Hazel Village | Lucas Rabbit
"Even though Lucas Rabbit's real name is Lucas, his friends call him Pummy. He says it's because when he was a newborn and his sister was a toddler, she called him Pummy for some reason. Anyway, his favorite activity is digging holes in the pond beach so he can make swamp forts."
Lucas is made from brown organic cotton fleece with a soft flannel texture. His nose and tail are natural colored fleece, and his ears are lined with cotton shirting stripe. The stripes in his ears might be a little smaller than the ones pictured. He measures 15" including ears. His eyes and nose are hand stitched with cotton thread. He is stuffed with washable polyfill so he can be hand washed if he gets dirty (you know how those swamp forts can be....)
Lucas's romper is made of "stormy gray" organic cotton/hemp blend. It's ideal for a baby because it's hard to tear off, and it has no hard components that could fall off. It closes with velcro in the back, and it has a place for an animal's tail to stick out. It is removable so Lucas can share and trade clothes with the other Hazel Village animals.
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.