THANK ART it's Friday! Fridays come much too quickly around here!! Next week you should start seeing some work in progress stuff again! We totally got super busy last week and weren't even able to get you a weekly blog post! Dang! Moving and cleaning a big house tends to make one lose track of time! We're updating you this lovely Friday to catch you up on the last two weeks.
Last week we got a few new stickers in stock! A couple sand boas, a rainbow boa and a red eyed tree frog have all been added. Those rainbow boas have been excruciatingly popular with you all, and so we're glad that we got those in when we did. A big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Shelby Chibs Harris--who inspired me to get those rainbow boas up. We have more amphibians joining us in June. And July you should see some more geckos.
For months now you guys have been asking us for magnets. A few asked for some re-positionable stickers, as well. This month we were able to bring both of those items in stock for you. Any listing in our shop now has the option of sticker, wall decal (re-positionable sticker) or a magnet. These items are currently cut out by hand, but by the end of summer we hope to be able to provide you with magnets and wall decals that are cut professionally just like our vinyl decal stickers. We're going to be adding new items in the next few weeks, too so keep an eye out for some really awesome things in stock.
Magnets are a great item if you want to jazz up your refrigerators, cars or even your fridge-turned-incubator. We also love our restickable wall decals! Stick them once, twice, fifty times! They won't lose their stickiness unless the sticker gets dirty. Great for kids, too who love stickers, but also love to put them on walls, doors, closets, and on themselves.
Updates on the Quilt
Seri is seriously the most amazing person I know. I'd bet money on it. The quilt is looking so amazing. I don't even know how she does it. I love getting sneak peeks of it, and enjoy seeing everyone's reactions, too once she posts them to the fundraiser Facebook page The Sticky Situation Project. I mean, LOOK at these blocks. They are amazing!
I had to share my ultimate favorite, of course, the chinese cave gecko. I have a few cave geckos and as far as geckos go, the caves are my passion. The bright and purplish hue they have are going to look great on this quilt once all the stitching is done and in place.
The second one I wanted to share was the tokay gecko. I recently acquired a tokay gecko as a pet and I've pretty much fallen in love with him. They are really neat critters. Jason, my other half calls him the "Dr. Seuss Gecko". They totally do look like an animal right out of the Dr. Seuss books! Even in person.
Naming Our Stickers
In the next few weeks we want to hear from you! We'll be posting up little contests for you to do to get our stickers named after your pets! Stay tuned for that! We'll post up more details on this contest soon on Facebook! Does one of our stickers look like yours? Comment here to tell us about him or her! We'd love to see some pictures, too so share pictures of your pets on our Facebook Page! :)
Woo hoo! Our move is going GREAT! We've got a few new things to add to our shop. A few new stickers got in and we've got nine designs going up for sale on Monday as magnets! Shirts are also on their way to you.
New Stickers, Out-of-Stock Stickers--IN STOCK!
YAY! Finally! It feels like forever when we get new stickers in stock. Here are our newest little ones that are available now! The new leopard gecko, two new gargs. Since these were morph commissions, we sent out these new stickers to the commissioners first. Now they are available to you!
Some of our designs were so popular at the last show that we SOLD OUT! Wow THANK YOU! Bearded dragons, chameleons and our leucistic axolotl all sold-out or nearly sold out. So we got the beardies and chams back in, but the axies will be back in stock next week.. OUr May debut stickers including the Rainbow Boa, Sand Boas, Red Eyed Tree Frog, Green Iguana and Meller's Chameleon will be in at the same time.
You guys have been asking for magnets for forever now! Since January, at our first show you've expressed interest in magnets with our sticker designs on them. We decided to just get on it finally and do it. While getting them printed professionally was a little bit spendy, (like $500 for only one design! Yikes!) we've got some hand-cut magnets featuring our sticker designs. These bad boys are available for $4 each. Any of our stickers in shop can be used as a magnet in the future! They're a 20 mil magnet so they work great for your fridge or vehicles.
At the moment we have a limited number of them, but if they're popular enough we'll begin making these a lot more often and have them available full-time. No voting required. To start out we will be using the Red Crested Gecko, Leucistic Axolotl, Pied Ball Python, Leachie and dalmatian crested gecko. We had a little bit of extra magnet space and so added one of each of the following too: a mack snow leopard gecko, a few high yellow normal morph leos, a normal corn snake, a tokay gecko and an albino hognose.
We sent out your t-shirts yesterday. If you ordered them by April 30th for our last open window, you should see them in your mailbox by Monday. Even as soon as tomorrow! Some of you expressed that you were sad that the window closed so soon, so we will be opening up our permanent t-shirt shop on Spreadshirt by the beginning of next week! We'll make an announcement on our Facebook page when that shop is open. Men's, women's and kid's shirts will be available featuring our designs! We hope that in a few months' time we'll be able to do these shirts from our own home, but Spreadshirt makes it so easy to get you shirts sooner! If there is any style of shirt or accessory you would like, let us know! We can always make one for you.
Commission Bookings Open
You can now book a species or morph commission with us! We are booked through July now, so if you would like to do one soon, message us on Facebook or contact us on our website. We are booking through August, and only 4 openings per month. No pre-payment required until the date of your booking, so you don't have to worry about paying now, just right before I begin to draw. If you need to know when a certain species is going to be drawn that you don't see in our shop, we have our list broken down into months, so just ask us and we'll let you know!
Wow, Seri is truckin' truckin' truckin on the quilt updates! GO SERI! :) So far she's shared with us the red eyed tree frog and the chameleon blocks! We're so excited! If you haven't heard about this yet, go check it out! The quilt is going to be raffled for USARK.
This week has been a little bit slower on the update side than other weeks. We really don't have much to say! There haven't been any new doodles added this week, and no new stickers have come in yet. Hopefully next week we'll have some new stickers! What we have been busy with this week, though are the typical shop-like things. You know, the boring stuff like inventory and book keeping. We're also in the middle of a move, so a lot of our time is being used for packing and cleaning. Hoping to be moved in by the 25th.
As you can see, we did completely rebuild our website and changed hosts. The original website was a bit of a trial-and-error type of thing. We weren't really happy with the way the site looked and the slowness of the e-commerce shop so it wasn't worth it to us to stay with IndieMade. Not a lot of traffic was going to the shop there either. Now we're with Weebly! Where my other websites are as well. Love Weebly. Our new website is bright and pretty now. We hope that you like it! If you're ever looking for a great website hosting service, it's really tough to compare to the awesomeness that is Weebly.
On our Facebook page we currently have a little give-away contest going on. Once we reach 1000 likes we'll be giving away $10 in stickers! If you think that someone would like our stickers invite them to check out our page and let them know about the contest! :)
We LOVE giving away stickers. It makes us so happy to make you happy. Seeing your excitement makes everything about this shop a hundred gajillion times more awesome.
The expo last weekend was fun! Thank you all for coming and meeting me and also just visiting and leaving your awesome feedback! We also sold out of a few stickers. Wow! That's just insane! Haha. I suppose we'll have to get more of those popular stickers in-stock than we have been having. Namely the Panther Chameleons and Bearded Dragons. Also our Leucistic Axolotl nearly sold out. We have one left in shop! Very cool! Those should be back in stock in a couple weeks. We really weren't expecting them to be SO popular, but very glad that they were!
Updates on the Quilt
If you still don't know about this quilt, please go check out the page. Fundraising for USARK comes in many forms. This quilt is one of the many fundraising opportunities for the non-profit. It's a quilt being put together by the ever talented and amazing Seri Dukart. My artwork from the shop is going on it.
Last weeks' winner for the voting round was the Red Harlequin Crested Gecko. Won by a LONG shot! This week we're voting on leopard geckos and african fat tailed geckos, and it looks like the High Yellow Normal Leopard Gecko is winning. Go vote for your favorite if you haven't already! And thank you for the support during this project!
Thanks for reading and Happy Sticking!
So far this is the best expo ever. We WILL be doing the Seattle Metro Reptile Expo every year for sure. Not only was it super fun, it was extremely successful for us too. We even SOLD OUT of a few stickers (which have been re-ordered and should be in stock again soon!). We got to sit right up front for this show complete with our new banner and a bright yellow table cloth.
I had such a good time meeting so many of you! So fun! That is my favorite part of every show, getting to know YOU. And thank you to those of you who have posted about your new stickers! We'll be doing a give-away soon just for our sticker sharers. We'll give you all a few weeks to get your stickers shared and then we'll do the give away. You guys REALLY liked those chameleons and corn snakes. And of course, our little leucistic axolotl was one of your favorites. That little leucistic axolotl has been the favorite since we opened shop back in October. It's sometimes hard to keep it in stock!
We got a few requests, too for stickers that we don't have in-shop yet. You may not realise HOW helpful this is to me as an artist and as someone who wants to supply you with what YOU want! I'd really love to draw everything, and the goal is to do 200 species and get them in shop available for you at all times. Of course, the more popular requests will need to be tended to first. The more I see a note about a reptile that we don't have yet, the sooner we'll draw it.
While I was originally going to vend alone, my friend Bethanie totally stepped up and kept me company during the lulls of the show and kept watch while I fancied off to stare and drool at other animals that I really shouldn't have even thought about buying. (Bethanie! THANK YOU FOR HELPING ME VEND! :) ) And just like every show, I always end up getting an animal. Or two. Or five.
This show I came home with a tokay gecko and a pre-purchased day gecko. The day gecko is named Flick. I love her. The tokay... well I haven't named that one yet. My buddy said that it was a probable male, but I keep on calling it a "she". So we'll see. I hope it's a male because then I will be able to enjoy some awesome calls from it when it's an adult. The reason I keep on thinking it's female, I think is because the deli cup said "very sweet". Which it is! I love that thing. Very handleable, but s/he is just settling in till I go on holding it more often to begin the bonding process.
Just like every show we donated $100 worth of our stickers to the USARK table for raffle. I can't even tell you how much I appreciate and love what USARK does for us as reptile keepers. And while I don't own any large snakes or any reptiles that are under attack for banning legislation, it's important for all of us to band together as a whole community and combat it. That's the reason that we donate to them. Right now we're battling large snake bans, tomorrow we could be battling gecko bans.
Our next expo scheduled is the expo in August in Portland, Oregon. We will be there! The table is already secured. Hope that if we weren't able to see you at this expo or any other previous expos that we'll be able to see you at the next one! Happy Sticking and enjoy those reptiles!
Thanks for reading,
We’re not going to be home to post this on Friday! We’ll off to a show! So we're posting this blog early. Thursday, Friday same thing, right? We did doodle a few things on commission and also got a few new stickers in stock! Whirlwind of a week for sure! Hope to see some of you at the expo! Please introduce yourselves!
Our New Doodles!
Got that iguana and Meller's cham done this week. Those were the last two commissions that we had for awhile. This iguana was awesome to draw. I am sure it's my newest favorite sticker. I had originally dreaded doodling it because of all those spikes and the huge mess of big scales on the jowels and neck, but it turns out it wasn't as difficult or agonizing as I thought it would be. If there's anything that would make you step outside of your comfort zone, commissions are definitely it! This iguana made me grateful for opening commissions when I did!
The second commission I was asked to doodle was this little Meller's chameleon! Wow, I have never seen a curiouser animal than this. I didn't even know these cute little horned critters existed! Those scalloped spikes and horn on its head are so cute. How did I not know something so adorably comical existed? To top it all off it has these great little green spots all over its body. Pretty much the perfect suspect for a Dr. Suess book. We'll be ordering these guys from our sticker printers on Monday and so should have them a couple weeks after that. I'd like to thank my commissioner for allowing me to step out of my little doodle bubble! Thank you!
Our Newest Stickers!
They finally came! Hognose snakes, corn snakes and the hermann’s tortoise! This is EXCITING! I love adding all these stickers into the shop. Just fills my little heart with joy. Now we've got a pretty good selection going for reptiles. And only more to come! These pretty little snakes make a great addition to our snake section in our shop. So far these corn snakes and hoggies have been extremely popular on Tumblr. Our Tumblr traffic in our Etsy shop all but tripled compared to traffic from Facebook after sharing them on the blog there.
Monday we're putting in another order, as you saw above, to add our May stickers. Hoping those come closer to mid-May, but the printers have been working very very hard and are really popular so it may be a little closer to the end of May. I might be ordering stickers a leeeeettle bit earlier so they get here at the beginning of the month instead of the end. We'll be lowering the stock online we have of these pretties while we're away at the show this weekend!
I’ve got the question “What is a commission?” a lot since I opened them up. Basically a commission is where you, a client pays an artist to draw something. It’s not like a commission in the sense of you sell something and make a commission off of it.
Commissions are scheduled to open June 9th if all goes well! We are in the middle of a BIG move. With Jason’s racing, my show schedule, moving, and taking care of the geckos we’re taking just a short break from doodling much else until June. We’ll still be introducing new stickers during this time, but new doodles will be postponed until we’re all settled in. Once we're settled, I’ll be doing about one or two commissions a week depending on the type of commission we get. Naturally some commissions will take longer than others. So, it may be more like one every two weeks some times.
Updates on the Quilt
Our newest vote-ins for this quilt is the bumblebee dart frog, red eyed tree frog. So far our picked designs are as follows: Albino hognose snake, pied ball python, normal ambilobe panther chameleon, bumblebee dart frog, red eyed tree frog and the red footed tortoise. Right now we're voting on what gargoyle gecko or crested gecko are your favorites. Go vote if you haven't!
See you for our next blog post on Monday, What the EXPO!?
Rachel is the owner of HGSS and Geckos on the Beach. She has a big love for all things reptile and amphibian.