3.03.2010

Just a note to let you know we're in the process of moving our blogs

As mentioned in our last post: We are in the process of moving our blogs, due to the recent changes at Blogger.com. Over the next two months, or more, we'll be making the switch to Wordpress, to create our blog posts and our web pages, for our Ruffing's web site and for The Art of Elizabeth Ruffing web site.

We're going to try to keep as many blog post pages and web site pages, as possible, where they are right now, but we may need to change our main blog addresses.

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Please check the home page of either ruffings.com or elizabethruffing.com or our Ruffing's Facebook page for any announcements. Some content may not be readily available during the switch, because we'll be reworking our web site navigation as well. Hopefully, the move will ultimately make our web sites easier to use, but during the move, things may get a little confusing. Please contact us at ruffings@ruffings.com, if you need any help at all finding anything on our site.

(Copies of our blogs will temporarily be located at blogspot.com addresses so that we can import them to their new locations, if you are reading this there.)

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2.25.2010

Crystal the Siamese Pixie Kitten Original One-of-a-kind Folk Art Doll Figurine by Max Bailey

Crystal is a Siamese Pixie kitten with beautiful butterfly wings.

Little mythical pixies of folklore love glittery things, and Crystal is no exception. In the winter, she loves to look at raindrops, and she marvels at icicles.

On warm summer nights, if you leave your window open just a crack, Crystal may fly into your house, especially if you have a crystal chandelier.

She might peek into your jewelry box. If you cannot find your earrings, don’t worry. They’ll show up. Crystal’s been known to borrow shiny things, but always brings them back. They might turn up by the toaster, or on the hall table. She often can’t remember where she got things from.

Crystal looks very innocent in her simple country blue dress with pale pink petticoats. She holds her tiny paws demurely in front of her, and her long dark tail curls around from beneath her petticoats.

Crystal is an original one-of-a-kind work of art, and she is meant for display only. No molds are ever used in my work. She is hand-sculpted from paperclay, and is entirely hand painted using acrylic paints. Please click here to visit Crystal's web page and read more about her.

A note to our readers...We are in the process of moving of some things around, due to some unexpected changes at Blogger. Over the next two months, we'll be switching to Wordpress, as a blogging platform, and as a content management system for our web pages. We'll try to keep everything as organized as possible during the switch, but we may need to change our blog addresses. We will try to keep our blogs where they are, at the same addresses, but if there are any bumps in the road, please check the home page of either ruffings.com or elizabethruffing.com or our Ruffing's Facebook page for announcements. Hopefully everything will go smoothly, but some content may not be available temporarily during the switch. If that occurs, we'll try to get it all back in place as quickly as possible.

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2.01.2010

Join Ruffing's on Facebook, and visit Elizabeth's blog to enter a giveaway draw

We set up a brand new fan page for Ruffing's over on Facebook. We're posting photos of art from each of us, and Elizabeth Ruffing's videos, and anything new that comes up. Please "become a fan" if you are over that way. To those of you who already became a fan, thanks very much!

Elizabeth is also having a giveaway draw this week, to celebrate her 300th blog post, her 3 year blogging anniversary, and Valentine's Day too. Please visit this blog post for information on how to entering the draw for "Valentino the Hug Me! Slug", an original, one-of-a-kind art toy by Elizabeth.

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12.15.2009

Ruffing's on eBay

We've been putting up an assortment of original art doll and figurine auctions for the holiday season, on eBay. Please click here to visit Ruffing's on eBay.

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10.02.2009

Luna the Pixie Kitten Original One-of-a-kind Siamese Folk Art Cat Doll by Max Bailey and Elizabeth Ruffing

Have you seen Luna?

Luna is a pixie kitten, one of those mystical winged creatures of folklore with pointed ears who are said to be uncommonly beautiful.

Luna’s wide open blue eyes are brimming with kindness and good will, and she has not an ounce of malice in her heart. She is amiable and good-humored in all that she does. She never ever does anything naughty.

Luna loves to dance. Although her ballet moves may be just a bit awkward and ungainly, you must admit her tutu is really pretty.

Luna likes people, and she can be very helpful with work around the house or in the garden. If you lend her a feather duster, or even a Swiffer, she will whisk away the cobwebs in the uppermost corners. She will flit through the garden and land on a branch where, with her odd little voice, she will summon the bees to pollinate the flowers.

Pixie kittens bring untold blessings to those who are fond of them. Just ask Luna. She will tell you.

Luna is an original one-of-a-kind work of art, created from our own design and pattern. She is made from 100% cotton fabric which has been sewn, stuffed, and completely hand painted with acrylic paints. She is approximately 8 ¼ inches from the tips of her ears to the tips of her toes, and approximately 6 inches tall when seated.

Luna’s arms and legs are button-jointed with antique-looking silver filigreed metal buttons, so she can easily pose. Her face was sculpted from paperclay smoothed into her fabric head. Her front paws are needle sculpted, and her whiskers are made from stiffened cotton thread.

Luna’s curled tail enables her to sit very well balanced all by herself on a shelf, or a table, or in a cabinet.

Luna’s delightful tutu is made from layers of tulle, in lavender pink and lavender blue, with a hand-sewn waistband of light blue that snaps at the back and has a soft satin rose at the center.

Her mystical wings are made from cotton fabric and are completely hand-quilted.

Luna’s bodysuit is painted rich lavender blue, with a golden sliver of moon at the neckline. Her tights are the color of an orchid, and her ballet shoes are the color of a purple iris.

Luna is signed and dated, and sealed with matte varnish for protection and preservation. Luna is meant for display only.

Please click here to visit Luna the Pixie Kitten's web page.

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8.27.2009

Chelsea the Maine Coon Cat Original One-of-a-kind Folk Art Doll by Max Bailey and Elizabeth Ruffing

Chelsea is a Maine Coon cat with big amber eyes and tall tufted ears. She is very sociable, very charming, and very much loved. Today is her first birthday.

In just a few minutes, her party will begin. As she waits for her guests to arrive, she is so excited she has to remind herself to breathe. She sits very still so as not to wrinkle her new party dress, and looks in awe at the beautiful cake with the pink roses on top. She hopes there will be some left over for later. It looks yummy.

Chelsea's first guests arrive!

And more guests!

They all admire the cake, trying to wait until everyone arrives. It's so tempting to just stick one little paw in the frosting...

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

Chelsea’s paws are needle-sculpted, and her arms are button-jointed with antique-looking buttons of filigreed silver on black, so she can easily pose. Her face was sculpted from paperclay smoothed into her fabric head. The tufts on her ears are sewn-in fake fur, and her whiskers are made from stiffened cotton thread. Her curled tail enables her to sit prettily all by herself on a shelf or on a table, or in a cabinet. She will also happily sit on a chair, or stand with a doll stand. (Chair and doll stand are not included.) Chelsea is meant for display only.



Chelsea’s pink and white birthday cake was sculpted from paperclay, and has a removable wax candle. It rests on a round wooden base, painted green.

Chelsea wears an ivory blouse with gold buttons. Her bloomers are painted white, with rose polka dots. She has ivory-colored tights and high-button shoes that cover her little kitty feet.

Chelsea’s party dress is pale pink and ivory, with a dainty striped pattern of darker pink roses and green leaves. The trim and underskirt are of striped tan and dark rose fabric. A touch of ivory lace adds even more femininity.

Chelsea is signed and dated, and sealed with matte varnish for protection and preservation.



The birthday guests, as pictured above, from left to right, are "Loretta and Lulu", "Heidi and Helga", "Chelsea", "Emily and Edwin", and "Beatrice and Beulah". Please click here to visit Chelsea's web page.

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8.24.2009

Loretta and Lulu, New Original One-of-a-kind Folk Art Siamese Cat and Kitten Dolls by Max Bailey and Elizabeth Ruffing

Loretta is a patient and loving Siamese mom who is sincerely dedicated to being the best mother she can be.

When her kitten Lulu has her worn out and frazzled, Loretta tucks Lulu safely into her apron pocket to keep her from running and jumping in every direction. Then Loretta breathes a sigh of relief.

Lulu remains wide awake, peeking over the pocket at everything around her, and planning her next great adventure.

Loretta and Lulu are original one-of-a-kind works of art, created from our own design and pattern. They are made from 100% cotton fabric which has been sewn, stuffed, and completely hand painted with acrylic paints. Loretta is 13 inches tall, and Lulu is 3 inches tall.

Loretta’s paws are needle-sculpted, and her arms are button-jointed with antique-looking buttons of filigreed silver on black, so she can easily pose. Loretta and Lulu’s faces were sculpted from paperclay smoothed into their fabric heads. Their whiskers are made from stiffened cotton thread.



Loretta’s curled tail supports her so that she can sit prettily all by herself on a shelf or on a table, or in a cabinet. She can also sit in a chair or stand with a doll stand. (Chair and doll stand are not included.) Loretta and Lulu are meant for display only.

Loretta wears a periwinkle blue blouse, with a white collar and cuffs, and gold buttons. Her sleeves and tights are striped with purples, lavenders, blues, and burnt orange. Her kitty feet are covered by fancy two-toned high-button shoes with gold buttons.

Loretta’s charming little blue skirt has a pattern of pink heart-shaped flowers. The attached apron with its gracefully curved top is white, and trimmed with lovely white lace. The pocket in her apron, made especially for Lulu, has an appliquéd heart, satin trim, and decorative embroidery stitching.

Loretta and Lulu are signed and dated, and sealed with matte varnish for protection and preservation.



Please click here to visit Loretta and Lulu's web page. Please click here to visit Emily and Edwin (above left) and please click here to visit Beatrice and Beulah (above right).

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