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 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:
11/27: four free 5"x7" prints of your choosing from this flickr set (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!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Craftivism: Creating Change Through Craft

Written by EtsyVeg member Julia Feliz of Etsy shop J F Illustrations. Find Julia on Facebook and Twitter. Follow her blogs at Project Craftivism and J F Illustrations!

Last year, a fellow EtsyVeg team member shared a news article highlighting the need for sweaters to keep featherless and beaten hens warm while they recuperated from barricaded lives inside abusive battery and “free-range” egg farms. The article featured one of the most adorable pictures I had ever seen - a rescued hen wearing one of the knitted sweaters. At that moment, I added “learn to knit” to my bucket list.

Six months ago, I finally learned to knit and last month, made my very first sweater for a hen. After mailing off my hen sweater to Little Hen Rescue (UK), I began searching other ways to help my local community and individuals that could use a helping hand – from orphans, homeless adults & children, wildlife rescues, animal shelters, to those suffering from illnesses, recuperating from abuse or a natural disaster – there are endless opportunities to get involved and create change through your craft.
Knitting one sweater or whatever item may not seem like much or immediately change all those important issues that need urgent attention in our world, but to the individual that receives my warm and cozy knit, it makes all the difference in the world. You see, someone cared enough to try to help them - they are not alone. Every little helps. I’ve realized that knitting, as well as other crafts, can be quite empowering when it comes to changing the world through the simple action of creation. As people that strive to create change and stand up for those forgotten and without a voice, we can continue to create change on our own terms through our own hands and creation. While some may be able to donate money to causes through fundraisers, others are better able to help those less fortunate through making and donating items like hen sweaters.

Although, as a vegan myself, I am passionate about non-human animals, I can’t help but also take an interest in helping the human animals that could use a bit of warm and cheer in their life. I can’t help thinking, “what if that was me?” As compassionate individuals, we should aspire to help all those in need. Our journey doesn’t just stop at what we eat, wear, or bathe with.

Sometimes we may feel like there’s so much wrong going on that we can’t fix at this moment or may be daunted with the fact that there are so many living beings that need help. We may even feel like we can’t do much for non-humans on our own or maybe feel that certain forms of activism are not our thing. Well, there’s another novel form of activism that you can take part in called “craftivism” – a term coined by Betsy Greer. Through craftivism, we can take a stand to make a difference in our own communities (and in foreign ones) and reach out to individuals in the here and now by using our craft. Craftivism is not limited to charity projects as it also encompasses ways to speak up against social injustices, peaceful protesting, and other forms of activism through visual displays or can be a way to get involved with your local community.

I started a blog, Project Craftivism, to write about my own path through vegan craftivism with a goal to help humans and non-humans. Vegan craftivism? Well, yes, I do not believe that you have to exploit non-human animals to help other human or non-human individuals. The patterns and posts that I comment on or take part in may not always be vegan oriented, but I always choose to veganize all my projects. I’m a fond knitter and have no problem acquiring synthetic or plant-based yarns or any other materials for my projects. At the moment, I am knitting for and collecting warm items (knitted, crocheted, or sewed) for a local homeless shelter that expects about 34 people on Christmas Eve. If you would like to help me with this project, have suggestions for future projects, or would like to share a story about your own craftivism or charity project, do get in touch!

This holiday season, why not pledge to learn to knit or use your craft to touch the life of someone in need?

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Quote from Albert Einstein

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)

Monday, November 14, 2011

October's "Spooky Halloween Bash" Challenge Winner!!!

We have the results of our October's monthly challenge "Spooky Halloween Bash"
Challenge! Hip-Hip Hooray for Stasya of TheStitchAndFold on Etsy! Congratulations, Stasya, on your pumpkin pin cushion getting top votes!It's so adorable!!

Thanks to everyone who entered! Please check out the blog for info about our current challenge!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Spotlight Seller

This week our Spotlight Seller is Cameron of Eat Your VegTees. Let's all get to know our fun EtsyVeg Teammate!!!

Tell us a bit about yourself ? 
Hi! I'm Cameron and I live in Los Angeles with my boyfriend and our two tiny mutts, Jack and Ruben. 

Vegan or Vegetarian? How long?

I have been vegan for about 2 years, and my only regret is that I didn't do it sooner! Really there is nothing that doesn't appeal to me about a vegan lifestyle; I feel better physically, emotionally and finally feel as though I am living in line with my true values. 

When did you open your shop on Etsy?
I opened Eat Your VegTees 8 months ago, but only recently started stocking it with items. It took me awhile to get everything underway, but now I am adding new products at least once a week!

Tell us about what you sell on Etsy?

The tagline of my shop is "vegan inspired clothing and accessories" and what that means to me is products that promote kindness to animals, a vegan/vegetarian lifestyle, and a desire to lead people to a plant-based diet. I sell pins, t-shirts for kids and adults, and tote bags. Soon I hope to add pillows and wall prints! 

Eat Kale Daily Reversible Tote Bag

When you are not working on your shop, what do you do?
To make a living, I work full time as a videographer and video editor. Video is another passion of mine, because if a picture is worth a thousand words, video must be worth a billion! Video is such an amazing medium to expose people to new ideas and spread awareness, and that is why I love it.

Currently, I am also working part-time to co-coordinate Farm Sanctuary's Los Angeles Walk for Farm Animals ( I love Farm Sanctuary and sponsor the care of a pig (Ms. Blossom) that lives at the Orland farm.

Aside from work, I can be found around Los Angeles dining at veg restaurants, hiking the Bat Caves with my dogs, or crocheting at home on my comfy sofa with some hot green tea. 

The I Love You More Than Almond Milk Button is a personal favorite of mine! Where do you get your inspiration?
I get my inspiration from experiences in my life, especially from my interactions with other people who hear I'm vegan and think that means I'm an alien from outer space. My aunt once got really upset with me and said "What's so wrong with eating an egg?!" I dealt with that experience by explaining my thoughts on the issue, but when I re-told the story to my boyfriend I just said "I don't eat chicken periods. period." Ha! and a button was born! 

But more than that, it's about creating a conversation with people and encouraging them to ask questions about the reasons behind vegetarianism/veganism. If we can create a dialogue with people through wearing a funny pin or tote bag, that is a gateway to ending a lot of animal suffering and encouraging people to be aware of how their actions affect other living beings. To me it is also about creating a sense of community between vegetarian people, because that support system is what can help people from feeling overwhelmed by the immensity of animal suffering, human dis-ease and environmental wreckage. Wear a pin or t-shirt that promotes a veg lifestyle and be proud of the compassionate person that you are! 

I Love You More Than Almond Milk Pinback Button

What's your favorite veggie meal?
My favorite meal is Greens and Beans from an Isa Chandra Moskowitz cookbook. It is so simple, yet so awesome. Something about black eyed peas and collard greens (add hot sauce of course) is so comforting to me! Maybe because I like meals I can eat from a bowl, and that take under 15 minutes to prepare.

I also love Native Foods, Veggie Grill, and Hugo's Tacos in Atwater Village.

Where else can we find you?
Hopefully in the future you can find me at craft shows around LA! I am still in the infancy stages of my shop, but hope to make my mark outside of Etsy as well someday. Until then, you will find me at the Los Angeles Walk for Farm Animals or at a vegan restaurant near you!

Also, on Facebook at

Thank you Cameron for being part of the team and spreading the veggie word with your awesome (and funny) works! Make sure to check out all her goods at Eat Your VegTees!!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Tuesday's Quote from Charles Mayo

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

Monday, November 7, 2011

October's Monthly Challenge-Spooky Halloween Bash!

October's "Spooky Halloween Bash" challenge entries are in! Between now and November 10th, vote here for your favorite creation. The winning veg artisan will be featured in a prominent ad on the EtsyVeg blog for December. Yay!

A big congrats to last month's challenge winner, Megan of BrooklynLoveDesigns , 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 "Veggie Harvest" monthly challenge on the blog. And please join in the creative fun! :)

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Spotlight Seller

This week our Spotlight Seller is Tashay of Tashay Designs. She comes to us all the way from Taiwan so let's get to know her! 

Tell us a bit about yourself?
My name is Tashay and I currently live in Taiwan where vegetarian and vegan restaurants are plentiful. They even have a vegan banner outside some of the restaurants which is really helpful. I'm originally from the North/South Carolina area back in the States which I miss very much but am enjoying my current adventure. My husband and I hiked to a hot spring that ran straight into the river right by a cool is that?

Vegan or Vegetarian? How long?
I've been a vegetarian (cheese is my downfall) for around 21 years now. I still have trouble explaining to people why....I just think eating animals is gross. I'm a very laid back veggie, meaning people forget I'm a veggie because I don't make a big deal about it and I feed them yummy veggie food any chance I get (I lean towards vegan when I cook).

When did you open your shop on Etsy?
I've been an Etsy member since October of last year and have learned so much since then and I've meet some really great people. I think that Etsy is a great way to learn about business (the good, the bad, the exciting, the boring).

Grits The Way I Like 'Em Pendant
Tell us about what you sell on Etsy?
I sell jewelry here at this shop (my other shop is ADHDinspirations) that I make all by myself. My latest addition is my new foodstuffs line which I've dreamed about for years and am just getting started. I'm also teaching myself metalsmithing at home on my own. That has been a real exciting experience and I can't wait to learn more. I'm also learning about environmentally friendly ways to work with metals which has made me much more at ease about starting out in this area of jewelry making.

When you are not working on your shop, what do you do?
When I'm not working on my shop I am a housewife and have just begun tutoring some of the children at my husbands school. It's like going to school all over again...haha. My husband and I also spend our weekends exploring Taiwan by heading for the mountains for hiking, swimming at the beaches, soaking at the hot springs, walking the city streets or checking out various festivals.....there's just so much to see and do. I'm also going to be in an Expat Open Air Art Market in Taipei at the end of this month (October).

Your Lotus Moon Earrings are beautiful! Where do you get your inspiration?
My Lotus Moon earrings were inspired by Taiwan. The Moon Festival (and just the full moon in general) is very big here and so are the Lotus Ponds near our house. I decided to bring them together in my Lotus Moon earrings. I also use tea leaves from the Alishan Mountains nearby in my foodstuffs line and I'm sure I'll find some other inspirations. If you check out my blog, you'll be able to look at photographs I've taken that are labeled Inspiration.

Lotus Moon Earrings
What's your favorite veggie meal?
My favorite veggie meal is & salad (those two have always been my favorites since I was little). But I also love Indian food, Thai food and the Chinese food here in Taiwan (there's a section in my blog with food photos in the Inspiration label too).

Where else can we find you?
All the places you can find me:

*Tashay Designs - Etsy shop

*ADHDinspirations - Etsy shop

*Tashay Designs / ADHDinspirations Blog:

*Tashay Designs / ADHDinspirations Facebook Page:

Thank you so much for being part of the team!! Check out all of Tashay's beautiful work at Tashay Designs (and all of her other work above)!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

November's "Veggie Harvest" 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 November's team creative challenge!

November's Challenge

This month's theme of "Veggie Harvest". 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 November's monthly challenge forum thread and tagging that item with the tag "
veggieharvest" (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 Wednesday, November 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 "veggie harvest" 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! :)

Get ready for December's "Shimmering Ice" challenge coming up next month!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Happy World Vegan Day!

November 1st is World Vegan Day! Founded by The Vegan Society, World Vegan Day is an annual celebration of all things vegan, and vegans all over the world organise events to showcase the vegan lifestyle.

What is "vegan"?
A "vegan" is someone who chooses to live free from animal products for compassion and peace, health, the planet (or any combination of these things). A vegan diet is easy and healthy, based on fruits and vegetables, grains, beans and legumes. Vegans choose to save the lives of other living beings each time they eat or shop! They do not consume meat, fish, eggs, dairy, honey (some vegans do eat honey) or any other food that is derived from an animal or processed using animal ingredients (such as bone char used to refine some sugars and salt). Most vegans do not use or wear any products that are tested on animals or that are derived from an animal, like wool, fur, silk, and leather.

There are many great ways to honor World Vegan Day, which extends into Vegan Month throughout November- anytime during the month is an excellent time to promote veganism!

VEGANS: How to Spread the Word
Many of these ideas were taken from The Vegan Society's list of suggestions on how to promote veganism.

Hand out or drop into doors pamphlets about how to go vegan and why.

*Write letters or articles or submit news stories to magazines, local publications, newspapers, etc. about vegan living, giving the vegan perspective on an issue, or asking that the vegan perspective be considered.

*Host vegan socials or dinner parties, picnics, and potlucks for vegan and non-vegan pals.

*Lend extra personal support to someone in your life who has expressed interest in or is attempting to go vegan.

*Wear tees, buttons, and bags with a vegetarian message.

*Set up displays of vegetarian info at local grocery stores, libraries, community centers, etc.

*Organize a vegan film showing, cooking class, or public speaker and invite the public.

*Encourage your non-vegetarian friends, co-workers and family members to go meat-free by taking the
Vegan Pledge!

*And most of all, be a living, loving, compassionate example!

NON-VEGANS: How to Explore Veganism
Have you thought about trying a vegan lifestyle? Try it for one meal, one day, one week, or one month to see if being vegan is the right choice for you!

*Take the first step by taking the "Vegan Pledge!"

*Find other friends who are interested in exploring vegan living, too, and set goals together. :)

*Seek out a friend, family member or co-worker who is already vegan or vegetarian to ask for support in your own transition.

*Explore vegan websites like The Vegan Society & Vegan Outreach for information on why and how to go veg.

*Read about the benefits of living a veg lifestyle by checking out veg recipe and info books from your local library.

*Try delicious veggie foods together with with both vegan and non-vegan friends and family.

Here are just a few of EtsyVeg's favorite resources for vegan information and recipes. Check the blog throughout this month for more resources for vegan living!

Compassionate Cooks

International Vegetarian Union

Live Vegan

Post Punk Kitchen (PPK)

The Vegan Society

Vegan Outreach


Free Vegan Starter Kit

Happy World Vegan Day!

Sexy Vegans

"I may not be able to save every animal, I won't be able to change every human heart towards a more compassionate way of living, but I'm willing to try. And that's sexy." Quote from Carlyn Montes De Oca, this year's winner of PETA's Sexiest Vegetarian over 50. Read about Carlyn and Dr. Barry Taylor, this year's male Sexiest Vegetarian over 50.