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

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

This is Astrid. She’s a tabby angel kitten with a very important job.

Astrid, miniature angel tabby cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyAstrid is an accountant of sorts. She keeps a ledger in which she records all of the angel kittens’ good deeds.

Astrid, miniature angel tabby cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyEvery time the good deeds number one hundred, Astrid makes a star. She throws the star up into the heavens where it will help to light the way of all the angel kittens looking for kind and helpful things to do.

Astrid, miniature angel tabby cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyAstrid’s robe is blue-green and looks just right with her gold star.

Astrid, miniature angel tabby cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyAstrid 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.

Astrid, miniature angel tabby cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyAstrid 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.

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

Update: Astrid has been adopted. Thank you!

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Leila, miniature Norwegian Forest angel tabby cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max Bailey

Leila, miniature Norwegian Forest angel tabby cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyLeila is a handmade miniature original, one-of-a-kind cat art doll, hand painted and hand sculpted in paperclay by artist Max Bailey.

Leila, miniature Norwegian Forest angel tabby cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyThis is Leila. She is a Norwegian Forest tabby-and-white angel kitten, who is the guardian angel of all sleeping kittens.

Leila, miniature Norwegian Forest angel tabby cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyEvery kitten is an angel, and every kitten is watched over by an angel. You may never have seen Leila, but if you hear the flutter of wings, and feel a tiny breeze, it is likely she is near.

Leila, miniature Norwegian Forest angel tabby cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyLeila brings sweet dreams to sleeping kittens, dreams of puffy white clouds, blue skies, and lovely warm days. She is the reason sleeping kittens look like they are smiling.

Leila, miniature Norwegian Forest angel tabby cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyLeila’s robe is pale orange, and she touches her paws together when she thinks happy thoughts.

Leila, miniature Norwegian Forest angel tabby cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyLeila 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.

Leila 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.

Leila, miniature Norwegian Forest angel tabby cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyLeila is 1:12 scale. (One inch equals one foot.) She is 2 inches tall.

Update: Leila has been adopted. Thank you!

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My Halloween cat pumpkin and Spoonflower eyeball experiment

Halloween cat pumpkin by Elizabeth RuffingBoo! I don’t think I had carved a pumpkin for Halloween since high school, maybe college. Santana’s mom gave me one, and the day before Halloween, I decided to give it a go.

Halloween cat pumpkin by Elizabeth RuffingI sketched a quick template on paper, folded it in half, and cut it out, so I could trace the lines onto the pumpkin with a pencil. Then I used whatever I could find to carve it, a steak knife, an X-Acto knife, and a little stabby knife of undetermined categorization.

Halloween cat pumpkin by Elizabeth RuffingFirst, I “drew” the lines with the X-Acto knife. Then I chipped the surface away where I wanted yellow, with the X-Acto knife. Then I used the steak knife and the stabby knife to cut all the way through where I wanted the holes. I cut the top and scooped out the inside when I was done cutting. I made a bit of a mess, but filled in the lines and pupils with some acrylic craft paint.

I set an emergency candle in a cat food can, first dripping a little wax into the can to get the candle to stand up. Santana kept the cat pumpkin, which was made in his honor, company while we had trick-or-treaters.

Santana the cat at the door for Halloween by Elizabeth RuffingWe had the best Halloween in years here, only about fifteen kids, which is more than usual, but they had great costumes. One family came with the mom and baby as astronauts, and the dad as the universe. He was all in black, with white lights across himself, so as he held the baby, the baby appeared to be floating through the sky.

One adorably baby lion tried to crawl up the steps. I met him halfway with the bowl of candy.

My favorite was a little superhero, maybe three years old. He had seen the Corgis at the previous stop, and wanted to know if we had any animals he could see. I told him I had a bunny rabbit. He looked incredulous, and said in a surprisingly low, gruff voice, “I wanna see the bunny rabbit.” I showed him Oliver, through the safety of the door, and they were both very curious about each other. The superhero made all kinds of grimaces. I’m not sure he believed Oliver was real, until Oliver reached out his head for a better look. That got a hilarious grimace and a big bizarre pirate laugh. I was still laughing the next day.

Piles of fleece all pre-washed and folded and by Elizabeth RuffingI took apart all those pajamas I got on clearance, and fleece throws this week. They are now pre-washed and folded, waiting for me with about a gazillion other lengths of fleece. I was going to try creating a design and ordering some Spoonflower fabric for toys, but thought, since I have so much fleece, I would try having them print eyeballs instead. I made up a repeat pattern in Photoshop Elements, and uploaded it to their site. It was straightforward, once I got the dpi of my image to 150 at the size I wanted.

Spoonflower eyeballs by Elizabeth Ruffing printed on Minky, fat quarterI got my fat quarter in the mail this morning, printed on their Minky fabric. It looks pretty good. There is a small amount of stretching of my circles, near the edge. I don’t know if the black is as black as I might like, but the dye seems to have saturated the surface pretty well. That was my biggest concern, that white would show through the black. I am pre-washing the fat quarter right now, putting it through my usual steps. I will see how it comes out, once sewn on some slugs.

I think the printed eyeballs may be more consistent in shape and pupil placement than the ones I make by sewing the black onto the white. I don’t want them to lose their charm, but they will probably continue to be wonky enough for my satisfaction. 🙂 I may need to interface the backs so they don’t wiggle too much as I sew them on by hand.

Hug Me Slugs fleece plush animal stuffed toys in progress by Elizabeth RuffingThis is the current group of Hug Me Slugs I am working on. Thank you all for continuing to leave me such nice reviews. Aside from helping me out, those cheer me up. Getting appreciation back is great and helps me keep going, making things. It can be hard, working in a bubble of sorts, from home, so those mean a lot to me. I have been feeling better than I have in a while. Got to go get back to my sewing!