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Emily and Edwin, Original One-of-a-kind Ginger Tabby Cat and Elephant Folk Art Dolls by Max Bailey and Elizabeth Ruffing

Emily and Edwin, Original One-of-a-kind Ginger Tabby Cat and Elephant Folk Art Dolls by Max Bailey and Elizabeth RuffingEmily is a ginger tabby cat with amber-colored eyes that reflect her very sweet personality.

Emily and Edwin, Original One-of-a-kind Ginger Tabby Cat and Elephant Folk Art Dolls by Max Bailey and Elizabeth Ruffing

Emily and Edwin, Original One-of-a-kind Ginger Tabby Cat and Elephant Folk Art Dolls by Max Bailey and Elizabeth RuffingOne of her favorite toys is a little gray elephant she calls Edwin.

Emily and Edwin, Original One-of-a-kind Ginger Tabby Cat and Elephant Folk Art Dolls by Max Bailey and Elizabeth Ruffing“Edwin, you need your exercise,” she will say to the sleepy-looking elephant.

Emily and Edwin, Original One-of-a-kind Ginger Tabby Cat and Elephant Folk Art Dolls by Max Bailey and Elizabeth Ruffing

Emily and Edwin, Original One-of-a-kind Ginger Tabby Cat and Elephant Folk Art Dolls by Max Bailey and Elizabeth RuffingEmily then grabs his cord and goes tearing at full speed through the house. She likes to hear the clatter of his wooden wheels on the hard floors. She also likes the thumpity-bump sound he makes when she pulls him up the stairs, and the bumpity-thump sound he makes when she pulls him down the stairs.

Emily and Edwin, Original One-of-a-kind Ginger Tabby Cat and Elephant Folk Art Dolls by Max Bailey and Elizabeth RuffingEdwin is endlessly entertaining, and, despite all the bumping and thumping, is none the worse for wear. He’s made of painted wood. His base is country blue with golden wheels. His blanket has gold tassels and multicolored stripes. Emily pulls him by a hemp cord decorated with red and blue wooden balls. He’s 3 inches long and 2 3/8 inches tall.

Emily and Edwin, Original One-of-a-kind Ginger Tabby Cat and Elephant Folk Art Dolls by Max Bailey and Elizabeth Ruffing

Emily and Edwin, Original One-of-a-kind Ginger Tabby Cat and Elephant Folk Art Dolls by Max Bailey and Elizabeth RuffingEmily 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.

Emily and Edwin, Original One-of-a-kind Ginger Tabby Cat and Elephant Folk Art Dolls by Max Bailey and Elizabeth RuffingEmily’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, and her whiskers are made from stiffened cotton thread. Emily’s curly orange striped tail helps her to sit perfectly upright all by herself on a shelf or a table, or in a cabinet. She will also sit nicely in a chair, or stand with a doll stand. (Chair and doll stand are not included.) Emily and Edwin are meant for display only.

Emily and Edwin, Original One-of-a-kind Ginger Tabby Cat and Elephant Folk Art Dolls by Max Bailey and Elizabeth RuffingEmily’s green blouse, with its dainty white collar and cuffs, and gold buttons, is painted on. She has ivory bloomers and two-toned striped green stockings. Her fancy high-button shoes are golden brown with black buttons, and look just right on her little kitty feet.

Emily and Edwin, Original One-of-a-kind Ginger Tabby Cat and Elephant Folk Art Dolls by Max Bailey and Elizabeth RuffingEmily’s white apron is edged in lace and adorned with a country blue satin ribbon overstitched with a pattern of green flowers. A graceful line of green leaves is embroidered above the ribbon, and a green geometric pattern is embroidered below.

Emily and Edwin, Original One-of-a-kind Ginger Tabby Cat and Elephant Folk Art Dolls by Max Bailey and Elizabeth RuffingEmily’s green skirt is beautifully decorated with embroidered linear patterns in country blue. A plaid ruffle that picks up all the fabric and embroidery colors is attached below the skirt.

Emily and Edwin, Original One-of-a-kind Ginger Tabby Cat and Elephant Folk Art Dolls by Max Bailey and Elizabeth RuffingEmily is signed and dated, and sealed with matte varnish for protection and preservation. She comes with a hang tag, a certificate of authenticity, and a copy of her story.

Beatrice and Beulah, Emily and Edwin, Original One-of-a-kind Folk Art Dolls by Max Bailey and Elizabeth RuffingEmily and Edwin are available for $650.00, plus shipping. Please inquire to ruffings@ruffings.com or find her in our Ruffing’s Etsy shop by clicking here.

Emily and Edwin, Beatrice and Beulah, Original One-of-a-kind Folk Art Dolls by Max Bailey and Elizabeth RuffingEmily’s lop rabbit friends are Beatrice and Beulah.

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Beatrice and Beulah, Original One-of-a-kind Lop Bunny Rabbit Folk Art Dolls by Max Bailey and Elizabeth Ruffing

Beatrice and Beulah, Original One-of-a-kind Lop Bunny Rabbit Folk Art Dolls by Max Bailey and Elizabeth RuffingBeatrice is a lop bunny with soft brown eyes, large floppy ears, a wiggly nose, and big feet perfect for hopping about. She is known far and wide for her sweetness.

Beatrice and Beulah, Original One-of-a-kind Lop Bunny Rabbit Folk Art Dolls by Max Bailey and Elizabeth RuffingOne day, after Beatrice had just been to the Bunny Boutique to buy a new outfit, she happened to pass by the Bunny Baubles store, which is also in the bunny shopping district. There in the window, looking pleadingly up at her, was a beautiful baby bunny doll in a green dress.

Beatrice and Beulah, Original One-of-a-kind Lop Bunny Rabbit Folk Art Dolls by Max Bailey and Elizabeth RuffingUnable to resist, Beatrice brought her home that very day, and named her Beulah. She had a special pocket for Beulah sewn into each of her dresses, as bunnies aren’t very good at carrying dolls.

Beatrice and Beulah, Original One-of-a-kind Lop Bunny Rabbit Folk Art Dolls by Max Bailey and Elizabeth RuffingBeatrice and Beulah don’t have tea parties, but Beatrice tosses up fresh endive, romaine lettuce, parsley, and cilantro for wonderful salad parties.

Beatrice and Beulah, Original One-of-a-kind Lop Bunny Rabbit Folk Art Dolls by Max Bailey and Elizabeth RuffingAll the neighborhood bunnies hope to get an invitation, and Beatrice tries very hard not to overlook anyone.

Beatrice and Beulah, Original One-of-a-kind Lop Bunny Rabbit Folk Art Dolls by Max Bailey and Elizabeth RuffingBeatrice and Beulah are original one-of-a-kind works of art, created from our own pattern and design. Beatrice is made from 100% cotton fabric which has been sewn, stuffed, and completely hand painted with acrylic paints. Beulah is sculpted entirely from paperclay and painted with acrylic paints. Beatrice is 12 ½ inches tall, and Beulah is 2 ¾ inches tall.

Beatrice and Beulah, Original One-of-a-kind Lop Bunny Rabbit Folk Art Dolls by Max Bailey and Elizabeth RuffingBeatrice’s big feet have needle-sculpted toes, and her paws are button-jointed with antique-looking buttons of filigreed silver on black, so she can easily pose. Her face is sculpted from paperclay smoothed into her fabric head, and her whiskers are made from stiffened cotton thread. She has a soft fluffy tail made from yarn.

Beatrice and Beulah, Original One-of-a-kind Lop Bunny Rabbit Folk Art Dolls by Max Bailey and Elizabeth RuffingBeatrice can be propped on a shelf or a table, or in a cabinet. She can also sit in a chair or stand with a doll stand. (Chair and doll stand not included.) Beatrice and Beulah are meant for display only.

Beatrice and Beulah, Original One-of-a-kind Lop Bunny Rabbit Folk Art Dolls by Max Bailey and Elizabeth RuffingBeatrice wears a pretty pale yellow blouse with a scalloped neckline, sleeves, and hem. Painted purple flowers on the front of her blouse match the flowers in her skirt. Her bunny bloomers are painted ivory.

Beatrice and Beulah, Original One-of-a-kind Lop Bunny Rabbit Folk Art Dolls by Max Bailey and Elizabeth RuffingBeatrice’s charming country pinafore has a pale yellow skirt with a pattern of purple flowers and soft green leaves. The apron with straps that cross in the back is also soft yellow, and edged with off-white lace. The big patch pocket meant for transporting little Beulah is edged in green satin with darker green patterns of decorative stitching. A little green heart is hand appliquéd onto the pocket.

Beatrice and Beulah, Original One-of-a-kind Lop Bunny Rabbit Folk Art Dolls by Max Bailey and Elizabeth RuffingBeulah’s tiny green dress has puffy sleeves with a white collar. Her white bloomers show from under her pink petticoats. A delicate pattern of pink flowers is painted around the bottom of her dress.

Beatrice and Beulah, Original One-of-a-kind Lop Bunny Rabbit Folk Art Dolls by Max Bailey and Elizabeth RuffingBeatrice and Beulah are signed and dated, and sealed with matte varnish for protection and preservation.

Beatrice and Beulah, Original One-of-a-kind Lop Bunny Rabbit Folk Art Dolls by Max Bailey and Elizabeth RuffingUpdate: Beatrice and Beulah have already been adopted. Thank you!

Beatrice and Beulah, Emily and Edwin, Original One-of-a-kind Folk Art Dolls by Max Bailey and Elizabeth RuffingBeatrice and Beulah’s kitty and elephant friends are Emily and Edwin.

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Original one-of-a-kind folk art dolls, Beatrice and Beulah, and Emily and Edwin, are up on our Ruffing’s site

Beatrice and Beulah, our lop bunny rabbit dolls, and Emily and Edwin, our ginger tabby with her pet elephant, are up on our Ruffing’s site now. I just finished up their web pages.

Please click here to read Emily and Edwin’s story,

and please click here to read all about Beatrice and Beulah. There a plenty of other photos on their web pages to enjoy too. It’s been lots of fun creating them, for both myself and Max Bailey. More to come!

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Rainbows

I finally received my Kona Cotton Solids card this week, after ordering one from an online store last February and receiving the Moda Bella Solids card below by mistake. From what I understand, the Robert Kaufman Fabrics company was waiting to add the new colors, and so it took a long time to get the new cards in. It’s pretty exciting to see all the choices they both offer, and it is so much easier to match fabric for doll dresses or quilt projects from home, than it is to drag all your stuff to the store. Plus, no one gets freaked out when you pull a cat doll out of your purse! One quilt shop lady once gasped, “I thought it was REAL!” when I did that one time. That was kind of confusing, for me, since I don’t normally see cats wearing pantaloons and stockings. But, that’s okay. I think she recovered.

Everyone is working on recovering here too, since the past month’s hospital and illness upsets. I think the calm after the storm is actually when the feelings catch up with me. I think it is so important to handle everything that needs to be done, during any time of crisis, that you don’t have time to let yourself feel too much. You know you have to keep going. So, once everything calms down, you start to feel the stress and the sadness and the loss.

I also find myself thinking about my own bout of illness, now fourteen years ago, when my own life turned upside down. I think about how far I have come, and how lucky and grateful I am to have such a wonderful family and friends and pets who stuck by me through everything. I also think about how my life changed, and what those changes have meant.

This may surprise you, but the drawing below is not from my childhood. I drew it when I was in my twenties, and it was truly the best I could do. On the right, are my attempts to draw Sylvester and the Magic Pebble, and on the left is Lafcadio, the Lion Who Shot Back, both wonderful books and characters, by the way. I was not beginning to learn to draw or paint; I had already reached a professional level. This is just where I ended up. I needed to draw with a brace to keep my hand steady, and I could only draw for short amounts of time.

I can remember my parents giving me a coloring book and some crayons, to work on my coordination, and I could not stay in the lines. I remember holding onto book shelves so I could walk across a room, sliding down the stairs while sitting on the steps because it was too difficult and painful to walk, and I remember crawling across the floor sometimes too, all as an adult, recovering slowly. Year after year, I got better and better. And I know it changed me.

I became more acutely aware of other people, what they said or did. I saw the good and the ugly in them. I learned who was kind and who was not, and I appreciated the kindness tremendously, when I found it. It became harder for me to do my own projects, and so I focused more on what other people were doing and tried to participate. I lost some confidence, but I kept going, kept trying. This week, while I’ve been thinking about these things, I’ve realized I still need to put up more of a fight to express myself, to be who I am, and to do what I want to do. I am afraid I have not been trying hard enough. I’m not sure it ever becomes easy to be a creative person, or perhaps, to be any person. It takes courage and perseverance.

We watched Phoebe in Wonderland this weekend, and I was touched by it. There is a nice quote in it, where Phoebe’s drama teacher reassures her, that goes like this…

At a certain part in your life, probably when too much of it has gone by, you will open your eyes and see yourself for who you are, especially for everything that made you so different from all the awful normals. And you will say to yourself, “But I am this person.” And in that statement, that correction, there will be a kind of love.

I think it is that love, the love you must have for who you are, that makes expressing yourself and being true to yourself worth fighting for.