Sunday, July 26, 2020

How's everyone doing? July 26, 2020. The Camellia, Thunder Bay, Ont.

woman wearing mask

It's July in Thunder Bay, and it has definitely been hot and humid. The heat makes it even more uncomfortable to wear a mask. It's now the law that you must wear a mask in Thunder Bay. According to the Thunder Bay District Health unit's website, " As of Friday, July 24, 2020 at 12.01 am. all businesses and organizations in the Thunder Bay District Health Unit area must adopt a policy that requires all members of the public and employees who enter or remain in an enclosed public space to wear a mask or face covering, under instructions issued by the Medical Officer of Health."
More information can be found at

Most of us are fed up with the whole Mask/noMask debate, and just want our lives to go back to "Normal", or what life was before Covid-19. If wearing a mask helps us to cut down on the spread of Covid-19 , then just wear it. When coming to our store, do bring your own mask and put it on before entering our store. 

pink peony blooms in garden

Our gardens are loving the heat, and recently we have been having tropical downpours, so we have beautiful Blooms and our Veggie gardens have been prolific with beans, kale, lettuce, peas and more. 
This is despite the recent invasion of Japanese beetles. 

soaking in bathtub reading a book, self-care

Now, more than ever, it is important that we take some time for self care. Soaking in a bathtub and reading a good book is good for taking your mind off all the what-ifs. Visit our store, or call us (we offer delivery and curbside pickup), to pick up Lavender bath bombs, and Napa Soap bars. 

We know many of you have been using this extra time at home to do some painting with Serenity Cottage Paint.  You have been painting old Kitchen Cabinets, walls, and furniture. Thinking about painting your old oak Kitchen Cabinets? Go here to get the How-to:

Here is a dining room set which was given a Cottage Paint makeover, with the colour Expresso on this chair's frame, with some yardage from our store, this is a beautiful Delph blue Waverly toile fabric. 

Serenity Cottage paint can be sprayed, this is an old metal shelf sprayed with the colour 'Country Manor.'

provencal blue burlap fabric at the

It is important to add texture to your Home, and fabric is perfect for that. This bright Provencal blue burlap will add colour to your outdoor or craft room projects. 
Visit us here at for #CottagePaint, Home decor, Cotton and linen fabric, and much more! Open Wed. through Sunday. Do bring your own mask, we do offer Delivery( $), and curbside pickup. Our Shopify store will be up and running soon, you will be able to order Cottage Paint, for pick-up or shipping in Canada. 

Saturday, July 18, 2020

Paint pouring Supplies, Cottage Paint at The Camellia, Thunder Bay, Canada.

paint swirls on canvas, paint pours from Pexel

You may have a bare spot on your wall and you've heard about Paint pouring...why not try it? 

What is Paint pouring?  First, it is best to paint your board white. You will need some plastic squeeze bottles ( the kind you put ketchup in which you buy at the Dollar store). Mix your Cottage Paint colours with the Pour medium ( we'll show you this shortly) and water.  You can use the original Cottage Paint, Serenity , Urban Paint and Colour and Seal which is semi transparent.  Your paint should be the consistency of melted ice cream.  Watch the video below...

If you doing a Pour on a Table top, make sure your table top is level (use a level) - the formula is 1 cup of pour mixture per square foot of table. It takes 24 hours to settle and a week to dry. Wear gloves and tape off edges of Table. White is heavier, and all paints  have different weights, so don't mix your paint until you are ready to pour. Cover your work surface as this can be messy.  You will be tilting your table, and doing some disturbing. You will get a marble, veined look. Check your edges which you may have to touch up with a paintbrush, putting it on nice and thick. Keep checking your pattern, and tilt your Table top. Let it dry for a week, then put 2 good coats of Cottage Paint high gloss varnish on to protect, putting on a heavier coat of varnish, which should be dripping down the edges ( paint varnish on with a brush).
Once again, make sure you watch the above video! Have some shims and blocks on hand. You can also try this technique on mason jars or old glass vases. Use baking foil pans as a drip tray. You may need a hair dryer to help push the paint over, if your piece is too big to tilt. 

Texturline Prime Glaze pouring medium

This is our pouring medium which has a faster drying time, the usual medium  we would use is Easy-Glaze. Priced at $36.00 Canadian for a quart size. You can purchase at The Camellia in Thunder Bay. p 807-475-3551
For a step-by-step Marble pour, read this blog post below!

Marble tabletop Cottage Paint pour, Antweek studio

Urban metallic Cottage Paint, The Camellia
This is Urban Paint made by Cottage Paint, it is metallic and we have used it to redo metal light fixtures. It comes in several colours. 

Serenity Cottage Paint cans, The Camellia

This is Serenity Cottage Paint, which comes in 60 colours. you can purchase Cottage Paint at The Camellia in Thunder Bay. 

Cottage paint pours, Pexels image

For information on Paint Pours and Cottage Paint, visit The Camellia, at 30/32 Hacquoil Rd.
Slate River, near Thunder Bay, Ontario. 
Open Wednesday through Sunday, 
p 807-475-3551

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Happy Canada Day! Specials at the Camellia, Thunder Bay, Ontario

It's Canada Day celebration week, but with a difference this year - how do we celebrate while having to social distance due to Covid-19? Here in Northern Ontario, many will celebrate by going out to Camp, as we are blessed here with many Lakes and places to get away from it all. 

person laying in hammock,

There will be no mass gathering to look at Fireworks displays, we will be watching Canada Day celebrations online. As Canadians watch the number of Covid-19 cases climb in the U.S., we are thankful that our Land borders are closed. However, Canadians can fly into the U.S. 
You will still be required to self-isolate for 14 days once your return to Canada. 

red Muskoka chairs beside the Lake

Here in Thunder Bay, it will feel like +38C by this afternoon, so the Lake is a good place to head to, and there are many Lakes close by that we can go to. Cloud Lake is a mere 30 minutes from here. 

Cloud Lake near Thunder Bay, On

collage of crimson red Cottage Paint,

To celebrate #CanadaDay, we are offering a discount on Red Cottage Paint colours which  we have in stock, which are already tinted.  On sale are Crimson Red Serenity quarts that are in stock, and Red Flag Cottage Paint quarts that are tinted, & in-stock. Serenity Cottage Paint can be used outside on pieces like the red wagon above in the photo. The wood  has to be prepped, sanded, dusted, and treated with Protek indoor/outdoor Primer. Pieces outside have to be able to withstand extremes in weather, and be able to expand and contract with cold and/or heat. Note that Crimson Red Serenity has a sheen, and has a shiny as opposed to a flat finish. 

red door on a white building,

A touch of Red , as seen above in this Red front door, packs quite a punch in an otherwise neutral colour scheme. We all need some more colour in our lives, especially during the Winter in Canada. 

stain resistant Tablecloths at

Are you holding a small Gathering of Family? Our 'Magic' Tablecloths are ideal for everyday and for entertaining, as they are water repellent and stain resistant. They come in various sizes and colours, and are a fav of many of our customers. 

Giant stoneware mugs are great with warm or iced Coffees. Buy them in store at our shop: The Camellia at 30/32 Hacquoil Rd. p 807-475-3551

Have a wonderful Day at The Lake, on July 1st. 2020, Canada Day. At The Camellia, we have hand-made decorative wooden paddles for your Camp. 

There is nothing like a Fish-fry at Camp! 
Visit us here at The Camellia, we are Open Canada Day week, Thursday through to Sunday. 
30/32 Hacquoil Rd. 
Slate River, Ontario
p 807-475-3551