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Chelsea the Maine Coon Cat, Original One-of-a-kind Folk Art Doll by Max Bailey and Elizabeth Ruffing

Chelsea the Maine Coon Cat, Original One-of-a-kind Folk Art Doll by Max Bailey and Elizabeth RuffingChelsea is a Maine Coon cat with big amber eyes and tall tufted ears. She is very sociable, very charming, and very much loved. Today is her first birthday.

Chelsea the Maine Coon Cat, Original One-of-a-kind Folk Art Doll by Max Bailey and Elizabeth RuffingIn just a few minutes, her party will begin. As she waits for her guests to arrive, she is so excited she has to remind herself to breathe. She sits very still so as not to wrinkle her new party dress, and looks in awe at the beautiful cake with the pink roses on top. She hopes there will be some left over for later. It looks yummy.

Loretta and Lulu, Chelsea the Maine Coon Cat, Original One-of-a-kind Folk Art Dolls by Max Bailey and Elizabeth RuffingChelsea’s first guests arrive!

Heidi and Helga, Chelsea the Maine Coon Cat, Original One-of-a-kind Folk Art Doll by Max Bailey and Elizabeth RuffingAnd more guests!

Chelsea the Maine Coon Cat, Original One-of-a-kind Folk Art Doll by Max Bailey and Elizabeth RuffingThey all admire the cake, trying to wait until everyone arrives. It’s so tempting to just stick one little paw in the frosting…

Loretta and Lulu, Chelsea the Maine Coon Cat, Heidi and Helga, Original One-of-a-kind Folk Art Dolls by Max Bailey and Elizabeth RuffingChelsea is an original one-of-a-kind work of art, created from our own design and pattern. She is made from 100% cotton fabric which has been sewn, stuffed, and completely hand painted with acrylic paints. She is 13 inches tall.

Chelsea the Maine Coon Cat, Original One-of-a-kind Folk Art Doll by Max Bailey and Elizabeth RuffingChelsea’s paws are needle-sculpted, and her arms are button-jointed with antique-looking buttons of filigreed silver on black, so she can easily pose. Her face was sculpted from paperclay smoothed into her fabric head. The tufts on her ears are sewn-in fake fur, and her whiskers are made from stiffened cotton thread. Her curled tail enables her to sit prettily all by herself on a shelf or on a table, or in a cabinet. She will also happily sit on a chair, or stand with a doll stand. (Chair and doll stand are not included.) Chelsea is meant for display only.

Chelsea the Maine Coon Cat, Original One-of-a-kind Folk Art Doll by Max Bailey and Elizabeth Ruffing

Chelsea the Maine Coon Cat, Original One-of-a-kind Folk Art Doll by Max Bailey and Elizabeth RuffingChelsea’s pink and white birthday cake was sculpted from paperclay, and has a removable wax candle. It rests on a round wooden base, painted green.

Chelsea the Maine Coon Cat, Original One-of-a-kind Folk Art Doll by Max Bailey and Elizabeth RuffingChelsea wears an ivory blouse with gold buttons. Her bloomers are painted white, with rose polka dots. She has ivory-colored tights and high-button shoes that cover her little kitty feet.

Chelsea the Maine Coon Cat, Original One-of-a-kind Folk Art Doll by Max Bailey and Elizabeth RuffingChelsea’s party dress is pale pink and ivory, with a dainty striped pattern of darker pink roses and green leaves. The trim and underskirt are of striped tan and dark rose fabric. A touch of ivory lace adds even more femininity.

Chelsea the Maine Coon Cat, Original One-of-a-kind Folk Art Doll by Max Bailey and Elizabeth RuffingChelsea is signed and dated, and sealed with matte varnish for protection and preservation. She comes with a hang tag, a certificate of authenticity, and a copy of her story.

Beatrice and Beulah, Heidi and Helga, Chelsea the Maine Coon Cat, Original One-of-a-kind Folk Art Dolls by Max Bailey and Elizabeth RuffingChelsea and her birthday cake are available for $650.00, plus shipping. Please inquire to ruffings@ruffings.com or find her in our Ruffing’s Etsy shop by clicking here.

Loretta and Lulu, Heidi and Helga, Chelsea the Maine Coon Cat, Emily and Edwin, Beatrice and Beulah, Original One-of-a-kind Folk Art Dolls by Max Bailey and Elizabeth RuffingChelsea’s birthday guests, as pictured above, from left to right, are “Loretta and Lulu“, “Heidi and Helga“, “Chelsea”, “Emily and Edwin“, and “Beatrice and Beulah“.

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Emily and Edwin, Original One-of-a-kind Ginger Tabby Cat and Elephant Folk Art Dolls by Max Bailey and Elizabeth Ruffing

Emily and Edwin, Original One-of-a-kind Ginger Tabby Cat and Elephant Folk Art Dolls by Max Bailey and Elizabeth RuffingEmily is a ginger tabby cat with amber-colored eyes that reflect her very sweet personality.

Emily and Edwin, Original One-of-a-kind Ginger Tabby Cat and Elephant Folk Art Dolls by Max Bailey and Elizabeth Ruffing

Emily and Edwin, Original One-of-a-kind Ginger Tabby Cat and Elephant Folk Art Dolls by Max Bailey and Elizabeth RuffingOne of her favorite toys is a little gray elephant she calls Edwin.

Emily and Edwin, Original One-of-a-kind Ginger Tabby Cat and Elephant Folk Art Dolls by Max Bailey and Elizabeth Ruffing“Edwin, you need your exercise,” she will say to the sleepy-looking elephant.

Emily and Edwin, Original One-of-a-kind Ginger Tabby Cat and Elephant Folk Art Dolls by Max Bailey and Elizabeth Ruffing

Emily and Edwin, Original One-of-a-kind Ginger Tabby Cat and Elephant Folk Art Dolls by Max Bailey and Elizabeth RuffingEmily then grabs his cord and goes tearing at full speed through the house. She likes to hear the clatter of his wooden wheels on the hard floors. She also likes the thumpity-bump sound he makes when she pulls him up the stairs, and the bumpity-thump sound he makes when she pulls him down the stairs.

Emily and Edwin, Original One-of-a-kind Ginger Tabby Cat and Elephant Folk Art Dolls by Max Bailey and Elizabeth RuffingEdwin is endlessly entertaining, and, despite all the bumping and thumping, is none the worse for wear. He’s made of painted wood. His base is country blue with golden wheels. His blanket has gold tassels and multicolored stripes. Emily pulls him by a hemp cord decorated with red and blue wooden balls. He’s 3 inches long and 2 3/8 inches tall.

Emily and Edwin, Original One-of-a-kind Ginger Tabby Cat and Elephant Folk Art Dolls by Max Bailey and Elizabeth Ruffing

Emily and Edwin, Original One-of-a-kind Ginger Tabby Cat and Elephant Folk Art Dolls by Max Bailey and Elizabeth RuffingEmily is an original one-of-a-kind work of art, created from our own design and pattern. She is made from 100% cotton fabric which has been sewn, stuffed, and completely hand-painted with acrylic paints. She is 13 inches tall.

Emily and Edwin, Original One-of-a-kind Ginger Tabby Cat and Elephant Folk Art Dolls by Max Bailey and Elizabeth RuffingEmily’s paws are needle-sculpted, and her arms are button-jointed with antique-looking buttons of filigreed silver on black, so she can easily pose. Her face was sculpted from paperclay smoothed into her fabric head, and her whiskers are made from stiffened cotton thread. Emily’s curly orange striped tail helps her to sit perfectly upright all by herself on a shelf or a table, or in a cabinet. She will also sit nicely in a chair, or stand with a doll stand. (Chair and doll stand are not included.) Emily and Edwin are meant for display only.

Emily and Edwin, Original One-of-a-kind Ginger Tabby Cat and Elephant Folk Art Dolls by Max Bailey and Elizabeth RuffingEmily’s green blouse, with its dainty white collar and cuffs, and gold buttons, is painted on. She has ivory bloomers and two-toned striped green stockings. Her fancy high-button shoes are golden brown with black buttons, and look just right on her little kitty feet.

Emily and Edwin, Original One-of-a-kind Ginger Tabby Cat and Elephant Folk Art Dolls by Max Bailey and Elizabeth RuffingEmily’s white apron is edged in lace and adorned with a country blue satin ribbon overstitched with a pattern of green flowers. A graceful line of green leaves is embroidered above the ribbon, and a green geometric pattern is embroidered below.

Emily and Edwin, Original One-of-a-kind Ginger Tabby Cat and Elephant Folk Art Dolls by Max Bailey and Elizabeth RuffingEmily’s green skirt is beautifully decorated with embroidered linear patterns in country blue. A plaid ruffle that picks up all the fabric and embroidery colors is attached below the skirt.

Emily and Edwin, Original One-of-a-kind Ginger Tabby Cat and Elephant Folk Art Dolls by Max Bailey and Elizabeth RuffingEmily is signed and dated, and sealed with matte varnish for protection and preservation. She comes with a hang tag, a certificate of authenticity, and a copy of her story.

Beatrice and Beulah, Emily and Edwin, Original One-of-a-kind Folk Art Dolls by Max Bailey and Elizabeth RuffingEmily and Edwin are available for $650.00, plus shipping. Please inquire to ruffings@ruffings.com or find her in our Ruffing’s Etsy shop by clicking here.

Emily and Edwin, Beatrice and Beulah, Original One-of-a-kind Folk Art Dolls by Max Bailey and Elizabeth RuffingEmily’s lop rabbit friends are Beatrice and Beulah.

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Snowbelle, Original One-of-a-kind White Turkish Angora Folk Art Cat Doll by Max Bailey

Snowbelle, Original One-of-a-kind White Turkish Angora Folk Art Cat Doll by Max BaileySnowbelle is a lovely white Turkish Angora kitty whose favorite time of year has finally arrived.

Snowbelle, Original One-of-a-kind White Turkish Angora Folk Art Cat Doll by Max BaileyShe sits by the window and waits for the magical snowflakes to begin falling from the sky.

Snowbelle, Original One-of-a-kind White Turkish Angora Folk Art Cat Doll by Max Bailey

Snowbelle, Original One-of-a-kind White Turkish Angora Folk Art Cat Doll by Max BaileySnowbelle loves the way the snow glistens when the moon is full and all the stars sparkle in the night sky. She loves it too when there’s a snow moon, and the snowflakes swirl softly all around her. She painted little scenes on her sled so she can remember how it feels all year long.

Snowbelle, Original One-of-a-kind White Turkish Angora Folk Art Cat Doll by Max Bailey

Snowbelle, Original One-of-a-kind White Turkish Angora Folk Art Cat Doll by Max BaileyWhen the ground is white, Snowbelle will call her friend Hedda, and the two will take the sled and head for the downhill slope behind the barn. At the bottom of the hill they will lie on their backs and swish their paws in the snow to make kitty snow angels. Then they’ll roll the snow into giant balls to make kitty snowmen.

Snowbelle, Original One-of-a-kind White Turkish Angora Folk Art Cat Doll by Max Bailey

Snowbelle, Original One-of-a-kind White Turkish Angora Folk Art Cat Doll by Max BaileySnowbelle is an original one-of-a-kind work of art, created from my own design and pattern and is meant for display only. She is made from 100% cotton fabric which is sewn, stuffed, and completely hand painted with acrylic paints. She is 13 inches tall.

Snowbelle, Original One-of-a-kind White Turkish Angora Folk Art Cat Doll by Max Bailey

Snowbelle, Original One-of-a-kind White Turkish Angora Folk Art Cat Doll by Max BaileyI sculpted Snowbelle’s face from paperclay, which I smoothed into her fabric head. Her pearl cotton whiskers were threaded through the paperclay before it dried.

Snowbelle, Original One-of-a-kind White Turkish Angora Folk Art Cat Doll by Max BaileySnowbelle’s arms are button-jointed with gold antique-looking buttons, so she can be easily posed, and her paws are needle-sculpted. Her white tail supports her very nicely, so that she can sit up all by herself on a shelf, or a table, or in a cabinet. She will also happily sit in a chair, or stand with a doll stand. (Chair and doll stand not included.)

Snowbelle, Original One-of-a-kind White Turkish Angora Folk Art Cat Doll by Max BaileyI created Snowbelle’s pretty dress from blue cotton fabric that has a delicate pattern of snowflakes, and added white lace at the neckline. She has painted ivory bloomers that match her cute little high-button shoes with gold buttons. Her kitty legs are covered with tights that are striped in two shades of blue. They match her wooden sled.

Snowbelle, Original One-of-a-kind White Turkish Angora Folk Art Cat Doll by Max BaileySnowbelle is signed and dated, and sealed with matte varnish for protection and preservation. She comes with a hang tag, a certificate of authenticity, and a copy of her story.

Snowbelle and her hand-painted sled are available for $650.00, plus shipping. Please inquire to ruffings@ruffings.com or find her in our Ruffing’s Etsy shop by clicking here.

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Natasha and Ivan, Original One-of-a-kind Russian Blue Cat Folk Art Doll Figurine by Max Bailey

Natasha and Ivan, Original One-of-a-kind Russian Blue Cat Folk Art Doll Figurine by Max BaileyNatasha is a lovely Russian Blue cat.

Her favorite doll is Ivan. He’s a puppy dog doll with a sad little wrinkled face.

Natasha and Ivan, Original One-of-a-kind Russian Blue Cat Folk Art Doll Figurine by Max BaileyNatasha’s friends find it scandalous that she carries around a doggie doll, but Natasha prides herself on being open-minded.

“Not all doggies are the same”, she tells them. “Some of them are very friendly and are nice to kitties.”

Her friends don’t believe her. They won’t allow Natasha to bring Ivan to their tea parties.

Natasha and Ivan, Original One-of-a-kind Russian Blue and Blue Persian Cat Folk Art Doll Figurines by Max BaileyNatasha worries that Ivan feels left out. She cuddles with him at naptime and tells him that she loves him, and not to be sad.

They can have their own tea party.

Natasha and Ivan, Original One-of-a-kind Russian Blue Cat Folk Art Doll Figurine by Max BaileyNatasha’s brilliant yellow eyes have a touch of bright green. She wears a dusty rose dress scattered with pale pink flowers that match the pink yoke and pink sash that ties in a bow at the back. Ivory ruffles adorn the neckline and sleeves, and her ivory petticoats can be seen below her dress.

Natasha and Ivan, Original One-of-a-kind Russian Blue Cat Folk Art Doll Figurine by Max BaileyNatasha is an original one-of-a-kind work of art, and is meant for display only. No molds are ever used in my work. She and her toy dog Ivan are hand sculpted from paperclay, and entirely hand painted using acrylic paints. Her whiskers are made from stiffened cotton thread.

Natasha and Ivan, Original One-of-a-kind Russian Blue Cat Folk Art Doll Figurine by Max BaileyNatasha is signed and dated, and sealed with matte varnish for protection and preservation. She rests firmly on a turned wooden base that is stained and sealed in golden oak. She stands 9 and 1/2 inches tall. She comes with a hang tag, a certificate of authenticity, and a copy of her story.

Natasha and Ivan, Original One-of-a-kind Russian Blue Cat Folk Art Doll Figurine by Max BaileyNatasha and Ivan are available for $300.00, with free Priority Mail, insured, shipping within the United States. Please inquire to ruffings@ruffings.com or find her in our Ruffing’s Etsy shop by clicking here.

Natasha and Ivan, Original One-of-a-kind Russian Blue Cat Folk Art Doll Figurine by Max BaileyNatasha’s kitty friend is Hyacinth the Blue Perisan.