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Ziggy the Black-and-White Tuxedo Kitten Original One-of-a-kind Cat Art Doll by Elizabeth Ruffing

Ziggy the Black-and-White Tuxedo Kitten, Original One-of-a-kind Cat Art Doll by Elizabeth Ruffing

Ziggy the Black-and-White Tuxedo Kitten, Original One-of-a-kind Cat Art Doll by Elizabeth RuffingZiggy is a handmade original, one-of-a-kind black-and-white tuxedo kitten art doll, hand painted and hand sculpted in paperclay by artist Elizabeth Ruffing.

It’s bedtime for Ziggy.

Ziggy the Black-and-White Tuxedo Kitten, Original One-of-a-kind Cat Art Doll by Elizabeth RuffingHe’s wearing his yellow pajamas, and he’s supposed to be sound asleep. But his bright little eyes are wide open, and he’s ready for another adventure.

Ziggy the Black-and-White Tuxedo Kitten, Original One-of-a-kind Cat Art Doll by Elizabeth RuffingWhen Ziggy’s mother comes into the room, she sees only the white tip of his tail and one yellow foot sticking out from under the bed.

Ziggy the Black-and-White Tuxedo Kitten, Original One-of-a-kind Cat Art Doll by Elizabeth Ruffing“What are you doing, Ziggy?” she asks, rolling her eyes.

Ziggy the Black-and-White Tuxedo Kitten, Original One-of-a-kind Cat Art Doll by Elizabeth Ruffing“I’m taking my car for a ride through the tunnel,” answers Ziggy, in muffled tones.

Ziggy the Black-and-White Tuxedo Kitten, Original One-of-a-kind Cat Art Doll by Elizabeth RuffingWhen at last Ziggy has curled up in his bed, he is already making plans for the next day.

Ziggy the Black-and-White Tuxedo Kitten, Original One-of-a-kind Cat Art Doll by Elizabeth Ruffing“I bet I could take my car for a ride under a waterfall,” he thinks, as he drifts off to sleep.

Ziggy the Black-and-White Tuxedo Kitten, Original One-of-a-kind Cat Art Doll by Elizabeth RuffingZiggy is an original one-of-a-kind work of art, created from my own design and pattern. He is made from 100% cotton fabric which is sewn, stuffed, and completely hand painted with acrylic paints. I sculpted Ziggy’s face from paperclay, which I smoothed into his fabric head. His whiskers are made of painted cotton thread. They were threaded through the paperclay before it dried. No molds were used to create Ziggy.

Ziggy the Black-and-White Tuxedo Kitten, Original One-of-a-kind Cat Art Doll by Elizabeth RuffingZiggy’s curly white-tipped tail supports him very well, so he can sit all by himself on a shelf or a table, or in a cabinet. His arms and legs are button-jointed with decorative metal buttons.

Ziggy the Black-and-White Tuxedo Kitten, Original One-of-a-kind Cat Art Doll by Elizabeth RuffingZiggy’s pastel yellow onesie pajamas are painted on, as are his periwinkle blue collar, cuffs, and buttons. His kitty feet are needle sculpted to give definition to his little kitty toes. He is approximately 5 3/4 inches tall when sitting and about 8 1/4 inches long when stretched out.

Ziggy the Black-and-White Tuxedo Kitten, Original One-of-a-kind Cat Art Doll by Elizabeth RuffingZiggy’s car is made of wood. I painted it pistachio green, with a purple interior. It’s about 3 1/2 inches long and about 1 3/4 inches wide.

Ziggy the Black-and-White Tuxedo Kitten, Original One-of-a-kind Cat Art Doll by Elizabeth RuffingZiggy is signed and dated. Ziggy and his special car are sealed with matte varnish for protection and preservation. They are meant for display only. He comes with a hang tag, a certificate of authenticity, and a copy of his story.

Ziggy the Black-and-White Tuxedo Kitten, Original One-of-a-kind Cat Art Doll by Elizabeth RuffingZiggy is available for adoption for $249.99. Please inquire to ruffings@ruffings.com


Ziggy the Black-and-White Tuxedo Kitten, Original One-of-a-kind Cat Art Doll by Elizabeth Ruffing

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Butterfly doll quilt

I felt my new kitten needed an accessory. My mom had the idea to make her her own baby quilt that matched her dress. First I picked out the dress materials I wanted to use, and then I rummaged through my stash for complimentary calico squares.

I came up with a 10 inch square quilt design and a little butterfly drawing to hand embroider in the center. I used a satin stitch to fill in the butterfly. I hand quilted the doll quilt too, with cotton batting sandwiched between the quilt top and a square of one of the dress materials.

I used my second dress fabric for the binding, which I slip stitched by hand to the back of the quilt. It all got a bit labor-intensive, but I like to quilt. So, I got carried away. It’s the cutest thing in person. It’s so tiny. I’m still fussing over it, but I should leave it be to make her dress.
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Furry and having fun

I added some sculpted fur to my second kitten doll. She looks a little less like a space alien today.

I also edited a bunch of Ziggy photos, probably too many, and put them up on Flickr. I made up Ziggy’s web page on our Ruffing’s site too.

I really like the photos where he is riding his car. I hadn’t thought about putting him on the car and was just fooling around in between setting up poses for him.

He came to life when I started having him interact with the car.

Some of the photos are pretty amusing.

Ziggy will be available for adoption over on his webpage. Please visit our doll gallery and our the Ruffing’s blog to see our latest available art dolls.