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Meesha and May Himalayan cat and kitten art dolls, handmade original, one-of-a-kind by artist Anne Ruffing

Himalayan cat art doll in a blue floral pinafore with a Himalayan kitten figurine in her pocket
Himalayan cat art doll in a blue floral pinafore with a Himalayan kitten figurine in her pocket

Meesha and May are handmade, original, one-of-a-kind Himalayan cat and kitten art dolls, hand painted and hand sculpted in paperclay by artist Anne Ruffing, with sewing done by Elizabeth Ruffing.

Himalayan cat art doll in blue with a painted white lace color and pink flower at her neck

Meesha is a charming mama Himalayan cat, whose favorite time of the year is May, the very name she
gave to her sweet little kitten.

Miniature Himalayan kitten figurine in a mauve pinafore with a painted gold blouse, sitting in a hand

During that time of the year, Meesha likes to take May out for walks to look at the daffodils, hyacinths, and tulips all coming to life.

Himalayan cat art doll in a blue floral pinafore with a Himalayan kitten figurine in her pocket

May gets very excited about these excursions. She bounces around, swatting at the flower buds and chasing bugs.

Miniature Himalayan kitten figurine in a mauve pinafore with a painted gold blouse, sitting in a hand

Then, quite suddenly, she will need a nap. That is why Meesha sewed a big pocket into her pinafore, so May could slip inside and fall asleep on the way back home.

Himalayan cat art doll in a blue floral pinafore with a Himalayan kitten figurine in her pocket

Meesha and May both see the world through beautifully vibrant blue eyes.

May is often carefully tucked into the pocket of Meesha’s flowered pinafore, where, through the wise teachings of her mom, she learns about this world that has newly become her own.

Himalayan cat art doll in a blue floral pinafore with a Himalayan kitten figurine in her pocket

Meesha’s pinafore was designed by Elizabeth Ruffing, who hand drew all the tiny pattern pieces and did most of the stitching by hand, with a needle and thread. It is made from a pretty blue floral cotton.

Himalayan cat art doll in a blue floral pinafore with a Himalayan kitten figurine in her pocket

Her pocket was also carefully stitched by hand after fitting it to May, to make sure she could be comfortably nestled inside when she wants to take a nap or be carried by Meesha.

Himalayan cat art doll in a blue floral pinafore with a Himalayan kitten figurine in her pocket

Under her pinafore, Meesha wears a rich blue blouse with a hand-painted rose-colored flower that sets off her crisp white collar. The scalloped trim on her collar matches the trim on her cuffs.

Back view of Himalayan cat art doll, with her tail helping her sit up

Meesha’s pinafore has a deeply scooped neck to show off the flower at Meesha’s neckline.

Back view of Himalayan cat art doll, with her tail helping her sit up

Her pantaloons are painted a delicate pink, and from them emerge two pretty kitty legs wearing painted tights that are striped in two shades of blue.

Meesha wears light golden-brown painted shoes, which are high-buttoned, and, of course, extremely fashionable.

Himalayan cat art doll in a blue floral pinafore with a Himalayan kitten figurine in her pocket

Meesha is 8 and 1/2 inches tall.

May, in her rosy-red painted pinafore and yellow blouse, is only 1 and 3/4 inches tall. She was entirely sculpted from paperclay, which is the sculpting clay used to create Meesha’s thoughtful face.

Himalayan cat art doll in a blue floral pinafore with a Himalayan kitten figurine in her pocket

The rest of Meesha’s head, body, arms, and legs are made from 100% cotton fabric, which is sewn, stuffed, and then painted with acrylic paints. Her arms are button-jointed, and her paws are needle-sculpted.

Himalayan cat art doll in a blue floral pinafore with a Himalayan kitten figurine in her pocket

Meesha and May are signed by Anne Ruffing. They were sealed with matte varnish for protection and preservation.

Miniature Himalayan kitten figurine in a mauve pinafore with a painted gold blouse, sitting in a hand, back view

Meesha’s body and pinafore were created from our own designs and patterns. Meesha’s beautiful face and May’s little self were hand sculpted in paperclay without the use of any molds, and then lovingly painted by hand.

Himalayan cat art doll in a blue floral pinafore with a Himalayan kitten figurine in her pocket

Meesha can sit upright all by herself, with the help of her tail, which supports her nicely. She can also sit in a doll chair or stand with a small doll stand. (Chair and doll stand not included.) May can sit in Meesha’s pocket, or lie in her lap or in a little doll house sized cradle (doll house furniture not included).

Himalayan cat art doll in a blue floral pinafore with a Himalayan kitten figurine in her pocket

Meesha and May are works of art meant for display only, and not for play.

They come with a certificate of authenticity.

Meesha and May are available here.

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Himalayan Cat Art Doll Figurine and Pocket Kitten, finishing touches

A Himalayan cat art doll in a blue floral pinafore sits with a Himalayan kitten in her pocket.

My mom and I have been creating away. Mom has been hopping between one art doll project and the next, as her clay and paints dry. We are happy to announce her Himalayan original one-of-a-kind cat art doll is now fully clothed! And her kitten has a nice pocket into which she is comfortably nestled.

I’ve been taking short videos of us working for some fun behind-the-scenes peeks. Here I am measuring her for her new pinafore while our calico kitty, Ruby, plays with my supplies, and my mom is at her work table sculpting a new little cat doll: https://youtube.com/shorts/DtTYYsp1YmY

Ruby is so helpful! She looks like she knows what she is doing. Just ask her.

A calico cat with big gold eyes stands in front of a watercolor painting of a Carolina wren and peach colored peonies by artist A E Ruffing.

I had to make all the little pattern pieces, and I have to admit my brain had to do some twists and turns while trying to work that out. Those shoulder ruffles gave me quite a time as well. I sewed so much of this pinafore by hand, with a needle and thread: https://youtube.com/shorts/qJtzrVy6sPw

Then I had to make that pocket the right size for the kitten and sew that on by hand as well. Finally, everything came together and I breathed a sigh of relief! https://youtube.com/shorts/9aQF3Fx2Roc

We wrote a story and a detailed description of the kitties and my mom gave them names. I need to take some photos and add my bit about the pinafore. Then I will get her official post together with her description and she will be up for adoption! Whew. Stay tuned!

A Himalayan cat art doll in a blue floral pinafore sits with a Himalayan kitten in her pocket.

Hope you all have been staying cool in the heat wave we have been having. It is good weather for staying inside and sewing and sculpting and painting.

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Himalayan Kitten Art Doll Figurine, Pocket Kitten in Progress

Himalayan kitten art doll figurine the palm of the artist's hand

It’s baby kitty time. My mom is painting the dress on her little Himalayan kitten art doll figurine.

Artist Anne Ruffing painting at her desk with her calico cat sitting nearby
Artist Anne Ruffing painting at her desk with Ruby

Ruby, our calico cat, helped herself to a drink out of her water pitcher, while my mom was painting. The water was clean at the time! Here is a video showing my mom, artist Anne Ruffing, painting her kitten: https://youtube.com/shorts/FIOv8eSGTNA

This tiny Himalayan kitten will sit in the skirt pocket of the Himalayan cat art doll she just finished painting. I need to design and sew a pinafore with a pocket that will be just he right size for the Himalayan kitten.

Himalayan cat art doll in a deep blue painted blouse with a pink flower at the neck, and pink painted bloomers with striped blue socks.
Himalayan cat art doll in progress

My mom sculpted this kitten from paperclay. She and her mama are both original, one-of-kind artist dolls and will be together as a set.

Himalayan kitten art doll figurine in a mauve painted pinafore and yellow blouse
Himalayan kitten art doll figurine

I have been working on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/elizabethruffing

YouTube main page with a logo saying Ruffing's Artist Dolls and Toys and The Little House of Cats
Ruffing’s Artist Dolls and Toys and The Little House of Cats YouTube channel

In addition to making videos of our art dolls, I want to design and make sewing patterns for doll clothing, and make some sewing instruction videos. I first learned to sew by making doll clothing, and I would like to pass that knowledge on to other people. I eventually made my own clothing through high school and college. I think people may find sewing, especially garment sewing, somewhat intimidating, and I think doll clothes are a great place to start, even if you don’t have a sewing machine. I started sewing by hand, and I still like sewing by hand!

While we have been hard at work, the cats are lounging around on this very nice day. Chester says hello from the porch. steps

Chester, a buffy orange and white cat, lounging on gray wooden steps
Chester lounging on the porch steps
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Himalayan Cat Art Doll with a Pocket Kitten, part one

Himalayan cat and kitten art dolls in progress

My mom is getting back to making our cat art dolls after a long break. These are a mama Himalayan cat with her little baby pocket kitten. She sculpted them years ago, and had them in a box. I have been encouraging her to get back to her art. She is going to finish painting these kitties.

Mom picked out the floral fabric she liked the best from my stash, and I will be sewing up a pinafore for her cat art doll. It will have a pocket in it to hold the kitten.

We are excited to have new dolls after this long break. Emily, one of our calico cats, loves to watch everything my mom does. She is excited too.

Himalayan Cat Art Doll with a Pocket Kitten, part one

We got out of the house today and took a walk, before making this short video of the dolls. It was a pretty spring day here, and we got back before the rain.

Anne Ruffing sits on a park bench with tall pine trees behind her.
Mom sitting on a park bench, enjoying the spring weather
Pale lavender flowered Chinaberry Tree/Persian Lilac in bloom