Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Tuesday's Quote for Thought

In fact, if one person is unkind to an animal it is considered to be cruelty, but where a lot of people are unkind to animals, especially in the name of commerce, the cruelty is condoned and, once large sums of money are at stake, will be defended to the last by otherwise intelligent people.

~Ruth Harrison, author of
Animal Machines

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Chickpea Magazine

One of our fabulous EtsyVeg team members, Cara has just released the very first issue of a community-based  vegan quarterly Chickpea Magazine

The premier issue is chock full of delicious vegan recipes, including pumpkin rotini, red velvet cake and veganizing island fare. Everything you need for a...

Quite a few of our other members are featured in the wonderful Fall Product Guide. I won't give away any surprises! Ya'll just have to go check it out for yourself!!! 

Cara also writes an intriguing article about some of the benefits and conflicts regarding buying second hand.  In... 

Chickpea Magazine looks to be a must read for each season. Beautifully done, well written, and delicious recipes. I personally could not ask for more! You can subscribe for free through Issuu at http://issuu.com/chickpeamag/docs/fall2011

If you would like to contribute, winter proposals are now open at http://chickpea-magazine.tumblr.com/

Great job Cara and everyone else who was involved!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Teamies Get a Veg News Shoutout!

Exciting news for some EtsyVeg team members! An article over on the website of Veg News about handmade sweet vegan treats on Etsy suggests a host of talented creative bakers and confectioners from the Vegan Etsy Team, a sister Etsy team to which many EtsyVeggies also belong. For vegan marshmallows, cookies, chocolates, and candies Veg News recommends our own DesiderioChocolates, ELIXIA, Veganville, SweetVConfections, and brand new member FeedYourFace!

Vegan Cocoa Mint Swirl Marshmallows from DesiderioChocolates

Vegan Assorted Chocolate Love "Voopee" Whoopie Pie Box from Veganville

Gingerbread Hearts - Vegan (2 dozen)from SweetVConfections

Raw Chocolate infused with Vanilla, Maca, and Rose from ELIXIA

Vegan Organic Red Sea Salt Caramels from FeedYourFace

EtsyVeg has lots more members who bake sweet goodies and make yummy snacks. Check out their shops, too!


Congratulations to our awesome teamies! Hooray! :D

Friday, September 23, 2011

EtsyVeg Monthly Creative Challenge FINALS 2011 (Part 2)!

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 30th. The top voter getter will be announced on Monday, October 3rd!

Winner of January's "Fresh Start" Challenge:

Winner of February's "Red Hot" Challenge:

Winner of March's "Spring Into Life" Challenge:

Winner of April's "Spirit of the Earth" Challenge:

Winner of May's "May Flowers" Challenge (it's a tie!):

Winner of June's "On the Farm" Challenge:

Winner of July's "Blue Skies, Summer Sun" Challenge:

by SinisterSoaps

Good luck, everybody!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Not the Typical Quote Post

Vegetarian Men at Reduced Risk for Heart Disease
Vegetarian men weigh less and have less cardiovascular disease risk, compared with nonvegetarians, according to a new study in Nutrition and Metabolism. Researchers in China compared 171 vegetarians to 129 age-matched nonvegetarians and found that the vegetarian men's weight, blood pressure, triglycerides, and cholesterol levels were lower, compared with the meat-eaters. The vegetarians' arterial walls were healthier, as well.
Researchers have known for years that Westerners adopting a vegetarian or vegan diet are healthier than meat-eaters. This new study shows that, even within a country where rice and other plant foods are staples, those who avoid meat completely are better off than those who include even modest amounts of meat.
Yang SY, Zhang HJ, Sun SY, et al. Relationship of carotid intima-media thickness and duration of vegetarian diet in Chinese male vegetarians. Nutr Metab. 2011;8:63.
For information about nutrition and health, please visit www.pcrm.org/.
Breaking Medical News is a service of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine,
5100 Wisconsin Avenue, N.W., Suite 400, Washington, DC 20016.

August's "Dog Days" Challenge Winner!

Yay! We've got a winner of our team creative challenge for August! Congratulations to ! Hooray! Way to go! 

Thanks to everyone who entered! Please check out the blog for our next challenge coming up in September!!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Don't Be Afraid .......

...to go out on a limb. It's where all the fruit is. 
~Shirley Maclane

This quote came from Kathryn's blog .....  http://artblogbykat.blogspot.com/    ...Thank You Kathryn!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Vote for Your Favorite "Dog Days" Challenge Entry!

August's "Dog Days" challenge entries are in! Between now and Sunday, September 18th, vote here for your favorite creation. The winning veg artisan will be featured in a prominent ad on the EtsyVeg blog for October. Yay!

A big congrats to last month's challenge winner, Kristy of Sinister Soaps, who was chosen as the top entry by voters!

See the poll below to vote!

Good luck challenge participants, and thanks to everyone for voting! Look for details on our current "Secret Woodland" monthly challenge on the blog. And please join in the creative fun! :)

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Budgie Bathtime!

Our Lily and Otis love an occasional bath in a bowl of lettuce or spinach leaves and some warm, shallow water. Here, Lily has already indulged and moved away long enough for Otis (green & yellow feathers) to take his turn. :) The video is a bit dark- hope you can still enjoy it!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

September's Monthly Challenge: "Secret Woodland"

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 September's team creative challenge!

September's Challenge

This month's theme of "Secret Woodland" . 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 September's monthly challenge forum thread and tagging that item with the tag "
secretwoodland" (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 the EtsyVeg Etsy shop, including the link to the sold item, so that it can still be included.

~Deadline for entry is Friday, 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 "secretwoodland" 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! :)

Get ready for October's "Spooky Halloween Bash" challenge coming up next month!

From David Suzukie's Green Guide

Producing animal protein requires ten times as much energy and produces ten times as many greenhouse gas emissions as plant protein. Compared with plant protein, red meat is responsible for six to twenty times the land use, five to seventeen times the water pollution, and five to twenty-five times the water use.

from David Suzuki's Green Guide .... check it out from your local library, or better yet buy a copy, then pass it on to a friend ..... I wish the world had many more David Suzukis!