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.
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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.
Thanks for reading,
THANK ART it's Friday! Fridays come much too quickly around here!! Next week you should start seeing some work in progress stuff again! We totally got super busy last week and weren't even able to get you a weekly blog post! Dang! Moving and cleaning a big house tends to make one lose track of time! We're updating you this lovely Friday to catch you up on the last two weeks.
Last week we got a few new stickers in stock! A couple sand boas, a rainbow boa and a red eyed tree frog have all been added. Those rainbow boas have been excruciatingly popular with you all, and so we're glad that we got those in when we did. A big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Shelby Chibs Harris--who inspired me to get those rainbow boas up. We have more amphibians joining us in June. And July you should see some more geckos.
For months now you guys have been asking us for magnets. A few asked for some re-positionable stickers, as well. This month we were able to bring both of those items in stock for you. Any listing in our shop now has the option of sticker, wall decal (re-positionable sticker) or a magnet. These items are currently cut out by hand, but by the end of summer we hope to be able to provide you with magnets and wall decals that are cut professionally just like our vinyl decal stickers. We're going to be adding new items in the next few weeks, too so keep an eye out for some really awesome things in stock.
Magnets are a great item if you want to jazz up your refrigerators, cars or even your fridge-turned-incubator. We also love our restickable wall decals! Stick them once, twice, fifty times! They won't lose their stickiness unless the sticker gets dirty. Great for kids, too who love stickers, but also love to put them on walls, doors, closets, and on themselves.
Updates on the Quilt
Seri is seriously the most amazing person I know. I'd bet money on it. The quilt is looking so amazing. I don't even know how she does it. I love getting sneak peeks of it, and enjoy seeing everyone's reactions, too once she posts them to the fundraiser Facebook page The Sticky Situation Project. I mean, LOOK at these blocks. They are amazing!
I had to share my ultimate favorite, of course, the chinese cave gecko. I have a few cave geckos and as far as geckos go, the caves are my passion. The bright and purplish hue they have are going to look great on this quilt once all the stitching is done and in place.
The second one I wanted to share was the tokay gecko. I recently acquired a tokay gecko as a pet and I've pretty much fallen in love with him. They are really neat critters. Jason, my other half calls him the "Dr. Seuss Gecko". They totally do look like an animal right out of the Dr. Seuss books! Even in person.
Naming Our Stickers
In the next few weeks we want to hear from you! We'll be posting up little contests for you to do to get our stickers named after your pets! Stay tuned for that! We'll post up more details on this contest soon on Facebook! Does one of our stickers look like yours? Comment here to tell us about him or her! We'd love to see some pictures, too so share pictures of your pets on our Facebook Page! :)
Woo hoo! Our move is going GREAT! We've got a few new things to add to our shop. A few new stickers got in and we've got nine designs going up for sale on Monday as magnets! Shirts are also on their way to you.
New Stickers, Out-of-Stock Stickers--IN STOCK!
YAY! Finally! It feels like forever when we get new stickers in stock. Here are our newest little ones that are available now! The new leopard gecko, two new gargs. Since these were morph commissions, we sent out these new stickers to the commissioners first. Now they are available to you!
Some of our designs were so popular at the last show that we SOLD OUT! Wow THANK YOU! Bearded dragons, chameleons and our leucistic axolotl all sold-out or nearly sold out. So we got the beardies and chams back in, but the axies will be back in stock next week.. OUr May debut stickers including the Rainbow Boa, Sand Boas, Red Eyed Tree Frog, Green Iguana and Meller's Chameleon will be in at the same time.
You guys have been asking for magnets for forever now! Since January, at our first show you've expressed interest in magnets with our sticker designs on them. We decided to just get on it finally and do it. While getting them printed professionally was a little bit spendy, (like $500 for only one design! Yikes!) we've got some hand-cut magnets featuring our sticker designs. These bad boys are available for $4 each. Any of our stickers in shop can be used as a magnet in the future! They're a 20 mil magnet so they work great for your fridge or vehicles.
At the moment we have a limited number of them, but if they're popular enough we'll begin making these a lot more often and have them available full-time. No voting required. To start out we will be using the Red Crested Gecko, Leucistic Axolotl, Pied Ball Python, Leachie and dalmatian crested gecko. We had a little bit of extra magnet space and so added one of each of the following too: a mack snow leopard gecko, a few high yellow normal morph leos, a normal corn snake, a tokay gecko and an albino hognose.
We sent out your t-shirts yesterday. If you ordered them by April 30th for our last open window, you should see them in your mailbox by Monday. Even as soon as tomorrow! Some of you expressed that you were sad that the window closed so soon, so we will be opening up our permanent t-shirt shop on Spreadshirt by the beginning of next week! We'll make an announcement on our Facebook page when that shop is open. Men's, women's and kid's shirts will be available featuring our designs! We hope that in a few months' time we'll be able to do these shirts from our own home, but Spreadshirt makes it so easy to get you shirts sooner! If there is any style of shirt or accessory you would like, let us know! We can always make one for you.
Commission Bookings Open
You can now book a species or morph commission with us! We are booked through July now, so if you would like to do one soon, message us on Facebook or contact us on our website. We are booking through August, and only 4 openings per month. No pre-payment required until the date of your booking, so you don't have to worry about paying now, just right before I begin to draw. If you need to know when a certain species is going to be drawn that you don't see in our shop, we have our list broken down into months, so just ask us and we'll let you know!
Wow, Seri is truckin' truckin' truckin on the quilt updates! GO SERI! :) So far she's shared with us the red eyed tree frog and the chameleon blocks! We're so excited! If you haven't heard about this yet, go check it out! The quilt is going to be raffled for USARK.
Rachel is the owner of HGSS and Geckos on the Beach. She has a big love for all things reptile and amphibian.