Well, the last show in Portland was a freaking AMAZING show thanks to all of you. I got so much meaningful feedback. I'm putting in a huge order of t-shirts including KIDS SIZING!!! for the reptile show in Albany come April. I'm so excited that this apparel adventure is going in the direction I wanted it to, and that you're all so excited about it with me! Couldn't have done this without you all.
I'm tripling the t-shirt stock that I had and expanding as much as possible. Some kinks need to be ironed out with the online store, and so until that's figured out sales will only be in person. This is great news if you live in the PACNW. Sorry to my friends who aren't local! I'll get you soon, I promise!
In the mean time I'll be plugging away. I have a few projects aside from the art going on, including a rat breeding gig I picked up for the immediate local folk. Thanks so much to Jonathan for helping me with the daily rat cleaning, feeding, and watering! My gecko breeding projects, however have taken a back burner this year until projects and things settle down and I get a routine going again.
I missed being so busy. It was nice to have a break for a few years of only focusing on my day job, but having things to do after work that I love again is really nice and keeps me happier.
See you at the next show!
Just like the new season of Game of Thrones, Apparel is coming. We are currently working on getting the website all set up and ready to go for sales. Magnets and t-shirts will both be available to start for sale. Pricing online is $19.99 and includes a sticker!
At the moment our t-shirt designs and sizing is limited, but we are working on it! Kids sizing is in the works and will be available for sale at the PACNWRS in October on the 27th and 28th.
Mom is doing the shipping portion of shirts. I was completely surprised when she offered to help with this project. I dislike the shipping aspect of the business, and so she offered to be that person for me. She's far more organized than I am, so she's the perfect candidate for it! I wish I'd gotten the organization gene from her. Alas.
In any case, I'm in the process of revamping the website (if you haven't noticed!) and resetting our Facebook page. You can like it again here.
It's been a roller coaster. And with more than one body doing the business, it's taking a little more time than I want it to. But with two people the business will be that much stronger.
Big shout out to my momma. Thank you so much for believing in me and always being here when I need you!
See you on the flipside, guys!
In preparation for the Portland Metro Reptile Expo, I ordered some t-shirts to have for sale at my table. There are 130 of them available in 18 different designs. This is the debut of them--and a shift from stickers and magnets into apparel. There's an introductory price of $12 for one or $20 for two. Show price will be $15 each in the future.
There are also whispers of opening up a shop for products here on this domain. This is still in the talking stages, but if you're a fan and you regularly check for updates, consider this a sneak peek on gossip just for you.
Opening up a shop, though is going to take a really long time and tons of work. Essentially a re-brand, too. Currently working on stock on hand, and numbering everything so that order fulfillment runs smoothly.
In other news, my MOMMA is going to be head of the shipping department. She's a lot better at that kind of thing than I am, so it'll be good. She's pushed me to put things online again, and so we're working together to make this happen. She is pretty incredible, and I honestly don't know what I would be doing right now if she wasn't right here beside me.
No other news. Hope to see you at the show in Portland!
T-shirts ran into a few little snags!
But we're back on time with them printed and coming out for sale for the August show in Portland. We're going to skip the July show in Puyallup unless something crazy happens between now and then, and will be pushing shirts in Portland instead.
We'll have about fifteen designs ready to go on men's sized shirts from S-XL. If these sell well in August, then we're going to go full on and move sizing up to 6XL and carry those in stock at all times!
For now, we're taking special orders for 2X-6X, so if you would like to see a specific design in those sizes, email me to set that up for pick up and payment at the show.
T-shirts are still going for $12 each or 2 for $20 as a promotional price. Prices may go up, though, so get them while you can at that low low price!
Our first set of t-shirts arrived. They're so soft! We're still tweaking what we want from our new apparel side of business. These will be available at the Monroe show for purchase. My dad and I are talking about getting MORE going for Monroe, but with the shipping mishap we had for April, I'd prefer not to promise that until it's all said and done.
The idea is to eventually have every piece of art I've done on shirts and offer a full range of apparel. This may take some time, but the end goal is to vend at shows and offer a huge variety of unique items for great prices.
First it was stickers. Now it's apparel.
Happy Gecko Stickers continues to evolve!
Looks like t-shirts aren't going to be joining us come this next show in Albany. Oh well. They're stuck in shipping, and a week late!
No worries, though I will have them at the May show. And in July, I have a plan to get ten more designs up and running for t-shirts, so at this show and the one in May I'll need your help to pick which designs I should do first.
If t-shirts do well and continue to at shows I'll be expanding where I go again. Perhaps to the Sacramento Reptile show, even.
In any case, I'm still going to be at the PACNWRS on the 7th and 8th with the lovely Sherry from Twilight Geckos. I'm stoked to hang out and see everyone again. :)
See you there!
For a long long long time I've wanted to do t-shirts at shows. It's exceedingly expensive to start up, though! So, this next show, I'm doing a little start-up of my most popular design, the Leucistic Axolotl. I'll have a limited number of direct-to-garment shirts available of this design, and a few scragglers of other designs that I've gotten printed before and never offered for sale. I will be selling my artwork and t-shirts with Sherry Goodman of Twilight Geckos at the Pacific Northwest Reptile Show in Hillsboro in April. If you want one before the show, let me know and we can do a pre-payment hold for you at the show!
So, since HGS is now a part-time gig, you can find most of my artwork on RedBubble. At shows, I'm still selling stickers and being one with the local reptile community, though. I've all but given up on creating a continual online presence with the art, so for those of you who've stuck in and kept on peering in for updates, I appreciate you immensely. So many of you have become close friends. More than just people who have bought stickers from me. It's priceless to have these connections with you all. I'll never forget what my art has given me.
But, life happens and as more artists followed their dreams and pursued reptile art in the really awesome online reality we have, my sales began slowing down. I was still working a lot, and putting a lot of hours in, but I was working myself practically to death! I'm now focusing on honing in on my gecko projects and working on a new career path. Things have been a little rocky, but they're good!
Rachel is a art hobbiest and extreme gecko enthusiast. Reptiles (and other misunderstood critters) have always been a passion for her.