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More fleece, more slugs, more drawings

Orchid Fleece Hug Me Slug by Elizabeth RuffingToday has been such a beautiful day that I decided to sit outside and finish some Hug Me Slugs. I’ve been wanting to photograph them in the flowers that have been cropping up everywhere, but rain was interfering with my plans.

Orchid Fleece Hug Me Slug by Elizabeth Ruffing, with Purple Siberian IrisThis orchid-colored Hug Me Slug is posing with my purple Siberian Iris.

New Fleece Hug Me Slug Hang Tag by Elizabeth RuffingI made a new hang tag for my slugs. I’ve redone all my tags, or added new ones, and am in the process of getting them ready for the web.

Deep Red-orange Fleece Hug Me Slug by Elizabeth Ruffing, with Mock OrangeI had a small amount of this deep red-orange fleece, and made a slug from it. He or she is posing in front of some mock orange, the smell of which I love. Both slugs are over in my Etsy toy shop.

Hug Me Slug and Hug Me Kitten pencil drawings by Elizabeth RuffingThese are this mornings sketches of Hug Me Slugs and a Hug Me Kitten. They are still very rough. I’m going to clean them up, pen-and-ink them in, and try working on them on the computer.

The Painter 11 Wow! Book by Cher Threinen-PendarvisI finally got myself a book so I would be less intimidated by trying Painter. I hope that does the trick!

Cutting out piles of fleece for art toysI have also been cutting up insane amounts of fleece. This is only a very small portion of what I have. I must cut it and organize it by color, or I have no idea what I have without lifting boxes and boxes.

Cutting out piles of fleece for cat toysThese are some of my scraps that will become catnip knots. I will be putting them in packets for fund raising for a local cat rescue.

Santana the Peeping Tom Cat peeps at JosephineSantana the Peeping Tom Cat, at long last, showed up in the window while Josephine was watching, and while I happened to be here too. I am sure he has seen her many times already, but this time I caught him with my camera. Fresh cat.

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Lillie, Original One-of-a-kind White Cat Art Doll by Max Bailey

Lillie, Original One-of-a-kind White Cat Art Doll by Max BaileyIt isn’t hard to guess Lillie’s favorite color. She is a beautiful white cat and to her, pink is the most beautiful color there is.

Lillie, Original One-of-a-kind White Cat Art Doll by Max BaileyLillie loves pink everything….pink dresses, cotton candy, and even the movie “Pretty in Pink”.

Lillie, Original One-of-a-kind White Cat Art Doll by Max BaileyHer whole house is painted pink. It’s surrounded by a pale-pink picket fence enclosing a garden filled with pink petunias, pink columbine flowers, and pale pink roses.

Lillie, Original One-of-a-kind White Cat Art Doll by Max BaileyIn the morning, Lillie wakes up refreshed. She walks out to her pink mailbox to mail her pink invitations, the addresses carefully written in her delicate scroll.

Lillie, Original One-of-a-kind White Cat Art Doll by Max BaileyLillie has decided to invite her friends to attend a party in celebration of spring, and is already planning to serve a cake with pink frosting, along with strawberry ice cream.

Lillie, Original One-of-a-kind White Cat Art Doll by Max BaileyLillie is wearing a lovely pink dress with a wide ruffle around the neck. A satin rose is attached to the center of the ruffle. Her pink blouse has collar and cuffs of antique rose that match her tights. Tan high-button shoes cover her little kitty feet.

Lillie, Original One-of-a-kind White Cat Art Doll by Max BaileyLillie is an original one-of-a-kind work of art, created from my own design and pattern. She is made from 100% cotton fabric which has been sewn, stuffed, and completely hand painted with acrylic paints. Her whiskers are made from stiffened cotton thread.

Lillie, Original One-of-a-kind White Cat Art Doll by Max BaileyLillie’s paws are needle-sculpted, and her arms are button-jointed so that she can pose. Her face was sculpted from paperclay smoothed into her fabric head.

Lillie, Original One-of-a-kind White Cat Art Doll by Max BaileyLillie’s curled tail enables her to sit by herself on a shelf or a table, or in a cabinet. She can also sit on a chair, or stand with a doll stand. (Chair and doll stand not included.) Lillie is meant for display only.

Lillie, Original One-of-a-kind White Cat Art Doll by Max BaileyLillie is signed and sealed with matte varnish for protection and preservation. She is 8 and 1/2 inches tall.

Lillie is available for $300.00, plus shipping. Please inquire to ruffings@ruffings.com or find her in our Ruffing’s Etsy shop by clicking here.

Lillie’s tabby cat friend is Minnie.

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Alley Cat Angel

Alley Cat Angel Hug Me Sock Kitten by Elizabeth Ruffing, blue with red heartHappy Easter, everyone! As I promised yesterday, I am posting a special “Alley Cat Angel” sock kitten today. This Alley Cat Angel is up in my Etsy toy shop now. All the proceeds from the sale of this kitty will go to a local cat and kitten rescue group, less the shipping amount. Update: This Alley Cat Angel has been adopted! Thank you! 

Alley Cat Angel Hug Me Sock Kitten by Elizabeth Ruffing, blue with red heartMy Alley Cat Angel is approximately 16 inches tall from the top of her pointy ears to the bottom of her paws, and approximately 11 inches tall when seated. She is a lovely light blue, with a red fleece heart. All her details are sewn on by hand with embroidery floss.

Alley Cat Angel Hug Me Sock Kitten by Elizabeth Ruffing, blue with red heartShe has a very sweet expression, fitting an angel.

Alley Cat Angel Hug Me Sock Kitten by Elizabeth Ruffing, blue with red heartHer puffy white wings are made from socks too! They are also attached by hand.

Alley Cat Angel Hug Me Sock Kitten by Elizabeth Ruffing, blue with red heartBeing a kitty, of course she likes to climb trees, but unlike regular kitties, she can fly back down when she wants to.

Alley Cat Angel Hug Me Sock Kitten by Elizabeth Ruffing, blue with red heart, in a treeShe comes with a hang tag that can be personalized as you wish. I can add a name for her or “For + a recipient’s name” if she is a gift. Her hang tag comes tied to her with a ribbon. I am happy to include a gift card for anyone wishing to send her as a gift to a separate address.

Alley Cat Angel Hug Me Sock Kitten Hang Tag by Elizabeth RuffingI plan to make more Alley Cat Angel sock kittens. If you are on Facebook, please “like” our Ruffing’s page. I plan to post the new listings there, and on my blog. The proceeds from this first angel will be entirely for the rescue, and a portion of the proceeds for the subsequent angels will go to animal charities as well. They (and you, if you adopt one) will be helping animals in need.

Josephine kittenAs you know, if you’ve been reading my blog, our little Josephine was rescued by and came from a cat rescue, and she is a very good girl indeed! Please consider adopting a pet, and please spay and neuter your pets.

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New Fleece Hug Me Kitten

Cream-colored Fleece Hug Me Kitten by Elizabeth Ruffing in dark pink azaleasMy new fleece Hug Me Kitten is now up in my Etsy toy shop here. She (or he) is cream-colored with a magenta heart and cornflower blue eyes.

Josephine kittenShe bears a bit of resemblance to Josephine, and even had her funny smile.

Fleece Hug Me Kitten by Elizabeth RuffingShe has a tail that sticks straight out in back.

Fleece Hug Me Kitten by Elizabeth Ruffing, back viewI love the back view.

Fleece Hug Me Kitten Hang Tag by Elizabeth RuffingShe comes with a hang tag that can be personalized with a name or “For + a recipient’s name”. I plan to make more, in different colors.

Mama duck and ducklingsWe had a surprise yesterday. Mama duck left her nest and came to visit us in the pouring rain, with eleven ducklings! She greeted me with a big quack when I came outside. She is taking such good care of them.

Mama duck watches over ducklings while they restThey were tired from their long walk up the hill from the pond, and all piled together for nap while she watched over them.

Ducklings resting in a little pileBabies get tired. They stayed like this for a long time, foraged some more, and then made their way back to the pond.

Kitten sleeping on windowsillThis baby gets tired too. She’s discovered windowsills and loves napping in them when she is not busy helping me or running around with her friends. She came from a local cat rescue, and tomorrow, for Easter, I’m going to have a special “Alley Cat Angel” sock doll. The proceeds of this first angel will go to that rescue, and then I will made some more, with a portion of each sale going to the animal charities. So, I hope you’ll come back to see tomorrow.