Thursday, September 30, 2010

Gentle Creature

Moo 4

Cows are amongst the gentlest of breathing creatures; none show more passionate tenderness to their young when deprived of them; and, in short, I am not ashamed to profess a deep love for these quiet creatures.

---Thomas de Quincey

Posted by Heather

Top Ten Reasons to Buy Original Contemporary Art

This post comes from Paula Lewis of Scorched Eyebrow Studio, as shared by Nick from the Handmade in PA blog.

"Free Flight", by SilentLotus Creations. Watercolork, and gesso on birch panel.

Top Ten Reasons to Buy Original Contemporary Art

10. Bring yourself into your décor. Surround yourself with art that speaks to you and of you. You are unique, so why would you settle for the PierWhatever/BullseyeBox carbon copy stuff?

9. Assure your place in civilization by supporting the Arts. Bonus: By buying from local (and there are fabulously talented people in your community) artists, you stimulate the local economy directly.

8. Develop your own collection. Art is lots cooler to collect than stamps or coins and when you collect contemporary art, you can collect artists as friends- and we are a very cool group.

7. Make your neighbors jealous. All of them will wish they had your self-confidence and sense of style!

6. Connect with your deeper self. Buy original work that speaks to you emotionally, not because it matches the couch. (NOTE: It’s okay if it happens to match.)

5. Feel less like a cubicle-dweller and more human by surrounding yourself with art born of real live passion and creativity – art made because the artist was moved to do it, not paid by the brushstroke.

4. Tap into the mystery of the muse. There is something magical that happens within artists that often pushes them beyond their initial vision; share that wonder.

3. Learn something new. Exercising your mind is healthy and realizing you are developing your eye for quality, style, talent while you’re having fun looking at art is a real kick.

2. Honor your inner creative spirit. We all have the need to express ourselves. Twitter, Link’d In, board meetings, and lawyers are not sufficient. Express yourself visually by living with art you love. Get back in touch with your own creative self.

1. Delight in the presence of art that “you get” and realize that the art “gets you!”

Tuesday, September 28, 2010


"Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity."

~ Horace Mann

Monday, September 27, 2010

Challenge Finals- The Results!

The results from the EtsyVeg 6-Month Monthly Challenge Finals are in, and Meredith of Ravens Craving received the most votes. Congratulations, Meredith! :D You'll receive a package filled with handmade goods from EtsyVeg teammates Valerie of palafoxstudio23, Julie of vegangurl, Julia of FirehorseTextiles, Annie of Starfirewire, and Heather of thebluewindmill. YAY! :D

A big thank you to everyone who voted, the veggie artisans who genrously donated handmade items, and to all of those who enter the challenges each month. You rock!

If you would like to be entered in the challenge finals in February, enter our regular monthly creative challenges between now and January! The winner of the challenge each month will be in the finals. It's not too late to enter
September's "Autumn Leaves" challenge happening now.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010


The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.

~ Mahatma Mohandas Gandhi

Monday, September 20, 2010

Our 2nd EtsyVeg Monthly Creative Challenge FINALS!

It's once again time for EtsyVeg's Monthly Creative Challenge Finals!

Every 6 months, all 6 winners from the last series of challenges are put up for a vote together. The top vote getter receives an awesome collection of handmade goodies from fellow EtsyVeg members and is crowned an "EtsyVeg Top Monthly Creative Challenger"! Woot!

Have a look at these fabulous entries and vote in the poll below for your very favorite (it won't be easy)! Voting is open through Sunday, September 26th. The top voter getter will be announced on Monday, September 27th!

Good luck, everybody!

Winner of February's "All About Red" Challenge (it was a tie!):

Winner of March's "Spring Has Sprung" Challenge:

Winner of April's "Go Green for the Earth" Challenge:

Winner of May's "May Flowers" Challenge:

Winner of June's "Green Thumb" Challenge:

Winner of July's "Ocean Breezes" Challenge:

Sunday, September 19, 2010

A Spice for All Seasons

One of the oldest known herbs in Asia is turmeric where it has been in use for more than thousand years. In recent decades this humble member of the ginger family has started enjoying a tremendous popularity in the United States. So much so that the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, a division of the National Institute of Health, is conducting studies for its use for health purposes.

Turmeric is primarily grown in India, and also in some other parts of Asia and Africa. Known for its bright yellow color, it has a slightly bitter, peppery flavor. It is a major ingredient in curry powder and is used in south Asian and middle eastern cuisine, for dyeing and for imparting color to cheeses and mustard dressing.

Turmeric has long been used in traditional Indian medicine known as Ayurveda and the Chinese medicine as an anti-inflammatory, to treat digestive and liver problems, skin diseases, and wounds. Recent laboratory studies have shown Curcumin, an active ingredient in turmeric, to have powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties. Controlled studies of Curcumin’s effect on humans are currently underway. Historical knowledge and currently known scientific evidence suggest that turmeric may be helpful to alleviate the following medical conditions:

It may help improve digestion.

It may help maintain remission in people with ulcerative colitis.

Because of its ability to reduce inflammation, turmeric may help relieve the symptoms of osteoarthritis. In a recent study, patients taking a combination of herbs and minerals that included turmeric had shown significant reduction in pain and disability.

Studies have shown turmeric to reduce the bad cholesterol in animals raising the possibility of similar effect in humans.

Evidence from test tube and animal studies suggests that curcumin in turmeric may help prevent, control, or kill several types of cancers, including prostate, breast, skin, and colon.

It may also be effective in controlling diabetes by helping to reduce blood sugar level.

Coming soon recipe for Tomato Yogurt turmeric Sauce. Stay tuned.

Friday, September 17, 2010

The "Life's a Veggie Picnic" Challenge- We have a Winner!

August's "Life's a Veggie Picnic" Creative Challenge entries were voted on over the past week, and we have a winner! The results are in, and the top vote getter is Heather of Hey! Designs with her "Bohemian Garden Necklace." Congratulations, ! Way to go! :D

Thanks so much to everyone who entered their amazing creations! :)

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Chocolate Dipped Bananas

Chocolate Dipped BananasConsidering how delicious these frozen treats are, it's hard to believe how easy they are to make! :)

2 large, very ripe bananas
1/4 C dark semi-sweet vegan chocolate chips
1 T vanilla ricemilk

Peel and freeze the bananas overnight. Remove from freezer and cut into chunks.

Melt the chocolate chips with the ricemilk. You can do this by either tempering in a double boiler or in a microwave by heating for 30 seconds at a time (maximum 2 times) and stirring until the chocolate is completely melted and smooth.

Dip the banana chunks into the chocolate with the help of a fork and arrange on a plate lined with wax paper (I didn't use the wax paper but it would make things a bit easier if you did). The chocolate sets very quickly because the bananas are frozen so work as quickly as possible.

Re freeze everything for a couple of hours.

This tastes yummy straight out of the freezer but I also like to warm it up in the mircowave for about 20 seconds for a melty, gooey dessert. :)

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The Golden Rule

"Humans invented the Golden Rule, and then decided to
limit its application to themselves."

~Don Lutz, Thinkin' Folks Books (from the veggie newsletter;

Monday, September 13, 2010

Join us for September's Creative Challenge- Autumn Leaves!

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 August's team creative challenge!

September's Challenge

This month's "Autumn Leaves" challenge is inspired by all that is Fall- rich, earthy colors that make for a kaleidoscope forest; crisp air tinged by coolness; and all that the start of the autumn season represents to you (wherever in the world you may be). 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 September's monthly challenge forum thread and tagging that item with the tag "autumnleaves" (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 Thursday, September 30th.

~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 "autumnleaves" 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! :)

Friday, September 10, 2010

August's "Life's a Veggie Picnic" Challenge Entries!

August's "Life's a Veggie Picnic" challenge entries are in! Between now and Thursday, September 16th vote here for your favorite creation. The winning veg artisan will be featured in a prominent ad on the EtsyVeg blog for the next month. Yay!

A big congrats to last month's challenge winner, Meredith of Raven's Craving Studios, whose Aqua Chalcedony, River Rock, Sterling Silver and Vintage Brass Necklace was chosen as the top entry by voters!

See the poll below to vote!

Stay tuned until Friday, September 17th for the voting results! Good luck challenge participants, and thanks to everyone for voting!

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

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Changing the World

" is possible to change the world, if one is determined enough, and if one sees with sufficient clarity just what it is that has to be changed."

Another quote from my summer reading, The Kalahari Typing School For Men by Alexander McCall Smith. As I read this passage I thought of the Etsyveg members.