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Tens or twenties

Hug Me Art Toys by Elizabeth Ruffing, in progressI kept forgetting what day it was, and getting lost in the all things I have to do, and want to do. So, I decided I needed to break my toy making down into manageable chunks. I’m not very good with making schedules, because I can’t really tell how long it will take me to make a toy or a doll. They take as long as they take. Rushing only causes me to make mistakes. Instead of trying to make a time schedule, I thought it would be better to give myself sets of toys to work on, in numbers I can hold easily in my mind. Missing a self-imposed deadline only makes me feel bad, but striving to complete ten or twenty toys is an attainable goal that makes me feel more in control. Above is part of my first group, fleece Alley Cat Angel sock kitten on the way. I will be posting my new handmade stuffed animal toys in our Ruffing’s shop.

Hug Me Slugs by Elizabeth Ruffing, cotton print fabricsThese are the first two art toys, in my first set of ten. I haven’t made any cotton print Hug Me Slugs for a long time. I had started these before, and left them unfinished. The appliqu├ęd cotton toys tend to be challenging, especially in regard to stuffing them. Whenever I make any, I vow to never make any more. My first Hug Me Slugs were all of this variety, and I made quite a few of them. I’m not sure where I found the patience. I have other dolls of this type, still waiting to be finished, like my Lucy Dolls. Eventually, I will get myself to finish them. I was proud of myself when I finished these today, a green Hug Me Slug and a pink polka dot Hug Me Slug.

Batik fabricsFeeling encouraged, after completing these cotton Hug Me Slugs, I picked up a few batik fabrics this afternoon. I’m going to hand sew fleece features onto them. I really like batiks, and have others in my stash I’d like to try too. I’ll see how my first experiments look.

Alley Cats and Angels of NC TNR projectI uploaded my TNR photos from Mother’s Day to the Alley Cats and Angels Facebook page. You can view the Spring Hope album here. My Mother’s Day photos start a few photos into the album. I added play-by-play captions too, like the last time. The fast food cat-trapping photos are in this album. The photo above is what my mom calls Marie’s jungle combat photo. There is a tabby cat on the roof, taunting Marie with her indifference.

Alley Cats and Angels of NC TNR projectThe tabby eventually came down, and she was spayed and vaccinated the next day.

Alley Cats and Angels of NC TNR projectThe kittens all saw the vet, got medications to take, and are doing well. The little hissing one stopped hissing too.

Empress Josephine, loungingOur own Josephine, who also came from a hoarding-type situation, seems to have left her past behind completely. She is getting spoiled, and enjoying it very much. Tia suggested she needs someone to fan her with palm fronds now. I’m sure if Josephine ever learns of this, she will demand someone perform this task immediately.

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Slug love

Students with their Fleece Hug Me Slugs by Elizabeth RuffingI received these great photographs from two architecture students who celebrated the passing of their exams with some Hug Me Slug love. They have been taking tests for four years, and “SLUG” is the term they have used for the series of difficult exams they have had to take. They were both very happy to have some fun slugs as a reward for all their hard work. Congratulations to them both and thank you for these photos! I love them.

Fleece Hug Me Slugs by Elizabeth Ruffing, out to lunchThey had a celebratory get-together at a new restaurant, and the slugs went too! And, it would appear that the slugs like mac-n-cheese and salad! It looks like they all had a happy day. I think the slugs look very pleased with all the food. I’m told the waitress was quite taken with them as well.

Fleece Hug Me Slugs by Elizabeth Ruffing, out to lunchLots of other slugs have been shipping out all over the country, and the world. Here are some more that went on their way to their new homes recently. I will be posting my new handmade stuffed animal toys in our Ruffing’s shop.

Fleece Hug Me Slugs by Elizabeth RuffingI am still catching up, with more custom orders to finish, and some doll clothes to make. I made a fleece kitty pattern design I am waiting to sew too.

Fleece Hug Me Slugs by Elizabeth RuffingThe weather has been beautiful here, and warm. I want to get outside and do some gardening.

Fleece Hug Me Slugs by Elizabeth RuffingThe azaleas have started blooming, and the dogwood flowers are just opening.

Fleece Hug Me Slugs by Elizabeth RuffingI have an extra assistant now, one who steals all my pens. This is Josephine, formerly Frosty, planning an attack on a ballpoint pen. She has plenty of toys, but pens are of special interest to her. I think she may want to be a writer when she grows up.

Fleece Hug Me Slug by Elizabeth Ruffing, Kitten stealing my penOr a thief. That might be closer to her true aspirations.

Fleece Hug Me Slug by Elizabeth Ruffing, Kitten stealing my pen