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Pauline, miniature American Shorthair tabby cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max Bailey

Pauline, miniature American Shorthair tabby cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyPauline is a handmade miniature original, one-of-a-kind cat art doll, hand painted and hand sculpted in paperclay by artist Max Bailey.

Pauline, miniature American Shorthair tabby cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyPauline is an American Shorthair tabby kitten with amber-yellow eyes. She’s known for being very sociable.

Pauline, miniature American Shorthair tabby cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyPauline stands on the brand new welcome mat she has just placed at her front door. Her paws are clasped together in anticipation.

Pauline, miniature American Shorthair tabby cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileySoon, she hopes, company will arrive, and Pauline will cordially invite them in for a cool drink and pleasant conversation.

Pauline, miniature American Shorthair tabby cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyPauline is looking her best in a honey-beige dress. It has an off-white ruffle at the neckline that is edged in red.

Pauline, miniature American Shorthair tabby cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyPauline’s welcome mat is printed with red geraniums in a clay pot, a white star, and a birdhouse with a green roof. She picked it out herself, and it comes with her.

Pauline, miniature American Shorthair tabby cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyPauline 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.

Pauline, miniature American Shorthair tabby cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyPauline was painted under a magnifying light, with tiny brushes, one hair at a time.

Pauline, miniature American Shorthair tabby 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.

Pauline, miniature American Shorthair tabby cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyPauline is 1:12 scale. (One inch equals one foot.) She is 2 inches tall.

Pauline, miniature American Shorthair tabby cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyUpdate: Pauline has been adopted. Thank you!

Pauline, miniature American Shorthair tabby cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyPauline’s friends are Benjamin the Bengal tabby kitten and Olga the Norwegian Forest Cat kitten.

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Benjamin, miniature Bengal tabby cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max Bailey

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

Benjamin, miniature Bengal tabby cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyThis is Benjamin. He’s a Bengal kitten with yellow eyes and a very expressive little face.

Benjamin, miniature Bengal tabby cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyBenjamin is very active, and keeps himself busy with all the athletic feats that kittens try their best to do.

Benjamin, miniature Bengal tabby cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyWhen he wears himself out, he likes to sit in his rocking chair and think up new and exciting adventures.

Benjamin, miniature Bengal tabby cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyToday, Benjamin is dressed in his khaki overalls and his favorite long-sleeved shirt.

Benjamin, miniature Bengal tabby cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyIt has blue, red, and gold stripes, and he thinks it makes him look very sporty.

Benjamin, miniature Bengal tabby cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyBenjamin’s rocking chair is walnut with turned spindles, and a design carved in the back. It has a white woven seat. Benjamin loves it, and it comes with him.

Benjamin, miniature Bengal tabby cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyBenjamin is a one-of-a-kind work of art, and is meant for display only. He was sculpted from paperclay in multiple stages, to allow for drying and detailing.

Benjamin, miniature Bengal tabby cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyBenjamin was painted under a magnifying light, with tiny brushes, one hair at a time. He is signed and sealed with matte varnish for protection and preservation, and comes with a certificate of authenticity.

Benjamin, miniature Bengal tabby cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyBenjamin is 1:12 scale. (One inch equals one foot.) He is 1 and 3/4 inches tall.

Benjamin, miniature Bengal tabby cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyUpdate: Benjamin has been adopted. Thank you!

Benjamin, miniature Bengal tabby cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max Bailey

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Reslugification and surgeries

Assorted Hug Me Slugs, plush stuffed animal art toys by Elizabeth RuffingI have finally added some Hug Me Slugs to my Etsy toy shop. The 12 inch slug has been adopted, but the 9 inch and 7 inch slugs are currently in my toy shop. I am trying to restock, which has been a struggle for a long time. I have days when I want to stop altogether, because I feel like I am not getting ahead, but I am trying to hang in there.

Hug Me Slugs, plush stuffed animal art toys hugged by three brothers by Elizabeth RuffingA customer sent me this wonderful photo of her three boys with their Hug Me Slugs. This is the kind of thing that keeps me going. I love how the guy in the middle is trying to eat his. Another customer told me that slugs make good teething toys.

Kitty cat and bunny rabbit cuddling on my lap by Elizabeth RuffingOne of our kitties, Zoomie, has been wanting to cuddle and sit in our laps whenever he gets the chance lately. He even got into my lap with Oliver Bunny, who wasn’t sure what to make of that.

Kitty cat and bunny rabbit cuddling on my lap by Elizabeth RuffingZoomie is 17 1/2 years old, which the vet says is the equivalent of being a 95 year old man. He didn’t seem to be feeling well, and my mom noticed swelling on his chin. So, we took took him in to the vet right away.

Kitty cat in my lap with bunny rabbit looking over his shoulder by Elizabeth RuffingHe had an abscess in his mouth, of undetermined cause, which has now been drained. He also had some growths removed from his forehead and side. The vet removed some of the tissue around the growths, to try to be safe. We discussed this with the vet, and we opted not to find out if they were cancerous. At the beginning of last year, Mr Bear had a tumor removed from his neck, and we found out shortly after that he had more tumors, which were inoperable, inside. The vet said if anything else is going on inside, there most likely wouldn’t be anything we could do. There was nothing that could be done for Mr Bear, as much as we tried. We are happy to have Zoomie with us, and were very much relieved that his condition improved with surgery and medication. The kitties and the bunny want to look at him, which bugs him a little.

Me petting my bunny rabbit by Elizabeth RuffingWe are home today, because we had to cancel my mom’s eye surgery. We had ice this morning, and didn’t want to try to get to the hospital, which is fairly far away, in the bad weather. She was very upset about this, as it is stressful gearing up for it at all. We haven’t found out yet how long the wait will be to reschedule.

Orange kitty hugging and rolling around with a catnip pouch by Elizabeth RuffingThis is one of my neighbors’ cats who comes to visit. I made catnip toys for Christmas for our cats and for our visitors. I also brought some over to the cats next door, who come to visit as well, but sometimes get chased off the porch by this orange fellow, Santana. I think they may be learning to play together. I hope they will.

I was working on a Christmas card of carolers, two of our kitty visitors, Santana and Trouble, and Oliver Bunny, singing. I didn’t get it done on time for Christmas. I opted to work on the catnip toys instead, and not rush through the picture, which got more ornate than initially planned. I think I may need to go back to painting, to feel better, but I tell myself I need to use the fabric that is taking up my workroom. It has been awfully dreary here. I think we would all feel better if the sun were to come out again too.