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Evaline, miniature silver tabby Maine Coon fairy cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max Bailey

Evaline, miniature silver tabby Maine Coon fairy cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyEvaline is a handmade miniature original, one-of-a-kind cat art doll, hand painted and hand sculpted in paperclay by artist Max Bailey.

Evaline, miniature silver tabby Maine Coon fairy cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyEvaline is a silver tabby Maine Coon fairy kitten with big golden eyes.

Evaline, miniature silver tabby Maine Coon fairy cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyShe is known as “The Good Fortune Fairy” and is a friend to all the tiny ladybugs of the world, who are pleased to be of help to her.

Evaline, miniature silver tabby Maine Coon fairy cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyIt is early in the morning, and at the edge of the meadow, Evaline seats herself on a mossy rock to confer with her lovely assistants Meryl and Beryl.

Evaline, miniature silver tabby Maine Coon fairy cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyEvaline can’t be everywhere at the same time, and so it is essential that she enlist the help of the ladybugs to fly out into the world, bringing joy and hope and happiness to everyone who could use some.

Evaline, miniature silver tabby Maine Coon fairy cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyTogether, all three make their travel plans, and vow to do their very best to deliver good fortune.

Evaline, miniature silver tabby Maine Coon fairy cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyWhen Meryl and Beryl fly away, Evaline will blow them a kiss and, of course, wish them luck.

Evaline, miniature silver tabby Maine Coon fairy cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyEvaline wears a soft yellow dress with gold polka dots.

Evaline, miniature silver tabby Maine Coon fairy cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyMeryl rests on Evaline’s paw, where she can closely participate in their discussion.

Evaline, miniature silver tabby Maine Coon fairy cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyBeryl is a little sleepy this morning, but she slowly makes her way up the rock so as not to miss anything that is said.

Evaline, miniature silver tabby Maine Coon fairy cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyEvaline’s magical fairy wings are soft gold blended out to blue, with highlights of pale yellow and pale blue. They have shapes of red, gold, purple, and lavender, and are made of paperclay, just as she is.

Evaline, miniature silver tabby Maine Coon fairy cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyEvaline’s mossy rock, along with Beryl, is also made of paperclay, and is a one-of- a-kind work of art, painted and varnished and signed Max Bailey. It is 5/8 inches tall and 1 and 3/4 inches long.

Evaline, miniature silver tabby Maine Coon fairy cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyEvaline 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.

Evaline, miniature silver tabby Maine Coon fairy cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyEvaline 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.

Evaline, miniature silver tabby Maine Coon fairy cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyEvaline is 1:12 scale. (One inch equals one foot.) She is 1 and 1/2 inches tall.

Evaline, miniature silver tabby Maine Coon fairy cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max BaileyUpdate: Evaline has been adopted. Thank you!

Evaline, miniature silver tabby Maine Coon fairy cat art doll, handmade original, one-of-a-kind kitten by artist Max Bailey

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Heart repairs

Mom and Dad out walking in the yard, by Elizabeth RuffingDad got his triple bypass heart surgery done toward the end of August, and is doing pretty well. He is still in bed most of the time, but he has been able to walk a little more each week. He gets tired easily. We were surprised to find out that two of the blockages in his heart were almost 100% blocked, and the other was almost 70% blocked. The surgeon said that was “the good one”. It is amazing he was still going to work eight hours a day, walking around. We are all so glad we found out about this and that the surgery went well. Unfortunately, he has to go back in for a biopsy on his lung. I’m sorry he has more to go through. Hopefully that will turn out okay too.

It is rare to catch my parents on camera, since they both hide from me when I try to photograph them, but here they are, on one of Dad’s walks in the yard. I’m sure there were neighbors’ cats just out of the picture frame. They like to accompany them.

Mom and Dad out walking in the yard, by Elizabeth RuffingJust to add to the excitement of the surgery, I got so worn out that I managed to drop a metal cable TV box on my head, from about four feet above. I don’t do well without sleep, and we had to be at the hospital mighty early, not that I was sleeping much anyway. I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to drive back and forth to the hospital. I set off a chain of headaches and numbness and pins and needles that has finally calmed down.

Mom has been getting up with Dad in the morning. I am grateful for that. I was doing it at first, but that, combined with Dad being mixed up about time, was leaving me wiped out. He was getting up when I was going to bed. One time he aimed a flashlight in my face at 3:33am, because he thought I might be outside. The nurse said that is a very common side effect of being in the hospital. I know my parents went through that with me, when I came home from the hospital, when I had encephalitis in my twenties. Back then, they took turns sleeping on the floor next to me, because I would wake up calling out or I would go try to climb the ladder to the attic in the middle of the night. I also remember the long recovery being a big downer. So, even though Dad is doing well, I know it is hard and it takes a lot of patience.

Stacks of fleece and toy bodies in progress, by Elizabeth RuffingI am doing my best to get my work underway. I feel I need to apologize all the time, for not being able to keep up, but I know that is ridiculous. I am doing one thing at a time, or, more accurately for me, twenty of one thing at a time. That is the closest I do to one thing at a time. I have a list of toys people have asked for, and I am cutting out those colors. I sew them by the stack. In my mind, that is practical. That way, I will be better prepared the next time someone wants one of those colors.

Hug Me Bunny gray fleece plush art toy by Elizabeth RuffingThis gray Hug Me Bunny is one of the toys that made it all the way to finished. I am making an apple green bunny for the same person. Someone else asked for a gray slug. That is why I have a stack of gray and apple green above. I didn’t realized I had so much apple green fleece. I have been tripping over the bag of it for months, but had no idea there was twice as much as I have in that photo. I hope everyone likes apple green.

Oliver Bunny, by Elizabeth RuffingI had to take my real-life bunny, Oliver, to the vet yesterday. I kept meaning to take him for a nail trim, but had no time. The night before, one of his nails was bent out to the side. It must have gotten caught on something. I felt like such a bad mommy. They were booked up until Tuesday, but one of the techs fit us in. Oliver did not enjoy his nail trim one bit, but I hope he feels better now.

Oliver Bunny, by Elizabeth RuffingHe seems to have forgiven me. He is camping out next to the air conditioning vent in the floor of my workroom. That is one of his favorite spots. Forehead pets make him feel better too.

Oliver Bunny, by Elizabeth RuffingScooter, one of the cats from next door, has decided that he is running away from home. He wants to know if I can provide refreshments. Scooter shows up at the back door every day he can, every time he hears dishes in the kitchen. He shows up for breakfast. He shows up for dinner. He waits by the back door in the dark.

Scooter, gray and white cat at the back door, asking for food, by Elizabeth RuffingWhen I try to feed Santana, he jumps in front of him and sticks his head in the bowl. Santana has decided Scooter is crazy and he is not going to mess with him. Sometimes, Scooter’s brother, Trouble, is out on the back deck too, but he usually heads to the front porch, to see if he can get past Santana for some dry food. Scooter prefers wet food and has figured out that you ask for that at the back door.

Scooter, gray and white cat napping on the back deck, by Elizabeth RuffingWhen he gets tired, sometimes he takes a nap outside the back door, just in case a can of food happens to come rolling by.

Scooter, gray and white cat napping on the back deck, by Elizabeth RuffingI emailed my neighbor to suggest getting Scooter tested for hyperthyroidism. We have had cats with it, and I have been told it seems to be common in our area. The desperation for food, combined with his weight loss makes it a possibility. He also howls occasionally, for no apparent reason, which can be another sign.

Scooter, gray and white cat at the back door, asking for food, by Elizabeth RuffingThe cats inside the house are used to cats showing up at the door. They watch each other as they go about their daily activities. Juno makes sure she puts on a good show, demolishing whatever she can find in the living room and kitchen. This is the cardboard insert for her Star Chaser toy, the circular track with a light-up ball. Good thing we ordered extra inserts.

Juno, orange kitten, playing with her Star Chaser cardboard insert, by Elizabeth RuffingI had better go amass another stack of fleece rectangles, or take a nap, or combine both a stack of fleece and a nap.

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Super Slug!

Super Slug plush art toy, yellow and purple-blue, by Elizabeth RuffingI finished a Super Slug!

Bias-cut, chevron striped lining of Super Slug's cape, by Elizabeth RuffingI got caught up bias cutting and piecing the lining for his turquoise and purple striped cape, making the stripes chevron in the center, that I made his cape twice the size I meant to make it. I didn’t realize that until I went to bed last night.

Super Slug plush art toy, yellow and purple-blue, by Elizabeth RuffingI thought it looked surprisingly voluminous! It has a purple and turquoise star print cotton fabric on the outside.

Super Slug plush art toy, yellow and purple-blue, by Elizabeth RuffingHe has my new custom-printed colored eyes. His are turquoise and green. I wish my camera would capture turquoise more accurately because the colors all set each other off so beautifully. He looks very dramatic.

Super Slug plush art toy, yellow and purple-blue, by Elizabeth RuffingI also made and pen-and-ink drawing of him for his hang tag. The tag can be personalized and comes tied to the Super Slug with a ribbon. This guy is already adopted, and was spoken for before I posted him. I just heard the “ping” of my mail from his adopter as I typed the last sentence. I plan to make more. I have a long list of toys that I am finishing for people who called dibs on the partially done ones already. I’ll make a second post to cover some of the busy-ness of the past weeks.

Super Slug hang tag by Elizabeth Ruffing