Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Introducing Hazel Village, Organic Handmade Woodland Friends

Guess where I went on a 110F day? Outdoor handmade market.

No, I'm not crazy...I'm just a little obsessive. And I found at the newly open Dekalb Market a little friend. The one we now call "PJ" because of her blue checkers ears. Read on about PJ and her maker.

Dekalb Market just opened last Sat July 23, 2011 and is located at the hub of downtown Brooklyn at 332 Flatbush Avenue Ext. It is a market with retailers in repurposed cargo boxes (well air conditioned!) selling NY handmade goods and art, with a nice food area that also turns into a beer garden during the weekend evenings, and every Sat and Sun you can find vintage and handmade goods in addition to the permanent retailers that you see everyday. Click here to find out more.

And it was right there that I bumped into Jane Van Cleef of Hazel Village. She is the fairy queen of these adorable woodland creatures.

Jane uses organic cotton, and stitches all the dolls up on an old industrial sewing machine in her Brooklyn fairy land, then stuffs them and sews all the details on them by hand. Each critter is then dressed up by Jane in clothes that she makes out of the best scraps she can find so nothing goes to waste. Aren't they just sweet - the little tummies are a "handful"...how adorable!

At her table at the market, she actually let me choose the clothes for the rabbit I bought. I picked a little red checkers dress for PJ. She is a yummy peach jam. Oh, and watch out for Jane in a fall market in NY. Details to be confirmed ;)

Ok, I admit, I am going to keep PJ. I think the idea of buying it for my friend's daughter is just an excuse. Come on, I need another rabbit! Click here to see Penelope Rabbit, which is probably related to PJ...

Beware, it is a great gift for kids but it will end up staying with you...(cue the scary music...exit)

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