Ginnie, Original One-of-a-kind Ginger Tabby Cat Folk Art Doll Figurine by Max BaileyEvery Saturday morning Tony the Baker takes a batch of freshly baked gingerbread kitties from the oven, and decorates them with colored frosting, currant eyes, and candy buttons. They are his specialty. He sets them on trays and proudly places them on display in the bakery window.

Tony knows that shy little Ginnie, the ginger tabby cat with the sweet face, will stop on the sidewalk to admire them. She always does.

Ginnie, Original One-of-a-kind Ginger Tabby Cat Folk Art Doll Figurine by Max BaileyShe will look wistfully at the cookies, her head tilted slightly to one side, then sigh softly and continue on her way. Tony will gaze at Ginnie through the window, admiring her beautiful coloring, her amber eyes, and her graceful ways.

Ginnie, Original One-of-a-kind Ginger Tabby Cat Folk Art Doll Figurine by Max BaileyGinnie has two loves in this world so far………the color green, and gingerbread kitties.

Ginnie, Original One-of-a-kind Ginger Tabby Cat Folk Art Doll Figurine by Max BaileyOn this particular Saturday, Tony the Baker appears suddenly in the doorway, holding two gingerkitty masterpieces he has just made especially for Ginnie.

Ginnie, Original One-of-a-kind Ginger Tabby Cat Folk Art Doll Figurine by Max Bailey “I made these for you,” Tony manages to say as he holds them out to her.

Ginnie, Original One-of-a-kind Ginger Tabby Cat Folk Art Doll Figurine by Max Bailey“Oh, I couldn’t, Mr. Baker,” Ginnie tells him, and only she knows that she is blushing. “I have to watch my waistline.”

Ginnie, Original One-of-a-kind Ginger Tabby Cat Folk Art Doll Figurine by Max Bailey“There could be no harm in a little nibble now and then,” answers Tony. “Here is one for you, and one to give to a friend.”

Ginnie, Original One-of-a-kind Ginger Tabby Cat Folk Art Doll Figurine by Max BaileyGinnie thinks how pleased her friend will be when she gives her the gingerkitty with the green shirt. She takes it and puts it in her pocket, for she is generous of heart. She extends her paw for the other.

Ginnie, Original One-of-a-kind Ginger Tabby Cat Folk Art Doll Figurine by Max Bailey“Thank you kindly, Mr. Baker,” she tells him, and holding her gingerkitty somewhat near her heart, Ginnie continues down the sidewalk, glancing back at Tony the Baker only once, or maybe twice.

Ginnie, Original One-of-a-kind Ginger Tabby Cat Folk Art Doll Figurine by Max BaileyGinnie now has three loves in this world so far.

Ginnie, Original One-of-a-kind Ginger Tabby Cat Folk Art Doll Figurine by Max BaileyGinnie’s dress is her favorite color green, with a darker green sash that ties in the back in a very pretty bow, and a stripe of darker green across the pocket and around the hem. Antique white ruffles set off the dress at the neckline and at the bottom of the sleeves. Below her dress, you can see her many petticoats, one white, then each a different shade of green.

Ginnie, Original One-of-a-kind Ginger Tabby Cat Folk Art Doll Figurine by Max BaileyI hand sculpted Ginnie (and her cookies) from paperclay, and used stiffened cotton thread for her long graceful whiskers. She is an original one-of-a-kind work of art, meant for display only. No molds are ever used in my work.

Ginnie, Original One-of-a-kind Ginger Tabby Cat Folk Art Doll Figurine by Max BaileyGinnie is completely hand painted with acrylic paints, then signed and dated and sealed with matte varnish for protection and preservation. She rests firmly on a turned wooden base that is stained and sealed in golden oak, and she stands 9 1/2 inches tall.

Ginnie, Original One-of-a-kind Ginger Tabby Cat Folk Art Doll Figurine by Max BaileyUpdate: Ginnie has already been adopted. Thank you!

Ginnie, Belinda and BoBo, Original One-of-a-kind Tabby Cat Folk Art Doll Figurines by Max BaileyGinnie’s friends are Belinda and BoBo (above right).