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

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

September 2019 Classes, and Fall Harvest show at The Camellia, Thunder Bay

 Fall brings rich, warm colours and warm apple pie, and best of all, our FALL SHOW here at The Camellia starts today,  Wednesday and runs until this Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019.
It's so important (as we head into colder, less sunshiney days) to turn our attention to the inside of our Homes, to help us cope with shorter daylight hours and cooler days. Our Happy Fall signs, a new Fall wreath, a cozy blanket and some new Bedding, these are simple pleasures that help ease us into Fall. 

This past Winter was the coldest ever with lots of snow, so we will try to hold as many Classes as we can before the snow flies. Classes for the Fall/Winter season will be held on Sundays, and on Tues. Wed. or Thurs. evenings. No Classes in Jan. or Feb. Before class, you can preorder meals from Bliss Cafe. http://

Northern Ontario Hunting/Fishing Swag :
Sun. Sept. 15th. 1.30 -3.30 ($60.00), or October 6th.  

Wood Round Class ( word Gather),
Sept. 15th. at 10.30am, or October 6th. ( $40.00)  


Our Cottage Paint palette has a lovely selection of Fall colours ( as shown above). Look at our FALL Pinterest Board for ideas CRIMSON RED is a deep, rich Red which adds drama to your Rooms. CRIMSON RED is ON SALE!! This is a great deal as red tints are very  expensive.
Quarts of Crimson Red. Reg. $50.00 , SALE:$40.00
1/2 quarts Crimson Red, Reg. $30.00, SALE: $24.00 

Come Visit The Camellia.

 So often we hear.."I never seem to be able to get out to your Shop!" We know life is busy, but taking time to do something joyful for you is so worth it. We are here to inspire and help you to have a beautiful Home! We have had our store open at 30, Hacquoil Rd. for 20 years now. We are 10 minutes south of the Thunder Bay Airport, go past the Neebing Roadhouse and the Best Western Norwester Hotel, staying on Hwy. 61. Turn left onto Hacquoil Rd. we are 1.6 km. on the left. Look for our new signage  8' x 6 ' billboard, as shown below.  We love to see you at the store!

HOURS: Wed. 11-5, Thurs. 12-5,  Friday  11-5, Saturday 11-5,
and Sunday 12-5p. WE ARE CLOSED for holidays from September 17th. and will reopen on Thurs. October 3rd. 2019.
p 807-475-3551

Look on Google maps for directions. 


Thursday, September 5, 2019

The softest sheets to sleep on, Clara Clark in Thunder Bay at The Camellia.

clara clark navy and eggplant sheets at The Camellia thunder Bay

When you sell sheets and Bedding, you hear all KINDS of things from people, things you make you squirm. Some things like:
- My partner sleeps in the nude. There's something in his body that stains the sheets yellow.
- You mean washing the sheets once every 3 months is no good?
- How do you remove the night dribble from dark coloured sheets?
- My mattress is 30 " thick, do you have a sheet for that?
- These sheets say wrinkle - free. I washed them and they have wrinkles!!
- What do you mean, I HAVE to wash my sheets separate from my towels? omg!

white and grey master bedroom with bed

From a Design viewpoint, the Bedroom is the last place that people invest in because, well, no-one sees it, it's hidden and  they can just close the door. There, no need to look at that ugly room! 
You are the person that uses your Bedroom, and what could be more important than getting a good 7 hours of sleep? 

We'll go into how to pick a great mattress in another post, but today we want to let you know about  our Clara Clark Sheets, they are ever so soft, 1800 thread count, and come in 23 colours. They wash well and wear well. My first set is going into its 8th.year. It feels good at the end of the day to lay on some really soft sheets. They are made of microfibre which repels bedbugs. Did you know that Bedbugs can live in cotton sheets? You can stay in a really nice, new Hotel and be bitten by (this one was dog friendly) either fleas or bedbugs. Yet people sleeping in the other bed in the same room had no bites. 

clara clark grey sheet set The Camellia Thunder Bay
At the Camellia in Thunder Bay, we stock Queen Clara Clark sheet sets. They are available in Double, Twin and King. 
You must pre-order these by certain dates- Sept. 15, 2019, Oct. 15, 2019, & Nov. 12th. 2019. 
You can come into our store to look at colours, and there is nothing better than being able to touch and feel sheets before you purchase. 

flax bundles in stone room

Many years ago, sheets were very practical, probably made from Flax which was spun into Linen. 

driving along a road in summer

We have had a great Summer in Thunder Bay, and while our temperatures have cooled off lately, Fall is just around the corner. We are not ready for Fall. Not just yet. 
Take a short drive into Slate River Valley to The Camellia, at 30/32 Hacquoil Rd. Thunder Bay. 
Open Wed. 11-5, Thurs. 12-5, Fri. and Sat. 11-5, Sunday 12-5p. 
p 807-475-3551

Friday, August 23, 2019

The best " Magic" Tablecloths at The Camellia, Thunder Bay, Ontario.

Hello everyone! Our nights have been getting a bit cooler and we hate to say it, but Fall and colder temps. are coming!  We are working on our Fall and Holiday orders and want to know if there is anything you're looking for, and have trouble finding..?  We are just ordering Tablecloths, so let us know (now) if you need a certain size, or colour. 
Many of you who have bought these Tablecloths have told us how much you love them, 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.  

pictures of stain resistant Tablecloths at The Camellia Thunder Bay

WEIGHTED BLANKETS for Kids and Pets. 

We are now taking orders for Kids' weighted blankets. The best weight is 10% to 15% of the person's body weight. DOGS with separation anxiety also do well with weighted blankets. Get your orders in to us by September 15th. Shipping to Thunder Bay is included in our prices. (HST is not). Kids weighted blankets do not come with a removable cover, the entire blanket can go into the wash. Prices range from $115.00 to $130.00.
Phone (807)475-3551 for more information.
COLORS:Charcoal/light grey, eggplant/lavender, navy/aqua, red/pink
5lb.   36" x 48"
7 & 10lb.  41x60"
10lb. 41 x60"
12lb. 48 x 72" 

child sleeping under weighted blanket the Camellia Thunder Bay
kids and pets weighted blankets thunder bay
For all of you COTTAGE PAINT Fans out there!  Our AUGUST special is :
BUY $150.00 ( before taxes) of Cottage Paint , GET a FREE 8oz. jar of original Cottage Paint from our popular Fall Collection: Pumpkin, Canyon, Clay pot, Tamarind and Rust.
Our Cottage Paint CRIMSON RED is a deep, rich Red which adds drama to your Rooms. CRIMSON RED is ON SALE!! This is a great deal as red tints are very  expensive.
Quarts of Crimson Red. Reg. $50.00 , SALE:$40.00
1/2 quarts Crimson Red, Reg. $30.00, SALE: $24.00 

Do you have a garage full of Furniture waiting to be  painted and redone?  We will offer 2 sessions in September ( weather permitting) where you can bring your piece in, and paint it here. This will take place in a garage, and you must be able to lift your piece in. Message us here if you would like to bring your own piece in and paint it here. ( Workshop fees apply).

painting chairs with Cottage Paint, The Camellia Thunder Bay

   Visit our website for information at 
or phone us at 475-3551

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

I am Northern Ontario. Where the heck is Northern Ontario? The Camellia. Thunder Bay, Ontario.

tree at the side of a Lake

Many years ago, I moved to Northern Ontario. I didn't have any plans of moving this far North, I had  come her to go to Lakeahead University. Fourty-two winters later, I am still here. So most people will ask where is Northern Ontario, their tone of voice implying, why would anyone want to live there? 
Take a look at this video to see WHY. 

sailboat in Silver Island, Sleeping Giant Provincial Park

 Peace and serenity you will easily find here, in Silver Island, Sleeping Giant Provincial Park. 

boating along an inland lake in northern ontario

In 30 minutes, you can be one of one of our many inland Lakes. 

a catch of fish in Northern Ontario

And the Fishing here, people come from all over to fish. 

growing herbs in Northern Ontario, The Camellia

Summers are hot and short, and usually are not as humid as Southern Ontario. We do have a lot of bugs in early Spring ( May, June), but by August, the bugs and ticks have died down. 

In short, why do we live in Northern Ontario? An abundance of freshwater, we are close to the Lake, clean air, an abundance of Nature and Parks, cheaper Housing, and a less stressful Lifestyle. 

When are you going to visit Thunder Bay, Northern Ontario?

Sending Gifts to Thunder Bay? Call us here at The Camellia, and we can deliver. 
The Camellia, 30/32 Hacquoil Rd. (10 mins. from Thunder Bay Airport)
p 807-475-3551

Thursday, August 1, 2019

August Long Weekend at The Camellia, Thunder Bay, Ontario

We're heading into August long weekend ....what are your plans ? If you're heading along Hwy.61, turn Left onto Hacquoil Rd. and visit us here at #TheCamellia. What is The Camellia? We are a destination Lifestyle store in Slate River Valley. On August Long, we are open Wed. 11-5, Thurs. 12-5, Friday 11-5, Saturday 11-5, Sunday 12-5, and closed on Monday. 

pink camellia drawing

What is a Camellia? A Camellia is a flower that grows on a shrub, the bloom looks like an overblown Rose.  We get asked all the time, " Why is your store called The Camellia? " It could have something to do with my name, Camille. 

Hacquoil Rd. Thunder Bay

There are great country views on Hacquoil Rd. Once you turn onto Hacquoil Rd. we are 1.6km. down Hacquoil Rd. and we are at #30/32 on the left hand side. 

flowering crabapple trees on driveway

You will head down our driveway and park, then head to the store. 

lavender and lime green Cottage painted cabinet

There may be a paint project or two going on, here at The Camellia, we are a #CottagePaint stockist. What is Cottage Paint? It is a low voc, water-based paint that goes onto varnished furniture or cabinets, with no stripping required first. Visit and

Cottage Painted Oak Kitchen Bar area - colour Driftwood

You can use Cottage Paint to paint over Oak Kitchen cabinets, baseboards, trim, closet doors, interior and exterior doors, light fixtures and more. 

Lavender farm collage

You will also find all kinds of hand-made, Lavender Bunches and Spa products from various family-run Lavender Farms. We have Lavender bunches, essential Oils, Hand lotions, Muscle rubs, soaps and more. 

napa soap company at the Camellia

This is the most incredible hand-made Soap you can buy. Hand made in St. Helena, from wine and grapeseed Oil. Oh yes, soaps are named after wine, such as Cabernet soapignon, Pinot Guava, and Soapignon blanc.

coir birdhouses

You will find an unusual mix of products, like these coir birdhouses from India. 

pillow and furniture display at The Camellia

We carry a wide array of Pillows, Clara Clark Sheets and weighted blankets.

Clara Clark sheets Thunder Bay

french themed purses at The Camellia

We would love to see you at our store, The Camellia. If you cannot get here, we do deliver in the Thunder Bay & Slate River area. Call toll-free at 1-877-523-7444.
What do we deliver? We deliver Plants, Gifts such as Spa baskets, Faux Floral designs, Cottage Paint and more.
Look for our sign on Highway 61, then turn left onto Hacquoil Rd.

Highway sign The Camellia