Sunday, March 19, 2017

Thankful for Beautiful Flowers in the midst of ugliness.



Flowers add so much Beauty to the world! They liven up rooms, and add interest, colour and texture to bland and boring rooms. Flowers can pull together a varied colour scheme, and they elevate a room into something very special. Wondering how to incorporate Flowers into your decorating? Read on... 


petals fallen on the ground, The Camellia


You can really see the play of colours in these fallen bouganvillea petals.....pinks and purples and ivorys all blending together in perfect harmony. If you love these colours, consider a vase of faux Flowers in these tones. 




beauty, blossom in hand, pincushion flower



 How beautiful flowers are!  When we are in the midst of turmoil and worry,  they remind us to take a deep breath and look at all the beauty there is in this world. You know the popular saying.."Stop and smell the roses.."



Photo of Passion flower in purple


Passion Flower, fitting for this season of Lent and Easter coming up. 



Green & white succulent plant


Succulents are just as beautiful, with the added benefit of not needing very much watering. 


Helleborus blooms and mint plants and Fritllaria


We have been busy at The Camellia designing Spring Flowers for your Home, like this metal envelope filled with Spring bulbs like Fritillaria and Helleborus and mint plants, all faux, so very easy to care for. No fuss. 



Pink Tulip label from Holland




And we'll end with our Uncle's collection of labels from bulb packages in Holland, aren't they lovely? Now if only I could find the rest of the labels...   Happy 1st. Day of Spring from The Camellia.
Do visit us here at 30, Hacquoil Rd. from Wednesday through to Sunday. 
p. (807)475-3551

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Nobody wants your Parents stuff.


How many of you have had to go into a Parent's Home and attempt to help them to get rid of their stuff? It's a task that is daunting to say the least, like going to the Dentist, you know it has to be done , but you don't want to do it. So click on the link below, and read this article. 







Some of us collect Antique chairs, this is a Nursing Chair, with the original label, the Coombe Furniture Company, Kincardine, Ontario. 




Not sure where to get rid of your stuff? Contact an Antique Dealer, here is a haul from an old textile mill in Utica. A person who weaves and spins as a hobby will find these spools very useful 




You can put your goods on Buy and Sell sites, like Kijiji, or Facebook groups. Thank goodness for Cottage Paint, which lets you re-purpose Furniture. 




An old Tea wagon...first spray with Cottage Paint Clean 'n prep. Wipe clean . Then 2 coats of Cottage Paint, wipe with a damp rag, and finish with 2 coats of Cottage Paint Varnish or wax. 




Beautiful transformation! It takes some time, but someone's trash is someone else's treasure. To buy Cottage/chalky Paint, visit The Camellia, at 30, Hacquoil Rd. Thunder Bay. p (807)475-3551

I am off to clean up my junk, it is a daunting task. 

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Yearning for Spring in Thunder Bay, Ontario


Hello! It's March today ( 2 coldest months of Winter are behind us, we hope!) , and it's onward to Spring! It's hard to see something positive about snow and ice at this moment, and most of us just can't wait for the cold and Winter to leave, We can start by filling our Homes with Spring things, with masses of Spring flowers, birds' Nests, photos of #Keukenhof Gardens in Holland, and new cushion covers. Check out this Spring blogger Tour below. 

http://www.countryliving.com/home-design/g3147/spring-blogger-tour-2016/?src=socialflowFB

Flowering bushes, Vancouver Island


Flowering Rhodos on Vancouver Island...here in Thunder Bay, we have  Finnish Rhodos which flower a bit, and seem to take forever to get established. 


Dogwood flowers


Pink dogwood - so beautiful the blooms look fake. 



Spring robins

Just can't wait until we hear that 1st Robin chirp. 



Fuzzy willow , spring branches


And see that first fuzzy Willow branch...! How about you, are you anxious for Spring? 

Visit The Camellia for #Spring Inspiration, and for Cottage/Chalk Paint in Thunder Bay. 
The Camellia, 30, Hacquoil Rd. Open Wed. 11-5. Thurs. 12-5. Fri. and Sat. 11-5. Sunday 12-5.
p(807)475-3551

Friday, February 10, 2017

How to Catch up on all those "I want to do -------, but I have no time!"

photos to be put into a scrapbook


How many of us have projects that we have bought supplies for, and saved up for many years, and have never gotten around to doing it, we say to ourselves, we have no time, there are not enough hours in the day, and so on. We take thousands of photos( with digital cameras it's quite easy to do this), and we never print them. We buy scrapbooks, photo corners, scrapbook paper, and more supplies, and feel overwhelmed when we look at our piles. There are lots of digital Photobook services such as Shutterfly, again this involves more time. 


scrapbook, photo, memories, The Camellia


Well, it's a simple as gathering all your supplies in one place, and starting on the project. Once you have 1 page done, hope returns and if you just concentrate on getting 1 page done, it does get finished. If you panic and think about the 2,000 photos, you never move forward from panic mode to getting it done mode. What awesome Holiday did you go on, and you meant to get a photo album done, but never seem to get to it? Winter days are perfect for all of your unfinished projects.


photo corners, holiday photo books, the Camellia Thunder Bay


All you need is an album with removable pages, some sticky photo corners, and tickets and tourist information you may have picked up while on holiday. 



Birch, winter, walk, The Camellia

Winter in Thunder Bay is great for just heading outside (after layering up) and going for a walk. It's so quiet and peaceful in the countryside. 



Birdwatching, winter feeding , The Camellia






winter feeding of birds, chickadee, snow, The Camellia Thunder Bay


Of course, Winter is great for Bird-watching, all you have to do is keep those feeders filled with sunflower seeds. Do leave us a comment below if you can relate to having many unfinished projects laying around your home. We would love to hear from you! 

Vist us here at #TheCamellia at 30, Hacquoil Rd. for Chalky/Cottage Paint, Hand-made wreaths and Spring florals, how-to classes and much more. We are a member of "Handmade in Thunder Bay " Map. p (807)475-3551

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Spring Home & Garden Show Thunder Bay , 2017


Plan to attend the Spring Home and Garden Show 2017, taking place at the C.L.E Grounds, on April 7, 8, and 9 of 2017. 

Click on this blog link for more information! See you there! #TheCamellia will be there with Chalky/Cottage Paint and #Farrow&Ball. 



Yellow tulips





tulips and muscari in bloom





Pink cherry blossoms spring





Medieval Cottage Paint at The Camellia


Visit  #TheCamellia at the  #SpringHomeandGardenshow 2017, in the Coliseum Building. 

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Spring Prelude, The Camellia, Thunder Bay, Slate River, Ontario

Snow on trees in a winter field


Winter months in Northwestern Ontario can be somewhat challenging, with very low temperatures, but this year we were blessed with warmer than normal temperatures. What a treat to be able to go for a walk every day, and not freeze! The down side was that there wasn't as much sunshine as we usually have, and today it's February 1st. and it's sunny, but cold weather has definitely returned. 



Trees covered in green moss line a pathway in Belgium.


This is the time of year when some of us are craving green, and I usually pull out my #Summer photos, or in this case, my photos from #Holland and Belgium.  It's so damp  that most trees are covered in a very fine, green moss. 




Floral designs with Gerbs, Ti Leaf and gloriosa lilies.


Stunning #Floraldesigns with Gerberas, gloriosa lilies, and Ti Leaf. 




Dutch wooden shoes outside a Home in Holland



A collection of Dutch wooden shoes outside of a home in the Countyside in Holland. 



Brick laid in circular pattern in garden



Cobblestone makes you think of #spring and #grass and #gardening. 



bunny, spring, grass


#Spring and Easter and #Babybunnies. So cute, you just want to reach out and pet and cuddle. 






Want to send a Gift to someone in #ThunderBay or #SlateRiver, Ontario? Call #theCamellia for #Spring potted bulb gardens. The Camellia, 30 Hacquoil Rd. Slate River, On
p(807)475-3551, or toll-free at 1-877-523-7444, 
Open Wednesday through Sunday. 

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

How to get Lavender-scented Sheets & how to wash Alpaca blankets, The Camellia

colourful Alpaca blanket in LG front-loader washing machine


Sometimes you have very special blankets like this Alpaca Blanket from Peru, this one is supposed to be safe to wash on a gentle cycle in the machine. Use a gentle detergent like our Grosso #Lavender from the #Neob Lavender Farm in Niagara-on-the-lake. Use the gentle, hand-wash cycle on cold. 


Neob Lavender laundry detergent use for washables on gentle cycle like this Alpaca balnket.



The smell of Fresh #Lavender fields on your sheets and blankets is just wonderful, and #Lavender helps you sleep. A proper night's sleep is all important. 


wash sheets with Neob Lavender detergent for wonderful smelling sheets



Here are our very favourite Sheets getting washed in Neob Lavender washing detergent....smells wonderful. You know how front loaders get that nasty, moldy sort of smell? This Lavender detergent seems to get rid of that, leaving a clean, fragrant smell of Lavender. While we are on the subject of washing sheets, always wash your sheets by themselves in a separate load. Do not wash sheets together with fleece and sweats, otherwise you will get pilling. 


Get Grosso Lavender laundry detergent from the Camellia, all -natural, made in Niagara-on-the-lake


Where can you buy this? We sell it here at our store, #TheCamellia, at 30, Hacquoil Rd. 


white screen-printed pillow with word Relax, buy it at The Camellia


In today's stressed-out world, filled with all kinds of drama, it is so important to remind yourself to take some time out and relax. This Relax cushion is  a great reminder. 




Microfibre quilt set with 2 shams in Queen at The Camellia.


New Spreads and pillows are a great way to spruce up your Bedroom. Ask about our microfiber quilts and pillow shams in Queen size, priced at $79.00 plus taxes. Colours are soft and in a neutral palette. 





The oh-so-popular grey tones, paired with a Cottage Paint Barnboard headboard or feature wall. Learn this technique at one o four classes at http://www.thecamellia.com/classes-at-the-camelia.html



Comfy throws, 50x60", washable, buy at The Camellia


You can never have enough soft, comfy throws, these are a generous size and priced at $29.95 ea. 





Here is a cheery bouquet from our last year's #Summer Garden... Visit The Camellia at 30, Hacquoil Rd. Thunder Bay, On. p(807)475-3551. 
Open Wed. through Sunday. Click on the link for directions.