Before I returned to work from maternity leave I had the pleasure of visiting with Holly, the creator of Kooky Critters, for her #shopFranklin Photo Spotlight. Now that I have a little one I know that there are many plush toys in my future so it was fitting that I met with Holly to see her adorable creations in person and to learn about her process. Holly hand makes each “critter” in her home located here in Franklin, MA and I assure you that some love goes into every piece! Kooky Critters came to be 7 years ago when Holly’s own children asked her to sew some plush monsters on a rainy day…. she’s been creating these unique plush items ever since. I also loved learning that she even uses a very special tape measure which is the same one used by her great-grandmother Anastasia who worked for a men’s tailor (see photo below).
Some of her most popular pieces include tooth fairy pillows, nap buddies and also memory items which can be created from a loved one’s shirt, blanket or even baby’s PJs (I definitely plan to order one of these!) which become such precious keepsakes. These memory items are incredibly special and Holly takes great care in each detail. Tooth fairy pillows are often personalized and stay with the child for many years as they grow. Something unique about Kooky Critters items is that many are functional with little pockets perfect to place a tooth/money, gift card, or little note. In fact, some of the critters have important jobs as Worry Critters. Children can write down a worry and stuff it into the critter’s mouth who “eats” them. If you don’t find exactly what you’re looking for don’t worry, Holly is happy to work with you to create a custom piece. This summer you can also find her new magical summer critters which include Larry the Narwhal, a unicorn, and Mimi the mermaid critter to name a few. These will only be available for a limited time so be sure to check them out!
Kooky Critters is just another example of a wonderful small business that we are lucky to have here in Franklin. For more information including the link to the Kooky Critter Etsy shop, custom quotes and Holly’s contact information please visit http://www.kookycritters.com.