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HEIDI AND HELGA by Max Bailey  and Elizabeth Ruffing (Heidi and Helga have been adopted.)
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Heidi Original Folk Art Tabby Cat Doll by Max Bailey and Elizabeth Ruffing

This is Heidi, a very determined tabby cat who lives in the Swiss Alps with her good friend Helga. Helga is Heidi’s white goose, and her very best friend.

Heidi Original Folk Art Tabby Cat Doll by Max Bailey and Elizabeth Ruffing

It is spring in the mountains, and the flowers are beginning to pop out of the earth. It’s a good time for singing, or in this case, for yodeling. Heidi’s dream is to win the championship trophy at the annual yodeling contest. Helga has agreed to be her partner and lovely assistant.

Heidi Original Folk Art Tabby Cat Doll by Max Bailey and Elizabeth Ruffing

Every morning the two venture high into the mountains to practice. They love to yodel on the very top of the mountain. Their seemingly melodious sounds echo back at them a hundred times or more.

Heidi Original Folk Art Tabby Cat Doll by Max Bailey and Elizabeth Ruffing

“We are getting very good at this,” Heidi proclaims. Helga nods happily.

Heidi Original Folk Art Tabby Cat Doll by Max Bailey and Elizabeth Ruffing

Down in the valley, the townspeople come out of their houses into the square. 

“What is that terrible howling-honking noise?” they wonder. They put their hands over their ears, and go back inside, slamming the windows shut.

Heidi Original Folk Art Tabby Cat Doll by Max Bailey and Elizabeth Ruffing

Heidi 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. Her face is sculpted from paperclay smoothed into her fabric head. Her whiskers are made from stiffened cotton thread. She is 13 inches tall.

Heidi Original Folk Art Tabby Cat Doll by Max Bailey and Elizabeth Ruffing

Helga the goose is made of wood. She has blue eyes and lots of painted white feathers. Her collar is black with gold bands, and is covered in a delicate pattern of little flowers and leaves. Her wheels are gold. Helga is 5 inches tall and 6 inches long.

Heidi Original Folk Art Tabby Cat Doll by Max Bailey and Elizabeth Ruffing

Heidi is painted in a multitude of tabby colors…silver gray, buff, ivory, gold, and black. Her paws are needle-sculpted, and her arms are button-jointed with antique-looking buttons of filigreed silver on black, so she can easily pose.

Heidi Original Folk Art Tabby Cat Doll by Max Bailey and Elizabeth Ruffing

Heidi’s curled tail enables her to sit prettily all by herself on a shelf or on a table, or in a cabinet. She will also obligingly sit on a chair, or stand with a doll stand. (Chair and doll stand are not included.) Heidi and Helga are meant for display only.

Heidi Original Folk Art Tabby Cat Doll by Max Bailey and Elizabeth Ruffing

Heidi’s painted underblouse is ivory, with a scalloped neckline and sleeves. Her bloomers are painted in matching ivory. She wears white tights and black high-button shoes that look just right on her little kitty feet.

Heidi Original Folk Art Tabby Cat Doll by Max Bailey and Elizabeth Ruffing

Heidi’s pretty Swiss dress features an off-white bodice and puffy sleeves edged in lace, with a tiny red rose at the center of the collar. Delicate patterns of red embroidery run down the front of her bodice and set off the wide hem of her apron. Her black vest has gold embroidery to match its gold lining, and her dress has a full red plaid skirt. Heidi's costume was created by combining adapted elements of a BHD vintage doll clothing pattern with our own clothing patterns.

Heidi Original Folk Art Tabby Cat Doll by Max Bailey and Elizabeth Ruffing

Heidi is signed and dated, and sealed with matte varnish for protection and preservation.  Heidi comes with a hang tag, a certificate of authenticity, and a copy of her story.

Heidi Original Folk Art Tabby Cat Doll by Max Bailey and Elizabeth Ruffing

Many hours go into the making of each of our dolls. We strongly believe in fine craftsmanship and artistry, and we pay great attention to small details. Each doll is a unique work of art, and we are able to produce them in only a very limited number.  We do our best to create little dolls with big personalities because that is what we love to do.

Beatrice, Heidi, and Chelsea Original Folk Art Dolls by Max Bailey and Elizabeth Ruffing
Heidi and Helga have been adopted.  Also pictured are "Beatrice and Beulah" (left) and "Chelsea the Maine Coon Cat" (right).
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