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Three more festivals for this Saturday

Cleveland Strawberry Festival, Hug Me Slugs and Hug Me Sock Kittens, original art toys by Elizabeth RuffingMy toys were at the Cleveland Strawberry Festival in Clayton, NC this past Saturday. Here are some pictures of the Alley Cats and Angels booth. Thanks, Ashley and Laura, for spending their whole day there, and for organizing the event, and to everyone involved.

It was very crowded and busy when we came by. I got lost, and it took me a couple of hours to get there, being unfamiliar with the area, and getting the wrong street from my Internet map. NC is fond of naming two streets in the same area, the same thing, even when they are not connected. There are two Technology Drives in Clayton. I was way off! My parents came along, and my dad patiently asked about five people for directions before we happened across a lady who had just been there. Then we walked the whole length of the festival before finding the booth on our fourth pass through. I got lucky and found a security guard who had been by the booth earlier and remembered seeing it. I was glad when I finally found it and was able to get some pictures. It would have been terrible to go home without finding it!

Cleveland Strawberry Festival, Hug Me Slugs and Hug Me Sock Kittens, original art toys by Elizabeth RuffingThe rescue is going to take my toys along to this coming Saturday’s events too. They’ll have booths at three festivals, Peak Fest in Apex, Meet in the Street in Wake Forest, and Out Raleigh in Raleigh. Please come if you are in the area. They’ll all be on May 5, 2012.

Cleveland Strawberry Festival, catnip cigarsIn truth, I am nervous having the toys away from the house! I’m used to doing everything from home, and I fret that something will happen to them. This takes some adjusting.

Kitty playing with catnip cigarsAside from finding the booth, I was glad to get some more catnip cigars. The kitties love them, as you can see. Proceeds go to help the rescue.

Kitty playing with catnip cigarsHere’s Phoebe enjoying her nap in the sunshine after an active morning of playing.

Tabby cat taking a nap in the sun by Elizabeth RuffingToday I finished some more 7-inch Hug Me Slugs. These are over in my Etsy toy shop.

Hug Me Slugs, original art toys by Elizabeth RuffingI am still sewing through a pile of toys I have stuffed, but not yet detailed. I’d like to try something different soon, for variety. Doing the same task for hours can be productive, because I get used to what I’m doing, but it can get boring.

Light pink Hug Me Slug, original art toys by Elizabeth RuffingI feel encouraged when my workroom gets emptier. It feels good to get the toys finished and put away. For months, I’ve had a large number of toys all around me in there.

Red Hug Me Slug, original art toys by Elizabeth RuffingThere is slightly more breathing room now, but still plenty more to go.

Medium pink Hug Me Slug, original art toys by Elizabeth Ruffing

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Catherine, Original One-of-a-kind Dollhouse-sized White Kitten Art Doll by Max Bailey

Catherine, Original One-of-a-kind Dollhouse-sized White Kitten Art Doll by Max BaileyCatherine is a sweet and imaginative white kitten with pretty blue eyes.

Catherine, Original One-of-a-kind Dollhouse-sized White Kitten Art Doll by Max BaileyShe is wearing a tan dress with puffy sleeves. The bands around the neck and the lower sleeves are burnt orange.

Catherine, Original One-of-a-kind Dollhouse-sized White Kitten Art Doll by Max BaileyCatherine has a woven rug with white fringe, and a design of beige, orange, black and gray-green. She likes to think it is a magic carpet, and that one day she will sit on it and it will take off and sail over the rooftops and into the clouds.

Catherine, Original One-of-a-kind Dollhouse-sized White Kitten Art Doll by Max BaileyCatherine is a one-of-a-kind work of art, and is meant for display only.

She was sculpted from paperclay in multiple stages, to allow for drying and detailing.

Catherine, Original One-of-a-kind Dollhouse-sized White Kitten Art Doll by Max Bailey Catherine was painted under a magnifying light, with tiny brushes, one hair at a time.

She is signed and sealed with matte varnish for protection and preservation, and comes with a certificate of authenticity.

Catherine, Original One-of-a-kind Dollhouse-sized White Kitten Art Doll by Max BaileyCatherine and her rug are 1:12 scale. (One inch equals one foot.)

Catherine is 1 and 1/2 inches tall.

Update: Catherine has been adopted. Thank you!

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The Cleveland Strawberry Festival in Clayton, NC

Bertie with Hug Me Slugs and Hug Me Sock Kittens, original art toys by Elizabeth RuffingSome of my toys are going to the Cleveland Strawberry Festival in Clayton, NC tomorrow. This is the first time I’ve tried them out at an event. It’s their first time out of the house too 🙂 They’ll be at the Alley Cats and and Angels booth.

Hug Me Slugs and Hug Me Sock Kittens, original art toys by Elizabeth RuffingI put them in cello sleeves to keep them clean, and fit as many as I could into the bin I got. I made a whole lot of tags for them, not knowing how many I’d need. I had picked out almost again as many toys as are in this box.

The Cleveland Strawberry Festival in Clayton, NC$10 from the sale of the Alley Cat Angels, $5 from the Hug Me Sock Kittens, and $5 from the 7-inch Hug Me Slugs will go to Alley Cats and Angels of NC to help cats and kittens in need.

Hug Me Slugs and Hug Me Sock Kittens, original art toys by Elizabeth RuffingPlease come out if you are in the area.

I made this little sign for the side of my box.

Hug Me Slugs, Hug Me Sock Kittens, original art toys by Elizabeth RuffingThere will also be catnip toys (kickers, cigars, and pouches), cat beds, and cookies, all made by volunteers, at the rescue booth. These cigars are a big hit in our house. (I borrowed these two photos below from the rescue.) I have to get some more of those.

Orange cat playing with catnip toysThey made a huge number of catnip knots, and put them all in cello sleeves with tags on them. I gave them a PDF of the tags I did before, along with some cello sleeves, and they came out nice. Very cheerful.

TiaHope you’ll come out and have a look around.

Cleveland Strawberry Festival
Near the junction of Highway 40 & 42
I-40, Exit 312
919-773-8448

Hug Me Slugs and Hug Me Sock Kittens, original art toys by Elizabeth Ruffing

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New toys in my shop today

Hug Me Bug, Hug Me Slugs, Hug Me Sock Kittens, original art toys by Elizabeth RuffingThese fuzzy creatures are up over in my Etsy toy shop as of this afternoon,

Green Polka Dot Hug Me Bug and Hug Me Slug, original art toys by Elizabeth Ruffingone Hug Me Bug, some Hug Me Slugs, and Hug Me Sock Kittens too. I have plenty more to come. I’ve been watching movies, while hand sewing. I watched a particularly cheesy bunch of bad horror movies the other day.

Blue Hug Me Sock Kittens, original art toys by Elizabeth RuffingI’ve been trying to fit in going out to lunch at least once week too. On the way home, I often end up with strawberry cupcakes from The Fresh Market. These are wonderful. I have to find some chocolate ones. There are many temptations there.

Strawberry cupcakes from the Fresh Market