Saturday, October 26, 2013

Fall Portrait

Leslie, Mako the Airedale and Punch the PBGV on a fall afternoon.

Mako @ 15 Months - a Portrait

This portrait was my donation to the Airedale Terrier Club of America's 2013 Fine Arts Raffle. It was held to fund the club's 2014 banquet held during Montgomery week. The winners were chosen in the MCKC ring after the Airedale Best of Breed competition.

It is my Airedale, Mako, at 15 months, after his first Montgomery. The acrylic on canvas painting was won by Lori Taylor who was running the Airedale Rescue Quilt booth. I'm so glad to get to meet her. I know the painting has a good home!

Mako @ 15 Months - After His First Montgomery

Monday, September 30, 2013


When Winter comes, I will remember this tomato. It's brilliant red, it's juicy texture and bold taste. Those thoughts will keep me warm. And make me hungry, too!

This lovely heirloom tomato is the epitome of Summer.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

New Retro Pups© Jewelry

   I have been working on additional original, many one-of-a-kind, pieces for my Retro Pups© series. This necklace features one of the Retro Pups© photos - the Boston Mug - framed in copper and glass accented with violet Swarovski crystals. Findings are copper and the 11" ball chain is brass.

   I am working on a series of bracelet that are similar in style to this one:

   This bracelet was my donation to an auction for a famous Airedale rescue lady. This was the auction description: "An original, one of a kind, Terrier-themed bracelet featuring 6 Terrier portraits from the artist's Retro Pups® collection. Photos are in antiqued metal copper frames with glass. All links, posts findings and spacers are copper. The bracelet is designed for an average sized woman's wrist of 7 1/2". Links can be removed or added. Frames are adorned with light and dark amethyst Swarovski crystals. One side of bracelet features portraits of a vintage ceramic Tangerine Scottie, a vintage wooden Boston Terrier and a celluloid Wire Fox Terrier. The reverse side shows 3 porcelain Sealyham Terrier portraits. The bracelet includes dog themed charms plus original handmade charms and pendents created by the artist of Czech crystal beads, Tiger eye beads, smoky abalone and copper spacers. Bracelet comes gift boxed and signed by the artist. By Leslie Apple - Blue Zephyr Studios, LLC." The reverse side of the bracelet is shown below...

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

An Okra Blossom and a PBGV

I have also learned that okra has these lovely flowers. The catch is that they only bloom for a few hours - like 2 to 3 - and then they close forever! Here, Punch the PBGV takes a quick sniff of an elusive okra blossom.