PHEW. Finally I'm settled in at my new home and my schedule is back to pretty much normal. I do still have some shows coming up, but I also have a majorly awesome helper in my shop that's saving me a ton of time so I can dedicate it to artwork now. (Her name's Seri.) I've got a lot of new things up my sleeve now that I can brainstorm, more too to create some new products and lines for you all. More shows, more squigs, and even time to blog again! Thank goodness! Read up on what we've done this week!
First line of business! New doodle squigs. In case you didn't remember, I have called my sticker designs doodle squigs since day one. It's an affectionate name I have for them. This week I really got back on the art train where I hadn't been able to draw much since I had a full time job before. Now that that's over and my art is my career, I've done three new squigs this week alone (and one from a week or so ago) to share with you.
Reticulated Python (Python reticulatus)
The reticulated python is currently a species in the pet trade that is under scrutiny of the general public and fire from the US Fish and Wildlife Service. We're seeing some poor scientific declarations without any backing, standing and irrelevant reasons to try and ban these animals from interstate transportation. Fight for your right to keep these guys. Share the goodness of them, tell a story, educate and sway people into understanding the species. Do the same for anacondas and burmese pythons.
Reticulated pythons are endemic to Southeast Asia and can get fairly long. They average about nineteen feet in length. While thinner around than a Burmese Python, these guys have similar diets in captivity. These gorgeous creatures are fantastic swimmers, much like their burmese cousins. It's recommended that these big snakes are kept by experienced keepers who understand their needs and realize how large they can get.
Woo hoo! A supersnow leopard gecko is added to our roster. One of the most common pets in the reptile pet trade. Enjoy!
New LOVE Bumper Stickers!
Here are the latest ten bumper stickers that are going in the Etsy store. You can watch the slide show, or click on the thumbnails on the side to see them all. I'll be adding more of these as time allows. For now we have twenty designs to choose from. If there's a design I have that you'd like to see on these bumper stickers please let me know!
Our next show is in Bismarck, North Dakota on April 4th. It'll be a one day show, and we'll have all kinds of stuff there--including purses and wallets of various fabrics. Whatever purses don't sell at that show will be available for purchase in my Etsy store and then also at the Repticon in Costa Mesa on April 10th, 12th and 13th. I am also taking custom orders for these, so if you'd like a purse message me and we'll get you started!
Monthly Subscription Packages
So, you like stickers. So you like reptiles. So you collect reptile stickers. Do you love them so much that you're ready to subscribe to the monthly sticker packs? Starting now, you can order your subscription to our sticker packs! It's an automatic payment deal so you'll never forget to pay your monthly subscription and the 5th of each month (starting in April) we will ship out all the new stickers we've drawn for the month and they'll be delivered straight to your door. After three consecutive months of service we start including exclusive stickers of the month to our subscribers! Special stickers that can't be found anywhere else and will never be in our Etsy store.
For the month of March, if you subscribe before April 3rd we'll send you ten stickers of your choice AND all the regular stickers in this blog as well as any new ones we draw up to April 3rd.
You can order this package as regular stickers, restickable stickers or magnets! Click here to subscribe.
Thank you all for reading. Have a fantastic weekend and stay tuned for some new stickers that I'm planning to draw this weekend, including a Savannah Monitor, Woma, King Snake, and a little non-herptile item that'll be a new line introduced to the store!
Love you all!
Some of you may know by now that I’ve recently moved about 1300 miles across the country. That’s halfway in case any of you didn’t know. From the Oregon Coast to North Dakota. Quite the move. Quite the change.
So far the Dakotas have been nothing far from freezing hell. Inside is nice and toasty. Stepping outside, though you could easily lose a foot to the negative temps. Okay, maybe not really but you certainly can’t wear flip flops out there. I do really like it here so far, though. The people are friendly, lots of people are new to the area, and the few people I’ve met who’ve been here their whole lives have lots of funny stories to tell about the city from before it was the next best place to live thanks to the oil boom.
Packing and unpacking are definitely my least favorite parts of moving. First, you have to organize stuff and put things in like boxes. At least… that’s the theory. Then, you load it. THEN you drive to your new home. And even THEN you still have to unpack and reorganize your theoretically organized boxes.
Friday I unpacked my new office to get orders going and to start filling everything and hopefully get to some more artwork since I don’t have to work full time anymore. I wasn’t able to find my stylus. I shrugged that off, though since I had a ton of other boxes in my bedroom that I still hadn’t rifled through.
By the end of Saturday, I began to panic a little more. A stylus is a little pen that goes with my drawing tablet to do digital art. To do artwork, you must have this pen. If you do not have this pen, a replacement could easily cost you eighty dollars plus tax plus shipping plus… well… not sure what else but it would not be fun.
Instead of freaking out, though like I often times tend to do I text messaged my old room mate in Oregon to see if I had indeed left it behind three states away.
And then he proceeded to send me pictures of the thing in various locations of the house. To start, AHA! Yes I found it. Then his cat with it. Then a random RC car running it over… then in the microwave… then with a soldering iron that could mean only one thing…. BURN BABY BURN.
The last photograph I have received so far is of my stylus getting ready to be cut in half with a saw.
Not sure if I’ll see the thing ever again. Guess we’ll find out… Until then, commissions are currently closed.
Rachel is the owner of HGSS and Geckos on the Beach. She has a big love for all things reptile and amphibian.