Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Tuesday's Quote for Thought

"It is my view that the vegetarian manner of living, by its purely physical effect on the human temperament, would most beneficially influence the lot of mankind."

~Albert Einstein (1879–1955)

Saturday, June 25, 2011

"May Flowers" Challenge Winner!

Yay! We've got a winner of our team creative challenge for May, and it's a TIE! There were so many amazing entries that it's no wonder the voting was so close. Congratulations to both Jen of Jen O'Connell Paintings and Original Artwork and Sarah of The Little Schremlin! Hooray! Way to go, veggies!

Thanks to everyone who entered! Please check out the blog for our "On the Farm" challenge- enter until June 3oth!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Pet of the Week: Ollie

Meet Ollie Newman-Mitchell. He is a companion dog to Amanda Newman of Newman Improved.

What is your pet's name, birthday, sex, breed?
His name is Ollie and he is a about six years old. We don't know his birthday as he was rescued as an adult. He is a male Treeing Walker Coonhound.

Where/how did you come up with their name?
When adopted him, his name was Johnny. Unfortunately, my husband’s name is John and while we thought Johnny was a cute name, we thought it would be confusing. We thought a lot about his name and it took us a week after we adopted him to rename him. We wanted a name with an “ie” sound and we asked friends to submit suggestions and finally settled on Ollie. My cousin came up with the name when we were out at dinner because I had olive oil on my food.

How did you meet your pet? Were they Adopted, rescued or other?
We met him through the Independent Animal Rescue of Durham. We donate money to IAR and would often stop by to see the dogs available for adoption. We had been talking about adopting a dog for years and one day came across this sweet face.

Ollie’s face was a bit too hard to resist and we had to contact IAR. He was lucky enough to have been found by a Rhonda and Todd who find adoptive parents for the rescued dogs and cats. Rhonda and Todd gave Ollie a great new start! Before being rescued, his past was filled with what I can only imagine is sadness and void of love. He approaches most new situations with fear and hesitation. He has the branding on his ear to show us he was used by a hunter. And, as two vegans we thought it would be symbolic of us to rescue a hunting dog and to give him a life of love.

Our furry friend has obviously had much abuse in his life as he is scared of so many things, he doesn’t seem to fit many of the characteristics associated with his breed. Noises tend to scare him more so than the average dog. And when the thunderstorms come, it is likely that he will be incapacitated in a closet for the whole day without any bathroom breaks.

In the beginning, it was a challenge to get him to eat and to come to us. I could tell he loved us by his sniffs and tail wags, but he always had a hesitation about him. He had a hard time making eye contact. With each week, we notice improvement and work with him daily. He has a sweet soul and a gentle spirit. We don’t want to give up on him and have begun work with a trainer to help make his life more enjoyable.

What are your pet’s favorite toys, foods, snacks, activities?
He doesn’t really like toys all that much and I think that part of that is that hunters don’t allow their animals to play with toys so that they don’t want them to play with the catch. We keep trying with toys and hope that he’ll find his playful side. He LOVES vegan wet food (yep, he is a vegan like we are and it is perfectly healthy for a dog). We have been delighted lately to learn that he will take treats when in the mood.

What are some things you enjoy doing with your pet?
I enjoy walking with him, cuddling, rubbing his belly, and hugging him. He seems to like (or at least he pretends) when I cuddle and rub him.

Do you take them to parks or to see people? He is such a good boy and does well with other dogs. He is so afraid of the car, and we are working on that, so we often times ask our friends to bring their dogs to our house. He seems to enjoy other dogs and people. We have ventured out to the dog park on several occasions. He seems to enjoy himself, but doesn’t spend much time running around. He spends a lot of time at my side and others who will pet him. In time, I think he’ll warm up to the dog park.

Do you take your pet on vacations with you?
Yes, we do! If it is within driving distance and no one is allergic, we take him with us.

Does your pet have any special tricks or unique habits?
He is funny in that he never sits. He usually stands or lies down. Every once and a while he will sit and when he does we praise him. I’m assuming he was never taught to sit as a pup.

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? He is new to our family and has recently been to the vet, so I’m not sure. He doesn’t like a lot of people or crowded places, so I guess it depends on if there is a lot of activity at the vet. We are going to take him in July.

How do your family members get along with the pet? I don’t think anyone could ever NOT get along with him. He is very calm and chill. He has won the hearts of most everyone who meets him.

Do you spoil your pet?
Sometimes! We feel so guilty about his past and we want to make him happy. We are just so happy to see progress in him.
What's the most important/special thing your pet adds to your life?
He brings me happiness when I see his tail wag or when he gently comes up to me to sniff me. John and I often feel frustrated with some of his behaviors, but we never take it out on him as we know it isn’t his fault. It is slowly teaching me patience and unconditional love.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Spotlight Seller of the Week

I'm a bit under the weather right now, so please excuse any lack of whit that you'd normally expect of me.  This, however, does not affect the charm of this week's Spotlight Seller, Julia of JF Illustrations.  Julia is a phenomenal artist who focuses on the animal kingdom for inspiration.  Her designs often reflect the species that she has worked with during her experience as a biologist.  How cool is that? 

You will find lovely beaded and hand drawn bookmarks, as well as fashion accessories at JF Illustrations and custom work is always welcome.   These mini works of art will be a treasured gift for the book worm in your life or the perfect way to save your own spot when you reluctantly put down your latest novel.  You can also check out Julia's other work on her personal website where you will find amazingly detailed illustrations as well as info about custom work, art classes and Julia's work with various charities.

Among the beautiful items in JF Illustrations, you will no doubt find at least one that tugs at your heart and becomes a personal favorite.  Don't be shy.  Share it with others in a treasury, post it on your Facebook or give a little Tweet in it's honor.  Then give Julia a little more love by stopping by her Facebook Page and following her blog for giveaways and exclusive coupon codes.  It doesn't get much better than that.  When you've had your fill, come back and link up to let us know you've done your share. 

Tuesday's Quote for Thought

"As long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, he who sows the seeds of murder and pain cannot reap the joy of love."


Wednesday, June 15, 2011

May's "May Flower" Challenge Entries- Vote for your Favorite!

May's "May Flowers" challenge entries are in! Between now and Wednesday, June 22th vote here for your favorite creation. The winning veg artisan will be featured in a prominent ad on the EtsyVeg blog for July. Yay!

A big congrats to last month's challenge winner, Cherie of Jag & Nevie, who was chosen as the top entry by voters!

See the poll below to vote!

Stay tuned until Thursday, June 23rd for the voting results! Good luck challenge participants, and thanks to everyone for voting! Look for details on our current "On the Farm" monthly challenge on the blog. And please join in the creative fun! :)

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Spotlight Seller of the Week

It's been a crazy week and an especially crazy weekend that required a resting period.   Now that it's all over, I can share with you this week's Spotlight Seller, Susmitha of Veganosaurus!  Susmitha is a kind hearted vegan living in beautiful India.  She brings her spirit and love of animals through creating friendly little creatures to remind you that we are all children of the same Universe.

Duhrrrr Mini Clay Monster

Each creature is meticulously molded using polymer clay and a lot of imagination.  These little monsters are fabulous companions for your terrarium, computer, book collection or the monsters under your bed.  One look from a cute cyclops eye and you'll be hooked.  Head over to Veganosaurus and adopt yourself a cuddly creature today!

After you've found yourself an adorable new friend be sure to catch up with Susmitha on Facebook and Twitter.  Then head over to her blog for some delicious vegan recipes!  Be sure to add some of her monsters to your favorites and share them through treasuries, Tweets and posts.  When all is said and done, come back to link up and share a bit of yourself, because after all, this is about our team of awesome veg sellers and a little self promotion never hurt anyone (when it's a group of compassionate vegetarians and vegans, anyway!).

Tuesday's Quote for Thought

"I abhor vivisection. It should at least be curbed. Better, it should be abolished. I know of no achievement through vivisection, no scientific discovery, that could not have been obtained without such barbarism and cruelty. The whole thing is evil."

~Charles Mayo, founder of the Mayo Clinic

Saturday, June 11, 2011

June's "On the Farm" Creative Challenge!

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 May's team creative challenge!

June's Challenge

This month's "On the Farm" challenge was inspired by EtsyVeg's upcoming participation in Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary's July Jamboree! The theme honors the billions of farm animals each year around the world who are exploited, neglected, enslaved, imprisoned, mutilated, abused, and subjected to unimaginable misery and suffering and horrific deaths. Thanks to the compassion of havens like Woodstock, some of these gentle beings can be saved from this plight and live out their lives with the peace, love, and tender care they deserve.

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 June's monthly challenge forum thread and tagging that item with the tag "onthefarm" (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, June 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 "onthefarm" 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! :)

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Recent Tornado Wreaks Havoc- EtsyVeg Member Needs Assistance!

Recent tornado dehttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gifstruction in Western Massachusetts has affected one of our members by causing serious property damage and loss. Julie of Vegan Gurl on Etsy is struggling to recover after her home lost part of its roof, leading to water damage resulting in a whole room being destroyed. Thirteen windows in her home were broken, her entire stockade fence disappeared or was broken, and 9 trees fell in her backyard (one of which fell on the house and went through a window). Her shed, 2 grills, 3 air conditioners and many other things were destroyed or are missing.

Please help EtsyVeg raise funds to support our fellow teammate in need. Our ChipIn widget below is super easy to use, and allows you to use PayPal for all transactions. Please share!

Thanks so much for your kindness!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Tuesday's Quote for Thought

"All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident."

~Arthur Schopenhauer, German philosopher (1788–1860)

Monday, June 6, 2011

Spotlight Seller of the Week

Wow.  The weeks are just flying by!  It's that time again.  Time to share the spotlight with our fellow EtsyVeg teamies!  This week I bring to you Maggie, otherwise known as Magglepie from M Knits.  Maggie is a vegetarian residing in northern Minnesota where she knits her fingers to the bone to keep warm using cotton and acrylics, making all of her products vegan friendly.  

Deep Purple Scarf

Maggie now shares her love of knitting with the general public instead of being a greedy yarn hoarder.  Take advantage of her kindness and grab yourself something to snuggle up in.  It may be heading toward summer in the northern hemisphere, but winter is approaching in the other half of this great big world.  Maggie's specialty is scarves for adults and children alike, but you can find some super soft washcloths, shawls and wrist warmers lurking in between the piles of fun neck warming beauties like this super long striped number below!

Super Long 12 Foot Multicolor Striped Scarf

Keep up with Maggie through Facebook for new items and info.  You can also find her on Twitter and follow her blog, Knitting Words!  Now get your frigid butt over to M Knits and pick your favorite.  When you're done, share your findings with your friends and family through the beauty of social networking.  Come back and leave us a comment and a link to your own networking outlet so we can return the favor. 

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Green Leaf Parcels

This makes a great starter.


Large lettuce leaves (3 per person)
Cooked brown rice left to cool
Mayonnaise (or Yofu)
Chilli Powder
Chive stalks (one for each lettuce leaf)

Wash the lettuce leaves and leave whole and set aside (do not dry off)
Take the cooked and cooled rice and mix with some mayonnaise or equivalent and add some chilli powder to your taste
Spoon some of this mixture about a teaspoon and a half into the middle of each lettuce leaf and fold half of the leaves into four and tie with just washed chive stalks to make parcels, with the other leaves bundle up the leaf and tie the chive stalks around and secure (see photos)

Place another lettuce leaf into the bottom of a single serving dish and spoon some of the remaining rice mixture on top and place two of the parcels on top, add a squirt of mayonnaise (yofu) and a small sprinkling of chilli powder, chill and serve. Do this step for each person.

Voila! Easy peasy and really delicious, Gluten Free, Vegetarian, Vegan (Yofu)

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Help EtsyVeg Get to Woodstock & Help the Animals!!

EtsyVeg has very exciting news! Our team is super honored to have been invited to table at Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary's July Jamboree on July 2-3, 2011- yay! Each year the Jamboree (formerly held iin June) sells fabulous vegan food, provides live entertainment and kid-friendly activities. It's a hit for all ages! This year, vegan friendly organizations and businesses have been extended invitations to table and strut their (vegan) stuff.

EtsyVeg will not only have the opportunity to hand out materials about the team's mission and artisans, at Woodstock's event but to promote our members' fabulous shops in person to visitors who are interested specifically in supporting animals and a compassionate lifestyle. This is a terrific chance to spread peace and awareness about animal-friendly living and shopping!

Sooo, we need your help to get the Jamboree! The fee to represent the team at the July Jamboree is $120. In addition, there are related travel expenses and the cost of promotional materials and shipping. The team needs your assistance to get to Woodstock!

Teamies who live close to Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary are invited to sell their vegan wares (members do not have to be vegan, only their items) at the event along with our own Kristy of Sinister Soaps, who is heading up team happenings there (thank you, Kristy- you rock!). All members are invited to send a cruelty-free and vegan handmade item to be included in one of two EtsyVeg gift baskets to be raffled off each day of the event! Proceeds from the raffle will be donated to Woodstock. Contact Kylie of SilentLotus for more details.

All members who would like to send us promotional materials for the team table may, for a donation (to go towards our event costs), submit business cards, small samples, brochures, stickers, etc. to be given out during the event. Contact Kylie of SilentLotus for more details.

Please help by making a donation in any amount via our ChipIn widget. Payments are made via PayPal and will go directly to the team account. All donations are much appreciated, no matter the amount! :)