Pawesome!

 

Excited to share the latest addition to my #etsy shop: Border Collie ‘pawesome’ pop art print…

 

This new print is available in five colours and can be personalised with your own words. Ships free to the UK 🐶 #housewarming #bordercolliegift #bordercollie https://etsy.me/2N50YYX

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#greatvibes

I LOVED illustrating Otto the Labrador striking his ‘Gimme some knucks’ pose with his Dad, it’s getting printed onto a canvas as a birthday gift. I’m feeling really happy after receiving this awesome customer review from a customer in Texas yesterday, for a piece of my custom pet pop art. After a month of feeling a bit ‘meh’ I’m really happy to have received such lovely feedback, yay… a real pick me up and exactly what I needed!!!

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Following on from those positive vibes… I’ve also uploaded a NEW print to my Etsy shop today, something I started working on last summer as part of my ‘Pooch Paradise’ collection… just a few finishing touches completed and it’s now available in my Etsy shop to buy in A4 or A3. It has me thinking of summer holidays and basking in the sunshine… oooh if only!

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You can contact me here or across any of my online shops and social media with enquiries to purchase my pop art prints and custom pet portraits.

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:

Etsy

 

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 🌴🌴🌴

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!

 

ALOHA!

Gorgeous Bracken the Springer Spaniel is feeling those chilled summer vibes. This is the latest giclee print from my new August 2017 collection. Can you tell I’m in need of a holiday? 🌴

 

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A hint of what’s to come in my new collection. A lovely gift for Basset Hound lovers and those who have a soft spot for pink flamingos and all things tropical. Watch this space for more designs from the new collection in coming days. 💕

Meet Doug


Meet Doug my gorgeous new desk lamp by Horton & Grimwood. The perfect desk accessory for any crazy dog ladies like me (or even the perfect office assistant / office dog if you’re unlucky enough not to have real fur babies in your life). Doug the dog light was a bespoke order and painted white for me with a custom turquoise cord… look out for him appearing in my stop motion animations very soon (can’t wait)!

Doug did a good job of keeping me company while I worked on a new custom pet portrait last night, my actual fur babies deserted me and took themselves off to bed! Horton & Grimwood make bespoke pieces out of wood and their shop is well worth a visit: www.hortongrimwood.etsy.com

Happy Easter Weekend!

After what has felt like a roller coaster ride for the last couple of months on Etsy I’ve realised that all my eggs are in the one proverbial basket. It’s time to diversify so I’m REALLY excited to announce that this weekend I’m setting up a shop on Folksy.

I have a discount code running for the whole of Easter weekend… 15% off with the code FOLKSYEASTER15 plus I’m offering free UK postage as standard!

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Lots of my UK based friends and family are still clueless as to what Etsy is so I’m hoping that it will be a little more user friendly for those folk. After playing with it for one night some of the differences between the two platforms has become quite clear but the main thing for me is that I love how my shop looks so much more, and thank goodness I don’t have to add all of those celebration attributes… (any Etsy sellers will understand what I’m  talking about). The Folksy shop is currently looking a little bit sparse but more designs will be going on all throughout the weekend and if there are any designs that aren’t listed that you’re interested in purchasing with your voucher… just drop me a note and I can prioritise it!

The other highlight of my weekend was visiting my Etsy shop this morning to see this lovely nougat of feedback from a lovely customer in Seattle which has turned Easter Friday into Easter Friyay! It’s perfect timing and a great end to #coffeeweekUK!

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Happy shopping and enjoy your Easter break!

Yay!

Yay!!! Very happy that my print arrived safely in Michigan and hurray… 5 star feedback for my customised print.

My little King Charles Oscar print was turned into a personalised ‘big brother’ print to be given as a gift. Very happy that it made it all the way unharmed and so pleased to get lovely feedback too 🙂

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Spotty dog ❤

Meet Sam and Paddington from Singapore… I’m really happy to have received great feedback for this pet commission that I completed a couple of months ago, that has just been given as a gift. The portrait is hand drawn from photograph and digitally coloured ❤

Mission complete!

 

Very excited that my studio is finally complete! It’s taken all winter to do, fitting DIY around jobs and commitments has felt like a never ending chore but I’m soooo happy that we’ve put the effort in and it’s finally done – hurray!!!

So, this weekend has been all about finally getting in there, using the bright light and gorgeous white space to start trialling some new product photography… it’s been lots of fun. 😄 Everything I’ve read about starting a small business has said that product photography is key but to be honest I’ve found juggling so many things at once it’s never top of my to-do list.

I have to admit that product photography hasn’t been something that I’ve put a great deal of time or effort into but I’m now realising that yes I have a lot to learn and it’s a steep learning curve but it seems like it could be an incredibly rewarding outlet for my creativity too!

I’ve made it my goal this year to improve these skills and try to showcase my dog art and Etsy shop in a better light… so I’ll be keeping you posted on progress.

After my busy weekend of styling and snapping it’s now time for a cuppa. ❤