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.
Clicking on the photos will redirect you to the listing on Etsy :)
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.
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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
We didn't get to much art this week, but we were able to add a couple new things to our shop and opened up a few new options for commissions. We have just begun commercial work and logos, and are very excited to get to doodling again for the July Debut animals that are on our roster. Starting next week we'll be doing that for you all to see!
Don't forget about USARK week! It ends on Sunday, June 8th. 10% of your order goes directly to USARK at the end of USARK week. Thank you for your support of us, and of USARK. Visit our shop here to help out.
Name That Sticker!
We are naming our stickers after your pets! If you'd like to get one of our stickers named after one of your pets of the same species (doesn't have to be the same morph!) be sure to take a look at animals we have pinned on our page to submit a picture of your pet and a little story! The story and photo with the most likes by the end of the week will have the sticker named after them!
This week we're finishing up with our dalmatian crested gecko, so get to voting today! Next week we're going to be naming our leucistic axolotl, so axie keepers keep an eye out on Sunday for the posting!
Woo hoo! Finally! Our meller's chameleon and green iguana finally came into stock! You can get these pretty new stickers as magnets, re-positionable wall decal stickers or regular vinyl decal stickers. We got the commissioned pieces out to the person who ordered them and BLAM! Now they can go into shop! I adore this meller's chameleon more than any chameleon I've ever seen. Even more than the pygmies! They are so comical and cute. It makes me want to hug them for ever and ever. I can't believe it's even a THING.
In addition to the meller's, this green iguana is pretty awesome, too. We had a few requests for this, and a charming little lady decided to commission us to put it in shop earlier than on schedule. This bad boy wasn't originally supposed to be in shop until late in the year. Lucky you! Species commissions are $25 each and you get four stickers with your order. Any species you want can be turned into a sticker. Terms of this type of commission mean I can use them in my shop. If you're looking for something more exclusive, we also do commissioned pieces for you on those that won't be used in our shop as stickers.
Logos and Commercial Work Opened
We recently got brave and opened up logo commissions. Glad we did, because we are extremely happy with how our first commissioned logo turned out. It's for the Redding Reptile Expo, and we are proud to have been able to do their logo. We're also excited to be vending for them, too in July! If you're in the Redding area or close by come give us a visit! We'd LOVE to meet you! It's a brand new show this year, but there is already a really great roster on the Vendor list! You can visit them on Facebook.
The Fundraiser Quilt for USARK
I can't even begin to say how utterly impressed I am by what Seri has been doing with this quilt! I was already awed by the previews, and the non-stitched blocks. Boy. Once they're stitched onto the quilt they REALLY pop! I can't even fathom how she picks just the right fabrics for these and can envision it before she even cuts it out. Per usual--just blown away. These three blocks will be sewn onto the main quilt and it will go up for raffle to benefit USARK. So far Seri has completed these three with many more to come! If you'd like to see more updates and curiosities check out the Facebook page we have for The Sticky Situation Project.
Thank you all for reading!
Please comment below which animals you'd like to see next in our shop! We wanna hear from YOU! :)
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! :)
We’re not going to be home to post this on Friday! We’ll off to a show! So we're posting this blog early. Thursday, Friday same thing, right? We did doodle a few things on commission and also got a few new stickers in stock! Whirlwind of a week for sure! Hope to see some of you at the expo! Please introduce yourselves!
Our New Doodles!
Got that iguana and Meller's cham done this week. Those were the last two commissions that we had for awhile. This iguana was awesome to draw. I am sure it's my newest favorite sticker. I had originally dreaded doodling it because of all those spikes and the huge mess of big scales on the jowels and neck, but it turns out it wasn't as difficult or agonizing as I thought it would be. If there's anything that would make you step outside of your comfort zone, commissions are definitely it! This iguana made me grateful for opening commissions when I did!
The second commission I was asked to doodle was this little Meller's chameleon! Wow, I have never seen a curiouser animal than this. I didn't even know these cute little horned critters existed! Those scalloped spikes and horn on its head are so cute. How did I not know something so adorably comical existed? To top it all off it has these great little green spots all over its body. Pretty much the perfect suspect for a Dr. Suess book. We'll be ordering these guys from our sticker printers on Monday and so should have them a couple weeks after that. I'd like to thank my commissioner for allowing me to step out of my little doodle bubble! Thank you!
Our Newest Stickers!
They finally came! Hognose snakes, corn snakes and the hermann’s tortoise! This is EXCITING! I love adding all these stickers into the shop. Just fills my little heart with joy. Now we've got a pretty good selection going for reptiles. And only more to come! These pretty little snakes make a great addition to our snake section in our shop. So far these corn snakes and hoggies have been extremely popular on Tumblr. Our Tumblr traffic in our Etsy shop all but tripled compared to traffic from Facebook after sharing them on the blog there.
Monday we're putting in another order, as you saw above, to add our May stickers. Hoping those come closer to mid-May, but the printers have been working very very hard and are really popular so it may be a little closer to the end of May. I might be ordering stickers a leeeeettle bit earlier so they get here at the beginning of the month instead of the end. We'll be lowering the stock online we have of these pretties while we're away at the show this weekend!
I’ve got the question “What is a commission?” a lot since I opened them up. Basically a commission is where you, a client pays an artist to draw something. It’s not like a commission in the sense of you sell something and make a commission off of it.
Commissions are scheduled to open June 9th if all goes well! We are in the middle of a BIG move. With Jason’s racing, my show schedule, moving, and taking care of the geckos we’re taking just a short break from doodling much else until June. We’ll still be introducing new stickers during this time, but new doodles will be postponed until we’re all settled in. Once we're settled, I’ll be doing about one or two commissions a week depending on the type of commission we get. Naturally some commissions will take longer than others. So, it may be more like one every two weeks some times.
Updates on the Quilt
Our newest vote-ins for this quilt is the bumblebee dart frog, red eyed tree frog. So far our picked designs are as follows: Albino hognose snake, pied ball python, normal ambilobe panther chameleon, bumblebee dart frog, red eyed tree frog and the red footed tortoise. Right now we're voting on what gargoyle gecko or crested gecko are your favorites. Go vote if you haven't!
See you for our next blog post on Monday, What the EXPO!?
Rachel is the owner of HGSS and Geckos on the Beach. She has a big love for all things reptile and amphibian.