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And there was fleece everywhere

I’ve just been sewing today and part of yesterday, working my way through my pile of fleece. I might be a while, but I’ll have some new fleece “Hug Me! Slugs” in an assortment of colors to choose from. They can be custom ordered now over in my Etsy shop, or you can just contact me.

It’s been rainy and gray, which is giving me some eye strain, even with the lights on inside. I got tired and left everything where it was last night. I came in this morning to fleece strewn everywhere. I’m not sure I have a place left to put it away anyway. I’ll just have to transform it all into fuzzy creatures, and then find homes for them.

For those of you who notice things like this, it really isn’t March, like it says on the calendar on my wall 😉 Actually, I wanted to use that kitten on the calendar as a color-reference photo for one of my paintings. I thought it would be easier to find again, if I kept it up on the wall. As you can see, things are getting a little crowded in my workroom.

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Luna the Pixie Kitten, Original One-of-a-kind Siamese Folk Art Cat Doll by Max Bailey and Elizabeth Ruffing

Luna the Pixie Kitten, Original One-of-a-kind Siamese Folk Art Cat Doll by Max Bailey and Elizabeth RuffingHave you seen Luna?

Luna the Pixie Kitten, Original One-of-a-kind Siamese Folk Art Cat Doll by Max Bailey and Elizabeth RuffingLuna is a pixie kitten, one of those mystical winged creatures of folklore with pointed ears who are said to be uncommonly beautiful.

Luna the Pixie Kitten, Original One-of-a-kind Siamese Folk Art Cat Doll by Max Bailey and Elizabeth RuffingLuna’s wide open blue eyes are brimming with kindness and good will, and she has not an ounce of malice in her heart. She is amiable and good-humored in all that she does. She never ever does anything naughty.

Luna loves to dance. Although her ballet moves may be just a bit awkward and ungainly, you must admit her tutu is really pretty.

Luna the Pixie Kitten, Original One-of-a-kind Siamese Folk Art Cat Doll by Max Bailey and Elizabeth RuffingLuna likes people, and she can be very helpful with work around the house or in the garden. If you lend her a feather duster, or even a Swiffer, she will whisk away the cobwebs in the uppermost corners. She will flit through the garden and land on a branch where, with her odd little voice, she will summon the bees to pollinate the flowers.

Luna the Pixie Kitten, Original One-of-a-kind Siamese Folk Art Cat Doll by Max Bailey and Elizabeth RuffingPixie kittens bring untold blessings to those who are fond of them. Just ask Luna. She will tell you.

Luna the Pixie Kitten, Original One-of-a-kind Siamese Folk Art Cat Doll by Max Bailey and Elizabeth RuffingLuna 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 approximately 8 ¼ inches from the tips of her ears to the tips of her toes, and approximately 6 inches tall when seated.

Luna the Pixie Kitten, Original One-of-a-kind Siamese Folk Art Cat Doll by Max Bailey and Elizabeth RuffingLuna’s arms and legs are button-jointed with antique-looking silver filigreed metal buttons, so she can easily pose. Her face was sculpted from paperclay smoothed into her fabric head. Her front paws are needle sculpted, and her whiskers are made from stiffened cotton thread.

Luna the Pixie Kitten, Original One-of-a-kind Siamese Folk Art Cat Doll by Max Bailey and Elizabeth RuffingLuna’s curled tail enables her to sit very well balanced all by herself on a shelf, or a table, or in a cabinet.

Luna the Pixie Kitten, Original One-of-a-kind Siamese Folk Art Cat Doll by Max Bailey and Elizabeth RuffingLuna’s delightful tutu is made from layers of tulle, in lavender pink and lavender blue, with a hand-sewn waistband of light blue that snaps at the back and has a soft satin rose at the center.

Luna the Pixie Kitten, Original One-of-a-kind Siamese Folk Art Cat Doll by Max Bailey and Elizabeth RuffingHer mystical wings are made from cotton fabric and are completely hand-quilted.

Luna the Pixie Kitten, Original One-of-a-kind Siamese Folk Art Cat Doll by Max Bailey and Elizabeth RuffingLuna’s bodysuit is painted rich lavender blue, with a golden sliver of moon at the neckline. Her tights are the color of an orchid, and her ballet shoes are the color of a purple iris.

Luna the Pixie Kitten, Original One-of-a-kind Siamese Folk Art Cat Doll by Max Bailey and Elizabeth RuffingLuna is signed and dated, and sealed with matte varnish for protection and preservation. Luna is meant for display only.

Luna the Pixie Kitten, Original One-of-a-kind Siamese Folk Art Cat Doll by Max Bailey and Elizabeth Ruffing

Luna the Pixie Kitten, Original One-of-a-kind Siamese Folk Art Cat Doll by Max Bailey and Elizabeth RuffingUpdate: Luna has already been adopted. Thank you!

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Ta da…Luna the Pixie Kitten’s web page is up

I just got Luna the Pixie Kitten’s page up here on our web site this afternoon. Here are some more pictures of her flying around in our garden amongst the ageratums.

I have two tutus to sew for two more Pixie Kittens. That’s a tongue twister. Next is a tabby kitten named Celeste. She gets a gold tutu to go with her pretty fall colors. I’ll have to ask her to pose with the yellow chrysanthemums I got yesterday.

Luna is sniffing a marigold here. They smell kind of funny, but she likes them anyway.

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Sneak peek at “Luna the Pixie Kitten”

I’m in the middle of editing photos of “Luna the Pixie Kitten” by Max Bailey and myself. I had to share my favorite shot. I was crouching next to our Shoal Creek Chaste Tree, which the bees love, hoping one would cooperate, and one did. Once I have the rest of the photos color-adjusted, I’ll get Luna’s web page up over here.

I asked my mom to take a shot of me too. She told me I looked tired, but I said go ahead anyway. I got my flu shot recently, and since then I’ve been feeling a little under the weather. I’m not sure if I just happened to start coming down with the flu at about the same time, or if I’m just experiencing some side effects. Hopefully it won’t turn into anything.

I picked up some new fleece colors and am in the process of pre-washing them right now. I pre-wash most fabrics, if not all. You never know what might run or shrink, and it’s good to get that out of the way first. I’m always suspicious of reds, and even though polyester fleece doesn’t usually run, this one did. I got the extra dye out so it won’t be a problem later, if anything needs to be washed in cold water in the future. I’m going to make some fleece “Hug Me! Slugs” out of these.

I also picked up a dry-erase board, at Staples, so I could keep track of things I need to do. My current system of little pieces of paper, strewn across my desk, doesn’t seem so reliable, although it’s worked so far. The first thing I need to write on the board is, “Hang up the board.” My mom said no, it’s, “Take the wrapper off the board,” which, I guess, I’d have to write on the wrapper. I’ll get right on that after I write it down on one of my little pieces of paper.