Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Caribbean Beach style, Part 1, the Camellia, Thunder Bay




The Beach ..warm tropical breezes, sand crunching under your toes, sunshine, relaxation... 






The look this Spring is Beach ...water, blues, aquamarines, ivorys, sisal, jute, seashells, huge lanterns.
This was taken at Rick's Cafe, in Jamaica. 












The Palm tree more than anything symbolizes the Tropics. 






To achieve this look, you need lots of flowering planters, this is a bouganvillea vine. 





Caned furniture is a must, allowing ocean breezes to cool a person off. As seen at Iberostar Rose Hall Beach.






Colour is a must, perk up winter-weary rooms with punches of bold colour in cushions and accessories. 















Jamaican mangoes..... very sweet and juicy. 








Fresh fruit juices served at breakfast made from real fruit - at Iberostar Rose Hall Beach, Montego Bay, Jamaica.









Decorate with seashells - lots of them, these are mostly caught by fishermen out in the ocean. 









Sunrise in Montego Bay, in Jamaica 'mon.  

Come visit The Camellia, for Caribbean styled accessories, seashells, and other goodies. 
open Wed. 11-5, Thurs. 12-5, Fr. and Sat. 11-5, Sun. 12-5
During the week of March 9th - March 16th. hours are variable, call and listen to the recording

p-(807)475-3551
30/32 Hacquoil Rd. Slate River, Thunder Bay, On. Canada.

Friday, February 6, 2015

This Valentine's Day....

Love yourself

This Valentine's give yourself the Gift of_____________.

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Camellia's favourite "Gifts to Self" this Valentine's Day


How many of us beat up on ourselves? if only we could lose that 30 lbs., exercise more often,have a cleaner house, and so on. And Valentine's Day comes along, and if we haven't found our special someone, our self-worth is well, let's not go there. Treat yourself this Valentine's Day to a bouquet of Flowers that will last all Spring ( you can purchase this Vase design at Thunder Oak Cheese Farm). Take some time for youself, and soak in the tub. Luxuriate in a bar of Beekman's SPRING Goat Milk soap! Beekman's 1802 is in stock at The Camellia Smells like the green grass sprouting in the dirt, fresh and Springy. Take a drive and walk along Lake Superior,we just saw these neat ice formations last weekend along the shore. So go ahead, fill in the blank above, this Valentine's Day I will give myself the Gift of _______.
( More sleep, a night out, I will not work past 9pm, I will spend time with my kids, etc.)

 
This week,  we are open

Thurs. 12-5, Fri. 11-5, Sat. 11-5. and Sunday 12-5p. Please note that we will be closed from Feb. 10-25th. 2015.
If you need any supplies, please call or text 807-472-8193, or leave a message at 475-3551.  for fresh flower delivery, call Bloomers at 807-624-9005.

 

Visit our website for information athttp://www.thecamellia.com

 

Come Visit The Camellia.


How do I get there?   We are 10 mins. from the Thunder Bay Airport, heading south on Hwy. 61. Turn left onto Hacquoil Rd. We are 1.6km. on the left.    Phone 807) 475-3551

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Saturday, January 31, 2015

So you going on a Holiday, a vacay.

The idea of a Winter Holiday sounds wonderful, especially when it's snowing and very, very cold, like minus whatever is at the very bottom of the thermometer. You don't even want to look at the guage.  





So you pore over catalogues, wondering why there are no more last-minute deals. Well, now you get rewarded for booking early, and there is some deal where if the price drops after you book, then you can get a refund. 

You finally decide on THE PLACE - the Caribbean.










You are determined to not be packing the night before you go on holiday. After all, you don't want to get there half dead, you want to be full of energy, yeah!

But before you go, you start to engage in insane behaviour. ( and I am not talking about you, I know you don't do any of these things)
  • cleaning out the inside of your cupboards so your house sitter doesn't think that slobs, and dirty people live here
  • you have been meaning to change your will so you drive yourself crazy with that , you never know your plane might fall out of the sky and you may perish in the ocean. Just so you know,  stats show you have  a greater chance of  being killed in your car. 
  • you set yourself impossible goals - I want to get this done by the time we go on holiday
  • you have to clear the desk at work and finish all undone projects
  • you have to cancell the newspaper, arrange for someone to pick up the mail, get your hair cut, arrange for a dogsitter, omg, this list is getting longer by the minute
  • you may even think, why did I think I could even take a holiday?


Onward to clothes - what to pack. you want to look glamourous, after all you'll be next to those perfect 10's, twenty-something year old bodies that never had any kids and are perfect. No time to shop? Just run to the fabric store, grab 1.5 m of some stretchy fabric, and make a sarong.
Click on the link to find out how to make a sarong. Buy some brightly coloured fabric, none of that black or brown nonsense. 




 You press on, visions of the beach dancing in your head.


BY SOME MIRACLE, you mange to get out the door, and so  you are finally  on holiday and it takes you 3 days to unwind because you drove yourself at 150% to get everything done, does any of this sound familiar?

STOP...relax..prioritize

It's ok if your house is not clean when you come back.
No-one is going to look in your cupboards. 
The house sitter just cares about where is the food, how to lock the doors, the security system, how to work the TV, and the all important WI-FI PASSWORD!!

 
Some DO's : 
  • There have been some cases of Chikungunya virus  reported in the Caribbean, it is a mosquito borne illness, that attacks your joints. If you are out in the evening, do use a bug spray, wear long pants and long sleeved shirts . Most resorts fog on a regular basis, 
  • if you are staying at an all-inclusive resort, and eating from a buffet, you will be serving yourself with the same spoons other people have used. A yoga teacher I met at one of the resorts said : don't use your hands to eat your food, e.g. use your fork to eat a bread roll. Use hand sanitizer before eating your meal.
  • drink bottled water, most Caribbean islands have a desalination plant, and the water is probably safe. However, as one pharmacist said, your intestines get used to the bacteria in the water where you live, when your travel you are exposed to different bacteria, so you may end up an upset stomach. Who needs that on a holiday? Take some probiotics with you. 
         


 If you see an ant in the hotel, it doesn't mean the hotel is dirty. Expect to see an ant and small               lizards. 






 Beach in Cuba.





No work, no timetables, no meals to prepare, warm weather , sand and sun.






  • Enjoy your Holiday! For help in decorating The Island Way, stop in at The Camellia or arrange for an in-home consultation. 
The  Camellia, 30 Hacquoil Rd. p-(807)475-3551

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Laundry Rooms & Cotton Bedding


Most of us have Laundry Rooms that look like a tornado erupted in the room. Clothes thrown in plies in a mad mess, things waiting for someone to find a home for them. And electronic gadgets and cords are in the mess as well. Check our link below, houzz.com is a great resource. 






For Cotton Bedding that is washable, and oh-so-soft, come visit The Camellia. 














We have samples of the various patterns in our store, the Camellia, at 30, Hacquoil Rd. Click on the bedroom photo on the sidebar. If you need a custom order, it usually arrives in 10 days or so. 
p-807)475-3551 to check current hours. 

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

What's Inspiring for January 2015

It's January and the minus 30 temps. have arrived. It's when you ask your self WHY...why did you move from a tropical country to a cold country? 
And you moan and feel sorry for yourself, until...wait a minute, you remind yourself that Spring is just around the corner, and flowers and green grass will soon appear.



 And you start leafing through Tropical Vacay magazines, dreaming about the beach.Will it be Mexico, Punta Cana, Jamaica or maybe Costa Rica?

And then the thought hits you, beach, swimsuits, all those chocolates you got as presents at Christmas...time to start planning a workout space in your home. After all, you don't want to be wandering the beach with a giant cover-up from head to ankle, like a Hawaiian mumu thingamajig.





For those of you who are renovating in order to create a work-out space, here are some tips from Houzz.com. 

If you are like me, and you started trying to create a work out space months ago, don't despair. Baby steps. You will get there eventually. 






 It is especially difficult to get motivated to exercise when it's 30 below outside, and 6pm feels like 10 pm. This is Lake Superior in all her icy glory.



 So much easier to go for a walk in the Summertime after supper.



 Yumm. homemade Blueberry Muffins. Promise yourself a healthy snack after working out.





What is inspiring you this January...and what room are you working on in your Home?


We have a Beginners' Cottage Paint class coming up this Saturday, Jan. 10th. 2015, 1-4pm. You MUST Call to register, phone (807)475-3551. Size of this class is limited. ( wear some clothes you can paint in)

You will get a cupboard door to practice on,  Cottage Paint, and other supplies like waxes, varnishes, crackle medium, & antiquing pastes will be shared.  We will cover one-colour Wet distressing, Two -colour wet distressing, Crackle medium, applying Varnish, applying waxes, antiquing pastes, applying glazes, and dry brushing techniques.

               Saturday, Jan. 10th. 2015, 1-4p

Happy January! Our hours for January 2015 are Fridays, 11-5p. Sat. 11-5. Sunday 12-5p. If you would like to come at other times, please call and arrange a time.
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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year from The Camellia!

 Wow! This past year has whizzed by, and now it's going to be 2015. We found a great video for you to watch, especially for all of you who are making New Year's resolutions.



It's the hardest thing to change one's habits - to eat meals on time, to eat healthy meals, to take the time to prepare healthy snacks,  to cook meals instead of grabbing take-out.

What are you resolving to do this year?
For some of us , we are vowing to take more time for ourselves, to slow down, to stop constantly DOING.... To sit and take a half-an-our for ourselves, to read a book. And to not feel guilty for doing this. 












Some of us want to travel more. What can you do to make that happen?










Some of us want to declutter and throw out stuff we no longer need. Organize, organize, organize.









We wish you the very best in 2015, and Thank you for letting us be part of your Lives!!
We have upcoming classes in Beginners' Cottage Paint, check out our classes at http://www.thecamellia.com/classes-at-the-camelia.html
For our hours, phone us at 475-3551
Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas from The Camellia, Thunder Bay






 The big Day is almost here, and we are wishing you a Merry Christmas, and  many Blessings in the New Year! If you bought a Magnolia wreath from us, they keep for a long time after Christmas.










We are taking a much-needed break , if you would like to come visit us at the store, phone 475-3551 to check for hours. 

Thank you for your support this past year!