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I made it to the Etsy front page! Yay!

During the presidential debate last night, my “Goodnight Irene” doll made it onto the Etsy front page!! This is my first time on the front page, as far as I know. I was so excited! Thanks again, Elena, for putting me in your treasury, and thanks Etsy!

And this morning, my “Lovely Lucy” was included in this adorable “Dolls for all!” treasury by Fraisebijoux on Etsy. Thanks, Nicky!

These things really make my day. I really do appreciate it so much when people compliment my work in this way. I have hard days, like everyone does, and the kindness lifts me up. Many thanks!

Gosh…I’d better finish those Lucy dolls that are waiting for me! I’m so pleased that people like them 🙂
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My Irene is on a treasury on Etsy

My “Goodnight Irene” doll is on a treasury called “You, Color Admirers” on Etsy. Thanks, Elena!

I’m prewashing my new fleece, along with some other fabric. It’s air drying on the porch right now. I’ve been making some more fleece slugs. My doll from yesterday is drying on my work table at the moment, and there is a lot of clutter to move from one surface to the next in order to do anything in there. That fleece is bulky and takes up a lot of space! So, I’m extra anxious to use it up.

I’m feeling a little overwhelmed by all my projects today. I like having a bunch going on at once, but that doesn’t mean my head doesn’t start spinning once in a while. I’m sure as soon as I see some more progress, I’ll feel better. On that note, I am off to sew.

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Rainy Thursday

I woke up this morning with an idea that I had had before for a doll. I had put it off before, not knowing where it would fit in, as far as marketing it went. I still don’t know, but eBay has been frustrating lately anyway. So, I decided it didn’t matter if I made a doll I couldn’t include in any of the popular categories there. I wanted to do a more colorful, maybe 1920’s style doll in a more stylized way, as opposed to the antique/primitive style that is more popular on eBay. The primitive dolls tend to be more subdued in their colors, and earlier in their clothing styles. I’m thinking of something more along the lines of my cloth dolls and toys, but as an art doll, for display only. Instead of putting it off again, I decided to go ahead and give it a try. I don’t know where that will lead me. Right now, I am trying a little of everything.

I made some pineapple and cilantro pizza last night. It came out okay. It is much better with fresh cilantro. It’s pretty simple. Take any pizza dough (I used the pizza dough recipe from The Bread Lover’s Bread Machine Cookbook by Beth Hensperger), roll it out, and put it in a pan that’s been lightly coated with some olive oil and cornmeal. On top of it I added some olive oil, mozzarella cheese, cilantro, and pineapple slices (no tomato sauce). I baked mine for 13 minutes at 475, but you’d probably want to follow the directions for whatever pizza dough you use.

I’ve also been sewing up more fleece “Hug Me! Slugs” in different colors. I’ve got a couple of pinks, blues, greens, a yellow, a lavender, and an orange fleece, just to expand the choices. I’ve been amassing a pile of odd supplies lately. That way, I can get up in morning and make just about anything I want!
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Wanda the Tuxedo Cat, Original, One-of-a-kind Anthropomorphic Black-and-white Cat Art Doll Figurine by Max Bailey

Wanda is an original, one-of-a-kind anthropomorphic black-and-white tuxedo cat art doll figurine, hand sculpted in paperclay and hand painted by artist Max Bailey. Wanda stands 6 1/8 inches tall. She comes with a hang tag, a certificate of authenticity, and a copy of her story.

Wanda’s Story:

Wanda is a striking black and white kitty with big yellow-green eyes and wily white whiskers.

She is interested in everything in the world around her and is always on the lookout for adventures to share with her doll Rowena.

Together Wanda and Rowena run helter-skelter after butterflies. They sneak up on other unsuspecting kitties, and leap out at them from behind bushes. Sometimes, they take out all the food in the kitchen and cook up delightful new dishes.

Every day is a new day to be filled with new surprises and daredevil escapades.

Wanda’s dress is forest green with little blue flowers. Her square neckline has a pale blue ruffle with a gold border. It matches the sash that ties in a big bow at the back. She has white petticoats that can be seen below her hemline.

Rowena has a ruby red dress with gold cuffs, a gold collar, and gold buttons down the front. Rowena’s petticoats are blue and white.

Wanda is an original one-of-a-kind work of art, and she is meant for display only.She has been free sculpted, and no mold was used to make her. She and her doll are hand sculpted from paperclay, and entirely hand painted using acrylic paints. Wanda’s whiskers are made from stiffened cotton thread.

Wanda is 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.

Wanda stands 6 1/8 inches tall. She comes with a hang tag, a certificate of authenticity, and a copy of her story.

Wanda is available for $225.00, with free Priority Mail, insured, shipping within the United States. Please inquire to ruffings@ruffings.com or find her in our Etsy shop by clicking here.