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Oodles of slugs and one bug

Kelly green and grass green Hug Me Slugs, original art toys by Elizabeth RuffingHere’s a Hug Me Slug update. I will be posting my new handmade stuffed animal banana slug toys in our Ruffing’s shop, along with new Hug Me Bugs too.

Red, Burnt-orange, Mauve, and Pink Hug Me Slugs, original art toys by Elizabeth RuffingI have Hug Me slugs in bright red, burnt orange, mauve, pink with stars,

Assorted fleece Hug Me Slugs, original art toys by Elizabeth Ruffingorchid, honeydew green, and two pretty, soft yellows.

Assorted fleece Hug Me Slugs, original art toys by Elizabeth RuffingBelow are orders waiting for Monday’s trip to the Post Office. Some sock kittens and Hug Me Slugs found homes at the festivals they attended this weekend too. They were at Peak Fest in Apex, Meet in the Street in Wake Forest. and OutRaleigh in Raleigh. Thanks to everyone at Alley Cats and Angels for taking them along and babysitting them. I’ll borrow some photos and post them next time.

Kelly Green fleece Hug Me Slug peeking out of a box, original art toys by Elizabeth RuffingThis is one of my tabby cat helpers with my fleece remnants. She’s been keeping me company while I watch movies and hand embroider eyes, and hearts, and smiles on my toys.

Tabby cat helper with fleece remnants by Elizabeth RuffingBertie also likes to be helpful. She gets as close as possible to projects to make sure she is ready, if needed.

Tabby cat helper with art supplies by Elizabeth RuffingI made the girls some very easy cat toys this week. They have a favorite tattered scrap of fake fur they love to carry around, meowing, and sometimes putting it in the water bowl. I cut 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inch pieces of fake fur, rolled them, and stitched across one end. They happily accepted them.

Tabby cat with fake fur scrap by Elizabeth RuffingBelow is the old one with Bertie. At least half the fur is gone off of it. They still play with it anyway.

Tabby cat with fake fur scrap by Elizabeth RuffingThis is Phoebe waiting for her turn. Lately, Phoebe has been chasing the other cats. She thinks this is funny, but at least one older boy doesn’t care for it. I joined in, to see what would happen, and Phoebe seems to like the idea of my chasing her around the house. I make sure not to scare her, and she seems to know it is a game. It’s good to be able to interact with her, since she is too shy to be handled.

Tabby cat by Elizabeth Ruffing

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Pepper, Original One-of-a-kind Dollhouse-sized Tabby-and-white Kitten by Max Bailey

Pepper, Original One-of-a-kind Dollhouse-sized Tabby-and-white Kitten by Max BaileyPepper is a very sincere miniature Maine Coon tabby kitten with soft yellow eyes.

She wears a grass-green jumper with a beige band around the bib over an off-white shirt.

Pepper, Original One-of-a-kind Dollhouse-sized Tabby-and-white Kitten by Max BaileyPepper comes with a white dollhouse spindle cradle. The mattress, pillow, and coverlet have violet and rose flowers and are striped with green on an off-white background. Her favorite time is nighttime, when she can crawl into her little bed.

Pepper, Original One-of-a-kind Dollhouse-sized Tabby-and-white Kitten by Max BaileyPepper 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.

Pepper, Original One-of-a-kind Dollhouse-sized Tabby-and-white Kitten by Max BaileyPepper 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.

Pepper, Original One-of-a-kind Dollhouse-sized Tabby-and-white Kitten by Max BaileyPepper and her cradle are 1:12 scale. (One inch equals one foot.)

Pepper stands 1 and 7/8 inches tall.

Update: Pepper has been adopted. Thank you!