Weird Bug Ladies are the nicest kind, I think

She sounds like a nice person: a zoology student (I was one of those, once! Zoology departments are disappearing everywhere, though), with the hobby of making cuddly, squishy plush beasties of all sorts, especially of lots of invertebrates. I think it’s time that the teddy bear hegemony in the world of children’s toys be broken — you can start there, and support a science student at the very same time.