Friday, April 30, 2021

Shop The Camellia, at, Vendor at Craft Revival Tbay May1, May 2, 2021

Thunder Bay Flower & Gift shop

dried flower bunches at the Camellia

Craft Revival Virtual is on this Saturday and Sunday, May 1st. and 2nd.  SHOP at : . From there, you click on each Vendor's link to their individual website, pay online, and either pick up, or we are offering FREE delivery within the City!

Hello everyone!  How have you been?  It's Craft Revival Virtual, on this Saturday and Sunday only.

So how does it work?  You shop online on each vendor's website, pay online, then either pick up at each vendor's pick up location, or we are offering FREE Delivery within City limits  for this event. 

To see a Vendor list , click here: 

We are listed under the T's , the Camellia, and our website link where you can shop for Craft Revival goods  is

Once you go our Website, I window,  look on the right and go to the section labelled Craft Revival, Handmade & Vintage.  You can also shop on the other sections on our website. 

If you have any questions, pick up the phone and call, we are here all weekend!! It is a new way of Shopping, and can be confusing.  We get it!  p.807-475-3551

charcuterie board Black ash

Hydrangea Twig wreath with tulips


  • Charcuterie Black Ash boards, $20-$25.00 ea.
  • Curly willow Bunches (  5 stems per bunch at $30.00 a bunch) . Lavender bunches, Bunnytails, and PAMPAS GRASS 40" tall.
  • Dried Sauna bundles of Eucalyptus
  • Handmade Hare
  • Nautical Pottery
  • Burlap Lake wreaths
  • Dried Bunches and Dried floral swags
  • Coconut husk air plant hangers
  • Magnolia Wreaths
  • Painted signs & Furniture

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Sunday, April 25, 2021

What's in store at the Camellia? April, 2021

Cream Garden rose blooms

Hello to Spring, warmer weather, green grass, and yes, surprise, surprise, another Lockdown!!  I know some of you are finding it difficult to remain optimistic, given the current state of affairs. We all long to get out of our homes, and just want things to be 'normal' again, whatever that may be. Who knew a virus would last this long......  Especially at a time like this, we have to treat ourselves to small luxuries, like planning our summer Garden. These roses are at the Rose Garden at Leif Erikson Park, in Duluth, Minnesota. they are stunning! ( Oh when will our Canada/U.S. borders open up? )

On another note, there are all sorts of supply chain problems with getting fresh flowers into our shop, that is just the way it is with the pandemic. Some growers have gone bankrupt, warehouses are short staffed and flights are not running as often. What does this mean for you? If you need to order Flowers for Mother's Day, order ahead, at least 1 to 2 weeks. We are closed to having the general public in our store, but open online for delivery and contactless pick-up. Phone to order at 807-475-3551, or shop online at, or at and at

Cottage Painted kitchen cabinets colour Driftwood

So many of you have been updating your Kitchens, and have been painting your Kitchen cabinets with Cottage Paint. These cabinets have been painted with Serenity Cottage Paint in the colour Driftwood. Such a beautiful colour. Not sure about what colour you need? Phone us at 807-475-3551, ask for a sample paint swatch, or you can borrow a cabinet door to take home, and return it in a few days. Buy online at
We stock a lot of Cottage Paint, and we have a paint tinter here on-site, so no fears that we will not have Paint in stock. 

moss bowl decor

Are you needing a Spring refresh? Try a preserved Moss bowl, like this one. We have some for sale, and we also sell the moss and supplies to make your own. There is no upkeep involved with the moss, as it has been preserved in glycerin and dye.

Sending Flowers to someone who is allergic to the pollen in fresh flowers? Or are you sending flowers to someone who has cancer? The bacteria that develops in the water of fresh flowers is not the best for those with immune-compromised systems. We design beautiful silk floral arrangements, such as the one above, using the most realistic of Flowers and foilage. 

A touch of green, as in some new plants for your Home, adds instant spring to your home. This is a Pothos vine, and plants do make a nice gift for someone. 

Some of you may have Air plants, which are plants that can survive without soil. Most of these plants are native to South America, and are used to a lot of moisture in the air. These handmade coconut husk birdhouses make a good home for your air plants. Coir is a renewable resource and environmentally friendly. They can be used indoors or out. Coconut husk does well in moisture.

They also are available in a double birdhouse, and we have both types in stock here at The Camellia. You can buy them online at

magnolia wreath at the Camellia

It's a new season ( even though it seems like presently there are 2 seasons -  BV before the virus, and AV after the Virus), and here is a beauty of a Wreath. This is a custom order for a front door. Call us today if you need to order a Gift for delivery in Thunder Bay.
The Camellia, 30/32 Hacquoil Rd. Thunder Bay

Sunday, March 21, 2021

Reminder that the World is still a Beautiful place. Flowers bring us Joy.

pink crabapple blossom

It feels sometimes that we are suspended in time, waiting for this virus to go away and for things to return to normal, whatever that is. Life and Death marches on, whether we are ready for it or not. 
To those of you who have lost loved ones, and cannot have a funeral, we get that this is very difficult. For those of you planning a Wedding, there have been so many ups and downs. 
Expectant mothers are worried about giving birth in a Hospital with Covid cases.
Many of us are worried about the length of time it's taking to vaccinate everyone in Canada.

white flowering apple tree

It is time to remind ourselves to take a deep breath....and just breathe. It will be Spring soon, we can sit outside on our decks and visit, taking care to stay the required distance from each other. Remind yourself that flowers will bloom again. 
We will be ok. We will get through this.

pink flowering crabapple trees

Our world will become green again, and trees will be awash with blooms. It will be so nice to be able to walk outside without mushing in snow and ice. Who will you visit first, once it's safe to do so?

white blooms on crabapple tree

Here at The Camellia, we have been concentrating on healing after Knee replacement, and we are in lockdown because of Thunder Bay's high Covid numbers. If you need any product, phone us at 807-475-3551, or shop online at

green collage of Cottage Paint

Happy Spring! 
the Camellia, 30/32 Hacquoil Rd. Slate River, Ontario

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Spring is coming...Hello March! The Camellia, Slate River, Ontario

We are thankful that the days are getting longer, it was actually warm enough to sit outside in the sunshine today! Hello March! And sadly, we are in Lockdown mode here, again. Our Covid case count in Thunder Bay is too high. 

If you need to purchase Cottage Paint, Lavender bunches, Spring Flowers, bedding, or Skincare products, please order online at I You can arrange to do contactless pick-up by phoning 807-475-3551.

On the good news side, Vaccinations have started in Thunder Bay, and everyone hopes that this will help get the virus under control. 

I am sure everyone is missing all those wonderful Winter vacays to Caribbean destinations....sigh... Who can't wait to go on a Vacation?

Spring willow Twig Wreaths. 

We are your Cottage Paint stockist in Northern Ontario. 

Usually at this time of the year, we would be getting ready for the Spring Home & Garden Show, this will be the second year that all Trade Shows are cancelled. You can still connect with Vendors by following This page will be updated soon. 
Phone us at 807-475-3551 to ask questions, and shop online at

Friday, January 8, 2021

Time to do something Creative today, the Camellia and Cottage Paint.

Thunder Bay Flower & Gift shop, and Cottage Paint stockist. 

 We all like to start a New Year with a positive note and a large dose of Optimism for change and better days ahead in 2021. Yet here we are on Jan. 8th. 2021, with new Travel restrictions due to Covid, and a new level of unsettling violence in the U.S. Stores are locked-down again in Northern Ontario, until Jan. 23rd. sigh....

 It's time to get Creative, and turn down the noise and the News.

unrolling a clean piece of paper via

We can allow ourselves to dream about all those Creative projects we want to do, but hey, Life gets in the way, and we can never seem to find the time to do them. There is quite often something in the way, a sick relative, meals to be made, this person needs a ride to there, and the list goes on. 

So what Creative project have you put on hold? It's time to make time for your projects. What supplies do you need? Can you use supplies from what you have on hand? Announce to any other household members that you are unavailable for the next couple of hours, and start working on your project. It has been proven that concentrating on a Painting  project will get your mind into a calmer, more productive space. You simply feel better! 

paintbrushes in plastic cups via

Do you have a dedicated Creative space in your Home? ( A place where you can make a mess, where you can leave your unfinished project and walk away to do some other task.)

sewing room, image via

Some of you are lucky and may have a dedicated Craft or Sewing room. If you are working on a shared space like a dining room table, it will be more difficult to find a block of time where the table will not be needed for other things, like eating meals. 

painting a cabinet door with white Cottage paint

Here is a project in our Mudroom/laundry Room. Cottage Paint was used ( the original formula), in the colour Cottage White, with a stencil on the doors below a sink. This is a plywood and oak cabinet which was in rough shape and 35+ years old. It is much easier to repaint an old cabinet ( less construction mess), as long as the old cabinet has no water damage. 

painting a fabric chair with Cottage Paint
Sometimes we may come across a good deal on an upholstered chair, however, the cost of custom upholstery may be prohibitive ( $350.00-$500.00 !!). Did you know you can Cottage Paint right over the fabric? See the Before and After of this project by clicking here:
This is perfect for an entranceway or at Camp. The Chair will feel like a vinyl or leather.

cottage Paint jars at the Camellia

Even though we cannot be Open, you can order #CottagePaint and supplies online, and pick-up at our Store location, or we offer delivery on certain days ($ delivery charge depends on your address).  
Phone us with any questions at 807-475-3551. 
Watch for our upcoming at-home Paint classes, by following us on Facebook

sweet peas blooms at the Camellia

Sending you a virtual bouquet of Sweet Peas from our Summer Garden! Stay happy!! 😊

Monday, December 21, 2020

Christmas & New Year's Gift deliveries in Thunder Bay, & Slate River, On. The Camellia , I

Christmas is coming up quickly, and with the current deluge of packages due to Covid-19, packages are taking a long time to arrive at their destination. If you have a Gift to send in Thunder Bay, or Slate River, or Kakabeka Falls, it is easier to pick up the phone and call us here at The Camellia, and I window P. 807-475-3551

What do we have in our Gifts for delivery? We have fresh Wreaths and Evergreen swags. Wreaths are a great Gift for someone with a Home, and they can be made as a sympathy Wreaths for the loss of a loved one. 

mixed evergreen wreath with Northern Ontario greens

You can choose what colour bow you would like on the above Wreath, and if it's a Sympathy wreath, we can add Faux flowers in whites, or pinks, or purples.

white magnolia and red roses wreath

Maybe you would prefer to send a Gift of a Wreath which can be reused, this Red rose with white Magnolia wreath looks so real, and can be used every year. 

evergreen wintergreen swag with heart

Fresh evergreen swags can be used indoors. They look lovely hung on a ribbon on an antique mirror or they can be hung from a door handle on a dining room hutch, or they can be hung on a door.  Buy online at

pine and cedar Christmas wreath

Big fluffy Pine branches paired with cedar and balsam boughs come together to create this beautiful statement Wreath, and the buffalo check ribbon gives it a Country Farmhouse feel.  

Birch Twig and cedar wreath, I

white and silver Christmas wreath

Here is the link to purchase the above wreath - Icy hydrangeas with sliver orchids....

There are a few ways to order. Pick up the phone and call us ..p.807-475-3551. 
Click on the link beside the product, which will take you to our website. Ontario is going into Lockdown on Christmas Eve, so try to phone asap. 

The Camellia, 30, Hacquoil Rd. Slate River, Ontario. 
Wishing you a Joyful Christmas! Stay safe! 

tall evergreen tree with snow

Friday, December 4, 2020

Using natural materials to decorate for the Holidays, the Camellia, for

Thunder Bay Flower & Gift shop

It's that time of year when there seem to be so many expenses and not enough $. Lucky you if you live up North, you have access to so many different Evergreens right in your own backyard. Watch the video below, you will see how to create armatures for your designs, using natural branches, zip ties, and chicken wire ( or the fancy term is poultry netting!).

Evergreen spray at The

Vintage snowshoes with evergreens

Take a look around and see if you have any Vintage pieces which you can dress up for the Holidays, like these snowshoes in the above photo. 

Grapevine wreaths with fresh evergreens and ribbon

snow covered trees in our Forest

This is a small part of our 25 acres where we live, and harvest the evergreens used in our Floral designs. Take a look around your yard, and see what you can harvest. 
Then visit our store , The Camellia, at 30, Hacquoil Rd. for Oasis bindwire, ribbons, hoop wreath frames, life-like silk flowers and much more. Now, more than ever, small shops like ours, need your support. Phone us to enquire if we have what you need in stock. p. 807-475-3551

bundles of fresh evergreens,

For Gift Delivery in Thunder Bay and Surrounds, including Slate River, call us here at The Camellia, at 807-475-3551, or visit our Online store at

Thank you for shopping small , and supporting local, Thunder Bay businesses! 
The Camellia, 30/32 Hacquoil Rd. Slate River, On
Open Wed. through Sunday, 11- 5, or 12-5p.
p.  807-475-3551