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. 
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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, 
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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. 
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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. 
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Friday, May 19, 2017

A Lavender themed Wedding, The Camellia, Thunder Bay, Ontario


It can be difficult trying to figure out what colour your Wedding should be. You pore over images on Pinterest, get advice from all of your friends, and just get more confused and indecisive. You've set a Date and need to make some colour choices now! 

What about Lavender and Purple? Lavender goes together perfectly with grey suits, and there are many lavender & purple flowers to choose from. 



Wedding bouquet The Camellia


Here is a beautiful Lavender & Purple Bridal bouquet we designed for a Bride with faux flowers. 



Lavender The Camellia


Fresh Lavender Blooms in the Garden, only possible if your Wedding is around the same time that the Lavender plants are blooming. This is a possibility in Napa Valley, or in southern Ontario, or on Vancouver Island. Not in Thunder Bay. Here at The Camellia, we use dried Lavender to make Bouquets. 




Lavender wedding bouquet




There will be some Lavender buds falling because the bouquets are dried. Here is one of the Bridesmaid bouquets. 



Brides bouquet The Camellia

And the Bride's Bouquet, with dried Lavender and faux roses. 


Purple Wedding Thunder Bay


Here is another Wedding with Purple and Lavender Flowers, with a picked-from-the-field-Wildflower-look. Again, we used all faux flowers, yet these bouquets look fresh. Why use faux flowers? They can be designed ahead of time, will not wilt, will not freeze or die if it's too hot, and you can keep them as decor in your Home long after your Wedding day. 



Purple wedding The Camellia

Click on this link to read more about a Lavender themed Wedding. 


Visit The Camellia at 30, Hacquoil Rd. for Wedding Flowers, Purses, and Bridal Registry for Bedding & Linens. 

Friday, April 28, 2017

Co- Habitation agreements

Ah the joy of Modern day living arrangements! It is quite common for couples today to live together without getting married, thus creating a whole slew of grey areas as far as Property and Assets, Pensions and so on. 


Castle


He may own a Castle. He's worried she will now own half of it. 


Cottage Paint Thunder Bay


She may have worked really hard and built up a Business, and is worried that he will take half of it, and all of her hard work. No-one wants to bring up the subject of a co-habitation agreement, However with over half of all Marriages/co-habitation ending in divorce, both parties involved must think along these lines. Most people today get together when they are older  ( 27 for women and 29 for men), and by this time they both own property, have Homes, have Pensions, etc. 


Carrots display


She may be a Vegan, and his favourite show may be Man vs. Meat. All kinds of compromises to be made. 



Garden Statuary

Thinking of moving in with someone?  Look at a cohabitation agreement before you make that move, and of course, if you live in Canada, check into the laws of the Province you will both reside in. See a Lawyer for advice. Here is a good link, if you reside in Ontario, https://www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca/english/family/familyla.html

Have we outgrown Marriage? Read Susan Gadoua's book , The New I do,

 https://www.amazon.com/New-Do-Reshaping-Marriage-Skeptics/dp/1580055451?SubscriptionId=AKIAIRKJRCRZW3TANMSA&tag=psychologytod-20&linkCode=xm2&camp=2025&am

Come see us at The Camellia, for Wedding Flowers & event Planning! 


wedding flowers The Camellia Thunder Bay



The Camellia, 30 Hacquoil Rd. Slate River, On
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Thursday, April 13, 2017

A DIY Wedding in Tasmania, The Camellia, Slate River, On



It all looks so easy on Pinterest - a DIY Wedding. In real life, it takes a lot of work, planning, and many helpers.





You start trying to Do-it-Yourself, and then you find you have to get help. Visit #TheCamellia for DIY Workshops and help with making Reception decor. 







Visit Your Perfect Catch,  http://yourperfectcatch.blogspot.ca/ for Fishing Wedding favours. 






You think about growing your own flowers, but reality is that you maybe don't live in Holland. You can book an appointment with Camille to discuss your Wedding Flowers & decor. 




At The Camellia, we help you with your Wedding Flowers, and hold DIY Workshops. Like our upcoming Make your own Flower Crowns.

DIY Boho Chic Flower Crown Class

  • Colours: Cream
  • Size: Partial
Make-your-own Boho Floral Crown, in this workshop you will be using glue and tape to create your own flower Headpiece. You will make a full crown which goes all the way around with ribbons in the back. Class is 2 hours or so, after you book your Floral crown class, come into shop ahead of time to choose colour scheme. You can make your own time with a party of 4 or more. Class is $59.00 per participant + hst. You will leave with a gorgeous full, real looking Flower Crown. Tentative Dates: Thursday, April 20th. 2017, 7p., Wed. May 31st, 2017, at 7p. Thursday, June 8th. 2017, 7 p. 





Click on this link  and check out this Fabulous DIY Wedding. 



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