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Yellow stuffed toy Hug Me Kitten

Yellow stuffed toy Hug Me Kitten with a pink heart with lavender stars by Elizabeth RuffingA yellow fleece Hug Me Kitten just joined my slugs over in my toy shop. She, or he, has a rose-pink heart with lavender stars.

Yellow stuffed toy Hug Me Kitten with a pink heart with lavender stars by Elizabeth RuffingShe has a curvy tail in back.

Yellow stuffed toy Hug Me Kitten with a pink heart with lavender stars by Elizabeth RuffingI have been spending my time sewing what I refer to as “slug butts”, all the circles that go on the bottoms of my toys. I chose to try to make my toy parts in groups, which, I hope, will mean more toys in the long term, even though it looks like fewer in the short term. I do have lots of Hug Me Slugs, in different sizes and colors at the moment, if anyone is looking for one that isn’t in the shop. I can finish them in any order.

Black-and-white and gray-and-white cat friends visiting Elizabeth RuffingThe heat has been terrible, but we got a slight break recently. I was able to get one more tree planted late in the day. I also take our cat, Jude, on his walks around the yard, in the evening. There is no negotiating with him on this. Our cat friends next door like to join us for tree planting and cat walking. One even likes to watch me mow the lawn. Last night, I heard rustling in the bushes. I asked, “Who’s there?” and they each popped out. It is cute when they come over in a little pack.

Black-and-white and gray-and-white cat friends visiting Elizabeth RuffingWhen I put Jude back in the house, I give them some pets. Trouble asks me for treats now. So, I bring him some, which I put on the borderline, so our other neighbors’ cat won’t get angry. I take the bowl away as soon as he is done. I don’t want any kitty conflicts.

Gray-and-white cat friend visiting Elizabeth RuffingThe long-haired gray kitty I was trying to catch has made a couple of appearances in the woods behind my neighbor’s house. I can’t catch him for now, as my neighbor doesn’t want us to trap there. I don’t want to lure his cats out of his yard with the food for the other cat, because I don’t want fights between them and my other neighbors’ cat, who hangs out on our front porch, which takes away my options for now. They would all show up for food. I am hoping the woods kitty is already neutered, and maybe belongs to someone on the other side of the trees. It is best for all the outdoor cats, if all of them have had their shots, and have been to the vet, and have been neutered and spayed, but I don’t want grief for trying to help. I don’t have any outdoor cats myself, but I want the others to be safe and healthy. We don’t want a colony to start either. At some point, my other neighbor will be able to set something up at her house, but they have renovations going on right now, to be followed by some construction, which makes the cats shy away.

That’s about it. Back to sewing slug butts.

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Dana and Dixie, miniature Siamese cat art dolls, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kittens by artist Max Bailey

Dana and Dixie miniature Siamese cat art dolls, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kittens by artist Max BaileyDana and Dixie are handmade miniature original, one-of-a-kind cat art dolls, hand painted and hand sculpted in paperclay by artist Max Bailey.

Dana and Dixie miniature Siamese cat art dolls, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kittens by artist Max BaileyDana is a Siamese kitten who looks after her little sister Dixie.

Dana and Dixie miniature Siamese cat art dolls, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kittens by artist Max BaileyDana will admit she would like to go off and do something on her own now and then, but Dixie always follows at her heels. It isn’t always easy being the big sister.

Dana and Dixie miniature Siamese cat art dolls, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kittens by artist Max BaileyDixie always wants whatever Dana has, including her fancy patio chair.

Dana and Dixie miniature Siamese cat art dolls, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kittens by artist Max BaileyTheir mother couldn’t find a small chair identical to Dana’s, but Dixie is quite happy with hers. She likes the swirly scrolls on the top.

Dana and Dixie miniature Siamese cat art dolls, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kittens by artist Max BaileyTogether, Dana and Dixie sit on the patio that looks out on the back yard.

Dana and Dixie miniature Siamese cat art dolls, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kittens by artist Max BaileyThey watch the birds and the butterflies, and listen to the breeze rustling through the trees in the woods behind them.

Dana and Dixie miniature Siamese cat art dolls, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kittens by artist Max BaileyDana is dressed in a blue dress. It has a ruffled coral collar edged in gold. Dixie’s dress is coral with a blue ruffled collar edged in gold.

Dana and Dixie miniature Siamese cat art dolls, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kittens by artist Max BaileyDana and Dixie are one-of-a-kind works of art, and are meant for display only. They were sculpted from paperclay in multiple stages, to allow for drying and detailing.

Dana and Dixie miniature Siamese cat art dolls, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kittens by artist Max BaileyDana and Dixie were painted under a magnifying light, with tiny brushes, one hair at a time.

Dana and Dixie miniature Siamese cat art dolls, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kittens by artist Max BaileyThey are signed and sealed with matte varnish for protection and preservation, and come with a certificate of authenticity.

Dana and Dixie miniature Siamese cat art dolls, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kittens by artist Max BaileyDana and Dixie are 1:12 scale. (One inch equals one foot.) Dana is 1 and 1/2 inches tall, not including her ears, and Dixie is 1 and 1/8 inches tall.

Dana and Dixie miniature Siamese cat art dolls, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kittens by artist Max BaileyDana and Dixie are available for $199.00, plus shipping. Please inquire to ruffings@ruffings.com 
or click here to visit Dana and Dixie’s listing on Etsy.

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Finally, more stuffed toy slugs

Stuffed toy Hug Me Slugs by Elizabeth Ruffing, assorted colors and sizesI have an array of Hug Me Slugs up in my toy shop, in a variety of sizes. It made me feel better to see them smiling at me.

Stuffed toy Hug Me Slugs by Elizabeth Ruffing, 12. 9, 8, and 7 inchThese are 12, 9, 8, and 7 inches tall.

Stuffed toy Hug Me Slugs by Elizabeth Ruffing, assorted colors and sizesI will keep working at getting more up, along with some other creatures.

Glass-headed quilting pinsI went out and picked up some supplies. I was surprised by how much the prices went up. I got what I needed on sale, but the regular price for this many glass-headed quilting pins, two packs of the kind I like to use, would be $17.98! And my stuffing is now at $11.99 a bag. Even on sale, they are still expensive.

Gray kitty, hiding behind a tree, Elizabeth RuffingTemperatures here are running between 95 and 101 degrees, but we had appointments for two strays, who have been showing up at my neighbors’ houses, to get them fixed and vaccinated. I only have a couple of photos, from afar, this handsome guy. He looks like Sasquatch peeking out from behind that tree.

I have been leaving food out for a week, in a trapping spot, and tried to trap from before 6am until after 10pm in the heat, with no luck. His friend, a gray-and-white cat, was next to the trap at one point during the night, but it was the moment I went to check the trap. He ran away.

Gray kitty from afar, Elizabeth RuffingThe rest of the day was ridiculous, with one extremely talented girl kitty, a neighbors’ pet, who was an expert at cleaning all the food out of the trap, without stepping on the trip plate. She even carefully licked it off a piece of cardboard I put over the trip plate, to make the area more sensitive. I would come to check the trap, and it would either be open and empty, or closed because it had been jostled.

Then there was food that was left out, when I needed everyone to be hungry. It was hopeless. I got very tired, sweaty, and frustrated. Another kitty is going to take the second vet appointment, after the first had to be canceled. We will wait until the heat breaks, and try again in another spot, with the snack thief inside, I hope.

Santana and Trouble, one sneaking up on the other, Elizabeth RuffingDuring my trapping fiasco, these guys got into a fight again. This time, I went inside and got a bowl of food to break it up instead of risking getting bitten. Santana reluctantly gave in to the food.

Trouble likes to follow me around. Trouble is the black-and-white cat’s name. Santana sees him as a rival. I didn’t see Santana on the other side of my dad’s car, when I said hello to Trouble, who had followed me home. This seemed to set Santana off again. I think Santana gets extremely jealous. He jumped on Trouble and fur was flying again. Trouble seems fine. Santana was limping a little. I didn’t get bitten.

Trouble, black and white cat, hiding behind plants, Elizabeth RuffingBoth belong to neighbors. I think they will eventually sort it out. This has happened with other neighbors’ cats and they adjusted. I like them all, and so I hope they can be friends. Most of the time they seem to tolerate each other.

Oliver Bunny, stretched out in hallway, Elizabeth RuffingI was done in, and didn’t want to even go outside or talk to anyone after all that. Oliver Bunny helped calm me down. He has been relaxing in the heat, with the air conditioning on, sometimes by himself, and sometimes with friends.

Oliver Bunny, stretched out in hallway with tabby cats, Elizabeth RuffingI don’t quite trust these two tabby girls with him, but they are very insistent about having bunny time. Oliver is popular and interesting. He is also brave. If they bother him, he grunts at them and I go shoo them away.

Oliver Bunny, stretched out behind toilet, Elizabeth RuffingWhen he wants to be left alone, he stretches out next to the toilet, which is cooler.

Oliver Bunny's piles of cilantro, Elizabeth RuffingHe used to eat dandelion leaves, but he has been boycotting them. Instead, he has been eating huge amounts of cilantro. He is being picky. I got him some green leaf lettuce, and he didn’t want that either. Romaine is okay, but green leaf, not so much. He wants cilantro, carrots, and most of all, his banana slice in the morning. Banana slices make him very happy. A friend suggested he needs his own banana tree. I said he needs a tiny banana tree, that grows one slice at a time. He is little.

Oliver Bunny, sitting in his Twigloo, with his salad, Elizabeth RuffingI am going to go get some bunny time, and some toy time in, and hide for a while. Tomorrow is Father’s Day. Happy Father’s Day! We will be having cake.

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

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

Gracie, miniature American Shorthair cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyThis is Gracie. She’s an American Shorthair silver tabby kitten with yellow-green eyes.

Gracie, miniature American Shorthair cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyGracie cordially invites you to her afternoon tea party.

Gracie, miniature American Shorthair cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyShe has a lovely flowered porcelain tea set complete with its own porcelain tray.

Gracie, miniature American Shorthair cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyGracie will have the tea ready to pour. Please bring cookies.

Gracie, miniature American Shorthair cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyGracie will be pleased to have a polite and friendly conversation.

Gracie, miniature American Shorthair cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyShe’s gotten all dressed up in her nicest blue dress. It has a white collar and white cuffs, trimmed with a rose border, and there is a lovely rose flower at the neckline.

Gracie, miniature American Shorthair cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyGracie 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.

Gracie, miniature American Shorthair cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyGracie 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.

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

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