Like a Kid in a Candy Store...

Hello friends!  We've just returned from our trip to Vancouver Island where we spent a few days visiting my hubby's mom and stepdad in Parksville and then his dad and grandma who live in Victoria.  We began our trip by taking the ferry over to the island which takes about an hour and a half.  The scenery is breathtakingly beautiful as you leave the ferry docks in Horshoe Bay.

This shot doesn't really do it much justice as the weather has been so gloomy here, but you can see the marina and the tourist town of Horshoe Bay in the distance.

We couldn't resist popping into a sweet little vintage candy store in Parksville where we got some English fudge and chocolate buttons.  So yummy!

I fell in love with the store front!

Look at all that candy!!  Did I tell you I have a sweet tooth??

The photo above was taken on our drive to Victoria.  We love to take the scenic route which winds around the southern most tip of the island.  If you have never been to Victoria, it's a definite 'Must See'!  The whole area is steeped in history and has a very quaint British atmosphere, complete with double-decker busses and horse drawn carriages.   We had a lovely time visiting and I feel relaxed and refreshed and ready for the new week!

Before we left for our trip, I managed to finish up the raggedys I've been working on.

From left to right:  Dandle, Dixie Doodle, Aidan and Anais.  Each was a delight to make, from their little shoes to their buttoned suspenders and tiny aprons.

These little dolls are all sold and are fortunate enough to be going to their new home as a group!  I will be working to make this pattern available as soon as possible.  The dolls themselves are easy to make and are entirely hand sewn as are the little felt shoes.  The outfits were machine sewn.

Anyone interested in a pattern giveaway once it's ready??  Will keep you all posted!


  1. I'm sure everyone would like a giveaway:) I have never been to Vancouver Island but my son has. He was there for a couple of weeks training some of the staff for the company he works for. He loved it. He even talked about moving there and was trying to convince us of retiring there..LOL

  2. The Raggedys are precious! I love all your stuffed creeations - they are all so sweet. Speaking of sweet - yum, the shop picture made me wish I was there. Oh and I think everyone would love a giveaway! Thank you for sharing!

  3. Please Please !! Do have another giveaway : ) I love the little raggedys.

  4. The Raggedy dolls are beautiful!

  5. Interested in a pattern give-away...are you kidding?!? Absolutely :-) Your Annie's are the sweetest I've ever seen.

    Glad you had a lovely trip, and are home safe and sound.


  6. The photos of your trip is beautiful and the candy store looks picture perfect. I love candy!
    I am so in love with your little Raggedys...please, please do have a giveaway!

  7. Those dolls are so endearing!!!!
    Great job!

    Would I be interested in a pattern giveaway once it is ready???
    Yes, indeed!!! =D

  8. Wonderful! I'm working on the pattern as I speak and hoping to have it available before the end of the week!

  9. OH MY GOODNESS! Shelly I'm so excited for the pattern giveaway, these dolls are just toooo CUTE!

    It's a blessing that your back home safe and that you enjoyed your vacation.


  10. Its gloomy here too at the moment - but that sweetie shop would certainly brighten anyone's day! Just love your little dolls and look forward to a new pattern. Found you through Pinterest and couldn't resist a pattern - or two!

  11. Hi Shelly: I want you to know that I give you a prize for your blog. I write to you here and I hope you like it because I give it to you with love. Kisses

  12. Thank you ladies and thank you very much Lola! That is very sweet of you! Hugs to you!

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