Sunday, January 29, 2012

Spotlight Seller

This week our Spotlight Seller is Cori of PeaceBabyBatiks! Let's get to know our new member more!

Tell us a bit about yourself?My name is Cori, and I live in Maryland, just south of DC. I'm a stay-at-home mom to my four-year old son. Most of the time, he and I play cars, pretend we're in space, or enjoy the sandbox and our local parks. I do most of my crafting when he's asleep or otherwise occupied. I'm lucky that my husband is supportive of my Etsy ventures, from watching our son while I do craft shows to building things for me to coming up with clever designs. Before becoming a mom, I worked in online journalism.

Vegan or Vegetarian? How long?
I've been a vegetarian almost 18 years, with a year in there of being vegan. We're also raising our son vegetarian. He loves tofu. :)

When did you open your shop on Etsy?
I opened Peace, Baby! Batiks in November 2009.

Batik Baby Bodysuit

Tell us about what you sell on Etsy?
I make batik infant and children's clothing. I also have a few items for bigger kids and adults, but I really love to create cute things for little ones the most. I love batik because the wax cracks differently every time, and the dye never takes the same way twice. It's fun to make and find cute designs and using the brightest colors I can find. When I can, I buy and dye quality secondhand bodysuits and other garments. One of my goals for 2012 is to start offering American-made T-shirts.

When you are not working on your shop, what do you do?
I enjoy hanging out with my son and husband, of course, and I also love cooking, movies, reading, politics, scrapbooking, and baseball. 

Batik Kid's T-Shirt

Where do you get your inspiration?
I find inspiration all over the place. My son and husband are always giving me ideas, and I often see design ideas as I shop or hang out at the playground. I've gotten ideas from TV or from places my son and I visit. Customers are also a great source of inspiration -- it's fun to do something unique and custom for someone. Some of their ideas have made it into my regular design rotation.

What's your favorite veggie meal?
Anything Indian, but especially vegetable korma, rice, naan, and samosas.

Where else can we find you?

Thanks for being part of the team!! Make sure to check out all of her colorful creations at  PeaceBabyBatiks!! Also, keep an eye out for Cori on this very blog, posting about kid's crafts and recipes!!

*If you want to be featured in an upcoming Spotlight Seller please convo BunnysBakedGoods on etsy for more information!* 

Friday, January 27, 2012

Friday Finds - Spring Fun

It's been a while since I've done a Friday Finds blog post! Winter has been so nice where I live that I am already feeling a little springy. So here are some fun EtsyVeg items to get everyone in a spring mood. Enjoy.

Spring Sunshine - jewelry trinket box mini chest of drawers - pink, yellow, white - OOAK from LuniqueUK

Early Spring - Original Acrylic Painting on Canvas - Framed by jensartshop

Tomato earrings by thelittleschremlin

Green Clover and Aloe Soap from AndLive

Yellow and Green Heart Ring by LeanDogPottery

Tiny Butterfly Necklace in Silver by Lulubugjewelry

Daffodil flower origami - set of 3 in blue box etsy by thestichandfold

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Butternut Squash Soup

I love butternut squash, and whenever I have one, this is my go-to recipe. It doesn't hurt that it's one of the few soups my four-year-old son will eat. That, and it really couldn't be easier! Pair with a crusty bread and a salad for a light meal for a chilly night.

Taking care of the squash is the hardest part of this butternut squash soup recipe, which I got from the side of a Silk carton a couple of years ago. I’ll tell you right now – I don’t peel and chop winter squashes anymore unless I absolutely have to. I have zero interest in fighting with the tough skins, and I’ve cut myself with the knife more than once. Instead, I bake them. Slice the squash in half, scoop out the seeds, and bake skin up on a greased cookie sheet at 350 degrees. This can take 30-60 minutes (or more) depending on the type and size of the squash. But, it is way less frustrating than peeling it. It just means you need to plan ahead a little.

Let the squash cool, and from there you can easily scoop the squash out of its shell with a spoon. On thicker-shelled squash, you can sometimes just lift the shell off of the squash. (I did that once with a pumpkin, and it was totally cool.)

Creamy Butternut Squash Soup

3c chunked butternut squash
3c vegetable stock
1 clove of garlic, halved
1c soymilk
Pinch of ground ginger
Salt and pepper to taste

Simmer the squash and garlic in the stock for 10 minutes. Puree in a blender, food processor, or with a hand blender, and return to the pan. Add milk and ginger. Reheat, and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Spotlight Seller

Welcome back to the EtsyVeg Spotlight Seller! This week features Super Sock of Polyester10!!

Tell us a bit about yourself...
Name: Socks :) Location, bay area, California. I'm a fan or originality. I believe in Karma, and I'm thankful to be a part of a team who cares so deeply for animal welfare. I have loved animals since I can remember, and spent years planning to be a vet...all of this came to an abrupt change after volunteering for years in a wildlife shelter. I felt tremendous loss when animals couldn't be saved--and focused my education towards research...I have a huge respect for all the animal kingdom, especially after using the smallest fruit fly as a neurological platform to help humans. After years of research (invertebrates to small vertebrates), I couldn't harm even a fly. I hope one day humans will all appreciate the beautiful details of each organism, and how truly similar we all are to one another. I became vegetarian without even glancing back after being a researcher. I believe in science and progress, but I also believe in animal rights and will always promote their well-being and humane treatment from shelters to homes. I would like to maintain a household of rescued animals. Who knows, maybe one day I will open a no-kill clinic for unwanted pets and strays :)

Vegan or Vegetarian? How long?
I have been Vegetarian for 11 years.

When did you open your shop on Etsy?
Feb 7 2011 
Send in the Sumo A-Team Wallet

Tell us about what you sell on Etsy?
Anything that will make perpetual kids like me, feel bright and happy.
I recycle comics and upgrade former toys into flash drives so the superheroes can be put to daily use. I also make one-of-a-kind, functional sculptures and art pieces, like hand made suitcases from recycled bike parts and wooden frames, and robot speakers inspired by transformers that can be aesthetically and functionally very appealing. I use anything from metal, plastic, wood, and acrylics to create functional art.

When you are not working on your shop, what do you do?
I'm a fan of coffee and cookies at any hour of the day. I'm usually cleaning the mess of one of my pets, only to find a fresh new one... :)

1960's 16GB Batmobile Flashdrive

Where do you get your inspiration? 
Eighties cartoons and comics. Why should we stop believing in aiming to have superpowers to do super good for the world?

What's your favorite veggie meal?
aren't cookies a meal?

Where else can we find you? 
You will find me holding piles of cookies in the snack aisles with a shameless grin. 

Thanks Socks you are a real super hero!! Make sure to tune into Polyester10!  

*If you want to be featured in an upcoming Spotlight Seller please convo BunnysBakedGoods on etsy for more information!*  

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

January's Fresh Start 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 January's team creative challenge!

January's Challenge

Our theme is Fresh Start! It's a new year and that means a new, fresh
start! You are welcome to join in with any item you feel represents a
"fresh start!" The theme is very subjective. It can be ANY item that
you feel fits that theme! Any color, style, shape or any other thing
that fits that theme is welcome to be entered!

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


*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 January's monthly
challenge forum thread and tagging that item with the tag
"freshstart" (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 January 29th.

~All entries will be featured in a treasury on the EtsyVeg blog at the
beginning of 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 "freshstart"
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 magglepie, or send an email to


The EtsyVeg Monthly Challenge is meant to inspire, recognize, and
promote team members and our shops; to spread the word about vegan/
vegetarian lifestyles and living consciously; and to raise awareness
about the ease of eco-friendly living and the rights of animals to
live free of exploitation.

~*Happy creating!*~

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Tuesday's Quote

 This continues to be one of my favorite quotes. Do you have a favorite quote?

"I have from an early age abjured the use of meat, and the time will come when men such as I look upon the murder of animals as they now look upon the murder of men."
-- Leonardo da Vinci

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Spotlight Seller

This week's Spotlight Seller is new to the EtsyVeg Team! Let's welcome Maria of RootWisdom!

Tell us a bit about yourself?
My name is Maria and I live in central Connecticut. I am a musician, artist, gardener, healer, herbalist, teacher, student, sister, daughter, and friend. I am very much involved with animal rescue and I have been volunteering at a wonderful cat rescue located in Middletown,CT called CATALES, Inc. ( for the past 7 years. I am also a happy mama to 6 rescue cats and 2 African water frogs.

Vegan or Vegetarian? How long?
I have been vegan for the past 8 1/2 years and I was vegetarian for about 2 years before that. 

When did you open your shop on Etsy?
About 4 months ago!

Koala Crochet Hat
Tell us about what you sell on Etsy?
So far I sell Organic soaps, Coconut Wax candles, and Crochet Animal hats. I am in the process of adding many more crochet items as well as a lot of herbal related items such as flower essences, tinctures, dream pillows, etc. As well as some of my fine art work. 

When you are not working on your shop, what do you do?
I play guitar in a band and I play the piano. I love to ride my bike. I also love to garden, read, forage for wild edible and medicinal plants, cook, bake, and hang out with my feline pals.

Coconut Wax Large Votive
Where do you get your inspiration?
I strive to live my life in harmony with nature according to our Great Earth Mother. She guides and inspires me in all that I do!

What's your favorite veggie meal?
I have way too many favorites but my current new favorite meal that I just concocted is a soy free, vegan omelet! SOOO GOOD!! :)

Where else can we find you?
Some of my items are located at an awesome clothing and art boutique located in Torrington, CT called Brazen Betties.

Welcome to the team! We can't wait to see Maria's shop grow and prosper!!! Don't forget to check in at RootWisdom to see the rest of Maria's creations!

*If you want to be featured in an upcoming Spotlight Seller please convo BunnysBakedGoods on etsy for more information!* 

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Tuesday's Quote

This seems like a good quote to help guide us into a new year ... I hope everyone's New Year is starting off on a good healthy path!

"Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence". 
-Vince Lombardi

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Spotlight Seller

Hope everyone had a Happy New Year! And welcome back to the Spotlight Seller! This week Lida of The Crafty Bandit is featured!

Tell us a bit about yourself?
I'm Lida Avery from Portland, OR. I love making arts and crafts and during the day I teach middle school reading and art! I have 2 amazing children (5 and 2).

Vegan or Vegetarian? How long?
I'm currently vegetarian...I was vegan for about 3 years. Now i toggle back and forth between the two...I mostly eat vegan, but 'cheat' occassionally.Overall, I've been vegetarian/vegan for about 16 years!

When did you open your shop on Etsy?
I opened my shop over a year ago. 

Stoneware Pinch Pot Sea Monster 
Tell us about what you sell on Etsy?  
I sell all sorts of stuff...prints, ceramics, stuffed toys, illustrations, clothing.

When you are not working on your shop, what do you do?  
I like to knit and play piano in my spare time when I'm not doing Etsy...I love hanging out with the kids too of course...and biking!

Where do you get your inspiration? 
I get my inspiration from my children...I think about things they'd like and try to make it geared more towards children, but adults can enjoy too. 

Black Owl Relief Print
What's your favorite veggie meal? 
My favorite veggie meal...hmm that's hard! I love anything really! Homestyle cooking best.

Where else can we find you? 
My website is : 

2 kids, teaches, and makes amazing art work, I am impressed!!! Thanks Lida for being part of the team!! Make sure to check out Lida's awesome shop at The Crafty Bandit!! 

*If you want to be featured in an upcoming Spotlight Seller please convo BunnysBakedGoods for more information!* 

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Tuesday's Quote

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
—Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929–1968)