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Maisie Maybunny, original, one-of-a-kind miniature handmade mauve-pink floral bunny rabbit art doll figurine by artist Elizabeth Ruffing

Maisie Maybunny, original, one-of-a-kind miniature handmade mauve-pink floral bunny rabbit art doll figurine by artist Elizabeth Ruffing

Maisie Maybunny, original, one-of-a-kind miniature handmade mauve-pink floral bunny rabbit art doll figurine by artist Elizabeth RuffingMaisie Maybunny is a handmade miniature original, one-of-a-kind rabbit art doll figurine, hand painted and hand sculpted in paperclay by artist Elizabeth Ruffing.

Maisie Maybunny, original, one-of-a-kind miniature handmade mauve-pink floral bunny rabbit art doll figurine by artist Elizabeth Ruffing with blue purple spiderwort flowersMaisie Maybunny is a mauve-pink bunny with big blue eyes. She has a painted garland of pink, yellow, and blue flowers that goes all around her body.

Maisie Maybunny, original, one-of-a-kind miniature handmade mauve-pink floral bunny rabbit art doll figurine by artist Elizabeth RuffingMaisie Maybunny is a carefree soul. She likes to go hopping through garden beds, whether the sun is shining, or the rain is coming down.

Maisie Maybunny, original, one-of-a-kind miniature handmade mauve-pink floral bunny rabbit art doll figurine by artist Elizabeth Ruffing with blue purple spiderwort flowersAfter Maisie has hopped for a while, she finds a nice dry spot, flops on her side, and takes a long, long nap.

Maisie Maybunny, original, one-of-a-kind miniature handmade mauve-pink floral bunny rabbit art doll figurine by artist Elizabeth RuffingWhen she wakes up, she yawns, and rolls over in the flowers, wrapping them all around her.

Then she hops home for her evening salad, which she decorates with tiny blossoms.

Maisie Maybunny is a one-of-a-kind work of art, and is meant for display only, not for play.

Maisie Maybunny, original, one-of-a-kind miniature handmade mauve-pink  and peach floral bunny rabbit art doll figurines by artist Elizabeth RuffingShe was sculpted from paperclay over wood, in multiple stages, to allow for drying and detailing. Paperclay has a hardness similar to soft wood.

Maisie Maybunny, original, one-of-a-kind miniature handmade mauve-pink floral bunny rabbit art doll figurine by artist Elizabeth Ruffing with blue purple spiderwort flowersMaisie was painted under a magnifying light, with tiny brushes, using acrylic paints.

She is signed, and sealed with gloss varnish for protection and preservation. She comes with a certificate of authenticity.

Maisie Maybunny is 3 and 1/8 inches (8 centimeters) tall.

Please click here to go to Maisie Maybunny’s adoption page. Maisie’s bunny friends are Jeanina Jingles and Buttons Bunnyton.

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Buttons Bunnyton, original, one-of-a-kind miniature handmade peach-pink floral bunny rabbit art doll figurine by artist Elizabeth Ruffing

Buttons Bunnyton, original, one-of-a-kind miniature handmade peach-pink floral bunny rabbit art doll figurine by artist Elizabeth Ruffing

Buttons Bunnyton, original, one-of-a-kind miniature handmade peach-pink floral bunny rabbit art doll figurine by artist Elizabeth RuffingButtons Bunnyton is a handmade miniature original, one-of-a-kind rabbit art doll figurine, hand painted and hand sculpted in paperclay by artist Elizabeth Ruffing.

Buttons Bunnyton, original, one-of-a-kind miniature handmade peach-pink floral bunny rabbit art doll figurine by artist Elizabeth RuffingButtons is a peach-pink bunny with large blue eyes. She has gold flowers with mauve centers, all over her body, and a mauve heart.

Buttons Bunnyton, original, one-of-a-kind miniature handmade peach-pink floral bunny rabbit art doll figurine by artist Elizabeth RuffingButtons Bunnyton’s mother always said, “You are what you eat!” But Buttons never believed her.

Buttons likes to eat flowers.

She used to be a spotted bunny, but after eating so many flowers, Button Bunnyton’s spots started growing petals!

Now, instead of being covered in spots, Buttons is covered in flowers.

Buttons Bunnyton, original, one-of-a-kind miniature handmade peach-pink floral bunny rabbit art doll figurine by artist Elizabeth RuffingButtons doesn’t care. She’s only sorry she can’t eat the flowers right off her fur!

But that’s okay. She’ll keep eating her neighbors’ flowers.

Buttons Bunnyton, original, one-of-a-kind miniature handmade peach-pink floral bunny rabbit art doll figurine by artist Elizabeth Ruffing, with rabbit friendsButtons Bunnyton is a one-of-a-kind work of art, and is meant for display only, not for play.

She was sculpted from paperclay over wood, in multiple stages, to allow for drying and detailing. Paperclay has a hardness similar to soft wood.

Buttons Bunnyton, original, one-of-a-kind miniature handmade peach-pink floral bunny rabbit art doll figurine by artist Elizabeth RuffingButtons was painted under a magnifying light, with tiny brushes, using acrylic paints.

She is signed, and sealed with gloss varnish for protection and preservation. She comes with a certificate of authenticity.

Buttons Bunnyton is 3 inches (7.7 centimeters) tall.

Please click here to go to Buttons Bunnyton’s adoption page. Buttons’ bunny neighbors are Maisie Maybunny and Jeanina Jingles.

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Jeanina Jingles, original, one-of-a-kind miniature handmade white floral bunny rabbit art doll figurine by artist Elizabeth Ruffing

Jenna Jingles, original, one-of-a-kind miniature handmade white bunny rabbit art doll figurine by artist Elizabeth Ruffing

Jeanina Jingles, original, one-of-a-kind miniature handmade white bunny rabbit art doll figurine by artist Elizabeth RuffingJeanina Jingles is a handmade miniature original, one-of-a-kind rabbit art doll figurine, hand painted and hand sculpted in paperclay by artist Elizabeth Ruffing.

Jeanina Jingles, original, one-of-a-kind miniature handmade white bunny rabbit art doll figurine by artist Elizabeth RuffingJJeanina is a white bunny with large blue eyes, dressed up in soft peach with pretty daisies, and mauve, blue, and violet flowers all the way around her body. She has a delicate painted scallop around her neckline.

Jeanina Jingles, original, one-of-a-kind miniature handmade white bunny rabbit art doll figurine by artist Elizabeth RuffingJeanina Jingles likes to gossip with her friends at their Ladybuns’ Bunny Luncheon Club. They order a plate of their favorite banana-and-cilantro tea sandwiches and some chamomile tea. Then they get down to business.

Mr Benjamin Bumperson, the greengrocer in town, has been particularly generous with carrot tops for Miss Bella Isabeau Bunnyfort this week.

Has everyone noticed the way his whiskers twitch, when she smiles at him?

Jeanina Jingles, original, one-of-a-kind miniature handmade white bunny rabbit art doll figurine by artist Elizabeth RuffingJeanina Jingles promises to casually mention him to Bella, when she sees her next week at their bunny book club meeting. Everyone is keen to know if Bella may become Mrs. Bella Isabeau Bunnyfort-Bumperson. What a mouthful that would be!

Jeanina Jingles, original, one-of-a-kind miniature handmade white bunny rabbit art doll figurine by artist Elizabeth Ruffing, with rabbit friendsJeanina Jingles is a one-of-a-kind work of art, and is meant for display only, not for play.

She was sculpted from paperclay over wood, in multiple stages, to allow for drying and detailing. Paperclay has a hardness similar to soft wood. Jeanina was painted under a magnifying light, with tiny brushes, using acrylic paints.

She is signed and sealed with gloss varnish for protection and preservation, and comes with a certificate of authenticity.

Jeanina Jingles is 3 1/8 inches (8 centimeters) tall. Please click here to go to Jeanina Jingle’s adoption page. Jeanina’s bunny friends are Maisie Maybunny and Buttons Bunnyton.

Happy Easter and Passover weekend, everyone!

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Hippity, hoppity, Easter’s on its way, with a happy Hug Me Bunny or two.

Hug Me Bunny stuffed animal bunny rabbits in an Easter basket with a big ribbon, plush toys by Elizabeth RuffingHappy spring and happy Easter! To celebrate, I have a whole colony, or fluffle, of Hug Me Bunny stuffed animal bunny rabbits! I have Hug Me Bunny and Wonder Bunny plush toys in lots of colors. You can hop on over to adopt one or two in our Ruffing’s shop.

Hug Me Bunny Easter basket ideas are further down in this post.

I love bunnies. They are sweet, intelligent, lovely animals. Please don’t give real bunnies as gifts for Easter! Having a rabbit as a pet is a big commitment and a lot of work. They are definitely not “starter pets.” They need lots of love and attention, like Oliver Bunny does.

The House Rabbit Society is a great resource for information about their needs and care.

Hug Me Bunny stuffed toy bunnies, however, are very easy to take care of, in addition to being cuddly.

Hug Me Bunnies in spring colors, plush toys by Elizabeth RuffingI brought some Hug Me Bunny plush toys to Rabbit Day this year, and two of them were adopted by Louise and Arthur, two real bunnies.

Hug Me Bunnies with their bunny friends Louise and Arthur, plush toys by Elizabeth RuffingHug Me Bunnies stuffed animal bunny rabbits come in all colors, even apple green. They have hand-stitched fleece hearts in pretty colors. I love combining colors. I like to use my custom-printed colored eyes on them to make them even more colorful.

Apple Green Hug Me Bunny, plush toys by Elizabeth RuffingI started an Instagram page, for our stuffed animal art toys and original art dolls, if you would like to follow me there. I’m on Pinterest too. I started a Ruffing’s mailing list as well, so I can send out updates when we have something new.

Hug Me Bunnies in spring colors, plush toys by Elizabeth RuffingHug Me Bunny Easter basket ideas.

If you would like to make an Easter or a spring basket, like the one I made, shown at the top of this post, here are some instructions.

I got package of floral foam, which you can find in a craft store, or craft department, or online. I happened to get “wet foam”, because it was the best size for my basket, but that wasn’t necessary because I used pretend flowers. It’s called wet foam, because it is used for fresh flower arrangements, to keep them hydrated, but I didn’t wet it!

I set my basket on top of the foam, for size, and carved away the excess with a knife. It was very easy to cut. Then I put the block into a leftover plastic shopping bag, so the bits wouldn’t get everywhere, and I sealed the bag.

Wet foam, floral foam, for flower arrangingI cut my flowers away from their central stem. Silk flowers are wired, and so you will need a tool that cuts wire, like a pair of side-cutting pliers or wire cutters. I tried to cut them at an angle, to make it easier to insert them into the foam.

Pretend flowers, snipped away from their central stemI put my bag of floral foam into my basket, and poked my flowers right into the foam through the bag. If you need to pull them out to reposition them, just poke a new hole.

Flowers stuck into floral foam which is inside a plastic bagI left some space in front of the flowers for my stuffed animal bunnies. The bow is made from wired ribbon that was made into big even-sized loops, and then pinched together in the center with a big pipe cleaner. The ribbon could be wrapped around a big tube or jar to get the loops even, with the tails hanging free. The loops are pulled into shape and arranged as desired.

I added a bunny ribbon around the rim of the basket. I set two Hug Me Bunny plush rabbits in the basket, and I was all ready for Easter.

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