The scene is getting closer, now all I need to do setting wise is add some muddy spots in the mid-ground and a pole for the swing in the foreground. Once animated, there will be particle effects for smoke coming out of the cottage, and for a mud monster that will rise out of one of the puddles. Oh and the door needs some texture as well.
Also, the clouds will pass by during the animation and the scene will go from happy and bright to a bit more ominous, sort of like the two images below (yellowy tint now fixed). Was messing around and I found that if you rotate the sky box, the HDRI image actually changes the lighting in the scene directionally, based off the image... or something like that. Don't really understand it but it's pretty cool! Also there will be some cloud alphas off screen to cast shadows.