16.05.17

Hazel Village

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Hazel Village was born in 2010 by Jane Van Cleef.

One weekend, I decided to make a toy that I would have liked as a child – a cute and soft doll with a big wardrobe. I cut up some good fabric scraps in the front room of my apartment in Brooklyn, then sewed them into a tiny version of Annicke Mouse. I thought she was so cute, so I made some friends for her and started to imagine the animals’ forest world. I listed the dolls on Etsy, each with its own little outfit and back story. And I took them to local craft markets around Brooklyn.’

Today the animals are produced responsibly in India. Hand made from organic cotton they come in a cute outfit. You can then add more clothes {I love this sweet little box full of heirloom pieces}for some great role play hours and even buy matching outfits for your child.

Quality toys that can stay with your children as they grow up – first as soft, snuggly friends, then as companions for storytelling and dress-up play, and eventually as treasured keepsakes.

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I love that you can personalize the woodland friends with a hand-stitched monogram or short name. One to six letters inside a heart on the animal’s chest!

So cute.

 

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Josie is the new character in the family and was just launched yesterday. She will only be available for 2017!

Josie is a chipmunk and made of organic cotton fleece in rust orange, brown, and ivory. Her ears are lined with natural cotton muslin. She’s stuffed with washable poly fill, and her face is hand stitched with cotton embroidery floss.

These make great gifts!

PS: Hazel Village is named after the American Hazelnut tree: a source of delicious nuts, magical divining rods, useful twigs for basketry, and food for caterpillars.

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