Thursday, December 30, 2010

Happy New Year!

Another year gone by... and what a year it was! Keep an eye out for tons of new robots and more from Sleepy Robot 13. Wishing you all a happy new year, have fun and stay safe! See you in 2011.


Monday, December 27, 2010

Enter to Win Twibots!!

Some of the gang over at Twilight wiki are giving you a chance to win a Team Edward or Team Jacob robot! Click HERE for official contest rules and your chance to win!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Happy Holidays To Everyone From Sleepy Robot 13!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Yay We're open!

The Sleepy Robot 13 Shop has re-opened. I have made a good size dent in the orders received while I was out of town. I should have all pending orders shipped by the end of the week (hopefully, the weather has been horrible where I live the last few days). Thank you all for being so patient. Can't wait until the craziness of the holidays is over so I can get to work on creating some new products!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Shop Temporarily Closing

The Sleepy Robot 13 Etsy shop will be CLOSED starting tomorrow morning (12/1/2010) through the weekend while I try to catch up on the orders received while I was out of town. If I make a decent size dent in my current orders I will re-open sooner. I apologize to everyone hoping to place Christmas orders this weekend.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Designer Con Re-cap

Woo! Designer Con came and went in a blur! I kind of feel like I set up my booth and in a blink of an eye it was over. I had an amazing time. D-con was my very first convention, so I wasn't really sure what to expect. I made a few mistakes as far as planning and expenses (I had to travel from my home base in Ohio to Pasadena, CA for the show). I definitely know what to do differently next year.

The reception was great. A lot of people stopped by the booth and I even met a few celebrities. The highlight of my day was finally getting to meet Buff monster who is one of my favorite artists. I was taken by surprise by the number of people who walked up to my booth and handed me their sketch books. I guess sketches are the new autograph lol! I loved it though. My boyfriend Bobby was kind enough to help me out in the booth through out the day and I think he really enjoyed himself.I will turn him into a toy person yet!

Below I have added several pictures of the booth through out the day. If you would like to see pics from other exhibiting Designer Con artists click Here.

Sleepy Robot 13 booth Designer Con 2010
Sleepy Robot 13 booth Designer Con 2010

Sleepy Robot 13 booth Designer Con 2010

Sleepy Robot 13 booth Designer Con 2010

Sleepy Robot 13 booth Designer Con 2010
Sleepy Robot 13 booth Designer Con 2010

Sleepy Robot 13 booth Designer Con 2010

Sleepy Robot 13 booth Designer Con 2010
Sleepy Robot 13 booth Designer Con 2010

Sleepy Robot 13 booth Designer Con 2010

Sleepy Robot 13 booth Designer Con 2010
Sleepy Robot 13 booth Designer Con 2010

Sleepy Robot 13 booth Designer Con 2010

Friday, November 19, 2010

Designer Con 2010!

Sleepy Robot 13 will have a booth at this years Designer Con. I will be selling all of my robots as well as several one of a kind handmade toys and figurines.

Sleepy Robot 13 Booth #222

Saturday, November 20th, 2010
10 am to 5 pm
Admission: $5 (free after 3 pm!)

Pasadena Convention Center
300 East Green Street
Pasadena, CA 91101

Now in its fifth year, Designer Con (formerly Vinyl Toy Network), is an annual art and design convention that smashes together collectible toys and designer apparel with urban, underground and pop art.

Some of the Designer Con 2010 events include the Spoonful of Star Wars™ Art Exhibition, Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School, World's Biggest "Blindbox Time", So Analog Custom Show, our famous DCon Goodie Bags, live painting, and more!

If you are in California make sure you stop out and say hi!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

ALL Halloween Items On Sale! Buy 2 Get 1 Free!!!

All items listed in the Sleepy Robot 13 Halloween section are now Buy 2 Get 1 Free until Sunday 10/24/2010. Just add 3 or more items to your cart from the Halloween section and check out as normal. Once your order/payment has been received you will be issued a refund for the cost of the 3rd item. Sale includes items from the Halloween section ONLY. Order must contain at least 3 items at time of check out to participate in sale.

Custom Item Update- LAST CHANCE!

Hey guys a few emails I received this morning kinda prompted me to post this reminder. I will only be taking requests for custom orders for about another week and a half. After Nov. 6th I will not be taking any further custom orders. This includes Christmas custom requests. If you were wanting a custom item made to give to someone as a Christmas gift, the request needs to be sent to me no later than Nov. 6th. Nov./Dec. will be extremely busy with me leaving for Designer Con in California and Christmas. If your request is in by the 6th you will definitely have it in time for Christmas.

Custom items start at $15+ Shipping and go up depending upon size, qty and details. If you are interested in a custom item please email me or send me an Etsy Convo. If you would like to see some of the past custom items I have made please click on the links below:

Custom Items

Pirate Wedding

Monday, October 4, 2010

Vlog Featuring Sleepy Robot 13 & A few other Etsy Sellers

I wanted to share an awesome Video blog sent to me from Tamara A.K.A "Ipukeglamour". I have been a big fan of Tamara's Make-up Tutorials for years and recently sent her a custom made robot holding a banner with her screen name on it. in return she included a a short piece on Sleepy Robot 13 in her latest Vlog. The video also contains a few other amazing Etsy shops and online apparel sites. I definitely recommend subscribing to her videos on Youtube(:

Friday, October 1, 2010

Photo Shoot!

So I found a few cool backgrounds for $.25 each at my local craft store this week and decided to have a small photo shoot with some of my robots.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Copy Cats: UPDATED

I been getting several emails/etsy convos regarding shops that have popped up that are selling robots similar to mine. I have received the most messages about this shop: TNZsculptures. Yes there are clearly a lot of similarities between their bots and mine. Thank all of you who wrote me giving me the heads up. My figures are copy written as well as trademarked so I'm not too worried. They do say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery!













*UPDATE: Someone today after reading this post sent me to this shop: SweetMelodys Her bots as far as the shape of the head and the big black eyes do bare a little resemblance to mine, but not by much!

This post was NOT meant to make my readers go on a witch hunt to find other Etsy sellers ripping off my robots. It was meant to show that no one should be ripping off or copying anyone elses ideas or work. If you are a true artist you can come up with your own unique idea. And if you do feel the need to copy something someone else created DON'T SELL IT ON ETSY OR ARTFIRE. IN FACT DON'T SELL IT ONLINE! As you can see it's not like the original artist isn't going to see it.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Etsy Selling Tip 6: Using Paypal to Process Payments at Craft Shows

I originally found this article on This is something I have been doing for sometime at craft shows that have WiFi access. I feel this article explains it far better than I ever could. I usually take my laptop with me on the off chance that the show will have wifi and I can allow people to check out via Pay Pal. It is much simpler and affordable than buying a credit card machine/processing credit cards and it's safer. The following article explains how to allow customers to check via Pay Pal Using a "Donation" button. I myself have never used this method. At the conclusion of the article I will put in my 2 cents on how I usually have customers pay via Pay Pal at craft shows.

If you have been looking into the options for processing payments at craft fairs you will have noticed that most require some sort of monthly financial commitment that seems a little pointless paying especially if you don't do a fair every month or you don't take many card payments.

However with mobile broadband for netbooks and smartphones it is now possible to take payments through paypal.

First set up a donate paypal button in your paypal account you can do this by going to merchant services and clicking on the link for the buy now buttons then clicking on the donate link in the left menu. Donate is best since you can enter the amount as needed rather than creating buttons for each price and having to use add to cart for customers that want to make multiple purchases.

You don't even have to host the donate button anywhere once it is created you will be able to click through to the page and bookmark that so you can get to it quickly. (if you are using a smartphone you may find it easier to temporarily host the button on a free site builder so you can click through to the link after setting it all up on your home computer.)

For blackberry users you will need to download the opera browser because the default browser automatically goes to the paypal mobile site and this feature isn't possible on that.

Now you should have your donation page bookmarked and all you will need to do when you have a person wanting to pay is go to the bookmarked page, enter the purchase amount (inclusive of any taxes) and put in the card details, if your customer is registered with paypal then they will be able to log in and pay that way if preferred.

Of course there are limits with the paypal system since they do not accept all cards and anyone that has already used their card three times with paypal will need to sign up for an account but you now have a simple and free (other than the cost of your phone/netbook) way to process most card payments. This works best for those outside the US since you will be able to have the payments in your own currency. However if the venue you sell on is in your own currency you can just process through your venue but the donate button makes things faster because you don't have all the purchase steps to jump through.

Sleepy Robot 13's 2 cents:

Ok so I use 1 of 2 methods to allow customers to check out via Pay Pal. The 1st is just using plane old Etsy. I will pull up Etsy on my laptop and if it is an item already for sale in my shop they are purchasing, I just remove the shipping charge and let the customer log into their Etsy account (If they have one) and check as normal. I like this method because it helps me keep track of sales and the customer is able to find me again later if they want to purchase something else (we all know business cards usually end up at the bottom of a purse or junk drawer).

The 2nd method I use is letting the customer check out directly via their Pay Pal account and clicking on the "Send money" tab. Now not all customers will be comfortable with this option because they are logging into their Pay Pal accounts from someone else's computer. For both methods of check out I recommend having cookies turned off on your computer so the customer's information is not saved. The upside to using this method is you avoid Etsy's transaction fees and you have a record of the sale for tax purposes.

Halloween Comes Early At Sleepy Robot 13!

Since I'm one of those people that celebrates Halloween 365 days a year and I just use the holiday to stock up on supplies, you can only imagine that my little robot minions would feel the same way. Most of them have already picked out their costumes and wanted to show them off for you!

You can view more robot Halloween Craziness by visting the Halloween section of my shop HERE.