Toby and the Flowers

Ahhh....
But they're specifically called "pee-on-me's"!

What? Did I do something I wasn’t supposed to?

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Flowers and scallops embroidered on white pillow case set.

For your very own lovely (pee-free) flowers, consider adding these embroidered pillow cases to your decor! The scallops and posies will bring an old-fashioned touch to your home.

Flowers and Scallops Embroidered Pillow Cases are available from my shop.

Chopped Liver

I am going to miss Auntie. Auntis is so wonderful! She is the greatest. She's so pretty! Auntie gives the best tummy rubs.
So what am I? Chopped liver?!?
No. If you were chopped liver, you would smell better.
Two Cairn terriers asleep on the floor.

Yes, we like Uncle and Auntie better than you? Are you so surprised?

Once again company came to town, and once again my “faithful companion” deserted me. Both of my dogs preferred to hang around with my brother’s family, even if they were ignoring my pups in favor of their phones.

Really, I find it sweet that my dogs are so loving toward others, but boys….save the last dance for me. (Auntie and Uncle aren’t going to clean poop off your fur, after all.)

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Handmade cross stitched patchwork hearts acrylic coaster set.

Looking for a gift for someone special? These hand-stitched Calico Heart Coasters would be a great way to keep a loved one’s tables safe from glasses of icy lemonade. This set of coasters (and many other gifts) are available from my shop.

Muffins & Pears

Whaa!
But mom, everyone loves muffin tops! Remember that episode of Seinfeld?
Oh wait...
Jeez, just how much weight did you put on? That's the thing...I didn't gain any!

Ha! Father Time’s a bitch, ain’t he?

Real Life Toby is smug that he can eat anything and still look cute. Real Life Mommy is grumpy that she is most likely going to have to hand even more money over to Walmart in exchange for a pair of pants. Or a muumuu.

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This is the season for so many happy occasions! Whether a graduation or a birthday or an anniversary, your gift will make a real impression when presented in this reusable Gift Presentation Bag. After your gift has been given, it can be used to present yet another gift, or it can be used as a handy tote.

Zodiac Gift Presentation Bag (and others) can be found in my shop.

Tan Lines

It's finally warm enough for short sleeves. Look, I already have a tan line! So going from Arctic White to Fish Belly White now counts as "tan"?
It does if you're Scandanavian!

Beware. Mommy’s tan can be blinding.

Despite being very fair and coming from a family strong with red heads, for most of my life I was unable to either tan or burn. I could go out for an entire day in the hot sun and come home just as pale as when I started. I didn’t believe such a thing was possible. I thought that even if you didn’t tan, you couldn’t help but burn. Nope. I asked a doctor about it once. He wouldn’t make eye contact with me and mumbled something about my body chemistry not being right for tanning or burning. It never made sense, but I didn’t know how to argue the point.

A few years ago I did finally regain/develop the ability to burn. Guess how I found out.

Do I smell bacon?

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Copper Brocade Paisley Vest for Boys

Soon it will be the season for weddings! If you are planning to attend an in-person affair and need something nice for your young man, consider shopping at L Bowman Studios. There you will find an assortment of dress shirts, handmade ties, vests and knitwear in the Boys’ section.

Make sure your boy is dressed in the style he deserves!

The Governor

Mwahaha!
Actually the article says that the Governor was accused of a "Reign of Tyrany", not a "Rain of T-Rexes". Yeah, but my way is more visually appealing.
Cairn terrier stalking prey

And if it weren’t for me, there would be nothing funny about this situation at all.

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Cover of the book Dream Our World

While there aren’t any T-Rexes in Dream Our World, there are plenty of other scary things! Come with the boys to The Museum of the Imagination and view the world of art from their canine perspective.

Dream Our World is available from my shop.

It Almost Happened Again

It was hard enough to believe the first time, then today it nearly happened again.

Last year Toby found a newly fledged bird on the ground. He was so startled that his eyes grew wide and his mouth fell open. The bird was startled as well and tried to fly, and he did…right into Toby’s mouth. Toby coughed out the bird, but unfortunately it died. (These were some rough sketches I did to remember the day.)

Today I opened the front door only to have a little bird come in and once again try to fly into Toby’s mouth. In his mind, catching birds must be the easiest thing in the world.

I must have chased that little bird for half an hour trying to get it to go outside. When it first came in it could only hop. By the end, it was starting to fly in earnest.

When I went to prop open the door to shoo the baby bird out, I found this.

A sibling waiting to come in and join the fun.

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Country Fresh

If you would like a little birdie for your house, consider adding this Chicken and Eggs Stitched Bread Cloth to your decor. Homemade, warm, crusty bread (or breads you claim are homemade!) presented on a beautifully decorated bread cloth will taste even better when served to guests.

Chicken and Eggs Bread Cloth is available from my shop.

Under the Couch

Yark!  Oh Toby, why do you always have to do that under the furniture?
Don't worry.  I'll get it.  Gross.

Toby likes to make sure that it is next to impossible to clean up after him. Geordie at least had the good sense to go outside to do this.

Where would be the fun in that?

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If you would like to enjoy more of Bitey and Toby’s adventures, order a copy of Dream Our World. inside the boys visit the museum of their dreams and view the world of art from a canine perspective.

Cover of the book Dream Our World

Persistent or Pathetic

For months, I have been applying for a position as a Pet Portrait Artist with a company that let’s just say rhymes with “Schmooey”. Every week or so I send another letter along with samples of my work and links to my website. Every week I get absolutely no reply. This isn’t the only place ghosting me. If someone doesn’t like my work, that’s fine, but I hate to waste my time and theirs with a bunch of unwanted letters.

Gma nags me to keep contacting these places, but I wonder where does the line fall between “persistent” and “pathetic”? How many tries does it take before I get the hint?


Little Cairn terrier.

Don’t kid yourself mom. You’re always pathetic.

Hooves

Whew!  The more you boys chew on those hooves, the more it smells like a barn in here!
So that's why barns smell so bad...cow feet.

Toby didn’t want me sitting in my chair today. He kept jumping up to get my attention. To make him happy I decided to lie down on the floor and keep him company. I was really tired, though, and I fell asleep almost as soon as I did. Unbeknownst to me, Toby brought over one of his hooves to entertain himself. He sat down next to me and pressed the hoof against the back of my legs while I slept. When I woke up my pants were soggy with drool, and I smelled like a barn. Thanks Toby!

Toby innocently stands there, wondering what mommy is looking at.

Any time, mom. Any time.

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Do you know anyone who could use a touch of luxury or fantasy in their life? L Bowman Studios is where they can find beautiful Velvet Pillows to unleash their inner “Royals”. Perfect for home decor or for proposing to that special someone. The only limit to their uses is your imagination.

RAHru

The other day, Toby was making quite a fuss at his toy box. I told him to take out whatever he wanted, but he insisted that I get it. Several times I asked him what he was looking for, and he kept saying “RAHru”. OK, let’s figure out what RAHru is. One by one I picked up the toys to offer him. He was completely disinterested until I picked up this tiger. Then his eyes got big and his tail started wagging. Evidently this toy is RAHru.

It seems that Toby wanted RAHru in order to have someone to frame for stealing socks.

Naughty Cairn terrier tears up trash while his toy Blue Puppy watches the carnage.

Blue Puppy has company as Toby’s naughty sidekick.

You don’t expect me to take responsibility for my own behavior, do you?

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Cover of the book Dream Our World

If you haven’t read Dream Our World yet then this is a perfect time to pick up a copy! Inside, my two naughty Cairn terriers visit the museum of their dreams and view the world of art from a canine perspective.

Dream Our World is available from my shop.