Thursday, November 26, 2015

Wreaths for order , December 2015 classes, at The Camellia, Thunder Bay, On

It's less than a month away ...Christmas, How did that happen?  Now is the time to place your Wreath and Swag orders with us here at The Camellia. Swags are custom made to your colours - prices range from $69.00 - $129.00.

This is our large square evergreen with Magnolia- a stunner, to be sure . Only 1 left. Call 475-3551 or 1-877-523-7444 for current prices. 

Ribbons abound at The Camellia. Ribbons are the finishing touch on your Wreaths or Christmas trees. 

Fresh and Faux branches and blooms in the same design, bring in your vase today, let us do the work or you can DIY and buy our evergreen bundles.  . 

Our Birch and cedar wreath ...with plaid bow. 

Monogram Wreath - great Gift, and we deliver to their home or office. 

Love arranging your own flowers..order from The Camellia for the freshest of blooms. 

Take a class at The  Camellia, during December. 

Our signature Magnolia, Birch and Evergreen Wreaths. 

Bring in your snowshoes, and we'll dress them up. These are a client's that belonged to his Grandparents. 

A custom install for a client. 

Bring in your Summer Lantern, and we'll dress it up. This one is for sale at our store, The Camellia. 

DECEMBER CLASSES at The Camellia,30 Hacquoil Rd. ( off Hwy. 61)

·                Make your own Lavender Gifts  $29.95 + hst,   Dec. 3rd. 2015,  6.30-7.45pm.  In this Workshop, you will make 3 scented Lavender sachets. Supplies are included in your Class fee : 3 organza sachet bags, 2 (2oz. bags) of Lavender buds, & Lavender essential oil. We will have available for purchase Neob Niagara Grosso & Angustifolia Lavender products . Learn how to use Lavender in your daily life to help reduce stress, and induce a good night’s Sleep. Call 475-3551 to register.

·                DIY Evergreen Windowbox. December 4, 2015. 7.00-8.30pm. $45.00 +hst. In this workshop, you will make your own Winter box with several varieties of winter greens and red osier dogwood. All supplies are included in the class fee, and you will be taking home your Evergreen windowbox . Call 475-3551 to register for this class.

·        Free Bow-making demo at The Camellia, December 5th, 2015. 3-5pm. at our location, 30,  Hacquoil Rd. Learn how to make a Bow. Bows make a great addition to your seasonal wreaths. Many varieties of Ribbon will be available for purchase at The Camellia. 

·                Turn new wood into Barnboard with Cottage Paint, $25.00 +hst
Learn how to turn new wood into old barnwood with Cottage paint. All supplies are included in the class fee, you will be going home with your piece of new barnboard.  December 6th, 2015. 2.00-3.00 pm. Call 475-3551 to pre-register for this workshop.

·                Free Fix-up of Christmas decor,  Dec. 9th. 2015, from 11am-5pm.
Bring in your Christmas decor for a free fix-up and fluffing. Supplies will be available for purchase at The Camellia. Revamp your old Christmas decor.  At 30, Hacquoil Rd.

·        Mason Jar Evergreen class - Dec. 10th, 2015. 6.30-8.00 . Take a mason Jar and make a fabulous Evergreen centrepiece with Wintergreens , $39.00 +hst

The Camellia, 30 Hacquoil Rd. 
Open Wed. 11-5, Thurs. 12-6, Fri. and Sat. 11-5. Sun. 12-5p.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

What goes into making a great Christmas wreath

Today we're going to chat about what goes into making a Wreath. Most of the greens we use, except for Magnolia leaves & Boxwood, are sourced from Thunder Bay and surrounding areas. Greens are picked after the greens have gone through a "hardening- off" period, i.e. 2-3 nights of consecutive below zero temperatures.  Wreaths stay green for a longer period of time, lasting well into February. 
If Wreaths are in full sun and direct wind, they will not last as long and will turn yellow. The wreath above is our deluxe square evergreen. 

Many hours are spent collecting cedar, white pine, balsam, red pine, and birch. 

And red osier Dogwood branches. These look amazing in planters and evergreen pots. 

Our Evergreen and Magnolia wreaths are lush and really make a statement. 

We add wired ribbon bows, pine cones, bells, stars, and other embellishments. 

Every Wreath made here at The Camellia is hand wired, as opposed to being glued. This means that your wreath should not fall apart with normal use. 

Here is a close-up of a big box store Wreath, see all that glue? It holds for a while, then the components of the wreath fall off. This leads to more tossing into the landfill. 

This is one of our wreaths, which was outside, in a covered deck, this is what it looked like in April, it was made in November of the year before.  

When you are buying a Wreath this Christmas season, think about buying locally. Here at The Camellia, we have a limited number of fresh wreaths. And next time you go to a Hand-made show, don't assume that the artisan has a truckload of wreaths, it takes many hours of hard work to produce a wreath. Here at The Camellia we are now taking orders for fresh wreaths, with a delivery date of Dec. 1st or 2nd. 2015.
Our Christmas Open house is coming up this weekend, November 21, 22. 2015
The Camellia, 30/32 Hacquoil Rd. Slate River, On. p(807)475-3551

Friday, November 13, 2015

Artisans Northwest 40th. Show, The Camellia, Thunder Bay

For the best in Handmade, Visit The Artisans Northwest Show at the Valhalla Inn, on this Saturday Nov. 14 from 10-5p. And also on Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015 from 10-4p.

And today, as if by magic, we had our first snowfall. 

Artisans work really hard to make Handmade products especially for you. 

Our Paris themed fresh evergreen. 

You will find our booth in the Odin room, at the Valhalla Inn,  Artisan Camille Overmeer. 

And many other fabulous booths - Hamata Creations by Elaina Roberts. 

Pat Huber's Teddy Bears. 

See you at the Artisans show! We are open here at The Camellia on Hacquoil Rd. on 
Sat. Nov. 14, 2-5p. Sun. Nov. 15, 12-3.

Monday, November 2, 2015

What's NEW in the Cottage Paint world at The Camellia

What's new in  Cottage Paint? Cottage Paint SERENITY is the new baby. It has excellent mar resistance, adhesion and lay down. Lay down refers to the flattening out once you brush Serenity on. Available in all the same colours as the original Cottage Paint , 50 or more. No top coat required with Serenity. 

Now you can  turn new wood into Barnboard ...with Cottage Paint.

Lovely for making shelving ...Restoration Hardware style shelving. 

New is URBAN Paint - for that contemporary Loft style, you can paint furniture, brick, and even do a dramatic feature wall. 

This is an old wooden frame with plaster mouldings, in perfect shape. The BEFORE.

The AFTER. Painted with Cottage White (part of the Cottage Paint Whites) 

Painting upholstery with Cottage Paint....

The AFTER - we'll post a better photo later. The legs were painted with Turquoise to match the stripes, the finish looks and feels like leather. We finished with a satin wax. Want to know more? Come into our store, the Camellia, we have a large selection of Cottage/chalky Paint, you can also take classes, and of course, our advice is free. 

The Camellia, 30 Hacquoil Rd. Slate River, On. 
Proud to be part of the Gems of Thunder Bay.
Open Wed. 11-5, Thurs. 12-5. Fri 11-5, Sat 11-5, Sun. 12-5

Monday, October 19, 2015

Classes at The Camellia, Slate River, Thunder Bay, On

Today we're sharing some  photos from some of our recent classes at the Camellia. 

This is our Beginners' Cottage/chalk Paint class.

We cover several techniques such as 1 colour distressing, and 2 colour distressing .

You get to try Crackle medium, dry brushing, and antique glazes. 

And waxing and varnishing. 

This class is a full 3 hours. The 22nd. of October class is changed to  October 30th. 2015. We will also have a Beginners class in November on the 24th. or 25th. 

This is our Stencil class. 

It was a fun evening for a Sisters reunion. You can book your own class with 4 or more people. 

And some photos from the Fall Wreath-making class, This is a Harvest Wreath made with all kinds of preserved foilage and dried grasses and grains. Made the old-fashioned way, all wired in by hand. 

And here is a Happy hydrangea wreath, made with fresh blooms. 
Check our website for upcoming classes, at

The Camellia, 30, Hacquoil Rd. 
Open Wed. 11-5, Thurs. noon-5, Fri. 11-5, Sat. 11-5. Sun. 12-5