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12-inch Hug Me Bugs

Rainbow Blend Fleece Hug Me Bug, original art toy by Elizabeth RuffingHappy Saint Patrick’s Day. I finished four new 12-inch fleece Hug Me Bugs. I will be posting my new handmade stuffed animal toys in Our Ruffing’s shop.

Rainbow Blend Fleece Hug Me Bug, original art toy by Elizabeth RuffingTwo are from the same soft rainbow blend. They each have pastel shades of lavender, pink, and yellow in them. I arranged the blend from lavender to yellow on each, but one with the lavender on the bottom, and one with it on the top. for variety.

Rainbow Blend Fleece Hug Me Bug, original art toy by Elizabeth RuffingTwo are a soft mint green, one with a gold heart, and the other with a dark pink heart.

Mint Green Fleece Hug Me Bug, original art toy by Elizabeth RuffingThese are the first 12-inch versions of my Hug Me Bug that I’ve made.

Light Yellow Fleece and Mint Green Hug Me Bugs, original art toy by Elizabeth RuffingMy mom took some photos for me with the two Hug Me Bug sizes, to make it easier for people to figure out which size they’d prefer to hug.

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Bugs, slugs, and a kitty

Light Yellow Fleece Hug Me Bug, original art toy by Elizabeth RuffingI will be putting my new handmade stuffed animal toys in our Ruffing’s shop. This afternoon, I have Hug Me Bugs, Hug Me Slugs, and one Hug Me Kitten sock kitten. This bug is posing in front of our blooming peach tree.

Purple Fleece Hug Me Slug, original art toy by Elizabeth RuffingI counted the toys I had stuffed and stacked, which are waiting in my workroom for detailing, and I was surprised to come up with sixty-five! That doesn’t seem possible.

Light Yellow Fleece Hug Me Bug, original art toy by Elizabeth RuffingI have it in mind to aim for one hundred. I have no idea how long that will take me to do.

Mint Green Fleece Hug Me Slug, original art toy by Elizabeth RuffingI feel like I work very slowly, but I’ve been plodding along steadily, I guess.

Light Pink Fleece Hug Me Slug, original art toy by Elizabeth RuffingI sit in front of the television, watching random movies while I do my hand sewing, usually with a couple of cats nearby. Cats like crafts projects.

Red and Orange Striped Hug Me Sock Kitten, original art toy by Elizabeth RuffingToday we opened our windows because it was so beautiful outside. So, the cats took turns at the open window and weren’t as interested in sitting right next to me today.

Tabby cats enjoying an open window by Elizabeth Ruffing

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Slug, bunny, bunny, bunny, slug, bunny, bunny, bunny

Fleece Hug Me Slugs and Hug Me Bunnies, all in a row, original art toys by Elizabeth RuffingI finished some Hug Me Bunnies, and a couple of Hug Me Slugs this week. I will be posting my new handmade stuffed animal toys in our Ruffing’s shop.

Cutting backdrops from assorted sheets, Elizabeth RuffingI had a stack of mostly twin-sized sheets in assorted colors, and I cut a yard of fabric off the bottom of each of them to use as backdrops for my toy photos.

Mint Green Fleece Hug Me Bug, Original Art Toy by Elizabeth RuffingThe bright colors help the tiny thumbnail photos pop, and I know I can see them better.

Green Polka Dotted Fleece Hug Me Slug, Original Art Toy by Elizabeth RuffingI rephotographed some of my Hug Me Bugs too. I haven’t rephotographed all of my toys, but I will continue with more. Ironing each sheet is extra work, but I’m hoping it will be worth doing.

Lavender Fleece Hug Me Bug, Original Art Toy by Elizabeth RuffingI have been sitting in front of the television, watching movies, while I do my hand sewing, or while I stuff toys.

Pink Camouflage Fleece Hug Me Bug, Original Art Toy by Elizabeth RuffingI am reading my way through a book on digital photography, and finished another on Photoshop Elements. I was happy to find I was familiar with most of the information on Elements, because I realized I’ve learned a lot so far, but the photography book has been much too basic to be useful.

Green, Blue, Lavender Rainbow-blend Fleece Hug Me Bunny, Original Art Toy by Elizabeth RuffingLast night, I was looking for my small stamp collection, having seen pretty stamps at the Post Office yesterday afternoon. I found them, and in the same box, I found a box of drawings from a children’s book I had been working on, years ago. I found other drawings I didn’t remember well. I will have to scan them and start organizing them on the computer. I am still hoping to save up for a second computer to put in my workroom, so I can experiment with digital art and writing in a quiet, undisturbed place.

I have been so tired lately. I hope to sleep better and to get a burst of energy.

Millie, Original One-of-a-kind Dollhouse-sized Tabby-and-white Kitten by Max BaileyThis super-adorable tabby-and-white kitten doll is by Max Bailey. Her name is Millie. Millie’s story is here on our Ruffing’s blog today.

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A pink bug and a blue bug, Hug Me Bug stuffed animal toys

Pink fleece Hug Me Bug, original art toy by Elizabeth RuffingMerry day after Christmas! 🙂 Hope you all had a great weekend. I’m back to making Hug Me Bugs stuffed animal toys today. I just finished this pink one and this blue one. I will be posting my new handmade stuffed animal toys in our Ruffing’s shop.

Cobalt fleece Hug Me Bug, original art toy by Elizabeth RuffingWe took Bertie to the vet today for an antibiotic injection, to help with the congestion she has. She was having some trouble with breathing. Our usual vet was on vacation, and the vet on duty was very worried about trying to examine her. Since the kittens are still overcoming their feral beginnings, vet visits are difficult. Bertie loves to be petted here, but she doesn’t understand strangers touching her. The vet and the tech were both very brave, and managed to give her an injection. No one got hurt either, which was a relief for everyone.

Hopefully she will bounce back quickly now that she has some medicine to help. I hope we get lucky and no more kitties catch the same thing.