Thursday, January 9, 2020

Beat the January Blues! Advice from someone who lived in the Caribbean.

sunny winter day at The Camellia, thunder Bay

It's January in Northwestern Ontario, it's a beautiful sunny, but extremely cold day. We have about 2 feet of snow on the ground, and it's pretty, but it's not the Caribbean. You go out walking every day, bundled up like a Polar bear. 

caribbean beach

Some of us want to go to the BEACH!!

pool with deck chairs

And sit by the Pool. And be on Holiday. 

monstera leaf

GREEN. We crave Green. How about You? 

beach themed flat lay at The Camellia

However, Life gets in the way. work gets in the way, and you can't go on Holiday for a Tropical vacay. Here are some ways to make January fly by. 

  • sew up those patio cushions which you bought fabric for, FIVE years ago. See that fabric bolt in the above photo, with the green piping? Thank goodness blues and aquas never go out of style. 
  • put on your island T-shirt, mix yourself a crazy Coconut drink. sit by the fire. Play loud beach reggae. ( We sell these Jamaica T's at The Camellia). 
  • get a plant this miniature Palm which we sell at The Camellia. something green.
  • read your Travel books. 
  • get some of your Summer travel photos printed, make an Album. use up some of those scrapbooking supplies you bought ten years ago. Do people scrapbook anymore??
  • Paint something with Cottage Paint, in bright, Tropical colours. A Beach sign. 
  • Wrap yourself in your bright blue throw which you picked up in Mexico.
  • visit the Weather Network, and check the temperatures in Barbados, Playa del Carmen, Antigua, and Florida.  sigh.....
  • If all of the above fails, drive to the nearest airport, and head south!

white Jamaica t shirt at The Camellia

Cottage Paint near turquoise beach bag at The Camellia

Cottage Paint has lovely bright colours , and also pale, subdued colours in its palette. Did you know colour makes you feel happy? What are your Happy colours? 
Stop in and see us at #TheCamellia, at 30, Hacquoil Rd.
p. 807-475-3551.

See you at the Spring Home and Garden Show 2020, at the C.L.E. Add this Event to your Calendar. 

spring home and garden show poster 2020 Thunder Bay

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Weighted blankets for Kids and Adults, The Camellia, Thunder Bay, Ontario.

Is all the hype about Weighted blankets true? What are weighted Blankets? Do they work to reduce stress and anxiety? The underlying science on weighted blankets is called deep touch pressure (DTP). DTP refers to gently applying pressure to the body to increase the release of Serotonin. Serotonin is a chemical in the body that promotes relaxation and the feel-good emotions. 

Not sure what a weighted blanket feels like? Then come into our store, the Camellia, to try one out. 

We have 7lb. 10lb. and 12lb. blankets in kid's sizes, filled with non toxic, lead-free glass beads, and you throw the whole blanket in the wash. We stock grey blankets, but you can order other colours as long as you order by the 15th. of each month.

We also have 15 lb. and 20 lb. blankets in adult sizes with a removable, washable, cover. The general rule is the blanket should be about 10% of the person's body weight. 

We are sleeping under a weighted blanket, and it really does help you sleep better. 
Buy weighted Blankets at The Camellia, at 30/32 Hacquoil Rd.
Open Wed. through Sunday. 
p 807-475-3551

Friday, November 22, 2019

Visit The Camellia at Craft Revival Nov. 24, 2019 at Thunder Bay Waterfront.

Hello everyone! 
Come visit us at  Craft Revival, happening this Sunday, Nov. 24th. from 10 am. - 5pm.  We will be in Shout Media at 37, Cumberland St. S. This is a huge festival, with locations all around the Waterfront, as well as along Bay & Algoma St. It's a good idea to click on the link and check out which Vendors are where. You don't have too pay to download the Guide.

handmade winter wreath The Camellia thunder Bay

Here's a quick look at out upcoming Classes at the Camellia. 

Learn how to make a Bow workshop- Sat. Nov. 23rd. at 11am. 3pm Cost: $30 -35.00Beginners Cottage Paint Furniture Class – Thursday, November 28, 6.30 – 9.30 , or Sunday, Dec. 8th. 1-4p. $62.15
Wood Round class – Joy to the world - $45.00, Sat. Nov. 3oth. at 11am, or 2 pm.

Red Truck Faux Christmas Wreath - $100.00  or  $150.00.  Sunday, Dec.1st. 11am

Fresh Wintergreen Swag - $55.00 , 3pm. Sunday, December 1st

christmas ribbon bow workshop at the Camellia

We are OPEN at 30, Hacquoil Rd. today, Fri. Nov. 22nd. until 5pm. Saturday, Nov. 23, 11-5p.

winter scene at the Camellia, thunder Bay

The Camellia
30, Hacquoil Rd. 
Open Wed. through Sunday. p (807)475-3551


Friday, November 15, 2019

Artisans Northwest is on this weekend in Thunder Bay! Visit The Camellia.

girl blowing snow out of hand-

Come visit us this weekend at the Artisans Northwest Show at the Valhalla Inn, on Saturday Nov. 16, 2019 from 10-5, and Sunday Nov. 17th. from 10-4. It's the perfect show to find that one-of-a-kind Gift. You'll find The Camellia in the room off the main Ballroom, in a corner booth, look for the evergreen branches. If you've always wanted one of our Wreaths, now is the time to get one. It takes time and years of skill to fashion evergreen branches into a Wreath. 

custom evergreen wreath at The Camellia, Thunder Bay

You can purchase Wreaths at the Artisans Show, or you can order for delivery in December. If you buy your Wreath now, it will last outside until Christmas and beyond. 

pine branches at The Camellia thunder Bay

We pick evergreen branches from our yard, so they are fresh as can be. Balsam, pine, spruce and more. It's hard work, with pine sap gumming up our clothes and hands, pine needles everywhere, being poked by wire, but the smell is so beautiful! there is nothing like it. It smells like Christmas in here! 

artisans northwest 2019 show flyer

Our store at 30, Hacquoil Rd. is open on Sat. Nov. 16 from 11-4p. Open on Sunday Nov. 17. from 12-3p. 
p 807-475-3551 

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Enjoying this last warm weekend in Slate River Valley, The Camellia, Thunder Bay

It's the Weekend, time to head south of Thunder Bay into Slate River Valley. It's a sunny, warm-ish day, time to hop outside and visit unique places in the Valley! Stop by The Camellia, we are open Wed. thru Sunday. Sat. 11-5, Sunday 12-5. 

Perfect weather for a hike - head to the Canadian Tourist Centre, then hike to High Falls. 

You will notice all the beautiful (free) branches and foilage along the way, why not take a Floral Design course, and learn how to DIY spectacular Flower arrangements? We offer Floral Design Classes at the Camellia.

Stop by and Visit The Camellia! 
30/32 Hacquoil Rd. Thunder Bay. 
p 807-475-3551

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Thanksgiving goings-on at The Camellia, Thunder Bay, Ontario.


It's been a beautiful Fall in Thunder Bay and the surrounding Slate River Valley. This Thanksgiving is the perfect time to take a Drive in the Country, or to do a Fall hike. Stop in at The Camellia at 30, Hacquoil Rd. We are OPEN Wed. 11-5, Thurs. 12-5. Fri. 11-5. Sat. 11-5. and Thanksgiving Sunday, October 13th. 2019,  12-4p. 

friends hiking in countryside,

What's new and exciting here in the shop? In one word, LOTS!  Thanksgiving dinner is coming up, fun times entertaining Family and friends, lost of eating, and lots of spilling. Our 'Magic' Tablecloth shipment has arrived, so come into our store to see all the new patterns. There are LOADS of new Tablecloths, they are stain resistant and any spills just bead up on the cloth, allowing you time to easily wipe up a spill before it sets in. They come in round, and rectangular in different sizes.  

Tablecloths at The Camellia, fall themed

Isn't this leaf patterned Tablecloth perfect for Thanksgiving? 

wood pumpkin craft with cottage paint

Cottage Paint is perfect for small wood projects, like this wood Pumpkin made with Black ash wood cut from our property.

wooden sign and saying with Cottage Paint at The Camellia

More signs painted with Cottage Paint. 

fall branches and foilage

Fall is the perfect time to gather foilage, branches and berries and cedar. You can fashion these into a woodsy Fall swag, like this one below. When Fall is over, it can go onto the compost pile, so nothing to store. Above we have wild field ferns, maple branches, cedar, goldenrod and grapevines. 

fall foilage swag at The Camellia

Looking for a Hostess Gift? We have Goat Milk soaps from the Silly Goats Company, Napa soap made from wine and grapeseed oil,  and Lavender Spa products from Neob Niagara in Niagara-on-the-Lake. 

neob niagara lavender soap at The Camellia thunder Bay

NEW!! Neob Niagara - Lavender and mint 3+1. This is a Hand Soap, Body Wash, Shampoo and Bubble Bath. 

silly Goats lotion at The Camellia

We can't say enough about how good this Silly Goats Lotion is for your skin. We have it in a pure and natural version. As well as Goat Milk soaps in Pure and Natural, as well as in Oatmeal and Honey, and more. 

Do visit us here at The Camellia, or phone us to order and arrange for delivery in Thunder Bay, and Slate River Valley.
30, Hacquoil Rd. P 807-475-3551
Open Wed. through Sunday. 

Sunday, September 15, 2019

September 2019 hours at The Camellia, Thunder Bay, On.

man testing water temperature  of Lake Superior

It's been a lovely summer here in Thunder Bay, and while we've had a few chilly nights, this coming week is supposed to be like a second Summer!! Yes for warm weather continuing! 
Here at the Camellia, we have been working hard all summer long, growing flowers and foilage which we then use to make our Handmade Wreaths & Swags. We have only taken off the occasional 2 days here and there. 
We are taking some time off  for the next 2 weeks, and The Camellia will reopen on October 3, 2019. 

bedroom in bed and breakfast on salt spring island, bc

Hunting floral swag class at The Camellia

We have lots of Classes planned for October. Learn how-to-make this Hunting themed Floral swag, on Sunday, October 7th. from 1.30 to 3.30.  Cost $65.00

We also have some Cottage Paint Classes coming up, on Sunday, October 7th. from 10.30 to 12.30. 

Visit our website to see what other classes we offer  :

Have a great day, and we'll see you at The Camellia in October!

fashion purses and wraps at the Camellia