Monday, November 30, 2009

A Dollar for Peace

Every year there are millions of people who go with little to no food, suffering from hunger, and often malnutrition as a result. In a struggling world economy, the numbers continue to grow. There are 25,000 people every day who die from hunger-related causes. Luckily, many organizations and programs work to provide food for people who do not have enough.

Food Not Bombs, is an organization that seeks to do just that. Run entirely by volunteers, Food Not Bombs activists believe having basic needs like hunger met is a right, not a privilege. Food Not Bombs is founded on the belief that "no one should be without food in a world so richly provided with land, sun, and human ingenuity" and that "the world produces enough food to feed everyone, if distributed equally."

Food Not Bombs' A Dollar for Peace campaign centers around being able to provide about 4 meals for as little as $1.00. They have roughly 400 chapters around the world (new ones sprout up every day) that provide free healthy, sustainable vegetarian and vegan meals weekly meals in over 1,000 cities around the world to people who would otherwise not have any or adequate food. They often utilize food that would otherwise have been thrown away as waste by grocers and bakeries to nourish the homeless and hungry, day care centers, and families of workers on strike. Through providing food for people, they are making sure those people are taken care of in some small way.

"No consideration of money, no demand for profit, should stand in the way of any hungry or malnourished child or any adult in need," according to Food Not Bombs. They want to make this message clear by setting up to distribute meals in very visible places. Yet they do much more than nourish the hungry, also seeking to empower and sustain progessive movements. Their meals also feed people at important social justice events around the globe like peace rallies, environmental and animal rights demonstrations, striking auto workers in Korea, and Peace Camps on the West bank of Palestine. In addition to their efforts to end hunger and support peace, Food Not Bombs has started animal shelters, planted community gardens, and organized programs like Homes Not Jails to house the homeless. Every dollar contributed to A Dollar for Peace will go directly towards ending hunger, poverty and war.

This year, EtsyVeg is supporting the Dollars for Peace program through a week long promotional event in which 10% of all sales made in participating shops will be donated to Food Not Bombs' Dollar for Peace campaign! For just one dollar you can help build a world based on peace and justice. We invite you to learn more about this great program and ways you can help by visiting their

Please support our effort to raise funds for this amazing organization by shopping handmade for the holidays with participating EtsyVeg shops!

Ten Percent for Peace Event This Week! EtsyVeg Pairs up With Food Not Bombs!

Join the EtsyVeg Team this week as we promote Ten Percent For Peace. All this week, November 30-December 6, members of our team will be offering great handmade items for you or your loved ones. Through the generosity of the season, all sales this week in participating shops listed below will be donated to a great organization called Food Not Bombs and their "Dollar for Peace" campaign. Food Not Bombs is an all-volunteer global movement that shares free vegetarian meals as a protest to war and poverty, believing that money spent on sustaining warfare could be used to feed the millions of people starving across the globe. With nearly 400 chapters in countries throughout the world, they call attention to poverty and homelessness in society by sharing food, fighting poverty, and seeking a more just and peaceful existence for all!

Shop handmade for the holidays with EtsyVeg shops all this week and help us to raise support for Food Not Bombs! Feel great supporting local and small businesses and artisans who create each and every item in a unique way, and helping an organization that works to help people create a more peaceful world while combatting the serious problem of world hunger!

Visit the following shops this week to find great items, and in some shops, great sales or special offers!

amefaust - Free Matte and Free Shipping
movetheneedle - Free Shipping
jenoconnell -Free U.S. shipping, 1/2 off shipping elsewhere
beanlennon - Buy 1 get 1 half off
sweetvconfections - Free 1/2 Dozen Cookies with every order
silentlotus - Free First Class Shipping to Anywhere
sassandperil - Free Shipping
veganosaurus/artbysusmitha - Free Shipping
mumbot - Free Shipping to Anywhere

Panda Picks: Crafty Creations from Etsyveg Members

Time to trim the tree! A collection of ornaments from EtsyVeg members.
My own paper and fabric goods can be found at Panda With Cookie.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

The Fabulous Results of the "Upcycle Your Recycling Project!"

I know you've all been anticipating a glimpse of what the participants in our recent "Upcycle Your Recycling Project" have been creating over the past month. A small group of teamies tested their creative genius while helping the environment by producing a new piece of art from materials that would normally have been thrown away or recycled. These materials were sent tothem by another challenge participant, so each person received a unique collection of five bits and pieces to upcycle. Read more details and about the guidelines here.

Now the entries are in! Check out these eco-friendly masterpieces (both before and after pictures shown), and please vote below for your favorite between now and Sunday, November 29th! The winner will be announced the following week, on Monday, December 7th.

Good luck, participants! :D

ENTRY: GriffinLamps

(Kelly played a huge part in organizing and making this project happen. Thank you, Kelly!)

My final piece is an industrial style table lamp with the lamp shade constructed of upcycled materials I received from Kelly of LeandogPottery, with the orange balloon used to adorn the lamp stand itself. It is approx. 12" tall and uses a compact fluorescent lamp. The tea box is the frame of the lamp shade with the plastic mesh as the "window" material and the ribbon as hanging adornment on the shade. The cork is used to support the lampshade and the aluminum container cover was used in hole-punched pieces and glued to the lamp shade for some sparkle.

The list of materials are as followes:
Steel base, conduit & switch box; electrical cord; lamp holder; switch; tea box; plastic mesh; wine cork; aluminum food container cover; orange balloon; blue ribbon.



ENTRY: LeanDogPottery

Materials used were:
~~ 5 items given to me:
1 thin cardboard piece with a magnet on it (backing to a notepad for the fridge)
1 small sheet of tissue paper
1 small metallic paper tag
2 plastic rings that come on a roll of tape

~~ Things of my own:
some bright yellow cotton string
hot glue
colored pencils

The original materials, sent to me by Cari of loveluca, consisted of A LOT of stuff: what I listed above, other tiny paper scraps, toilet paper rolls, plastic bags, bottle caps and soda pop tabs. I just chose the 5 listed above.

I made art for your fridge! I started out just coloring on cardboard and tissue paper and then noticed the magnet and decided, "hey, this would be cool fridge art!" It measures about 13 1/2" x 4".



ENTRY:Lucy of LuniqueJewellery

My creation is Eric the monster. His body is made from a t-shirt sleeve, his fangs are 2 droppers from a lab, hair is wool, tail and moustache are paper from a brochure and two round beads for eyes, all received from Stefania of VeGiCu. I also used these addtional materials- stuffing, felt for his mouth, nose and eyelids, and two white beads for his pupils (plus cotton etc. to sew him together). He was intended to be a cute monster but has ended up a bit scary lol!! He is approx. 14cm tall (excluding hair) and 11cm wide.



ENTRY: Kathleen of KathleenMarieKelly

"Nature Vs. Nurture (Toxicology Report)": 10 x 10 - Acrylic mixed media on upcycled ceramic tile.

Received five things from my partner, Heather of aktie9:
* Round Glass Bead (dandelion)
* Square Wood Bead (flower pot)
* Wire (rose stems)
* Felt Scraps (leaves & roses)
* Plastic Floppy Disk Cover (melted for texture)
* Postcard (leaves)



ENTRY: Adrienne of AuClairDeLaLune

I was sent 14 beautiful photos from Heather of aktie9. I wanted to use them all without cutting them up too much so I cut each photo in half horizontally, then reattached them at each end to make 14 long strips. I backed each strip with recycled juice pouches and put some left over clear plastic or vinyl covering over the front of each photo strip to protect it. I sewed each long side of the strip and edged with a pinking shears. I then put a small piece of velcro on each end so that the strip could be closed to make a cuff. The end result would be a reversible recycled cuff or bracelet, or if left open, perhaps a book mark? Not sure - that might take some brainstorming!



ENTRY: Heather of Aktie9

I used the required five of the items gifted to me by Kathleen of KathleenMarieKelly: the velvet scrap, the cap of a 35 MM film canister, a brown paper bag, a wine cork, and black plastic netting. The brown paper bag was what I worked on, and used it for the photo as confetti, and the wine cork, and the black plastic netting. The 35 Mm cap was the mold for my beads (recycled from my Mom's craft stash) and glue. It was actually an accident. I meant to use the cover as the base for a pin or ring with the glue & beads embedded in it. But, the glue released from the cap, so I just went with it. I quite like the resulting "bead" that was made & glued it onto a ring back. I ended up making two of them since it was so much fun. The velvet scrap was cut & was glued over the top of a slice of the cork, then the black netting was wrapped over the top & all was glued onto the ring back.



Thanks so much to all of those who participated in our first upcycling project! :D

Sometimes following our beliefs is difficult ....

"Respect the old and cherish the young. Even insects, grass and trees you must not hurt."
~Attr. Ko Hung (284-363 AD) (Confucian-Taoist)

You can imagine I'm thinking of that mosquito I swatted yesterday! For the Palmetto bugs (roaches) that make their way inside, fortunately my husband will help rescue them and take them outside.

Monday, November 23, 2009

The Winner of October's Spooky Halloween Bash Challenge is...

October's Spooky Halloween Bash challenge was a blast! And here it is weeks later and I realized that I never officially announced the winning entry- I'm so ashamed! :/ The top vote getter of October's entries was... Cari of loveluca's adorable little Halloween bunnies! Cari was awarded an ad on the EtsyVeg blog for the next month (see top of sidebar). Yay!

Congrats, Cari! My apologies for not posting sooner... YAY!

Check out the details on November's monthly challenge here. It's not too late to join in the creative fun and get a chance to show off your talent and win your own blog ad! :)

No Kill Zone

When a man wantonly destroys one of the works of man we call him a vandal. When he destroys one of the works of God we call him a sportsman. ~Joseph Wood Krutch

It's deer hunting season once again in NC, and I am starting to hear gunshots around our home in the woods and on the mountain. Of course the nearby State Park is off limits, but this area surrounding us is open territory, or so that's what hunters think. Now I know that not all hunters are inconsiderate and disrespectful, but some are, and they don't care whose property they go on in search of deer or turkey or whatever wildlife they are interested in shooting.

I recently heard a story of this happening from a friend who lives three miles up the road... of course the hunters left the unwanted deer parts along the side of the road where my friend and his dogs could find it and deal with it. This happens a lot around our area, and wandering dogs are often hit by cars and injured or killed because they are drawn to the smell and cross the road in search of a tasty snack. Hunters don't think about that after-effect of their sport, I suppose.

And I am also not too fond of those hunters who tempt deer by placing out deer corn or other treats to lure them into their sights. I have to say that I was quite proud and warmly drawn to my husband when he told me of the time he was out walking in the woods and came across such a stash of corn... he peed all over it, thereby giving the deer a better chance!

We have enjoyed a family of deer on our property, and in our front yard, quite a bit during the summer and fall. The above photo captured them one summer afternoon, but the little fawn has grown quite a lot over the past few months and it worries me that a hunter will catch one of these beauties in his sights one day soon. Perhaps I should put out deer corn in my yard to keep this family close by! I know the pros of hunting... keeping the deer population from getting out of control, feeding the rural folks in our area who often rely on that meat for the coming months. But I also know that I could not hunt and kill, and I do not want anyone doing it on my property or in the nearby woods, and I do not want hunters to use my property to access other areas.

So my husband suggested that I call the sherriff's department to see what needs to be done about posting legitimate No Trespassing and No Hunting signs. That way, if someone does come on the property, we can call the sherriff's office and press charges, if we so desire. Of course one would hope that the signs would be enough to ward off hunters so those kinds of measures don't need to be taken. I believe I will follow through with this on Monday, and perhaps if there are signs down on the main road at our private road and drive, hunters will think twice before coming in our direction. And perhaps with luck, we can continue to enjoy the visits of that beautiful family of deer in the coming year.

Panda Picks: Crafty Creations from Etsyveg Members

Found using the search terms "etsyveg team" and "mini". Enjoy!
My own paper and fabric goods can be found at Panda With Cookie.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Treasury Curating Superstars!

This week Kala from Vegancraftastic made not one but THREE beautiful treasuries featuring artists from EtsyVeg! Rebecca from KneeDeepOriginals had an interesting technique to fill up her latest (and gorgeous), treasury by asking people to post in the comments and then finding items that fit the theme within their shops. Very cool! Thanks to you both for promoting our shops and our team! :)

Treasury collecting by JulieWebb

Saturday, November 21, 2009

It Just Isn't Natural. Literally.

Have you ever given any thought to what humans are really supposed to eat? I mean, biologically. Because it's definitely not hamburgers and twinkies. Before humans learned to make fire, we were gatherers and foragers. We. Ate. Plants. And according to our bodies, we are still supposed to be eating plants.

Anatomically speaking, human digestive systems, even after all these thousands of years of evolution, are still not meant to digest meat. Some cultures of the world (Britain, U.S.) have evolved to a point where over half of the population can tolerate drinking the milk of other animals after infancy, but most humans are still lactose intolerant, evolution aside. People in these places never ate dairy in the first place. As a whole, our culture has more stomach problems than any other culture in the history of the world. I highly doubt that this is coincidental.

Think about why we are the only animal on earth that has to cook it's meat in order to make it "safe" to eat? Think about E. coli and Salmonella. Animals that are naturally carnivorous have digestive systems that can process these bacteria naturally with no harm to the individual. Humans cannot do that, and for good reason. Compare our teeth to that of your cat. A cat's teeth are pointed and the canines are much longer than the rest. This is typical of carnivorous animals, and of course, they need them to rip apart raw meat. Our teeth actually look more like that of a rabbit. Our incisors are semi-sharp, meant for tearing plants. Our jaw is designed so that we can grind our flat molars back and forth in order to properly chew plants. Same premise applies to claws vs. nails. See where I am going here?

Carnivores have incredibly short intestines, only a couple feet in most average size animals. This helps them get nutrients from the meat and process it before it begins to rot inside of them. Humans, on the other hand, have very, very long intestines. Once again, this is typical of herbivores, as plants break down much more easily than animal products.

If you would like to be healthier and at the same time score some major karma points, you should try cutting out animal products. It brings a whole new meaning to the catch phrase "just like nature intended." Most people would look at this as having to give something up, but really, we were never supposed to be eating this junk in the first place.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Neeewww Veggieeeees!

EtsyVeg has had another amazing group of new folks join our fabulous team of veggies!

Firstly, I'm so pleased to inform you that a former member has returned- Lori ("Lo") of
lochristine (creator of unique sterling silver beaded jewelry) is baaaack! Yay!!! Welcome, Lo- you've been missed! :D

As for brand newbies, we're excited to welcome the talented Amanda of
arksendeavors, creator eco-friendly clothing and accessories; Carl of geekinesis' laser cut designs; and Ashlee of MomBabyMe, who handmakes diaper bags, purses and baby accessories.

Sending you all a warm, happy welcome! So glad to have you as part of the family!

Anatomical Vegetarian Ad

This is an ad by the
International Vegetarian Union that my fiance and I really like! It is an anatomical veggie ad that states at the bottom "Vegetables are all your body needs." I especially love the cauliflower lungs. Yum!

[via BoingBoing]

From the
blog of Lauren of Etsy's LostMitten

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Our first act of abstinence ....

"If a man aspires towards a righteous life, his first act of abstinence is from injury to animals."

~Albert Einstein

Friday, November 13, 2009

Stars, Shadows and Magic!

Thanks to Cari of loveluca, Rebecca of KneeDeepOriginals, and Sandra of papersbypepperberry, for making beautiful treasuries this week and featuring our team members. Hurrah! :)

Treasury collecting by JulieWebb

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

New Teamies Rock! :D

Welcome to our brand new veggies! Loads of talent and fabulous handmade come along with the newest members to join our veg family!

Melissa of melis731, Kristen of SweetVConfections, Athena of VeggieCrocker, Amber of GreenLoveStore, Amanda of ArksEndeavors, and of are our freshest recruits! :) Melissa makes fun handmade cards (hair flowers and jewelry to come), and Kristen concocts tasty vegan treats like cookies, fudge, and more! Athena fills her shop with handpainted (and sometimes hand-constructed) wooden frames and drawer pulls, and Amber offers an array of natural bath and body products!

Check out everyone's goodies, and take a few moments to say a warm hello!

A huge welcome to all of you! We're honored to have you join our wonderful team! :D

Tuesday, November 10, 2009


"Until he extends the circle of compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace."
~Albert Schweitzer

Monday, November 9, 2009

America Unchained! Support and Celebrate Local Businesses and Artisans!

As the holidays and shopping madness fast approach, consider purchasing local handmade gifts for everyone on your list. Not only will your giftee receive a one-of-kind, well made treasure, but your economy will get a boost!

Did you know that local independent businesses create about three and a half times the local economic activity as chains do?!
AMIBA director Jennifer Rocke explains that indie biz "pays local employees, use the goods and services of other local indie biz, and give back to the community far more than chains." According to Rockne, independents generate 70% more local economic impact per square foot than chain stores! Pledging to buy only handmade for the holidays (or anytime) can give a huge boost to your neighborhood's economic well-being. Check out upcoming local indie craft fairs near you, and meet and support area vendors peddling their unique handmade wares!

On November 21st, 2009, take part in
America Unchained, a campaign by the American Business Alliance (AMIBA) in which everyone in the US is encouraged to support only locally-owned independent businesses for the entire day! This is a great opportunity to build awareness of indie artisans and crafters in your local economy, as well as any other non-chain businesses. Whether shopping, eating out, or doing other business for this entire day, AMIBA says, can "maximize the impact of your dollars and inject potentially millions more into the local economy!

The choice of what businesses to patronize can have huge and lasting consequences. Take America Unchained on the 21st as a chance to spread the word that small indie businesses like artisans and crafters are critical parts of your cities' cultural, social, and economic impact. Supporting them is better for us and for the community's health and prosperity!

Thanks to Karen Holsopple of Pittsburgh's East End Food Co-op for her article that inspired this one!

Panda Picks: Crafty Creations from Etsyveg Members

This week I have a cruelty free Thanksgiving preview!
My own paper and fabric goods can be found at Panda With Cookie.