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Note from shop owner I am taking a short break to catch up with a rush of orders. You may still convo me as I will be checking my mail when possible. I will re open asap.

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Dec 6, 2018

I am taking a short break to catch up with a rush of orders. You may still convo me as I will be checking my mail when possible. I will re open asap.

Mary-Ellen O'Neil

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Mary-Ellen O'Neil


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From a creative high school classroom career, to a creative retirement career.

In the early 1970's I designed and made knitted animals which I sold in exclusive Montreal boutiques. Forty years later, right after retiring from 34 years of teaching, I was contacted by an old customer who wondered if I could make another animal, this time for a grandchild. I did, and the same week heard about Etsy. Since joining, I have branched out and designed dolls, baby quilts, guitar straps and many puppets. The vast majority of my work is custom, and my greatest joy is derived from designing and creating a new request.

Since I am also an avid traveler, I have acquired a bounty of vintage items which I make available in my other Etsy shop,

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  • Mary-Ellen O'Neil

    Owner, Designer, Creator

    I was taught to embroider, knit and crochet as a child. In university, I did a BSc. and then a degree in teaching, resulting in 34 years in the high school classroom. Etsy has replaced the opportunity for creativity I so missed after retirement.

Shop policies

Last updated on January 1, 2017
Hello & welcome to my online boutique of serendipitous children's creations, puppets, dolls, guitar straps, handmade luxuries, and Christmas stockings. As a mother and a teacher, the development of imagination in children has always been a priority of mine and coming up with new designs is something I love to do.

My knitted stuffed animals are all original works of my invention, kind of like knitting a pair of socks or a sweater, but in the shape of an animal. These little critters are all labors of love which take hours and hours to make.

Fabric dolls are also of my design.

Baby Quilts: Will be made to order. The complexity and detail will determine the price.

There will be no refund for Custom orders. Make sure before ordering that your directions are very exact. A custom order always involves "design" time, for which you are not being charged.

Accepted payment methods

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • American Express
  • Discover
  • Apple Pay
  • Klarna
  • Sofort
  • Ideal
  • Paypal
  • GiftcardAccepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
If you are unhappy with your order, refunds and exchanges are available under the conditions listed below.

-Custom orders will not be refunded. See above under Payment Policy.
-Items must be returned within 16 days of receipt.
-Items must be returned in the same condition in which they were received.
-Shipping costs for returned items will not be refunded unless the item was damaged due to faulty wrapping. Photo proof required.
-Returned items are shipped at the Buyers expense.

Additional Policies and FAQs
Custom Orders are welcome as indicated above but are non refundable!
Method of payment accepted: Paypal.

Payment should be made immediately following finalizing your etsy order by clicking on the "pay with paypal" button that will direct you to a paypal invoice.

If payment is not made - your transaction may be canceled if I do not receive a response to any messages sent within 24 hours. Likewise, your cancellations must be made within 12 hours.

CUSTOM ORDERS ARE NON REFUNDABLE. Make sure that you communicate fully, your design wishes. I do not design items before order, but I confirm design after order and before making. Once the design process has started, I will communicate with you, via photos, with consultation - to whatever degree you desire. On the other hand, some customers have preferred surprises.
Though I live in Canada, I ship most orders via USPS. This is because it allows Though I live in Canada, I ship most of my orders via USPS. This is because it allows me to charge you much less (sometimes even for back to Canada!) for shipping and the time involved is usually less. American orders will always have a tracking number. This service is also available to certain countries. If you want your parcel insured, you must convo me and pay for the added security. I AM NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR PACKAGES LOST IN THE MAIL..

Items are packed and shipped out within five business days of payment, but please keep in mind that purchases will be shipped on weekdays only. This delay is because I cannot cross the border to mail, without experiencing customs issues of my own, but I still feel the much faster and less costly shipping is worth the delay to you.

U.S. orders usually arrive within 3-5 days. Orders to Canada generally take 1-2 weeks to arrive. International orders generally take 2-3 weeks BUT in rare situations (especially at Christmas time) a shipment to Europe and Australia has taken as long as 8 weeks. Please be patient. If my shipping information log shows that the item disappeared once it was overseas, I have fulfilled my part of the transaction, and am not financially liable. If you order from an international destination, it is assumed that you have read these conditions.

AT PERIODS OF THE YEAR WHEN SHIPPING VOLUME IS HIGH, i.e. FROM BLACK FRIDAY ON, please consult the shipping times posted on my main page. This is to avoid the disappointment of late arrival at, for example, Christmas.

INTERNATIONAL BUYERS: PLEASE NOTE. There may be additional customs and import taxes to pay, and there maybe unforeseen customs delays. I, as the seller,am not responsible for these charges or delays. I have automatically saved these fees for American customers (though I must pay EXPORT FEES at the border, myself).

At times, I underestimate the cost of shipping. This is my problem and you will not be charged more. At other times, the cost of the shipping estimated is slightly higher than it turned out to be. I am considering these costs as shipping and handling, i.e. the cost of the mailing materials and the cost of gas to get the 19 km. to the American Post Office. Unless the discrepancy is very large, I will not make any shipping adjustments.

Please contact me prior to purchase if you have any questions regarding these shipping arrangements.
Additional policies and FAQs
Since all of my projects are quite labor intensive, hence time consuming to make, you may make a particular order. For example, in the case of the dolls, you may indicate a race, ethnicity, sex, a color scheme etc. In the case of a baby quilt, you can indicate general type, gender specific or non, color scheme, and other specifics. Time required before mailing out, will vary depending upon the complexity of the project. You will be kept informed of progress.