Posted on Leave a comment

Bugs, slugs, and toads in progress

Rainbow of Hug Me Slugs and Bugs in progress, original art toys by Elizabeth RuffingI’m closing in the the sixty-five or so toys I had in all stages in my workroom. These have their features pinned on and ready to sew.

Hug Me Sock Toads in progress, original art toys by Elizabeth RuffingI’ve had some requests for more sock toads, and I’m working on some of those too. I got a lot done on these, while waiting at the dentist for my mom. I sat in the car stuffing them.

Lucy, Original One-of-a-kind Dollhouse-sized Tabby-and-white Kitten by Max BaileyWe have lots of cute kitten dolls up over on our Ruffing’s blog. They keep multiplying faster than I get them photographed and posted. I still have lots of photos to edit, and Max Bailey has five new kittens still to photograph. The kittens above are, from left to right, Brandy, Pepper, Catherine, Lucy, and Emily.

White duck with a mallard duck, photo by Elizabeth RuffingOur duck friend was all alone for a few months, after a loose dog killed the rest of the flock. She was all by herself on the pond, quacking loudly. We bring her cracked corn and she appears to appreciate the company as well as the corn. A couple of weeks ago, we showed up with our duck snacks, and found two ducks waiting. This handsome mallard must have heard her call. He’s very loyal to her, and they come visit us together. We are so happy she isn’t alone anymore, and hope they’ll be safe.

Posted on Leave a comment

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

Lucy, Original One-of-a-kind Dollhouse-sized Tabby-and-white Kitten by Max BaileyLucy is a pretty miniature tabby and white kitten with yellow-green eyes.

She is wearing a red dress with a ruffle around the neck that is edged in gold.

Lucy, Original One-of-a-kind Dollhouse-sized Tabby-and-white Kitten by Max BaileyLucy comes with a mahogany-stained dollhouse spindle cradle. The mattress, pillow, and coverlet are red plaid. Red is Lucy’s favorite color, and she can’t wait to jump into her cradle at night.

Lucy 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.

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

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

Lucy stands 1 and 3/4 inches tall.

Lucy, Original One-of-a-kind Dollhouse-sized Tabby-and-white Kitten by Max BaileyUpdate: Lucy has been adopted. Thank you!

Lucy, Original One-of-a-kind Dollhouse-sized Tabby-and-white Kitten by Max BaileyHappy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there! These five kittens are (from left to right) Brandy, Pepper, Catherine, Lucy, and Emily.

Posted on Leave a comment

Festival photos

Meet in the Street in Wake Forest, NC, May 5 2012, Alley Cats and Angels of NCI borrowed these photos from Alley Cats and Angels rescue of NC, to show you my toys at the festivals this past weekend. They visited Peak Fest in Apex, Meet in the Street in Wake Forest, and OutRaleigh in Raleigh. Thanks very much to everyone at Alley Cats and Angels for taking them along and spending so much time and effort.

Meet in the Street in Wake Forest, NC, May 5 2012, Alley Cats and Angels of NCThe rescue also had cat beds and catnip toys there, which are still available from them. They use potent catnip. Our cats love the toys they got. They are all handmade by volunteers.

Mint green Hug Me Slug, original art toy by Elizabeth RuffingI currently have some more toys with portion going to animal charities as well. I will be posting new toys in our Ruffing’s shop.

Meet in the Street in Wake Forest, NC, May 5 2012, Alley Cats and Angels of NCMost of these are from Meet in the Street, in Wake Forest. The one below is from OutRaleigh. The banner says “A cat’s love knows no gender or color.” As most have probably heard, North Carolina has been engaged in a heated debate over Amendment One, which is an embarrassment to a great many of us, including me. I wish people would learn to leave each other alone. Why is that so hard? It’s something I’ve never understood. I find it so upsetting.

OutRaleigh May 5, 2012, Alley Cats and Angels of NCI admire people who spend their lives trying to help other people and animals and the world around them. I don’t have tolerance for those who try to inflict harm. Just think how much better everything would be if people spent their time thinking of ways to help, and acting on those ideas, rather than spending their time attacking and hurting each other. I wish there were more kindness being expressed. All the hate and anger sickens me.

Meet in the Street in Wake Forest, NC, May 5 2012, Alley Cats and Angels of NCI try to surround myself with positive, supportive people. And I try to recognize the negative, poisonous ones and get away from them as fast as possible. A friend gave some valuable advice saying it isn’t worth spending any time thinking about people who treat you in an uncaring way; just get away from them and don’t look back. I think that goes for people who treat others in an uncaring way too.

Meet in the Street in Wake Forest, NC, May 5 2012, Alley Cats and Angels of NCThankfully, there are people who do care, and do spend their time doing positive, generous things. I’d rather focus on them.

Meet in the Street in Wake Forest, NC, May 5 2012, Alley Cats and Angels of NC

Posted on Leave a comment

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