Doodling FULL BLOWN CRAZY doodles this week. Already we've completed two and a half. Our goal was two this week with a four species goal as a really good week. I'd say we did pretty well! Read further to learn more about our pre orders, new doodles and also about an auction going on in a group on Facebook!
This week’s doodles
The namesake of my shop are all the little critters I have in my house. Geckos. I adore geckos more than any other animal. Well, maybe not salamanders. Salamanders are pretty funny. We just can’t own most of them in Oregon, so my love lies in keeping geckos instead. This week was one of my favorite weeks for drawing doodles. It was gecko week, essentially. I drew up a Mourning Gecko, a Malaysian Cat Gecko and started with a Eurydactylodes agricolae (agricolae for short).
One of the smallest species of geckos is the teeny tiny Mourning Gecko. Funny thing about these? They’re all female! Girl power! The whole species lays eggs without the help of males. Pretty neat, huh? The way they fertilize them is by a process called parthenogenesis. It’s… sort of like cloning. But not quite. The little lady takes her own DNA and mixes it all up, rearranges it, and puts it in an egg. Then she lays it. Usually they lay two eggs. We have a few of these little pretties. I love them. They chirp and chirp and chirp when they’re happy and it’s an amazing thing to hear when you’re relaxing at home. They sound like little teeny clicks.
Malaysian Cat Geckos come in a variety of locales. I really love all of them, but I’m not well versed in the locales. I’m not even exactly sure how many there are or how their eyes play into the role of locales. But I do know that the eyes play a big role. I look at images and talk to experts in the species to make sure my art is accurate to locales and species. It’s important to me that my work looks accurate. That way you’re not getting a weird hybridy thing. These little geckos are super sensitive and demand specialty care. They require deionized water for misting, so you can’t just spray them with regular treated water like most geckos. It takes a very avid keeper to do well with these beautiful creatures. Maybe someday I can own some myself. Their curly tails and silly-looking kitty cat demeanor make me smile.
Agricolae have a common name: The Bauer’s Chameleon Gecko, but I have actually never heard them referred to that in the reptile industry. In order to figure out their common name I actually had to google it. Everyone just calls them agricolae (a-grih-cole-ay) (“a” sounds like the “a” in apple). I’ve had the luck to meet a few of these little things. My buddy and I call them bullet train joker geckos affectionately. These things puff up all funny like and their tails are ridiculously big considering the size of the animal. They’re very small, too. They fit easily on your thumb like little Thumbelinas. And they HUG you, too. It’s pretty adorable.
Next Week's Doodles
Next week I have three doodles on the plan. Only clincher? They’re secret! One is a gecko. One is a tortoise. One is a snake. I need you to vote on which I should do first, because I just can’t make up my mind! It's been pretty even across the board on what you'd like to see, so if you haven't
Pre Order Items
We have eight items up for pre-order in our Etsy shop. Our Satanic Leaf Tailed Gecko, Malaysian Cat Gecko, Mourning Gecko, three Dart Frogs and two Pacman Frogs. I've been wanting to get all of these in, and I'm glad to be able to finally do that. We have our own machinery coming and as soon as our decal vinyl gets in we'll be making the regular decal stickers. We already have our restickable sticker vinyl in and our magnets in so we can start printing those and cutting them out as soon as our vinyl cutter gets here.
If you pre-order, every single sticker you pre-order comes with a small sized magnet. PLUS you will get your stickers shipped one week before they are available to purchase in the shop. Get them before everyone else with extras!
Name That Beardie Sticker! Event
Contests have been moved to twice a month instead of every week. This is so we don't bombard you with so many posts and so that we are able to keep them to a minimum with higher quality content. We don't want to spam you with 3-5 posts a day or more because we know that your friends' posts are pretty important to you. That also means most of our debuted stickers will be shared on other venues than Facebook and on our weekly blog.
Right now we're going towards the end of our little event. Voting for your favorite beardie and their story ends tonight. Please vote for your favorite beardie to help this contest along! :)
Donations and Help For Jared
We donated a $30 credit to benefit Jared Johnson, a fellow herper who came onto some very tough times. Since someone bid $30 we added a custom sticker commission with four prints to the bundle. If you want a chance at getting this item, click on the graphic above to be taken directly to the auction. Check out the other auctions, too! There are some nice geckos, feeders, supplies and MORE up for grabs! This auction ends July 2nd.
15% of any proceeds we make until the 3rd will also be donated to Jared Johnson. So if you can't bid on those items, buying from the shop will go for a good cause as well. :)
The Sticky Situation Quilt
We have some exciting news to share, great weekly events rolling through and a few new things to offer you. Our website is really coming along and things are growing so fast my head is spinning. When I stop to think about it, though my head always seems to be spinning.
Name That Sticker Events
Every week on Monday we are doing a new Name That Sticker event. That’s where we post a sticker on our Facebook Page and you can enter your pets of the same species. The pet that gets the most likes then becomes the namesake of the sticker that week! So far we’ve done two of them and we have one more finishing up today. We’ll announce winners on Saturday mornings.
This week is the Leachie! We had ten entries for this event. Ten amazing entries. It’s going to be a tough call. There are heart-felt stories, funny stories and plain old cute stories. I can't even pick which one is my favorite. All your leachies are so cute!
Blue Tongued Skink and Eastern Hognose Commission
Unfortunately I wasn't able to finish this beast in-between two commissions, contests, web designing and updating the shop. No worries though, this upcoming week is a sure as Mondays are evil to bring some "free" time to finish him. These guys’ tongues are absolutely stunning. Who would have thought that someone could really like an animal for a tongue? I hear they have some wonderful personalities, and I would hope so since that big blue thing just screams it. Since I've only met a couple, I'd have to be frank and say I just love them for that big blue curly tongue.
Below you can see the Eastern Hognose snake we did for the Virginia Herpetological Society. This piece is a private commission, so we won't have this one in our shop for stickers, but you can check out the society soon to see this design on shirts and other items to help them fund for their society! You can visit them on Facebook, Google+, or on their website. All links have quality content about the native animals in Virginia and also about invasive species to the area.
Next Week's Doodles
All of next week is blocked out to work on doodles for the shop. We've got our printer coming soon, so we're going to need new designs to add to our shop once it gets here! Our goal for next week is to doodle at least four more squigs. If we can get at least eight done that would be really awesome, but that's a big goal to try and reach!
The first one we want to doodle after the blue tongue skink will be a red tailed boa because a lot of our clients have asked for one. Then we're back on track for at least three geckos: the mourning gecko, cat gecko and agricolae. After these four expect to see some more inverts! We need more inverts in our shop and love drawing them!
New Equipment Means New Products
Rachel is the owner of HGSS and Geckos on the Beach. She has a big love for all things reptile and amphibian.