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

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

Rowena, miniature Abyssinian cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyHere is Rowena, a beautiful Abyssinian kitten with yellow and green eyes.

Rowena, miniature Abyssinian cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyEven though she’s very young, Rowena has an air of elegance. She sits straight upright with her paws in her lap, one over the other.

Rowena, miniature Abyssinian cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyRowena loves to be in the library sitting on her ornate chair with its ivory upholstery. She looks around the room at all the books on all the shelves and hopes someday to be able to read them.

Rowena, miniature Abyssinian cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyThe maroon ones with the gold embossing are probably the most important, so she plans to read those first.

Rowena, miniature Abyssinian cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyWith a big sigh, Rowena wonders how many books she will have to read before she becomes very wise.

Rowena, miniature Abyssinian cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyRowena is wearing a pale pink dress with an ivory collar and ivory cuffs, bordered in sky blue.

Rowena, miniature Abyssinian cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyRowena 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.

Rowena, miniature Abyssinian cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyRowena 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.

Rowena, miniature Abyssinian cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyRowena is 1:12 scale. (One inch equals one foot.) She is 1 and 1/2 inches tall, not including her ears. Her chair is 5 and 1/4 inches high.

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

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12-inch Hug Me Slug stuffed animal plushies

Hug Me Slugs, 12-inch stuffed plushie toys by Elizabeth Ruffing, mango gold, orange, lemon yellow, and orange sherbet fleeceI photographed and posted these 12-inch Hug Me Slug plushies in my toy shop. These fleece colors remind me of fruit, or jelly beans, mango gold, orange, lemon yellow, and soft orange sherbet.

Hug Me Slugs, 12-inch stuffed plushie toys by Elizabeth Ruffing, mango gold, orange, lemon yellow, and orange sherbet fleeceAnd these are dark forest green, light turquoise, and olive green fleece.

I plan to keep adding more as I get them ready. I’ve been updating my titles and tags over on Etsy, because they are trying out a new navigation set-up for some people, and it has shown up for my account. I think they are trying to streamline it, and so I am trying to streamline my shop in accordance. I’ve also been straightening up my shipping profiles on Etsy, since postal rates seem to change a lot too. And I’m continuing to stuff toys. I feel like I am terribly slow at everything, but I am actually fussy and perhaps set unreasonable expectations for how quickly I can get toys ready, or photos taken and edited. I am pleased to see my toy shop being repopulated. I hope you will come visit.

I am so relieved that fall is here. The temperature change makes me feel like I am coming back to life, even though I feel a little overwhelmed by how much there is to be done. I want to feel like everything is coming together, but it can only happen one piece at a time. I’ve been at the computer all day, making progress. I think I will go read a book on the porch for a while.

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

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

Claudette, miniature Ragdoll cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyClaudette is a lovely Ragdoll kitten.

Claudette, miniature Ragdoll cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyHer beautiful blue eyes gaze openly at you from her dark little face.

Claudette, miniature Ragdoll cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyClaudette is very friendly and likes to be a part of everything. If she cannot participate, she is content to observe.

Claudette, miniature Ragdoll cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyOutgoing and talkative, Claudette has an opinion about anything you might mention, but doesn’t mind if you disagree. She is well-mannered and eager to please.

Claudette, miniature Ragdoll cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyClaudette sits at attention in her delicate oak chair. She wears an ice blue pinafore with ruffles that are edged in green. Her shirt is soft gold.

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

Claudette, miniature Ragdoll 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.

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

Claudette, 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.

Claudette, miniature Ragdoll cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyClaudette is 1:12 scale. (One inch equals one foot.) She is 1 and 1/2 inches tall.

Claudette, miniature Ragdoll cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyClaudette is available for $99.00, plus shipping. Please inquire to ruffings@ruffings.com 
or click here to visit Claudette’s listing on Etsy.

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Slugs, disembodied dandelions, and flying fur

Hug Me Slugs, assorted colors, 12 inche plush toys by Elizabeth RuffingI am now stuffing and detailing the Hug Me Slugs I have started. It has been too gray to photograph these, but we should get a sunny day soon. These are the larger, 12 inch tall ones. I hope to post them in my toy shop soon, and keep finishing and posting more.

Green Giant Arborvitae, by Elizabeth RuffingIt is finally slightly cooler and it even rained a little, making it possible for me to get another tree in the ground. I am putting in a row of Green Giant Arborvitae, to block the sound from the road, and to enclose the yard. I will be so happy when fall arrives. I am going to keep planting.

Beetle on ageratum, by Elizabeth RuffingI wandered around, taking some photos this morning. The flowers are losing their blooms, but I still find them pretty, like these ageratum. Our friend Linda, back in our old neighborhood, gave some to me, from her yard, and they have continued to reproduce every year.

Purple ageratum and white morning glories, by Elizabeth RuffingIt is nice to have flowers and trees and bushes from our old home. I hope to add more here to make it feel more comfortable and familiar to me.

Purple ageratum and pink morning glory, by Elizabeth RuffingThe morning glories came with this house, and have continued replanting themselves for the past fourteen years we have been here.

Purple morning glory, by Elizabeth RuffingI love this dark purple one.

Purple morning glory, by Elizabeth RuffingIt is pretty even with its leaves all chewed.

Redstar red morning glory, by Elizabeth RuffingI have no idea where this tiny red morning glory came from. It was suddenly blooming at the end of the porch this morning, having made its way up a bush.

Dandelion, by Elizabeth RuffingWhile prowling around the yard, I found one of the few remaining dandelion flowers. The wind was blowing while I tried to get it into focus. It looks like it is floating through green space.

Abandoned mockingbird nest, by Elizabeth RuffingI also came across the abandoned mockingbird nest in my beauty bush. I kind of wish I could climb in there. It looks like a good place to hide out, if you are tiny.

Moss on tree bark, by Elizabeth RuffingEven decaying things look beautiful. I keep passing this moss on tree bark.

Big white tree mushroom, by Elizabeth RuffingI found a giant mushroom too. I wish I knew what kind this was. If anyone knows, please tell me. I loved to collect them when I was little. Bird nests and mushrooms make me think of homes for magical woodland creatures.

Big white tree mushroom, by Elizabeth Ruffing

Speaking of woodland creatures, a second little black kitten was spotted, twice now, running up to our front door in the dark, to quickly grab some snacks out from under Santana, when they are put out. As I mentioned before, we have been having strays showing up at our neighbors’ houses, then a kitten, and now a second kitten. I have been trying to trap here, hoping to get the kitten some veterinary help, since I can’t get to where the cats are coming out of the woods behind my next door neighbor’s garage, but it isn’t working.

Santana, orange cat, guarding cat trap by Elizabeth Ruffing

I turned our porch light on to see this happening, Santana guarding the trap door. So far, I have trapped him twice, and an opossum once. Santana thought that was funny. He was lying next to the trap when I came out to escort the opossum off the porch, and gave me a nod and a meow to let me know he wasn’t the one who fell for it that time.

Santana, orange cat, scratched nose by Elizabeth RuffingSantana, who comes from across the cul-de-sac from us, firmly believes our house is his house, and our yard is his yard. He has also been fighting with the cats who cross the lawn, chasing them away. He has bites and scratches every few days lately. He recovers from one set of injuries only to get new ones.

Santana, orange cat, scratched nose by Elizabeth RuffingThis morning, there was fur all over the lawn, and his face has some scratches. I don’t know who the other participant was, only that he was gray and possibly white. I think Santana’s Convenia shot will probably tide him over for these cuts. I hope the other cat is okay.

Fur all over the lawn, by Elizabeth RuffingIt’s tough to control the situation, when none of the cats involved are ours, and the strays are showing up for food at neighbors’ houses. I end up asking for them to trap where the cats are so they can get fixed and vaccinated. There isn’t much hope of any adult cat getting trapped on our property, not with Santana fighting with them, even if he does seem to tolerate kittens and opossums.