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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 Phoebe, on the left, and below, is still withdrawn, but she is starting to run away less.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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