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

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

Snowflake, miniature white cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileySnowflake is a sweet little white kitten with blue eyes.

Snowflake, miniature white cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyWhen she was tiny, her mama named her “Snowflake”. Mama told her that no two kittens are alike, and no two snowflakes are alike. So she was truly unique.

Snowflake, miniature white cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyThat made Snowflake very happy. She is proud to be the only kitten just like herself.

Snowflake, miniature white cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyIn the winter, Snowflake waits for he snow, and happily greets every snowflake that falls from the sky.

Snowflake, miniature white cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyWhen they stick to the windowpane, she can see how white they are, and how different they are, just like herself.

Snowflake, miniature white cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileySnowflake likes to sit in her fancy wooden chair, which is white, of course. It is upholstered in light beige fabric with a pattern of maroon and pink flowers and green leaves.

Snowflake, miniature white cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyShe wears a grass-green skirt with shoulder straps edged in pink over a pale green blouse with a white collar and tiny buttons down the front.

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

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

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

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

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Custom fabric, with a special side order of Amoxicillin

Custom fabric printed eyeballs and emblems
I got some more custom fabric printed with my eyeballs and emblems.

Custom fabric printed on fleece eyeballs and superhero emblems by Elizabeth RuffingSince I last wrote about getting eyeballs for my toys printed on custom fabric from Fabric on Demand, which came out great, I went a bit berserko and decided I needed about eight billion varieties.

Oliver Bunny white rabbit sitting on Poly-Fil stuffing by Elizabeth RuffingI contacted Oliver Bunny’s veterinarian and asked what shaped pupils he thought various animals would have, round or oval, and if the oval pupils would be vertical or horizontal. I am lucky he and his colleagues enjoy questions.

Custom fabric printed eyeballs and emblems by Elizabeth RuffingThen I went about designing an exhausting array of colored eyeballs, most of which don’t exist in nature, with both round and oval pupils, along with emblems for my superhero stuffed animals, my Super Slugs and Wonder Bunnies.

Custom fabric printed eyeballs on fleece from Fabric on Demand by Elizabeth RuffingIt took a while to get my custom fabric back from the printer, but my eyeballs and emblems look pretty awesome.

Custom fabric printed eyeballs on fleece from Fabric on Demand by Elizabeth RuffingThey came out of the washer and dryer a little softer looking, which is no surprise with fleece, since it has a fuzzy texture. I am trying to decide if I want to pre-wash my fleece custom fabric. If I do, I will do it by hand, by gently dunking it in the sink, and hang it to dry next time, to preserve the sharpness. The blacks came out nice and black too.

Update: I decided not to pre-wash the eyes and emblems, because I needed to coat them with some Liquitex fabric medium, to make sure the edges didn’t fray when I cut them out, which sealed the surface and made pre-washing unnecessary.

Custom fabric color map printed on fleece from Fabric on Demand by Elizabeth RuffingI downloaded a color map with the hex code numbers for a rainbow of colors, from the popular custom fabric printing business, Spoonflower. I moved the row of blacks and grays to the bottom so I could make the color map a little wider, since fleece fabric is wider than cotton. It still fit on a yard, and I printed that as well.

If you would like to use this wider color map file for custom fabric, I saved it here. It is 42 inches wide and 36 inches long. So, it will fit on one yard of fabric. It was printed at 150dpi, which is what Fabric on Demand recommended. It is good to have, so you can see what the colors you are picking in Photoshop will look like when printed on fabric.

Super Slug stuffed animal superhero in progress by Elizabeth Ruffing and cape fabricsI am working on revising my Super Slug stuffed animal superhero pattern. I ordered some special cape fabrics. I’m going to make a Wonder Bunny plush rabbit superhero cohort for him.

Custom fabric printed superhero emblems, eyeballs, and animal faces on fleece by Elizabeth RuffingI’m also going to make some Hug Me Lambs stuffed animals, and I think, some lop-earred bunnies similar to the lambs, with fleece faces and ears, and either cotton print or fleece bodies.

Cotton planet and stars quilting fabrics from Brooklyn Fabric CompanyI just received a group of really pretty planet and star fabrics, to use for capes for my superhero plush toys, from Brooklyn Fabric Company in Iowa. They have a sale until tomorrow, and they shipped them very quickly.

Granuloma annulare rash on my arm, Elizabeth RuffingIn other news…I’ve been feeling so tired! I know it seems like I’ve been doing a lot, but I have had so much fatigue.

The other night, I was saying to my mom that I thought something had to be wrong with me. At first, I thought it was sleep deprivation, and it may be, but I have also had this strange circular rash under my arm for at least a couple of months, maybe even four months, after my lymph nodes under my arm were swollen, assuming I would have seen it then.

I was concerned it was Lyme disease. My mom was sure that kind of rash always had a red center. I got worried and looked online. Looking online is a good way to get more worried! I found that, with a Lyme disease rash, sometimes the red center disappears, because your immune system attacks the bite area first.

After a lot of rigamarole sorting out my insurance in regard to where I was allowed to go, I ended up at an Urgent Care. Since the tests they have for Lyme are unreliable, and they don’t do them at Urgent Care anyway, if you present for Lyme, they usually go ahead and treat you for it. The doctor didn’t think it was Lyme, but we treated me for it just in case. I picked up my giant horse pills, three weeks of Amoxicillin, three times a day. Whoopee. I started taking them last night. My mom cheerfully said, “Only 59 to go!” Ick.

Update: After testing and biopsies, we found out my circular rash was granuloma annulare, which is harmless, with no clear cause. My white blood cell count however keeps coming back high. We’re still trying to figure that out along with the cause of my fatigue.

Oliver Bunny, white rabbit chewing on a cardboard box by Elizabeth RuffingI have bushes and trees to plant and a certain little furry man to take for his checkup. I’ll see how I do. I’ve been warned to expect some side effects from the Amoxicillin.

Psychologically, I felt better last night, since I was blaming myself for feeling so tired. I’ve had a couple of inquiries about custom toys, and one night this past week, I felt so overwhelmed, I thought I would have to say I couldn’t do them. I felt like I couldn’t make any toys at all. I’ve had trouble even thinking straight lately, although I am feeling better and more rested now. I felt like I needed to go to the rest home and take a long, long nap.

I have been feeling guilty too, that I haven’t gotten my toys done. I’ve had the same nine monsters in progress since the beginning of January. I am hoping the antibiotic and some sleep will turn me around.

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Jetta, miniature black Bombay cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max Bailey

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

Jetta, miniature black Bombay American Shorthair cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyJetta is a black Bombay kitten with bright amber-yellow eyes.

Jetta, miniature black Bombay American Shorthair cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyShe has a loving heart, and brings joy and good fortune to everyone who meets her.

Jetta, miniature black Bombay American Shorthair cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyJetta loves to sit in her white rocking chair, while she waits for her friends to arrive.

Jetta, miniature black Bombay American Shorthair cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyShe greets them in her soft voice, and the conversation is always pleasant.

Jetta, miniature black Bombay American Shorthair cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyShe has a kind word for each of them, and her advice is always helpful.

Jetta, miniature black Bombay American Shorthair cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyHer optimism is contagious, and her guests leave happier than when they arrived.

Jetta, miniature black Bombay American Shorthair cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyJetta wears a simple golden-yellow dress that looks lovely with her eyes. It has a white ruffle around the neck and down the front. The ruffle is trimmed in blue.

Jetta, miniature black Bombay American Shorthair cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyJetta 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.

Jetta, miniature black Bombay American Shorthair cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyJetta 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.

Jetta, miniature black Bombay American Shorthair cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyJetta is 1:12 scale. (One inch equals one foot.) She is 1 and 1/2 inches tall.

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

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Mr Zoomie

Zoomie, black kitty cat resting in bed by Elizabeth RuffingAfter I last wrote, our nearly nineteen year old kitty, Zoomie, had a couple of stokes, one after the other, at the beginning of February. We didn’t think he would pull through, but he miraculously rebounded, even though he had some mobility issues and needed help with his basic needs. We did our best for him, and he got surprisingly better, only with less energy and unable to jump up on counters. He was also very thin. The photo above was taken then. He was looking like his old self.

Zoomie, black kitty cat resting in bed by Elizabeth RuffingIn mid-March, he had another stroke, which left him weaker. We hoped for another recovery, but, in spite of his great determination, it wasn’t to be. Before I went to bed one night, he insisted on getting into the biggest cat bed in the house, the one with the highest walls. I helped get him comfortably situated, cleaned his face, kissed him on the forehead, and went to bed. In the morning, on the 23rd, he was in the exactly the same spot, as I had left him. I believe he went peacefully in his sleep, which is the best we could have hoped for.

Zoomie, black kitty cat with a birthday present by Elizabeth RuffingI found him as a kitten, running around in our back yard. He was a very handsome boy. He had a beautifully plush coat. We used to say he was squishy, like a teddy bear.

Zoomie, black kitty cat looking over a blanket by Elizabeth RuffingThe first thing he did, when I met him, was run up to me and hit me on the leg.

Zoomie, black kitty cat playing with a bag of catnip knots by Elizabeth RuffingHe then climbed one tree after another, before sitting in front of the kitchen window, where he growled at the cats inside.

Zoomie, black kitty cat playing with catnip with friends by Elizabeth RuffingI brought him in, and he really never wanted to go outside again, except for the occasional times he stepped out the door while we brought groceries inside, and the one time the back door accidentally blew open, and we found him, with Henrietta, sitting under the bush by the back door.

Zoomie, black kitty cat with a sock cat by Elizabeth RuffingHe used to carry Henrietta around in his mouth, when she was a baby, until she got too bossy. He was good at taking care of babies.

Zoomie, black kitty cat playing with a catnip kicker by Elizabeth RuffingLater in his life, he ended up with two much younger tabby girlfriends, Phoebe and Bertie, who adored him.

Zoomie, black kitty cat with Bertie and Phoebe sitting on top of him by Elizabeth RuffingThey competed for his attention. Every time they heard him giving himself a bath, they would run to him and ask for a bath for themselves, pushing their heads under his chin. He patiently obliged. He took good care of them too.

Zoomie, black kitty cat giving Bertie a bath by Elizabeth RuffingWe’re all going to miss our boy.

Zoomie, black kitty cat looking out the front door by Elizabeth Ruffing