Saturday, November 22, 2014

Christmas Open House 2014 at The Camelia

The best time to decorate for the Holidays is now. You are warmly Invited to our Christmas Open house at The Camellia .

Above is our signature Magnolia Wreath with Birch twigs...beautiful for any season.

This is out most luxuriant Evergreen with Magnolia wreath..a  dramatic entranceway piece.

      The matching door swag for the wreath in the previous photo.

We are all familiar with the TV ads showing a beautifully decorated Home with a family sitting around a festive table, enjoying a fabulous home-cooked meal. Reality is sometimes far removed from this picture,
"What's that ###%% thing on the door, I can't even close the door properly?!"
"OMG...that wreath is shedding on the carpet....."
"Why can't you have a fake tree like everyone else , that way we can shove it in the closet,  ornaments and all.."
"Do we have to put up a tree..let's just go to Barbados.."
"Just throw the thing in a Gift bag, you don't expect me to wrap the thing up...?"

If you love a beautifully decorated Home, then start now. Come out to our Christmas Open house at The Camellia. See the Handmade, Vintage, the new Greys with Frosty Whites. Bring your photos in on your phone, or email them to us, we can help you with what to put where. Our Christmas Open House is on this Sat. Nov. 22, & Sun. Nov. 23rd. and continues all next week and next weekend, Nov. 29, and 30. If you are going on the Christmas House Tour, we will be Open early on Sunday, Nov. 23 and will close late.
Sat. 11-5
Sun. 10-6.

In and out of the ditches cutting red osier dogwood branches, make giant cedar and twig wreaths.

Have box, will travel. A wreath makes a perfect Gift for someone who used to live here, and now lives out in some other part of Canada. Simply place wreath in box, and mail or send by bus.

Since it's all evergreens, it doesn't matter if it freezes. Imagine the delight and the aroma of fresh greens, you can't bottle that. Try to get your orders in early, especially if it has to be shipped. A round of Gouda cheese from Thunder Oak Cheese Farm would fit nicely in the middle.

We have some large statement wreaths, and garlands at crazy reduced prices, and lots of ornaments on 40 to 50%off. Picks, pointsettia bushes, huge decorated garlands, large wreaths, ornaments, and lots more!

If you are going Black Friday shopping in Duluth, you can stop in here first, shop, and leave your purchases here for pick-up or delivery later in the week.

The Camellia, 30, Hacquoil Rd. off Hwy. 61, 


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Celebrate the Handmade at Artisans Northwest 2014, Camille Overmeer

Celebrate the HANDMADE !  Plan to attend The Artisans
Northwest Show : on this weekend at the Valhalla Inn.

Sat. Nov. 15, 10-6p.

Sunday Nov. 16, 10-4p

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The Artisans Northwest Art Show is on this Sat. Nov.15.   10-6p.

Sun. Nov.16     10-4p

You can find us in the Oden Room, booth # 54. This is one of the smaller rooms to the side of the main ballroom, opposite the Viking Room.

We will have our fresh Christmas Wreaths ( like the one in the photo above), and dried and faux floral arrangements. Many hours have been spent climbing in and out of ditches, picking birch, osier dogwood, and wintergreens, in order to make up the freshest product possible for you. These designs are limited in quantity, and the Artisans Show is the best place to get our fresh wreaths. As long as greens have been picked after 2 consecutive frosts, they will last. So it's not to soon to get your Winter wreaths up. The sooner you get started, the more time you will have to enjoy them.

This is a good time to pull out your Christmas decorations, start sorting them by colour. Give away the ones that have seen better days ( we really don't want to hear you say that you are still hanging on to a wreath we made 20 years ago!). Then sort the rest into a theme, see what you need to buy new to update your collection. And ask our advice, that's what we are here for.

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30 Hacquoil Rd. South on Highway 61, left on Hacquoil Rd. We are 1.6kms. on the Left. (That's approx. 10 mins. from the Thunder Bay airport)

Our hours for this week are as follows:
Thursday 12-6p. Friday  11-1 p. Sat. 11-5p. Sunday please call ahead if you would like to come out to the store.

Winter Workshop at Camellia's

Never enough Thyme..we are so behind on posting our classes. We promise to have them up on the website by the end of next week.
Register soon for the Vintage Sap bucket Evergreen
class. Visit



    Parties to attend? Choose from one of our purses
to make your outfit sparkle...$26.00 & up, in red, black, silver,
purple & more.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Step away from the black

 Step away from the Black and embrace colour. Everywhere you go, Black is a uniform. A busload of tourists unload at the Ice fields in B.C. almost all are wearing black leggings. Waiters and Waitresses at restaurants are all wearing black. If you too are wearing black, look out.....when you get up from your table, someone will ask you to get them a drink or something. has this ever happened to you? You are slightly put out by their request and the person that asked you feels ..well..silly. and kind of embarrassed.   Business people wear black to look professional. And ..the situation gets compounded when it's Winter and some people lose all their colour, all that black is not too flattering with very pale skin. In Victorian times, black was worn to symbolize a period of mourning. Women showed their grief through wearing Black which represented the lack of light.
It is quite symbolic that we are mostly wearing black in this day, what are we mourning for?

Brown is not as harsh as black, but still looks lovely. Come into The Camellia today to see our Shrugs, they come in one size and many colours.

You can jazz black up with purples and blues, throw a scarf on, and instant style! We stock many colours and  the Infinity scarves .

 Pattern can change things up, like this Vera Bradley handbag, along with a hand-made scarf from Sarah. Sarah is an artisan and draws her inspiration from Lake Superior.

Neutral handbags are always in style.

Add a flirty, pretty scarf  ... no-one said that you can't look pretty and be warm .

The colour Red is an instant pick- you-upper. Come visit #TheCamellia today for a new handbag, scarf and other accessories. 
30, Hacquoil Rd. just 10.mins. past the Thunder bay Airport. p-(807)475-3551

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Beekman 1802 Soap, The Camellia.

The best Goat's Milk Soap . . . . . . from Beekman 1802. 


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Who has watched the TV show..The Amazing Race?  Meet Brent and Josh, winners of The Amazing Race 2012. "This is the best Goat's Milk Soap" said Martha Stewart after trying their soap. See their video by clicking on the link below.
Off we went to visit  the Beekman 1802 store in Sharon Springs, upstate New York. It was a fabulous sunny day, and on the way to Sharon Springs, we passed by many old barns with huge letters "Antiques." many stores, so little time.  When we arrived at the Beekman store, it did not disappoint. Tall ceilings, a neutral backdrop of dark greys, creams and black, a mix of modern, vintage and upcountry.

And best of all, we bought Beekman 1802 product back with us! Come into The Camellia to see fabulous Goat-milk soaps, and their line called Fresh Air, found in upscale NYC hotels. Indulge yourself today, or pick one up for a fab Gift for a friend.
Honey Bar,  Wild Poppy After the Garden bar, Scent of Winter Goat Milk soap, Scent of Spring Goat milk Soap, True Grit Men's Soap, Fresh Air Body Lotion, Fresh Air Shower Gel, Fresh Air room spray, & Lavender month of August soap.

And, wait, there's more....
we have Lavender bunches fresh from a Lavender Farm in British Columbia. Lavender is a natural Air Freshener, without chemicals and bad stuff. Lavender essential Oil now back in stock.

Have an awesome Weekend...and come Visit us at The Camellia...Wed. 11-5. Thurs. 12-7, Fri. 11-6, Sat. 11-5, Sunday. 12-5p.



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Sun. 12-5.

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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, October 18, 2014

Cottage Paint projects

 Cottage Paint is so easy to sanding or stripping, just paint. Low vocs. and water-based, and it is available in many colours. This colour is Dragonfruit. Today we are going to share some of our recent Cottage Paint redos.

 Beautiful colours for the Fall season.. from left : Canyon,  Martini Olive and Golden Harvest.

 One of our store props that desperately needs Cottage Paint. This is a very old piece that came (we think) from Holland many years ago when our family moved to Canada. It is in rough shape , some of the wood veneer is lifting. The top is stained badly .

 After a good dusting and wipe-down with TSP, I started painting with Antique White, 2 coats.

 Then a wipe-back with a damp rag to do a light distress. You can see where the wood veneer is lifting. Final finish with 2 coats of flat acrylic varnish.

 A nightstand that has seen better days, picked up from the thrift store.

 First coat of Antique White, this piece was done with one 8oz. jar. of Cottage Paint. Finished with a jar of flat acrylic wax.

 We sell these stencils at The Camellia, along with Cottage Paint, brushes, and glazes and varnishes and waxes. 

The finished piece, what a transformation!

Here is a piece that was sent in by a client...formerly done in hunter green, transformed with Cottage Paint - colour Waterdrop. This piece happily resides at her Camp..her next project is repainting the kitchen table to match this piece. This is awesome, you can have a mad mix of furniture that can all be painted to co-ordinate with each other.

Visit The Camellia for Cottage Paint...and much more. 30, Hacquoil Rd. Slate River, just outside Thunder Bay, p-807-475-3551. We are open Wed. through Sunday. This Saturday 11-5, but tomorrow, Sunday we will be closed. Visit and click on the Cotage Paint link at the top of the website.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Thanksgiving Flowers & Gift delivery in Thunder Bay, and Slate River, On

 Everyone loves getting Flowers , especially at Thanksgiving. Call today to order our Harvest bundle with Faux Mums.

Or send our trendy Brown Gerbera bouquet with preserved Oak leaves and local wheat. This versatile design is ready to place in a vase or hang on a door, or lay on a table.

 Order a dramatic, statement piece for your front entranceway.

 Or you can simply gather up the last of the flowers and greens from your Garden, these are strawflowers, eucalyptus, and german Ivy trails.

Fall wreaths with Burlap are very welcoming, order 1 today, we deliver in Thunder Bay and Slate River.

Call us at (807)475-3551, or toll-free at 1-877-523-7444 to order Flowers or wreaths. Visit The Camellia at 30, Hacquoil Rd. Open Wed. through Sunday. Hours for this Thanksgiving weekend, Fri. 11-5, Sat. 11-5, Sun. 12-5.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Fall Celebration at the Camellia begins this weekend.

Ta ..Da..Just like that, It's Fall. did someone fast forward the Season?


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How did your Summer go? Was it as short as mine was? The good news is we are having an awesome Fall, time to head out for a Country drive and visit the Camellia for Fall Inspiration. Go for a walk in the fields and gather birch branches, ferns, bull rushes,  and grasses to place in your urns.
Add our realistic Fall mum bushes, and faux Maple leaves, some Pumpkins and you're done!

New  Cottage Paint  colours just in: Golden Harvest in the photo above, echoes the tones of the fallen leaves around it. Aged Port, a rich, burgundy tone. Canyon, a rich orangey clay colour. Martini Olive, a muted muddy green. Register for a Cottage Paint class, which run on Sunday afternoons or on Thursday night. Make your own class with 4 persons or more.
Coming soon...BEEKMAN 1802 Soaps and Skincare products ( made by the fabulous Beekman Boys, winners of the Amazing Race).

And, wait, there's more....

If you couldn't make it to our Sale, you are in luck.

our stock

clearance continues

25%-50% off!

40-50% off Heritage lace valances
Pashminas are 40% off
Garden items- 30-50% off
Aromatique product - 40-50% off
Christmas - 40-70% off
Watercolour prints - 30 to 40% off
Cotton cushion covers - 40-50% off
Purses are 25-40% off
Evening bags -30% off
Farmfresh White Lilac - 30-40% off
Dried Hydrangea Wreaths - 30%off
Florals - 40%off
And lots more , ALL ON SALE



Framed prints, artwork, Dried flowers, one-of-a-kind antique props,  AND we have a Garage Sale section with huge markdowns - 40% to 70% off!

Hst will be charged, and all sales are final.
Cottage Paint, Lavender bunches, & Water-repellent Tablecloths are NOT on sale.

     OPEN: Wed. 11-5, Thurs. Noon-7, Fri. 11-6, Sat. 11-5.
Sun. 12-5.

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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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