Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Pet of the Week: Mr. Nibbles & Nibbles, Jr, a father & son duo!

Meet the  father/son gerbil duo Mr. Nibbles and Nibbles, Jr, 
companion animals to Adrienne of Auclair de la Lune.
Adrienne tells us that they are fast approaching the two year anniversary
of their moving in with her family...

If your pet was rescued or adopted, from who? 
hile we didn’t get them from a rescue organization, we were very happy to adopt them from a family that was no longer able to keep them.

What are your pet’s favorite toys, foods, snacks, activities?
They are avid recyclers and love to shred toilet paper and paper towel rolls. They take their work very seriously and will wake up anytime day or night to tackle cardboard.  No job is too big or too small.  They also enjoy being hand fed sunflower and pumpkin seeds, and enjoy salad scraps as treats.

What are some things you enjoy doing with your pet? Do you take them to parks or to see people? Do you take your pet on vacations with you?  
Mr. Nibbles and Nibbles, Jr. do not get to go on vacation with us, but a very nice neighbor visits when we are out of town to take care of them.  They have been known to travel from my fourteen year old son’s bedroom to the family room to hang out with kids, watch TV, or explore mazes that have been built for them.  A trail of gerbil food usually lets me know where they’ve been in the house.  They also sometimes go outside in a travel cage to supervise when their cages are being cleaned.

Does your pet have any special tricks or unique habits?  
We’ve been trying to help them become more active (those sunflower seeds can really pack on the ounces).  They have a wheel in their habitat, but none of us have ever seen them use it.  Usually we find it knocked over in the morning, no matter how stable we make it.  I’m sure this is some kind of message – just not sure what it means.
How does your pet like going to the vet?  Do s/he *know* when it's
time to see the vet & hide, or do they enjoy the extra attention?
They have never been to the vet, but they seem pretty healthy.

How do your family members get along with the pet?
Do you spoil your pet? What's the most important/special thing your pet adds to your life?   
Everyone in the house loves Mr. Nibbles and Nibbles, Jr.  They are the perfect pets for my son Isaac because they seem similar in many ways.  When you arrange their habitat with new bedding, they immediately rearrange everything into the same mess it was to start with complete with food everywhere, much in the same way Isaac keeps his room.  The gerbil father and son are very close, and can usually be found curled up together under a pile of shavings. In the morning when I wake Isaac up he is curled up under a pile of blankets and laundry in his own bed in much the same fashion.  They really seem to speak the same language!

Anything else you would like to add?

Gerbils are great!

Posted by JFillustrations

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Humans & Othe Animals

The difference in mind between man and the higher animals, great as it is, certainly is one of degree and not of kind.
—Charles Darwin, The Descent of Man

EtsyVeg Member Monday: Hope from BlackBird & Peacock

Meet EtsyVeg member Hope from Black Bird & Peacock.
This is what she had to tell us...

Hope & Son, Soren

What do you sell in your Etsy shop?  Journals, cards and postcards utilizing watercolor, stamping, collage and digital art.

What are your creative inspirations?  The world.  I'm naturally a
writer so people, experiences and books feed my creative soul.  My
husband is a visual artist and so are many of m y friends, so what they
create or talk about generates ideas as well.

 What would you like to try to make, that you haven't already? What is your dream project?  For the moment, I would love to make my own journals from scratch.  Just don't have all of the equipment, but hopefully I will in the future.  I also want to learn how to make marbled paper.  My dream project would be to write a small book of
poetry and create a book expressly made for it from scratch, including
all sorts of handmade, sumptuous papers made by me.

Hope's Companion Cat, Bon-Bon
How long have you been on Etsy, and are you an Etsy addict?
Is etsy a large part of your business?
  I love Etsy.  My husband
started shopping on Etsy about 2 years ago and I'm still inspired and
impressed by the awesome creations on Etsy.  At this point, Etsy is a
large part of my business, but hopefully that will change over time.

What are your future plans for your shop/business?  To include more journals.  That aspect of the business does really well, so I want to put my energy there.  Would love to do more craft/art shows and I see myself getting to that point by next Fall.  This is still pretty new
to me and I also manage my husband's Etsy shop so it all takes time.

Hope's Dog Companion, Owen
How long have you been vegan/vegetarian?  How does being veg play into the rest of your life?  I've been a vegetarian for 19 years and was vegan for a couple of years.  When I became vegetarian I was 17 years old, so suddenly I had to learn how to cook for myself.  Since then, cooking has become one of my passions and part-time jobs.  It also put me on the path to becoming more environmentally conscious- upcycling, recycling, eating organic, not being too car dependent, consuming less.

What is your favorite vegan/vegetarian store/restaurant/blog/website?I love Indian food. 

Manjula's Kitchen is my favorite resource for Indian vegetarian recipes and video tutorials

Posted by JFIllustrations

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Pet of the Week: Meet a Multi-Species Family of 27!

 Meet Kimmy's (owner of Etsy shop DeepFried) family of companion animals. This is what she had to tell us about her non-human (and human!) family members...

What is your pet's name, birthday, sex, breed?
Animals are an enormous part of my life. My dog Tequila died 3 years
ago and it was like losing a piece of me.
Since that time I have adopted and rescued every kind of animal you
can imagine, minus dogs. Someday, someday. :)
I have 27 rescued pets including red eyed tree frogs, fish,
injured/rescued birds snakes and spiders.

Don't worry, I will not name them all!

Here are the 2 cuddly ones in our home:
Mona - A Ball Python - Female
Helen - Pink Toe Tarantula - Female

Where/how did you come up with their name?

Mona is a dear friend of mine. Beautiful, exotic and loyal. 
A sort of guardian, if you will.
My Python likes to watch over me while I do things. Really.

Helen is a *great* story. My husband and I were given old boxes of our
baby/kid stuff from our parents at different times, right after we married. 
My favorite book was "Be Nice to Spiders" and it was in the box.
Later his parents sent his box and sure enough "Be Nice to Spiders"
was in his box. Now maybe it was a massive bestseller in the 70s, I dunno, but it's fate to us! And for
an old school punk & gothy girl, its TRUE LOVE!

The books sit above Helen's terrarium. Aww! Don't gag yet!

How did you meet your pet?  Were they Adopted, rescued or other?
All of our pets are rescued animals. Some injured that we have to sort
of bring back to life and some that are as healthy as can be but were raised in such
conditions that they must be kept by people
to receive the love they need.

What are your pet’s favorite toys, foods, snacks, activities?
Monas favorite toy is my husbands long arms. lol 
She will climb and wrap herself up on him for hours.
She also likes her giant water dish! It's very cool to see her take a
bath, elegant and graceful! 
Helens favorite toy are her own webs. She spins webs endlessly. She will work on her
cot for hours and hours placing one string
at a time in the perfect position. She likes to jump which, at first,
scared the bejesus out of me haha but I'm ok
with it now. She's not at all viscous. Gentle as a lamb that one!

Do you take them to parks or to see people?
I don't take these two to the park, no, but I do take all of the
animals to my kids schools for
show and tell. It turns into a day event!

 Do you take your pet on vacations with you?
Vacations? 4 kids, 2 jobs, and working on a degree. I don't get
vacations. Again, someday!! Truthfully as full
and chaotic as it sounds, its pretty awesome being home. Home has a
warped-Victorian-deep sea-jungle thing going on and we like it

 Does your pet have any special tricks or unique habits? 
Mona's tricks are typical of ball pythons or any other snake really.
The grace and elegance and bizarre twists and turns are fascinating to
watch. If only we could be so evolved! Helen likes to jump.
Really far. She's a fragile girl so it can get difficult keeping her
still. We pad space for her in her own area with soft feathers beds.
Yes, we're freaks. haha

How do your family members get along with the pet?
The kids are involved with all 27 pets. 
My oldest, a teenage boy, isn't really havin' the tarantula on him at this point
and truthfully it's just too iffy around the little ones. I know that
she's passive and nice but who wants to deal with the one-off time she gets nervous. 
Ugh, not me! We handle the animals with fangs and sharp claws but the kids
will pet them and watch them and feed them. They're learning how to
care for them which is really important to us.

Do you spoil your pet?
Absolutely. We are currently building an enormous terrarium for Mona
the snake. We started with a giant vintage entertainment center and its slowly turning into some
kind of bio-heaven for her. Lights, heat
small trees inside.. I try to replicate their natural habitat as much
as I can. These animals will not survive outside
of our care so the only thing to do is to make their homes as close to
nature as we can. The frogs literally have miniature
rainforests in our house.

 What's the most important/special thing your pet adds to your life?
I would say the most important thing about having these pets are the
lessons that my children are learning.

Taking care of wounded and abandoned animals 
teaches my children that they aren't only expected to take
care of other people, and foster community & support with humans, but
that it's our responsibility to love and care for all species. 
For myself, these guys all keep me company when my husband is out on long tours.
For my husband, he was never allowed to keep pets. So maybe its a
"moded, Mom" kind of thing for him. ;)

Monday, December 20, 2010

Member Monday: Meet Jill from Bean Lennon!

Meet EtsyVeg Jill from Bean Lennon.This is what she had to tell us...

What do you sell in your Etsy shop?
My handwoven towels and runners, a bit of the jewelry I make/upcycle, and smattering of vintage stuff.  Basically, if I don't love it, it doesn't go in my shop.

What are your creative inspirations? 
Vintage, vintage, vintage!  I dress myself and my home in vintage because I'm really inspired by the times when people didn't just buy something on a whim and toss it out after a short time.  I also love color and putting together items you might not expect.  All you really have to do is look at me on any given day to get husband often says, "WHAT are you wearing?"

How did you get started creating?  My mom has always been crafting, and she got it from her mother: floral arranging, painting, interior design, sewing.  My mom continues to make clothes for me, just like she did when I was a kid because while my basic sewing skills are there, I have yet to successfully make a buttonhole or put in a zipper.  And my daddy is really creative too.  When I was little, he did stained glass and was a really adventurous cook.  But when he bought the loom, I was in love.  Both of my parents have taught me various skills, and I continue to surround myself with people who are super crafty.  But I couldn't draw a stick figure to save my life.

What would you like to try to make, that you haven't already? What is your dream project?
When you work on your dissertation, people say you need to have an alternative activity.  Well, for me it's been yoga and running.  I THOUGHT it would be quiltmaking, but I just couldn't bring myself to sit and cut/sew/stitch after I had sat for hours reading/writing/pondering.  So, a quilt would be lovely.  I love the crazy eclecticism of patchwork, and I have all the fabric waiting for me.

Do you have any other hobbies/interests/passions?
I am a reader.  Stick a book in front of me, and I'll eat it up.  That's why I'm pursuing my PhD in English and a job in a university--I plan on spending my life with a book at my side.

What is the last recipe you made?  What are your food vices or cravings?
I actually JUST made a batch of cream of mushroom soup.  It's not a recipe; I just throw things together.  I love soup because I hate eating leftovers, but leftover soup is not a problem for's usually better the second time around anyhow.  My food cravings change, but they are somehow always centered on carbs: mac-n-cheese, beer cheese wheat bread, white rice or egg noodles with plain ol' butter on it, handfuls of Rice Chex, gobs and gobs of oatmeal or Cream of Wheat.

What is your favorite vegan/vegetarian store/restaurant/blog/website?
Well, I lost my vegetarian restaurant "virginity" at the Laughing Seed Cafe in Asheville, NC.  When I went there last winter, I'd been veg for about 3 years but had not been to an all-vegetarian restaurant before.  Well, one taste of their vegan beer (I think it's called Green Man) and their seitan "fish" sandwich, and I was hooked.  At a subsequent visit, I had my first taste of chicken of the wood mushrooms.  Wow.

Posted by JFillustrations - Happy Holidays!!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

November's "Veggie Harvest" Creative Challenge Entries- Vote for Your Fave!

November's "Veggie Harvest" challenge entries are in! Between now and Tuesday, December 21st vote here for your favorite creation. The winning veg artisan will be featured in a prominent ad on the EtsyVeg blog for all of January. Yay!

A big congrats to last month's challenge winner, Jen of Jen O'Connell Paintings and Original Artwork, whose lovely painting "Dark Tree With Moon" was chosen as the top entry by voters!

See the poll below to vote!

Stay tuned until Wednesday, December 22nd for the voting results! Good luck challenge participants, and thanks to everyone for voting!

Look for details on December's "Winter Wonderland" monthly challenge on the blog. And please join in the creative fun! :)

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Join us for December's Creative Challenge- "Winter Wonderland"

You are cordially invited to play, get more involved with the team, get inspired, share your talent, take advantage of some free promotion... get ready for December's team creative challenge!

December's Challenge

This month's "Winter Wonderland" challenge is inspired by all that is related to wintry fun and snow-covered beauty (well, depending on where you live); glitter and sparkle; clouds of breath in a chilled air; icicles and snowball fights; a cardinal on a snowy branch or a graceful deer tiptoeing out into the first snow. The challenge theme is very subjective, so enter whatever handmade creation, vintage item, or supply, new or already listed in your shop, that you think fits the theme! ;)

Each month's challenge entries will be listed on the blog and put up for public vote, the winner receiving an ad for their shop on the team for the entire month following. :) Every 6 months, all 6 winners from the last series of challenges will be put up for a vote together, the top vote getter winning a grand prize! Yay!

Please join in our creative celebration for this month! Here's how to enter...

*Challenge Guidelines*

~Participation is open to any EtsyVeg team member.

~Each member may enter one item. Entry involves simply posting the link to an applicable item in your Etsy shop in December's monthly challenge forum thread and tagging that item with the tag "winterwonderland" (all one word, without the quotations). You must also have your entry tagged with the official team tag, "etsyveg team."

~If an item entered in the challenge sells before the end of the month, please send a convo to the EtsyVeg Etsy shop, including the link to the sold item, so that it can still be included.

~Deadline for entry is Friday, January 14th.

~All entries will be featured in a treasury on the EtsyVeg blog next month, to be voted on by the public (EtsyVeg members can vote, too). The top vote-getter will be awarded with an ad for their Etsy shop on the top of the blog sidebar for the entire month until the next winner is chosen. At the end of six months, all winners from the past six months will be up for vote on the blog again, this time eligible to win a grand prize gift!

~All EtsyVeg members (not just participants) are encouraged throughout the month to initiate forum threads about the challenge, make treasuries by doing a tag search for "etsyveg team" with "winterwonderland" and putting only those items in the treasury, or to generate other types of promotion. (If you do any of these, please let everyone know so that we can all post or click to keep it going!)

~Please direct concerns or questions to or

Looking forward to seeing what amazing creations you enter! :)

Pet of the Week: Meet Tony, Tabby Extraordinaire!

Meet Tony!  
He is companion cat to EtsyVeg member 
What is your pet's name, birthday, sex, breed?
My cat’s name is Tony and he’s a grey and peach tabby. He is around 7 years old and he was a stray that I rescued. Obviously, he is male.

Where/how did you come up with their name?
Tony was already named when I adopted him. He seemed to like it and he answered to it, so it just kinda stuck!

How did you meet your pet? Were they adopted, rescued or other?
At the time I was working in a pet food and supply store, a job I had through college. My sister and I both worked there and we were responsible for taking care of the cats that were up for adoption in the store. Quite a few cats and kittens came in and were adopted out until Tony arrived. He’s a rather large cat and was very skinny, so he looked like he had the longest, gangly legs! He was the sweetest cat and my sister and I immediately fell in love with him. After a week or so he still wasn’t adopted so we decided that we just had to take him home!

If your pet was rescued or adopted, from who?
Tony was adopted from The Animal Welfare Association in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. They are a really great organization with a no-kill policy. I have now adopted all 3 of my cats from them!

What are your pet’s favorite toys, foods, snacks, activities?
Tony’s favourite toy is his pink catnip triangle, or his “bally-ball”, a spongey bouncey ball that he just loves. Tony also loves loose catnip, and his beef liver treats. BUT, his most favourite treat of all is actually cantaloupe. He is the first cat I have seen to eat and enjoy cantaloupe!

What are some things you enjoy doing with your pet?
Tony loves to play and is always up for chasing his toys or batting at string. I also have two other cats, so it’s always fun to watch them play and wrestle when the mood strikes them.

Do you take them to parks or to see people?
Tony is an indoor cat, so besides bringing him outside on his leash on a sunny day to eat some grass, he just stays inside. Tony is probably the most social cat I have ever seen though, and loves hanging out with me, my roommates, and any friends that stop by. He enjoys just watching everyone interact and getting the occasional scratch, belly rub, or cuddle.
Do you take your pet on vacations with you?
Nope, Tony likes staying at home!

Does your pet have any special tricks or unique habits?
One funny thing Tony does is, he’ll lay on his back and try and bite and play with his own tail! I guess he’s not the smartest cat in the world...

How does your pet like going to the vet?  Do s/he *know* when it's
time to see the vet & hide, or do they enjoy the extra attention?
Tony definitely doesn’t like leaving the house, going in the car, or being anywhere unfamiliar so the vet is never a pleasant experience!

How do your family members get along with the pet?
Everyone – I mean everyone – loves Tony. He initially lived with my immediate family before I moved out on my own, so I think he still remembers my Mom and sister when they come and visit. He’s always closeby whenever people are around and 
loves any attention he gets.

Do you spoil your pet?
I definitely spoil all my cats. They have a whole toy basket of their own, treats galore, a cat scratching post in each corner of the living room, and someone is constantly home to give them the love and attention they need.

What's the most important/special thing your pet adds to your life?
Tony is always there to cheer me up on a bad day, and cheer me up even more on a good day! He is the happiest cat you will ever meet – he just loves life and I don’t think he ever stops purring! 

Posted by Julia of JFillustrations.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

It's us and them

"It's not a us vs them, it's us and them."

I caught this from Bill Gates when he was on Fareed Zakaria's show. I think this could behoove us all if more of the world would adopt this attitude.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Perfect Winter Breakfast

Jennifer here, from Gilding Lilies. I am totally hooked on this for breakfast. I admit it has a distinctly "wow, is that healthy!" sort of flavor to it, but I'm lovin' it. It is super nutritious and very satisfying. It's like a New Years Resolution in a bowl. This is a resolution I think I will keep!

First, you prepare a pot of Quinoa according to the package directions. Left overs are great to have on hand to eat throughout the week.  Mash half a banana in a bowl. Add a spoonful of peanut butter. Add a serving of quinoa, a splash of soy milk, and a generous sprinkle of ground flax seeds. Mix it around. Pop it in the microwave to warm it up. Sprinkle with a bit of cinnamon. Somethings I toss in some chopped walnuts for a bit of crunch. That's it, super yummy!

EtsyVeg Member Monday - Andee from Dandee

Andee at The Indulge Fashion Show '09
Meet EtsyVeg Member Andee from Dandee
This is what she had to tell us...

Etsy is a unique blend of artists with many different creative styles and approaches.  What is your own "philosophy" or approach to creativity?
I find all kinds of inspiration in the world around me and I'm always making mental notes when someone says something clever or I read something witty. My cards are created not only from my twisted mind but the sick minds of others! ; )  I'm actually a rather nice person despite what my cards may lead you to think.  The cards I make are meant to make people giggle until their sides hurt or gasp at how hilariously inappropriate some of them are. On a serious note, being as eco friendly as possible is also part of my mandate when it comes to creating anything.  That's why I use 100% post consumer waste paper for my cards, embelishments and envelopes and my cello sleeves that I display them in are 100% plant based and biodegradable.  Being green is actually pretty easy when you think about it and make a bit of an effort.  Hopefully one day soon it'll be second nature!

Light Switch Plates by Andee
What do you sell in your Etsy shop?
I've got my cards, light switch plate and a couple silk screened neck ties right now.

What are your creative inspirations?  
I find inspiration anywhere I can.  I try to keep my eyes open to new ideas everywhere I go.  It's the people and places around me that really bring out my creative energy.
Cards by Andee
How did you get started creating?  
I've always been a maker of stuff. My Mom is a seamstress and has a very creative soul so I think I get a great deal of it from her.   My craft/design addiction continues to grow and change all the time as I pick up new crafty projects every year. The ones that have seemed to stick are sewing, crocheting and now paper crafts.

What other artistic tendencies do you have?  Do you have other crafty/artsy skills that you already do or would like to try?
 Well, I've done so many different kinds of crafts it's hard to keep track! I've done jewellery making, macrame, crochet, knit, paper crafts, card making, switch plate decorating, sewing, latch hooking, tie dying, batik, pottery, silk screening, candle making...... I think that covers it all. I most certainly am NOT a pro at any of those things and some I was downright terrible at but still it was worth trying.  As far as crafts I'd like to try, felting is on the top of my list.

What would you like to try to make, that you haven't already? What is your dream project?
Hmmmmm a dream project.... that's a tough one. Again I think it would have to be some kind of felting project.  I've got my eye on some felted crocheted slippers that I'd love to have for myself so maybe that would be my current dream project.

Bags by Andee

Do you have any other hobbies/interests/passions?
Honestly, having my own bricks and mortar shop really eats up all my spare time with creative projects to sell at the store or the other shops who carry my work.  But I also LOVE riding my bike, cuddling with my kitties and my dude, Mac and spending every Sunday in my kitchen baking and cooking.  Food would have to be my #2 passion in life next to creating.

How long have you been on Etsy, and are you an Etsy addict?  :)
I've been an Etsy shopper since 2005 and a seller since 2007. And I absolutely am an Etsy addict. 100%.

Is etsy a large part of your business? How else do you market your work?
Etsy is a small part of my business since I have my own bricks and mortar shop where I sell not on my creations but I also feature other local crafters and designers including a bunch I've found on Etsy.  As far as marketing I've got my blog, twitter and Facebook where I promote both my items at my b & m shop, Sew Dandee as well as my listings on Etsy and Artfire.

What are your future plans for your shop/business?
The plan is always to keep it going! In retail, your future in never certain so as long as I can make a living doing what I love and supporting other crafty folks, life is good!

 How long have you been vegan/vegetarian?  How does being veg play into the rest of your life?
 I've been vegetarian for about 8 years now.  Lately I'm trying more and more to reduce my dairy intake as well.  I find the more I learn, the more passionate I become about my vegetarian lifestyle.   I don't have many veg friends so I try to find non-insulting ways to expose them to the reality of what eating meat means in the grand scheme of things. It's tough but it's a conversation we all need to have with each other and ourselves.

Andee in Montreal
What is the last recipe you made?  What are your food vices or cravings?
 This past weekend I made some wonton ravioli stuffed with local squash seasoned with cinnamon, nutmeg and all spice with a Earth Balance butter, oregano sauce. It all turned out AWESOME!  My biggest vice would have to be the usual: chocolate.  I always have vegan cake balls or cupcakes in my freezer.  It's a must to have dessert on hand at all times.  I'm also a HUGE avocado fan and eat them almost every week.

What is your favorite vegan/vegetarian store/restaurant/blog/website?
A couple friends of mine just opened up a local vegan burger joint, Boon Burger that I'm in LOVE with!  They've got it all and keep coming up with fantastic vegan additions to their menu like vegan milkshakes, poutine and gravy. YUM!  Even the carnivores love it!  I also am still loving my Vegan Yum Yum cookbook and her blog is great too.  I use her seitan sausage recipe all the time.  It was the first recipe I used to make seitan and now I'm hooked.

Andee's Fashion Shows
 Post by JFIllustrations.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010


This quote came the Vegetarian Site's saying contest. The 2nd place winner is Cynthia Hever of Holly Springs, North Carolina, and her quote is:

"It takes courage to look at what's happening to the animals, but even more to do something about it."

Pet of the Week: Meet Kate & Lucy, Sister Cats!

Meet Kate & Lucy! 
These sisters are companion cats to EtsyVeg member
Andee from Etsy Shop Dandee.

What is your pet's name, birthday, sex, breed?
We have two sister cats. The first one we adopted is Kate and a week later we went back for her sister, Lucy. They're both female grey tabbies and they're a year and 8 months old.

Where/how did you come up with their name?
Kate was already named when we got her from a local shelter.  We changed Lucy's name from Jiminey Cricket to Lucy because they named her Jiminey when they thought she was a he and we just didn't think it suited her.  Lucy just popped into our heads and it stuck! We actually call her Goose most of the time.  It evolved from Lucy Goosey to Goosey to just Goose.

How did you meet your pet?  
Were they Adopted, rescued or other? Well, I never wanted to have a cat. I liked them and all but didn't want to deal with the hair and worst of all the cat barf.  It was my partner who kept bugging me to get a cat and finally I gave in and we went to a local shelter where I quickly fell in love with little kitty Kate.  She was one of 9 fere l kitties who were going to be put down by another shelter when D'arcy's ARC stepped in and took them all in.  The other shelter said they were too wildand couldn't be domesticated.  They were very wrong, let me tell you! We met a couple of Kate's siblings at the shelter who were as cute as can be too. It was hard taking just one home but I knew one would be more than enough.  Sure enough, less than a week with Kate and my partner was sure she needed a friend to keep her company while we were at work. So a week to the day later we were back at the shelter and little Lucy stole our hearts again and home she came!  She and Kate hit it off again like they were never apart which was a HUGE relief.  Having my girls now I don't know how I ever lived without them!I'm offically a crazy cat person now and proud of it!

If your pet was rescued or adopted, from who?
 We got them from a local no-kill shelter that I can't say enough good things about called D'Arcy's ARC (Animal Rescue Centre).  They have a Facebook page here:

What are your pet’s favorite toys, foods, snacks, activities?
They both love the stick end of the stick and long fuzzy thing with a feather at the end toy. Lucy especially loves it when Poppa sets up the pillows on the couch so she can hide inside and run thru them to get the fuzzy stick on the other end. They call it 'tunnels'.  And Lucy will eat anything.  She's constantly in our face when we have any kind of food out.  Lucy also love to hide inside boxes.  She's a fan of hiding anywhere.  Kate is a bit more laid back but also enjoys the fuzzy thing on a stick. Her favourite thing to do is sit on things. Anything.  A backpack on the floor, a sock on the floor, a tiny piece of paper on the floor, she sits on it.   She is also our lap cuddler.  She makes sure she's got the most comfortable spot ever by fidgeting for several minutes before settling in for some cuddles.  They both love the natural pet treats we feed them after we clip their nails.  They both also love to sit on the chairs under the kitchen table when I'm cooking.

What are some things you enjoy doing with your pet?
Watching them chase each other around the house and wrestle. It's by far the most entertaining thing to watch. Next to when they curl up on top of each other and nap. Painfully cute!

Do you take them to parks or to see people?  
Our kitties are indoor kitties so people have to come to them for visits.

Do you take your pet on vacations with you?
The less often we have to put them in their carriers and in the car, the better. They're NOT fans.

Does your pet have any special tricks or unique habits?
Lucy grunts sometimes and it's priceless.   And Kate likes to help with the dishes by climbing into the kitchen sink and licking everything clean. Likely not a unique trait in a cat though, I'm thinking.

How does your pet like going to the vet?  Do s/he *know* when it's time to see the vet & hide, or do they enjoy the extra attention?
We've only had to take them once since we've had them less than a year but neither of them liked it at all.  We thought Lucy would be harder for the vet to handle since she's still a bit skiddish but Kate ended up being more stressed out and difficult. Lucy made sure to stay close to her sister so she didn't feel alone, which was so cute. How do your family members get along with the pet? It's just me and my partner at home but when my twin 3 year old nieces and 6 year old nephew come over, the kitties run and hide for the most part. When my Mom comes to visit the girls love her.

Do you spoil your pet?
I don't know about spoiling them but they sure are the centre of our universe!

What's the most important/special thing your pet adds to your life?  
Their adorable, sweet little faces always brighten my day.  I'm sure we've got the cutest cats EVER and I can't go a day without telling them how much I love them.  And my partner and I can bond even more having them in our lives. I'm so glad he forced me to get kitties! ; )

Anything else you would like to add?
Kate and Lucy still have another sister at the shelter, Mango, who we often consider adopting too. But we're so afraid of messing up the great thing we have with the girls already.  And it's been so long now, introducing another cat might upset the girls too much.  Plus Mango is very happy with all the other kitties at the shelter. She's still in the kitten room taking care of all the little ones.

Posted by Julia of JFillustrations.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Scalloped Potatoes Vegan Style

Hi Everybody, Gilding Lilies here, with another recipe. I think this is the perfect comfort food for a cold winter day. Enjoy!

Scalloped Potatoes

3 average sized potatoes, thinly sliced
3/4 cup veggie broth
1/2 cup soy milk
1-2 Tbsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 Tbsp nutritional yeast
1/2 tsp thyme
1/2 tsp basil
1/4 tsp rosemary, broken into tiny pieces
1/4 tsp paprika
1/4 cup vegan cheese, shredded
salt and pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Grease a 9 X 13 glass pan. Arrange the slices of potatoes, in layers, in the pan. Pour the broth and the soy milk over the potatoes. Drizzle on the olive oil. Sprinkle on the garlic, nutritional yeast, and the vegan cheese. Sprinkle on the seasonings. Loosely cover with foil and bake for 35 minutes. Uncover and bake for another 15 minutes.

EtsyVeg Member Monday: Jody from ShabbyNChic

Meet Jody from ShabbyNChic.This is what she had to tell us...

Etsy is a unique blend of artists with many different creative styles and approaches.  What is your own "philosophy" or approach to creativity?
I work on what I want to when I want to so that it stays fun and I enjoy what I do. Then, since I upcycle pieces, I let the piece itself "talk" to me. It sounds strange even to me, but I look at an item and let it "tell" me what color to paint it or what kind of finish to give it. Whenever I have finished something just to do it and not followed this sometimes slow process, I am not 100% pleased with the final product.

What do you sell in your Etsy shop?
I sell shabby chic home decor, including antique and vintage items and some supplies as well. Almost everything is one-of-a-kind and most are upcycled pieces.

What are your creative inspirations? 
Other than the inspiration I get from the pieces themselves, my work is inspired by nature and the seasons. I live in Oregon, so colors are constantly changing. I am also endlessly inspired by antiques so I love frequenting antique shops, especially when I travel because then I get to visit new shops that I have never been to. Overall my greatest inspiration is my grandmother who passed away many years ago. She grew up during the Depression and was a frugal and therefore very creative person, although I doubt she would have ever described herself that way as for her it was out of necessity. She was "green" without the intent and she certainly passed that on to me!

What other artistic tendencies do you have?  Do you have other crafty/artsy skills that you already do or would like to try?
Other than the smaller pieces I sell in my shop, I also refinish larger pieces of furniture. Because of the extremely high shipping costs, I only sell those pieces locally (or I keep them). Here is a picture of a vintage phone bench I refinished in black. 

How long have you been vegan/vegetarian?  How does being veg play into the rest of your life?
I have been vegetarian since I was 12 years old - a long time now. ;) Recently I have been eating more vegan which has felt great health-wise! I am married with 2 children. Although my husband eats meat, my children are both vegetarian and am proud to say they have been since before birth. We are constantly talking about issues around compassion for animals, reading books, and recently adopted a turkey for Thanksgiving. I am so proud of my kids when they defend animals' rights. It says to me that they will defend human rights when necessary as well. It feels amazing to know that I am raising kind, caring, compassionate people.

What is the last recipe you made?  What are your food vices or cravings?
My absolute favorite recipe is a rice dish I learned this past summer from a Dominican friend. His version was not vegetarian/vegan, so he taught me the recipe and I taught him how to make it veg. People rave whenever I make it - vegetarians and non-vegetarians! 
You can see the recipe on my blog at: