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