Friday, April 18, 2014

Easter Weekend

We've been enjoying a relaxing Easter weekend so far.

We went to church this morning, and then came home and napped before going to my mother in laws. She made dinner this year and honestly, though I love entertaining, this year it was nice to just enjoy dinner. And I enjoyed every bit of it immensely.

I've spent a great deal of time thinking about Mary and Martha. For those of you who aren't familiar with them, they were two women who were very close with Jesus. One spent all her time busying herself while she cared for Jesus. The other, Mary, sat at his feet and took in every single word he said, completely enthralled by him.

I so often tend to be a Martha. And while Martha was serving her Lord, whom she loved, I think she missed out on simply being with Him. This Easter, I needed to spend less time busying myself with entertaining and more time just sitting. Resting. Remembering. 

Entertaining isn't wrong. Being hospitable is a gift. But for me, so often it takes over.

This weekend we slowed to remember. To remember the single, greatest act of love. To remember grace freely given. Grace to cover my sin. To remember that we who are in Christ are his treasured possessions. Daughters of the King. We are made new, washed clean by His blood. Pure. Restored. Made perfect. Declared Righteous.

And while it was good to remember his death, I'm so looking forward to celebrating his resurrection on Sunday. Praise the Lord, He rose!

I took home some Hydrangea cuttings from the store. They spent some time in the bath, re-hydrating. The water travels up the stems more quickly when they are laying down. Whenever they start to fade I simply snip a little more off the ends and let them rest in water.

And here are my beautiful boys. This photo reminds me of the one I took last year, however, I can't seem to get past how much they've grown.

They're such goofs sometimes.

My mother in law, Jackie, with her two crazy grandsons, whom she spoils.

It was nice that they could play outside for a while after dinner. They even spotted an Easter bunny in the garden.

Bremfield's: The Tour

Now that we have the first week under our belt, I feel like I finally have time to give you a tour of Bremfield's.

Welcome to the store.

Bremfield's is a combination of a floral market, cafe and bakery with some beautiful antiques tucked throughout the store.

The idea was to create a beautiful, inviting place to come in and sit down with a coffee and something sweet. To meet a friend for a simple, home-style lunch and browse lovely vintage finds. To take a cappuccino out to the cafe sets on the sidewalk and watch the boats go through the canal. To take home a pie made with local fruit, and while you're at it, a hand-tied bouquet for your table and a hanging basket for your front porch.

And this is exactly what you'll find when you walk through the door. 

And of course, the owners - my mom and dad.

Have I made how proud I am of them clear yet?

If you're able, pop in for a visit.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Bremfield's: Getting Ready to Open

Things are coming along wonderfully with the store.

It's so hard to believe that on Friday their doors will officially be open. It feels like it's been such a long time coming, and yet at the same time, as though the time has gone way too quickly.

My parents (and so many others) have worked tirelessly for months and all of their hard work is paying off. It's looking wonderful.

 I've been trying to be there as much as possible. We've been busy refinishing furniture for the sitting area, practicing making silky smooth foam for cappuccinos, and baking test batches of cookies and bars. Oh, and lots of shopping! Shopping for antiques, shopping for ingredients, shopping for supplies, shopping for flowers... I even had to write an exam yesterday morning on food handling.

It's been a blast! (Well, maybe not the exam part...)

I'm anxious for Friday to come, but at the same time, there are so many last minute details that need to be finished up first. So for now, Friday can take it's time.

I hope if you're in the area you are able to make it out!

91 Main Street West
Port Colborne, Ontario

Monday to Saturday
8 am to 6 pm

phone 289.836.9863

This antique cast iron rabbit is one of my favourite pieces we've found. I think he's so cute, all perfectly aged and weathered. We also have the most beautiful pair of cast pheasants.

Along with fragrant Lavender, Pussy Willow branches have arrived and are being forced.

(notice the pheasants)

Some of the delicious treats we've been perfecting.

Willen is getting the outdoor garden center part of the store ready with Opa. He's been helping him with any projects he's needed to work on. He's a good little worker... Although occasionally I catch them playing pirates or robbers.


While wandering around the yard on Sunday afternoon, enjoying the warm Spring weather, the boys and I discovered that our little clusters of Snowdrops have come up.

They are one of my favourite bulbs, with their delicate white flowers dangling gracefully from their stems.

They're a welcomed sight.

I picked a tiny bouquet for beside my sink. They open and close with the sunlight.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

New Items in the Shop

Just wanted to let you know that I've added some new items to the shop.


Thursday, March 20, 2014

The Arrival of Spring

First, and most importantly:

Happy First Day of Spring!

I think, though I'm ever so hesitant to even speak the words, that it's finally arrived.

Despite the lingering snow and unusually cold winds, you can hear that it's upon us. There is the continual trickle of melting snow, which has made the landscape mucky; the earth thawing out, smelling deep and rich. The geese have begun migrating back home, and soon the pair of swans in the park will make their way back to their familiar pond. The Crocuses have yet to push their way through the ground, but the Forsythia and Lilac bushes have ever-growing buds appearing on their bare branches. Even the birds seem to be busy around the yard, their song a little lighter and sweeter.

All in all, we are more than ready for the changing of the seasons.

Spring, for us, is a time of renewal. It brings with it a sense of rejuvenation.

This has taken on a much more practical feel for us lately. On Monday, the 'For Sale' sign went out on our front yard. To be honest, we aren't entirely sure what the next few months will look like for our family. We've found an old home in a neighboring city that suits us, and if we are able to find a buyer for our home, we will be happy to make the new start. However, at the same time, we are in love with our home. For now, we are patiently (for the most part) waiting for God to lead.

In the meantime, my house has never felt so clean and put together. We've had eleven viewings in the past 3 days. It's encouraging, but at the same time, it takes a lot of work to keep your house in a state of perfection for viewers. It's actually quite exhausting, especially with two little boys. However, it's also been a wonderful source of motivation. I was reminded recently of a William Morris quote:

"Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful."

Last week, I think I made a trip to our local thrift shop every single day. I also donated bags of baby clothes, sold a few good things on Kijiji, and whatever was left, that wasn't going to be needed for a while, was boxed up and stored away.

It feels so wonderful.

I also recently found this cream quilt set from Home Sense. It's actually a King size. I prefer the larger size so that it drapes nicely over the sides. It was on clearance for $70. It's lighter and better suited for when the warmer weather arrives.

And so now, we simply wait.