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!
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
Rachel is the owner of HGSS and Geckos on the Beach. She has a big love for all things reptile and amphibian.