Friday, April 11, 2014

Spring is here at The Camellia!

Spring is definitely here! The Robins have returned! Even though we still have 2 feet of snow on the ground, it is melting away nicely. A big Thank You to all of you who stopped by our booth at the Spring Home & Garden show, we enjoyed meeting all of you.

We are inspired by Yellow -such a cheery colour. Our Forsythia Birch wreath.

Such a fun purse with the polka dots, and look at that wonderful grey & yellow Bedding - 100% Cotton, which makes it washable and breathable.

 We have loads of realistic Spring Flowers - blue hydrangeas mixed with white Tulips.

 Like our take on Spring?

 Need a great lace Runner for your Easter table? We have lots, in many sizes.

 Our much-loved Tablecloths -water repellent and stain-resistant. Great price - $24.95 and $27.95, and we have sizes up to 126", and 70 "Round. Come into our store on Hacquoil Rd. to get one.

 Just arrived - Kate Bedding. In a wonderful grey and blue washed palette.

 Great Easter bouquet for someone - no-care, no fuss, a great gift for someone in long-term care.

We showed this dresser at the Spring Home & Garden show - a Cottage Paint make-over.
Come into our store at The Camellia, to get some, or take a class in Beginners Cottage Paint.
The Camellia, 30 Hacquoil Rd. 
Open Wed. through Sunday. Sat. 11-5. Sunday 12-5p.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Happy April 1st.!

Happy April 1st.. and the joke is on us in Thunder Bay, we are in the midst of a lovely ( not!) Springinter storm of snow, freezing rain and ice. Not to worry, Caribbean people living in Thunder Bay will not be bothered by this nonsense. We are packing like crazy, getting ready for the Spring Home & Garden show starting this Friday at the C.L.E grounds and the Sportsdome. We are inspired by Flowers... bright moss...and Bunnies.

 Fresh Flowers always make you feel better. Go treat yourself to some today.

 In the Spring , there are all kinds of Birds nests to be found in the branches, collect them and display under a glass cloche. We will have some cloches for sale at the Garden show.

 Willow branches seem to signify Spring - none here yet.

 I don't know about you, but here at The Camellia we are craving Green  .... and waiting to see open, running water in all the ditches and local streams. The sound of a babbling brook is so nice.

 The oh-so-cute Easter fuzzie-wuzzies. We will have these at our booth.

Hand-made stainless steel Flowers, deer proof. Get lots of Ideas and products for your Home & Garden at the Spring Home & Garden show, see The Camellia in the Coliseum building, Booths #2 and 3. We will be busy setting up for the Garden show so we will be closed here at The Camellia on Wed. Thurs. and Friday.
The Camellia 
30, Hacquoil Rd. p-(807)475-3551

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Happy Spring!

Yes, you heard that right, today is the first Day of   S P R I N G !!  ( even though we continue to be blessed with gifts of Snow).Shown in the photo above is a mason jar painted with Cottage Paint, holding fresh daffys and faux bulbs, yes you can mix fresh and faux flowers.

This morning, I was once again scraping ice and snow off my windshield, and saying a few choice words. I am looking forward to Spring, and am dreaming of this field of muscari blooms at Keukenhof in Lisse, Holland. Lucky duck who lives there!

How do you get through the Spring blahs....? Definitely poring over gardening magazines helps. We are busy getting ready for the Spring Home & Garden show coming up April 4, 5, 6 , 2014 at the CLE grounds.

Inspired by our Spring colours in Cottage Paint. And hats off to those of you who are painting away, getting all their refinishing projects done before the nice weather gets here. Cottage Paint classes coming up again in mid April, keep checking our website at

Find inspiration in budding branches. You can force them indoors by placing branches in a bucket of water, and wetting them down in the shower. They may take a while, but they will bud indoors.

Yellows and greens seem to be popular this Spring.

Love the Yelows and greys.

Colour is everywhere, as seen in this display of Fiesta ware.

Come visit us at The Camellia for colourful Spring Inspiration. We are open Wed. through Sunday.
Friday.....11-5, Sat. 11-5. Sun. 12-5.
30 Hacquoil Rd. 
p-(807) 475 3551

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Spring, Camellia Style.

It's Thyme to Uncrate Spring! Brighten up your Home with Spring colours - pinks, mauve, yellows, greens, and blues.
The quickest Spring fix? Mix faux Dahlias ( that's the ones in our photo collage, for sale at The Camellia ) with fresh bunches of purple or pink Hyacinths. Add some branches from outdoors, and voila, instant Spring!
Just in, lovely Tablecloths like the one shown, this is Cutwork with embroidered Daylilies. You simply have to come in to see all our patterns.

Just arrived ...KATE .. a 100% cotton Bedding collection ( featured in upper left corner of collage). Kate is a great choice for a master bedroon at Camp or at Home, featuring washed tones of greys, blues and ivorys. This pattern is part of the Brunelli line, customers often tell us that their Brunelli Bedding  is still going strong 7 years later. And cotton is washable, and breathes, making it a great choice if you share your bed with kids and pets.

BEGINNERS COTTAGE PAINT CLASS - this Saturday, March 15th. 1-4p.

This is a good class to take if you have never used Cottage Paint before. And you have projects you want to tackle now that the weather is getting warmer. Some of you are redoing bathrooms, some are repainting kitchen cabinets, some are planning on redoing furniture out at camp. We have new Summer colours of Cottage Paint in stock at The Camellia.

 Pre-register by phoning us at 475-3551 or email at

The Camellia - 30 Hacquoil Rd. Slate River, Oliver Paipoonge, Thunder Bay, On.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Spring forward, Tuliptime and The Camellia

 It's March ...and for most of us, the only thing that gets us through to Spring is thinking Spring, and looking at TULIPS!! Of course, Holland is the Tulip capital of the world. 

 We are all craving  green, I can almost smell the odour of a freshly cut lawn......sigh. 

Now is the time to banish Winter, and add Spring to your decor. A vase of curly Willow, with colourful easter eggs makes a great display. The willow will root right in your vase. 

Hyacinths and Muscari blooms. 

Treat yourself to White Lilac shea butter Hand stock just arrived at our store , the Camellia.

Mr. Benji is awaiting the arrival of Spring ---  and garden tomatoes. 

And the rest of us are awaiting the start of Garden season.....Pansies from Paulusma's Greenhouses, Thunder Bay. And from De Bruins Greenhouses, Highway 61, Thunder bay. 

I'm sure you are looking forward to sitting outside...warm sunshine, birdies tweeting..

Happy Spring! Don't forget - Daylight Savings Time begins this Sunday, March 9th. 2014 . Take our FREE make-it-and-take-it class at The Camellia - Learn how to make a rolled rose, This Sat. March 8, and Sunday March 9th. at 1 -5. Bridal Open house on this weekend - get a free quote on your Wedding Flowers

The Camellia - 30 Hacquoil Rd. Open: Sat. 11-5. Sun. 12-5p.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Wedding bouquets, The Camellia, Thunder Bay

 Hello! Here at The Camellia, we are excited to be taking part in the Thunder Bay Wedding Show, which will take place this Sunday, March 2nd. 2014  at the Victoria Inn, in Thunder Bay, from 11-4p.

How many of you use Pinterest to get ideas for your Wedding? And what about all those Wedding magazines with fabulous displays of masses of Flowers?  All this leads to ...I want THIS ( pointing to what is easily a $1,500 display on 1 corner of a gazebo)  for my Wedding!! Notice they never pin the cost of those elaborate displays? I overheard someone saying the other day ( a Bride-to-be) .."but it's only Flowers, how can they cost so much?"

There is a lot that goes into the growing of Flowers and foilage, and then the transporting of these perishable products from the growers to You! Take a look at the production of foilages on this Florida operation:

Yes, if you lived in Holland, and you run over to your neighbour down the street that grows Hortensia ( Hydrangeas),  then your Wedding Flowers would be a breeze! 

For most of us here in Thunder Bay, our Fresh flowers have travelled a long way to get here.
Look at the size of these Hydrangea blooms! ... as seen on a visit to Holland.

As for the Tulips in Holland, they are spectacular. 

 And the prices of cut Flowers in Holland are a lot less, as they grow the flowers, no transport costs. We'll blog about that another day. 

 Here at The Camellia, our speciality is Faux-Botanical Bouquets.

They won't wilt or crush, you can get them in hard-to-find colours, they are great for people that are allergic to pollen, flowers and sometimes foilages. ( Who wants to have to use an Epi-pen on their Wedding Day?) Not. And you get to keep them in a vase long after your Wedding Day.

They hold up well in Snow, faux Botanicals make perfect sense for cold, Winter days, like today, minus 40 something with the wind chill.

 This Bouquet was for a September Wedding.

And if you want Fresh bouquets, we can do also .

And this was a beautiful May Wedding...

Photo By Alan Dickson Photography.

Here are Kimberly's comments:

Camille went beyond and above my expectations. I absolutely loved the bouquets and boutounierres she did up and my bridesmaids were so impressed! Camille took my ideas and the end product was better than I could have asked for.  The tulips and little wooden shoes were such a special touch! I love that I have my bouquet as a keepsake. I would highly recommend Camille's work to any bride looking for something amazing for her special day. 

Ps. The flowers you used in my bouquet are amazing and even more special that they are from Holland. I had a ton of compliments that they had no idea they were silk!!
Do visit The Camellia at the Thunder Bay Wedding show , you will find us at booth #41 in the main Ball room. We will be doing a demo at 1.50 p.m. on Cottage Paint and Pinterest. 
BRIDAL OPEN HOUSE , Sunday March 9th. 2014 
FREE MAKE 'N TAKE FOR BRIDES at The Camellia - on Sunday, March 9th. 2014. 1 -4 p.m. Learn how to make a rolled Rose. 
The Camellia, 30 Hacquoil Rd. 
Visit our Wedding blog at
For Frequently asked questions, and Pricing 

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Thinking Spring in the midst of Snow.

Here at The Camellia, we are trying to think     S P R I N G !!

It is somewhat difficult to think Spring, with snowfall after snowfall, with blowing winds and minus thirty -something temperatures. 

So we can dream on and think about munching on yummy Lavender Cupcakes, and sipping Lavender Lemonade. 

And of Peony Garden blooms, as big as the palm of your hand. Ruffles of Pink and Ivory. 

Washing with our Hand-made Lavender Soap, made in Canada. Lavender is sure to calm and de-stress you. 

Bright Summer Purses at the Camellia - come visit our store to see similar beauties! 

New Spring colours of Cottage Paint have arrived. Customers are taking advantage of the long and cold Winter to paint their old pieces of furniture. Of course they can do this indoors as Cottage Paint has low voc's.

Flowering dogwood in Vancouver. 

Poppy bloom. 

Out metal Butterfly, made by Elaina, metal artist.

Well, enough dreaming of Spring, it is back to Winter for a while yet. Stay warm, and phone for our current hours. The Camellia, 30 Hacquoil Rd. Thunder Bay, Slate River, Oliver Paipoonge, On.