Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Life is Life

This week's quote was found in an email from the Project Coordinator of ARFF (Animal Rights Foundation of Florida).

"Life is life - whether in a cat, or dog or man.  There is no difference there between a cat or a man.  The idea of difference is a human conception for man's own advantage."  

~Sri Aurobindo

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Welcome to Our Newest Veggies! :)

EtsyVeg is pleased to announce its newest members to join the pack! A warm veggie welcome goes out to these talented and compassionate individuals! Show them love and say hello!

100% of sales in both of Sandra's shops is donated to charity!

Handmade and vintage goods, instructional books and supplies

Wedding wares

GencysExit (Adrienne)
alternative (goth/punk) clothing and accessories

ScarlettBFox (Scarlett)
Paintings and custom art

MulliganHeadwear (Jenny)
Handmade Adult Modern Earflap Hats

jewelry and accessories made using recycled, reclaimed, or used materials whenever possible

Hello Friends

Hello fellow EtsyVeg Team friends. I am a new author on this awesome blog and I wanted to post to introduce myself and say hello to everyone. Hello, everyone! My name is Amanda, also known as VeggieAmanda or Newman Improved.

I have enjoyed reading this blog and don't know that my posts will be as exciting or fun as others (especially Monty), but I am still up for blogging. I am a bit of a sweets freak, so you will probably see a lot of postings from me about vegan treats that I create or come across. I am also crazy about the environment. So, don't be surprised if you see blogs about my love for the earth and efforts to save the planet.

I am so grateful for this team of inspirational people. Thanks for all you do for the animals! Thank you for welcoming me to this community.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

As Spring Gardens Sprout Up ......

 ....this quote seemed fitting literally and metaphorically ....

The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance; the wise grows it under his feet. 
  ~James Oppenheim

Enjoy your spring organic veggies everyone! I have a new little veggie garden this year and our first bell pepper is forming! 

Monday, May 17, 2010

Monty's Musings - Part 2

Saturday: Today was very successful. I perfected my latest cat yoga position. Forget downward-facing dog... this is forward-folding cat:

Sunday: The sun has returned! I continued to work on my tan, although it doesn't seem to be developing as well as I'd hoped. I also patrolled the garden and scared away many birds who were making horrible twittering noises. I'm sure the humans are relieved to not have to listen to that racket!!

Monday: My favourite human, Lucy, gave me some milk today and I rewarded her with 30 minutes of 'lap-time'. She seemed to be busy with tiny beads but I just sat on them and they were removed.

Note to self: Act as though I'm starving (miaowing, pacing, standing on work and/or computer keyboard) and they will feed me earlier in the afternoon.


Sunday, May 16, 2010

Team Treasuries on Etsy!

Our awesome teamies have been busy creating Etsy treasuries featuring EtsyVeg member shop items! Thanks a million to Kim of Veganessa and midnightrabbits, Esmerelda of SilverBlueberry, Adrienne of auclairdelalune, Sheilah of Ssheilah, and Heather of heathrock. Have a look at the latest treasuries (there are a few I was unable to get screenshots of in time- sorry):

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Pet of the week interview...

With Lucy Todd, of Luniquejewellery.

Etsyveg: What is your pet's name, birthday, sex, breed?

Lucy: Clemmy, we don’t know her birthday, but she is more than 60 years old. She is a female Spur-thighed Tortoise (Testudo graeca)

Etsyveg: Where/how did you come up with their name?

L: She came with it when we adopted her and we kept it, as she seems to like it!

Etsyveg: How did you meet your pet? Were they Adopted, rescued or other?

Lucy: We adopted her from an elderly lady who had to go into a Nursing Home and couldn’t take her two tortoises with her. Originally we had both Clemmy and the boy, Toby, but they didn’t get on well so we re-homed Toby!

Etsyveg: Awesome, we love to hear about rescued pets!

Etsyveg: What are your pet’s favourite toys, foods, snacks, and activities?

L: She doesn’t really do ‘toys’ but she loves her food! Her favourite treat is pear, but fruit can be addictive to tortoises so she only has that occasionally. Mainly she likes dandelions- the leaves, flowers and stalks!

Lucy: She spends her days basking in the sun, bashing her way through plants, and sometimes enjoying a warm bath.

Etsyveg: What are some things you enjoy doing with your pet?

Lucy: I like to sit with her in her pen and feed her dandelion flowers, or just watch her munching on her leaves.

Etsyveg: Do you take them to parks or to see people?

L: No! I don’t think there’s a tortoise harness and lead yet, but even if there were it would take too long to walk her!

Etsyveg: Does your pet have any special tricks or unique habits?

L: The only ‘trick’ I know of is that she is never full- she seems to be hungry non-stop, especially when it’s a sunny day!

Etsyveg: How does your pet like going to the vet?

Lucy: We’ve only had to take her once in the 3 years since we got her. Last year she had to go because she was egg-bound. She’d been doing what looked like some sort of dance with her back legs and when we took her to the vets and they x-rayed they found 8 eggs! Once they helped her to lay them she was much happier and ate more than ever!

Etsyveg: How do your family members get along with the pet?

L: Everyone loves her, even Monty the cat seems to have formed a bond with her, and sometimes he keeps her company basking in the sunshine!

Etsyveg: Do you spoil your pet?

Lucy: We do a little, with treats like pear and tomato, and she has her own custom-made house outside and a large area of garden fenced off just for her!

Etsyveg: What's the most important/special thing your pet adds to your life?

Lucy: It’s always nice to see her when you’re in the garden; she brings a smile to your face. Often she’ll come over and say hello if she sees you (I think she has learned, we are the bringers of food!)

Etsyveg: Anything else you would like to add?

Lucy: If you’re considering getting a tortoise, please make sure you buy or adopt from an expert. I’m always shocked to hear how some pet shops still sell tortoises in vivariums and tell people to feed them lettuce and cucumber. They need an open enclosure so that it doesn’t get too humid. They should be fed on weeds and suitable plants, not shop-bought lettuce and fruit, and never meat. Some species hibernate, but others don’t so reading up on the species is essential. Please go to the Tortoise Trust website for more information (there’s lots of bad advice elsewhere online!):


Clemmy is shown here with Monty, of Monty's musings. You can read Monty's musings here.

Thanks so much, Lucy. We really enjoyed "meeting" Clemmy. She sounds like a wonderful pet!

Posted By Heather of 3 Am Art Productions.

Woodland Stories: An EtsyVeg Treasury

The April Challenge Winner Is...

April's "Go Green for the Earth" Challenge voting results are in, and Indira of DharmaKarmaArts got top honors with her beautiful Sari Scarf in a vibrant kelly green! Yay! :)

Indira's shop will be advertised on the EtsyVeg blog for the next month (coming soon- see top of sidebar).

Congratulations, Indira! And thanks to everyone who entered!

Check out the details on our current "May Flowers" team challenge
. It's not too late to join in the creative fun and get a chance to show off your talent and win your own blog ad! :)

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Ocassional Inconvenience Yields Great Results

"My refusing to eat flesh occasioned an inconvenience, and I was frequently chided for my singularity, but, with this lighter repast, I made the greater progress, for greater clearness of head and quicker comprehension"  

~Benjamin Franklin

Monday, May 10, 2010

EtsyVeg Rocked the Earth Day ExtraVEGanza Fundraiser!

Great news! Participants of the recent EtsyVeg Earth Day ExtraVEGanza fundraising event for Earth Save raised $87 for organization! Yahoo! On Earth Day and through the following weekend, a group of EtsyVeg teamies donated of all shop profits to our fundraiser. Congrats to you all, and a huge Thank You for being such a compassionate and generous group!

In addition to Earth Save donations, the sale of team fundraising items such as the EtsyVeg Coupon Book (no longer available) and the
EtsyVeg World Veg Day Cookbook recipe ebook, we were also able to send $7 to Food Not Bombs and $21 to Farm Sanctuary today! :)

Help us succeed in our continued efforts to support important veg-related causes by promoting the recipe ebook, Cooking With Compassion Cookbook for Peaceful Prairie Sanctuary, and adorable Pan Handle Cozy and Recipe Cards set for communitygarden.org!

Congrats and Veggie Love to everyone from the team who has generously donated time, effort, and $ to help EtsyVeg support important causes. You all rock! Thank you sooooo much!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Monty's Musings

Hey everyone,

I'm hoping to do a weekly post on the blog... Monty's Musings is just one idea, so let me know if you'd like it to be a regular thing!

For those who don't know Monty is, he's my cat, and what a handsome cat he is! Some background- he's about 8 1/2 years old, we can't be exactly certain as we didn't have him as a kitten. We adopted him in 2003 from the RSPCA who rescued him from a flat where he had been abandoned. He settled in very quickly and now he is a big part of the family (literally, he is a BIG cat!) I think his very loud purring may be the background track to our lives!

Oh and here's the Pet Of The Week interview where you can read more about him.

So this is where I'll be sharing his latest adventures, from his point of view. I hope you like it!

Monday: I finally caught that magpie that's been strutting around my garden! The humans were unimpressed with my present, but what do they expect from a hunter such as myself?

Tuesday: The noisy thing they call 'Chloe' has been back. She doesn't smell like a cat but she walks on all fours. She got a bit close to me but a quick hiss and she backed off. Her visits are not all bad though, if she doesn't want her food I'm quite happy to finish it off.

Wednesday: A lazy day today. I filled my time with sleeping and washing. I do look very handsome now and this evening I plan to get some attention by sitting on the newspaper, and then fall asleep like this:

Ah, heaven -Monty