Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Want to Paint your Kitchen Cabinets? Ugly duckling Cabinet Door DIY at-home Kit

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

using Cottage Paint cleaner on a cabinet door

January is typically when the month when homeowners look around their Home, and start planning Home Renovations. You may be living with an outdated Kitchen, and would like to update it, but may not have the budget for a complete redo. Perhaps you want to put your house up for sale in the Spring. Normally we would hold Kitchen Cabinet paint classes in January, so you can learn about the whole process. You do not want to be practicing on your Cabinets. So we have put together an 'Ugly Duckling" DIY at-home kit, with everything you need to paint a Cabinet door. 
The biggest first step is Cleaning your cabinet doors, and drawer fronts. We recommend using Cottage Paint Furniture Clean and Prep. Pay close attention to cleaning around handles, raised edges, and the parts of the cabinet door which gets handled the most. Buy Cottage Paint cleaner here: https://iwindowshop.ca/collections/cottage-paint/products/cottage-paint-furniture-clean-and-prep  

cleaning a wooden cabinet door

If your doors are very dirty, you may have to clean them 2 or 3 times. Paint will not adhere well to a dirty surface. 

Cottage painted cabinet door, distressed look

There are 3 types of Cottage Paint - Expression, Serenity and Reflection. The above finish which is distressed, and stencilled, is Cottage Paint Expressions. This cabinet is 30+ years old, and gets a lot of traffic in a Mudroom. The most popular Kitchen Cabinet colour is White. White is not for everyone, it shows up every bit of dirt and every spill. We have curated our 16 most popular Cottage Paint Cabinet colours here: https://iwindowshop.ca/collections/cottage-paint/products/kitchen-cabinet-paint-package

Cottage painted kitchen cabinets

If you want a modern, solid look, as in the photo above, you need Serenity Cottage Paint. Colours like Driftwood, and Anchor will be easier to take care of. 

old oak cabinet door

This kit will have a wooden cabinet door which you will paint, like the door above, it is indeed, quite ugly. Kitchens are busy places in the Home, they get a lot of use,  and food often spills on the cabinet doors. 

Paint your Cabinet door Kit

Your kit will contain 1 Furniture Clean and Prep, Serenity or Expression Paint, along with a roller and brush kit. 

Cottage Paint your Cabinet Door kit

Instructions will be included, and a list of resources for Painting your Kitchen or Bathroom Cabinets. 
As we all want to stay safe ( no in-person Classes), we are introducing our UGLY DUCKLING Cabinet Door Makeover DIY Kit. Included will be a wooden cabinet door, Cottage Paint cleaner, 1 can of Cottage Paint, a Roller & Brusk kit, with instructions. You need to make 2 decisions:
-do you prefer a solid painted look, or a distressed finish?
- what colour do you want to paint your Cabinet door? 

For more information, visit us in-store at The Camellia, at 30, Hacquoil Rd. (off Hwy.61), or online at https://www.paintoldkitchencabinets.com/ 
IG :@camelliafromnaturetohome
Shop online for Cottage Paint at https://iwindowshop.ca/collections/cottage-paint  
p- 807-475-3551


Saturday, January 1, 2022

Happy New Year! 2022 is here!

Thunder Bay Flower & Gift shop

Here we are at the start of a brand New year! 2022! It's a chilly -21 Celsius and sunny here in Thunder Bay, Ontario. 

turtle swimming in the ocean

In Antigua, it is a beautiful sunny day, and 27 degrees Celsius. We hope you are having a great day whether you are in the cold, or in the Caribbean. 

2022 paper planners

Some of us are list makers and Goals-to-be-set- kind-of-people, and the new paper smell of a fresh planner is kind of nice. It's a day to put up 2022 calendars, and to start writing in a new planner. 

a person arranging flowers in a vase

Maybe you have taken your Christmas Tree down ( amidst a flurry of pine needles), and are wondering what to put in that bare spot. A Dried floral arrangement filled with pods, and Pampas grass would look lovely. Here at The Camellia, we can custom make a Floral for your space. 

Cleaning out your purse could be on your To-Do list, this lovely Vera Bradley purse would ensure that you carry just what you need, and enable you to find your things in a timely manner. We sell Vera Bradley purses and weekenders at our store, The Camellia. Organization is everything, especially for us ADD people. One of your New Year's goals might be to find a home for those items which have piled up on your counters, and maybe to donate what you no longer need to Goodwill. 

desk with sign, get sh__ done

Some of us are uber goal-oriented, and just want to get stuff done. 

Maybe you have committed to eating healthier, and exercising more. To make time for yourself, and do more yoga, and self-care. 

pink tulips in field

Most of all, we wish that everyone gets better, and that we can return to some sort of a normal life again. 
We will post our January hours soon, you can call us at 807-475-3551, 
and shop online at https://iwindowshop.ca/

The Camellia , 30/32 Hacquoil Rd. Slate River, Ontario. 

Saturday, December 11, 2021

Hello December! It's the most wonderful time of the year! Christmas, The Camellia, Thunder bay.

Thunder Bay Flower & Gift shop

gifts wrapped in white paper

Hello December! We had been enjoying no snow and ice on the ground, and then wham, we just had a huge snowfall. It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! After all, snow at Christmas is what everyone wants, and those who love Winter sports are cheering. 

The Camellia store  in winter

If you are heading to our store to do some Christmas shopping, here is a photo taken in the Winter. Our roads are plowed very quickly, this morning the snow plows were out at 8am. clearing all the snow which just fell. we are OPEN Wed. through to Sunday. 

Clara Clark sheet sets at the Camellia

Winter brings a sense of Calm and slowing down, and our 1800 thread count sheets sets from Clara Clark will help you to relax, and sleep better. We stock mostly queen sized sets, and they come in a lot of colours (24). Buy online here https://iwindowshop.ca/collections/sleep/products/1800-thread-count-clara-clark-sheet-set. We can order in California King, split King and Twin XL. Next order deadline is 
Jan. 15th. 2022. 

small red rose vine wreath at the Camellia

Here is one of our smaller Wreath designs, priced at $35.00. You can phone us if you need Gifts delivered in thunder Bay, Slate River, and surrounds. p. 807-475-3551.

This red Berry wreath is available for purchase online at https://iwindowshop.ca/collections/handmade-vintage/products/organic-vine-wreath-with-red-berries-plaid-bow. $79.00 +hst. 

fresh eucalyptus plant self care package

For the person on your list who does a lot for everyone, and forgets about taking care of themselves, we have self-care packages with Silver dollar Eucalyptus plants which we grew ourselves, locally made Foaming hand soaps, Napa soaps from St. Helena, and a Wellness journal.  To see these online, click here: https://iwindowshop.ca/collections/handmade-vintage/products/eucalyptus-plant-gift-set

Cottage Paint gift set, buy at The Camellia

For the creative person on your list, why not gift them a Cottage Paint Gift set? This set is a good introduction to the world of Cottage Paint, a low voc, water-based Paint, that is easy to use on Furniture and Cabinets. Buy online at https://iwindowshop.ca/collections/cottage-paint

Cottage Painted dresser early dawn

Stop by and see us at the Camellia, at 30/32 Hacquoil Rd. (off Hwy. 61), in  Slate River, On. 
OPEN Wed. 11-5, Thurs. 12-5, Fri. & sat. 11-5. Sun. 12-5p. 
Have a wonderful Christmas, and phone us with any questions 807-475-3551.

Thursday, November 25, 2021

Last few days to Shop Artisans Northwest and Craft Revival online, The Camellia, Thunder Bay, On

Hello!  This is a quick reminder, just a few more days to shop virtually. Once you are on our IWINDOWSHOP.CA site, on your Desktop, scroll down on the right, to the Handmade & Vintage section, and start shopping. If you are shopping from your cell phone, you will see 3 bars on the LEFT at the top of your screen, click on ALL PRODUCTS, then on HANDMADE.   
We are not in the Craft Revival in-person event ( sorry!)  Our store, at 30, Hacquoil Rd. is OPEN Wed. through Sunday , 12-5p. We also offer Delivery, contact us to enquire, 807-475-3551. 



How to shop CRAFT REVIVAL ONLINE: https://www.craftrevival.ca/. OPENS Sunday, Nov. 21st. at 10 am. and runs until Friday Nov. 26th. at 10 pm.  
How Online Craft Revival works: https://www.craftrevival.ca/how-it-works


Click on their website https://www.artisansnorthwest.ca/. Scroll down the page, until you
get to the Virtual market, and you will see a link to each artisan's website, we are listed under The Camellia, Camille Overmeer.

You can also shop directly on our site here: https://iwindowshop.ca/collections/handmade-vintage

If you have any questions, do pick up the phone and call us. p 807-475-3551.


You can on our site, IwindowShop.ca, as long as the product(s) are not sold out. 


Find Out More
Open Wed. Thurs. Fri. Sat. and Sunday. 11-5, and  12-5 on Thursdays and Sundays. 
 If in doubt about if something is in stock, feel free to phone us at 475-3551. 

OPEN ONLINE  for TELEPHONE ORDERS and you can still do pick-ups if you prefer not to come into our store. Phone 807-475-3551.

Thank you for supporting small shops like ours! 


Monday, November 15, 2021

Find The Camellia online at Artisans Northwest, and Craft Revival TBay.

Thunder Bay Flower & Gift shop

IWindowshop.ca logo

As Christmas draws near, we are excited to be part of 2 Virtual Hand made shows, Artisans Northwest and Craft Revival Thunder Bay. 

Craft Revival's site will be live from Nov. 21 to Nov. 26th. Here is the link to their site: https://www.thecraftrevivaltbay.com/. Once you are on their site, search for us under the GIFTS category. Payment can be made securely on our website (https://iwindowshop.ca/collections/handmade-vintage), you can phone us at 807-475-3551, or if you prefer, you can pay by email transfer. You can pick up your items at 30, Hacquoil Rd. or we can arrange for delivery.  

For Artisans Northwest, please visit their site at https://www.artisansnorthwest.ca/, then look for the link for Camille Overmeer, the Camellia. This show runs from Nov. 22. through to Nov. 28th. 2021. You can also view our items for sale here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.4716353801762566&type=3

fresh Evergreen wreaths at The Camellia

The Camellia, 30, Hacquoil Rd. Slate River, On. 
p.807-475 3551

Thursday, November 4, 2021

Holiday Gifting, The Camellia.com, Thunder Bay, On.

Hello!  The most glorious of all seasons, the Christmas season,  is approaching. Images of cozy evenings by the fire, cookies baking in the oven, and unwrapping gifts under a beautifully decorated Tree, come to mind. Maybe this Christmas, we can get back to enjoying a meal with family and friends!
We are taking part in ARTISANS NORTHWEST online : Nov. 22nd.-Nov. 28th. 2021.
And we are part of CRAFT REVIVAL VIRTUAL MARKET: Nov. 21st. to Nov. 27th. 2021

WED. 11-5, THURS. 12-5,  FRI. 11-5, SAT. 11-5p. SUN. 12-5 
Wear your mask.  
Beautiful Winter decorating starts now. A Wreath on your front door, a table centrepiece and some glitzy ornaments, along with bowls of fresh greenery & potted plants. I was so lucky to be able to visit Biltmore estate in Asheville, North Carolina. They were getting ready for their Christmas season, and putting up all their Trees and many over-the-top decorations, check out this fabulous Tree below.

We are here to help you find the perfect Gift for those special people on your Gift list. Oprah's Favourite Things list was just released, and it's no surprise that our Beekman 1802 Goat Milk products are on her list. Goat milk has vitamins A, B1,B6,B12,C,D,E and Selenium, which is known to prevent skin cancer. We have Plumberry spice foaming hand soap ( made by a local soapmaker).  Heat/cold Therapy packs are a great Gift idea, for anyone suffering from pain. Weighted eye packs, Mitts for Arthritis, Eye packs, Neck packs, and bonus, they are all made locally.

These are a wonderful Gift for your friends who have admired your Cottage Paint projects, and want to get started on their own projects! 2 jars of 8 oz. paints + 1 varnish, and a brush, packaged in a beautiful gift box. 
We have lots of Cottage Paint in stock, and have been working hard at updating our website. To see our Paint collections, click here: https://iwindowshop.ca/collections/cottage-paint  
. We have the following colours on sale: these are being discontinued:
Khaki, Grape, Black Hawk, Tangerine, Kiwi and Pumpkin.

COTTAGE PAINT Colour & Seal 
An easy way to update your old golden oak cabinets, furniture, or stair railings without having to strip down to the bare wood. Forget about stripping. With our Color & Seal products, bring tired old wood back to life, saving yourself from the mess of renovations. Discover the full color range in our store, The Camellia.   

The Camellia, 30, Hacquoil Rd.(off Hwy.61). See photo of store below. 
Open Wednesday through Sunday. 

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Change is hard. Whatever it is you are struggling with, our wish for you is that things will get better.

word saying about change

We are creatures of habit....we keep doing the same things every day, yet we expect different results. 
Change is hard. 
When we have an anxiety-producing task to do, some of us procrastinate with stress eating. Some of us spend a lot of time endlessly scrolling on social media. 
We want a clean Home, yet we may lack the discipline to put things away and pick up our mess.
We spend hours worrying about others in our Life, yet in the end, we can only change our behaviour. 

Fall leaves in woods

Know that you are not alone, and that others are struggling with the same problems. Do not get discouraged. Head outside for a walk, and enjoy these warm, Fall days. 

Autumn tree with red leaves

Happy Thanksgiving!! Wishing you a Happy weekend spent with Family and friends. We are Open this week from Wednesday through to Saturday, 12 to 5p. 
The Camellia, 30/32 Hacquoil Rd. Slate River, Ontario.
p 807-475-3551