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Chelsea the Maine Coon Cat makes her first appearance

This is Miss Chelsea, the Maine Coon Cat, the fourth one-of-a-kind, original, folk art animal doll collaboration between myself and Max Bailey. I think she is the most spectacular doll creation I have seen come out of this studio. She is so amazingly lifelike. We keep staring at her in disbelief, expecting her to meow or jump off the table. She really takes your breath away in person.

We did some test shots of the dolls today, and photographed Max’s three kitty figurines that have been waiting a very long time to have their pictures taken. We are going to get those up first on the Ruffing’s site, or that is the plan. Things have been moving more slowly than we had planned, but we are still heading in the same direction.

I still have some dressmaking to complete before we can do our group shots of our four new jointed dolls. We are still debating over the backdrops too. Black, tan, white? Some look better on one than the other.

Beatrice and Beulah look so very serious. I can’t help laughing. I suppose I shouldn’t. Shh…don’t tell them.

All of our dollies will eventually make there way over to our online doll gallery, hopefully over the next month or month and a half. Or that’s the plan anyway. I have them in categories by type, if you scroll down on the doll gallery page. I’ll try to add more categories later.

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Catarina and Harold, Original One-of-a-kind Maine Coon Cat and Giraffe Folk Art Dolls by Max Bailey

Catarina and Harold, Original One-of-a-kind Maine Coon Cat and Giraffe Folk Art Dolls by Max BaileyCatarina is a lovely silver tabby Maine Coon Cat.

Catarina and Harold, Original One-of-a-kind Maine Coon Cat and Giraffe Folk Art Dolls by Max BaileyYou can tell she’s a Maine Coon cat by her large tufted ears, her big oval eyes, and her long whiskers.

Catarina and Harold, Original One-of-a-kind Maine Coon Cat and Giraffe Folk Art Dolls by Max BaileyCatarina, in spite of her name, has no idea she’s a cat.

Catarina and Harold, Original One-of-a-kind Maine Coon Cat and Giraffe Folk Art Dolls by Max BaileyShe’s quite sure she’s a person, but just a bit more clever and a great deal more fashionable.

Catarina and Harold, Original One-of-a-kind Maine Coon Cat and Giraffe Folk Art Dolls by Max BaileyShe loves her flowered dress with its lace shawl collar and cuffs. The rosette on the collar looks just right with her pretty nose.

Harold the Giraffe by Max BaileyHer favorite pull toy is Harold. He’s a purple giraffe. Catarina doesn’t know what a giraffe is, but she doesn’t think he’s a person, like herself.

Catarina and Harold, Original One-of-a-kind Maine Coon Cat and Giraffe Folk Art Dolls by Max BaileyWhen they take a walk, he rolls along behind her, unless they’re going down a hill.

Catarina and Harold, Original One-of-a-kind Maine Coon Cat and Giraffe Folk Art Dolls by Max BaileyCatarina is an original one-of-a-kind work of art, created from my own design and patterns. She is made from 100% cotton fabric which is sewn, stuffed, and completely hand painted with acrylic paints. She is 13 inches tall and meant for display only.

Catarina and Harold, Original One-of-a-kind Maine Coon Cat and Giraffe Folk Art Dolls by Max BaileyI sculpted the front of her face from paperclay, which I smoothed into the fabric. Her whiskers are made from stiffened pearl cotton, threaded through the clay before it dried. The tufts on her ears are stiffened cotton thread, sewn into the tip of each ear.

Catarina and Harold, Original One-of-a-kind Maine Coon Cat and Giraffe Folk Art Dolls by Max BaileyHer arms are button-jointed, so she can be easily posed, and her paws are needle-sculpted.

Catarina and Harold, Original One-of-a-kind Maine Coon Cat and Giraffe Folk Art Dolls by Max BaileyCatarina’s striped tail supports her very nicely, so that she can sit up all by herself. She can also sit on a chair, or stand with a doll stand. (Chair and doll stand not included.)

Catarina and Harold, Original One-of-a-kind Maine Coon Cat and Giraffe Folk Art Dolls by Max BaileyI made Catarina’s fashionable dress from cotton fabric that has a delicate pattern of dainty leaves and roses which are blue, orange, and purple.

Catarina and Harold, Original One-of-a-kind Maine Coon Cat and Giraffe Folk Art Dolls by Max BaileyThe lace at the neckline and cuffs is real cotton lace, sewn on by hand.

Catarina and Harold, Original One-of-a-kind Maine Coon Cat and Giraffe Folk Art Dolls by Max BaileyShe has painted white bloomers, and her kitty legs are covered with orange tights that match the roses in her dress. She wears cute little two-tone high button shoes in blue and ivory.

Catarina and Harold, Original One-of-a-kind Maine Coon Cat and Giraffe Folk Art Dolls by Max BaileyHarold the giraffe is made of wood, which I hand painted. He is 3 and 3/4 inches tall and his base is 2 inches long.

Catarina and Harold, Original One-of-a-kind Maine Coon Cat and Giraffe Folk Art Dolls by Max BaileyCatarina and Harold are signed and dated, and sealed with matte varnish for protection and preservation.

Update: Catarina and Harold have already been adopted. Thank you!