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Blue Christmas Treasury on Etsy

Kathi at Out on a Whim Studio included me in her “Blue Christmas, Have a Cool Blue Yule” treasury on Etsy! Thanks, Kathi! Those are my rabbits in the middle of all the pretty blue things 🙂 Go check it out along with all the handmade art and crafts, and check out Kathi’s shop too.

These are the greeting cards of my dancing rabbits, closer up.

Prints of “The Rabbit Dances” are available on our website and in my Etsy shop.

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Millicent, Original One-of-a-kind Tuxedo Kitten Art Doll Figurine by Max Bailey

Millicent, Original One-of-a-kind Tuxedo Kitten Art Doll Figurine by Max BaileyThis is her first snow, and Millicent is as patient as she is watchful.

Millicent, Original One-of-a-kind Tuxedo Kitten Art Doll Figurine by Max BaileyThe snowball she made is feeling very cold in her paw, and she hopes Tommy shows up soon.

Millicent, Original One-of-a-kind Tuxedo Kitten Art Doll Figurine by Max BaileyIn their one room schoolhouse, Tommy is the boy who sits behind her and teases her all the time. When the teacher isn’t looking, he pulls her whiskers, and dips the tip of her tail into his inkwell. Then he calls her “Silly Millie”.

Millicent, Original One-of-a-kind Tuxedo Kitten Art Doll Figurine by Max BaileyTommy will come around the corner soon. He’ll walk right past her like he doesn’t even see her. Then WHAP, he’ll get a snowball right in the back of his head. Millicent will say “That’s for you, Tommy Salami!” The snow will go down his neck, and he’ll squeal and run home to his mama.

Millicent, Original One-of-a-kind Tuxedo Kitten Art Doll Figurine by Max Bailey

Millicent, Original One-of-a-kind Tuxedo Kitten Art Doll Figurine by Max BaileyMillicent smiles to herself. Her little paw tightens on the snowball and her yellow eyes get even brighter. Here comes Tommy now!

Millicent, Original One-of-a-kind Tuxedo Kitten Art Doll Figurine by Max BaileyMillicent is a young tuxedo kitty with white paws, a white tip on her tail, and a little black patch on her chin. Her yellow eyes are alert and full of mischief.

Millicent, Original One-of-a-kind Tuxedo Kitten Art Doll Figurine by Max BaileyShe wears a maroon Victorian jacket, trimmed with gold braid and brass buttons. Her skirt is vertically striped with green, gold, maroon, and gray, and a green striped scarf is wrapped around her neck and tucked into her jacket. Lots of white petticoats can be seen below her skirt.

Millicent, Original One-of-a-kind Tuxedo Kitten Art Doll Figurine by Max BaileyI hand sculpted Millicent from paperclay, and used stiffened cotton thread for her whiskers. She is an original one-of-a-kind work of art, and is meant for display only. No molds are ever used in my work.

Millicent, Original One-of-a-kind Tuxedo Kitten Art Doll Figurine by Max Bailey

Millicent, Original One-of-a-kind Tuxedo Kitten Art Doll Figurine by Max BaileyMillicent 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 7 1/4 inches tall.

Millicent, Original One-of-a-kind Tuxedo Kitten Art Doll Figurine by Max BaileyUpdate: Millicent has already been adopted. Thank you!

Millicent, Original One-of-a-kind Tuxedo Kitten Art Doll Figurine by Max Bailey

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Crybaby, Original One-of-a-kind Tabby Kitten Folk Art Doll Figurine by Max Bailey

Crybaby, Original One-of-a-kind Tabby Kitten Folk Art Doll Figurine by Max BaileyShe used to have another name, but nobody remembers it anymore. Everybody calls her “Crybaby”.

Crybaby, Original One-of-a-kind Tabby Kitten Folk Art Doll Figurine by Max BaileyShe cries when she’s too hot. She cries when she’s too cold. She cries when her mother leaves the room, and she cries when her mother comes back.

Crybaby, Original One-of-a-kind Tabby Kitten Folk Art Doll Figurine by Max BaileyShe cries when her bowl is empty, and sometimes she cries when it’s full.

Crybaby, Original One-of-a-kind Tabby Kitten Folk Art Doll Figurine by Max BaileyNo one ever asks “Where’s Crybaby?” They know where she is.

Crybaby, Original One-of-a-kind Tabby Kitten Folk Art Doll Figurine by Max BaileyThere’s just no stopping her. Poor Crybaby!

Crybaby, Original One-of-a-kind Tabby Kitten Folk Art Doll Figurine by Max BaileyCrybaby’s little tabby cat self is painted in a multitude of tabby colors…silver gray, buff, ivory, and gold, with lots of black stripes on her head and tail. Her eyes are blue-green with a touch of yellow. The top of her nose is wrinkled and she has her mouth wide open so you can see her little tongue. Her white whiskers (made from stiffened cotton thread) stand out from her face as she wails away.

Crybaby, Original One-of-a-kind Tabby Kitten Folk Art Doll Figurine by Max Bailey

Crybaby, Original One-of-a-kind Tabby Kitten Folk Art Doll Figurine by Max BaileyCrybaby holds an empty yellow-green bowl. She wears a pink polka dot pinafore that is tied in a big bow at the back. Her blue blouse has a white collar, white cuffs, and little gold buttons, and her vibrant rose and blue petticoats can be seen below her dress. Crybaby rests firmly on a turned wooden base that is stained and sealed in golden oak.

Crybaby, Original One-of-a-kind Tabby Kitten Folk Art Doll Figurine by Max Bailey

Crybaby, Original One-of-a-kind Tabby Kitten Folk Art Doll Figurine by Max BaileyI hand sculpted Crybaby from paperclay, and she is an original one-of-a-kind work of art. No molds are ever used in my work. She is hand painted using acrylic paints, and is signed, dated, and sealed with matte varnish for protection and preservation.

Crybaby, Original One-of-a-kind Tabby Kitten Folk Art Doll Figurine by Max Bailey

Crybaby, Original One-of-a-kind Tabby Kitten Folk Art Doll Figurine by Max BaileyCrybaby is 8 inches tall. She is a work of art and is meant for display only.

Crybaby, Original One-of-a-kind Tabby Kitten Folk Art Doll Figurine by Max Bailey

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

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Blue and Yellow Quilt, November Block

I took the weekend to just goof off and I did my quilt homework too. I thought I might have trouble with this block because it looked intimidating, but hand piecing really levels the playing field as far as difficulty goes. It is great for accuracy since you have more control than you have with a sewing machine.

Figuring out how to draw the templates was a bit of a brain twister, but once I realized it was just a twelve inch square divided into fifths, it came together. The only frustrating thing is that twelve inches doesn’t divide so conveniently into fifths, at least not for me 🙂 This is when I go metric. Metric is so much easier. A fifth of a twelve-inch square is 6.1 centimeters, which is 2 3/8 inches. It’s just easier to do the math that way for me. Once you draw out a grid of five by five 2 3/8 squares, you can see how to draw the design. The long pointy blue triangles in the center part cross the span of two squares on the grid, with the longer diagonal line going from one corner of one square to the corner of the second square. The shorter diagonal line just spans one square on the grid. The block is assembled using the same techniques as the previous one.

I also made vegetable soup. This is when I take all the leftovers that are reasonable to use for soup stock, and dump them in a couple pots of water some onion, garlic, celery, carrots, and bay leaves. It is not an exact science. I let it simmer for a couple of hours, and then I strain it. I took about five cups of stock, a big can of diced tomatoes, 28 ounces, I think, and about five cups of sliced vegetables. I used carrots, celery, peas, green beans, corn, and parsley. I meant to add the parsley to the stock too, but I forgot. Now I have half a bunch of parsley in the fridge, and I’m not sure what to do with it. That kind of negates some of my satisfaction at using up the leftovers, but what do you do with parsley? I also added some macaroni to the soup. I added everything according to how long I thought it would take to cook, and let it boil until it was done.

Other than that, we have been editing more cat art doll photos of Max’s. We have more to do. I’ve let the web site updating go because I can only spin so many plates at once, but I really have to get going on that too. Sigh. Oh, I won’t even mention all the other things I have going. We’ll see what I get done!