Saturday, September 4, 2010

Organic Lavender Wreath

I was really hoping we would not have frost so soon, but it is September after all. So I have been harvesting Lavender Hyssop, and Oregano. And making wreaths. This wreath will be perfect for a Kitchen or Family Room. The barley was harvested from a nearby Farm.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Shopping at Distillery District, Toronto, On

Lucky for me, I was just at the Distillery District in Toronto. Here are some photos for those of you who have yet to visit. There are some great Antique stores, chocolate shops, the Vintage Gardener, and much, much more. There were also 3 Wedding parties there, on the Saturday I visited.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Flowers for Grand Opening

It's September already ( Yikes!), but our marvellous Summer weather continues. Good news for all the flowers happily growing in the garden, ready to be used in fresh flower creations or in our Wreaths. The hanging Green flowers are Hanging Amaranthus. And the purple spikes are a different variety of Lavender, the leaves smell like licorice, and the bees love these plants!

I used both the amaranthus and the lavender in a large Floral Arrangement which was sent for the Grand Opening of a Municipal Office. How appropriate for an Office in the Country!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Harvesting Garden wreaths

It has been a great Summer for growing Flowers, as long as one was able to keep up with all the watering and weeding. I gave up on the weeding . Yesterday was spent picking Bamboo leaves, which were then made into a Wreath.

Wreaths symbolize the eternity of life. This wreath will be perfect for someone who loves Nature, and has neutral tones in her Home.

Today, onwards to the lime green hanging Amaranthus, which will be treated in Glycerin and Dyes before making into Wreaths.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Off to Camp

Off to Camp we go! TGIF!!! Don't forget to stop in at the Camellia off Hwy. 61 for the latest and greatest in Camp Decor and Country Living. We have beautiful Hand-made pieces from Larry's Logworks available at The Camellia. Whimsical, Rugged, & Functional. Perfect for Camp Living.

A hand-made Birch wreath makes a welcoming statement at Camp. In the Fall, simply remove the metal watering can, and add a bundle of wheat.

Musty-smelling Camp? Stop in at Camellia's and pick up some Dried Lavender buds. Lavender is
also calming and relaxes you......

Going for walks at Camp is so easy, and quite often, one returns with a handful of garden and wild Flowers. Arrange in a mason jar with water, instant enjoyment! This bouquet contains lupins, peonies, bamboo, oregano, alstromeria, and virginia creeper.

Summer Living is easy and relaxed with this hand-made Log planter. We have 2 styles in stock at The Camellia

Camp means having lots of friends over, we always seem to run out of seating. This wooden stool is perfect for extra company, and comfortable too, notice the hand-carved details

Many camps in the Thunder Bay area have Saunas.

These are Sauna Back-rests, hand-made from Poplar, perfect for the Sauna, as poplar does not retain heat. What a great hostess gift to take to someone who has a sauna! Add a Sauna steamer in Eucalyptus, this is a blend of essential oils which you can add to the water which is poured onto the hot rocks.

Add a touch of whimsey to your Camp with a wooden hand-made Deer. ( This one will not eat your plants!)

The beauty of being at Camp is the getting away from it all, the work , the chores, and the responsibities. Why not take a Nap? A Nap will go a long ways to restoring you

What about an Inspiration garland, used above a bed at Camp? At The Camellia, we custom make Twig garlands to whatever length you need. Many of our brides who want a natural look, use out twig garlands to decorate with. Add your own sayings or clip your favourite photos on. What an inspired idea for Camp

There are so many things you can do in the area, like strawberry picking at Belluz Farms. Saskatoons and Raspberries can be found alongside the country roads, and are great for making tasty tarts, which is what I did yesterday.

Rolling out the pastry and making pies can sometimes be a stress-reliever.

Here's a peek at the finished Fruit Tarts.. mother Nature gives us so many tasty treats!

Come visit us at The Camellia! If you're coming from the Thunder Bay Airport, head South on Hwy. 61, turn Left onto Hacquoil Rd. There's a lime green billboard that says Camellia on it, on the right hand side of Hwy. 61, just before the turn-off to Hacquoil Rd. Turn left, go down 1.8 km. we are on the left, #30/32.

If coming back from the border, or from Fishing, or from Berry picking ( so many wonderful things to do in the country!), turn right on Hacquoil Rd. Continue for 1.8k, we are on the Left, #30-32.

We're open Friday, 11-8p, Saturday 11-5p, Sunday Noon-5p. Questions? p-475-3551

Friday, June 25, 2010

Summer Sampler Handmade Tour

Presented by local Artisans and Handmade in Thunder Bay Map.

This summer, celebrate the 10th anniversary of the homemade by touring any 6 of the 18 locations. Participating artists make and sell a variety of products such as painting, candles, glass work, weaving, pottery, photography, amethyst and crafts from nature. Demos and free ballots to win prizes! Ballots and maps can be picked up at participating locations, libraries and though the website come out on opening weekend (or during the month of July) talk to local artisans and help them celebrate!

For more information call Camille at (807) 475-3551

Lavender Lemonade

Vanilla cupcakes with garnish of lemon thyme and lavender.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Happy Mother's Day

Have you ever stopped to wonder how this holiday came into existence? In 1906, a year after her mother’s death, a Philadelphia woman, Anna Jarvis, began campaigning for a day on which all Americans would celebrate their Mums. Jarvis’s simple description of the day’s purpose: “To let (mothers) know we appreciate them, though we do not show it as often as we ought.” After spreading the word through church meetings and writing letters to government representatives and businessmen, she had nearly all 46 states observing Mother’s Day within 3 years, and in 1914 it became a national holiday. Nowadays mothers come in all shapes and forms as our family units change. So whether you’re recognizing your mother who has been there for you from Day 1 when you uttered your first cry or your stepmother who you finally appreciate, or maybe your grandmother who always baked you cookies – whoever your mother figure is – take a moment to recognize her. Call me today (807-475-3551) to help you choose the right Gift for your special Mum. Here are some ideas: Lavender Gift set - $49.95 Cotton Pajama set -loll around in these and feel like a Princess in a Chateau in France! $69.95 Wooden Planter Box $ 45.99, add Trowel ( $4.50), Garden Gloves ($4.99) and Plants (call for prices) If your Mum has passed away my sympathies go out to you. There’s no way to ease the inevitable sadness that hits as Mother's Day rolls around. Have you thought about creating a Memorial Garden in her memory? We have several Memorial stones which you can use in the Garden around which you can plant Perennials or a tree in her memory. Call us at 807-475-3551, or Toll-free at 1-877-523-7444. Delivery is available and we're open this week : Wed. through Saturday 11-5, Sunday: Noon-4