Sunday, September 3, 2017

How do you know he or she is the Right one for you? The Camellia, Thunder Bay wedding florist.

I have always known it was you, sign at The Camellia


Sometimes you get cold feet in the weeks leading up to your Wedding, "What am I doing, what if this is a huge mistake? " Some of you may have known each other since you were in High School, some of you may have met on the Internet, while some of you may be embarking on a second marriage. The truth is, we don't know. Marriage is a huge leap of faith, we don't have a crystal ball to look into the future. You do the best that you can, and trust that it will all be ok. Great advice can be found in this link: http://allgroanup.com/relationshipped/the-secret-to-finding-and-marrying-the-right-person/

tag at The Camellia


We all want the same thing - to lead a Happy Life, free of drama and turmoil. 


Park bench Canada


We want someone to share Life with, it's no fun sitting on that bench by yourself. 



Martha stewart bedding


Someone to spend lazy Sunday mornings with. 



poppies at Salt spring island market


Someone to stop and smell the Icelandic Poppies with. 




faux wedding bouquets at The Camellia


Getting Married? Stop into our store, The Camellia, to get help with Wedding Flowers and Event decor. Get your Wedding party together and make your own bouquets, or we can do it for you. 




wedding bouquets at The Camellia


30/32 Hacquoil Rd. Slate River, Ontario
p(807)475-3551
Open Wednesday through to Sunday. 

Sunday, August 27, 2017

How to make an easy-peasy Hand-tied Bouquet, The Camellia, Thunder Bay

Getting married? Thinking about how you can get that fab floral Bouquet that you want, and maybe you want to DIY?  Want to know how? Then click on this link, and watch as J. Schwanke shows you an unusual way to make a hand-tied bouquet.



The Camellia




The Camellia




Want to design your own Wedding bouquets, but not sure where to start?  Here at The Camellia, we do Wedding Flower parties. You and your friends/Bridesmaids/Moms get together and make your own Bouquets. You get the benefit of our expertise here at The Camellia, and learn about proper mechanics. During the Winter, we work with faux botanicals. Call us today! 
The Camellia, 30, Hacquoil Rd. Slate River Valley, Thunder Bay, On. p 807475-3551



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Friday, July 28, 2017

Why should I be the only 1 to change...why doesn't he/or she make some changes as well..?

Getting married or Moving in together? It will quickly become apparent that you have differing opinions on various issues, and in today's world, it seems like all the preliminary things that were traditionally done when one was contemplating marriage, are simply ignored. So many people may end up in a relationship where important questions were not asked. Important issues like Money, Jobs, Religion, Caretaking for infants, Household chores, grocery shopping, where to holiday, how much to spend on this... and the list goes on. 



Image via Pinterest.


Every family has a different approach to Conflict Resolution. 

-There's the WHAT PROBLEM? THERE IS NO PROBLEM  ( Sweep under the Carpet and pretend it doesn't exist).
- Then there is the YES DEAR, WHATEVER YOU SAY,  DEAR. Total compliance, The same partner gets his or her way most of the time, until he or she becomes a bit of a dictator, a Hitler, it's their way or the Highway. And the more you give in to them, and don't question them, the more dictatorial they become.
- Then there is the CUT DOWN THE OTHER PERSON AND MAKE THEN FEEL INCOMPETENT, he or she attacks the very self-confidence of his or her partner.
-What others can you list, from your own experience?



 Image via Pinterest.


And then there are EXPECTATIONS. Child development experts tell us these are formed early on in childhood, they can be formed by the media, TV, friends, and movies. 
The inevitable arguments start, and insults are swung back and forth. Families of each partner get drawn into the mess, and more words are exchanged. It's always a bit of a shuffle as new persons move into an existing Family circle. They all have to try and get along with each other. The whole process can be exhausting, and in some cases, can prove to be too much for some family members. The relationship can become so toxic that the parties involved decide to not try anymore, it's just not worth the effort. 




Image via Pinterest.


And last but not least, what happens when there is a baby involved? Is it so hard to put aside your individual differences and think about the Baby? 





The Camellia




For Wedding flowers and event decor, Visit The Camellia, at 30/32 Hacquoil Rd. Slate River, On 
Open Wednesday through Sunday.
p (807)475-3551


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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Monotasking instead of Multitasking - how do you get it all done sans Wedding stress, the Camellia


Getting married soon? Is a bit of Panic starting, and you are wondering how will you get it all done? 
Read this article which talks about the value of NOT trying to multi-task. 
https://qz.com/985821/personal-kanban-a-life-changing-time-management-system-that-explodes-the-myth-of-multitasking/?utm_source=parIC&%3Futm_source=parIC&cid=sf01002&sr_share=facebook





Take a deep breath and imagine you are here, driving along on the Californian coast. Beautiful scenery, waves crashing on the shore, and you, taking some deep breaths. Sometimes we can get so wrapped up in the details, that we forget to savour the Journey. You might think, " I can't wait for this Wedding to be over...! " 








Maybe you had envisioned your Wedding in a #NapaValleyWinery. And that isn't possible, given your Budget constraints. It's OK, ask your decorator to source out some old Oak barrels from wineries in #Niagara, and plan your decor along a Napa Valley theme. 






You may have dreamt of having your Reception at an old chateau, however, your reality is a Banquet Hall in your hometown. So maybe you can go to the Chateau in #Napa for your #Honeymoon. It's amazing what you can accomplish if you concentrate on just 1 thing, rather than freaking out over 10 different To-Dos. 




When things get too much, take yourself back to this Coastline, and Breathe. Don't snap at those around you, they are only trying to help!





When you head off in the Car to somewhere new, you use Google Maps , so you don't get lost. The same principle applies to your Wedding, plan every step, and make sure those around you, know what the Plan is. Don't hang onto everything, and then scream at them because they are of no help. 

If you need help in Wedding decor and Wedding Flowers, Visit us at The Camellia, at 30, Hacquoil Rd. Thunder Bay, On. 
p-(807)475-3551


The Camellia

Friday, June 30, 2017

Marriage isn't all rosy Pinterest images.....no Bed of Roses either ........it's just hard work, and a lot of compromise.

Whether you are getting married, or you are moving in with someone, you are full of expectations, maybe imagining being Happy, sharing a life together, and enjoying a wonderful Life together. Where do these rosy expectations come from? They may be coming from TV shows we have watched, from Pinterest images, Wedding magazines, and all the media we are bombarded with. 




Not too shortly after you move in together, things about your partner start to drive you crazy. Then, the bickering starts. What are some of the most common irritants?


  1. Organization or Lack thereof.  1 person may like everything in its place and cannot function within a messy household. The other person may have been brought up in a messy household, and never picks up after themselves. 
  2. Different attitudes towards Money and spending & saving. Her normal may be spending $300.00 on a new item of clothing or accessories, and he may be used to spending a lot of money on parts for his Truck. 
  3. Family issues : Why does our Summer holidays centre around your Family and what they want to do? What about me and my Family? 
  4. Differences in how conflicts are resolved: One partner wants to hash things out, the other sweeps it under the rug and buries the problem, hoping it will go away. 
  5. Lack of Communication. This is a biggie. There is no way that your partner can crawl into your head and figure out what you should have communicated to them. 
  6. Different attitudes in bringing up kids and Step-kids.
There are so many more Topics, but we are not going to cover them all today, we are just here to say, if things aren't working out, it's all ok, it's all normal,  when you blend 2 individuals from different families,  to have conflicts and disagreements. If you grew up in different cities, or different countries, it presents even more of a challenge. 

Just remember 3 words : Communicate and Negotiate, and Breathe. 













For help with Wedding Flowers, and Wedding decor, Visit The Camellia, 
at 30, Hacquoil Rd. Thunder Bay, On.
p (807)475 3551



Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Container Planting Hack, The Camellia, Thunder Bay, On

container gardening prep


What does Container Gardening have to be with Wedding Decor? If you are having a Summer Wedding, planting up some containers is a great, budget conscious way to have that lush, Garden look at your Wedding. Pick annuals or grasses close to your Ceremony colours, and you can also start shopping for the right colour of containers. Head to your local Garden centres and Greenhouses. Start preparing your pots with a mixture of potting soil, peat moss, and fertilizer or cow manure. Make sure there is drainage at the bottom of your pots. 



how to prepare soil in planters


If your containers are large and already in place, add new dirt and fertilizer and compost to your pots. This is the boring part, but it's very important if you want a lush display of flowers. 






A great Gardening hack is on this video,  https://youtu.be/gSbh03sSphU . Watch as he puts the empty pots into place and then builds up the dirt in between the pots. It works! All these years we have been Gardening, and never thought of planting like this! 


planting containers





summer container







soil in tin bucket


Have fun planting your containers and visit your local Garden centres for inspiration. You can use Antique buckets for a Vintage Wedding.


Garden centre


There are many shapes and sizes and colours of pots and containers.



large pots


These containers will be quite heavy once they are filled with dirt and plants, so they will be more difficult to transport from venue to another venue. 



gardens in Northern Ontario, Hacquoil Rd


Container Gardens are perfect for your Wedding! Start planting now! Visit us at #TheCamellia for faux Wedding flowers, Wedding favours and purses. 
The Camellia, 30, Hacquoil Rd. Thunder Bay, On. Open Wednesday through Sunday. 
p(807)475-3551

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

How to have a Camp Wedding in Thunder Bay & Slate River Valley, On

Sometimes you just want a simple ceremony without a lot of fuss and expense. Check this link here to see how it's done. The Canoe Arbour is a great idea! 





Via Pinterest. 


Forest ferns


Simple centrepieces of Ferns are a lovely addition to your Celebration. 


Lake Boating


Boat rides and Lifejackets are a must. 


Your Perfect Catch Thunder Bay

Visit www.yourperfectcatch.blogspot.com for Fishing themed Wedding favours. 


lakesuperiorweddings.ca peony bouquet


A simple Bouquet of Peonies...Come visit us here at #TheCamellia  for lovely Wedding Flowers! 
The Camellia, 30, Hacquoil Rd. Thunder Bay, On
Open Wednesday through Sunday. 
p (807)475-3551