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 .

Cargo Shorts

This is not what cargo shorts are for. You don't expect us to carry our own toys, do you?
Dang. Who knew there were such things?

I was always tempted to get those for my dogs so they would have to carry their own stuff. (See how they like hauling around bags of poop for hours!)

Dear Ladies’ Clothing Designers: they’re not really “cargo shorts” if you can’t fit anything in the pockets!

Here is a sketch I did of Toby’s girlfriend from the previous post.

(I’m guessing she’s a half-Malt.)

Handmade olive green tweed cardigan for men.

Is it hotter than blazes outside, but you’re stuck inside with arctic air conditioning? The solution might be a hand knit tweed cardigan! This Olive Green Tweed Cardigan is as cozy as a hug. It is silky soft and is hand knit of a fine merino wool/alpaca/Donnegal tweed yarn. There is no scratchiness or coarseness to this sweater. The mid-weight fabric has a wonderful drape and a comfortable, broken-in look to it already. There is no stiffness as there are with some knits. The sweater is also generously sized to fit comfortably.

Olive Green Tweed Cardigan is available form 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.

Cool New Shades

Look what mommy got us! A coloring book and colors. Wow, so many shades of gray!
D'you figure that's what the movie 50 Shades of Gray is about? A new box of crayons? Probably. What else woudl it be?
Cairn terrier stalking prey

You know I’m just going to eat those, right?

In Slovak, the word for dog is “pes” and the word for crayon is “pestelka”. This product practically invented itself. Add a few fangs on the box, and how could it help but be “Preferred by Puppies”?

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The deaf community has been receiving a lot more attention recently. Characters on TV shows and spokespersons in commercials are all highlighting the challenges and rewards of being other-abled.

If you would like the opportunity to start teaching your child Sign Language early, this handmade ASL quilt would be a perfect place to start.

Handmade ASL/American Sign Language Quilt with stuffed monkey posing on top.

Educational and a work of art, two qualities you will find to inspire your child in this heirloom-quality, handmade ASL/American Sign Language Alphabet Quilt.

ASL/American Sign Language Quilt is available from my shop.

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.

Blue Loo

Hey, it looks like youi got a little something on your face.  Yeah, you too, but I know what'll fix it!
Blublublublub....
She'll never know what we did.  We're too clever for her!
Should I be worried?
Blue Loo

I can’t wait to get inside and wash off.

Toby got what will hopefully be his last bath from me today. Why the last? This dog is like the Tasmanian devil when it comes to grooming. After yet another bite, I decided it was time to look for a groomer. I had been avoiding groomers because of my allergies. I have problems with fragrances and with parabens. I have no idea if I will be lucky enough to find someone who uses products that I can tolerate. If not, this might end up being Toby’s last bath ever. Gross.

(In real life the toilet lid is kept down when not in use, so Toby can’t wash his face whenever he wants to.)

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If your dirt demon is really a little boy, consider getting him something stylish for Summer. Some states are opening, so there are likely to be weddings and possibly graduations coming up in the next few months. Dress your young man in clothes sure to make a statement.

These and more items are available from my shop.