Every show gets better and better for us. It's amazing. You guys kept us really busy at the Portland Metro Reptile Expo. We were lucky enough to have awesome helpers at the table, though so I could take breaks. Thank you Saille White from Sazilla Geckos and Bryan Duncan from Geektastic Geckos. I couldn't have done it without your help! That quilt that Seri was sewing up is totally finished, now too. We're selling sticker sheets that come with a free entry to win that quilt soon. Labor day weekend left us with THREE days for artwork! You can see what we did below!
The Sticky Situation Project
Seri and I have been working really hard to get you guys this quilt. We started this fundraiser project back in the end of March. All I did, really was draw up the artwork, host a few voting polls and make the stickers that would include a free entry to win the quilt. Seri has done all the hard work. It's been a wonderful collaboration.
I still can't believe it's been five months since we got this started. It really went by fast. And this quilt came out ten times more beautiful than I thought it would. You guys all voted for some of the most awesome designs to be placed on this quilt. Seri magically found just the right fabric--just the right colors to mesh together--just the right everything to bring this thing to life.
Week by week, month by month, we all watched as each block was made, as they were sewn together, as the stitching tied them all into one final piece. I started thinking how utterly beautiful this quilt was, and how utterly jealous I was of whoever gets to win such a gorgeous piece.... and then Seri went and got some top stitching done.
Once the top stitching was complete and the quilt was deemed finished I couldn't help but drop my jaw. WHO IN THEIR RIGHT MIND WOULD NOT WANT THIS THING!? I want this thing. I really really really want this thing. Although I can never have this thing, I am pretty proud to say I'm a part of this fundraiser. That I was in on this project. That the wonderful and talented Seri Dukart picked me--me to do this with.
But.. wait a second. Win this quilt? Yes. Win. You can win this quilt. The whole reason for this project was to give this quilt away. Just give it away to one lucky person. You can win this by purchasing some exclusive The Sticky Situation Project sticker sheets. Each sticker sheet comes with a free entry to win this quilt. The sheets are $5 each or $20 for five. You can buy them here. We are also vending at Tinley in October. From October 11th-12th we'll have these sticker sheets for sale. They'll be at our table all of the first day, and most of the second day where the sale of sheets ends before the end of the show so we can have USARK draw the lucky winner from our unnecessarily large fish bowl.
Again, insert jealousy here. You lucky lucky winner you. Whoever you are, I hope that you are super duper happy with this beautiful piece and that you can enjoy it for years to come. Think of me every once in awhile... I know for sure it's going to be a super emotional day for me when we draw that winner. I may even cry on video. You may catch me crying--on video. Best luck to everyone who enters!
Back To School Stickers and SALE!
We put our Back To School stickers up for sale last weekend, and you'll be able to get these stickers at 15% off when you use the coupon BACKTOSCHOOL. This coupon expires September 6th and is good when you order $5 or more in stickers or items. You can get these little guys as a small sticker or magnet or as a large sized wall decal! The large wall decals come in 8-10 inches wide. Perfect for classrooms.
We haven't taken photographs of all of these, yet but that will happen this week some time. These guys will be for sale through the end of September. Then they're getting put into storage until next year.
Every year we'll add more animals to our Back To School sticker line and our Holiday stickers and still pull out most of the old ones. These mark the start of the holidays for us. We're go-get-em with a few Halloween lines already (all the artwork is done already hehehe) but those won't be debuted until September 15th. So keep an eye out. We'll have them as sheets of four stickers and as single stickers so you can get a whole line or just the ones you like.
New Squigs for the Week!
Look at this adorable Clown Tree Frog (Dendropsophus leucophyllatus). These guys are super cute. And fairly popular among frog enthusiasts! They come with a variety of common names, the most common being the clown tree frog. They're endemic to South America in the countries of Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Peru, and Suriname. Luckily these guys aren't a threatened species like many frogs these days are. Males get to about 1.3 inches long while females can get as big as 1.7 inches long. (So small!) They come in a couple of color variations, one being the "hourglass" seen to the left, and another being the "giraffe" which we haven't doodled yet, but expect to see one soon because they're really neat looking.
Oh boy. Boy. Boy howdy. I really love this design. I was a little nervous to delve in this species because the patterning was a little scary to think about drawing, but I think it's safe to say I managed very well to depict this species. This is a Jungle Carpet Python (Morelia spilota cheynei). A pure one. They are so gorgeous. Jungle Carpet pythons are endemic to North Queensland in Australia. They live in subtropical areas close to waterways. Sometimes they can be found in dryer areas, too though.
We also did another color variation of this guy, the Jungle Jaguar Carpet Python.
This is considered a morph in the pet trade and not typically seen in the wild. Carpet Pythons are semi-arboreal and can be found climbing trees and shrubbery. They do like basking, though and are often found in warm basking areas. The length of these beauties is between five to seven feet, making them a nice medium sized snake.
While this species is of least concern for it's native range, there is a slight decline in the numbers that are found in the wild, especially in specific localized areas.
The ever misunderstood burmese python (Python molurus bivittatus). These beautiful snakes are often depicted as monsters. Which is sad, because these snakes are like big puppy dogs. For some strange reason unbeknownst to me these guys instill fear in so many people. More dogs hurt people than large snakes ever have. Burms are a nocturnal snake and are often found near water and hanging out in trees. They're sometimes considered semi-aquatic animals and amazingly can hold their breath for up to thirty minutes under water. They are found in Southeast Asia in several different countries where they're considered threatened because they are seen often times as a pest and also used for leather-making goods. Some countries, like Southeast
China find medicinal uses for these snakes and even utilize them as a food source. These snakes can get up to 20 feet, but typically range between 15-16 feet in length. With any large snake, it is often recommended that handling is done with one person for every five feet of a snake. While these guys are docile and make awesome advocates for educational events for snakes, they are heavy and pretty strong, so you need assistance for larger individuals.
White's Tree Frogs (Litoria caerulea) are a unique looking critter. They're naturally chubby, blueish-to-grey-to-bright-green in color, and are capable of changing colors depending on temperature and humidity levels. They have little suction cups on the ends of each toe, which allows them to stick to a variety of surfaces. These little dumpy frogs are endemic to northern and eastern Australia and in New Guniea where they are active both nocturnally and diurnally. During the dry season they slather themselves in a big mucousy substance and burrow to keep moist. When it's the wet season, they get water by utilizing the pools of fresh water in leaves and crevices left by rainfall. White's Tree Frogs are bug eaters, and have a diet varied in cockroaches, moths and other insects that cross their paths. In captivity a white's tree frog can live up to 15-16 years! Luckily for this frog, these guys are not on any endangered lists and are pretty common in their native ranges.
The Portland Metro Reptile Expo
Thank you all for attending this show and stopping by our table, even if it was just to say hello! I love hearing from you guys, getting feedback and meeting the people behind the inspiration for my stickers. I met a few good friends from the internet on this show, and lots of people I have come to simply adore. I didn't get many photos with all you friends and followers, but next show I hope to do that! I always forget that I have a camera that I want to use to take pictures with you all. So remind me! I'd love pictures with you! It was so awesome to see you all!
I did get to get a photograph with one of my newest friends Madison. She's fabulous. I adore her. :) So come take pictures with me at upcoming shows! I love love love pictures!
Thanks 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.