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Hazel Village | Ballet Outfit
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Flora Fox highly recommends this outfit for her favorite activity, ballet. Actually, all the animals love it, and they dress alike for their ballet lessons.
The ballet outfit includes a stretchy pink cotton shirt with short sleeves, a wraparound tutu made of soft pink tulle with a ribbon closure, and pink satin toe shoes. It comes packed in a little box, so the animals have somewhere to store it when they aren't doing ballet.
Maker Jane Van Cleef named her sweet line of woodland friends after the American Hazelnut tree: "a source of delicious nuts, magical divining rods, useful twigs for basketry, and food for caterpillars." She began the venture in 2010, and took inspiration from her favorite childhood toys and stories, including Brambly Hedge, Uncle Willy, and the Little House series. In the beginning, she made each stuffed animal on the sewing machine in her attic, hand stitching sweet faces on each one and writing stories about the little woodland community she created. The wild success of her Etsy shop led her to seek some help in order to offer the Hazel Village experience to a wider audience, while still producing the responsibly and maintaining their heirloom quality. Partnering with a certified organic and fair labor company in India allowed her to do so. Each face is still stitched by hand, giving every animal a one-of-a-kind charm.