Meet the Hazel Village animals - soft toy woodland creatures with additional lovely little outfits. Charming, quirky and ethically made, each little animal comes a 'back story' written on a little card around his or her neck.
Hazel Village is a small toy maker, established in New York in 2010. It's rare for me to find another company whose ethics, approach and sense of play matches so closely that of Cottontails, but in Hazel Village, I think we have found a soul mate!
Here are some of the animals enjoying a 'Welcome to Cottontails' apple pie making session a couple of days ago. I thought the apple pie would make them feel at home...
Lucy Owl picks some Bramleys
Gwendolyn Raccoon sorts through my baking basket
(I saw her dip her paw in the golden syrup...)
Helping Lewis Toad with apple peeling - he's a bit too young to do it on his own
Grating nutmeg with Own Fox
Lewis uses his big toady hands to make pastry...
...then Owen wields the rolling pin
A 'Hello' pie from Cottontails, with bunnies around the edge
(bunny cutters available to buy here)
The animals watch the aga, Great British Bake-Off style
It's an apple pie midnight feast!
All these lovely animals - and quite a lot more - are available to view and buy on the Cottontails website - see them all here.