Sunday, October 30, 2011

Spotlight Seller

This week Jenn of A Girl and Her Dog Shop is our Spotlight Seller! Let's learn about our wonderful team mate...

Tell us a bit about yourself ? 
I am Jenn and Casey is the boss, my Boston Terrier fur baby. The shop is really hers. 
We live in NYC on the weekdays and spend our weekends in Putnam, NY. Casey is not a fan of the city! When she finally gets her way, I will move out of the city at some point all together. Soon, someday, hopefully. We'll see.

Vegan or Vegetarian? How long?
I was vegetarian for over 20 years, now Vegan for almost 2! 

When did you open your shop on Etsy?
I started selling on JennLeeBunker about 2+ years ago, after mostly shopping on Etsy! Then I opened A Girl and Her Dog Shop over a year ago. 

Custom A Girl and Her Dog (or Kitty) Silhouette Scarf

Tell us about what you sell on Etsy?
I sell Pet Lover items. Screen printed silhouettes of dogs and cats and their girls, on scarves and totes and more. We also do leash holders and picture frames and have a jewelry line. I also do vintage images as well as screen printing--it's all about your pet! And as I say, not just for girls and their dogs, but cats too, occasionally even a fella. And sure, we'd do a horse! 
My other shop is the Starving Artist line. Also screen printed scarves and totes.

When you are not working on your shop, what do you do?
I work in books, I write and read, play with Casey of course, and do crafts with the kids in the family. Not everything I craft is for the shop, but I am always looking for inspiration through different forms of art.

I love your My Ruby Red Shoes Picture Frame! Adorable! Where do you get your inspiration?
Oh thank you! I love the vintage images myself, most are one of a kind and I don't usually do the same image twice. My inspiration really is my love for animals, and of course, our love of our pets--and how we want to express it, through art and of course, by wearing it! Ala scarves, jewelry, on our totes, and so on.

My Ruby Red Shoes A French Bulldog and Her Girl Picture Frame

What's your favorite veggie meal?
When I was in Barcelona recently I was so excited to find a grilled veggie platter with balsamic glaze, that could make the top of the list. I had it twice. If I am eating at Moms or home I love pasta with fresh and spicey red sauce. If I am eating out in NYC I love Pure Food and Wine raw vegan. I also adore the vegan soups from Le Pain for lunch. So it depends! I am hungry now, come to think of it! Two of my favorite things in the world (and I lived on in Paris) are Garbanzo Beans and Avocado! 

Where else can we find you?
We have two Etsy shops (I always say "we", Casey and I) aside from we have (the starving artist line)
And you can find us here all too often:
Also on Twitter: @AGirlHerDogShop
And our website, that I rarely check or update (woops!)

City Dog Magazine is going to feature us in their winter holiday issue, and we often do local Garrison & Beacon NY fairs. We did Beacon Barks Day, and should be at the Desdmond Fishe Garrison Library Holiday Boutique again this winter.

Thank you for being part of the team! Check out Jenn and Casey's shop A Girl and Her Dog Shop  And, congratulations on the feature!!

Friday, October 28, 2011

EtsyVeg Halloween Spooktacular!

It's Halloween time! This is my favorite holiday of the year. We watch Nightmare Before Christmas and Rocky Horror Picture Show, make millions of pumpkin foods and prepare for the major holiday season that's on it's way. What better way to get started on your holiday shopping than sitting at home in your pajamas with a nice apple cider and shopping for some awesome veg friendly goods on Etsy? I can't think of anything I'd rather be doing, aside from grabbing a slice of vegan pumpkin pie. :)

Get your shopping on today, October 28th, through Monday, October 31st and use the Coupon Code "SPOOKY2011" at the following participating shops and get some sweet deals. No tricks here, just some amazing veg treats! Be sure to check each shop for more details on how each offer works. ;)

AndLive is offering 25% off with code SPOOKY2011

Ideology is offering 25% off with code SPOOKY2011

JF Illustrations is offering 15% off with code SPOOKY2011

Lean Dog Pottery is offering 30% off with code SPOOKY2011

Lunique Creations is offering 15% off with code SPOOKY2011

M's Knits and Things is offering 20% off with code SPOOKY2011

Mineral Love is offering free shipping on $25 plus 10% off $50 with code SPOOKY2011

From Pictures to Portraits is offering 15% off with code SPOOKY2011

Scrappy Rat Designs is offering 15% with code SPOOKY2011

Sweet V Confections is offering 15% off with code SPOOKY2011

Twig and Leaf Botanical is offering 15% off and a free gift with code SPOOKY2011

Veganville is offering 15% off with code SPOOKY2011

Check back daily as we add additional shops! Happy Halloween!!!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Tuesday's Quote

Now I can look at you in peace; I don’t eat you anymore.

~Franz Kafka, while admiring fish in an aquarium
Yay! We've got a winner of our team creative challenge for September Congratulations to:

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

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Spotlight Seller

 This week Emily of Emily Fotis Designs is our Spotlight Seller! Let's get to know her better...

Tell us a bit about yourself ? 
My name is Emily Fotis. I live in Fairfield, IA. I have 13 cats, ALL of whom originated from one cat "couple" that was dumped in my neighborhood. The kittens were all feral, but with TLC, I now have 7 indoors and 6 outdoors, and have since had them all live-trapped, spayed or neutered. This is my PSA to encourage people to spay/neuter their pets and ferals/strays! But I digress... I recently got a job as Assistant Graphic Designer at a company (Maharishi Ayurveda Products International) that manufactures and sells holistic, ayurvedic herbal supplements and other products: you can find out more about them at mapi(dot)com.

Vegan or Vegetarian? How long?
Vegetarian, and have been my entire life – my parents stopped eating meat when they started meditating in the 70s. The only meat I've ever ingested has been accidentally (e.g. restaurants). I am, very slowly, making my way towards veganism, but at the very least I make sure that all eggs and dairy products I consume are free from cruelty. Fortunately, in Fairfield, that's not too hard to do – Radiance Dairy is the local dairy that I've been to and have met the cows first-hand, and even volunteered to get the owner elected for IA Secretary of Agriculture. Alas, he was not elected, but even so, got a good margin of the votes. I digress again! :)

When did you open your shop on Etsy?
January 1st, 2007, at the urging of a friend. I'd never heard of Etsy before, but was impressed. For not putting the time I probably should put into it, I think I've done fairly well. No advertising, no coupons or free stuff yet, just simply being there and keeping it more or less full of product.

Folk Art coloring book
Folk Art Coloring Book
Tell us about what you sell on Etsy?
• A self-published line of 18 frameable greeting cards featuring my paintings;
• A coloring book (and the same version as an ebook) that was published in Fairfield... it features heavy, acid-free paper that works with crayons, markers, pencils, and all water-based paints; sepia outlines instead of dull black; perforated pages for easy removal; one-sided printed only (so you don't have to pick and choose which piece you want to display); two cut-out-able note cards and two cut-out-able bookmarks.
• Original paintings
• Graphic design (business cards, logos, etc)
• Works in Sculpey
• Jewelry

When you are not working on your shop, what do you do?
I work; I cook (I LOVE to create delicious vegetarian meals, especially for guests who may not tend toward the vegetarian lifestyle, to prove that you don't need meat for nutrition OR for flavor); I play with my cats; I watch baseball (St. Louis Cardinals!); I paint and draw; I plan changes for my store and site and blog; I strategize on how to achieve the art-licensing career I want.

Original Folk Art watercolor painting Six Bird Tree
Original Folk Art Watercolor Six Bird Tree
I love your 6 Bird Tree Watercolor! Where do you get your inspiration?
Aww, thanks! I was looking through a Pennsylvania German "fraktur" book, and saw a painting of a tree with six birds in it – mind you, it looked nothing like my own version, but it certainly inspired me, and has been one of the more popular paintings I've done. People really respond to it.

What's your favorite veggie meal?
Oooh, good one! Probably roasted vegetables and marinated-tofu pasta with cream sauce... Sooooooo amazingly good! Or my mom's crouton-cauliflower casserole – forever a childhood favorite, hands down.

Where else can we find you?
My website:; my blog (though I rarely update – tryin to be better about that!):; Facebook (look up Emily Fotis, I guess. I even more rarely use FB); LinkedIn (also rarely used); Twitter: @emilyfotis. Check back closer to the holidays, too, I'll have lots more cool stuff! :)

Thanks Emily for being part of the team!! Check out her enchanting work at Emily Fotis Designs

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Tuesday's Quote from Charles Darwin

There is no fundamental difference between man and the higher animals in their mental faculties.… The lower animals, like man, manifestly feel pleasure and pain, happiness, and misery.

~Charles Darwin, naturalist and author (1809–1882)

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Spotlight Seller

This week our Spotlight Seller is our new Team Captain Maggie of MagglePie M's Knits and Things!! Let's get to know our fantastic Captain...

Black and Grey Loose and Light Scarf (and Maggie!)

Tell us a bit about yourself ?
My name is Maggie.  I live in Moorhead, MN, which is right across the river from Fargo, ND.

Vegan or Vegetarian? How long?
I’ve been vegetarian for 15 years, and vegan for about a year and a half.  I was mostly vegan for a long time and just decided it was time to take that plunge and go all the way!

When did you open your shop on Etsy?
I opened shop in 2007.

Mini Upcycled Envelopes

What do you sell on Etsy?
All sorts of stuff.  Mostly hand knit scarves, blankets, hats and wash cloths.  I also make greeting cards, recycled envelopes and recently started my own little zine.

When you are not working on your shop, what do you do?
Too much.  I’m in a movie group and game group with some friends, and we get together every couple of weeks and go to movies or pick out a board game or something to play for the night.  I’m also in a book club, and we get together once a month and chat about our chosen book!

Deep Purple Soft and Cozy Baby Blanket

Where do you get your inspiration?
Well, usually I just go with yarn that looks really cool together and work from there.  But sometimes, I’ll make something based on inspiration from a movie I’ve seen and really liked.

Favorite veggie meal?
Vegetable stir fry.  There’s really nothing better than mixing a bunch of veggies up with some spicy stir fry sauce and chowing down.  Coming in at a close second is the Evil Jungle Noodle at the Thai Orchid, a local Thai restaurant.  It’s sooo good!

Where else can we find you?
So far I’m just selling on Etsy, but I’m working on getting some items into a few shops in Northern Minnesota.

Thank you Maggie for all your work with the team!!! Make sure to check out all things made by Maggie at MagglePie M's Knits and Things!

Blog Action Day!!! FOOD!!!

This year's focus for Blog Action Day is food! This is something we all should be able to talk about (especially being vegan and vegetarian). It is at the center of all of our lives, sustenance. 

Last year I moved into a house with a yard (it had been 17 years since I had one) and decided to take food matters into my own hands and grow my own. Or at least try to! I felt a strange responsibility to not let this yard go to waste. So, I bought a shovel and enlisted my boyfriend to turn our overgrown plot into a back yard bounty!

Here is what we started with...
  1. About 800 square feet
  2. 3 raised beds
  3. 3 trees and 1 big rosemary bush
We decided to start our vegetable growing with some standards...
  1. Potatoes
  2. Carrots
  3. Peas
  4. Corn
  5. Garlic
  6. Broccoli
  7. Cauliflower
  8. Tomatoes
  9. Squash
  10. Pumpkins
  11. Leeks

Early Season-Peas, Corn, & Squash in bed. Potatoes in containers.
I read a ton of books about companion planting, organic vegetable gardening, seed starting, and the different varieties. I spent so much time on all of this that I neglected getting the soil built up, but as spring was fast approaching I just went for it! I can not describe the feeling of seeing your seedlings or just seeds begin to grow! It is just amazing! All these little green sprouts were my little babies and now that they were here I wanted to do everything to make sure they grew! Midway through the season I realized that I did not have any fruit! So, I planted two bare root Raspberries and one Thimbleberry (a native plant of the Pacific NW). Also, I noticed an unidentified weed growing that looked incredibly like Green Beans!! My boyfriend said he usually just pulled them up! NOOOO!!! I left them to grow wild as they are accustomed to and added some support. I really like free stuff!

My first Pea Pod!!!
I weeded, watered, added more soil, and tended to my babies until they were ready to be eaten. In the last couple months or so we harvested...
  1. Potatoes (Yay!)
  2. Carrots (Yay!)
  3. Peas (Yay!)
  4. A whopping 3 small ears of Corn
  5. Garlic (Yay!)
  6. No Broccoli :(
  7. No Cauliflower :(
  8. Tomatoes (Yay!)
  9. No Squash
  10. No Pumpkins
  11. A few Leeks  
  12. 5 single Raspberries 
  13. Oh and Wild Green Beans (WOO-HOO!!) didn't make it!  
Although, our backyard provided us with a nice selection of vegetable, the harvest was not enough to live on alone. (Maybe next year!) To supplement my lack of food, I joined a local CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). After researching all the options and realizing that many of them ship food in from Mexico and all over the world, I found one that is all local, all the time! Receiving a weekly box of mystery food (that I know I can eat) is so thrilling. It has forced me to be creative in cooking and I have discovered many dishes that I love! The family asks for them too! I have also discovered many varieties that I had never tried before and now intend to grow next year.

With out much preparation and no experience we have successfully turned our back yard into our own little farm! Now, I just want some goats...they are so cute! But I digress, living in our uncertain times; unstable economies, rising gas prices, and global climate change, I highly recommend growing your own food. It is an incredibly rewarding feeling, even just a couple things or one! You don't have to have a yard to do so. There are a million books on container gardening, I know I checked out many of them from the library. So, get your hands in the dirt and grow your own!! Anyone can do it, if a city girl like me can, anyone can!! I promise!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Friday, October 14, 2011

Friday Finds - Spooking Time

I am so excited for Halloween! Is is one of my favorite days of the year!! So, for this (long overdue) Friday Finds, I am featuring some Etsy Veggies with some cool, Halloweeny and downright spooky items in their shops! Enjoy.

Wee Pirate Ghost Plush for Halloween from Panda With Cookie

Halloween Wicked Kitty Jar Earrings - Orange, Yellow, and Black Sprinkles in Tiny Glass Bottles by Starfire Wire

Drusilla the Zombie Queen - OOAK Art Doll Jester Stick by Dark Faerie

Crocheted Pumpkin toy by The Stitch and Fold

Black Widow Plugs 3/4 Inch 19mm Sale by Arks Endeavors

Cerlt the Evil - iclay monster sculpture worldwide shipping by Veganosaurus

Halloween Pin - Candy Corn Button by Vegancraftastic

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Tuesday's Quote

You have just dined, and however scrupulously the slaughterhouse is
concealed in the graceful distance of miles, there is complicity.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Spotlight Seller

This week Susanne of The Felting Cat or Filzkatze is our Spotlight Seller. Her darling handmade felt products come to us from Germany! Let's find out more about her...

Tell us a bit about yourself ? 
My name is Susanne. I am a 58 years old retiree from the German State Department living in a quiet little spa in the Black Forest/Germany, right at the borders with France & Switzerland. Since my childhood I love handicrafts and have tried almost anything. For about one year now felting became my passion and still I enjoy experimenting all kinds of techniques & colors.My Etsy shops are a hobby that I love so much, as I discover interesting people & products every day. I feel honored & happy, when someone puts my shop or a product as a favorite or features one of my items in a treasury. And freak out when I sell something!

Vegan or Vegetarian? How long?
I became a vegetarian in 1987. Since 2005 I am a vegan. The only animal products I am still using are wool from sheep living in an eco-friendly environment without being butchered and sometimes Tussah & Ahimsa silk. 

When did you open your shop on Etsy?
I opened my shop in February 2011.

Tell us about what you sell on Etsy? 
I sell felted slippers, necklaces, bags & cases, shawls, cats/lavender sachets, cat toys, animals & beads. And maybe more soon...
As I care a lot about environment protection & animal welfare, all my new production is made with plant dyed, animal friendly & cruelty free "vegetarian wool" from sheep that live as "landscape managers" & are not butchered.

Plant Dyed Felt Baby Shoes "Seppl"

When you are not working on your shop, what do you do?
I dedicate most of my time to my family, home & garden, lots of books, some sports and all the rest to felting!

I love your Black Forest Maid Felt Slippers! Where do you get your inspiration?
I am inspired by ethnic patterns of many countries I lived & travelled, but also my home Black Forest with its traditional costumes & colors, my cat Reesha, my garden, books, especially fairy tales, moods & anything that goes through my mind.

Felt Slippers Black Forest Maid

What's your favorite veggie meal?
Any meal with lentils of any kind. My favorite is a gorgeous Moroccan lentil mulligan with olive oil, oriental spices, chili peppers, garlic, onions, tomatoes, potatoes & carrots. So easy and quick to prepare. If anyone is interested in the recipe, I can gladly provide it. Unforgettable!

Where else can we find you?
I am neither facebooking, twittering nor blogging. That is a little old-fashioned, of course, but I still prefer to keep individual contacts with my good friends. 
In my other Etsy shop Reesha Mona Lisa - Digital Photo Art Files - I present digital images with motifs from my garden, the beautiful landscape surrounding me, some memories of recent trips & most of all pictures of my cat Reesha. She is the greatest model one can imagine!
I also have 2 shops on DaWanda, the German marketplace for unique products: for my felt products for jewelry with Brazilian natural beads

Thank you for being part of the team! Check out Susanne's wonderful work at The Felting Cat

Friday, October 7, 2011

Vegan MoFo 2011!

It's time for Vegan MoFo 2011! YAY! Vegan MoFo stands for "Vegan Month of Food," and is a month-long celebration of all things vegan and food originally started by the Post Punk Kitchen! The event
encourages bloggers in the veg community to relish in writing about vegan deliciousness while enlightening the web about the whys, whats, and hows of vegan living for the planet, people, and the animals, and just how easy it can be to live compassionately.

Vegan MoFo participants
signed up to blog their hearts out about anything food related at least 20 times by the end of the month. The Vegan MoFo website suggests blogging about anything ranging from "love of tongs, your top secret tofu pressing techniques, the first time your mom cooked vegan for you, vegan options in Timbuktu – you get the idea, right?"

Vegan MoFo kicked off on October 1st, and some EtsyVeg members are participating in the fun! Check out their blogs regularly throughout October (and after, cause you won't wanna stop reading when the month is over):

Hope of BlackbirdandPeacock:

Lisa of PandaWithCookie & PandaWithCookieBakes:

Cara of ShShhShop:

Kelly Beth of TwigandLeafBotanicals:

Susmitha of Veganosaurus & ArtBySusmitha:

GiGi of Veganville:

Amanda of VeggieAmanda:

Thursday, October 6, 2011

October's Monthly Challenge- Spooky Halloween Bash

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 October's team creative challenge!

October's Challenge:

This month's "Spooky Halloween Bash" challenge theme is inspired by the spooky excitement, traditional colors, creepy costumes, tricks and treats, screams and moans, and scary creatures of the October and Halloween season! Enter any one item that meets your interpretation of what the the "spooky halloween bash" theme represents, i.e., colors, images, scents, themes, materials. 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 October's monthly challenge forum thread and tagging that item with the tag "
Spooky Halloween Bash" (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 or Kathryn of the Challenge Committee, including the link to the sold item. Otherwise the sold entry will be used by default.

~Deadline for entry is Monday, October31th.

~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 "spooky halloween bash" 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! :)

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Tuesday's Quote for Thought

The beef industry has contributed to more American deaths than all the wars of this century, all natural disasters, and all automobile accidents combined. If beef is your idea of “real food for real people,” you’d better live real close to a real good hospital.

~Neal D. Barnard, MD, President, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

Monday, October 3, 2011

Challenge Final Winner: Congratulations AbbeiLyn!

Hooray! Our Challenge Finals winner after last week's vote is Abigail of abbielyn on Etsy! Congratulations, Abigail, for taking top vote with your beautiful handcrafted glass terrarium necklace!

As winner of our Finals, Abigail will win a collection of fabulous handmade prizes donated by the following kind and talented fellow EtsyVeg members:

A gift certificate for a gorgeous, vegan hand-knit Chunky Cowl Neckwarmer in any color(s) currently available in stock from MistGrove:

A delicious dozen of organic, corn syrup-free, gluten-free, 100% vegan caramels in a flavor of her choice from FeedYourFace:

A recycled (green) stained glass ring wire wrapped with recycled copper from PalafoxStudio23:

Thanks for the wonderful prize donations, veggies! And way to go Abigail- congratulations again! WOOT!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Spotlight Seller

This week the lovely Laurel of Straw House Books is our Spotlight Seller! Laurel is "Rewriting 
the Story of The Three Little Pigs" with her wonderful well bound books! Let's find out a bit more about her...

Tell us a bit about yourself ? 
My name is Laurel. I've lived in the Twin Cities for almost 15 years. Ten of those years were spent working in food co-ops buying and selling organic produce. I presently share my home with a senior dog and a rotating population of foster cats and kittens.

Vegan or Vegetarian? How long?
I was vegetarian for 18 years before becoming vegan three years ago.

Tell us about what you sell on Etsy? 
I make handbound journals, photograph albums, sketchbooks, and boxes. My favorite part of this process is making my own bookcloth. I love fabric and don't like to be limited by what's available commercially in the way of bookcloth.

Chalk Marks Handbound Photo Album

When you are not working on your shop, what do you do? 

I work at an animal shelter full-time and am also studying to be a vet tech. I just finished my first year of the program! My dream job is to work at a farm animal sanctuary. I can also see myself working in emergency room medicine and high-volume spay/neuter clinics.

I love the Fields of Flowers Feedsack Journal! What inspires you? 
I love vintage feedsack cloth and have a collection of it that I've acquired over the years. I frequently dip into it when I'm making bookcloth. Each piece tells a story. Sometimes you can judge a book by its cover, so to speak!

Fields of Flowers Feedsack Journal

What's your favorite veggie meal? 
I have a standby favorite casserole. It's macaroni and cashew cheeze. I add green olives before putting it into the oven.

Where else can we find you? 
I consign journals at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts in Minneapolis. I try to do at least one show each year as well. Etsy is my sole on-line venue.

Thanks for being part of team and all your wonderful work on etsy and off!!  Check out Laurel's fantastic work at  Straw House Books