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Pink kitten, gray kitten

Pink fleece Hug Me Kitten by Elizabeth Ruffing, with pink crape myrtleI photographed this afternoon’s pink Hug Me Kitten in front of our neighbors purple-pink crape myrtle. I will be posting my new handmade stuffed animal toys in our Ruffing’s shop for now.

Sasquatch, gray-and-white long-haired kitten, adoptable through Alley Cats and Angels of North CarolinaAs I mentioned yesterday, I also photographed Siren’s brother, Sasquatch, this past weekend. Here he is in all his adorableness.

Sasquatch, gray-and-white long-haired kitten, adoptable through Alley Cats and Angels of North CarolinaI had so many to choose from, that I had to narrow them down, which was hard.

Sasquatch, gray-and-white long-haired kitten, adoptable through Alley Cats and Angels of North CarolinaSasquatch is so named due to his great big feet. He has extra toes on his front feet and his back feet! Update: Sasquatch has been adopted.

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Today’s new Hug Me Slugs and a pink kitten

Light turquoise fleece Hug Me Slug by Elizabeth Ruffing, with dark pink crape myrtleThis is today’s crop of slugs and a fleece Hug Me Kitten. I brought the light turquoise Hug Me Slug, above, next door, to pose in front of the beautiful dark pink crape myrtle that was in bloom there.

Pink fleece Hug Me Kitten by Elizabeth RuffingI finished this pink kitten and these four new Hug Me Slugs, the light turquoise, dark royal blue, forest green, and pink. I will be posting my new handmade stuffed animal toys in our Ruffing’s shop.

Dark royal blue fleece Hug Me Slug by Elizabeth Ruffing, with purple-pink crape myrtleI will endeavor to continue to update my shop more frequently, as fall, and then Christmas will sneak up on me before I know it.

Forest green fleece Hug Me Slug by Elizabeth RuffingI hope to be better stocked this season, and cut off custom orders at least three weeks before that holiday. The past two years have been too crazy during that time, and no matter how hard I try, I am always pressed, trying to help Santa!

Pink fleece Hug Me Slug by Elizabeth Ruffing

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Hug Me Cats, Kittens, Slugs, and a sewing machine.

Pink and light blue fleece Hug Me Slugs and Hug Me Kitten by Elizabeth RuffingHello again. Almost an entire month has passed since I’ve updated my blog. The temperatures have been high, and the air hard to breathe. I’ve been inside sewing much of the time, or studying, trying to learn my digital painting program. I’ve taken a few trips to the vet’s, and one trip to Hillsborough, for a barn cat relocation, with Tia and Marie. It’s been a busy month, even if I have been struggling a bit with the weather.

This month, Jack and Miranda Panda both got adopted, during their first adoption event weekend. My mom and I went to visit them just before Jack’s new family took him home. The dad of the family said he has a new recliner for Jack to sleep on, and Miranda Panda’s family said she is settling in well and is a brave girl. Lucky Charm and Trix, from our Mother’s Day rescue trip, are up for adoption now, and both have transformed into healthy, loving kittens.

Blue, green, and orchid fleece Hug Me Slugs by Elizabeth RuffingThese are some of the toys that have gone on their own trips to their new homes, this past month. I am making more Hug Me Slugs and Hug Me Kittens too.

I had a sew-less week recently, after sticking my hand into a yellow jacket nest. Seven bites at least. Ouch. I healed amazingly well though. When I was a kid, I would get bad swelling from bites. I must have gained some immunity. I felt lucky to do as well as I did this time. I think yellow jackets are after me every time I feel a pinch, since that happened. I don’t think I will weed the garden until December at least!

Husqvarna Viking Sarah Sewing MachineI had to take my Viking sewing machine, Sarah, in for cleaning and servicing. I was so nervous about this, given all the trouble I’ve had with the company and the dealers over that period of at least a year, where my Viking Platinum ended up being destroyed. I took a chance and went to a dealer in Raleigh I’d been to before. Sarah seems to be in fine order now. Whew. They even replaced the front panel with a new one, because the old one was bubbling slightly, and they replaced the screw that was missing. The other dealer that couldn’t fix my Platinum, and broke my up/down button, left out a screw on Sarah that had kept the back from closing.

It took a lot of courage for me to leave my machine with anyone. I am still upset when I think of how my Platinum could have been easily fixed, had I just taken it to someone who knew how to fix it in the first place. That sure was an awful experience. I loved that machine, and wish I still had it.

My tabby catWe’ve also been to the vet a lot this month. My one poor kitty had a very bad infection, which needed to be treated surgically. She had to wear a cone around her neck for ten days. She was so good about it, but by the end of ten days, she’d had enough. She seems to be healing well, but now one of our other cats has a bad tooth, just six months after another bad tooth. He is an old fellow, and we hope he will be okay, having more dental work done.

Barn cat relocation, farmThe day after my last post, July 17th, I went along with Tia and Marie to Hillsborough, NC, for a barn cat relocation. I did a photo essay on the process, which you can see and read here on Facebook. It was a big job. I was taking photos the whole time, but Marie was lugging all sorts of heavy things, and Tia and Marie spent at least an hour setting up the relocation cages in a barn stall, on a hot summer day. We wanted to show what an involved process it is, and that it is no easy project.

Barn cat relocation, Marie waving goodbye to the cats The farm itself was absolutely beautiful. The two feral cats that are going to be living there are lucky. This is Marie waving goodbye to them, when we left.

Camouflage Fleece Hug Me Slug by Elizabeth RuffingMarie hasn’t been feeling well, but has been working so hard. I made the camouflage Hug Me Slug for her. He’s “The Slug of Fortitude”, or “Camo Slug”, or any name she might like to give him later.

Olive Fleece Hug Me Slug by Elizabeth RuffingThis olive slug was a present for Jill, for her birthday. I was glad I picked a color she liked. It turned out that he even matched her place mats.

Yellow Fleece Hug Me Slug by Elizabeth RuffingI will be adding new creatures to our Ruffing’s shop. These three Hug Me Slugs are new, in yellow, copper, and denim blue.

Copper-colored Fleece Hug Me Slug by Elizabeth RuffingMy workroom is overflowing with partially finished toys. I will keep adding more to the shop, and I will try to update my blog again soon, with more.

Copper-colored Fleece Hug Me Slug by Elizabeth RuffingPlease “like” Ruffing’s on Facebook, if you happen to be there.

Lucinda, Original One-of-a-kind Black Cat Art Doll by Max BaileyWe will be posting more of our new original one-of-a-kind original cat art dolls in our Ruffing’s shop too.

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Three fleece Hug Me Kittens who scampered off already

Orange, gold, and lemon yellow fleece Hug Me Kittens by Elizabeth RuffingI finished three new fleece Hug Me Kittens this week, and they were snapped up before I was finished photographing them. 🙂 They went on their way yesterday. I will be posting my new handmade stuffed animal toys in our Ruffing’s shop.

Lemon yellow fleece Hug Me Kitten by Elizabeth RuffingI love this lemon yellow,

Lemon yellow fleece Hug Me Kitten by Elizabeth Ruffingand the silly expression,

Lemon yellow fleece Hug Me Kitten by Elizabeth Ruffingand the funny tail.

Lemon yellow fleece Hug Me Kitten by Elizabeth RuffingThese came out about 8 inches tall.

Gold fleece Hug Me Kitten by Elizabeth RuffingThese are my gold and orange fleece colors.

Orange fleece Hug Me Kitten by Elizabeth RuffingMore custom Hug Me Slugs went off this week too, to their new homes.

Light green, orange, and yellow Hug Me Slugs by Elizabeth Ruffing, original art toysI received this adorable photo of a new collector of Hug Me Slugs! So cute.

Baby playing with his Hug Me Slug by Elizabeth Ruffing, original art toysI visited the handsome Jack and Ignatius, two rescue kittens. Jack just got neutered this week and will be up for adoption soon. Update: Jack has been adopted.

Jack the orange kitten, Alley Cats and AngelsHe’s so photogenic. These are two of my favorite photos of him.

Jack the orange kitten, Alley Cats and AngelsHis playing and cuddling buddy, Ignatius, who is beautiful too.

Ignatius the gray-and-white kitten, Alley Cats and AngelsIgnatius is available for adoption already. Update: Ignatius was adopted today, at his very first adoption event!

Ignatius the gray-and-white kitten, Alley Cats and Angels