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

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

Abigail, miniature Birman cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyAbigail’s eyes are beautifully blue. She is a Birman kitten whose sweet face endears her to everyone who meets her.

Abigail, miniature Birman cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyAbigail looks directly at you, wide-eyed and trusting, with an air of innocence.

Abigail, miniature Birman cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyYou would never think she would be anything other than well-behaved, which of course she is.

Abigail, miniature Birman cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyAbigail’s pretty blue-green dress has lots of ruffles down the front and around the neck.

Abigail, miniature Birman cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyThe ruffles are trimmed in mauve.

Abigail, miniature Birman cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyShe sits in her white wooden chair, which is carved with spirals and decorative cut-outs.

Abigail, miniature Birman cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyIt is her favorite chair and comes with her.

Abigail, miniature Birman cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyAbigail 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.

Abigail, miniature Birman cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyAbigail 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.

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

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

Update: Abigail has been adopted. Thank you!

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Otis, miniature ginger tabby Persian, cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max Bailey

Otis, miniature ginger Persian, cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyOtis is a handmade miniature original, one-of-a-kind ginger tabby Persian cat art doll, hand painted and hand sculpted in paperclay by artist Max Bailey.

Otis, miniature ginger Persian, cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyThis is Otis. He’s a ginger tabby Persian kitten who is very young, and still has blue eyes.

Otis, miniature ginger Persian, cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyOtis loves trains. He has a little wooden train set that he plays with for hours.

Otis, miniature ginger Persian, cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyOtis dreams of being a conductor on a train just like this one.

Otis, miniature ginger Persian, cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyHe loves the thought of calling, “All aboard,” and thinks about how he will cheerfully greet his passengers and attend to all of their needs.

Otis, miniature ginger Persian, cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyHe’ll check their tickets, and make sure he knows where they’re going.

Otis, miniature ginger Persian, cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyOtis will call out the name of each station in advance, and signal the engineer when to stop.

Otis, miniature ginger Persian, cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyHe’ll gently tap the passengers who have fallen asleep, and make sure they get off at the right stop with the right baggage.

Otis, miniature ginger Persian, cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyThen he’ll signal the engineer to start the train again.

Otis, miniature ginger Persian, cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyOtis wears blue and white striped overalls, and a pale yellow sweater. He comes with his train set, as he’d never go anywhere without it.

Otis, miniature ginger Persian, cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyOtis 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.

Otis, miniature ginger Persian, cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyOtis 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.

Otis, miniature ginger Persian, cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyOtis is 1:12 scale. (One inch equals one foot.) He is 1 and 3/8 inches tall.

Otis, miniature ginger Persian, cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyOtis is available for $154.99. Please inquire to ruffings@ruffings.com 

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Sweetie, miniature bi-color Ragdoll mix, cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max Bailey

Sweetie, miniature bi-color Ragdoll mix, cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileySweetie is a handmade miniature original, one-of-a-kind cat art doll, hand painted and hand sculpted in paperclay by artist Max Bailey, and this is what she has to say:

Sweetie, miniature bi-color Ragdoll mix, cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyWhen I was very little, they named me Sweetie. That’s not my fault.

Sweetie, miniature bi-color Ragdoll mix, cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyThey bought me this pink dress, with a ruffle around the neck. I don’t like pink. Barbie wears pink.

Sweetie, miniature bi-color Ragdoll mix, cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyThis chair with all the flowers on it is not my style, but at least it’s soft.

Sweetie, miniature bi-color Ragdoll mix, cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyI’d like my food served in a cut glass goblet, with jewels. I saw it on TV. The jewels are my idea.

Sweetie, miniature bi-color Ragdoll mix, cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyBy the way, I don’t mind a few pets, but I don’t like to be patted on the head. I find it condescending.

Sweetie, miniature bi-color Ragdoll mix, cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyI suppose they mean well, even though they’re misguided. I have to go now. They’re calling me for dinner.

Sweetie, miniature bi-color Ragdoll mix, cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyDrop by again sometime when I’m not so busy.

Sweetie, miniature bi-color Ragdoll mix, cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileySweetie 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.

Sweetie, miniature bi-color Ragdoll mix, cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileySweetie 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.

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

Update: Sweetie has been adopted. Thank you!

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A little stuffed slug toy shop update, and some gardens

Stuffed toy Hug Me Slugs, red, watermelon pink, bright yellow, and banana yellow by Elizabeth RuffingI have four new Hug Me Slugs over in my toy shop at the moment. They are red, watermelon pink, bright yellow, and banana yellow fleece, in my 9-inch size. I will continue to add more. Even though it is July, I know the Christmas season will be upon me before I know it, and I hope to have more toys ready this time around.

I have also been trying to make a dent in the yard work I have to do here, more tree planting and cleaning up of gardens that have become overrun with blackberries and weeds and, in some cases, flowers that multiplied profusely.

Raleigh City Garden, Vimeo screenshotI met a horticulture student, who showed me around Raleigh City Farm, pictured above and in the two photos below. I didn’t have a camera and so I took these from the Internet.

Raleigh City Garden, Twitter screenshotHe has been out planting tomatoes in all the heat we have been having, and the people at Raleigh City Farm have been keeping it doing well in spite of this weather too.

Raleigh City GardenThe plants all looked healthy. I felt I should be able to do something more myself. So, I worked on cleaning out one of my garden beds, and cutting out some saplings that had sprouted up.

Oliver Bunny, looking serious by Elizabeth RuffingI don’t have vegetables like they do, which is too bad, because Oliver Bunny would enjoy some of the ones they had there, I am sure. They sell their produce to local restaurants.

Gardeners' World BBC, screenshot, pale blue irisesI was also introduced to BBC’s show, Gardeners’ World, which is on YouTube. They have my favorite kinds of gardens, the old English cottage style gardens. The photo above, and the two below are screenshots from the show.

Gardeners' World BBC, screenshot, soft pink foxglovesI think they look like watercolor paintings. Very beautiful and inspiring. I used to have our yard, where I grew up, planted with such pretty flowers, in big beds and borders, under trees and flowering bushes. I miss it.

Gardeners' World BBC, screenshot, pale lavender blue irisesI brought some of my plants with me when we moved. I want to clear out those beds before everything gets choked out. My irises have been getting smaller each year, because the blackberries have joined them and are doing much too well.

Jubilee by Elizabeth Ruffing, Iris and blue flax watercolor with a decorative borderThese are paintings of mine, of flowers I had growing in my yard, irises, blue flax, and foxgloves, some of my favorites. This is “Jubilee” above, and “Iris and Foxgloves” below. I have seen this orange and mauve one bloom by our back door in recent years, but this year I don’t think it did. I see it hiding in there with some other plants. I intend to dig it up and plant it in a new bed. I am sorry I wilt in the heat. Summers are my winters now, the time when I stay inside more. But, I am going to try to go out when I can take the temperature and get more done.

Iris and Foxgloves by Elizabeth Ruffing, watercolor with a decorative border