Our online shop is now back open! We are looking forward to a shop update later this month that will include art prints, postcards, and (hopefully) some t-shirts! Sign up for our newsletter or Patreon page to get a notification for the release.
Our first art show of the year will be a Coastal Arts & Craft Fair on Saturday, January 22 in Fort Myers! Join us outdoors at University Village Shops (19800 Village Center Dr, Fort Myers, FL 33913) from 10AM-3PM.
Follow our journey on Patreon! On our page this month, we will be sharing a spoonbill coloring page, product previews, fun photos from the Fort Myers area, and artwork from some ongoing projects. We also revised Patreon tiers, and some of the tiers have been combined so that we are able to offer more perks to each patron!
Photo above: an illustration from a new project Melissa is working on.
You may have noticed our online shop is currently closed. We have officially moved to Fort Myers, and are awaiting our inventory to be delivered to us before re-opening! We are taking some time this month to consider retail spaces, and hope to be able to share some more news about that in the next few weeks.
Follow our journey on Patreon! On our page this month, we will be releasing a holiday-themed coloring page, sharing a digital phone background, and discussing some ongoing projects, including t-shirts and roll-on perfumes. We also hope to share some photos of the retail space we are considering for our storefront!
Photo above: seashells found during a recent beach trip.
Plans are coming along for our retail space in southern Florida! After much planning and research, we have realized that we can't do it alone. Having a little extra help from our supporters is essential to making this happen. We hope that you may share our dreams and would like to see us continue on our paths as artists. In addition to continuing our online sales, a physical location in southern Florida will allow us to focus on our artistic endeavors, and provide a larger studio space to create and display new artwork for you. We have endless ideas for new designs, including apparel, tropical flora & fauna-themed artwork, incense blends, and more. Learn more about our plans on our GoFundMe page!
Follow our journey on Patreon! On our page this month, we will be releasing a mermaid-themed coloring page, creating an octopus sticker sheet, sharing some previews of current art projects, and discussing how the business plans are coming along for The Island Octopus retail space!
Traditional Halloween activities include trick-or-treating, attending costume parties, carving pumpkins, telling scary stories, and visiting haunted houses. Continue reading for some other ways to continue the Halloween fun throughout the month of October! Check out our Pinterest board for related recipes and tutorials.
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Decorations and accents:
Food to make and enjoy:
New arrivals in the shop this month include: Halloween art, incense, and stickers!
Join us for two events this month:
Follow our journey on Patreon! On our page this month, we will be releasing Halloween coloring pages, discussing a recent trip, and sharing behind-the-scenes photos of our current projects! Learn more about Patreon here.
Halloween art and accessories available at Virtual Halloween Market on October 1-3.
The Island Octopus gift shop hosts online event to help artists and small businesses this autumn.
St. Louis, Missouri - The Island Octopus gift shop will host a Virtual Halloween Market, an online shopping event featuring a variety of artists and makers, virtual activities, and freebies. Shoppers will find Halloween art, accessories, apparel, and home decor from 6 artists and small online businesses at this unique event. The Virtual Halloween Market runs from October 1-3, 2021. Shoppers can join the Facebook group or The Island Octopus website to view the event.
The Island Octopus was founded in 2021 by husband-wife team Matt and Melissa Gindling. The online gift shop offers whimsical critters, beachy art, coloring books, apparel, and handcrafted incense.
The Autumn Equinox is one (of two) moments in the year when day and night are of equal length. It marks the beginning of autumn. In the northern hemisphere the Autumn Equinox usually falls on September 22 or 23, and in 2021, it is September 22. Continue reading for some fun ways to celebrate this time of year! Check out our Pinterest board for other related recipes and tutorials.
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Food to make and enjoy:
Autumn Equinox incense recipe:
Grind dried leaves, cinnamon and rosemary with a mortar and pestle. Press in pine resin. Add small amount of storax and knead until thoroughly mixed. Roll into small balls if desired. Smolder on top of a hot hookah charcoal.
Our next shop update will be in October for our Virtual Halloween Market! Expect to see new stickers, incense, art, and some bat ornaments.
Follow our journey on Patreon! On our page this month, we will be releasing two animal coloring pages, discussing the upcoming Halloween incense blends, releasing a bird-themed digital download, and sharing behind-the-scenes photos of our current projects! Learn more about Patreon here.
We are excited to inform you that The Island Octopus has a Patreon page! Each tier will provide you with exclusive content, artwork, downloads, samples, creations, and more.
What is Patreon?
Patreon is a membership platform that allows us to offer our supporters and followers monthly content and receive constant feedback as we create new artwork, incense, apparel, and more.
Patreon also supports our new explorations and ideas! Without the monetary support of our patrons, many experiments, projects, and prints would simply not be possible. When you become a patron, you are allowing us to purchase supplies & equipment, and spend time exploring and creating. Some of this money will also go towards opening our new retail space.
What do we offer on Patreon?
Each month, patrons will receive new content including articles, photos, creations, downloads, discount codes, behind-the-scenes videos, and/or early access to new releases. We currently have 8 different tiers on Patreon, which offer different types of content at different monthly pledges. Swipe through the photos below to see what each tier’s perks are!
Does this mean we will stop adding items to the store?
No, it doesn’t. But you will find exclusive offerings through our Patreon page such as samples, coloring pages, and digital downloads. You will keep seeing our artwork, books, and incense in the store as usual. Patreon tiers of Palm Tree and higher will also receive early-access to select new releases of incense, artwork, and apparel.
Why this change?
-We would love more feedback from our supporters as we create new products. Patrons will be able to comment on, vote, and give feedback on new product ideas and releases.
-To support our new explorations and ideas! Without the monetary support of our patrons, many experiments, projects, and prints would simply not be possible. When you become a patron, you are allowing us to purchase ingredients & equipment, and spending time exploring and creating. Some of this money will also go towards opening our new retail space.
-We would like to try unique experiments that wouldn’t necessarily be offered in our retail space. Select tiers will offer behind the scenes experiments, unusual incense blends, hand-collected ingredients, test batches, and/or digital downloads.
How do I join?
-View the monthly tier options by swiping through the photos below and visiting our Patreon page.
-You are not required to stay on the same tier annually or anything (no contract), but can join and try out different tiers. Patreon will auto-renew you each month on your current tier, but you always have the option to cancel or change tiers.
-The Seashell Tier allows you to see many of our exclusive posts, and therefore learn more about the higher tiers you might be most interested in. It starts at $3/month.
-For the physical product tiers, such as Fiddler Crab, the monthly pledge includes shipping the item to you, so you will see two options for USA patrons and International patrons so that we can cover the appropriate shipping cost.
Visit our Patreon page here!
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