This week has been full of excitement and a little heartbreak for us. We got our printer and cutter and are calibrating it as we speak! Tonight will be a long night to try and get these stickers cut out properly with our cutter and get them sent out by Saturday! Wednesday was a pretty hard day for us, though. We lost one of our geckos.
Sadness in Our Home--The Loss of a Loved One
With this week being a little weirder than most, we didn't really get any doodles done. From Monday to Wednesday our focus was on trying to keep our gecko girl comfortable and hoping she would pull through. Sadly, she didn't. She had been injured somehow in her tub and her tail had become paralyzed. She was biting her tail and feet, so our reptile vet recommended some pain therapy for her. Administering pain meds further harmed her and paralyzed her entire body. It was a very hard decision, but we decided that euthanasia was the best option for our little girl. She was the second gecko we ever brought home, and the first girl who ever laid eggs for us. Our "Momma". Rest in peace Sallymander--you were very very loved and are very missed.
First Line Of Business: Pre-orders and Volume Orders
We have a couple volume orders to fill and of course all those awesome pre-orders you all made! Before we even stock our shop those are our first priority. Getting to printing those out and sending them by Saturday, so you should see them soon! If we are able to perforated cut our stickers then that will be great!! But if we still aren't able to before then, we will still send you kiss-cut stickers and hand-cut magnets. :)
We have begun printing and cutting out our stickers. Each sticker has to be input into a program for this to happen. While we've figured out the proper way to kiss-cut the vinyl, we're still trying to figure out how to perforate cut through the backing of the stickers. Until we're able to properly calibrate our machine to perforate cut without damaging our stickers, we may just have to cut the backing ourselves for awhile. So for the time being we might send stickers on a small square with just the sticker cut out and not the backing. The perforated cut WILL happen, as soon as we are able to reign in the beast that our cutting machine is.
Still Coming Up
Monday will be the day that all our sticker that were not up for pre-order will hit our shop. All our new axolotl morphs, the ball python morphs and the frogs we've been waiting to debut. Our Pancake tortoise and Blue Tongued Skink are still not complete yet, but we hope that next week is the week for both of those, along with one more beautiful gecko. Once we figure out all the ins and outs of our new shiny printer we'll be able to draw a lot more again. Our goal for 15 new species is STILL on it's way!
We also started work a new shop! While our new shop is not yet open, we hope to open it up in August or early September. It's going to be a shop full of non-reptile items. We want to keep our reptile sticker store very reptile-related but we've got a lot of other requests for stickers that are not reptile-related! Once we have ten items to put in that shop, we'll open up. It'll be called More Stickers By Rachel and you will soon find it on Etsy.
Name That Leopard Gecko Sticker
We're naming our Normal Leopard Gecko Sticker on Saturday!!! Vote for your favorite and keep an eye out for future contests. We'll do one every two weeks. If you want to see a certain sticker named soon, let us know!
Artist in Question
Expect to see a new blog post on a wonderful artist in our local community. Her name is Jessica Elam, and we think she's the Cat's Meoooooow! She does some pretty intricate and beautiful acrylic paintings and has been featured in several art galleries, shows and even in a show of her very own.
Thanks for reading!
Rachel is the owner of HGSS and Geckos on the Beach. She has a big love for all things reptile and amphibian.