We have lots of new arrivals in the shop this month, including the Dog Bakery series, Fort Myers manatee mug, several new illustrations, Neptunian Frankincense and Sea-Kissed Myrrh! Check out all the new arrivals here.
We have a lot of events planned for June, both in-store and throughout Fort Myers and Sanibel! Check out all of the events here.
Follow our journey on Patreon! On our page this month, we will be sharing a sunflower coloring page, in-progress artwork, and a sea turtle digital download.
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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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.
Follow our journey on Patreon! On our page this month, we will be releasing a sea turtle coloring page, discussing some incense projects & experiments, sharing a sneak peek of our upcoming t-shirt designs, and more! Learn more about Patreon here.
Later this month, we are excited to release some Magic Sand incense and a new print/postcard design in our online shop! Sign up for our newsletter to get a notification when these are available..
We now have an Island Octopus Facebook & Instagram page, so give them a follow to see some more fun pictures in your timeline.
Welcome to The Island Octopus! We're excited you're here.
The Island Octopus LLC™ was founded in 2021 by husband-wife team Matt and Melissa Gindling. Our store will offer whimsical critters, beachy art, coloring books, apparel, and handcrafted incense. We started this project with the intent of giving our creations a home, while offering clients, fans, and friends an inside-look into the creative process.
As we work towards opening a physical storefront, you can follow our journey by joining our Patreon page, and signing up for our newsletter! On our Patreon page this month, we will be releasing a bird-themed coloring page & a digital art background, talking about our Magic Sand Incense, and more.
And, later this month, you can expect to see our online shop open!
THE ISLAND OCTOPUS BLOG
Follow our journey, learn more about our products, join us for events, and view behind the scenes photos!