Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Celebrate World Vegetarian Day!

Celebrate World Vegetarian Day and Month! Honored every October 1st since 1977, the day was founded by the North American Vegetarian Society (NAVS) and seeks to "promote the joy, compassion and life-enhancing possibilities of vegetarianism."

About one million people a year become vegetarians in the US alone, joining the countless millions worldwide who already follow vegan or veg diets! On the 1st and throughout the month of October (World Vegetarian Month), help this number to grow by spreading "awareness about the ethical, environmental, health, and humanitarian benefits" of a vegetarian lifestyle. For instance, you can:

~Get together with other veggies for a fabulous veg meal and discussions.

~Offer non-veg friends and family an opportunity to go veg for a day by sharing tasty vegetarian/vegan treats and information about the benefits of going veg (even if just for a day).

~Explore trying meat alternatives, try new recipes and spice up old favorites, or learn more about vegetarianism in other cultures.

~Learn more about the politics around vegetarian/veganism and how veg lifestyles reduce one's impact on the environment.

~Join a veg organization to build your community.

Have fun celebrating! And go spread the veggie love!

World Vegetarian Day October 1st

Quote of the Week

"People think of animals as it they were vegetables, and that is not right. We have to change the way people think of animals. I encourage the Tibetan people and all people to move toward a vegetarian diet that doesn't cause suffering." ~The Dalai Lama


Contributed by Gina of claynfiber.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Interview With TokenEmotion

Part of an ongoing interview series profiling EtsyVeg members.
Interview by Kylie of SilentLotus

Meet Annada of Etsy's TokenEmotion



Q. What do you sell in your Etsy shop?

I sell necklaces, earrings, pendants, cards, and paintings. That’s quite a variety, but hopefully my store still has some cohesion. A common thread in my work is that I try to upcycle trash and discarded items. I started by taking buttons my grandmother gave me and drilling holes in them with my husband’s drill. Something went “click!” in my brain, and I realized I could make them into earrings! Then I realized I could use larger buttons, glue pretty paper scraps to the middle, and have pendants! The rest has just taken off. Seems like the more I make, the more ideas I have. :)

Q. How did you get started creating?

I started getting messy with color when I was really young. In college, I got a B.F.A. in painting and drawing, and also did ceramics. I still paint and draw all the time. The jewelry has happened later, but then again, I was making jewelry with my grandma when I was little. I think the first jewelry I made was for my mom when my sister was born when I was five. I guess I just took a break from it and am back at it now!

Q. What other artistic tendencies do you have? Do you have other crafty/artsy skills that you already do or would like to try?

My sister just got me a soldering kit, and I’m in love with that. I solder silver vintage buttons to jump rings and make pendants. I’d love to up my soldering skills and try to make silver jewelry from precious metal clay. You need a torch for that! :) I’d eventually love to have a kiln to fire silver and clay, but that is maybe 10 years down the road.

Q. How long have you been on Etsy, and are you an Etsy addict? :)

I am a complete etsy freak. I joined last year and shopped some. The addiction didn’t start until I opened my shop in February of 2008. Now I can’t get enough! I really love the “this handmade life” section of the storque; the stories are very inspiring.

Q. What are your future plans for your shop/business?

I guess I’d like to sell enough to become self-sustaining! Since I don’t rely on this for income, I really just try to sell enough in order to continue to work and make more art. I was just accepted into my first competitive craft show, called Craft Attack, that I’m really excited about. It’s in Charlotte, NC on Oct 11th. More info at: http://www.craft-attack.com/.

Also, I’d really like to try to reduce the amount of new product I use to create things. I have a goal to someday try to only use things I’ve found or things other people have found for me. Right now, lots of my friends and family give me their trash or things they’ve found for my art. For example, my mother-in-law has boxes of extra cedar wood from a friend waiting for me. And my husband recently found discarded squares of plexi-glass on a construction site and snagged them for me. I’m not sure how I’d make pigments for painting, but I can see using only upcycled goods and reclaimed silver for my jewelry fairly soon.



Q. How long have you been vegan/vegetarian? How does being veg play into the rest of your life?

I wanted to be a vegetarian ever since I helped “prepare” chicken for Thanksgiving meals at a food bank. My job in the line was to take out the gizzards from the chicken and separate them from the body. How horrible! The kicker was that I went home and my mom had chicken noodle soup waiting for me!! I didn’t go completely vegetarian then, because my parents were concerned about me getting protein for sports. I did give up red meat then, though, and gave up all meat when I left for college. I’ve been vegetarian now for over 11 years.

For me, being vegetarian not only means treating animals more humanely, but also potentially helping to increase the food supply to starving populations. The amount of grain we use to feed livestock is unreal. Also, I try to eat only certified humane dairy products. I think once I graduate grad school and have a good income, I will be able to afford a more vegan lifestyle. I do want to say though, that I know farmers who love their animals and do their best to treat them humanely before they kill them. I respect that lifestyle too, but it isn’t the choice for me.

Being vegetarian plays a large role in the rest of my life. I think being vegetarian goes hand and hand with being eco-friendly. Both not eating meat and reducing trash can help reduce our individual impact on the planet. The goals of both are very similar. I loved the quote by Howard Lyman on our blog that said, "To consider yourself an environmentalist and still eat meat is like saying you're a philanthropist who doesn't give to charity."

Q. What is your favorite vegan/vegetarian
store/restaurant/blog/website?

I haven’t found an awesome vegetarian restaurant in Charlotte, which is a bummer. The Penguin in Charlotte has a great soy dog, and Lulu’s has some good veggie items, too. I do love Ambar India in Cincinnati, Ohio, and go whenever I can when I’m visiting my family. BTW, my husband and I have a great idea that someone should actually run with. We think a vegetarian fast food chain would be successful and is so needed! I’m so limited on car trips and can only live off of Subway veggie subs for so long.


Tuesday, September 23, 2008

We CAN Change the World

Quote of the Week

The following quote is in honor of this past Sunday's International Day of Peace and upcoming October 1st World Vegetarian Day.

'Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.' ~Margaret Mead

Contributed by Gina of claynfiber.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Imagination

Quote of the Week

The quotes are short this week, so I'm including two! I think they work well together.

The world of reality has its limits; the world of imagination is boundless. ~ Jean-Jacques Rousseau (philosopher from the 1700's)

Imagination is more important than knowledge. ~ Albert Einstein


Contributed by Gina of claynfiber.

Interview with JBirkemeierPhoto

Part of an ongoing interview series profiling EtsyVeg members.
Interview by Kylie of SilentLotus

Meet Julie of Etsy's JBirkemeierPhoto
http://JBirkemeierPhoto.etsy.com



Julie's fabulous eye for the intricate and deep appreciation for all of the tiny things that create true, remarkable beauty make her photos alluringly unbelievable!

Q. Etsy is a unique blend of artists with many different creative styles and approaches. What is your own "philosophy" or approach to creativity?

A. Well, I'm first and foremost a photographer. I have been for the past 8 years, but haven't gotten serious about selling my work until this
year. What I love about photography (I especially play around with macro) is that it forces me to look at and study every day things that I would not have otherwise noticed. I have a planter of marigolds on my front porch that I used to pass by without a second thought every time I left my apartment. Then I put a macro lens up to the flowers and was amazed by all the contours and layers of the petals. I spent a good half hour with them, and then went back a few more times (I even found a tiny, tiny spider that I watched until the sun set!). Now I pass by that planter with appreciation for all of the beauty it contains. I hope that my photography will do the same thing for other people, in that they really take a moment to think about all the intricate things around them and how amazing our world really is.


Q. What do you sell in your Etsy shop?
A. I sell my fine art prints, and I just launched a line of coasters handmade from my prints and ceramic tile. In the next few weeks I'll also begin selling handmade notecards, which I am QUITE excited about! After someone receives their note, they can hang the card on a bulletin board or frame it as a mini piece of art!

Q. What other artistic tendencies do you have? Do you have other crafty/artsy skills that you already do or would like to try?

A. Every once in awhile I try to draw. I was decent in high school, but have lost the skill. It's frustrating, because I can't just let my drawings be what they are. I get too distracted by thinking that they're not amazing. Last year I reupholstered an arm chair, which actually turned out semi successfully. I want to take sewing classes soon, because I think it'd be really great to be able to make clothes, purses, skirts, etc. I also REALLY want to learn how to use a gocco--but, again, the drawing thing.

Q. How long have you been on Etsy, and are you an Etsy addict? :)

A. I have been on Etsy since March 2008 (sadly, still awaiting my first sale) and am a total addict. I love reading Storque articles (especially seller interviews), browsing random areas like the Time Machine, and seeing all the amazing things people are making--and there really are some amazing items out there.


Q. What are your future plans for your shop/business?A. I am in my very first craft fair at the end of this month, and I'm so excited to explore that leg of my crafting career. If anyone lives in the St. Louis area, the fair is the Strange Folk Festival in O'Fallon, IL on Sept. 27 and 28! There is also another fair I want to try to get into toward the end of the year. I'm really hoping this will kind of jump start my online presence after I pass out as many business cards and coupons as I can! I have this fantasy that in a couple of years I can get out of the commercial photography world, where I currently assist and do digital clean up. I've always vowed to use my talents to help others, so I hope to do photography for local animal shelters and homeless shelters. And I would love to make enough from selling my work that I could donate to charities, too.

Q. How long have you been vegan/vegetarian? How does being veg play into the rest of your life?

A. I've been vegetarian for a little over three years now. I actually maintain a vegan diet most of the time, but sometimes find myself in vegetarian situations. I eat dairy probably a couple times a month, so I guess I can't quite call myself vegan. I try hard though! Being vegetarian has made me a lot more aware of animal rights issues. Like factory farming--how can people actually support that filth? I remember shooting at a dairy farm one time. I expected the cows to be free range, and they weren't. The cows couldn't really move around all that much. I remember seeing documents charting when the cows were ready for artificial insemination again and thinking that they just seemed like little machines. I think about that experience when I need motivation to stay on the vegan path.

Q. What is your favorite vegan/vegetarian store/restaurant/blog/website?

I don't love cooking, but when I do want to make something I like getting recipes from VegCooking.com. All of the recipes are able to become vegan, if they're not totally vegan already.


Julie's kitties: Francis and Sherman

Yay for New Members!

A big, fat welcome to our newest veggies! Go check out their vegelicious shops!

AnaNg - trophy produce, wall art, and custom jewelry

BellytoBaby - natural products for moms & babies

caramellatte101 - kawaii and other pretty accessories & jewelry

JulieWebb - photo blocks and cards

KrugsEcoLogic - all natural soaps, lotions, and B & B products

kunklebaby - handcrafted childrens items

ladonnae - stone and upcycled jewelry, original paintings, and vintage items

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Art and Soul

Quote of the Week

As I'm sure each of you enjoy reading the wonderful quotes at the end of Kylie's email or posts, I too am a fan of her quotes and chose one from a recent email as a reminder of why we create and appreciate art.....

"Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one. "
~Stella Adler

Thank you Kylie! (www.silentlotus.etsy.com) Thank you Stella!


Contributed by Gina of claynfiber.

September's Monthly Challenge- Join in!

You are cordially invited to play, get more involved with the team, get inspired, share your talent, and take advantage of some free promotion!

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 to raise awareness about the rights of animals to live free of exploitation. This month's theme is "Patriotism," or if you're in a country nearing an election, "Craft the Vote."

So get your flags waving and forge ahead into creating your patriotic pieces, whatever that means for you. Happy creating! :D

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*Challenge Guidelines:*

~Participation is open to any EtsyVeg team member. Members of CrueltyFreeEtsy and VeganEtsy are also invited to join (spread the word).

~Entry involves simply posting applicable items in your shop with the tag "Patriotic" (all one word, and without the quotations). It helps if you have your entry tagged with "etsyveg" or "etsyveg team" as well.

~Deadline for entry is September 30th.

~One entry per participant will be featured in the EtsyVeg blog at the beginning of October.

~All team members (not just participants) are invited throughout September to initiate forum threads about the challenge, make treasuries by doing a tag search for "Patriotic" (again, without the quotes) 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!)

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The Challenge themes for the next three months have already been decided- keep them in mind and let your creative tendencies be inspired ahead:
October- "Halloween"
November- "Harvest/Vegecopia"
December- "Holiday Magic"

~*Have fun!*~

Monday, September 8, 2008

Interview with Asacco9642

Part of an ongoing interview series profiling EtsyVeg members.
Interview by Kylie of
SilentLotus

Meet Amanda
of Etsy's Asacco9642 (a.k.a. "Vegan Propamanda")

Amanda specializes in delectable vegan deliciousness. Her shop feedback is full of raves about her creative talents, fed by a true love of baking. The pictures of her goodies speak for themselves...

Q. What do you sell in your Etsy shop?

Vegan baked goods. Mostly cookies, but occasionally brownies and bars.


Q. What are your creative inspirations?

Any kind of cookie that I was a fan of pregan [prior to becoming vegan], I try to make a vegan version.


Q. What other artistic tendencies do you have? Do you have other crafty/artsy skills that you already do or would like to try?

I also really like photography, sewing, and knitting. I don't have a lot of patience, so things like drawing and painting always seem to make me kind of nuts. I would love to be able to draw well, though.

Q. What would you like to try to make, that you haven't already? What is your dream project?

I would love to have more patience with candy. Kit Kats... Three Musketeers... those are on my list.

Q. Do you have any other hobbies/interests/passions?


I read. A lot. I like taking pictures and going on road trips. I love knitting, and I wish I had the time and money to just knit all day long.


Q. What is the last recipe you made? What are your food vices or cravings?

I made scrambled tofu with greens and yams for dinner last night. It's a tester recipe from Isa Chandra Moskowitz's new brunch book. It's was so easy and so yummy! I go through phases with cravings. Lately, I've been wanting cream soda floats. For a while last summer, I put
avocados on everything. I really like having hot chocolate made with rice milk before bed. Even when it's hot and humid, I need my hot chocolate.

Q. What is your favorite vegan/vegetarian store/restaurant/blog/website?

Store: Herbivore!

Restaurant: Candle 79. mmmm... piccata...

Blog: there are so many vegan blogs now... i guess i read "Get Sconed!" with the most consistency. Jess is awesome.

Website: the ppk

Sunday, September 7, 2008

AugustChallenge's A+ Entries!

As Fall approaches, so does the start of the new school year. For August's Challenge, participants entered crafty creations that followed a "Back2School" theme. Study the following gold-star challenge entries by members of EtsyVeg, CrueltyFreeEtsy, and VeganEtsy:
















by aktie9


Keep an eye out for information on September's challenge coming soon!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Go Green = Go Vegetarian

Quote of the Week

'To consider yourself an environmentalist and still eat meat is like saying you're a philanthropist who doesn't give to charity' ~Howard Lyman~

An interesting bio about Howard Lyman can be found at wikipedia as well as a few other places online.


Contributed by Gina of claynfiber.