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Hazel Village | Flora Fox


by Hazel Village

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The Product:

"Miss Flora Fox likes ballet and working on whittling projects.  Recently she finished carving a salad bowl.  She likes salads that have a lot of fruit in them. That's one reason she's such an excellent berry picker.  She says the other reason is her very good eyesight."

One of our favorite parts of the Hazel Village line of organic cotton, heirloom quality children's toys is the way each woodland friend is brought to life with their own story! Flora Fox and all of her friends will surely remain treasured keepsakes for your child (and their own children too!) long after they discard their other toys. 

She is made of orange organic cotton fleece with a brushed flannel texture, and stuffed with washable polyfill. Her nose and the tip of her tail are white, and her ears are lined with striped pink cotton. She is 15" from ear to toe. Her eyes and nose are hand-embroidered with cotton thread. If necessary, you can hand-wash Flora.

Flora's jumper is made of soft strawberry red organic cotton. It has a little pink chevron detail on the front. Like all Hazel Village clothes, Flora's dress is removable so the animals can share and trade. 

The Maker:

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.