Every show gets better and better for us. It's amazing. You guys kept us really busy at the Portland Metro Reptile Expo. We were lucky enough to have awesome helpers at the table, though so I could take breaks. Thank you Saille White from Sazilla Geckos and Bryan Duncan from Geektastic Geckos. I couldn't have done it without your help! That quilt that Seri was sewing up is totally finished, now too. We're selling sticker sheets that come with a free entry to win that quilt soon. Labor day weekend left us with THREE days for artwork! You can see what we did below!
The Sticky Situation Project
Seri and I have been working really hard to get you guys this quilt. We started this fundraiser project back in the end of March. All I did, really was draw up the artwork, host a few voting polls and make the stickers that would include a free entry to win the quilt. Seri has done all the hard work. It's been a wonderful collaboration.
I still can't believe it's been five months since we got this started. It really went by fast. And this quilt came out ten times more beautiful than I thought it would. You guys all voted for some of the most awesome designs to be placed on this quilt. Seri magically found just the right fabric--just the right colors to mesh together--just the right everything to bring this thing to life.
Week by week, month by month, we all watched as each block was made, as they were sewn together, as the stitching tied them all into one final piece. I started thinking how utterly beautiful this quilt was, and how utterly jealous I was of whoever gets to win such a gorgeous piece.... and then Seri went and got some top stitching done.
Once the top stitching was complete and the quilt was deemed finished I couldn't help but drop my jaw. WHO IN THEIR RIGHT MIND WOULD NOT WANT THIS THING!? I want this thing. I really really really want this thing. Although I can never have this thing, I am pretty proud to say I'm a part of this fundraiser. That I was in on this project. That the wonderful and talented Seri Dukart picked me--me to do this with.
But.. wait a second. Win this quilt? Yes. Win. You can win this quilt. The whole reason for this project was to give this quilt away. Just give it away to one lucky person. You can win this by purchasing some exclusive The Sticky Situation Project sticker sheets. Each sticker sheet comes with a free entry to win this quilt. The sheets are $5 each or $20 for five. You can buy them here. We are also vending at Tinley in October. From October 11th-12th we'll have these sticker sheets for sale. They'll be at our table all of the first day, and most of the second day where the sale of sheets ends before the end of the show so we can have USARK draw the lucky winner from our unnecessarily large fish bowl.
Again, insert jealousy here. You lucky lucky winner you. Whoever you are, I hope that you are super duper happy with this beautiful piece and that you can enjoy it for years to come. Think of me every once in awhile... I know for sure it's going to be a super emotional day for me when we draw that winner. I may even cry on video. You may catch me crying--on video. Best luck to everyone who enters!
Back To School Stickers and SALE!
We put our Back To School stickers up for sale last weekend, and you'll be able to get these stickers at 15% off when you use the coupon BACKTOSCHOOL. This coupon expires September 6th and is good when you order $5 or more in stickers or items. You can get these little guys as a small sticker or magnet or as a large sized wall decal! The large wall decals come in 8-10 inches wide. Perfect for classrooms.
We haven't taken photographs of all of these, yet but that will happen this week some time. These guys will be for sale through the end of September. Then they're getting put into storage until next year.
Every year we'll add more animals to our Back To School sticker line and our Holiday stickers and still pull out most of the old ones. These mark the start of the holidays for us. We're go-get-em with a few Halloween lines already (all the artwork is done already hehehe) but those won't be debuted until September 15th. So keep an eye out. We'll have them as sheets of four stickers and as single stickers so you can get a whole line or just the ones you like.
New Squigs for the Week!
Look at this adorable Clown Tree Frog (Dendropsophus leucophyllatus). These guys are super cute. And fairly popular among frog enthusiasts! They come with a variety of common names, the most common being the clown tree frog. They're endemic to South America in the countries of Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Peru, and Suriname. Luckily these guys aren't a threatened species like many frogs these days are. Males get to about 1.3 inches long while females can get as big as 1.7 inches long. (So small!) They come in a couple of color variations, one being the "hourglass" seen to the left, and another being the "giraffe" which we haven't doodled yet, but expect to see one soon because they're really neat looking.
Oh boy. Boy. Boy howdy. I really love this design. I was a little nervous to delve in this species because the patterning was a little scary to think about drawing, but I think it's safe to say I managed very well to depict this species. This is a Jungle Carpet Python (Morelia spilota cheynei). A pure one. They are so gorgeous. Jungle Carpet pythons are endemic to North Queensland in Australia. They live in subtropical areas close to waterways. Sometimes they can be found in dryer areas, too though.
We also did another color variation of this guy, the Jungle Jaguar Carpet Python.
This is considered a morph in the pet trade and not typically seen in the wild. Carpet Pythons are semi-arboreal and can be found climbing trees and shrubbery. They do like basking, though and are often found in warm basking areas. The length of these beauties is between five to seven feet, making them a nice medium sized snake.
While this species is of least concern for it's native range, there is a slight decline in the numbers that are found in the wild, especially in specific localized areas.
The ever misunderstood burmese python (Python molurus bivittatus). These beautiful snakes are often depicted as monsters. Which is sad, because these snakes are like big puppy dogs. For some strange reason unbeknownst to me these guys instill fear in so many people. More dogs hurt people than large snakes ever have. Burms are a nocturnal snake and are often found near water and hanging out in trees. They're sometimes considered semi-aquatic animals and amazingly can hold their breath for up to thirty minutes under water. They are found in Southeast Asia in several different countries where they're considered threatened because they are seen often times as a pest and also used for leather-making goods. Some countries, like Southeast
China find medicinal uses for these snakes and even utilize them as a food source. These snakes can get up to 20 feet, but typically range between 15-16 feet in length. With any large snake, it is often recommended that handling is done with one person for every five feet of a snake. While these guys are docile and make awesome advocates for educational events for snakes, they are heavy and pretty strong, so you need assistance for larger individuals.
White's Tree Frogs (Litoria caerulea) are a unique looking critter. They're naturally chubby, blueish-to-grey-to-bright-green in color, and are capable of changing colors depending on temperature and humidity levels. They have little suction cups on the ends of each toe, which allows them to stick to a variety of surfaces. These little dumpy frogs are endemic to northern and eastern Australia and in New Guniea where they are active both nocturnally and diurnally. During the dry season they slather themselves in a big mucousy substance and burrow to keep moist. When it's the wet season, they get water by utilizing the pools of fresh water in leaves and crevices left by rainfall. White's Tree Frogs are bug eaters, and have a diet varied in cockroaches, moths and other insects that cross their paths. In captivity a white's tree frog can live up to 15-16 years! Luckily for this frog, these guys are not on any endangered lists and are pretty common in their native ranges.
The Portland Metro Reptile Expo
Thank you all for attending this show and stopping by our table, even if it was just to say hello! I love hearing from you guys, getting feedback and meeting the people behind the inspiration for my stickers. I met a few good friends from the internet on this show, and lots of people I have come to simply adore. I didn't get many photos with all you friends and followers, but next show I hope to do that! I always forget that I have a camera that I want to use to take pictures with you all. So remind me! I'd love pictures with you! It was so awesome to see you all!
I did get to get a photograph with one of my newest friends Madison. She's fabulous. I adore her. :) So come take pictures with me at upcoming shows! I love love love pictures!
Thanks so much for reading!
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!
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 have some exciting news to share, great weekly events rolling through and a few new things to offer you. Our website is really coming along and things are growing so fast my head is spinning. When I stop to think about it, though my head always seems to be spinning.
Name That Sticker Events
Every week on Monday we are doing a new Name That Sticker event. That’s where we post a sticker on our Facebook Page and you can enter your pets of the same species. The pet that gets the most likes then becomes the namesake of the sticker that week! So far we’ve done two of them and we have one more finishing up today. We’ll announce winners on Saturday mornings.
This week is the Leachie! We had ten entries for this event. Ten amazing entries. It’s going to be a tough call. There are heart-felt stories, funny stories and plain old cute stories. I can't even pick which one is my favorite. All your leachies are so cute!
Blue Tongued Skink and Eastern Hognose Commission
Unfortunately I wasn't able to finish this beast in-between two commissions, contests, web designing and updating the shop. No worries though, this upcoming week is a sure as Mondays are evil to bring some "free" time to finish him. These guys’ tongues are absolutely stunning. Who would have thought that someone could really like an animal for a tongue? I hear they have some wonderful personalities, and I would hope so since that big blue thing just screams it. Since I've only met a couple, I'd have to be frank and say I just love them for that big blue curly tongue.
Below you can see the Eastern Hognose snake we did for the Virginia Herpetological Society. This piece is a private commission, so we won't have this one in our shop for stickers, but you can check out the society soon to see this design on shirts and other items to help them fund for their society! You can visit them on Facebook, Google+, or on their website. All links have quality content about the native animals in Virginia and also about invasive species to the area.
Next Week's Doodles
All of next week is blocked out to work on doodles for the shop. We've got our printer coming soon, so we're going to need new designs to add to our shop once it gets here! Our goal for next week is to doodle at least four more squigs. If we can get at least eight done that would be really awesome, but that's a big goal to try and reach!
The first one we want to doodle after the blue tongue skink will be a red tailed boa because a lot of our clients have asked for one. Then we're back on track for at least three geckos: the mourning gecko, cat gecko and agricolae. After these four expect to see some more inverts! We need more inverts in our shop and love drawing them!
New Equipment Means New Products
Rachel is the owner of HGSS and Geckos on the Beach. She has a big love for all things reptile and amphibian.