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Handmade stuffed toy plush slugs, and Slugterra, a new show for slug enthusiasts

Slugterra and orange fleece Hug Me Slugs, original stuffed animal art toy by Elizabeth RuffingI’ve been making lots of stuffed toy Hug Me Slugs lately! I realized today that I have been making stuffed animal slugs for almost half a decade now! Wow, that must mean I’ve made hundreds of plushie slugs.

Slugterra and multi-colored fleece Hug Me Slugs, original stuffed animal art toy by Elizabeth RuffingI’ve been adding more adoptable slugs to my Hug Me Slugs and Friends Etsy toy shop, in all different colors!

Slugterra and bright medium green fleece Hug Me Slugs, original stuffed animal art toy by Elizabeth RuffingThey are all made of fleece and are soft and cuddly. Each one comes with a hang tag, which can be personalized. Their adopters can pick out names for them, or I print “For + a name” on the tag, which comes tied to each slug with a ribbon. There is even room for a short message on the back of each tag.

Slugterra and my hang tag for my Hug Me Slugs, original stuffed animal art toy by Elizabeth Ruffing

I discovered there are some slug cousins and more slug enthusiasts out there. There is a new animated show on Disney XD called Slugterra, with a bunch of cute slugs, in all different colors too. They look like a fun group of characters. The slugs on the show are very action-oriented. I’m sure they will have their own toy versions soon.

Here is a video of some of the Slugterra slugs.

I found myself wanting to set all the slugs free. I wanted to release them into a shady green garden with all kinds of good things to for them eat.

Slugterra and  assorted colored fleece Hug Me Slugs, original stuffed animal art toy by Elizabeth RuffingIn my fantasy slug-world, Hug Me Slugs live in a sanctuary full of fruits and vegetables that instantly regenerate whenever a slug takes a bite out of them.

Slugterra and red fleece Hug Me Slug with a mushroom, original stuffed animal art toy by Elizabeth Ruffing When they are not eating or playing, they loll around, with the sun shining through the forest leaves above, smiling contentedly, telling each other jokes and stories. They may even have burping contests. They do seem to eat a lot.

Slugterra and purple fleece Hug Me Slug, original stuffed animal art toy by Elizabeth Ruffing

I’m not affiliated in any way with the Slugterra show itself. I think my Hug Me Slugs and Bugs may be friends or relatives though. I’m sure they would enjoy playing together. Hug Me Slugs get along with pretty much everybody. They are peace-loving, gentle souls who are friends to everyone.

Slugterra and multicolored Hug Me Slugs, original stuffed animal art toys by Elizabeth RuffingPlease come visit my Etsy toy shop to see my adoptable creatures. If you are on Facebook, please come “like” Hug Me Slugs and Friends’ page to see new toys as I post them.

Slugterra and mint green fleece Hug Me Slug with peach blossom, original stuffed animal art toy by Elizabeth Ruffing

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Handmade polka-dotted sock snake stuffed toy animal

Blue polka dotted sock snake, original art toy by Elizabeth RuffingI had a neat request for a custom stuffed snake to accompany one of my stuffed toy Hug Me Slugs to Australia.

Blue polka dotted sock snake, original art toy by Elizabeth RuffingI’d never tried a snake. It sounded like fun to me, and it was.

Blue polka dotted sock snake, original art toy by Elizabeth RuffingThe slug and snake are a gift for someone who had a pair of toys named “Sluggy” and “Snakey” as a child. I hope these will bring back some happy memories.

Blue polka dotted sock snake, original art toy by Elizabeth RuffingI drew a tag for the sock snake,

Blue polka dotted sock snake, original art toy by Elizabeth Ruffingand found a spot on his underside for a heart.

Blue polka dotted sock snake, original art toy by Elizabeth RuffingHe came out pretty big, maybe 19 inches long. I had a challenge finding a box that would fit the Post Office dimension limits for First Class Mail International, but I lucked out and found I had just the right size box, one that came with some mail-order fleece.

Blue polka dotted sock snake, original art toy by Elizabeth RuffingI may try a Hug Me Worm next time so he, or she, will be a little smaller.

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Mona, miniature Himalayan cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max Bailey

Mona, miniature Himalayan cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max Bailey Mona is a handmade miniature original, one-of-a-kind cat art doll, hand painted and hand sculpted in paperclay by artist Max Bailey.

Mona is a lovely Himalayan Kitten with soft blue eyes and a sweet expression.

Mona, miniature Himalayan cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyShe comes with her favorite Queen Anne chair with the blue velvet seat. It pleases her to sit in it.

Mona, miniature Himalayan cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyMona wears a delicate pink dress with a ruffled top. The ruffles are edged in blue.

Mona, miniature Himalayan cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyMona is a one-of-a-kind work of art, and is meant for display only.

Mona, miniature Himalayan cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyShe was sculpted from paperclay in multiple stages, to allow for drying and detailing.

Mona was painted under a magnifying light, with tiny brushes, one hair at a time.

Mona, miniature Himalayan cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyShe is signed and sealed with matte varnish for protection and preservation, and comes with a certificate of authenticity.

Mona, miniature Himalayan cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyMona and her chair are 1:12 scale. (One inch equals one foot.)

Mona is 1 and 1/2 inches tall.

Mona, miniature Himalayan cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyUpdate: Mona has been adopted.