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Peter Rabbit & friends│Erstwilder

Hop on board the nostalgia train! Erstwilder is tugging at the heartstrings with their new range and childhood favourite of many, Peter Rabbit and friends. From the imagination of Beatrix Potter and brought to life (or rather, resin) by Melbourne illustrator Jess Racklyeft, this 12 piece collection is full of so many beloved characters from the world of Peter Rabbit in brooch, necklace, and earring form. Without further ado, let’s wiggle under the gate and see what we find on the other side!

Peter Rabbit brooch

“First he ate some lettuces and some French beans; and then he ate some radishes.” 

The hero of this collection, Peter Rabbit in resin form is exactly as I remember him! From his little blue jacket to his soft pink ears and mischievous expression, all the iconic details are there. He’s had one lucky escape from Mr McGregor already, so you’ll have to keep an eye on this one!

Jemima Puddle-Duck brooch

“Jemima Puddle-Duck was a simpleton: not even the mention of sage and onions made her suspicious.”

Such a beauty in her bright blue bonnet and pink shawl, Jemima Puddle-Duck is almost as well-loved as Peter and certainly very fondly remembered. Poor Jemima’s tale is full of woe, but in a similar style to Red Riding Hood she is rescued at the last minute from the big bad wolf (or in this case, fox!) and gets to raise ducklings of her own.

Mrs Tiggy-Winkle brooch

“Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle’s nose went sniffle sniffle snuffle, and her eyes went twinkle twinkle.”

The most excellent clear-starcher around, Mrs Tiggy-Winkle brings just as much magic in brooch form as she does to the pages of Beatrix Potter’s tales. All her details are there, with her kind expression and frilly white cap, tucked-up pink gown and blue and yellow striped petticoat. Now if only I had my own Mrs Tiggy-Winkle at home, my laundry pile wouldn’t be nearly so high!

Flopsy, Mopsy & Cottontail necklace

“Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail, who were good little bunnies, went down the lane to gather blackberries.”

The best behaved bunnies that ever there were, the three sisters of Peter Rabbit certainly don’t get into nearly as much trouble as their brother! Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail might be the best names for rabbits ever, and they sure do make for a cute necklace in their matching red jackets. I like to imagine that they’re running home to have their bread and milk and blackberries for supper!

And the rest…

Squirrel Nutkin & Mr Jeremy Fisher brooches

“This is a Tale about a tail—a tail that belonged to a little red squirrel, and his name was Nutkin.”

“But Mr. Jeremy liked getting his feet wet; nobody ever scolded him, and he never caught a cold!”

Mrs Tittlemouse & Pigling Bland brooches

“Mrs. Tittlemouse was a most terribly tidy particular little mouse, always sweeping and dusting the soft sandy floors.”

“Pigling had never said shuh! to a hen in his life, being peaceable.”

Benjamin Bunny brooch & Peter Rabbit earrings

“As soon as they had passed, little Benjamin Bunny slid down into the road, and set off—with a hop, skip, and a jump.”

“But Peter, who was very naughty, ran straight away to Mr. McGregor’s garden, and squeezed under the gate!”

Tom Kitten & Mr Tod brooches

“Tom Kitten was very fat, and he had grown; several buttons burst off. His mother sewed them on again.”

“Nobody could call Mr. Tod “nice.” The rabbits could not bear him; they could smell him half a mile off. He was of a wandering habit and he had foxey whiskers; they never knew where he would be next.”

Thank you so much to the wonderful Erstwilder team for entrusting us to shoot another collection, especially one that’s so special to so many! And thank you as always to @cmjsnz for these photos. These adorable designs have been selling fast, but remember to check your local stockists or ask the Erstwilder shop local Facebook page as you might still (hopefully!) be lucky enough to snag your favourites if you haven’t got them already. And let me know which pieces you managed to get in the comments!

Miss Hero Holliday

xo

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