9.29.2007

Sneak Peek...New Max Bailey Prints!

This is just a bit of what is on its way! We are introducing a new line of Max Bailey prints!

They are a standard size 8.5 x 11 inches and can also fit a standard 8 x 10 inch mat and frame set (not included).

Above is "Proud Mom", a Victorian-style rabbit mother with her overflowing carriage full of baby bunnies.

This is "Shopping Bears", showing two very excited teddy bear girls on their way home from a big shopping trip.

Both are currently available both on eBay and on Etsy, and they can also be ordered by emailing us.

Other images can be seen on Flickr. More to come!

9.23.2007

"Lily and Caroline" Original Folk Art Cat Doll Figurine by Max Bailey

Lily is a lovely white cat. She gazes intensely up at you with honest blue eyes. Her sweet little face is very serious. If it weren’t for Caroline, her tuxedo cat doll, Lily would be very serious all of the time, but Caroline’s funny little grin brings a smile to Lily’s heart.

Lily’s dress is country blue with an orchid pink neckband, cuffs, and sash that is tied in a big bow at the back. The top of her dress and her sleeves have little pale blue flowers with yellow centers, and her kitty tail emerges from the ruffled white petticoats that can be seen from below. Caroline wears a red summer dress with white polka dots. She has yellow eyes, a pink nose, and of course, that contagious grin.

Lily rests firmly upon a turned wooden stand that is stained and sealed in golden oak. She is 6 inches tall.

I sculpted Lily from paperclay, giving special attention to the texture of her fur and the three-dimensional details of her doll, her paws, and her fancy sash. Lily’s whiskers are made from stiffened cotton, threaded through the paperclay before it dried. Lily and Caroline are completely hand painted using acrylic paints. No molds are ever used in my work.

“Lily and Caroline” is an original one-of-a-kind work of art. It is signed and dated and sealed with matte varnish for protection and preservation. Please click here to visit Lily and Caroline's webpage.

"Crabby Alice and Ruthie" One-of-a-kind Original Folk Art Cat Dolls by Max Bailey

This is Crabby Alice and her friend Ruthie. Crabby Alice is a very sweet-tempered Blue Persian cat.

She isn’t really crabby at all, but she likes to look that way. It makes people say “Oh, poor kitty. Are you having a bad day?” Then she gets extra pats on the head, tickles under the chin, and sometimes special treats. She likes that a lot. She shares the treats with her friend Ruthie the turtle, and they giggle together as they eat them, making funny little muffled noises. When the treats are gone, they think up ways Alice might arrange her face to look even a little crabbier.

Crabby Alice wears a pretty red and white polka dot pinafore, with a ruffled bib and straps that crisscross in the back. Her blouse is a soft lilac blue with ivory collar and cuffs, painted on like her striped gold, blue, and red tights and laced up old fashioned shoes. She’s an original one-of-a-kind work of art that I created from my own design and pattern, then made from 100% cotton fabric which I sewed, stuffed, and completely hand painted with acrylic paints.
She is 13 inches tall. Alice’s very crabby expression was created from paperclay smoothed into her fabric head, and sculpted in three different stages of hardening. Even her gray and unruly whiskers are grumpy. They are made of stiffened pearl cotton that I threaded through the paperclay before it dried. I made her 100% cotton pinafore from my own design and pattern.

Crabby Alice, though she may not look it, is very obliging. She has a curly tail that allows her to sit up and glare at you all by herself from a shelf or a table, or in a cabinet. She can also glare at you while sitting in a chair or standing with a doll stand. (Chair and doll stand not included.)

Ruthie the turtle is made of wood, and doesn’t glare. She looks quite friendly and happy, probably because she gets so many treats. I painted her shell in brown, orange, and gold, and the rest of her in gray green and brown turtle colors. She’s about five inches long and two inches wide.

Please click here to visit Crabby Alice and Ruthie's webpage.

Please click here to visit our online doll gallery.

9.19.2007

Hedda and Hopper One-of-a-kind Original Folk Art Dolls by Max Bailey

This is Hedda. She and Hopper the bunny are the best of friends. She’s a calico cat with watchful green eyes. He’s a white bunny with inquisitive blue eyes. They see everything that everybody is doing.

Hedda and Hopper also have big ears. They listen to anything anybody says. There are no secrets these two don’t know.

If there is something (or a bit of nothing) you would like to know about, they will gladly tell you all about it.

Who was invited to Lulu’s party? What did Samantha name her new kittens? Who bought that pretty dress that was in the shop window…the one with the big bow in front? They know.

Hedda is wearing a soft yellow and orange dress, with the big bow and a ruffle that frames her pretty face. Her arms are button jointed with antique looking metal buttons of filigreed gold on black, so she can easily pose. Hedda is 13 inches tall. Her face was sculpted from paperclay smoothed into her fabric head, and her stiffened pearl cotton whiskers were threaded through the paperclay before it dried.

Hopper the white bunny is made of wood. I painted his eyes a brilliant blue and coordinated his colors to match those in Hedda’s dress. He’s about 4 ½ inches long and 2 inches wide.

Please click here to visit Hedda and Hopper's web page. Be sure to visit them and catch up on all the gossip!

Please click here to visit our online doll gallery.

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9.18.2007

"Ginger and George" Original One-of-a-kind Folk Art Dolls by Max Bailey

This is Ginger. Ginger is an orange and white tabby, and she’s a country cat. On summer nights, Ginger loves to sit on the porch in her wicker chair and listen to the crickets and the katydids. On pleasant fall days, she loves to walk through the dried leaves and hear them crunch and crackle under her shoes.

Ginger loves gingham dresses, especially this one, with its ruffling ruffle and long sash that she ties in a pretty bow in the back.She also loves George, her gingham alligator. When she takes George out for a walk, all the chickens go clucking and running to the other side of the barnyard. She thinks maybe that’s because they don’t like the clatter George’s wooden wheels make as they roll over the pebbles by the back door.

Ginger is an original one-of-a-kind work of art, created from my own design and pattern. She is made from 100% cotton fabric which is sewn, stuffed, and completely hand painted with acrylic paints. She is 13 inches tall.

Ginger is very accommodating. Her curly white-tipped tail supports her very well, so she will sit very prettily all by herself on a shelf or a table, or in a cabinet. She will also happily sit in a chair, or stand with a doll stand.

George is made of wood. I painted him with my best version of green and white gingham, and gave him droopy eyelids and sleepy yellow eyes. He’s about 7 inches long and about 2 inches wide.

Please click here to visit Ginger and George's web page. Hope you enjoy them!

Please click here to visit our online doll gallery.

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9.12.2007

Three Little Kittens, One-of-a-kind Original Cat Art Dolls by Max Bailey

Here is a sneak peak at (from left to right) "Ginger and George", "Crabby Alice and Ruthie", and "Hedda and Hopper", my brand new one-of-a-kind original cat art dolls. We photographed them over the past two mornings, and they are very excited about making their Internet debut. We'll be introducing them one at a time, to give each one due attention, in coming blog posts. I assure you... they can't wait!

Their new pictures will be going up on Flickr soon. All they talk about is who looks the prettiest.

We have a new and improved Ebay About Me Page as well. Elizabeth made us a new logo and revised the whole page. It really needed some dolls! Much better now! Be sure to check it out and check back here for new kitties!

9.09.2007

"Goodnight Irene", One-of-a-kind Original Art Doll by Elizabeth Ruffing

After much hand basting, machine appliquéing, stuffing, machine and hand sewing, "Goodnight Irene" is complete.

I made her pattern basing it on my much loved Miss Annabelle, a favorite doll from my childhood. She is a big doll, about 22 inches tall, and about 14 inches seated. I drew and painted her face, giving her very pretty green eyes.

Here she is seated with "Lovely Lucy". Both are available in my Etsy shop. More photos can be seen on Flickr.
I also spent some time today organizing our ruffingsartdolls Flickr photo album, adding sets off to the right to make finding dolls of special interest a little easier.

I've been updating our eBay store as well, adding information to our My World page. I hope to do a complete overhaul on our About Me page soon.
I've added a really cool Etsy widget to the home page of elizabethruffing.com I'm enjoying looking at all those thumbnails of my artwork grouped together on the page. So colorful.
And, we have Max Bailey cat dolls still to photograph!