Wednesday, October 19, 2022

When you have a 2-car Garage but you can't park your car in it.

Thunder Bay Flower, Gift shop, and Decor.
It's getting chilly out there, and for those of us who live in a cold climate, we know that snow is coming. All that summer stuff now has to find a home somewhere, kayaks and Camping gear, Gardening and lawn care stuff, sports equipment, and the list goes on. 
House with garage, image from Pexels

Some of us are lucky to have a Garage, however, stuff gets thrown randomly in there, causing a gigantic mess. . And, of course, no one wants to clean it up and organize it. Which leads to a lot of ...'Do you know where the  -------- is?' Which may lead to "IDK- I don't know." 
Some of us forget that the Garage is an expensive dumping ground... it can cost anywhere from $30,000 to $60,000 and up to build a garage, and this is a very low estimate. 

So what is in your Garage today? When the temperature drops, will you be able to park your car in it? No-one enjoys scraping ice and snow off their windshield. With our minus 30 C temperatures, it would be much better if you were able to park your vehicle in your Garage.

snowy winter in Northern ontario

Let's see what is in a typical Northern Ontario garage. Since we just finished Summer, random items from Camping and fishing trips are strewn everywhere. Once the Camper gets back from the lake ( hopefully soon), then all the Fishing and Camping gear can get stored in the Camper. Of course, we are in Northern Ontario where Hunting season has started, and then, there is Ice fishing. Wait, there are also a couple of Kayaks and lifejackets over there. 

Lake Superior Thunder Bay Marina

Systems for storing everything in a garage are all important. Slatwall is our # 1 tool for organization. You can buy Slatwall in a Building supply store, and cut it to fit your wall space. I recommend painting it with a dark coloured Paint, like Serenity Cottage Paint. Buy Cottage Paint here You can also Shop for Cottage Paint instore at The Camellia, at 30/32 Hacquoil Rd. in Slate River, Ontario. 
sporting equipment on a garage wall

kayaks and snowshoes  stored on a garage wall

Maybe one member of the household likes Sports cars, and of course, that definitely cannot be parked outside in the cold! ( Most sportscars are taken out maybe once or twice a year, just saying!)

red corvette image via unsplash

Then there are the random belongings of other people that somehow end up in your garage. Sentimental items that belonged to a family member who passed away. Parents who died and left their belongings for their children to sort out. 

Projects that were started and not completed. Mouldings left over from your house which was built 30+ years ago. Flooring that was bought, and never installed. Cork underlay which was leftover from a flooring project. 

covered couch in garage

With Winter coming up, snow tires have to be installed perhaps. What is THAT in the way? It's a 9ft. long couch, that couldn't fit through the doorway of a rental home.  You may have been asked to help someone move, and now, you've messaged them several times about their couch, and yes, their couch is still in your Garage. Now you can't put the stove on to warm up the garage....

When you have a 2 car Garage, but can't park your Car in it. 
Come shopping at The Camellia for Cottage Paint, Decor, Bedding, and perhaps to chat about Garage organization! 
The Camellia, 30/32 Hacquoil Rd. Slate River, On. 
p. 807-475-3551

Friday, October 7, 2022

Thanksgiving 2022 Celebrations, The Camellia hours, Thunder Bay, On

Thunder Bay Flower & Gift shop

Potted Mum plant with hand painted "Gather" wood sign

It's time to gather together to celebrate Thanksgiving with Family and friends! Now that our borders are open again ( no need to worry about the Arrive-Can app. when entering Canada), families can get together again, yeah!! There is so much to be grateful for this Thanksgiving. 

Blue hydrangea flowers

We have just received a shipment of Blue Hydrangeas from B.C. These will be used in dried floral arrangements, to beautify homes in the depths of Winter. We have been hard at work all Summer growing Flowers and grasses to use in our Dried bouquets. 

Harvest Fern Water repellent Tablecloth

Getting together for a Thanksgiving meal this weekend? Visit our store to shop for a seasonal Tablecloth, these ones are stain resistant, and can be washed. This pattern is called Harvest Fern, and we have many sizes in stock at The Camellia, up to 108" and 126". Prices range from $24.95 to $36.95 + hst. 

Fall Redwood trees

This is a perfect weekend to go for a drive in Slate River Valley, to see all the fall colours, and take some Fall photos! We are OPEN for in-store shopping, Sat. 11-5, and Sunday 12-4p. 

Thanksgiving Pie with wooden letters "Happy Thanksgiving"

Happy Thanksgiving! We deliver potted mums, Wreaths and Dried flower bouquets in Thunder Bay, and Slate River. Shop here at
The Camellia, 30/32 Hacquoil Rd. ( off Hwy.61, past the Thunder Bay Airport)
p- 807-475-3551
Open Wed. 11-5
Open Thurs. 12-5
Open Fri. 11-5
Open Sat.11-5
Open Sunday 12-5p.