A Wee Forest Folk mouse begins as an original clay piece which is hand sculpted by one of three sculptors in the Petersen family. The finished sculpture is molded and hand cast at the "mouse factory" in Carlisle, MA. Carefully selected artists flawlessly paint each one by hand bringing to life a sweet little mouse personality. Wee Forest Folk began as a cottage industry in 1972 and it continues to this day.
Created, produced and copyrighted by the Petersen family, it all began in Annette Petersen’s old-fashioned kitchen on a farm in Concord, Massachusetts - the birthplace of American Independence. Growing up near Central Park, Annette spent many hours in the Museum of Natural History, getting lost amongst the rooms and imagining life outside the hustle and bustle of New York City.
After marrying and moving to New England, Annette’s dream of living on a farm in the country came true. She and her husband raised a family of three and although she had no formal training in art she was always creating things of beauty around the home. She painted pictures from nursery rhymes on the walls of the children’s playroom and decorated a dollhouse with her handmade furnishings.
To help make ends meet, Annette combined her love of nature and its creatures with her imagination and natural artistic ability to make owls crafted from stones to sell in local shops. She also made other little woodland critters. Her first mice were made of bread dough, but they didn’t last very long - nibbled by the real thing, of course! Eventually she learned to sculpt her little friends in clay and cast them in a more durable casting stone. Her first mouse (named Miss Mouse, of course!) with her bonnet and basket was created and thus, Wee Forest Folk was born!
Young Annette In Central Park
As Annette celebrates her 98th birthday June, 2017 and Wee Forest Folk's 45th Anniversary we hope you like this very special miniature work of art. Each one is numbered and signed by the artist. A Certificate of Authenticity is also included. Sculpted by Willy. *Limited to 350. 3.75"h x 6"w x 5.25"d
Do you remember running through the meadow searching for butterflies? They are so pretty! Mice available in blue or plum overalls. Sculpted by Willy. 2.375” x 1.25“
Cherry Blossom Girl
She is wearing an elegant Japanese kimono adorned with tiny hand painted cherry blossoms. Just in time for Hanami! 1.5 x .875. Sculpted by Willy.
Ruby Red Cap
Ruby, a tiny forest dweller has found a gorgeous little bluebell to take back to her house set at the base of a mossy tree. Sculpted by Willy. 1.625 x 1.2
Happiness With Sprinkles
The sweet smell of summer rain and your one true love. Now that's happiness! Completely handmade with methods developed by the artist, this couple embodies the love and joy we find in one another and a fresh rain. Sculpted by Willy 1.75 x 1.75
My Love For You LIMITED
This wee mouse is sending a red glittered heart to her Valentine! Teeny, tiny hearts adorn the hem of her dress. So darling! 1.75" x 1.125" Limited until April 1, 2022
Mending A Broken Heart PINK
Wee Miss Mousey sits on her thimble, patiently stitching together a broken heart with threads of love. Choose pink or white thimble. 1.375 x .75 Sculpted by Donna.
A hot Summer day calls for a cold swim in the ocean! Afterwards a seat on this beautiful shell makes the perfect cuddle spot. Sculpted by Willy. 1.5 x 2"
Sunny Bright Rainbow RETIRED
This little sweetie shows all the colors under the sun! Sculpted by Bonnie. 1.825" x 1.5" Retired in 2019.
Poached Easter Eggs
Easter Bunny mouse wonders how her pretty Easter eggs got up there! This miniature will melt your heart and bring warm memories of many lively Easter egg hunts. 2.25 x 2.125.
Through the pumpkin patch they go on their way to the big Thanksgiving celebration with pie in hand! She is thankful for a ride in the wheelbarrow to save her energy for feasting! Sculpted by Willy. 1.825 x 2.25"
Sandy plays the part of a roly-poly frosty snowman. Sculpted by Willy. 1.75" x 1"
Horn of Plenty Mousey
Look who tumbled out of the fresh fall harvest bounty all ready for a Thanksgiving Day feast! Sculpted by Willy. 1 x 1.625"
A Wish for Happiness
Origami is a timeless art and so much more than folded paper. This little mouse holds two paper cranes. If she makes one thousand she is granted a wish! A very sweet sentiment that makes a beautiful and special gift. Sculpted by Willy. 1.375 x 1
Rusty Red Cap
Rusty is a local around these woods and has found a fiddlehead on his stroll. He waves it around to cool the air as he walks along the forest floor. Sculpted by Willy. 1.5 x 1.25
My Wee Honey Bee
This mom and baby must be the Halloween costume winner of the year! Mom is dressed as a majestic sunflower and baby is a honey bee. To top it off, mom's candy holder is a honey bucket. Sculpted by Willy. 1.5 x 1.125"
It is autumn and Thanksgiving is finally here. Abigail loves to share the season's bounty with her wee friend, who is delighted to have something special to squirrel away! Available in mustard or wedgewood blue. Sculpted by Donna. 1.5" x 2"
Greta has gathered the juiciest, sweetest blueberries of the bluest of colors to take home and bake her spring treats. Look closely at the details hand painted onto her dress. Sculpted by Willy. 1.5" x 1.125"
She is in awe of the beauty of these Monarch butterflies in her coloring book and oh what joy she will have when she sees one has landed on her pocket. Monarchs are an endangered species. With each purchase, Wee Forest Folk will make a donation to plant milkweed seeds which helps monarchs thrive. .875" x 2" Limited to November 1, 2022.
A lovely little gnome sculpted by Willy in honor of his Norwegian heritage. 1.5" x 1"
Christmas morning has finally come! Still sleepy, this mousey holds her teddy close as she drags her stocking over to see what's inside!
A color change on a long time favorite, a mousey holds up her freshly decorated ginger bread cookie to show what a sweet design she created! The tiniest holly leaves perfectly highlights her Christmas dress. 1.25" x 1"
A proud little angel depicts the North Star guiding the way to the manger in the Christmas pageant! Sculpted by Willy. 1.875" x 1.25"
Santa's Christmas Tweets
Here comes Santa Mouse with a sleigh full of Christmas tweets! Santa's sleigh is pulled by his most trusty aviator - a friendly bird.
Sculpted by Willy. Scene measures 1.5 inches tall and 4.125 inches wide.
Palm Beach Pickup
This tiny traveler is loaded up and ready to meet her friends for a day on the beach!.
Sculpted by Willy. 1.625" x 2.375".
The delight radiates from the face of this little mouse as her new friend rests on her hand. Take a close look at the handmade details in the dragonfly wings and the tiny hand painted details along the hem of her dress. Sculpted by Willy. 1.5 x 1
Feeding her feathered friends! How sweet! Sculpted by Willy. 2.375" x 1.875"
This wee mouse is having a spa day by cooling her little toes in the bird bath! Must be seen up close to see the water and delicate butterfly. Sculpted by Willy 1.875" x 1.25"
Easter Welcome Wagon
These two are all dressed up in Easter Bunny and Easter Egg outfits complete with a towable basket and are on their way to celebrate! 1.75 x 2.125. Sculpted by Willy.
Sharing a Story
"Once upon a time there was a little mouse..." Reading aloud is still a favorite thing to share with a child, whether it's Mom, Dad, friend, Grandparent or babysitter! Sculpted by Willy. 1.5" x 1.5"