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Seven, eight, nine…stuffed animal slugs

My title has my brain playing Feist’s 1,2,3,4 now, even though the song is missing both a seven and an eight. The connection makes sense in my head.

There is also a Sesame Street version that only goes up to four.

Speaking of counting, for some time, I’ve been donating portions of my toy sales to help animals. I was curious to see what it amounted to. I added it up, and I’ve reached $597.60 so far. Some has gone to The House Rabbit Society, Alley Cats and Angels, Kitty Bungalow Charm School for Wayward Cats, The Whiskars’ Syndicate, Protective Animal Welfare Society (P.A.W.S.) in Kansas, Care For Bear, and our friend Cheryl’s feral cat fund to care for community cats here in our area of NC. It doesn’t seem like a lot each time, and so it was nice to see that it adds up.

Fleece Hug Me Slugs, plush stuffed animal art toys by Elizabeth Ruffing, 7, 8, 9 inchesI’m adding back a size in my Hug Me Slug plush toys, for anyone who likes to make slug families, with little, middle, and big kids. Those are the 7, 8, and 9 inch Hug Me Slugs above. I have 12 inch ones too, or I usually do. I am making more. I’ve had people get those as parent slugs to the smaller ones. You can find my stuffed animal slugs over in my Etsy toy shop. Some of these have been adopted already, but I still have some available there at the moment.

Yellow Fleece Hug Me Slugs, plush stuffed animal art toys by Elizabeth Ruffing, 7 inchThese two 7 inch yellow Hug Me Slugs went out as gifts. They were named after their Girl Scout counterparts. One was called “Candy Corn” and needed a candy corn heart. I painted the heart with fabric dye. Since she was for a big kid, it was okay. Babies put my slugs in their mouths, and so I wouldn’t do that for a baby, to be safe.

Fuchsia Red Fleece Hug Me Slugs, plush stuffed animal art toys by Elizabeth RuffingI had these up as Valentine’s Day slugs, but they happen to still be around for now, waiting to be adopted. They are 9 inches tall.

Fleece Hug Me Slugs,plush stuffed animal art toys by Elizabeth Ruffing, purple, light blue, pear greenThese three above are the 7 inch size, and you can see I am adjusting the sizes of my patterns. Oddly, the purple and the light blue are the new size, from the same version of my pattern. The light blue guy got a little chubby instead of tall. That happens. He’s already gone out as a new baby gift. Apologies for the redundancy in my photos between my blog and Facebook page. I’m behind with my blogging, as usual.

I just got through sewing 50!! of the new 7 inch slug bodies. Next up, they get stuffed, and then detailed. I’m trying so hard to get restocked, but it takes so long. I machine sew the first seam, and then it is all hand sewing from there. That seems crazy sometimes, but I prefer the way it looks. I’ve never been happy with machine-sewn details. I think the hand sewing gives them more character, makes them seem friendlier, and is more personal.

Fleece Hug Me Slugs, plush stuffed animal art toys by Elizabeth RuffingIt gets overwhelming at times, trying to get toys finished in any number. We’ve also been running to doctors’ appointments and more eye surgeries here, and doing rounds of eye drops, which I kept having to get up early to do for my dad. We’ll be starting more for my mom. We have appointments and another surgery this week.

Elizabeth Ruffing napping with catsAs you can see, I curled up in the middle of the kitty pile the other day. The weather has been cold and miserable, but I know, nothing compared to up north. I am relieved when the sun comes out. The drear is getting me down. I feel so sad sometimes. Today was at least warmer, but it went back to gray later.

Orange kitty cat in a wooden houseSantana, our neighbor-cat, finally accepted my invitation to nap in Mr Bear’s house. It has been unused for a year almost. Mr Bear would have wanted his friends to have it. I told Santana this, and he seemed to understand. I put a catnip pouch in there for him, and recycled a few more for the porch.

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

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

Calypso, miniature Ragdoll cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyCalypso is a bi-color Ragdoll kitten with a sweet face and lovely blue eyes.

Calypso, miniature Ragdoll cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyCalypso loves tropical colors. Her dress is orange with a paler orange ruffle around the square neckline. The ruffle is edged in blue and her cuffs are blue as well.

Calypso, miniature Ragdoll cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyCalypso loves warm sunny days, warm breezes, and the cool summer rain that feels good on her nose. It makes her happy.

Calypso, miniature Ragdoll cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyWhen she is not out walking in the rain, Calypso loves to sit on her white patio chair, with all its curls and swirls.

Calypso, miniature Ragdoll cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyIt’s just right for her in any kind of weather.

Calypso, miniature Ragdoll cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyCalypso 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.

Calypso, miniature Ragdoll cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyCalypso was painted under a magnifying light, with tiny brushes, one hair at a time.

Calypso, miniature Ragdoll 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.

Calypso, miniature Ragdoll cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyCalypso is 1:12 scale. (One inch equals one foot.) She is 1 and 5/8 inches tall, not including her ears.

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

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

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

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

Alyssa, miniature white cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyThis is Alyssa, a lovely and delicate white kitten with pretty blue eyes and a pink nose.

Alyssa, miniature white cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyAlyssa prides herself on meticulously keeping herself clean from the tips of her ears down to her tiny pink toes.

Alyssa, miniature white cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyShe can think of nothing worse than a spot or a smudge on her beautiful white fur, and simply does not allow that to happen.

Alyssa, miniature white cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyAlyssa perches prettily on a delicate dark wooden chair with an ivory satin brocade seat.

Alyssa, miniature white cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyShe wears a blue dress with large gold polka dots.

Alyssa, miniature white cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyIt has a pale rose ruffled collar with gold trim, that comes all the way down to her waistline.

Alyssa, miniature white cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyAlyssa 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.

Alyssa, miniature white cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyAlyssa was painted under a magnifying light, with tiny brushes, one hair at a time.

Alyssa, miniature white 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.

Alyssa, miniature white cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyAlyssa is 1:12 scale. (One inch equals one foot.) She is 1 and 1/2 inches tall, not including her ears.

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

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

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

Zella, miniature Siamese cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyZellla is a Siamese kitten with an earnest little face and vibrant blue eyes.

Zella, miniature Siamese cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyLost in her daydreamer’s world, Zella loves to sit in her high-backed rocking chair and let her imagination flow.

Zella, miniature Siamese cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyShe thinks of all the exciting kitten games there are to play today, and wonders if the day will be long enough to play them all.

Zella, miniature Siamese cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyShe dreams of how one day she will be tall and elegant and full of grace.

Zella, miniature Siamese cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyZella is wearing a pale ivory dress that has country blue flowers with gold centers.

Zella, miniature Siamese cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyIt has a gold scalloped neckline and blue cuffs edged in gold.

Zella, miniature Siamese cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyZella 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.

Zella, miniature Siamese cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyZella 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.

Zella, miniature Siamese cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyZella is 1:12 scale. (One inch equals one foot.) She is 1 and 5/8 inches tall, not including her ears.

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

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