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. 



http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/35075911/list/room-of-the-day-the-laundry-room-no-one-wants-to-leave




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!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Christmas 2014 hours, The Camellia, Thunder Bay, On

Question: are you ready for Christmas?

Answer: NO
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We all have great intentions of getting it ALL Done...

But Life gets in the way, so you might be like me, running around trying to find a tree, mailing presents that will get there too late, and cards that have yet to be sent overseas. (Thank goodness for the e-card sites like Jacquie Lawson).
SO DO WHAT YOU CAN GET DONE AND LEAVE THE REST.
As for presents, well, let's not get started.

FLOWERS & WREATHS make the perfect Gift ....Call today to order, we have a few left - small cedar wreaths, large Magnolia, evergreen and birch wreaths, and a vase of cut flowers with evergreens is a great choice.
Call us at 475-3551  to order for delivery, or you can order & pick -up at our store
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Out-of-towners can use our toll-free, 1-877-523-7444.

I often wish I had time to sit and light a candle. Come into out store for Canadian Soy candles.  Earlier this Spring, I visited the Yankee Candle store in Williamsburg, VA.  Candles make your decor sparkle, but do not leave unattended. It is very important to trim your wicks, so here is some how-tos from Yankee Candle.
Keep wick trimmed to 1/8 inch at all times. The wick should be trimmed every 4 hours of burn time. Simply extinguish the flame, let the candle come to room temperature, and trim the wick to 1/8 of inch before relighting. Our Wick Trimmers make this task easy and creates a nice clean cut that properly maintains the wick.
Place the bottom of the trimmer flush with the surface of the candle.
Rock the trimmer back so that the “elbow” now rests on the surface of the candle.
Ensure that your trimmer is at a 45-degree angle to ensure the proper wick length. This will prevent the wick from being cut too short or causing the candle to burn improperly.
Bring the two handles together to trim the wick. Discard the remnant wick before lighting.
To keep wick at 1/8” at all times, it is suggested to trim the wick every four hours of burn time.
Keeping the wick trimmed to 1/8 of an inch at all times helps control the amount of “fuel” or wax that is present. By keeping the amount of fuel limited, the flame will create ideal complete combustion where carbon particles are absorbed by the flame. This means less soot is formed while the candle is burning. The formation of soot has nothing to do with the type of wax (soy, paraffin, vegetable, or other) as all burning items create soot as a product of incomplete combustion. It all has to do with the quality of the wick and the proper care of the candle!
Candles should not be burned for more than four hours at a time. It is recommended that they burned for four hours, then extinguished and let cool for two hours before relighting.


So, let's talk about Christmas dinner. Are you having the whole gang over, and wondering what to use for a tablecloth? Please do not tell me you are using a plastic tablecloth....we have great water-repellent, stain resistant cloths that look fabulous and are easy to take care of. They are a great price , starting at $25.00 to 28.00. Take a quick measure of your table, snap a photo of your table with your phone, and come visit The Camellia. Check out our tablecloths and the linen-look runner in the photo above.

Our classes are up on our website...click on this link  http://www.thecamellia.com/classes-at-the-camelia.html..the dates of the Workshops are flexible, we will do our best to accomodate everyone. Learn how to make fresh evergreen garlands, centrepieces, and windowboxes, classes run Thursday 18th. Dec. and Friday 19th. of December, 6.30-9.30 . Phone 475-3551 to register

Beginner Cottage Paint classes coming up :
DATES: Thursday, Jan. 8th, 2015, 6.30 to 9.30ish
               Saturday, Jan. 10th. 2015, 1-4p
                Sunday, Jan. 11th. 2015, 1-4 p.


We have lots of ribbons, don't forget to come in and get tree topper bows made up, we also make bows for wreaths. Many Christmas decorations on sale , 40-50% off, garlands, and other goodies as well.

 
Have an awesome Weekend...and come Visit us at The Camellia.. Thurs. 12-6. Fri. 11-5, Sat. 11-5. Sun. 12-5.
Next week, we are open Tuesday, Dec. 23. 2014,  1-4, 
Wed. Dec. 24. 2014, 1-4.

 
 

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If you are coming at night, no worries, our entrance is clearly lit.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

How to dress up your Holiday planters even if ground is frozen.


How many of you are just getting into the Christmas mode, and wanting to dress up your planters , which are of course, frozen solid. Usually I do evergreens in my planters  in September, after we have had 2 killing frosts. What can you do? First, pull out the dead flowers.




Cut some young Birch trees, and place the birch poles on top of the soil in the planter.





Cut bunches of balsam, and attach bundle to bitch log using cable ties. Keep making up bundles of balsam, and attach at various points to the birch poles.







When it snows, your boughs will be covered so it is a good idea to leave some greens hanging over the edges of your planter.













Add some red pine, or cedar, or other evergreens you may have on hand.




You can add a pair of skates, old watering cans, ribbons, large sugar cones, and more.




This is my pile of balsam which came from our trails in the bush, which needed trimming.

For great Gifts , and Flowers for delivery in the Thunder Bay Area, call The Camellia at (807)475-3551 or toll -free at 1-877-523-7444. We are at 30, Hacquoil Rd. Slate River. and are Open Wed. 11-5, Thurs. 12-6. Fri. 11-5. Sat. 11-5. Sun. 12-5
Happy Gifting!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Evergreen classes at The Camellia


If you need a little Christmas, take a class at The Camellia.
Smell those fresh Evergreens...

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What are your memories of Christmas? Most of us associate Christmas with Family get-togethers, lots of food and baking, and Gifts. Maybe a turkey with potatoes. Well, before I came to Canada, my kind of normal was my relatives making lots of food, everyone getting together, and heading off to THE BEACH! No bundling yourself into so many clothes that eventually you bear a close resemblance to the Michelin man! An even 85degrees F in the shade was my kind of normal. Never ate a potato until I came to Canada. Does Santa Claus dress up with all those clothes and does he have a beard in the Tropics? Of course, he does! and many Christmases ago, I did run away, to Barbados.

So, let's talk about Christmas dinner. Are you having the whole gang over, and wondering what to use for a tablecloth? Please do not tell me you are using a plastic tablecloth....we have great water-repellent, stain resistant cloths that look fabulous and are easy to take care of. They are a great price , starting at $25.00 to 28.00. Take a quick measure of your table, snap a photo of your table with your phone, and come visit The Camellia. Check out our tablecloths and the linen-look runner in the photo above.

Our classes are up on our website...click on this link  http://www.thecamellia.com/classes-at-the-camelia.html..the dates of the Workshops are flexible, we will do our best to accomodate everyone.
Learn how to make fresh evergreen garlands, centrepieces, and windowboxes, classes run Thursday 18th. Dec. and Friday 19th. of December, 6.30-9.30 . Phone 475-3551 to register

We have lots of ribbons, don't forget to come in and get tree topper bows made up, we also make bows for wreaths. Many Christmas decorations on sale , 40-50% off, garlands, and other goodies as well.

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

 













 Above all, don't forget to find the joy in the season.









  A new arrival at our store - Vintage look Jeanne D'Arc living-inspired wall shelf.

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

p-(807) 475-3551.

If you are coming at night, no worries, our entrance is clearly lit.

Visit our website for information at http://www.thecamellia.com

Read our blog at http://www.fromnaturetohome.blogspot.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

Shop online at http://www.thecamellia.com
Visit our blog at http://www.fromnaturetohome.blogspot.com
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Camellia-From-Nature-to-Home/145600168837975
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