We have lots of new arrivals in the shop this month, including Island Nag Champa Incense and Fragrance, cards, and magnets! Check out all the new arrivals here.
We have a lot of events planned for May, both in-store and throughout Fort Myers! We are also planning a "Can't Wait for Summer Party" for the end of May, which will have a virtual component. Check out all of the events here.
Follow our journey on Patreon! On our page this month, we will be sharing a seashell coloring page, in-progress artwork, and early access to some new products!
Photo above: A shorebird on Sanibel Island.
Our new shop is now open in Fort Myers! Learn more about the location, and check out the news article about our opening here.
We are still working on photographing and adding some of our new products to the online store. This week, our can coolers will be added, as well as some more cards. We also hope to release a new incense and perfume blend this month! Check out all the new arrivals here.
Melissa's next art show will be Saturday April 9, from 9AM-2PM at the Sanibel Community House! Join us for a variety of original art, shell and other crafts, jewelry, baked goods, cards, and more at 2173 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, FL 33957. Melissa will have a selection of her original artwork, prints, and cards available.
Follow our journey on Patreon! On our page this month, we will be sharing a bird-themed coloring page, photos of the storefront, some studio shots, as well as a discussion of The Island Octopus Press and incense commissions.
Photo above: Mermaid's Dawn postcard by Matthew Gindling
The Island Octopus is excited to release a new Animals of Sanibel Coloring Book this week! Consisting of 34 fun animal illustrations, this book features some of the critters you might find while visiting Sanibel Island, Florida. The coloring book is now available in our online shop, and will also be available in our Bell Tower (Fort Myers, FL) retail space at our grand opening on March 11!
The Animals of Sanibel Coloring Book was illustrated by Melissa Rohr Gindling, and features many of the iconic animals found on Sanibel, including the brown pelican, manatee, marsh rabbit, roseate spoonbill, gopher tortoise, Sanibel Island rice rat, junonia snail, and more. This is Melissa's 12th coloring book release.
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We're super excited to announce our grand opening at Bell Tower will be this Friday, March 11! Learn more about the grand opening festivities on our event page. And if you can't make it in person, sign up for our newsletter for a special offer later this week!
We will be releasing lots of new products in our retail store this week, including the Animals of Sanibel Coloring Book, new t-shirt and tank designs, cards, can coolers, stickers, prints, postcards, and original artwork! We will also be adding these products to the online store (although it may take us a little extra time as we focus on our grand opening).
Take a peek at the event page for lots of other fun local events coming up this month! Our next art show will be Sunday March 20, from 9AM-2PM at the Sanibel Community House! Join us for a variety of original art, shell and other crafts, jewelry, baked goods, cards, and more at 2173 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, FL 33957. Melissa will have a selection of her original artwork, prints, and cards available!
Follow our journey on Patreon! On our page this month, we will be sharing a gnome coloring page, behind-the-scenes photos of our retail space, a digital download, and more.
Find them in our shop here : The Island Octopus Incensarium
Mermaid’s Dawn was originally created under the banner of Ethereal Aroma’s Incense Company in 2018. While there was only one edition of this particular blend, it became one of the most popular and well received. When Melissa and I decided to create a new LLC and house our artistic endeavors under one roof, there were a handful of blends I wished to carry over and brand as standard house blends. Mermaid’s Dawn was one of these, and the upcoming Island Nag Champa (which is a combining of Nag Champa Mediations and Hawaiian Nag Champa) is another. More names will be announced when the time is right.
We've released lots of new items in the last few weeks, including cards, prints, incense, and stickers! Sign up for our newsletter or Patreon page to get a notification for our next release.
Our next art show will be this Saturday, February 5, from 9AM-2PM at the Sanibel Community House! Join us for a variety of original art, shell and other crafts, jewelry, baked goods, cards, and more at 2173 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, FL 33957. We will have a selection of our original artwork, prints, and Valentine cards available!
Follow our journey on Patreon! On our page this month, we will be sharing an otter coloring page, product previews, and artwork from some ongoing projects. We also will be announcing some exciting "secret news" this weekend!
Photo above: an illustration from a new project Matt is working on.
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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