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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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Tulip Hug Me Bunnies, Hug Me Slug handmade stuffed animal toys, and a new original tabby cat art doll

Red, orange, yellow, blue tulip print Hug Me Bunny rabbit art toys by Elizabeth RuffingI hope everyone had a happy Thanksgiving. I got a little sewing in. These are my tulip bunny Hug Me Bunny stuffed animal toys. I’ve had this fabric for a long time, and could never decide what I should make with it. It is very bright, cheerful, and showy, and needed a project where it could stand alone.

Red, orange, yellow, blue tulip print Hug Me Bunny rabbit art toy by Elizabeth RuffingThese two red rabbits are about 12 inches tall.

Red, orange, yellow, blue tulip print Hug Me Bunny rabbit art toy by Elizabeth RuffingI finished some more 12-inch fleece Hug Me Slug handmade stuffed animals as well. This yellow one already has a new home. I’m sending him and some others out tomorrow. I hope the lines at the Post Office will be reasonable. From what I’ve heard, Monday is when people run in to start mailing all the things they braved Black Friday to purchase as gifts.

Bright yellow fleece Hug Me Slug art toy by Elizabeth RuffingI’ve been avoiding the stores myself this weekend, but still need to make a run for some food. I’m not crazy about the idea of diving into the crowds.

Dark pink and medium pink fleece Hug Me Slug art toys by Elizabeth RuffingI will be posting my new handmade stuffed animal toys in our Ruffing’s shop

Art Nouveau cotton print fabricsI did get to the fabric stores this week though, and picked up some pretty new prints I intend to use for more bunnies. I have a couple of sock kittens to dress as well, but I am using solid colors and some decorative machine stitching on their clothes.

Meredith, Original One-of-a-kind Tabby Cat Art Doll by Max BaileyWe just posted a new original, one-of-a-kind tabby cat art doll named Meredith on our Ruffing’s blog. She is another very pretty doll by Max Bailey.

Tabby kittens and Josie on cat tree, by Elizabeth RuffingThe kitten sisters had their big spay day on Monday, and they got their microchips and their booster shots. They needed to rest for a couple of days. They are back to their usual selves now, and staying out loose in the house after bedtime. They have been surprisingly well behaved and quiet at night.

Bertie gets a bath, by Elizabeth RuffingThey still do plenty of tearing around, in between napping. They’ve been getting along well with the other cats here. Bertie asked for this bath.

Josie and Bertie asleep in adjoining cat beds, by Elizabeth RuffingThey are trying out the various cozy spots for naps. There has been a lot of competition for this one particular perch, which is Josie’s favorite. Phoebe keeps stealing it and will not budge.

Josie and Bertie asleep in adjoining cat beds, by Elizabeth Ruffing

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Yellow Alley Cat Angel Sock Kitten and Fleece Bunnies

Yellow animal print Alley Cat Angel Sock Kitten by Elizabeth RuffingI photographed and posted a new Alley Cat Angel Sock Kitten today. This one is yellow with an animal print, kind of like a leopard, only yellow on yellow, with a red fleece heart. She (or he) has soft stuffed fleece wings, and comes with a hang tag that can be personalized. Ten dollars from the adoption of this sock kitten will go to a local cat rescue, Alley Cats and Angels of NC.

Yellow animal print Alley Cat Angel Sock Kitten by Elizabeth RuffingI will be posting my new handmade stuffed animal toys in our Ruffing’s shop.

Yellow animal print Alley Cat Angel Sock Kitten by Elizabeth RuffingI have been sewing away, trying to make a variety of animals.

Yellow animal print Alley Cat Angel Sock Kitten by Elizabeth RuffingI also finished some new fleece Hug Me Bunnies.

Assorted colors of fleece Hug Me Bunnies by Elizabeth RuffingAnd I picked out a limited number of colors for custom bunnies.

Assorted colors of fleece Hug Me Bunnies by Elizabeth Ruffing, in light blue, lavender, light pink, and daffodil yellow

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Settling in for the stormy weekend

Mauve-pink and lavender fleece Hug Me Bunnies by Elizabeth RuffingWe’ve been getting ready for Irene here in North Carolina, and I’m tired from moving our outdoor things into safer places, so they won’t fly in the wind, if the winds get heavy here. We had our first downpour this afternoon, and I got soaked. It calmed down afterward, but the storm is expected to arrive here in the middle of the night, according to the reports. We’re hoping for the best for everyone in the storm’s path. Hope everyone will stay safe and sound.

Mauve-pink fleece Hug Me Bunny by Elizabeth RuffingI made sure to send my current orders out by the end of yesterday, to be safe, in case the power goes out. This is a custom Hug Me Bunny that went on her way to New York.

Sasquatch long-haired gray-and-white kitten, photo by Elizabeth RuffingI had a nice surprise, in that one of my photos of Sasquatch, the puffy gray-and-white kitten from Alley Cats and Angels of NC, was featured on The Consumerist website today. I hope that helps him get adopted.

Sasquatch long-haired gray-and-white kitten, photo by Elizabeth Ruffing