Well... last weekend we didn't get nearly all the doodles we wanted to do done. You win some you lose some. No big deal, we're still way ahead of schedule on doodles we have in shop. Most of our time last weekend was spent preparing for the upcoming show. Will you be there? A couple of our stickers are going to be debuted as for-sale there.
New Doodle Squigs
The Monocle Line and Other Announcements
The first two designs for our Monocle Line are printed and ready to go for the show tomorrow. Are you going? I hope to see you there! This is the first place that you can order these stickers from. We'll have these available in shop next week. And more to come, too! We're getting our back to school stickers all punched out and ready to go, too for debut by Wednesday of next week! So keep an eye out for those!
Monday or Tuesday we'll also have some really killer earrings in our shop. We spent all week hand-casting these earrings for the upcoming expo and afterwards you'll be able to buy them from our Etsy store. Any of our designs are available as these earrings. So you will be able to order them and get whatever you want on them! Although we have been casting earrings, it looks like they may not be at the expo because of the few little minute details that didn't get done before today. They'll be up for sale in our shop, though next week!
Sale sale sale!
We're having a sale in our store right now, too! Back To School Sale so you can get stickers and magnets for your kids' lockers, homework and heck, maybe even your own cabinets for work! We'll have some special stickers to encourage kids with their homework in shop by Wednesday. Use this coupon to get 10% off your purchase of $5 or more! BACKTOSCHOOL
Portland Metro Reptile Expo
Tomorrow is the biannual Portland Metro Reptile Expo. We're going to be vending it! I hope to see all my Pacific Northwest friends there. If you're going please stop by the table! I'd like to get some pictures with my buddies and fans!
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Last weekend was the best weekend I've had in a long time. We didn't have to go anywhere. ANYWHERE. So, I took advantage of my free weekend and drew a lot of new items for the shop. We're well on our way to an average of a doodle a day.
New Morphs of Existing Stickers
The Red Extreme Harlequin Crested Gecko
We're very pleased to have been able to add this gorgeous creature to our listings. This is a little crested gecko modeled after Nicole Braus' beautiful red girl. We're working on adding more crested gecko morphs, so stay tuned! There will be lots of designer morphs in shop come September 15th.
New Products are AWESOME!
Did you guys remember the static clings we added to our shop last week? Well--boy howdy! BOY HOWDY. These are AWESOME! We printed quite a few this week to get a feel and to ship them out, and most are out now. But we stuck some to our windows. And car windows, and tanks, and EVERYTHING.
These things are the best invention since sliced bread. You can cling them on smooth surfaces with or without water and they will cling with the design facing away from the glass or with the design facing the glass. Pretty neat. They're water proof, too, so these are going to be GREAT additions to bath time. We're printing out a whole bunch for my little sister to use when she takes baths. Super fun.
We'll be uploading a video sometime tonight on our YouTube channel so you can see how they work better. They're very similar to the little clings that came in colorform kits that we used to play with as kids.
The NEW Monocle Line
Hats. Mustaches. Hats and mustaches. And monocles. You will soon be able to see these in shop. It's going to be a whole line of animals wearing these items. These two hognose snakes are going to be debuted at the Portland Metro Reptile Expo, so come see us to get some. On August 26th we'll throw them in our shop, though so those of you who don't live near us can get some, too. We're starting out with these guys. Many thanks to Shannon Hammer for giving us the inspiration for these!
The Next Week for Happy Gecko Sticky Situation
Much like last weekend, this weekend we plan to do a lot of doodling. The small goal is to get six doodles done, but the big goal is to do ten. If we are feeling really fancy we will do fifteen. I have a feeling we won't be getting super fancy any time, soon though.
Send us pictures of your pets! We want to see what you have! It's important to us to make sure that we draw animals direct from you if we can. The more shares and requests we get for animals the more we can figure out what to draw next!
We're also going to be debuting some back-to-school homework stickers next week. We wanted those available by September 1st, but the sooner the better, I always say. So keep an eye out for those!
Thanks so much for reading!
Every first of the month I look at my previous month, and my upcoming month. What did I do? What do I need to do next? What are my goals? We've set our goals and it looks like they're getting finished one by one! We love that noise! Trying our hardest to do at least one doodle squig a day. We didn't quite reach that goal this week, but we did pretty darn good! Only missed one day! We're going to make that up, though this weekend and shoot for about 6 new stickers on Saturday and Sunday.
Clicking on the photos will redirect you to the listing on Etsy :)
Lookie here. Finally finished. We squiggled up our pancake tortoise (Malacochersus tornieri). That shell. Boy. Their shells are rather different. Not only are they artistically interesting, the physiology of them is strange too! The shells are flat and long, and are also fairly flexible since the shell comes in a number of pieces and openings that allows for them to move. How cool is that? In the wild these guys can be found in southern Kenya and eastern Tanzania among brush and savannah lands. The namesake of the tortoise comes from their flattened shell. Little squashy tortoise must have reminded someone of a little flap jack.
The blue tongued skink is a lizard that is endemic to Australia, Indonesia and New Guinea. There are eight species of these skinks. These little guys are full of personality and a little bit of surprise once they stick their tongues out at you. Their little tongues are literally a bright blue color, which can be striking against the animals' often-times drab coloration. The species we chose to draw is an Australian species, the Northern Blue Tongued Skink (Tiliqua scincoides intermedia). The Northerns live in (you guessed it!) Northern regions of Australia and are the largest and heaviest of the eight species. They're diurnal omnivores and so they eat lots of bugs, fruit, and flowers while roaming around their habitat during the day.
The Northland Green Gecko (Naultinus grayii). This is one of my favorite geckos. Ever. They're rare, beautiful, brightly colored geckos. It is near impossible to find them in the pet trade, and if you do they can cost you an easy ten grand for a pair. It's a lot easier to buy a sticker of one these days than an actual gecko. These beautiful geckos are endemic to the gorgeous country of New Zealand where they are critically endangered and intensely protected by the government there. These beautiful creatures are diurnal, arboreal and live only in the northern tip of New Zealand where they eat a variety of bugs and the occasional treat of berries and nectar.
Pet Sticker of the Month for August
Each month, at the end of the month we ask you all to enter your beloved reptile and amphibian pets to our monthly pool. We pull a name out of that pool and doodle it up. This month, we drew this gorgeous creature.This is a very special sticker in my heart. I collaborated with the owner of the model for this Tegu, and by the time everything was done both of us were in tears. It was a very great experience, and one I'll never forget.
Meet Xenia. She’s a big beautiful argentine black and white tegu. This isn’t any ordinary tegu girl, she’s changed many a heart and mind on what a lizard is. And a lizard is anything but scary. Xenia started out showing people how cool tegus are by visiting a preschool classroom and wiggling her giant way into the kids’ hearts. Xenia is a big tegu advocate, and loves sharing her awesome cuddles with anyone who crosses her path. After all, who could resist a big lizard puppy?
The Argentine Black and White Tegu (Tupinambis merianae) is the largest species of Tegu. The Argentine Black and White Tegu can get up to four feet long and weigh up to fifteen pounds. These lizards co-evolved with the Savannah monitors and fill the same void, except these guys are in South America. In the wild they eat a variety of items including bugs and insects, eggs, birds, other reptiles and also fruits and berries when given the chance. These gorgeous animals make pretty good pets if you have the means to keep them and can be pretty sweet and tame as long as you continue to work with them.
No News is Sometimes Good News
We focused this week on doing doodle squigs, and don't have any new news for the shop as far as products go. We are waiting on some static clings to get in, though. T-shirts are going to be a tad later than what we were expecting, and might not have them at the expo after all. We are going to get a few more stickers this week and next week so we can open up our second sticker shop, though. We'll have some cupcakes, butterflies, and a few doggies to start out.
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I kind of start every Friday blog post with "wow". Why? Why is that? Because every week something spectacular happens for our business. Every week is a WOW with followers like you. Every week you all just blow me out of the water. This shop, this website, this whole idea is nil without you. This week you all kept us busy with sixteen hour days. Sixteen hours! Your orders have been FLYING and allowing us to do so much more with our shop. Thank you. Thank you all so much.
We can now offer you STICKER PACKS! Randomly throughout the month or year we will have packs of five stickers up for sale. This week we started with our Chameleon Packs. With these packs you get 20% off if you buy them! They come in regular permanent stickers, restickable stickers and also as magnets. Usually these packs will be available when we debut a new item. Although, they really are random and can happen at any time!
Every month, for the last week of the month we offer Monthly Sticker Packs. That's where all the stickers that were debuted that month are available in a pack at a low price. You can get 10, 15, even 20 stickers for a really stellar price. Like all the stickers? Get all the stickers! The July Sticker Pack has sixteen stickers total this month, and the price is only $25 for permanent decals or $35 for restickables.
That's 62% off retail value!
The clincher is, those packs are non-changeable and you can only buy them for one week. Prices will change depending on how many stickers there are. For now, the introductory price is this low. Get this sticker pack before August 4th!
One really awesome thing now is that we can do now is we can print stickers right after we're done drawing them. Cool, huh? Print, cut professionally and shipped all in the same week. No more waiting. This is working out great!
This week we added a Veiled Chameleon to our shop and doodled a Paodura lohatsara gecko. The P. lohatsara was a commission, so we'll put those into shop once our commissioner gets them. We are back on track with getting more artwork done, too. We have artwork done, too. We don't have any commissions booked for next week so we could work on shop stickers.
While it was our goal to finish a pancake tortoise and our blue tongued skink, we just didn't get to them. We are all finished up with our first big t-shirt order that we got, though so our time is focused back on our shop again. Doodling more animals is important to us. Monday is our new deadline for the bluey and the pancake tortoise.
We also added a new corn snake morph! This pretty was a commission from one of our friends. It's a baby normal corn snake in it's fresh baby colors. She's pretty cute. The commissioner also took a very cute picture of her new sticker with it's likeness.
Pet of the Month Stickers
Every month we ask you to share your herp pets that you'd like to see as a sticker. We tally all of them up, put them in a bowl and draw a name from it. Then, whatever animal and name we pick, we'll draw for that month's Pet Sticker of the Month!
For this month's Pet Sticker we got a Tegu named Xenia owned by Kristina Franklin. She's a beautiful little Tegu and we're honored to draw her likeness! You can see to the left how absolutely cuddly she is. Tegus are beautiful lizards. We've met them in person and are amazed at how sweet and dog-like they can be.
Did somebody say T-SHIRTS!? WHAAAAAAT? Yes. Someone did say t-shirts. We hope to have t-shirts in our shop by the 12th. We're offering them for sale at the Portland Metro Reptile Expo in August for pressing right there. So, if you've been waiting for a shirt, we'll have them soon! All the shirts will be printed, pressed and made right in our own facility. We're utilizing Gildan brand shirts because they are very good quality!
Goals For August
One of our major goals is to get t-shirts going. We also want to add somewhere along the lines of 20 new stickers to our shop before the 23rd. That's a lot to take on! We hope that works out. We've got the two work in progresses right now of our bluey and pancake tort, but we have a big line of other animals picked out, too.
We also have a secret line of stickers that will be debuted at the Portland Metro Reptile Expo. We'll put them in shop after we're done at the expo, but these stickers are a very exciting line for us! We'll be doing tons of doodles in this line. For now, we're starting with two, but as time goes on we'll have many many more.
Our other sticker shop looks like it may be on hold for awhile. We're working on still completing 10 stickers to put in our shop by the end of August, but our reptile requests do take precedence so it may not happen as soon as we were hoping. Still crossing fingers!
The Sticky Situation Project
Seri is doing an incredible job. While I might be an artist in the drawing sense, she is a completely different artist in the "these fabric colors go together well" sense. Ask me to actually throw a quilt together and I'll just stare at the pattern for days. Ask Seri? She already has a palette ready to go and is stitching away.
The top of our fundraiser quilt is complete. Now, the only thing left to do is to get it professionally quilted and we're ready to go. We have a little bit of some legality to iron out for the raffle, but we'll soon be hosting a raffle for this quilt here on our website. Once tickets go up for sale, we'll make an announcement on our Facebook page and the Sticky Situation Project Facebook page. There are some states that cannot participate in this raffle, due to state laws. We'll have all that mumbo jumbmo written out on the listing. This quilt will be raffled off at Tinley, so keep an eye out.
Very very soon.
As always, thank you so much for reading!
Rachel is the owner of HGSS and Geckos on the Beach. She has a big love for all things reptile and amphibian.