Introductions

Hi, my name is Star. Your name is Toaster.
Sigh...
Can I at least be Toastar?

Despite the similarity of their names, The Tobester does not like The Toaster.

Cairn terrier stands over slain toy

Mom, you can’t draw a car for crap!

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Orchid Bread Cloth

To display your golden toast when company comes over, consider using this lovely hand stitched Orchid Bread Cloth to line your bread basket. Made of 100% cotton, it will add an extra touch of festivity to any occasion.

Orchid Bread Cloth and other fine gifts are available from my shop.

Toby and Tiger

Ouch. Doesn't this smack of copyright infringement? Nah, it's an homage!

While Toby’s bestie for trouble-making is Blue Puppy, his partner when it comes to food is Tiger. Tiger is actually a cheetah, but my family named the toy “Tiger”, and this is what I picture in my mind when they say it.

When Toby first started bringing me Tiger, I thought he wanted me to chase him. It took several tries before I realized that Toby was saying “Tiger is hungry too”. (D’oh!) So now after Toby eats he brings me Tiger, and then Tiger has his share.

Tiger waits patiently for his snack while Toby heads off by himself.

Toby had tried to steal a pair of pajama bottoms from the laundry to trade for food, but the more he pulled the more he closed the door on himself. Eventually he gave up and took a nap.

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If you would like a Dresden Plate Quilt like the one in the pictures above, I happen to have one! This colorful quilt has been hand appliqued and hand quilted over many painstaking hours. With the quilt are two matching shams so your new bedroom ensemble will already be complete. For more information, click here.

Checkout for the quilt is available through my shop.

Balloons

Today is my birthday. What do you think about that? Hmmm...
Hmmm...
Hey! Get back here! You can't do that. It's impossible! Hmmm...
Hmmm...Gimme that back!

It’s Stinky Toby’s birthday. Happy Birthday little boy!

Happy, happy birthday

From all of us to you!

And on this very special day

May all your dreams come true!

Presents on the table

And folks who give a hoot.

Now blow out your candles

And kindly please don’t toot!

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Is there a party going on at your house? Then consider buying one of these eco-friendly gift bags for presenting your gift! These lovely bags can be reused to give yet another gift, or they can be used as a handy tote. If you are concerned about germs, bags are machine washable!

Gift Presentation Bags are available from my shop.

Sweet Potato Cookie Recipe

This is not my recipe. I found it on the internet and have no idea where.

Sweet Potato Cookies

2 1/4 cup flour

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. nutmeg

1 cup butter

3/4 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup sugar

3/4 cup sweet potato puree

1 egg

2 tsp. vanilla

1 1/2 cup toasted pecans, chopped

Mix dry ingredients. Cream butter, potato, sugar and egg. Mix with dry ingredients, then add pecans. Scoop 1” balls. Bake 400 degrees for 10 min until set. Can be glazed.

I have to use alternative ingredients, so my cookies are brown rice flour with coconut oil and very little sugar. To me, they remind me of Snickerdoodles in that they have a mild flavor and a medium texture (not hard, not soft). If you wanted to get adventurous and put mini chocolate chips in them, that would probably be good too!

If you try them, you’ll have to let me know how they turn out. 😊

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If you try them, send me some. Dogs like Christmas cookies too!

Christmas Cookies

Another season...another reason...for baking cookies! That's not how the song goes. Mind your own business!

I don’t usually bake cookies because…well….I’m lazy.

Sweet potato that Toby dug up in the garden

I still have an abundance of sweet potatoes from the garden, so I decided to try out a new recipe – Sweet Potato Cookies.

A surprise arrived when I went to make the cookies – a double yolked egg! I have no idea if they are good luck or not, but they did make the cookies extra cholesterol-y.

I got this cookie plate probably 30 years ago, but I never got to use it until now. I just felt like celebrating that the puppy and kitty finally got to watch for Santa.

Don’t I get to have some? I like sweet potatoes.

To make your celebrations even more festive, add this hand-stitched Chicken and Egg Bread Cloth to your table!

Country Fresh

Foods will taste even better when their presentation is enhanced with hand made care. Chicken and Egg Bread Cloth is available from my shop.

Boots

Mommy’s boots and puppies’ boots

After a day of play.

They go with us on our ADventures

and then by the door they stay.

Climbing hills, breaking trails,

They go wherever we go.

We take them off when we say goodnight

And dream of more days of snow.

Two puppies make snow angels in a snow bank.
Two puppies look at their snow angels. One is an angel, the other one a devil.

Ooh, tough break Toby.

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Handknit man's cardigan.

Many fine cardigans and sweaters are still available at L Bowman Studios! These incredibly soft cardigans are hand knit of merino wool, superfine alpaca and Donnegal tweed. The buttons are made of eco-friendly natural coconut shell. Warm cozy sweaters allow us to keep the thermostat turned back to save both money and the environment.

Many gifts are available at my shop at L Bowman Studios.

The Tall Snow

Puppy standing in deep snow, looking up in awe.
Puppy stannding at base of huge snow pile
Mom, can I poop in the house like when I was a puppy?

Toby thought he liked snow until he encountered the deep stuff.

Now, like the rest of us, he is waiting for a thaw. *

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Cover of the book Dream Our World

Escape your snowy world with a trip to The Museum of the Imagination in Dream Our World! Inside Bitey and Toby visit the museum of their dreams and enjoy a day of unsupervised fun. Dream Our World makes a great gift for all ages.

Dream Our World is available from my shop and from Amazon.

*After the Storm, oil on canvas

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