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.

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 .

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.


					

Clip Clop. Clip Clop. Bang.

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No, that wasn’t an Amish drive by. That was Fed Ex Ground (formerly known as The Pony Express) delivering my modem.

Over the past week, Toby and I have been visiting friends, drawing pictures and otherwise trying to keep our sanity without the internet. Here are some samples from our week.

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What do you mean a "Reverse Freddy Kreuger"? Like when teenagers fall asleep I do nice things for them?

Update on Toby’s new sleeping arrangements: the little guy has adjusted to the change very well. Now when he gets tired he demands “Biscuit and Bed” and happily runs into his kennel for the night.

In real life, it is Mom who still feels bad.

Toby doing “The Dance of Love” with one of his many lady friends~

Remember The Swimming Hole? This is one of the full-time residents.

Toby tried to eat a bumble bee. Again.

Anyway, that was part of our week. Hope yours was even better!

Almost Like Looking in a Mirror

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I dunno, I think the shorts fit just like on the model.

You would, wouldn’t you?

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Teen overalls with retro rooster design

Add some fun to your days with these hand-painted Psychedelic Rooster Overalls! Sized for the petite woman or teen, these cotton overalls are sure to catch a lot of attention.

Psychedelic Rooster Overalls are available from my shop.

Toby’s Hydrangea

Aaagh!

Aaah! The “hydra” in hydrangea stands for “hydrate”.

Well, here is Toby’s hydrangea. As you can see he was very creative with his colors making his flowers everything from white to purple. My little boy does enjoy his work.

Cairn terrier stalking prey

Actually mom I cheated. I used these!

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Add some colorful flowers to your day with this lovely Floral Tote Bag. The floral bag can also be used as a gift presentation bag instead of disposable paper or plastic ones. Floral Gift Presentation Bag can be used over and over. In fact, the bag itself can be part of the gift!

Floral Gift Presentation Bag is available form my shop.

Floral Gift Bag in pastel colors