Wow. Our show was amazing on Saturday. Biggest number of stickers sold YET! We also opened up new stickers on Sunday and have more coming out this upcoming week. This printer we have makes so many things possible!
ALL of our stickers that we've been waiting on have been put into our shop. The really great thing about this printer is we can doodle up custom graphics a LOT faster! Turn around time from time of order to shipment is less than a week instead of 6-8 weeks! It's so freeing! For custom orders it's more like 1-2 weeks, since we have to draw the item.
Next Week's Doodles
We got a commission for another crestie! And while we're at it we're going to be making a ton more morphs, too. Expect to see these expanding soon. You'll be able to see a morph of your crested gecko in shop soon. Same for ball pythons! We'll have SEVERAL ball python morphs. That's what the month of August is focusing on. We'll still be doing our monthly species, too, though! We took off two weeks of commissions so we can focus on shop stickers.
Next week expect our pancake tortoise and blue tongued skink to get done. Then we're doing one more gecko and hopefully a tegu. We really wanted to get more species than we have done finished, but a couple unexpected occurrences happened. Set us back quite a bit. No worries, though. We're dedicated to continue drawing and trying to pump out as many species as possible! Including more rare ones. And now that we've dialed in our new printer and got that down we shouldn't have any more trouble getting out more species instead of using that time to figure out our new equipment!
Check out this photo of our first set of Mini Magnets. We are not die-cutting the minis because it's extremely hard and time-consuming to create such a small die-cut magnet. Well, they aren't even die-cut, we are just cutting them out by hand. But these little things are oval-shaped magnets (some will be circles) at 1.5 inches wide. Super cute. I love these. I will toss singles of these or our mini sticker sets as freebies in orders over $10.
Feeder Announcement and Dishwasher Magnets
We got more magnetic material and have these bad boys in stock again! We have five species available in the dishwasher magnets, and the feeder announcement magnets are 100% customizable right down to the species, morphs, name, color and font that you want! As long as we've doodled it, you can get it on this magnet!
New Products in August
August will be a HUGE month for us. We have an expo in Portland, but we're also bringing on those shirts finally! Shirts, static clings, clear vinyl decals, and also window decals that are simple black or white outline work. Our sheet stickers will begin in August, as well as hopefully opening up our secondary shop with non-reptile stickers in it. All kinds of things will be going in there!
We'll have a coupon to use, too in case you want to order from both shops so you don't get charged for extra shipping. All of these items are made right in our own homes. Printed with eco-friendly inks, cut out with a professional die-cut edge and shipped to you to-order!
We also hope to do some fine-art prints, too. They'll be some limited edition stuff with 25 prints of each available and will come with a matte frame. We'll do one of those every couple of months. Our first piece is of a Hainan Cave Gecko. So far it looks pretty good, but we have a long way to go and all the stickers and commissions come first! We'll be printing these fine-art prints right here, just like our stickers, and our matte frames come from a local framing shop.
Do You Do Custom Art?
The short answer to this question is: Yes. We do custom art. We can do custom artwork from existing outlines in our shop, (morph request) or as a 100% custom piece with all new line art and color.
The long answer is that we are booked through September and we've closed taking new commissions for awhile. Now that we have a printer, there is a lot more stuff going on behind the scenes. We still have to set up all our files, draw new items, print them, punch them out, cut out magnets and get orders out in a timely fashion. That's a lot to take on when it used to be: we got our stickers from another printer and shipped them off. We're working 16 hour days right now to get everything done, including the 8 hour work day from our day job. We used to try to ship items out the day after you ordered them. Now, since a lot of stuff is customizable, like our Feeder Announcement Magnets we're shooting for 2-3 days, but have that 5 day buffer. It's our priority to make sure we provide you with QUALITY products in as timely a fashion as possible.
For a guide on custom art, though you can still check out our page on this website regarding Custom Stickers and More.
Thanks for reading! THANK ART IT'S FRIDAY!
We finished quite a few doodles this week! YAY! We also got our new printer, inks, vinyl, paper, and vinyl cutter machinery on it's way, so we've begun adding new items to the shop! What a week! Been doodling like crazy! Our goal of 15 species for July is well on it's way!
We may have given you a little bit of insight about the agricolae last week during our WIP update on the squig. These little geckos are catching on in popularity, and for good reason! They're pretty personable, tiny and they puff up like little angry dragons when they get mad or scared.
The Boa Constrictor Constrictor. We consulted a pretty keen and knowledgeable keeper on this pretty thing. He suggested we do this locale, since it seems they're the most popular. He also helped us with line-art consults to make sure that the body and head were accurate to the species. I'd like to thank Michael Tiller for helping us out with this one! He really loves the boas and it shows in how chatty he can be about them! I love talking with him about them--I always learn something new and interesting.
I've only met a few boa constrictors in person, but those that I have met are all so sweet. My favorite part about them are the little mustaches they all have. So adorable. And much like the burmese pythons, I LOVE their giant forked tongues.
While we are trying to focus more on species to doodle, we did leave open a tad bit of time to squiggle up some additional morphs before the next show. It was ALBINO week. Lots of albino things. It wasn't planned that way, but that's sort of how it turned out. Enjoy these new doodles and expect to see them in shop in a couple weeks
Commissioned Doodles of the Week
Commissioned doodles are expedited stickers that come with stickers. Anyone who commissions a piece gets their stickers before anyone else can buy them! This was a commissioned doodle from Star, a loyal customer who we appreciate in so many ways. She was excited to book a commission with us and share a few Steppe Runner photographs so we could doodle this cool little lizard. Pretty neat things! I hope you guys enjoy this new addition to our shop! We'll have him available once Star receives her package.
We lost a member of our motorcycle family last week. I didn't personally know Chris, but any loss in the motorcycle community hits hard with every racer. So much love has come of these decals. It was an honor for me to be designated as the artist for them. Rest in peace, Chris Knauer #74.
Next Week's Doodles
This one was a request from a little lady who asked for a booking long before we began booking anything for custom stickers. It wasn't a commission, but I decided to take this doodle on and put it in my shop since she was so patient and sweet about having to wait. Her enthusiasm really sparked my inspiration. He's not quite finished but we'll get him done by next week's TAIF!
We never got to our little gecko we planned to have done by this Friday. Hoping Monday we'll start that one. It's one of my favorite geckos, so I'm pretty excited to do it and feeling very antsy to get it done. I made it a goal-gecko so I could look forward to drawing it, and I am almost at that goal, I just have to finish this tortoise and the blue tongued skink first!
We just started our new line of DISHWASHER magnets! We've been stewing on these pretty things for months now, just waiting till we had the means to be able to make them. These little guys are made-to-order and printed and cut in our own home! :) They're not produced in large quantities, but they are cut out professionally with some spiffy equipment to leave you with a really clean edge. Soon we'll have more of these in our shop. Just have to divvy up the designs and get them out. We're also waiting on more magnetic material. We posted these for sale on Tuesday and they were sold out by Wednesday morning. We'll have them in stock again soon!
Mini Sticker Sets!
These will be back in stock on Thursday of next week! We miss having these around! These little mini sticker sets will also be given frequently as freebies for our amazing clients who purchase at least ten dollars worth of stickers from us. For the minis we're doing them as restickables or as the little permanent decals. You can stick and restick or just stick and leave it. The size of these will also be a tad bit larger than they used to be since we have the convenience of having a printer right in our own home to make them with. Also! You can pick the eight stickers you want in the mini sticker sets or just have them random. They are printed to-order so we can print whichever you would like!
We just opened up printing services! We can print stickers on glossy paper, restickable matte vinyl or on glossy permanent vinyl. Whichever you prefer! Our inks are an eco-friendly kind with a Green Guard certification for low-emissions. That's GREAT for the environment and makes the printing process for me safer than standard inks!
Static Clings and Clear Vinyl Stickers
Yep! We will have static clings and clear vinyl stickers in shop next month. We're waiting on the static cling and clear vinyl media to come in but with our new professional printer we can totally print on clear media. The ink stays fast on there!
The Sticky Situation Project Updates
Seri is ALL DONE with blocks! Now we're just watching to see her finish stitching together all the blocks together and finishing the quilt. Now our next goal is to sell enough stickers to get to Tinley in October so we can be there to see it. In order to do that we've got lots of new designs coming up and some new ideas to keep our shop fresh. Crossing fingers!! We really want to see everyone there and see this fundraiser quilt in person!
Rachel is the owner of HGSS and Geckos on the Beach. She has a big love for all things reptile and amphibian.