updated 09/03/2010 AT 6:00 PM ET
•originally published 09/07/2010 AT 7:45 AM ET
Lions and tigers and bears, oh … cute!
Scary creatures get a plush and playful makeover in Kenzie Jardina’s loveys – think stuffed animal meets security blanket.
Employing lots of faux fur and a vivid imagination, Jardina designs and sews a variety of customizable comfort objects. Her Bewhiskered collection includes zebras, polar bear and bunnies, to name a few. The body of each animal consists of a soft fleece blanket; the heads and colorful fabric claws are stuffed and appropriately squishy.
Jardina’s inspiration stems from a photograph of herself posing as young child with a latch-hook tiger rug her mom had made. “When I had my son, I wanted to recreate that kind of picture,” she tells PEOPLEPets.com.
The tiger lovey, her first, is her favorite – but these days she takes custom requests and even embroiders names onto the bellies of each animal. (Our lovey arrived with an embroidered PEOPLEPets logo.) Jardina can create almost any mammal with four legs, and her custom designs include a UGA bulldog and a cow.
Check out Jardina’s Etsy shop and pick up the perfect lovey ($30) for any child in your life.
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