Thursday, January 5, 2017

A Caribbean person's Guide to surviving Winter when it's minus 27.

I grew up close to the Equator, where it was an even 85-95 degrees every day.  Days like today are a' so cold it takes your breath  away when you go outside. Time to dig out your Summer many of you take lots of photos, and never look at them?  I spotted this barn when I was out doing deliveries one the patina on the barnboard. 

It's a good time to sit and read all those magazines and books.....preferably by a warm, crackling fire.

It's a great time to plan your #CottagePaint projects for the Winter - no need to wait until Summer to paint, Cottage Paint is low VOC and water-based. 

The temptation is to stay indoors and eat ....yummy just-baked Raisin bread. 

Pull out your Winter holiday photos from last year and start putting them into scrapbooks and albums. 

Surround yourself with Flowers! Flowers and plants just make you feel better! Visit us here at The Camellia, at 30, Hacquoil Rd. We will be Open from Thursday Jan. 12th. 2017. 
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Sunday, January 1, 2017

Trying to change Habits - New Year's Resolutions 2017.

It's the start of a New Year, and we feel obligated to change our lives, we resolve to be a better - - ( you fill in the blank). Self-examination is painful, it's easier to blame someone or something for your problems. 

And for every situation, there is a  person with the questionable behaviour, and there is a person putting up with the not-so-great behaviour. The more you put up with questionable behaviour, the more the other person thinks it's ok, and continues doing what he or she is doing. 

Who...? Me..I'm innocent, how could you even think I would do that?
What do you do if you have a task that has to be done, and you don't want to do it? Some of us procrastinate by heading off to snack on bad stuff, to stress eat. The trick is to make your Life consist of ONLY things you WANT to do, as opposed to things you HAVE TO DO. 

This article is a great motivational read.

So ask yourself...what motivates you?

What do you want more than anything else right now? 

Then go out and MAKE IT HAPPEN! 

Visit us at The Camellia, at 30, Hacquoil Rd. Thunder Bay, On.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Holiday & New Year Gift Delivery, Thunder Bay, Slate River, On

Christmas has snuck up on Opa Overmeer , and he hasn't started his Christmas shopping. He called and asked us for ideas. 

Antique Sock stretchers - a perfect Gift. 

Here in Slate River, it's snowing at the moment, so we are hoping to get some more snow cover on the ground before January and February. 

Designed at The Camellia: faux centerpieces which make a great gift for the whole family. 

Osier Dogwood Wreath - we have 1 of these left in Silver. 

Oyster Pottery bowls from Mussels 'n More - you can order by phone from #theCamellia, and we can gift box and deliver. Lovely Gift for someone with a home in Mink Mountain.  

Lake themed cushions for that friend who lives on the Lake, or for the friend who wishes she lived on the Lake. 

Organic Lemongrass Gift set from #Neob Lavender - a wonderful citrusy, pick-me-up Gift for a friend. 

Large pottery Platters - perfect for Holiday entertaining. Hand made Pottery from Mussels 'n More. 

Give a Gift of a hand-made Mussels 'n More Pottery mug... in Ivory and Navy as well. Microwave & dishwasher safe. $49.00 + taxes. 

Want to send something that's long-lasting and not seasonal? Ask for the Wave Bokay ( in photo above), and all-round design perfect for anywhere in the home,, priced at $149.00 + taxes and delivery. 
The Camellia, 30, Hacquoil Rd. Slate River, On.
toll-free in Canada 1-877-523-7444
Open Wed. through Sunday. 

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Why are we so BUSY? The disease of being Busy..The Camellia, Thunder Bay

Busyness is like a disease....everyone you meet is BUSY. What is going on? Are we trying to cram too much into a day? Maybe we don't know how to Relax anymore and feel guilty for not responding to every ding on our phones. Here is a thought-provoking article on this topic. 

Our Grapevine wreath from our own grapevines at the back of our shop, entwined with some lycopodium from the forest floor. Take time out today to go for a walk outside, you will feel so much better.

It's nice to see that friends take time off to go Shopping at The Camellia!

Treat yourself to Goat Milk Soap from #Beekman1802, in stock at #TheCamellia. You're worth it. Take some time out to pamper yourself. Time for some self-care.

Squirrels always seem so busy, collecting pinecones, stealing some from my deck, and building neat little piles around the base of our evergreens. 

For most of us, the only time we relax is when we take time off for a Vacation. Here we are in Jamaica, in the wonderful Caribbean.

There is something to be said for beach, sunshine and miles of sand. 

Parties on the  Beach are lots of fun. 

In the midst of this Holiday season of Joy and celebration, take time to just be, to relax, and take care of yourself first.
Visit #TheCamellia for Spa products from Napa Valley, Beekman 1802, Lavender Bath products, and Rocky Mountain Soap. We are at 30, Hacquoil Rd. Open Wednesday through Sunday.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Valley Harvest Art Fest 2016, Belluz Farms, Slate River Valley, On

Fall Festivals are so much fun. This was the first year for  Valley Harvest Art Fest! This event took place at Belluz Farms, in scenic Slate River Valley.

A cheery welcome of local Sunflowers, and your admission ticket gave you a chance at winning one of the many Prizes. 

 Corn on the Con grown at Belluz Farms. Local food. Craft Beers. Art. Photography. Potters. Painters. Wreath makers. Clothing designers. Bakers, and so much more. 

Wolfhead Coffee.

The Bakeshop on Boundary, by the time I was able to get over there, everything was sold out. I had been watching people go by with cinnamon buns with cream cheese frosting. Sigh...

Painting parties in your Home. 

Farmhouse style Artwork by MaryAnn Bryenton of Candy mountain Studio. p-(807)472-8688.

Photography by Susan Dykstra of Window Light Photography. 

  Edgy clothing from Trevor: BURNT clothing for those extreme sport types and wannabes. 

Check out their online store at or check out their Facebook page

 And we were there (The Camellia) showcasing our Cottage/Chalk Paint, and Barnboard paint. 

And on the way home after the Festival, a Rainbow over the mountains.  A perfect end to an Art Fest! For Wreaths, Chalky Paint, bedding, and unique Hand-made Gifts, visit The Camellia, at 30, Hacquoil Rd. Slate River.
Open every day except Mon & Tues.