Oliver likes to practice accordion after breakfast. He says he's been playing for about two and a half years, so he's getting pretty good. Now that Ella Toad is learning the recorder, they want to play duets together. They're practicing "The Eensy Weensy Spider," which they hope to play at Emma Rabbit's next tea party. It still needs some work.
Oliver is made of gray organic cotton fleece. He's about 14" tall. His eyes and nose are hand stitched with cotton thread. He is stuffed with polyfill, so you can hand wash him and he will air dry, no worse for the wear.
Oliver's lucky hat is made from green cotton. As you can see it has spaces for his ears, and a spiffy red and orange tassel on top. His scarf is made of striped cotton jersey. Both of those things are removable so the animals can share and trade.
Jane Van Cleef started Hazel Village in 2010 with her own two hands. She set out to make the toys she would have wanted as a child: soft and cute, with a rigorous commitment to the spirit of play. You'll never see a sewn-on doll shoe or a button that doesn't work because that would mean admitting the animals aren't real. So Hazel Village makes real organic cotton woodland creatures and dolls, and real doll clothes that everyone can share, to inspire hours of immersive, low-tech play.
At the Hazel Village workshop in Brooklyn, Jane does her best to follow the good example of the animals. Hazel Village and the animals have the same core values: they are resourceful, clever, jolly, diligent, and gentle.