Thursday, May 31, 2007

A Makeshift Treasury

I keep trying to get a treasury spot so I can do another EtsyVeg treasury, but I haven't had any luck. So I'm going to post one here instead. Here are some fabulous offerings from some of our talented member artists! Click away...

Strange Giraffe necklace
by brokedownbarn

Art Nouveau Hanging Gardens Necklace
by calyxann

Snuggle Bunny T Shirt Red Youth Medium
by hobocampcrafts

Kitty or Small Dog Bowls
by magicforestcreations

hummingbird pin
by neverfeltbetter

Funky Crazy Critters
by RunAliceRun

Measuring Tape Xara Wristlet
by zakiyaa

Friday, May 18, 2007

Meet Tamara McFarland...EtsyVeg Founder

The first of an ongoing series of interviews profiling EtsyVeg members.
Interview by Jeanette of vesselsandwares and vegandish

How can you not be inspired to create beautiful works of art when this is the view from your front porch?

Tamara lives in Humboldt County, California (northwest California, on the Pacific Coast, near the Redwood Forest), with her husband (Matt), son (Carlos, 18 months) and three dogs, and doesn't plan on leaving soon. Her family is nearby and she loves it. (Why wouldn't she.....just look at that sunset!)

Tamara has been vegan for about 5 years and was vegetarian for 10-12 years prior to that. Check out her blog for some great vegan recipes and photos of Carlos (way cute kid.)

Q. I had GardenBurger (newly vegan! yea!) Breaded Chicken Patties for dinner with steamed broccoli. From your blog, I gather you enjoy cooking. What did you have for dinner?
A. I do enjoy cooking, but time has been in short supply lately so I haven't been cooking as much as I'd like. Tonight we actually took my grandma out to dinner for a belated Mother's Day celebration. We went to a Mexican restaurant and I had a burrito with beans, rice, potatoes, and guacamole.

Q. Do you miss anything that isn't vegetarian/vegan?
A. Until recently, I missed 'real' ice cream, but fortunately, I have *finally* found vegan ice cream that is (I think) just as good as dairy ice cream - I think it's called Purely Decadent. The best flavors are cookie avalanche and mint chip! Yum!!! (Jeanette: Tamara is right. This stuff is awesome, if you haven't tried it you need favorite is Cherry Nirvana)

Q. What is your favorite vegetarian restaurant/store/website?
A. We don't have too many veg restaurants here in my rural corner of the world, but when we are in the SF bay area I love to find veg-friendly Ethiopian and Indian restaurants. And Herbivore (in SF) is great. As for stores/websites, I shop at fairly often. They are great people (and they carry some of my jewelry-yay!).

I met Tamara (probably the same way many other etsyVeg-ers did) when she put together a Treasury on etsy for the etsyVeg group. Since then, it seems like every time I go into the treasury she has one. For that alone, I give her props. I can never seem to get one (probably because I have no patience.) But then I learned about everything else Tamara does. Now I give her double props.

Q. How long have you been making jewelry?
A. I've only been seriously making jewelry with intentions of selling it for about a year and a half. But I've always dabbled in different kinds of crafts - sewing, quilting, painting, cross-stitch, knitting, etc.

Q. What/who inspires you in your work?
A. A lot of things and people inspire me... my family, my dogs, my garden, the Pacific Ocean and the redwoods where we live... as far as other jewelry artists who inspire me, I would say definitely Eni Oken, and also Dana Kellin.

Q. How long have you been on etsy?
A. I opened my jewelry shop in the Fall of 2006 and my bead shop just a couple of months ago. I've only been super-active for about the last 3-4 months - before that I would say I just dabbled in Etsy. Now I'm submerged.

Q. You run 2 etsy shops. Be honest. Which is your favorite? I assume it is the one with your jewelry, but maybe you really enjoy the supply aspect.
A. Well, I enjoy them each for different reasons. I get a lot of satisfaction from making jewelry, and from knowing that other people get enjoyment from it, but it can be frustrating not selling as much as I would like. Etsy is a very competitive place for everyone, but especially for jewelry makers. So my jewelry sales are fewer and farther between, but when I do get them, I am especially appreciative and excited. My bead shop, on the other hand, has been open for less than 2 months and I've already sold 200 items... so I enjoy the excitement of more regular sales, and being able to meet more people through my transactions.

Q. You also maintain a blog, a website, a marriage and a friggin' adorable little boy. Is it a challenge?
A. Um, YES. :-) It is very challenging at times, no doubt about it, but my husband has a pretty good work schedule and spends a lot of time with our son, and my mom is local and babysits sometimes. Then there are naptimes and after-bedtimes... I stay up until midnight pretty regularly.

Q. Do you set aside specific times for creating, blogging, etsy-ing?
A. Not really, but I think I might need to start doing that. Sometimes I get sucked into etsy-ing when I really should be creating, organizing, or going outside and playing with Carlos.

Q. Are you a full-time mom, etsyian, blogger, business-owner or do you do all that and have a "straight" job too?
A. Yep, I'm a full-time mom and jewelry maker - no more, no less. :-) Until a little over a year ago, I worked as a bookkeeper/accountant. I did that for about 10 years and finally had my fill. Way more than my fill actually. I don't know how I ended up in that profession - it was stifling! It's a great relief to not do that anymore. We've had to make some lifestyle adjustments, since jewelry making doesn't pay much at this point, but it's been worth it.

Q. Do you do craft shows?
A. Yes, occasionally. I did more before Carlos came home in December (we adopted him from Guatemala; he was born in October 2005 and came home with us in December 2006), but since then I've had to scale back. I just did my first show since Carlos has been home a couple of weeks ago and it went well but it was hard being away from him so much for 2-1/2 days. It will get easier when he's a little older.

Q. Any other crafts you want to share?
A. I do still like to knit but simply haven't had time for anything other than jewelry and finger painting lately.

Q. How addicted are you to etsy?
A. Very.

Tamara's workspace

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

The Question Painting by Michele

I think this fits well with our team! :)
I have Cards and Prints in my Etsy shop,
10% goes to animal charities, enjoy!
Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

So cute!

One of our members, atomicglassworks, was inspired to create this adorable pendant to commemorate her membership in etsyVeg. I love it! Anyone else have etsyVeg-inspired items?

V is for vegetarian or vegan or...

Well on our way...

Thought you guys might like to see how the hits on our blog have spiked... I'd say we're well on our way to TOTAL WORLD DOMINATION.



Hi folks, I was going through the member list in the Google group and noticed that a lot of people (the vast majority, in fact) are set up as 'no mail' - I'm just curious whether you guys log into the group from time to time to read posts or if you prefer to just be semi-inactive members? I'm not saying it's a problem if you want that, I'd just like to get a feel for what your preferences are, and am wondering what the most effective way is to get information to the group - posting here on the blog? Google group? Post in the forums? Or perhaps all of the above if it's important information? Please leave a comment and let me know your thoughts on communication preferences. :-)


PS - I added several new members today - browse the shops in the sidebar and take a look at all of these talented veg-heads!

Monday, May 14, 2007

Banner Swap :)

Hi everyone! Banner Swap!
I'd love to swap banners, is mine for my shop:

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
& Etsy for Animals: Artists Helping Animals

Convo me at mvegan5 thru etsy to share :)

Another etsyVeg Treasury!

I just put together a new treasury featuring work by our fabulous etsyVeg artists. You can visit it here for the next couple of days:

Friday, May 11, 2007


Hi EtsyVeggies!
Let's all tag our items with etsyveg for easy searching for each other and for sellers to find us :)
Thanks Michelle, glad you like the salad bowl. :-)

I've been busy adding lots of new members; that first treasury really generated a lot of interest. Anyone up for creating another?

Please take a moment to check out all of our awesome member shops in the sidebar!

If anyone else would like to be added as an author on this blog, let me know - Michele taught me how to add extra people - yay!

Take care, all my veggie friends.

(BestBeads & McFarlandDesigns)

PS - I have yummy vegan recipes on my blog!

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Yay EtsyVeg!

I am so happy to be part of this awesome new group, thank you bestbeads (Tamara) for putting this together, love the logo with the salad! I'd love for everyone to come check out my Animal and Nature inspired Cards, Prints, Paintings, and Jewelry, 10% goes to a different animal charity each month. Also, check out one of the group I started, Etsy for Animals (EFA): Artists Helping Animals: I have a flickr page: and a myspace page: and I'd love to be friends/contacts with everyone here! I'd also be happy to swap banners with everyone and will post yours on my myspace page. :) Michele

Saturday, May 5, 2007

This morning I put together the first of what I hope will be many etsyVeg treasuries. You can view it at for the next couple of days; after that, it will be nothing but a sweet memory.