Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Tuesday's Quote

Humanity’s true moral test, its fundamental test…consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals. And in this respect humankind has suffered a fundamental debacle, a debacle so fundamental that all others stem from it.
—Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, 1984

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Spotlight Seller

This week out Spotlight Seller is Jennifer of Naked Eye Beauty! Let's find out how beautiful she is!!

Tell us a bit about yourself?
My name is Jennifer Ziliotto and I live in Los Angeles, California. I have been a freelance make-up artist and hair stylist for 8 years, doing everything from weddings to photoshoots to music videos. I started getting into natural skin care about 3 years ago trying to make some of my own products for my kit that I could not find in stores. It eventually snowballed into making things for my friends and family for fun and then taking it a bit more seriously by opening an etsy shop.

Vegan or Vegetarian? How long? 
I have been vegetarian for 14 years, vegan for 3, although I have been back and forth between being vegetarian and vegan for the past year or so.

When did you open your shop on Etsy? 
I opened my shop just shy of 2 months. Still a newbie!

Coral Tinted Lip Balm

Tell us about what you sell on Etsy? 
I sell handmade all natural vegan skin care and cosmetics. I am really into using as little ingredients as possible, the freshest herbs and not overpowering things with fragrance. It's all about keeping it simple and respecting nature!

When you are not working on your shop, what do you do? 
When I'm not working I'm usually hanging out with my boyfriend, friends and family. Also, I am a huge music lover (I play guitar and occasionally play in bands for fun) so I go to a lot of shows and try to take up the amazing local music scene here in LA.

Your Vegan Pumpkin Masque looks fantastic!! Where do you get your inspiration? 
I used to use Mychelle's Pumpkin Peel and loved it so much I figured there must be a way to make my own version. It took awhile but I absolutely looove the scent, pumpkin spice is my favorite!

Vegan Pumpkin Masque

What's your favorite veggie meal?
I love a simple bowl of short grain brown rice, fried tofu or tempeh, adzuki beans, some kale, a yummy tahini or miso dressing, sesame seeds and dulse flakes. Very simple but SOOO GOOD!

Where else can we find you? 
I have a website for my make-up and hair services,www.jenniferziliotto.com, and a green beauty blog, blog.jenniferziliotto.com. My website for my products is www.nakedeyebeauty.com. I am also on Twitter (@nakedeyebeauty) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/neyebeauty)

Thank you Jennifer for being part of the team and for making us all look beautiful without cruelty.  Make sure to check out all of her fabulous products at Naked Eye Beauty!!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Tuesday's Quote

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 (1872–1950)

Bean Burritos!

A while back I got a crazy craving for a burrito. I thought, well I could go to a restaurant and get one, but it won't be vegan friendly. So, I went out and got some beams and all this other great stuff from the store and made my own. Even though the recipe is simple and you could easily make up your own, I wanted to share what I made with you in case you'd like to try it yourself!

You'll need:
Black beans
Pinto beans
Lettuce (I used iceberg, romaine and green leaf)
Toffuti Better than Sour cream
Salsa (I used the HOT kind... Be warned, it is very hot)
Burrito shells

Warm up the beans and corn. Add some lettuce to your burrito shell. Top that with the warmed up beans and corn. Put some Better than Sour Cream and Salsa on top. Roll up and enjoy! Tastes so good, you'll think you did get it at a restaurant :)

Monday, December 19, 2011

"Veggie Harvest" Challenge Winner- Yay!

Hey all! November's "Veggie Harvest" Challenge is officially over, and our winner is Karin Lorenc Colorful Stoneware Pottery! A huge congratulations to Karin and her beautiful autumn nesting bowls! :D HOORAY!

It's not too late to enter your own item in December's "Shimmering Ice" Challenge! All EtsyVeg members are invited!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Spotlight Seller

This week's Spotlight Seller is Emma-Jayne of Urbanimal! Let's learn more about our fellow animal lover!

Tell us a bit about yourself? 
I'm Emma-Jayne Saanen, and I'm based near Glasgow in the UK. I'm dangerously close to my 30th birthday and my passion is animals, their biology, their welfare, and their mythology.

Vegan or Vegetarian? How long?
I have been a lacto-ovo vegetarian since around 1995. My mum has been a vegetarian since prior to my birth, and when I was old enough to understand why she was vegetarian I decided to become one too. 

Earlier in 2011 I became an ovo-vegetarian. I had been burying my head in the sand about the cruelty of dairy and when I was diagnosed as lactose intolerant I took that as a sign. I personally find the dairy industry far more abusive than the meat industry. 

When did you open your shop on Etsy?
I opened my Etsy store in July 2009, encouraged by a few of my friends who were already selling there. 

Original Art Custom Animal Portrait
Tell us about what you sell on Etsy?
My art is inspired by the lives and tales of animals, and my store is where I sell original artworks looking for good homes. I also take animal portrait commissions. 

When you are not working on your shop, what do you do?
What don't I do? I already have a BA(Hons) in Fine Art, but I am a student again. This time I am studying towards a BA/BSc(Hons) in Environmental Studies. 

I am a volunteer with my local park ranger service. The work is varied: sometimes we take kids out to teach them the wonders of the woodland, sometimes we go out on surveys for rare species, and sometimes we do something as simple as a litter pick. 

Through my volunteer work I have developed a passion for lepidoptery (the study of butterflies and moths) and I can regularly be seen running around my community with a butterfly net, recording species and releasing them. 

My spirituality takes up the rest of my time. I am an animist, totemist and aspiring shamanist. This, alongside my volunteer work, inspires my animal art. 

Original Art Grey Heron as Totem

Your Grey Heron as Totem is beautiful! Where do you get your inspiration?
Grey Heron in particular was inspired by the herons that live nearby. There is a nesting pair in one of the parks, but very few people know they are there. There is something magical about having such a beautiful bird living so secretively in an urban town. I just had to capture that vibe in my art.

What's your favorite veggie meal?
It would have to be ramen. There is an amazing noodle bar in Glasgow that sells the most delicious yasai ramen soup. Oh and the yasi gyoza are fantabulous!

Where else can we find you?
My main website is www.urbanimal.co.uk , and I can be found attwitter.com/#!/urbanimal , plus.google.com/104317087709825007890/posts?hl=enwww.facebook.com/Ms.Saanen and wagyu.deviantart.com/

Thanks for being part of the team Emma-Jayne!! Make sure to check out her wonderful work at Urbanimal! 

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Tuesday's Quote

Poor animals! How jealously they guard their pathetic bodies…that which to us is merely an evening’s meal, but to them is life itself.
—T. Casey Brennan

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Spotlight Seller

This week our Spotlight Seller is Jennifer of Gilding Lilies! Let's find out more about our EtsyVeg Teammate!!

Tell us a bit about yourself?
My name is Jennifer Lorton aka Gilding Lilies. I live in Northern California right on the coast. It's a really quaint area. It has been used as a location for many movies, TV shows, etc. because it's just so darn cute. I really love living here. I live, with a few animal companions, in a rustic cabin surrounded by redwood trees. My daughter Nichole (21 years old) lives in the cabin next door. There is a third cabin on the property that serves as my art studio and packaging headquarters. It's a perfect arrangement. 

Vegan or Vegetarian? How long?
I've been a vegetarian since I was 12 (I'll soon be 50), and a couple years ago I made the shift to being vegan. It has been an interesting adventure switching to a vegan diet, I felt like I had to learn to cook all over again, but I've really enjoyed the process. I like to share my food successes on my blog where I often feature a Meatless Monday post. 

When did you open your shop on Etsy?I've had my Etsy store for almost a year now. 

The Collection Number XII Signed Fine Art Photograph

Tell us about what you sell on Etsy?
I'm a mixed media artist, graphic artist, and photographer. My shop has my original artwork, photographic prints, my greeting cards, etc. Etsy has been a nice way for me to get my work out there, in the world, to be seen by lots of people.

When you are not working on your shop...what do you do?
When I'm not working on my shop I like to enjoy doing all the activities that the coast has to offer. I love taking my camera out and photographing the local area. I also love to travel and see new things.

Your Enlightenment Photo is stunning! Where do you get your inspiration?
Thank you, I'm so glad you like my Enlightenment photo. Sometimes the beauty of nature can just take your breath away, and that photo is a perfect example. I feel blessed to be able to capture and enjoy those sorts of moments. 

Enlightenment Signed Fine Art Photograph

What's your favorite veggie meal?
Hmm, my favorite veggie meal? It's hard for me to pick a favorite meal, that I cook, I love to try new things. My favorite veggie restaurants are the Chicago Diner, Millennium (in San Francisco), and locally The Ravens (in Mendocino CA).

Where else can we find you?
My work can also be seen in galleries across the country, in print through Bentley Publishing, and on my blog ( gildingliliesjourney.blogspot.com ).

Thank you Jennifer for being part of team! I must say I am a little jealous, a log cabin has always been my dream home!! Make sure to check out Jennifer's wonderful work at Gilding Lilies!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Vote for Your Favorite Entry in November's "Veggie Harvest" Challenge!

November's "Veggie Harvest" challenge entries are in! Between now and November 19th, vote here for your favorite creation. The winning veg artisan will be featured in a prominent ad on the EtsyVeg blog for January. Yay!

Another big congratulations to last month's challenge winner, Stasya of The Stitch and Fold!

See the poll below to vote for this month's winner!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

December's Creative Challenge- "Shimmering Ice!"

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 theme of "Shimmering Ice!" Think glistening snow, sparkling ice crystals, ice skating in brightly-colored clothes on a frozen lake bed, scarlet red cardinals resting on a snowy pine, bundling up to venture into a haze of snowflakes! :) 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 (get creative with it)!

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 "
shimmeringice" (all one word, without the quotations). You must also have your entry tagged with the official team tag, "etsyveg team" (both words must be used).

~If an item entered in the challenge sells before the end of the month, please send a convo to Heather at http://thebluewindmill.etsy.com, including the link to the sold item, so that it can still be included.

~Deadline for entry is Saturday, December 31st.

~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 "shimmeringice" 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 http://silentlotus.etsy.com or http://thebluewindmill.etsy.com.

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

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Spotlight Seller

This week our Spotlight Seller is Alanna of PaperDame! Let's find out more about our EtsyVeg Teammate and wish her a Happy Etsy Anniversary!!

Tell us a bit about yourself?
My name is Alanna Lowe and I was born and raised in southern Orange County, California. I currently live in Dana Point. I love all things vintage, collect books and have a sidekick named Dottie (miniature Dachshund). 

Vegan or Vegetarian? How long?
I am vegetarian but choose to eat alot of vegan cuisine. I grew up in a household that went through phases of not eating meat and decided about 4 years ago to become a committed vegetarian.

When did you open your shop on Etsy?
I opened my shop on Etsy in December 2010. 

Hand Sewn Holiday Card

Tell us about what you sell on Etsy?
I sell upcycled pendant lamps that are made out of vintage books that I have collected. Each page is hand folded to create a unique shape out of each book and the cords are hand wrapped with natural fibers. (Also, with perfect timing for the holidays handmade holiday cards!!)

When you are not working on your shop...what do you do?
When I'm not working on my Etsy shop, I work as a sales rep for a vintage furniture rental company. I work with clients to design their event and select vintage pieces (couches, chandeliers, bicycles, etc.) to enhance their theme. It's lots of fun!

Where do you get your inspiration?
I get my inspiration for my Book Lamps from the books themselves. All of my lamps have a theme, meaning that the books being used for each lamp are all a specific genre (children's books or love stories or adventure stories - get the idea?). I also do custom orders, in which case, my inspiration comes from the client - their favorite book, which room they want to put it in, etc.

Upcycled Books Pendant Light

What's your favorite veggie meal?
My favorite veggie meal would have to be Pad Thai from Wheel of Life - a Vegan Thai restaurant in Irvine, CA. 

Where else can we find you?
Aside from Etsy, I can be found at local art shows. Patchwork - Indie Arts and Crafts Festival is one of my favorites. I am also going to be featured at a boutique in Long Beach called Twig & Willow.

Thank you Alanna for being part of team! Make sure to check out all of her beautiful and illuminating works at PaperDame!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Friday Finds - Winter Wonderland

The weather is getting chillier, and in many places the snow is flying. So, for this (long overdue) Friday Finds, I've chosen some awesome wintery finds from the EtsyVeg team! Enjoy.

White Flower Wedding Plugs 7/16 Inch 11mm by arksendeavors

Winter Love A Signed Fine Art Photograph by GildingLilies

Tiny snowflake necklace silver by lulubugjewelry

Snow Rabbit - small amigurumi bunny by TheStitchandFold

Ice - natural white crystal clear moonstone and sterling silver earrings by RavensCraving

Snowscape Photography Blank Notecards for Holiday or Any Time by kneedeeporiginals

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Spotlight Seller

This week our Spotlight Seller is Khristan of Gypsy Lamb!! Let's check out our talented teammate!

Tell us a bit about yourself?
My name is Khristan "Gypsy" Lamb, and I currently live in beautiful Southern Oregon. My family consists of me, my wonderful husband, our two cats, Snaggle and Hugo, and our Aussie puppy, Naguine.

Vegan or Vegetarian? How long?
I've been vegan for over eight years. Deciding to go vegan was by far one of the best decisions I've ever made. I feel more at peace, I am healthier, and I'm more connected to doing my part for animals and the environment.

When did you open your shop on Etsy?
I opened my Etsy shop in March of this year (2011). I have to admit I'm a little OCD about working on improving it!

Blue Bohemian Necklace and Crystal Gypsy Love

Tell us about what you sell on Etsy?
I sell handmade beaded jewelry and accessories in my shop; I also sell my surplus supplies of gems and beads. I learned how to design and create jewelry years ago when I worked at a bead shop, and I love making beautiful things.
When you are not working on your shop, what do you do?
When I'm not working on my shop, I am taking care of my family, running with my dog, practicing the violin, reading novels, vending at fairs, hopefully selling my jewelry to local boutiques, helping my husband with his business and thinking about what else I could create to sell in my shop! 

Your Recycled Fabric Earrings are amazing! Where do you get your inspiration?
I have to admit that the idea for the fabric earrings was inspired by a friend of mine. We were talking about the current big earring trend and how most of those earrings are made with feathers. She thought it might work to use fabric to sort of imitate the big-feather-earring-look and voila! I fell in love with the first pair I made and received a lot of positive feedback. Like my ribbon festival earrings and hair clips, the recycled fabric earrings are an animal-friendly way for bohemian gals to accessorize.

Bohemian Fabric Earrings

What's your favorite veggie meal?
My favorite veggie meal would have to be homemade pizza with kale, onion, olives, mushrooms, garlic and basil, covered with a healthy amount of nutritional yeast. Sometimes I add seasoned tofu and vegan cheese, but it's just as delicious without. (Tofu tip: put your packaged firm tofu in the freezer until the day you'd like to use it; let it thaw out before adding to recipe. It has a really nice texture and flavor.)

Where else can we find you?
I have a Facebook page--GypsyLamb Jewelry--and a blog at gypsylambjewelry.blogspot.com/. I have to admit, however, that I'm not very good about updating my blog! The best way to find me is on Etsy.

Thanks Gypsy for being part of the team!! Make sure to check out her shop on Etsy at Gypsy Lamb!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

BIG Shopping Weekend- EtsyVeg Sales Abound!

Friday kicks off a huge weekend of shopping, getting holiday shoppers all aflutter! Black Friday precedes a Saturday of supporting small businesses (Small Business Saturday) and Cyber Monday, online shopping's biggest day of the year. EtsyVeg member shops on Etsy (your place to buy and sell all things handmade) are celebrating by offering great sales and perks, giving you a chance to not only support small businesses by shopping with our independent artisans, but the chance to support handmade and more compassionate living!

Take the Pledge to Buy Handmade for the Holidays and the pledge to Shop Small, while supporting vegan and vegetarian artisans- kick the holiday shopping season off ethically while buying gifts that are unique, made with a personal touch, and filled with love! :)

Check out these shops for awesome savings:

30% OFF everything in shop Thanksgiving morning through midnight on Cyber Monday. No code necessary- all listing prices already reduced.

Arthurs Plaid Pants~
10% OFF everything in shop on Black Friday, 11/25/11 only!
Code: BLK10
15 % OFF everything in shop on Cyber Monday, 11/28/11 ONLY!
Code: CYB15

20% OFF from Thursday, November 24th through Monday, November 28th.

Dark Faerie Creations~
15% OFF everything in my store through Cyber Monday!

Deadly Sweet~
ALL items are 25% OFF on all available inventory thru Sunday evening. My biggest sale EVER! These are the only remaining items I have in my inventory so stock up while you can!
Prices already marked down.

FREE SHIPPING & sale from Black Friday to Cyber Monday!
If in the U.S., code: CYBERDEEPFRIED
International Etsians, 15% OFF every item in the shop with code: DFINTLOVE
(DFINTLOVE is for those outside of the U.S., one code per order)

25% off your order thru Cyber Monday!

30% OFF all weekend!
Code: THANKS2011

Gilded Notes~
FREE SHIPPING on all purchases between Friday 11/25 and Monday 11/28!
Code: BFCMship

Save 30% on everything in shop from Black Friday through Cyber Monday (the weekend included)! Cyber Monday buyers will also receive a free gift!

ity-bity bags~
FREE SHIPPING 11/24-11/28! Check out our Extra black Fri sale section for more savings!

FREE SHIPPING on all domestic orders through Monday the 28th!

Krug's Eco-Logic~
$20 & up ... 20% off code: 20PERCENT
$40 & up ... 30% off code: 30PERCENT
$60 & up ... 40% off code: 40PERCENT
$110 & up ... 50% off code: 50PERCENT

20% OFF Friday through Monday.

M's Knits and Things~
25% OFF orders from Friday morning through Monday night at midnight.

Mom, Baby & Me~
FREE SHIPPING NOW thru Black Friday/Cyber Monday Weekend!

Naked Eye Beauty~
15% OFF all purchases from now until Monday ANDDDD free gift wrap!

11/24: 21% off your entire order with code BIRTHDAYBASH
11/25: free united states shipping with code SHIP26
11/26: free custom notebook, just give me a word or phrase to draw and you get a notebook like this one: http://etsy.me/tqZKXg
11/27: four free 5"x7" prints of your choosing from this flickr set http://bit.ly/mTveqg (just copy and paste the URLs of the photos that you want)

Save 15% OFF your order when you spend over $20.00, starting Black Friday through midnight on Cyber Monday!
Code: 15P20

Twig & Leaf Botanicals~
30% OFF on black friday, small business saturday, and cyber monday! No code necessary- all listing prices already reduced.

30 percent off everything in shop (except gift certificates) from midnight Thanksgiving through midnight cyber Monday. Yay!
Code: BIG30

Vivace Crafts~
15% OFF everything from Black Friday to Cyber Monday! :)

Have fun! Support Small Businesses! Buy Handmade! Go Veg!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Tuesday's Quote

What is it that should trace the insuperable line?… The question is not, Can they reason? nor, Can they talk? but, Can they suffer?

~Jeremy Bentham (1748–1832)

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Spotlight Seller

This week our Spotlight Seller is Aletha of Radical Fringe. Want to get to know our teamie better? I know you do!!!

Tell us a bit about yourself? 
I live in metro Detroit, originally from the east coast. I recently got married on the shore of Lake Michigan to my vegan artist hubby. We are both graphic designers!

Vegan or Vegetarian? How long?
Vegan now - have been some kind of plant-based eater for about 8 years

When did you open your shop on Etsy?

Tell us about what you sell on Etsy?
I sell all kinds of crocheted original items. It's still pretty much a hobby for me as I'm continually experimenting. My main interest is in freeform & art crochet. Of course, all my fibers are plant based or synthetic - no wool or silk.

Crochet Flower Necklace
When you are not working on your shop, what do you do?
a lot! LOL I work at a print shop, I will be teaching crochet & knit in the winter, and pretty much being a domestic diva (cooking, cleaning and sewing, no joke!) and playing with my two adorable rescue kitties.

Your Cat Hats are so cute! Where do you get your inspiration?
It really was just a whim - one of my boy cats needed emergency urinary surgery and we had to take out a credit card just to pay for it; he is a really sweet docile cat and didn't mind us putting hats on him etc. So I started making fun kitty hats to help raise money to pay for his surgery. So far they have been the most popular item in my shop! I like coming up with new ideas for them. So far I've only sold monster horns, mohawks, and a mad hatter hat; I have an experimental unicorn hat. I love doing custom orders and making someone's idea come to life - so if you have an idea for a unique kitty hat (Halloween is coming up!!) then shoot me a convo! 

Cat Hat Black & White Mohawk
What's your favorite veggie meal?
This is tough. Ever since daiya cheese came out I'm a big fan of veggie pizza & nachos; I'll always be a tofu scramble & homefries girl though.

Where else can we find you?
Some weekends I have a booth at The Rust Belt Market in Ferndale, MI. Other than that I stick to etsy. 

Thank you so much Aletha for being part of the team! Check out all of her freeform crochet at Radical Fringe!