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Big slugs and little slugs, Hug Me Slug handmade stuffed animal toys

Fleece Hug Me Slugs, assorted colors, by Elizabeth RuffingI finished four 12-inch Hug Me Slugs and four 9-inch Hug Me Slugs, and got them photographed. I will be posting my new handmade stuffed animal toys in our Ruffing’s shop. These are all made of fuzzy fleece.

Fleece Hug Me Slug, Kelly green with red heart, by Elizabeth RuffingThe soft rainbow blend below is unusual. I got it a long time ago. I don’t have a lot of it, but it is very pretty. I may see if I can purchase more, or something similar, online.

Fleece Hug Me Slug, soft rainbow blend with lavender heart, by Elizabeth RuffingI am going to try to get as many ready-made toys as I can together before the holidays. I am usually swamped with requests for custom toys at that time, and I can never keep up. Most people wait, and ask all at once. So, I am hoping to have more toys that are ready to go. I will likely cut back on the number of custom colors I offer, just so I can keep track of what I have, and offer more of a variety of ready-mades instead.

I’ve tried to imagine the holidays have been here all year round, to keep myself going. I know I am never ready when they arrive! I am considering putting up the Christmas lights now, for inspiration 🙂 I’ve even made a couple of ornaments, but forgot to photograph them today, with the Hug Me Slugs, and the art dolls.

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Twins and triplets

Hug Me Sock Toads, Dark red and red polka dots with orange hearts, by Elizabeth RuffingI just finished a red polka-dotted Hug Me Toad for my number one toad collector. I made “Davey”, on the left, a toad sibling, on the right, for good measure. I will be posting my new handmade stuffed animal toys in our Ruffing’s shop.

Hug Me Sock Toads, Lavender, light blue, pink, and yellow by Elizabeth RuffingI had to sew these toad triplets by hand because the pattern on the socks was so complicated that was the only way I could line up the stripes and flowers.

Hug Me Sock Toad, Lavender, light blue, pink, and yellow by Elizabeth RuffingI like stripes, and often pick up socks with striped patterns, even though I know I will need to sew them by hand. My toys take a lot longer to make than people probably imagine! I use a lot of hand sewing and hand embroidering. I’ve realized that things take as long as they take to make. Rushing never works for me.

Fleece Hug Me Slugs, Pink and light green, by Elizabeth RuffingI also finished two new pink fleece Hug Me Slugs, a medium pink, and

Fleece Hug Me Slugs, Dark Pink and Medium Pink, by Elizabeth Ruffinga deep watermelon pink.

Two tabby kittens on a cat bed, photo by Elizabeth RuffingI’m tempted to call these two twins as well, but they are more likely part of quadruplets or even sextuplets. Phoebe, on the left, and below, is still withdrawn, but she is starting to run away less. Bertie is making great strides. Even though she is still skittish, she comes up to us for pets and snacks. We were able to get her to the vet to get checked out, and she is negative for leukemia and FIV, which is great.

Tabby kitten lying in a cat bed, photo by Elizabeth RuffingWe’ve been giving them some medicine for the past week to clear up a little bacteria that was causing minor digestive tract issues, and they are doing well. We’re hoping Phoebe will come around in the next couple of weeks and let us pet her too. Then they can both go in for vaccines. Once they have they vet work done, they will enjoy playing with the other cats in the house.

Lucinda and Ida, Original One-of-a-kind Black and Gray-and-white Cat Art Doll by Max BaileyWe have a lot of cat dolls to photograph. Please see Max Bailey’s new original, one-of-a-kind gray-and-white cat doll, Ida, here (right). We just posted her story today. Her friend, Lucinda the black cat is here (left).

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Ida, Original One-of-a-kind Gray-and-white Cat Art Doll by Max Bailey

Ida original one-of-a-kind gray-and-white cat art doll by artist Max Bailey

Ida, Original One-of-a-kind Gray-and-white Cat Art Doll by Max BaileyIda is a handmade original, one-of-a-kind gray-and-white anthropomorphic cat art doll, hand painted and hand sculpted in paperclay by artist Max Bailey.

Ida is a grey and white cat with yellow-green eyes and a pretty pink nose. She prides herself on being organized.

Ida, Original One-of-a-kind Gray-and-white Cat Art Doll by Max BaileyIda’s kitchen is as neat and clean as a kitchen could be. Her little cans of food are alphabetized by flavor and sit neatly in her cupboard. Her bowls are stacked according to size and color.

Ida, Original One-of-a-kind Gray-and-white Cat Art Doll by Max BaileyIda’s pinafores are all starched and pressed and arranged in the closet by color. Her shoes are clean and polished, and lined up under the pinafores with which she wears them.

Ida, Original One-of-a-kind Siamese and Gray-and-white Cat Art Dolls by Max BaileyIda holds choir practice at her house every Thursday evening. (She sings high soprano.) All choir members must bring their best voices and remove their shoes at the door. Ida is quite sure this practice of being barefoot will not only keep her floor clean, but will improve the tone of their voices.

Ida, Original One-of-a-kind Black and Gray-and-white Cat Art Dolls by Max BaileyIt appears that this is the case, as on Thursday nights, everyone in the town steps out onto their front porches to listen to the choir rehearsing. To date, there have been no complaints.

Ida, Original One-of-a-kind Gray-and-white Cat Art Doll by Max BaileyIda looks very nice today in her crisp white pinafore sprinkled with a pattern of blue roses and pale green leaves. With it she’s chosen to wear her white high-button shoes with scalloped tops and gold buttons. Her blue blouse has white bands around the collar and cuffs, edged in darker blue scalloped braid.

Ida, Original One-of-a-kind Gray-and-white Cat Art Doll by Max BaileyIda wears white pantaloons with pale blue polka dots, from which her grey kitty tail emerges. She’s as pretty as a summer day.

Ida, Original One-of-a-kind Gray-and-white Cat Art Doll by Max BaileyIda 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.

Ida, Original One-of-a-kind Gray-and-white Cat Art Doll by Max BaileyIda’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.

Ida, Original One-of-a-kind Gray-and-white Cat Art Doll by Max BaileyIda’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.) Ida is meant for display only.

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

Ida, Original One-of-a-kind Gray-and-white Cat Art Doll by Max BaileyIda is available for $299.99. Please inquire to ruffings@ruffings.com

Ida, Original One-of-a-kind Gray-and-white Cat Art Doll by Max BaileyIda’s cat friends are Cleo the Siamese cat, and Lucinda the black cat.