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Huggy Bunny, Original Doll by Elizabeth Ruffing

Huggy Bunny by Elizabeth RuffingThis is my new “Huggy Bunny”. He is an original one-of-a-kind doll, created from my own original design and pattern. He is hand signed on his bottom. Huggy Bunny is entirely handmade and is meant to be displayed and loved, and he is sturdy enough to be played with. His body is made of 100% cotton quilting fabrics, which have been fused to an extra layer of cotton sheeting for durability.

Huggy Bunny by Elizabeth RuffingHis little tail, and the edges of his clothes, and his pink parts are machine stitched with a zig zag over the raw edge appliqué. His ears and joints have been hand quilted. He has no loose or removable parts. He is stuffed with Poly-fil polyester stuffing.

I hand embroidered a coral stitch on his booties. His cute little eyes and mouth are hand embroidered as well.

Huggy Bunny by Elizabeth RuffingHuggy Bunny has love to give. Lots. And he’s happy to give it. He is a cheerful and agreeable sort.

Huggy Bunny is also part of the Etsy for Animals January challenge. 10% of sales (not including shipping) of prints from my Etsy shop and our collective Etsy shop will be going to animal charities. This month we are hoping to raise some money for The Cedarhill Animal Sanctuary in light of their recent emergency need for donations.

Huggy Bunny and The Rabbit Dances by Elizabeth Ruffing

Michele from Etsy for Animals added Huggy Bunny to her “Bunnies Helping Bunnies! EFA” treasury list on Etsy, along with my “The Rabbit Dances” greeting cards. Michele also posted Mr Bunny on the Best Friends Network forums, which is part of Best Friends Animal Society, a group that advocates kindness to animals and an end to pet homelessness. Thanks, Michele!

Please see Elizabeth’s Etsy toy shop for currently available soft dolls and art toys.

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Stuffed

“Huggy Bunny” is stitched and stuffed. I did some hand quilting on his ears and at his arm and leg joints.

His little tail, and the edges of his clothes, and his pink parts are machine stitched with a zig zag over the raw edge appliqué.

I took a shot at doing a twisted chain hand embroidery stitch on the booties. I don’t think mine came out the way it was supposed to, but I liked it anyway. So, I kept going with it. I’ll have to try it the right way later. My book, Judith Baker Montano’s Elegant Stitches, arrived today, and it is very nice, with lots of pretty, inspirational pictures. I am still on the lookout for The Embroidery Stitch Bible by Betty Barnden, which I think has even more photos of the stitches. I need all the visual aids I can get.

Mister Bunny seems like an agreeable sort, cheerful, ready for anything. I think I will try raising the arms just a bit when I make his friend/sister/brother, and I think I’ll make a simpler outfit next time. This one is adorable, but it took such a long time to make. I’ll have to get him posted on Etsy so I can make the Etsy for Animals January challenge deadline. I was lucky to get him done and photographed before it starts raining again.

Later…Ah ha! I was looking through Elegant Stitches and I discovered that my mutated twisted chain stitch is really a coral stitch. I learned something after all!
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Handmade Winter-themed Holiday Cards by Elizabeth Ruffing

I’ve just put together a few sets of blank cards for the holidays this year, that I might also do as mini prints. Above is “The Rabbit Dances“.

This is “Snowy Night“.

I attached the images to acid-free ivory card stock using acid-free glue to make cards that are 5 by 6 1/2 inches. They are blank inside, and have matching ivory envelopes.

Happy holidays!

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New A E Ruffing Art Prints on Etsy

Our Ruffing’s Etsy shop has some new additions. We’ve listed quite a few fine art giclées in our shop. These are a small sampling. Above is “Oriole and Daylily”, depicting a Northern Oriole perched on an orange daylily.

Hiding, Eastern cottontail rabbit with black-eyed Susans, by A E Ruffing This is “Hiding”, showing a little Eastern cottontail rabbit tucked away among the black-eyed Susans.

Sunday Morning, watercolor porch scene with rocking chair, by A E RuffingAnd this is “Sunday Morning”, a country porch scene with a rocking chair, all in blues and greens.

All of these giclée prints are based on original watercolor paintings by A E Ruffing, and are printed on heavy-weight fine art paper.