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There are probably lots of reasons Denmark regularly comes in at the top of measurements of national happiness. We could point at a cradle to grave social safety net, one of the best education systems on the planet, a culture that values equality and social justice, has one of lowest disparity levels anywhere and, of course, all that fabulous design… most annoying of all, they’re not even smug about it! (Well, maybe just a little)

Or it could just be hygge.

Hygge is a simple concept that is hard to explain. Fundamentally, it’s all about hearth, home, friends, loved ones and finding happiness in the small, simple acts of daily life. Think of those little moments of blissful contentment that sneak up unbidden. That perfect first sip from your favourite teacup. Your fuzzy slippers. The crunch of toast.living room with fireplace

Or look around at your friends and family gathered for a meal. People you like and love all together around the table, suffused with the gentle glow of happiness. Hygge is a state of mind, deliberately cultivated in a difficult and challenging world.

A significant part of the concept revolves around the creation of a physical space that is hygglig. Think cosy, comfortable, warm and candlelit. A mug of glogg in front of the fire after a day of cross country skiing; (not a lot of mountains in Denmark) resting in a room that feels safe and secure, with you and yours snuggled under an afghan while the wind howls outside.

candle-895206_1280Hygge is also about cultivating a bit of amnesia about the trials and tribulations of the world. It might be a bit of a coping mechanism, an anodyne for the hectic day.

To be hygglig means to put aside the seriousness of life, sing a song, cultivate a little low key bliss and enjoy the moment. We all know the big bad world is out there, we’re just taking a time out!

The Danes and Norwegians aren’t the only ones who get the concept, though, they just appear to work harder at it! The Dutch have their “Geselligheid” the Germans speak of “Gemütlichkeit“… They all translate into “coziness” in English, but in these Northern European cultures the concept is somehow bigger. Perhaps cozy mindfulness?

Deutsch: Gemütlichkeit, Gastlichkeit und Frohsinn

Deutsch: Gemütlichkeit, Gastlichkeit und Frohsinn (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Regardless of how we try to translate it, if there ever was a time to introduce a little hygge into our lives, this is it!




… to the Ladybug Boutique at Mattick’s Farm in beautiful Cordova Bay, BC.

Halfway between Swartz Bay ferry terminal and downtown Victoria, this pretty little enclave of shops, nestled next to the award winning Cordova Bay Golf Course, is home to the kind of specialty businesses that give a community it’s unique flavour.

signThe Ladybug, as it’s fondly known, has been the number one source of high quality smokeless, dripless and scentless candles on Vancouver Island for over 30 years. Highest quality paraffin tapers and pillars and well as “Stearin” (organically sourced, sustainable palm oil) tapers and pillars from Denmark 🇩🇰 are complimented by choice Canadian makers of organic beeswax and specialty candles.


It is at Christmas that the store’s Scandinavian roots really show. The little red hatted elves (Nisser, Tomter, Heinzelmännchen or Wichtel, depending on your background) fill every nook and cranny!  elvesAdvent Calendars, Swedish Angel Chimes and a multitude of decorations appear to turn the store into the epitome of a Northern European Christmas. If this store doesn’t put you in the holiday spirit, nothing will!  elves




A little bit of Christmas hides in the back   of the store year round, so if you’re in Victoria midsummer and want to stock up on some Christmas bits, you’ll find them.



The Scandinavian theme continues with hand blown hanging and sitting birds from Denmark, Ekelund table linens from Sweden and an ever changing selection of silver and bronze Norse museum jewelry.glass birds

Local artisans also shine. Pottery, hanging glass ornaments from well known artist Mark Bateman, fun jewelry, beautiful handmade scarves and placemats from local weavers, as well as a great selection of cards, mugs and placemats from wildlife photographer Stuart Clarke are just a sample of what awaits exploration!stuart clarke mugs







glass ware


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The Candle Store With So Much More” is just one of the great shops at Mattick’s Farm. Stop in and discover another of Victoria’s hidden gems.