Mr. Pickles and the Oasis

Meet Mr. Pickles. This sad fellow ran away from an unhappy home and ended up inspiring an entire pig rescue project called Oasis Acres Potbelly Pig Foster Home. Sadly Mr. Pickles passed away last week from a bowel obstruction. People in his home town of Hannibal Missouri are still mourning his passing. During his short life, this humble pig has brought much awareness to the plight of domestic pigs and and all that is involved in caring for them and finding them loving homes.

Little pig smiles as she lies on her favorite blanket

Say “Hello” to Rose, another domestic piggie. Her happy smile inspired me.

Pen and ink sketch of a Cairn terrier puppy

Frankly, I do not see the resemblance.

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Pig Quilt
Pig in overalls lunch bag

If you would like to add either of these adorable pig-themed items to your household, then visit Oasis Acres for their raffle! All proceeds go to the care and maintenance of the foster piggies.

Ghosts & Zombies

What do you think the role of ghosts will be during a zombie apocalypse?
What do you mean? Right now, there are a lot of shows on TV about people being bothered by ghosts. Do you think they will still notice them when zombies are all around?
There will be a lot of sudden deaths when the zombies come, so will there be a lot more ghosts? Do you think they would haunt their old homes, or would they haunt their bodies which are still walking around?
I think you need an earlier bedtime.

I ain’t ‘fraid of no ghosts.

(But I think I’ll sleep sitting up with the lights on anyway.)

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ASL Alien Hand Pillow with Galaxies

If you enjoy the idea of having a starry sky in your house, consider adding this fun accent pillow! Across the background of the cosmos a friendly alien hand signs “I love you” in American Sign Language. (Hollywood has taught us that most aliens look humanoid and speak English, so this shouldn’t come as a surprise.)

Alien Hand ASL “I Love You” Pillow is available from my shop L Bowman Studios.

Dog Days of Summer

Never mind finding Waldo…find Toby!

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Bitey and Toby are part of the Dog Days of Summer display at the Glendale Public Library in Arizona! If you happen to be in the area, stop by to Find Bitey & Toby, read a good book or do a fun craft project related to well-known literature

Toby and I are so honored to be part of this display. A big thank you to the wonderful librarians at the library!

Dream Our World

Dream Our World can be borrowed through the inter-library-loan system or purchased through my shop, L Bowman Studios.

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You are being boring so I am going to steal this sock.

Sox on the Beach

Are you wearing socks at the beach? No, that's a tan line.
Nerd!

For heaven’s sake, I go bare-pawed. Why can’t you?

I stopped going barefoot years ago because I always seemed to step on bees. A friend convinced me to try “earthing” to try to connect to the power of the planet through contact. Well, I connected alright – with a bee. I guess it’s back to nerdy socks and shoes.

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L Bowman Studios

Perhaps you have a kitty named Socks and would like her portrait done or have a friend with a birthday coming up and need a unique gift. If so, stop by L Bowman Studios to see examples of pet portraits I have done as well as sizes and pricing.

Pet portraits are also a loving way to pay tribute to a pet who has passed.

Holes

Hey you pests, what is this?! A tail hole? Ventilation?
Quit chewing my underwear!
Worth it! Totally!

A good wisecrack is always worth it!

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The other night I walked past Toby’s kennel and found him sitting up. Figuring he had to go outside I started to reach to open the door. As I did, I realized that he wasn’t looking at me, his ears weren’t moving when I spoke….oh dear, this dog is asleep sitting up!

It took forever for me to rouse him, and when I did he was very logy. What a strange little boy I have.

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If you are looking for the perfect birthday or holiday gift for someone you love, consider giving them a pet portrait! Stop by my studio to see sizes and pricing. Order now to avoid the seasonal rush!

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Blueberry Muffins

We thought that we’d give him

the gift of a huggin’

so we found us a puffin

all wheezin’ and snufflin’

who said she would help

without chargin’ us nothin’.

She wrapped her wings ’round

and with plenty of huffin’

inadvertently squeezed out

a part of his stuffin’.

It’s only because her nose

was a stuffed ‘un

that saved her from smellin’ those

“blueberry muffins”.

Ha! I bet you were expecting a recipe.

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If you might be interested in a pet portrait for yourself or someone you know, consider visiting L Bowman Studios.

Before and After

Huh...who knew it was all fur?

Yesterday was Toby’s first grooming appointment. I was comforted to find out he was just as evil and bitey for the groomer as he had been for me. (Now I don’t take it as personally.)

As I was checking out, I asked if we wanted to schedule another appointment, would we be welcome or should we call someone else. Surprisingly, they said they would take Toby back. Suckers!!

What made me smile was just how happy Toby has been since his grooming. He has been cheerful and playful and in a great mood. It may be unrealistic, but I hope he makes the association between being groomed and feeling good. Maybe he won’t be so incorrigible next time.

It’s Shoe-Cleaning Time!

Some may know this time of year as Blueberry Season.

Toby taught me not to wear felt-bottomed shoes when I go blueberry picking. That day, he would not let me move until he had cleared every drop of juice from my poor tennies.

There is at least another bucket of berries waiting to be picked and turned into pies. Tomorrow I plan to help them with their collective wish.

OK, the blue I understand. We've been eating blueberries. But what about the yellow?

What? I like to keep things interesting!

Want Some Dipping Sauce With That?

Hey look...chicken nuggets!s!

Not that Toby is always hungry or anything.

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If you think chickens are adorable (or delicious. Your pick.), then consider adding this Chicken and Egg Cross Stitched Bread Cloth to your table. Homemade, warm, crusty breads (or breads you claim are homemade!) presented on a beautifully decorated bread cloth will taste even better when served to guests.





Country Fresh

Chicken and Egg Cross Stitched Bread Cloth is available from my shop.

A “Brush” With Danger

That's it!  No more pets for me.  What?  I just didn't want to have my fur brushed.
Thanks for ruining things for us Toby.  We would have liked to have a mom like yours.

(I picture the puppy guf much like heaven.)

I can’t seem to go two weeks without a dog bite. This time Toby was fully awake. I was brushing his fur, and he threw a bloody tantrum when I hit a small tangle. I was trying to make things easier for his groomer when he goes for his first appointment, but now she is on her own. I’ve also started shopping for muzzles for Toby – only I am calling them “masks” and pretending they will keep him safe rather than me.

Look, I painted some puppies!

Oh no, wait. I only painted the one on the left. The one on the right is by Sir Edwin Landseer. I had the opportunity to see that picture at the museum a few years ago. Among all of those famous paintings, it was surprising to see something that reminded me of my own. (See? The secret of doing good art stuff is finding something you like and claiming you did it!)

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If you would like a pet portrait of your own, I work in various sizes and mediums. Just contact me a my shop and let me know what you are looking for. L Bowman Studios .