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Monster art doll figurine, original one-of-a-kind miniature, Durwin by artist Elizabeth Ruffing

Hug Me Monster art doll figurine, tan and blue striped, Durwin handmade by artist Elizabeth Ruffing

Hug Me Monster art doll figurine, tan and blue striped, Durwin handmade by artist Elizabeth Ruffing

Durwin is a handmade miniature original, one-of-a-kind striped monster art doll figurine, hand painted and hand sculpted in paperclay by artist Elizabeth Ruffing.

Hug Me Monster art doll figurine, tan and blue striped, Durwin handmade by artist Elizabeth Ruffing

Durwin has one blue eye and a pleasant little smile that never leaves his face. Although he’s a real monster, he wouldn’t want to frighten anybody in his neighborhood. He has dozens of friends who leave him special monster treats that they order from monstertreats.com especially for him.

Hug Me Monster art doll figurine, tan and blue striped, Durwin handmade by artist Elizabeth Ruffing

Durwin is striped in blue, pale turquoise, white, and cinnamon, and has a red heart. His golden horns are always visible, even in dim light, as he waits quietly in the backyard for his treats.

Hug Me Monster art doll figurine, tan and blue striped, Durwin handmade by artist Elizabeth Ruffing

Durwin is a handmade miniature original one-of-a-kind art doll figurine. I hand sculpted him from paperclay over wood, in multiple stages, to allow for drying and detailing. I painted him by hand, under a magnifying light, with tiny brushes, using acrylic paints. Durwin is signed and sealed with gloss varnish for protection and preservation.

Hug Me Monster art doll figurine, tan and blue striped, Durwin handmade by artist Elizabeth Ruffing

He is a work of art meant for display only, and not for play. I am including a certificate of authenticity with him.

Hug Me Monster art doll figurine, tan and blue striped, Durwin handmade by artist Elizabeth Ruffing

Durwin is 3 and 1/8 inches tall.

Durwin is available for $59.99.

Hug Me Monster art doll figurine, tan and blue striped, Durwin handmade by artist Elizabeth Ruffing

Durwin’s grape colored polka-dotted friend is Lindy (already adopted).

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Hug Me Sock Cat with a skirt, and a new gang of Hug Me Slug stuffed animal art toys

Gray polka dotted Hug Me Sock Cat stuffed animal art toy with a striped skirt by Elizabeth RuffingI posted the first of several stuffed animal sock kitty cats with skirts over in my Etsy toy shop toy at hugmslug.com. This one is gray with blue, light green, mint green, and light turquoise polka dots, and a mauve pink fleece heart. Her skirt is striped with blue-purple, light turquoise, yellow-green, magenta, purple, gray, and white. Her skirt is 100% cotton and has an elastic waist. It is fully finished and is removable for dress-up.

Purple, lavender, and green Hug Me Slugs stuffed animal art toys by Elizabeth RuffingI also recently posted a dozen plush fleece Hug Me Slugs for adoption too. I have some 12 inch tall ones and some 9 inch tall ones, in assorted colors. If you happen to be on Facebook, and haven’t yet, please come “like” Hug Me Slugs and Friends’ page. I try to post my new toys there at the same time I post them on Etsy or on eBay.

Magenta, turquoise, yellow, orange Hug Me Slugs stuffed animal art toys by Elizabeth RuffingI have four more sock kitties waiting for me to finish their skirts, and I have just finished two Hug Me Puppies. I just need to draw their puppy dog portrait for their hang tags and then I will be posting them.

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A very generous gift from Tyber Katz, a box of wonders

Anthropomorphic cat art dolls by artists Peter and Patricia Tyber of Tyber Katz

Anthropomorphic cat art dolls by artists Peter and Patricia Tyber of Tyber KatzWe received an amazingly generous gift today, a box of unfinished carved wooden doll parts from the super-talented doll artists, Peter and Patricia Tyber, of Tyber Katz, for us to assemble, paint, and clothe.

Anthropomorphic cat art dolls by artists Peter and Patricia Tyber of Tyber KatzTheir dolls are wonderful, beautifully sculpted and hand painted. They are carved by Peter Tyber. Their dolls are painted by Patricia Tyber. Their dolls’ bodies and lovely clothing are made by Patricia Tyber as well. Please go check them out on their website, tyberkatz.com.

Anthropomorphic cat art dolls by artists Peter and Patricia Tyber of Tyber KatzI think these “Newbies” kittens might be my favorites.

Anthropomorphic cat art dolls by artists Peter and Patricia Tyber of Tyber KatzThere are all kinds of kitties, cats and kittens, and some bears in the box.

Anthropomorphic cat art dolls by artists Peter and Patricia Tyber of Tyber KatzWe were so surprised when Pat wrote to us, and offered to give these to us to assemble and paint. Some of these are the masters they used for carving.

Anthropomorphic cat art dolls by artists Peter and Patricia Tyber of Tyber KatzI plan to make bodies for them, assemble them, and make clothing for them. My studio-mate Max Bailey will do the painting. I’m sure it will take us a long time, as these are much bigger than we usually work, but I think they will turn out beautifully. Many, many thanks to Peter and Pat for this gift! And thank you for trusting us to finish these remarkable art dolls.

Anthropomorphic cat art dolls by artists Peter and Patricia Tyber of Tyber Katz

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Blue, turquoise, blue

Baby blue, turquoise, and light blue Fleece Hug Me Slugs by Elizabeth RuffingJust a quick update today. I have three new Hug Me Slugs, in baby blue, turquoise, and light blue. Those are my attempts at naming their colors. The two light blue slugs are slightly different in color, as I have so many colors. I’m never quite sure what to call them. I pick up whatever colors I think are pretty. I will be posting my new handmade stuffed animal toys in our Ruffing’s shop

Light Blue Fleece Hug Me Slugs by Elizabeth RuffingI am still trying to include the blooming flowers in the yard as I photograph my slugs, but today, I wanted to include my kitty assistant too.

Cleo, Original One-of-a-kind Siamese Cat Art Doll by Max BaileyWe also just posted Cleo, Max Bailey’s latest Siamese cat original, one-of-a-kind art doll. I was finishing up editing her photos just this afternoon. We will be posting our new original one-of-a-kind anthropomorphic cat art dolls in our Ruffing’s shop as well.