Someone asked me the other day if I actually sleep.
No. I really don't. :)
But I love it.
I am back from taking a break from orders this week. I love you all and love the support you all give me, and I'm grateful that you all understood! Thank you.
Cyber Sunday Monday Funday Sale.
With all the craziness, I wanted to add a little fun sale for you. It's a two-day sale on Sunday and Monday and you can get up to 35% off. This is a coupon that's only reserved for volume orders. And you can get this on ANY order you want. I will be taking custom items out of the store, though during the sale because those are calculated by my time and aren't eligible for big sales.
In any case! Stickers, magnets, gift tags, wrapping paper, ALL THE THINGS are all up for grabs for 35% off! Enjoy! (wrapping paper will be in store by Friday!)
COOLCYBER2014 is the coupon code to use! Begins at midnight (12:01 AM) November 30th. Ends December 2nd (12:01 AM). This time frame is in EST.
Pens and Pencils. Write in Style.
Like black ink? Like blue ink? What about pencils? Well, now you can get all these items in the store. At the moment I've got twelve pen and pencil types you can order. As time progresses we'll get more. I know that everyone wants their own little reptile on pens and pencils. Making the designs for them is a little time consuming, though and it bites into the time I have available to draw new stickers for the store.
All the pens and pencils are hand-wrapped and pens are laminated for durability with a non-toxic cold lamination so if you happen to chew on your pens it won't harm you. All our inks are non-toxic and eco friendly, the lamination process for stickers is just sometimes toxic. We use ZERO toxic chemicals on our wares. ZERO toxic aerosol lamination.
Also, if you want to get our pens customized with your name, company, or any other text I'm offering that in the store. Custom pens will cost more than non-custom pens but you can personalize it to say whatever you want. No one will be able to steal it from you if it's branded.
If that wasn't enough for you we've got more fabric items that are going to be hitting the store in December. You'll see what I've got up my sleeve with my seamstress and friend Sarina. We're working double time to get stuff into the store. Wallets are already beginning production, and a few other little items I'm excited about but not going to share till debut time. Not all these will be ready in time for Christmas, so I don't want to get anyone's hopes up. Fabric items will be a regular staple in the store and we'll be changing them up regularly, making new fabrics regularly and having limited quantities of certain items.
If you want your stuff to get to you by Christmas, it's a really good idea to order sooner rather than later. My weekend before Christmas I'm dedicating to shipping out last-minute orders on that Monday.
With standard shipping, the last day to order is December 17th. If you want your items by Christmas and you're ordering after the 17th you must select rush shipping and please mention in the notes that your order is necessary before Christmas. :)
Well! That's all for now! I'm signing off to go spend some time with my family. I hope that your upcoming holiday is awesome and that you get to eat alllllll the stuffing and turkey and mashed potatoes that you could ever dream of!
Happy Sticking, and Happy Thanksgiving!
Yesterday was our one-year-anniversary of being open. I just can't believe it. I feel like I should be doing something special, like baking a cake or getting some balloons, or maybe even a dozen roses for my store. I wonder if the store would appreciate that...
This week, though things have been busy for me but really slow on the new items field. Orders have been flying in for holiday gifts. I don't even know how many gift receipts I've printed the last two weeks. It's insane.
I appreciate everyone who is ordering well in advance. This makes my job a lot easier! :) I'm going to put this out there now: there are deadlines for guaranteed holiday arrivals. The LAST day that I'm shipping orders for Christmas arrival with standard shipping is for any orders made by December 18th. For RUSH, your last day to order for Christmas arrival is December 21st before 3:00 PM PST.
More Gift Tag Sheets
What I DID get done this week was filling lots of orders. I also designed a couple more gift tags for purchase. So far we have Chameleons, Ball Pythons, Axolotls and Crested Geckos. This weekend I hope to add TEN more gift tag designs. We're still on schedule for purse, coffee mug cozy and wrapping paper debuts next week, too. Oh yeah! Pluggin' right along.
End of November Cyber Sale
Black Friday is popular for brick and mortar shops. Since I'm an Etsy Entrepreneur I am going to do the Cyber Monday instead. But, this year I'm doing it for TWO days. You have TWO days to get in on deals from our store. During these two days I am taking custom items out of the store for less confusion.
Custom items aren't part of the sale, but any other items are free for purchase with our Cyber Sunday-Monday-Funday Sale. The coupon code is COOLCYBER2014 and it's only good from 12:01 AM November 30th to 12:01 AM December 2nd. Times are in PST.
That's all I've got for this week. I should have a much larger update next week! See you then and Happy Sticking!
This week has been a tad bit slower than other weeks, but that just means I'm busy doing other things like preparing for the holidays, opening up t-shirts, and brianstorming new things to add to the store.
Since the holiday season is coming up I wanted to be able to provide you guys with some shirts so you can buy them for your loved ones, or even for yourself. While I can't actually do shirts myself yet, I do have a new Spreadshirt shop open where you can find a myriad of different designs for pretty affordable. I love the quality of Spreadshirt. They do all our business shirts and this is the same company that did my shirts for last year's round of shirts. Working with a local small company, still to get some shirts from them instead of from a large company, but until we're able to afford them, we'll be going through Spreadshirt! Both companies will provide awesome quality.
I've got twenty designs in store now, but no worries. I'm working on getting more in there for variety. If you want to order a design we have but it's not in the store, let me know. I'll do my best to get it in there within a couple days of your request. As I doodle I'll be putting new designs in there. The initial process of getting designs file-ready etc is going to take a long while, though. Doing my best! The link to this Spreadshirt shop will always be at the top of this website under "Apparel".
A few Nail Wrap Designs. Available by Jamberry.
Another product by another company. I thought these would be fun, though and wear Jamberries like my life depends on it. So, I have these three designs available on nail wraps. They're $25 a wrap sheet, and I don't make any commissions off of these, I just thought they'd be fun. So if you'd like to order some, let me know and I'll get you in touch with my consultant to get them ordered for you!
Custom Holiday Items COMING!
I just started releasing holiday items for the store. Gift tags were an obvious necessity. This weekend is dedicated to a secret special project that I'm collaborating on with a friend (details will be released in the future) and THESE. So far there are Chameleons and Axolotls available. I'm working right now on crested geckos, ball pythons, tortoises, some obscure gecko species and other gift tags. My goal is to finish all the gift tags that I want to make by November 15th so you are able to buy these in advance of winter holidays.
There are a few slots left for Holiday Ornaments. I'm pretty limited on how many I can make, and as time goes on these slots disappear. I have four slots every week scheduled. That's the most I can do each week, so if you want one, better for you to get a slot booked in advance. Especially if you want them before any given holiday.
I begin making these custom items on Monday. We have all four slots filled this upcoming week and the week after. Pre-payment is required for custom items. These ornaments are $25 each, and I'll have pictures of them this weekend of some completed non-custom ornaments that are curing as we speak.
I don't have it in shop yet, but I'm working to get some wrapping paper printed up. I'm very lucky to have a wide-format printer, so hoping to find all the appropriate materials to make this happen with my designs on them.
While I'm doing custom ornaments, I'm also making holiday stickers that will be perfect for sealing envelopes for holiday cards, to adorn on gifts or, really anything. These will come in sheets of 20 1.5 inch circle stickers and will be available as one, two or five sheets. Below are a couple examples of what I'm going with.
Ball Pythons! I'm working on more of course! So keep an eye out! So far I've got Crested geckos, axolotls, and pied or albino ball python pencils available. Although, I cannot keep those crested gecko pencils in stock to save my life. I'll be ordering more pencils soon so I can get back to wrapping them for you and get those out in time for the winter holidays coming up. I've wrapped over 144 of the things, and they keep selling like crazy! They make perfect stocking stuffers. We will have these guys in packs of two or five so you can buy a just a couple, or a few more than that at a time.
ONE. I got ONE done this week.
Ah well. I've been gearing up for holiday stuff and doing my best to expand items for the store. You guys have been keeping me on my toes! This little guy is a little Lygodactylus williamsi, with the common name of Electric Blue Day Gecko. They're really small. And really really that blue. Just beautiful little geckos. These guys are critically endangered in a specific forest of Tanzania in part by the illegal capture of them for the pet trade and by the deforestation of the only known forest they live in. Such a shame on the pet trade part since they breed fairly well in captivity. One interesting thing about these little geckos is that when they're juveniles they start out as a drab green color. They are dimorphic once the male hits maturity. He turns blue, while the females stay that drab color of brownish or green.
In captivity these little guys do great in trios of one male to two females. They glue eggs to things, so if you keep them to breed you'll find little tiny white eggs glued on things. (Or, you might not actually find them!) Definitely a great animal to keep. The Lygodactylus williamsi is one gecko on my list of things to own some day.
Thank you all for reading!
Rachel is the owner of HGSS and Geckos on the Beach. She has a big love for all things reptile and amphibian.