Friday, February 27, 2009

New Members Make Us Even More Awesome!

Check out these talented new members and give them a big welcome to the team!

bmae514 (Lauren)- greeting cards and accessories

carameldiezel (Carmen)-
hand-knitted kids hats, booties & sweaters, and blankets

CreamBakery (Amber)- vegan baked goodies

dandee (Andee)-
cards, switchplates, bags, silk screened clothing and accessories

HappySouls/ mymitosis (Brittany)-
animal-friendly felted wool/ science-inspired stationary

honeybunbakery (Sarah)- vegan baked goods

knightimecreations (April)- Jewelry and much more!

naturalartist (Bethanne)-

original paintings, prints, jewelry, and items for pets

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Panda Works Her Treasury Magic on Etsy, too!


Thanks, Lisa, for always looking out for the team!

Someone's In the Kitchen with the Veggies

An EtsyVeg treasury...






























For more unique and wonderful goods, shop our teams's Crafty Veggie Marketplace!

The Hungry Vegetarian

No Lettuce Salad (vegan)

Because there's no lettuce in this salad, it'll keep longer, even with salad dressing on it.

Ingredients:
1 big cucumber
2 plum tomatoes
1 can whole olives
1 can garbanzo beans (chick peas)

Directions:
Use a vegetable peeler to slice "speed marks" up the sides of the cucumber before slicing it into rounds. Cube and seed the tomatoes. Drain the olives and garbanzo beans, and combine everything together.

If this sounds boring, add a little feta cheese.

I like to put all the ingredients together in a plastic container, add dressing, and shake! Stay tuned -- next week I'll give you my recipe for carrot/ginger dressing.

Recipe by FriendlyTaco of Chiyogami Creations.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

EtsyVeg Member Goes Radio!

EtsyVeg member Connie, of Etsy's DirtyFootprints, recently took on an exciting new endeavor- the Dirty Footprints Studio Talk radio show on blogtalkradio.com! The artist and writer behind the Dirty Footprints Studio blog, Connie "loves to support and be inspired by other Artists and Creative Souls." She began the radio show, each of which focuses on a conversation/interview with an individual artist/blogger, to create an opportunity to speak with these individuals and to share their personal journey of creativity and Art with others. She wants people to "listen to be inspired!"

So what's it like to be a radio show host? Connie says, "I get nervous the first ten minutes before going on, but once I start talking to my guests, that all fades away. I feel more like I'm actually having a phone conversation with them. It's totally fun!"

Connie is taking her support of creative folks even further by having sponsors for each show, giving artists another great chance to spread the word about their work and their shop!


Dirty Footprints Studio Talk airs live, every other Sunday at 9AM MT for 45 minutes. Listeners are welcome to call in with their comments and questions to (646) 727-3034, or to comment the live chat that happens during each episode by going to show's site. There is a list of upcoming shows and links to listen to past shows on Connie's blog
.

Email Connie for more information about the show or about how to be a sponsor.

Good luck with your show, Connie! We're all proud of you! :)

Member 'Pet of the Week' with SquareWare

MEET SAMMY
(companion of Carrie of
squareware)

Carrie writes:
This is Sammy, he's a Ticked Tabby with a little bit of Siamese in him. I adopted him from the SPCA 3 years ago and love him to bits!







Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Spay Day 1 Day Specials- Shop Today!

Support Spay 2009 Day Today!

Members of Etsy teams Etsy for Animals (EFA) and EtsyVeg have joined together in support of Spay Day 2009. Many of our Etsy shops are offering a ‘Spay Day 1 Day Special' on Tuesday, February 24, to donate to our favorite or local animal non-profit organizations, and to bring attention to this very important life saving message. And many shops are offering a chance for shoppers to save!

Shop now, and support animals and Spay Day efforts!

Project Vintage- A Treasury

Who says "vintage" is outdated? Check out these classic-turned-fabulous vintage & upcycled creations...




































For more unforgettable handmade and vintage finds, shop our teams's Crafty Veggie Marketplace!

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Nothing more strongly arouses our disgust than cannibalism, yet we make the same impression on Buddhists and vegetarians, for we feed on babies, though not our own.

~Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)

Monday, February 23, 2009

FEBRUARY GIVEAWAY- "A Floral Affair" CONTEST CLOSED


EtsyVeg's February giveaway is on!


In this month's "A Floral Affair" giveaway, EtsyVeg is offering the chance to win a 'basket' of fabulous handmade creations from our talented team members!


Winner will receive:


a handmade pillow by KnittyKrissy



a set of four fine art photo notecards created by JBirkemeierPhoto




two bars of handmade soap (Juniper Mint & Gingerbread) from BohemianRose



a light switch plate made by SweetWolf


How to enter? Just visit one of the shops listed under a giveaway item above
, choose your favorite creation, and comment here with both the link to that item and a reason you like it. It's that easy! Better yet, for each shop you visit and comment about, you get one entry- that means up to 4 chances to win!


The contest will close at 12 midnight EST on Sunday, March 8th. Winner will be randomly selected, and notified on Wednesday, March 11th. Good luck!


Look for our next giveaway this time in March! :)

Panda Picks: Crafty Creations from Etsyveg Members

Spring! Not quite here yet outside, but it has arrived in this week's Panda Picks.
My own paper and fabric crafts can be found at pandawithcookie.















Saturday, February 21, 2009

Interview with MidnightRabbits/Veganessa

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

Meet 'Kim' of Etsy's MidnightRabbits & Veganessa




For Kim, being vegan is deeply spiritual, which, combined with her creative talent and admirable sewing skills, makes for two shops filled with fun and inspired, tempting vegan creations!


Q. What do you sell in your Etsy shop?

At the moment I sell bags and accessories, but I would like to expand into clothing in the future. My main skill is sewing, so anything stitched is possible. I also make plushies and catnip toys when the mood strikes me.

I went to fashion college, and have worked in costume in theatre and television, so I love OTT creations.

Q. What are your creative inspirations?

Theatrical costumes and films! I loved the costumes in Elizabeth: the Golden Age- how I would have loved to have worked on them.

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

I have 5 cats and 3 dogs. They take up quite a bit of time. The dogs always need their walk before I’ll even think about anything I might want to do for the day, so they keep me quite busy.

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

I joined Etsy about 18 months ago. It took a while to work out how it all worked. I was fascinated by the forums and chat and the whole community spirit of it. I have met some wonderful people who have become my ‘Etsy friends’. When I found Etsy for Animals (EFA), it was fabulous. I could combine my two passions – creating and helping animals. Since then, I’ve joined Etsyveg, Vegan Etsy, Cruelty Free Etsy (CFE), & Handmade4Hounds.


Q. Is etsy a large part of your business? How else do you market your work?

I am a Support Worker for homeless people in my "day job". I create things in my "own time". I have a shop at DaWanda and Folksy, but they are very small. I have a blog, and accounts on MySpace Flickr, Twitter. These are the ones that spring to mind, and that I use more frequently. I also have an Indiepublic account, but haven’t gotten around to figuring it out. Lately I’m so getting into my blog it’s becoming an addiction.

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

I just opened a second shop on Etsy, called veganessa . This one is more about promoting veganism, and sells goods with words and slogans.

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

I have been Vegan for about 23 years. I consider myself a Spiritual Vegan, as it is rooted in every part of my living being. I am strict about my veganism and check and ask questions- it is everything I do and am.

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

I recently posted a recipe on my blog for Sweet and Spicy Root Soup. I’m always saying I should write my recipes down when I make something I like so I can make it again, but this is the first time I’ve kept a record of what goes into it. It was delicious, if I say so myself.

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

I love Café Kino in Bristol, a city about 40 miles away. It’s all Vegan and it’s such a pleasure to be able to go to a café and pick anything off the menu, without having to look for the "vegan" option.