and be sure to enter your name for our Rain Barrel giveaway.We will have The New Town Cryers, folk singers that will be performing vintage folk music. While you are here stop by The Country Griller's stand,  get a sandwich and sit and enjoy the music. The show will be June 29th, from 10-4 here at the Briar Patch Farms.  We are located one mile west of the intersection of 6 & 31 in Lapaz, then one mile north on Oak. You can reach me at for more information.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Open for Business

Hello friends! Well it's May and the Briar Patch just opened it's doors. I hope you will stop by and take a look at all we have to offer. We have a great mix of Perennials, Primitives and just plain Old Stuff. We like to refer to it as....purposeful clutter. I spent the winter scouting the auctions and found some great things that would look great in your primitive home or garden. This beautiful quilt is in very good shape, with such pretty colors and talented stitching. I was told that the pattern is called "Southern Belles". Isn't it sweet! Each dress was hand stitched and appliqued, what a beauty. Someone really put a lot of time and love into it. I am offering it for just $75.00. If you don't have an heirloom quilt of your own yet, why not start with this one. We are open most days, closed on Wednesday (so I can go buy more "stuff"), Sunday by chance. You can contact me anytime at

Friday, March 1, 2013

Hey friends, Spring is coming and The Briar Patch will be open in May. I hope you will stop by and see us. We have a great selection of perennials and lots of farm house primitives. Old rockers, crocks, shutters and lots of purposeful clutter. Now don't forget, June 29th is the date for our next Folk Art Gathering. Lots of local vendors will be here, Tom the Country Griller will have sandwiches available. Mmmmmmmmm, so good. The New Town Criers will be here with folk music, just pickin and grinnin'. We have a great time meeting friends and livin the country life. The Farm Chicks will be on site, giving you tips on how to live a simpler life. Come on out and wander around the gardens, you'll find lots of farmhouse treasures. Pick up your free Art & Earth Trail magazine while you are here. This is a FREE event, bring the whole family.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Garden Time is coming!

Friends, it going to be that time before you know it. Time to put in your garden and enjoy the summer! If you don't have garden space, don't let that stop you. Here at the Briar Patch we offer garden spaces like this one you see here. The spaces are about 8-10' wide by about 20' long. Big enough to feed a family of 4, plus have food to share. Easy to take care of, water and garden tools are made available. The spaces are ready to start planting the first of May, already tilled and amended. Only organic material is used on these gardens so you don't have to worry about any pesticides or any other nasty stuff. We only have a few garden spaces to offer so get your's reserved soon so you don't miss out. We offer these spaces for  $15.00 a month for the 5 month growing season. Come spend some time in the country, you'll be glad you did. E-mail me at to reserve your space.