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Spooktacular Season Celebration: Day 3 of 31

To celebrate the Halloween season (our fave time of year around here!), I'm featuring one of our creepy-cute design each day of October here on our blog. (I'm also posting them to our Instagram and Facebook pages so be sure to follow us on those if you don't already!)

DAY 3 OF 31: CREATURE

Day 3 of our Spooktacular Season Celebration! 👻🎃💀 Today's creepy-cute design is one of my all-time favourite designs (there will be a few of those this month): Creature! 💚

Creature (or Lil Gilly to his mama) is a curious fellow who loves underwater exploration, studying the captain logs from old ships and inviting new friends to his lair for seaweed tea.

This design is perfect for fans of Universal's classic monster movies or anyone that simply likes creepy creatures! Get this big-eyed cutie on your choice of pins, magnets, keychains, bottle openers and pocket mirrors! 

 

Creature monster design by Sick On Sin

Spooktacular Season Celebration: 2 of 31

To celebrate the Halloween season (our fave time of year around here!), I'm featuring one of our creepy-cute design each day of October here on our blog. (I'm also posting them to our Instagram and Facebook pages so be sure to follow us on those if you don't already!)

DAY 2 OF 31: Happy Bat

The Day 2 design for our Spooktacular Celebration is Happy Bat!

This sweet fanged friend is perfect for Halloween lovers, goths, and anyone else who has a fondness for these wonderful winged cuties!

It's available on tees for adults and kids (it's one of our son's fave shirt!), as well as on pins, magnets, keychains, bottle openers and pocket mirrors. See it all here!

Happy Bat design by Sick On Sin

Spooktacular Season Celebration: Day 1 of 31

To celebrate the Halloween season (our fave time of year around here!), I'm featuring one of our creepy-cute design each day of October here on our blog. (I'm also posting them to our Instagram and Facebook pages so be sure to follow us on those if you don't already!)

DAY 1 OF 31: GHOST

Let's start things off with one of my all-time fave designs - this little Ghost friend! He's perfect for getting ya in the mood for Halloween, or you could be like me and sport him all year long!

Ghost is available on a pin, magnet, keychain, bottle opener and pocket mirror! 👻👻

 

Ghost design by Sick On Sin

 

Happy 11th Birthday To Us!

This week we're celebrating our 11 year anniversary! Woo!!!

I wanted to say a huge thank you to EVERYONE who has helped us get to this point. To the many, many customers and fans who have bought SOS goodies over the years and who have supported and promoted us. To my awesome family and friends who give up their days off to assist me at events. And of course to my partner, Michael, who does all of our designs and graphic work and so much more. I'm so very grateful to you all - without you it would not be possible to make a living doing this. Thank you. <3

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Now let's talk about how we're celebrating this milestone:

1. Coupon Codes: Of course we'd do a special sale for our birthday! For the next 5 days you can get up to 30% off your order using the following coupon codes:

  • Get 20% off orders up to $30 with code: HBD20
  • Get 25% off orders between $30-$99.99 with code: HBD25
  • Get 30% off orders over $100 with code: HBD30

    This is the perfect time to grab a bunch of holiday gifts, stocking stuffers and treats for yourself! The coupon codes expire Tuesday December 8 (11:59 pm EST) so don't delay - come do some shopping! 

     

    Birthday Sale

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    2. Free Gift: We're including a FREE large magnet in all orders over $10 (after discount and before shipping / tax) of this little Imp with pitchfork full of cake. This item is limited edition and not available to buy on its own. The only way to get it is to make an order between December 4-8!

     

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      3. Giveaways: What's a birthday celebration without games with prizes! We are running contests on the Sick On Sin Facebook page and the Sick On Sin Instagram page this week  so be sure to follow both those accounts (if you don't already) and keep your eyes out for the giveaway posts!  Two lucky people will score $25 gift certificates!

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      4. New Items: We just added a bunch of accessory designs - like this brand new, super cute, Party Animal Raccoon! Two designs (Zombie Santa and Zombie Snowman)  are only available for a limited time so if you like them, grab them now!

      Check out all the new items here!

      Party Animal Raccoon

       

      You'll notice one of the new items is a special limited edition design we recently released to raise money for Cedar Row - a great family-run farm sanctuary near London, Ontario. We are donating 100% of the profits from the sale of this design to them. Piggy Love will only be available till the end of this month so be sure to grab it while you can!! Look how cute it is!!! (Our goal is to raise enough money to sponsor a pig for a year...if we sell around 20 more large magnets we'll reach it. Please help us make this goal!!!) 

      Piggy Love by Sick On Sin

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      Thank you again to everyone who has shown us love over the last 11 years. It's been a super fun ride! That said, 11 years is a long time and I've been thinking a lot lately about the future of SOS. I'm hoping to start make some changes in 2017 to breathe some new life into the brand (and reignite some of the passion I felt in the beginning). I hope you all stick along for the journey!  

      xoxox,
      Jen 

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      P.S. IMPORTANT UPDATE: As you may already know, American Apparel (the clothing brand we use) declared bankruptcy and has ceased wholesale operations. There is talk of another company taking them over but in the meantime we are currently unable to order from them. We have a fair amount of adult and kid shirts in stock however we are VERY low on infant sizes and women's underwear.

      We are working to keep the website updated regarding size / colour availability but please understand there may be an issue where an option is ordered that we can't fulfill. To ensure you get what you want - please order asap as stock will definitely begin to sell out!!

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      P.P.S. Just a reminder that mail takes longer during December so if you want to get Christmas / Holiday gifts, don't delay getting your order in!! I'm working super hard getting orders out asap but I'm the only person making items and packing them up and can only go so fast! ;) Below are the suggested ship by dates if you want to receive your order in time. (FYI I'll be shipping orders right up till Dec. 21 and then taking a little holiday break.)

       

      WE ARE TEN!

      Sick On Sin Is Ten!

       

      Wowza!! Sick On Sin is a decade old! 

      Back in 2005 I was working in the corporate dot com world, and while I had a great job and worked with amazing people my heart just wasn't in it. I wasn't sure what I wanted to do with my life but thought it'd be fun to sell shirts and stuff while I figured the future out. The major thing standing in the way was my inability to draw but I just so happened to be shacking up with a pretty great artist. He offered to do my designs and boom bam boom things got rolling.

      Fast forward 10 years and I honestly can't believe I'm still doing SOS. It's been such a fun and rewarding 'job', and while it may not be my dream job, I feel so lucky to have been able to spend the last decade running my own business. Of course I would not be sitting here typing about this anniversary if it wasn't for:

      Michael: There would be no Sick On Sin if there wasn't for my superstar husband. While I come up with all the design ideas, he brings them to life with his cute and simple design style. In addition to all our artwork, he also helps me with all the technical stuff, chauffeuring me around to events and keeping me sane. He's awesome.

      Family / Friends: I am so thankful for all of my family and friends that have helped me out at shows over the years. I can't believe people would give up their days off to assist me and I'm so blessed to have these folks in my life. It would have been impossible to do all the events I have done without them. I also wanted to thank all my family and friends who have supported me in other ways such as buying stuff and spreading the word about SOS.

      Customers: It would have been pretty hard to get to 10 years if there weren't people buying my stuff so huge thanks to the thousands of folks around the world that have! Whether it was one pin or tons of shirts, I am so very grateful. Thank you also to everyone who says kind words to us at shows or online, that submits reviews to the site, and that sends us / posts photos showing off SOS purchases. I have always said we have the best customers and if I could high five each of you, I would!

      Sick On Sin High Five Squirrel

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       Now that all the mushy stuff is out of the way, it's time to get to celebrating! And what would a SOS birthday be without some goodies for our friends and fans! So here ya go:

      1. Coupon Codes: Of course we'd do a special sale for our birthday! For the next 5 days you can get up to 30% off your order using the following coupon codes:

      • Get 20% off orders up to $30 with code: PIE20
      • Get 25% off orders between $30-$99.99 with code: CAKE25
      • Get 30% off orders over $100 with code: CUPCAKE30

        This is the perfect time to grab a bunch of holiday gifts, stocking stuffers and treats for yourself! The coupon codes expire Tuesday December 8 (11:59 pm EST) so don't delay - come do some shopping! 

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        Sick On Sin Remix Limited Edition Designs

        2. Remix Limited Edition Magnets: Each day during our Birthday Event we're giving out a FREE large magnet in all orders over $10 (after discount and before shipping / tax). We picked 5 of our popular designs and changed them up a bit. These are limited edition and won't ever be available for purchase on the site. Each design has an assigned day that it will be given out...so if there's one you want, be sure to make your order on that day!

        • Friday December 4: Sloth
        • Saturday December 5: Ninja
        • Sunday December 6: Unicorn
        • Monday December 7: Dragon
        • Tuesday December 8: Black Cat

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        3. Giveaways: What's a birthday party without games with prizes! We are running contests on both the Sick On Sin Facebook page and the Sick On Sin Instagram page during the 5 days so be sure to follow both those accounts (if you don't already) and keep your eyes out for the giveaway posts!  

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        Thank you again to everyone who has given us love and support over the last 10 years. It's been a super fun ride and I hope to continue to bring you cute tees and accessories for at least a little while longer! ;)

        Sending you hugs and virtual cupcakes,
        Jen <3

         Sick On Sin Happy Cupcake

         

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        P.S. Just wanted to remind everyone that mail takes longer during December so if you want to get Christmas / Holiday gifts, don't delay getting your order in!! I'm working super hard getting orders out asap but I'm the only person making items and packing them up and can only go so fast! ;) Below are the suggested ship by dates if you want to receive your order in time. (FYI I'll be shipping orders right up till Dec. 21 and then taking a little holiday break.)

         

        Month of Creepy Cute: Day 3 of 31

        Day 3: Grim Reaper Tee

        The featured design for October 3 is our Grim Reaper tee. Have you ever seen Death looking so cute?! This design is available on shirts for men, women, kids and babies. It's perfect for celebrating the Halloween season (aka all year long!). 

        Grim Reaper tee by Sick On Sin


        To celebrate the Halloween season (our fave season around here!), I am featuring one of our cute but creepy, horror-related items each day of October. In addition to the blog, I'll also be posting them on the Sick On Sin Instagram account.

        Month of Creepy Cute: Day 2 of 31

         Day 2:  Vampire Face Accessory

        The featured design for October 2 is this sweet fanged fiend! Vampire Face is available on small and large pins, small and large magnets, keychains, bottle openers, pocket mirrors, etc. It's an adorably simply design that is perfect for any fan of these throat-thirsty monsters! 

         

        Vampire Face design by Sick On Sin. Available on pins, magnets, keychains, etc.

         

        To celebrate the Halloween season (our fave season around here!), I am featuring one of our cute but creepy, horror-related items each day of October. In addition to the blog, I'll also be posting them on the Sick On Sin Instagram account.

         

         

        Month of Creepy Cute: Day 1 of 31

         

        To celebrate the Halloween season (our fave season around here!), I am featuring one of our cute but creepy, horror-related items each day of October.

        Day 1:  Flesh Is For Zombies Accessory

        Not only is October 1 the first day of this spooky season, it is also World Vegetarian Day. So it is super fitting for today's item to be our Flesh Is For Zombies accessory. This fun design, which is perfect for any undead loving, meat hating person, is available as a large pin, large magnet, keychain, bottle opener or pocket mirror! 

         

        Here Be Dragons

        

        I have a fondness for weird holidays, and off and on throughout the years we’ve done special promotions and designs based around wacky special occasions. Since it's the start of a new year, I thought it would be fun to pick a bunch to do in 2015. The first one we’re celebrating is....drumroll.... Appreciate A Dragon Day on January 16.

        This holiday was created in 2004 by Donika Paul to mark the release of her book, DragonSpell. The purpose of the day is to encourage people to explore the significance of these magical creatures in literature. She proposed celebrating it by picking your favourite literary dragon and paying homage it through some form of art form (e.g. drawing, poem, puppet show, sculpture, etc.).

        If you're looking for books that feature dragons you won't be met with a short supply. There are a ton. If you wanna see a big list, check out this Wikipedia page. But for now here are 9 that you’ve probably heard of:

        1. Jabberwock from Lewis Carroll’s ‘Through The Looking-Glass’. (1871)
        2. Smaug from JRR Tolkien’s ‘The Hobbit’ (1937)
        3. Falkor from Michael Ende’s ‘The Neverending Story’ (1979)
        4. Drogon, Viserion and Rhaegal from George RR Martin’s ‘A Song of Ice and Fire series’ (1996)
        5. Norbit from JK Rowling’s ‘Harry Potter’ series (1997)
        6. Saphira Bjartskular from Christopher Paolini’s Inheritance Cycle series (2002) 
        7. Toothless from Cressida Cowell’s ‘How To Train Your Dragon’ series (2003)

        So if you have a soft, scaly spot for dragons, January 16 would be the perfect day to get cozy and read (or reread) a book involving them. Of course, not everyone loves to read. If you’re in that camp then perhaps you could get cozy with the movie / television adaptation of one of the books listed above instead! Don't worry, I won't tell Ms. Paul! ;)

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        How are we celebrating Appreciate A Dragon Day at Sick On Sin? With a special promotion of course! From Jan 15 - Jan 20 ALL items featuring our cute baby dragon designs are on sale! Show your love for these magical, mythical, mysterious beasts by treating yourself to a tee, undies, magnets, a sticker, etc.! 

         

        In addition to the 3 baby dragon designs we did back in 2012 (to celebrate Year of the Dragon), there are 2 new little fire-breathing friends. A super enthusiastic green dragon and a slightly naughty black dragon. These guys are available as pins, magnets, keychains, bottle openers and pocket mirrors. And are currently on sale for 50% off!!

          

         

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        Gotta admit, this post has given me a hankering to watch The Neverending Story. Raise your hand if you also think Falkor is pretty creepy looking. Fox is still a little young for it, but I'm so excited to show him classics like this when he's older!

         

         Are you a fan of dragons? Got a fave one? Tell me all about it! I'd also love to hear recommendations for books involving dragons. When I was going through that big list there were a few that sounded good. Of course most of my reading these days are picture books! (So if you have any dragon-related kid books to recommend, that works too!)

        High fives, Jen 

         

        Happy Birthday To Us!

        Hello!

        It's Sick On Sin's 9th birthday! And look what we got - a brand new site! 

        Before I talk about SOS turning 9, I wanted to mention a few important things:

        1. If you're familiar with our stuff, you'll notice that a lot of items are missing. We wanted to get the website up asap so we added as much as we could. But we will be adding products everyday until the site is bursting with all our goodies!
        2. If you wanted something in particular and don't see it yet, please contact us and we'll get it added asap!
        3. We have done a bunch of testing, however that's not to say you might not run into weirdness. If that happens, we'd super appreciate it if you let us know so we can fix it.
        4. Our new site is hosted by Shopify. When you make an order you'll notice the browser bar changes from "sickonsin.com" to "checkout.shopify.com". Please don't be freaked out by this. The checkout process is handled safely and securely by them.
        5. Lastly, the holiday season is quickly approaching which means that mail delivery until the end of the year will take longer. If you are shopping for gifts, please get your order in asap to help ensure your goodies arrive in time. The suggested shopping deadlines are: International - Nov 27; USA - Dec 6; Canada - Dec 15.    

        Now, let's talk NINE! I am pretty blown away that we have made it to our 9th birthday. When I started the business in 2005 I never thought I'd do it this long. It was just going to be something to do after I left one career and tried to figure out what to do for the next career. Little did I know!

        The last nine years have been a lot of fun but there is NO way I would still be doing it if it wasn't for all our customers and fans. Seriously, you guys are the greatest! So a HUGE thank you to everyone who has bought something, promoted us, sent us sweet messages, etc. It all matters!

        Of course there would be no Sick On Sin without Michael who does all our designs, helps me with tech support, and drives me to shows. So a super huge thanks to him as well! He's the real superstar!

        And thanks to my lovely family and friends for giving up their weekends / days off to help me out at events, etc. They're awesome and I super appreciate all they do for me.

        Nine years is a long time to be doing something. And I can't say how many more years I will spend doing it. (Here I sit at 40, still wondering what to be when I grow up!) But the SOS spark still burns in me so I'll keep at least a little while longer. ;)  

        After having our son and moving 2 years ago I put the business on the back burner and I haven't been able to give it the attention I once did. And a bit of the passion I once felt for it has dwindled as a result. I'm hoping that I'll have more time/energy in the coming year and that that, combined with having a new site and some new product ideas, will dump more fuel on the fire!

        Anyway, back to birthday business! It wouldn't be a special occasion without a special offer! So here it is:

        Get 25% off orders up to $100 with coupon code: BDAY25
        Get 30% off orders over $100 with coupon code: BDAY30
        Get 40% off orders over $200 with coupon code: BDAY40
        Orders over $100 will be entered to win a $50 gift certificate

         

        Coupon codes expire Tuesday December 2 at 11:59 EST. If you were looking to treat yourself or give the gift of Sick On Sin this holiday season, be sure to take advantage of this offer!

        Now of course we don't expect you to get us anything for our big day, but if you would like to do something, here are nine ideas from our wish list! ;)

        1. Make an order! That's a pretty obvious one. Not only do you support us, but you get something in return. Win win!
        2. Forward our promotion to friends and family. Perhaps they would like to take advantage of the savings!
        3. Talk about our site on social media outlets (Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, etc.). Word of mouth is a powerful thing that you can't put a price on. 
        4. Share our product images on Pinterest. This can do wonders for bringing people to our site.
        5. Our new site has 'reviews' located at the bottom of each product page. If you've bought SOS stuff before, we would LOVE if you could add a review for it. Especially if it's a good review! ;)
        6. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
        7. Sign up for our newsletter. Just enter your email in that box over there on the left hand of the site.  
        8. If you own SOS merch, wear it this weekend.
        9. Eat a cupcake. Or cake. Or pie. And think of us. <3

        Okay, I have to get back to adding more products (we have SO many designs!!). Thank you again for making the last nine years super fun!! You all rock!

        xo, Jen

        P.S. I need to give a BIG shout out to the folks (especially Chris) at Aeolidia! They helped me get the new site set up on Shopify. I dealt with them for our last revamp (years ago!) and was happy for the chance to work with them again. They are quick, professional, and super nice. I totally recommend them if you need help with a website, branding, etc.