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Took a break and made some appliqué designs

Hug Me! Bunny and Hug Me! Kitty by Elizabeth RuffingI got one of those long-running headaches last week, and decided to let up on my push to get our web site relaunched this week or next. I’ve gotten a lot done, but I was working too hard. My eyes needed a break from the computer too. While surfing the web (I know…I never really leave the computer for good), I was inspired by some fun throw pillows by Robin’s Egg Blue and so I wanted to give that idea a try with my own designs. I found my own favorite throw pillow, and used its 13 x 14 inch size for my drawings.

Hug Me! Puppy and Hug Me! Slug by Elizabeth RuffingThese are the first four designs I’m working on, “Hug Me! Bunny”, “Hug Me! Kitty”, “Hug Me! Puppy”, and “Hug Me! Slug”. I think throw pillows are good for hugging too. These have been modified from previous designs I’ve made of the same characters. I may modify them some more, depending on how they look once they are done up in fabric. I’m starting by picking out quilting cottons for the appliquéd parts, and I’ve got a few yards of a natural cotton I’m using for the background. I’ve been debating over whether to make the pillows with an insert so the covers can be washed, or making them spot clean only, without the insert. Personally, I really like things to be washable, but I know I’d have to charge a little more for the time and supplies involved. Given my own inclination, I will most likely start with covers with pillow inserts.

I can imagine these as quilted wall hangings also, or maybe even painted designs with a name incorporated somewhere.

Pear pieMy dad was given seventeen pounds of pears recently, and I tried my best to do something with them. My first challenge was a pear pie. The recipe was very much like one for an apple pie, only my pears needed extra cooking time. They were very crunchy to start with, the homegrown kind you see in lots of back yards in our neighborhood. A friend suggested poaching them first, which would probably have been a good idea. I put apricot preserves in the bottom of the crust, before layering in the pears, to waterproof it a bit. I got my recipe from The Perfect Pie by Susan G. Purdy.

Pear pieMy second challenge was going to be pear jam, but that’s when my headache got me. I’m feeling better now, but the pears are passing their prime. I think I may just eat some, and share the rest with the wildlife.

I will continue to work on our web site, but I’m going to alternate doing that and sewing. I will be happier that way. As much as I’ve been excited about having a newly designed site, mixing things up works a lot better for me.

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Prudence the Boston Terrier, Original One-of-a-kind Dog Art Doll Figurine by Max Bailey

Prudence the Boston Terrier original dog art doll figurine by artist Max Bailey

Prudence the Boston Terrier, Original One-of-a-kind Dog Art Doll Figurine by artist Max BaileyPrudence is a handmade original, one-of-a-kind Boston Terrier dog art doll figurine, hand painted and hand sculpted in paperclay by artist Max Bailey.

When Prudence had her first birthday, her mama told her she could pick out her very own doll.

Prudence the Boston Terrier, Original One-of-a-kind Dog Art Doll Figurine by artist Max BaileyIt was not a difficult decision.

Prudence the Boston Terrier, Original One-of-a-kind Dog Art Doll Figurine by artist Max BaileyIn fact, it was love at first sight. Little Alice was by far the most beautiful of all the doggie dolls.

Prudence takes Little Alice everywhere she goes, and shows her to everyone she meets.

Prudence the Boston Terrier, Original One-of-a-kind Dog Art Doll Figurine by artist Max Bailey“Isn’t she beautiful?” Prudence asks. They look at Little Alice, then at Prudence. They smile.

Prudence the Boston Terrier, Original One-of-a-kind Folk Art Dog Doll Figurine by Max Bailey“She couldn’t be more beautiful,” they answer.

Prudence the Boston Terrier, Original One-of-a-kind Dog Art Doll Figurine by artist Max BaileyPrudence wears a pretty red dress that has blue flowers with yellow centers, and an ivory collar that matches her ruffled petticoats. Little Alice is dressed in bright yellow, with tiers of petticoats that show beneath her dress.

Prudence the Boston Terrier, Original One-of-a-kind Dog Art Doll Figurine by artist Max BaileyPrudence 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 Little Alice are hand sculpted from paperclay, and entirely hand painted using acrylic paints.

Prudence the Boston Terrier, Original One-of-a-kind Dog Art Doll Figurine by artist Max BaileyPrudence 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 6 3/8 inches tall.

Prudence the Boston Terrier, Original One-of-a-kind Dog Art Doll Figurine by artist Max BaileyUpdate: Prudence has already been adopted. Thank you!