Model Search winners – week 3

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I’m thrilled to announce the next model in the LEAPUP spring 2018 collection model search is….. drum roll…. Ollie number 132. Congratulations!

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I have a couple of packs of ‘dog love’ postcards to giveaway and they will be going to…

#487 Jarvis

#528 Louie

#301 Dash

#156 Bella

#261 Doodle

Congrats, if you message me your address I’ll get them in the post asap.

I am working like crazy to get the cushion/illustration & bandana giveaways finished (drawing and sewing a-go-go). I plan to get last week’s postcards for winners out in the post asap but I’m still waiting to hear from #188 Ruby Tuesday, Darcy #113, Duncan no #267 & Ollie #383 – please message me your addresses as soon as you get a moment.

Here are a couple of pics of postcard winners so far…

I’ll be announcing a couple more giveaway winners next Monday 18th December, you’ll need to know your entry number so make sure you know it! The model search officially closes on Wednesday 20th December when I’ll be announcing the final model winner so stay posted and good luck!

The Cav Collective Christmas Social

Sunday’s Cav Collective social… Christmas jumpers, wooly hats and gloves, freezing cold weather, a deep white frost and not forgetting the antlers… it’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas!

Thanks to Sharon for her warm welcome at Watergate cafe at the end of our walk – it was freezing (too cold for some of the youngsters who had to give the walk a miss and warm their cold hands and toes at the cafe). Yummy luxury marshmallow hot chocolate was just the medicine!

The next Cav Collective meet up will be Sunday 14th January 2018 setting off on our walk promptly @9.45 AM from the main car park and finishing at Watergate Cafe. Please check the weather and dress appropriately/wrap up warm if it’s another cold one!

Photographs by Leanne Warren.

Model search giveaway winners week 2

This week = a giveaway bonanza to celebrate reaching 1K likes on Facebook!

 It was really, really difficult choosing between all the pics entered into the model search – they are all so different but each and very one so beautiful. Thanks everyone for taking part and if you aren’t lucky enough to be a winner this time, there will be another model announced & a couple of giveaway prizes next Monday 11th December.

The winners are:

 The prize of a tailor made doggie bandana goes to:
#203 Bella
#421 Mr Kuma
#460 Jack
#199 Alfie

 A personalised cushion pet portrait goes to #09 Kasper 

 POSTCARD WINNERS – selected using a random number generator

#113 Darcy,

#188 Ruby Tuesday

#495 Winston

#044 Charlie

#267 Duncan No

#362 Luna

#383 Ollie 

Finally I’m really happy to announce that Sully (#422) will be the next model for the Spring 2018 collection. Many congratulations Sully 

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More Giveaway Winners

It was great to finally make some decisions, and here are the giveaway winners announced on Monday…

Stanley Baxter (entry 032) won a ‘drinking dogs’ collection pet portrait…

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Beautiful Ada (entry 409)  was chosen to be the first model of my ‘Spring 2018’ collection… check back in the New Year for new designs featuring Ada 🙂

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There were also six packs of postcards given away – one pack to handsome Hudson who was celebrating his 3rd birthday…

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And five extra winners of postcards that were all selected at random using a random number generator… congratulations to Penny (258), Beam (182), Family Wright (332) Darcy (221) and Oliver (041) who were all postcard winners :).

The next giveaway draw will be Monday 4th December so visit my facebook page and enter your doggie pics asap. I’ll be allocating entry numbers tomorrow if you want a chance to be in it to win it on Monday :). The competition ends on the 20th December 2017.

Thanks from Leanne @ LEAPUP (assisted by Sophia the Lab and Oscar the Cav) xx

 

Dog lover Christmas gift guide 2017

giftguideLRI’ve pulled together a Pinterest board of doggie gift ideas, which I’m still adding to in the build up to Christmas. For anyone like me who is a little bit dog crazy it could help with your Christmas shopping ideas (I’ve also included lots of lovely kitty cat ideas too)…

The gift guide includes ideas for dog cards & gift wrap, cat and dog stocking fillers, doggie tree decorations, dog themed gifts for him and her, doggie decor and more… so have a look and see if there is anything you can tick off your Christmas list while you support an indie business this Christmas! See the full gift guide on Pinterest here: Dog lover Christmas gift guide 2017

I’ve found lots of lovely makes and here are just a few of the highlights:

Firstly if you have a Fox Terrier you will probably want anything and everything by Forever Foxed (I’m a huge fan) including these gorgeous minimal designs…

The dog tags by Hooby Noo are awesome, gorgeous pops of colour, you can personalise with your own choice of colours, words, breeds and even markings! A fab stocking filler and come in a wide variety of dog breeds…

 

It wasn’t me Christmas card by Doodle Dog Ink on Folksy  – just because it’s very cool…

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I love anything and everything by Sweet William Designs who also stock a large variety of breeds and have some great dog gifts for men and fab Christmas tree decorations in multiple breeds…

Always be kind stocking filler pin by Cutie and the Feast  / The Black Dog Club. There are more lovely cat and dog pins to choose from in the shop. This pin is made as part of a campaign to support self care and well being. Really looking forward to see what other designs will be coming out from them.

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Dachshund duck egg cushion by Homemade with Love – cottage chic decor all handmade so if you have any special preferences I’m sure you could choose your own fabric combos and there are other colours available. I just love this dachshund fabric in duck egg blue – so pretty!

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Beagle lamp by artisan sellers Horton & Grimwood. I am certain that whatever your requirements are they will be able to come up with any breed you ask for, as they take custom orders. I’ve also seen a cat version they made which is also fabulous. This is the white version that I ordered for my office with turquoise cord – it is fabulous, I love it 🙂 and highly recommend these sellers for great customer service…

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Dachshund necklace by Barking Hen Jewellery. These are designed and made by hand and I’m pretty sure if you contact Tamara from Barking Hen Jewellery she will be able to come up with pieces especially for you and your dog’s breed.

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Boston Terrier fans might not be able to resist these gorgeous makes by MollyMoochins on Folksy… there are more cute designs in the shop.

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Crocheted Dog Baskets – by Pixies’ Magic Hook. You may not be able to order a custom basket this year as I know the shop is very busy and these gorgeous personalised baskets are very time consuming – so maybe need to start planning ahead to next Christmas for this one! How cute though???

I am also going to unashamedly plug my own makes. I offer a range of doggie prints that can be personalised with your own words and I also create commissions from portraits, typically in my modern pop/art style… I am shipping to the UK until the 20th December. Then I’ll be shutting the shop for Christmas. Unfortunately I can not guarantee prints in time for Christmas for international orders.

For cat lovers there are lots of goodies pinned in my guide including these gorgeous enamel pins by Laura Talanti – she has more gorgeous kitty cat goodies, perfect for stocking fillers and these cute paw print gloves by Bspoque.

All the items I’ve included are from artisans and small indie businesses who sell across online platforms, all these shops are working very hard this Christmas and I hope you can offer some support to them by having a browse before you resort to supermarket / corporate chains for your shopping.

It would be great if you could give a little bit of time to support indie businesses like me – I guarantee that the person does a little happy dance when they make that sale, having poured their love and energy into their makes – you don’t exactly get that at the checkout of corporate chains, and so many products that you buy are mass produced. So yes please shop small and support indie businesses this year!

Thank you and happy shopping!

Leanne @LEAPUP xx

Dog lover Christmas gift guide 2017

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💓💓💓 CONGRATULATIONS!!! 💓💓💓

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💓💓💓 Here is the next giveaway winner in our LEAPUP model search, chosen by nine year old Felix… Entry number 125 – Lily. Thank you so much Felix I couldn’t have made this impossible decision without you xx

Lily’s prize is a Christmas illustration featuring her pretty face. Another winner will be announced on Facebook tomorrow. 💓💓💓

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💗💗💗 LEAPUP MODEL SEARCH UPDATE 💗💗💗

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CONGRATULATIONS to the very first prize winner, Eric (entry 76) who is 5 today!!! I’m sure you’ll all join me in wishing him a very happy birthday! His mom will be receiving a set of dog love postcards in the post.

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Also just a little note to say WOW!

Thank you for all of your wonderful entries to the model search, each and every doggie is so beautiful and full of character… this is going to be a very, very (if not impossible) decision. There have been more entrants (115 at the last count) than I was expecting so I’ll also be upping the number of spot prizes too. Hurray!

To help me choose some winners I’m happy to report that I now have dog lover, 9 year old Felix, on the case to choose a doggie he’d like to see in a Christmas design… and I’ll announce this prize winner this weekend!

The first Spring collection model will be chosen on Monday too so watch this space!!! Don’t forget to be chosen as the model for the new collection you have to have followed all of the instructions on the pinned post.

Thanks everyone and have a great day!

From Leanne, Sophia (the lab) and Oscar (the Cav) xx

Dog model search

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💖The LEAPUP search for dog models begins over on Facebook today!!! I’m looking for FOUR 🐶🐶🐶🐶 new dog models to inspire part of my new pop art collection 💖

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💖 For a chance for your dog to be featured in my SPRING 2018 doggie pop art COLLECTION:

1.Go to my facebook page (@LEAPUP1)

2. Post a photo of your dog that best shows your dogs’ character and personality 🐶

3. Tell us his/her name 🐶

4. Write five words best describing his/her strongest personality traits 💖


5. If you haven’t already don’t forget to like my facebook page! 🐶 (@LEAPUP1)

6. Feel free to tag your dog loving friends to help share this opportunity! 💖

7. One selected model will be announced from entries every Monday for the next four weeks, finishing Monday 20th December 2017 💖

model🐶 Four dogs will be chosen by Leanne Warren of LEAPUP to feature in the next collection, each model will receive a free art print of their dog from the spring 2018 collection. 🐶

PLEASE ONLY POST YOUR ENTRY TO THE ORIGINAL POST ON THE LEAPUP PAGE OTHERWISE YOUR ENTRY WILL NOT BE COUNTED

 

 

model compPlease note: Successful dog owners will be notified on Facebook. Only one photo entry will be accepted per dog. Multiple entries of the same dog will be disqualified. LEAPUP’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into. You must own copyright of any photographs you post, please do not post photographs taken by professional photographers unless you expressly have copyright permission to use the photograph for this purpose. The prize is as stated and no cash or other alternatives will be offered. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, seekingdogs3Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Network.

Gangsta’s paradise

After taking a break in the Lakes over the summer holidays I’m back to it and happy to report that three more from my new Pooch Paradise collection are now available to buy online…

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This very random idea for a set of doggie ‘gangsta paradise’ designs came to me in the middle of the night earlier this year and it’s great to finally get these designs finished and listed in my shops. Sometimes it’s really hard to make time for all the new ideas but it’s really satisfying when I do take time to follow through with them. I have to say though that I’m slightly concerned that at the speed I’m going it will be years before everything that I have started for this collection is finished! Too many ideas, not enough time!

So my three latest designs feature Dachshunds (also referred to as Doxies / Wieners / sausage dogs / hot dogs), King Charles Cavaliers and chocolate Labradors… with more to be uploaded next week, I can’t wait to show you!

I’m particularly fond of this one as it features my little King Oscar, who hence forth shall be called ‘Kingpin’…

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This one is hubbies fave… the perfect art for a man cave!

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I know this is not going to be everybody’s cup of tea but they make hubbie and I chuckle (possibly inspired by my recent addiction to Power on Neflix and my love for the classics like Scarface and Pulp Fiction). A little bit of light adult humour for the walls!

If this is the first you’ve seen of the collection, here’s a peek at the other Pooch Paradise designs…

 

I now have four stores online so you can shop here:

 

Shoppers in the UK:

Folksy

Walter & May

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International shoppers:

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Beagle Vibes Only

We’re feeling very chilled here at LEAPUP HQ, and so is Doug my beagle desk lamp, a custom order made by Horton & grimwood and those gorgeous crochet pots are by Pixie’s Magic Hook (both on Etsy). My beagle print is available to buy now 🌴🌴🌴

Unplugged

 

I’ve just returned from three days totally unplugged in the Lakes, with lots of walking and chilling. I didn’t take any technology or check my phone once. Bliss!

That sounds like it should be easy (especially considering that just over two years ago I didn’t even have a phone with aps on it) but now I’ve joined the masses and become chained to my mobile devices.

I knew I was long overdue a holiday, and that working from home was creeping into every second of the day, a natural side-effect of working for myself, trying to start up two creative businesses. I had no idea just how much I needed the break though.

Out in Kewick at a local cafe I would hear a ‘ping’ or a ‘ting’ and my knee jerk reaction is to immediately jump or twitch to see what it is. Seeing everyone (even people out on walks) looking down, glued to their devices – how have I recently become that person? It’s actually scary how much I am addicted to using my devices but more importantly what am I doing on them? Am I being productive all of the time? The simple answer is no and time is flying, whizzing at an uncontrollable speed and I need to slow it down, put it down, unplug and pay attention to what is here and now.

After a long chat with hubbie over a delicious meal and bottle of vino, I’ve got things into perspective. It’s actually quite scary hearing it from someone else that they have concerns about the direction things are going, it’s a good wake up call. I need to wake up and cherish the time I have with my husband, dogs, family and friends – in the pursuit of following my creative passions there is a risk that life is literally passing me by and I am not letting that happen anymore. I feel like this trip was a moment of clarity to re-prioritise and work a bit smarter. Quality family time is now at the top of my list of priorities and we’re officially ‘unplugging’ for set times every week to try and restore some balance and inner zen. I know that it isn’t going to be easy, that there will always be ‘just one more thing’ on my to do list before I shut down but for the sake of my health and the future of my family it’s time to make this happen, to unplug and allow myself the time to chillax more regularly.

What’s really funny is that I get my creative inspiration in huge flurries usually in the dead of night or early hours of the morning. Typically this happens sporadically over a couple of days where I just see lots of different images, really clearly in my head, I usually get up and scribble everything down into a note book. One of my most recent ‘flurries’ of ideas is the tropical collection that I have just started promoting. If you have a look you will see they say ‘chillax’, ‘stay chilled’, ‘chilled vibes only’ etc and I think my subconscious was telling me what I needed to do, before I even knew myself! The mind works in mysterious ways.

Anyway, watch this space, I’ll let you know how the new zen me goes…

My tropical prints collection are available now on Etsy and Walter and May

Feeling the Sunday chilled vibes 


We could all take a lesson from this beagle print now and again… stay chilled people 😎🌴

I’m actually really excited to share this print with you it’s another one from my tropical paradise collection. I’m now off for a little break in the Lakes and plan to take some of my own advice!