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Hug Me Bugs handmade stuffed animals and a birthday

Green polka dot fleece Hug Me Bug, original art toy by Elizabeth RuffingI made some fun new Hug Me Bugs this week, in novelty fleece. I also experimented with taking their portraits on bright, cheerful colors.

Pink flowered fleece Hug Me Bug, original art toy by Elizabeth RuffingI sewed up bugs with polka dots, flowers, and even pink camouflage.

Pink camouflage fleece Hug Me Bug, original art toy by Elizabeth RuffingI will be posting my new handmade stuffed animal toys in our Ruffing’s shop.

Lavender fleece Hug Me Bug, original art toy by Elizabeth RuffingOthers are waiting under trees for Christmas morning, or maybe they’ve been discovered and unwrapped early. I made a pink fleece Hug Me Kitten too. She’s also a gift for someone this weekend.

blue and pink camouflage fleece Hug Me Bugs, medium pink fleece Hug Me Kitten original art toys by Elizabeth RuffingI had some nice gifts of my own this week. My mom made me this beautiful cheesecake for my birthday.

Cheesecake out of the oven, photo by Elizabeth RuffingWe ate it with strawberries on top, after having Chinese food.

Beautiful birthday cheesecake, photo by Elizabeth RuffingI received some fancy cookies, and this super box of 100% cotton Mettler thread. There is plenty of room for even more colors. It came with a nice selection, but I will add some more too.

Mettler 100% cotton thread set in organizer, photo by Elizabeth RuffingA few purples, light blue, and bright light green, and I think I will have a color for just about any fabric.

Mettler 100% cotton thread set in organizer, photo by Elizabeth RuffingHancock Fabrics had a big sale on fleece this week, and so we went to look. I couldn’t resist getting some, even though I have lots of fleece. I wanted to add to my bright colors.

Bright fleece, drying on the porch, photo by Elizabeth RuffingI pre-washed all of it, and put it out to dry on the porch.

Bertie lounging in window, photo by Elizabeth RuffingWe had sleepy, gray weather this week, perfect for napping, and for sitting on the bed, doing my hand sewing. I was beaten to my favorite spot by cats. I kept trying to fit in around them.

Phoebe napping on Berkshire Fluffie Blanket, photo by Elizabeth Ruffing

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Hug Me Bug and Hug Me Bunny handmade stuffed animal toys

Fleece Hug Me Bug Art Toys by Elizabeth Ruffing, mint greenI’ve been adjusting my patterns for my new Hug Me Bugs and for my Hug Me Bunnies, making them slightly fatter.

Fleece Hug Me Bug Art Toy by Elizabeth Ruffing, lavenderI just finished three Hug Me Bug stuffed animal toys. I will be posting my new handmade stuffed animal toys in our Ruffing’s shop.

Fleece Hug Me Bug Art Toy by Elizabeth Ruffing, original drawing for hang tag copyright Elizabeth RuffingI procrastinated a long time over doing the drawing for their hang tag. I get mental blocks about some things. The drawing came along fine, but I couldn’t remember how I put it into the hang tag format I made before!

Fleece Hug Me Bug Art Toy by Elizabeth Ruffing, original drawing and design for hang tag, copyright Elizabeth RuffingI struggled with that in Photoshop Elements. My goal is to learn more about digital drawing and painting…and remember it too! Sooner or later it will sink in, and hopefully stay in my head. I’m sure it is one of those things like riding a bike, that you just need to do enough times before you don’t have to consciously recall all the how-to details. I’m thinking about eventually getting another computer, for my workroom, so I have a place to concentrate on any writing or drawing projects I might want to do.

Fleece Hug Me Bug and Hug Me Bunny Art Toys by Elizabeth Ruffing, lavenderAs you can see, my current set-up is more open to interruptions. Bertie was afraid of those fleece toys initially, but she braved walking past them to steal my popcorn. Then she draped herself nicely over the printer.

Fleece Hug Me Bug and Hug Me Bunny Art Toys by Elizabeth Ruffing, lavender and Bertie the kittenBertie loves food. She will try anything. She doesn’t exactly like popcorn, but that doesn’t stop her from taking it.

Fleece Hug Me Bug and Hug Me Bunny Art Toys by Elizabeth Ruffing, lavender and Bertie the kittenPhoebe has been trying out my bed. I have a wonderful new fluffy blanket that is irresistible. I woke up to purring, one morning recently, and Phoebe and Bertie were both kneading my blanket.

Kitty cats on Fluffie blanket by Elizabeth RuffingI will be making more Hug Me Bugs in assorted colors next. I am going to keep adding as many toys as I can to our shop.

Fleece Hug Me Bug Art Toys by Elizabeth Ruffing, mint green

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November is here and my toy workshop is in full swing

Fleece Hug Me Slugs, assorted colors, by Elizabeth RuffingThis is a small peek into my workroom today, and these are a small number of the Hug Me Slugs and other art toys, waiting for me. This is the time of year when I get very nervous and try very hard to get as much as I can get done, done.

Fleece, assorted colors, by Elizabeth RuffingPiles of fleece are cascading from the tops of shelves and other piles of fleece.

Rainbow fleece, by Elizabeth RuffingI’ve prewashed yards and yards of fabric.

Fleece, assorted colors, by Elizabeth RuffingScraps are organized by color so I can find them for hand-sewn hearts. In between, I tweak my patterns, and try some new things too. This is a new character, my Hug Me Bug. I have to draw his picture for his hang tag.

Green Fleece Hug Me Bug by Elizabeth RuffingI received these fantastic photos of my beautiful Hug Me Toad collector, Emily. Emily drew this great family portrait of her Hug Me Toads, all with their names above their heads. I just loved seeing these, and I love that all the Hug Me Toads have their own slippers to nap in.

Emily with her drawing of her Hug Me Toad collectionEmily’s PJ’s and her slippers are perfect too. Those Hug Me Toads are in good company!

Emily with her drawing of her Hug Me Toad collectionI love Emily’s portrait. Look how she got all the details. I just love it. Thank you Emily! Say hello to Davey, Mary, Chloe, and company for me! 🙂

Emily with her drawing of her Hug Me Toad collectionThe kittens are now out into the bedroom adjoining the laundry room, during the day. They were excited to discover carpeting, and they love galloping around. They are just finishing up some medicine for Giardia, which they probably got from drinking yucky water when they lived outdoors.

Soon they can go mingle with the other kitties. Phoebe and Bertie both went to the vet and had their vaccines. Phoebe got her blood test and doesn’t have either leukemia or FIV. They didn’t like their vet visit at all, but they seemed to forget all about it in no time, once they were back home.

Tabby kittens explore the hallPhoebe (below) is looking contented now. She doesn’t look like a scared kitten anymore, most of the time. She still doesn’t like to be petted, but she looks happy to see us, and likes to watch us. Bertie (above) is friendly and sociable. She isn’t keen on being picked up, but she loves to sit in my mom’s lap.

Phoebe the tabby kittenThey are wonderful at playing together. They will each take one end of this string and pull on it. They’ve been having lots of fun, trying out new things, like sitting on the bed. They’ll get spayed and microchipped later this month. They’ll get their second booster shot then. Soon they will be running all over the house.

Bertie and Phoebe the tabby kittens play with stringJosephine has been waiting for the kittens to come out and play. She has plans, I’m sure, to show them her own games. Josephine has always been an enthusiastic computer-helper, and now she has discovered she likes to help me with my crafts projects too. In addition to stealing ballpoint pens, she now attempts to steal the sports tape I use to protect my fingers when I sew. I won’t let her have it, no matter how cute she is.

Josephine kitty with pretty blue eyes