Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Etsyveg Blog Treasury: My Pretty Valentines..

Today, I followed the Etsy.com treasury number of 12. I have Twelve lovelies for your viewing pleasure. Please enjoy.



One a lovely heart fridge magnet By, Bayatinge.



Two a gorgeous handmade scarf By CricketsCreations.




Three an adorable baby hat knitted By NyCrochet.



Four a crazy Monster burning with love for you By, Pandawithcookie.




Five a roaring fire truck to help quench the fire. By,Chickabug.



Six and my heart just stops for this pillow By, Ravissant.




Seven and my sweet tooth is sated with these cuppys By, The Cupcake Mint.




Eight & I guess, I wasn't sated, but stirred up for this candle By, Loveluca.



Nine is this lovely soap with my two fav things. By, Krugsecologic.




Ten a lovely delicate necklace By, Madieleedesigns.




Eleven a lovely & unique bracelet. By, Bella Tu.




Twelve a set of pretty lavender sachets. By, Auclairdelalune.




These selections have been lovingly handpicked for you By, Heather. Have a wonderful Valentine's Day my luvs!

Wickedly Delicious Wednesday: Mrs Ashton's Biscuits

Brought to you today by Yvonne of Karramandi and Kakirra and her two little helpers, James and Sam.

Mrs Ashton was a lovely old lady who lived in the same village as me when I was very young.  She used to make these amazing biscuits.  One day mom asked her for her recipe and she's been making them ever since for us.  Now it's my turn to make them for my kids.  Thank you Mrs Ashton.

Mrs Ashton's Biscuits

1 cup sugar
1 cup flour
1 cup rolled oats
2 tsp ground ginger or cinnamon
1 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
4 oz butter/vegan margarine
2 tbspn syrup

1.  Measure the sugar, flour, rolled oats, ginger and Bicarbonate of Soda into a bowl and mix together.
2.  Measure the butter/vegan margarine and syrup into a small pan and melt on a low heat stirring gently.
3.  Once melted, remove from the heat and pour gently into the flour mixture.
4.  Stir until all the ingredients are incorporated.
5.  Roll walnut sized balls of mixture and place onto a greased baking sheet.
6.  Put in the oven at Gas Mark 3, 160*C or 325*F for 10 - 15 minutes or until golden.
7.  Remove and leave to cool slightly before moving them to a cooling rack.

Hope you enjoy them as much as we do

Yvonne
x

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Another Thought for 2010 ...

"If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy, and inspires your hopes." 
 
~ Andrew Carnegie

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Two Treasuries

This week one of our newest team members, Hazel from ContinuumDesigns, made a gorgeous green treasury featuring EtsyVeggies. Welcome, welcome, and thanks for stepping right up to promote our team! One of our regular treasury makin' goddesses, krugsecologic, also made a green team treasury with some blues and a hint of pink in there too.  Very pretty, thanks Erin! 





Keep up the fabulous treasury curating team! :)
Treasury collecting by JulieWebb



'Pet of the Week' Interview with Yvonne of Karramandi

Hey everyone out there! Today we have Yvonne of Karramandi , Kakirra and Handmade Designers here to tell us about her very cute & very lucky cat, Trixx.





Citrix (Trixx) and his brother Cisco were rescued Feb 2008 from our local Cats Protection League. We’ve no idea how old they are but we think they are approximately 2 years old.


A lot of you will remember that last year Trixx was run over in the middle of the night and was picked up by the RSPCA and taken to a local 24 hour emergency vet. The RSPCA paid for his initial treatment which cost $115. Both our cats lose their collars on a regular basis but are chipped and since Trixx didn’t have his collar on, it’s lucky that the vets scanned him.



We got a phone call the next morning telling us of the accident. When we went to see him he was in a terrible state and we didn’t expect him to make it at all. He had a crushed pelvis, shattered front left leg, broken spine not to mention all the lacerations. We took him to a specialist vet where they operated to fix the bones and suture him up properly. After two weeks he was able to come home but had to stay in a crate. We didn’t want him to feel very restricted so we got him a dog cage suitable for a Doberman! After several weeks it was apparent that he wasn’t walking on his front leg properly and he required further surgery to put a second pin in it. For the broken spine, the vet said that there would likely be some mental problems but thought it would fix itself.




After a total of 18 weeks in the crate we were finally allowed to let him out.

He still limps on his front paw but our insurance has run out until March this year. Luckily the vet has said that using the paw might help it get better and that any further treatment isn’t urgent and can wait. He’s become a homey cat and only goes out when necessary. We’ve cut a hole in our back gate so he doesn’t have to jump the wall to get out of our yard. He’s become a bit aggressive towards his brother but they generally stay out of each other’s way so it’s not a problem. His behaviour has changed completely. Instead of being a laid back cat that used to sit and watch you through the corner of his eye, he’s become a little kitten. He loves to race round the house, hide behind the sofa, chase his tail and generally act kittenish. He loves to sit in front of the gas fire and on the window sill so he can watch what’s going on. It’s unlikely that he’ll ever be able to walk without a limp but he’s so strong in character to have gotten through all he has that I know he’ll make the most of every day despite his injuries.

Trixx & his buddy, James.


Thank you so much, Yvonne. So glad for the wonderful news about Trixx.

-- Heather :)

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

December's "Winter Daydreams" Challenge Winner!

December's Winter Daydreams Challenge turned up a plethora of winter-inspired creations from crafty vegan & vegetarian EtsyVeg members. Once again, everyone seemed to agree on the difficulty of choosing just one entry... but the top vote getter of December's monthly challenge entries was... Julie of JulieWebb and her stunning Berries and Ice Photo Blocks! Julie will be awarded with an ad on the EtsyVeg blog for the next month (coming soon- see top of sidebar). Yay!

Congrats, Julie! And thanks to everyone who entered!



Check out the details on January'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! :)

Oodles of New Veggies!!!!

It's been forever (far too long) since we've posted about all of the fabulous new members we've been getting! And they are definitely worth posting about- oodles of awesome talent from a group of incredible vegans and vegetarians! Yay! Welcome these newest sprouts to our veggie family!



MadieleeDesigns- OOAK hand beaded jewelry



ContinuumDesigns- handcrafted polymer clay beads



scrappyrat- animal-friendly stationery products



BalmEnvy- gourmet vegan lip balms



xveganxwangx- activist shirts and fun jewelry



AdornedbyMorgan- distinct jewelry incorporating thrifted and vintage pieces



funkoffbrand- all natural, Vegan bath and body products



marnon- prints and posters for kids and kids at heart



PeachyKeenPets- handmade collars, leashes & harnesses for dogs



kimbascritters- original artwork featuring animals, jewelry & ACEO's



craftymooncrab- handcrafted vegan soaps


'Pet of the Week' Interview with Urbanimal



This is Emma-Jayne Saanen of urbanimal, and I just had to talk a bit about Dougal, my cat.

What is your pet's name, birthday, sex, breed?

His name is Dougal, and he's two years old. We don't know his exact birthday, but we celebrate the anniversary of when he came to live with us - 16th November. He's a domestic short-haired cat.

Where/how did you come up with his name?

When we was a wee kitten, his eyes reminded me of Dougal from Father Ted (UK sitcom from Channel 4).

How did you meet Dougal? Was he adopted, rescued or other?

Dougal's mother was a farm cat. I had been looking for a cat for a while, and my aunt found out about his litter and picked him out for me.

What are his favorite toys, foods, snacks, activities?

He loves his cat treats (Webbox Cat's Delight Strips), and his favourite toys are his cow plushies.

What are some things you enjoy doing with him?

I love it when he comes to sit with me, or to check up on me to see what I'm doing. I also like to wind him up a little with his cat toys. It's such fun to see him pouncing and mauling his little cows.

How does Dougal like going to the vet? Does he *know* when it's time to see the vet & hide, or does he enjoy the extra attention?

Dougal really hates being stuck in his cat carrier (I can't blame him, I wouldn't like it either!) but when he sees the vet he is perfectly relaxed. It helps having a wonderful vet to whom animals respond positively.





How do your family members get along with Dougal?

I live with my partner, Stephen, and he and Dougal get on great. My partner isn't vegetarian, so Dougal tends to try and steal the meaty parts of Stephen's dinner!

Do you spoil him?

I try not to, as Dougal has been "fixed" and spayed/neutered pets tend to put on weight. During the night when he wants attention, I do tend to give in!

What's the most important/special thing Dougal adds to your life?

My partner and I work long hours at times, and sometimes I am on my own at home. The most important thing Dougal adds to my life is companionship.

Anything else you would like to add?

I'd always considered myself a "dog person" until I met Dougal, but I'm so glad to have him as a part of my family.



Thanks Emma-Jayne. We've really enjoyed *meeting* Dougal!

--Heather :)

The Greatest Thief

There's still time to get a good start on the new year .... I'm hoping procrastination doesn't get me this year!

The greatest thief this world ever produced is procrastination, and he is still at large. -- Henry Wheeler Shaw

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Batty's Best Twitter Tips

I feel like I really mastered twitter in 2009 so I wanted to share with you the things that have helped me the most with using twitter effectively. These are especially helpful for people who are just starting out.

You can check out my main twitter account here:

and my second twitter account here:




Here my best twitter tips:


-Follow your followers! this is the best way to make sure you don't lose any people who start following you.


-I use "twitter karma" to find out who's not following me so I can unfollow them. You'll find this REALLY helpful to deal with people who follow you only until you follow them back (and then they unfollow you right away - not cool!). I use twitter karma every few weeks (or when I can't follow anymore people) to clean up my account (and keep my twitter account growing). Here's the link:


-I also use twitterfeed.com so all my new Etsy listings get tweeted. I also use it for new flickr uploads :) Be sure to add hash tags when setting up these feeds. For example, on my Etsy feed I have #etsy added to the end of every Etsy tweet. This will help people find me when they search hash tags on twitter. Here's a helpful link for hash tags: http://hashtags.org/


-To find people to follow in your target audience, check out the lists people have already made. Lists are groups of people that someone has collected because these people tweet about certain things - Etsy for example. You'll find these lists on the right side of people's twitter profiles. Go to the profile of someone you are following (or check out etsy's twitter profile) and look for "etsy", "crafty" or "handmade" lists. You'll find lots of great Etsians to follow on these types of lists. I'm in a lot of Etsy, crafty and handmade lists so you can also check out my profile to get you started: http://twitter.com/shesbatty


-To set up tweets to post later (when you're not going to be at the computer for example), use hootsuite.com. I've found this to be the most useful site for "tweeting later". This is a great way to set up a bunch of tweets at once without bombarding your followers. It's also a great way to get some tweets out there during times that you wouldn't normally be at the computer so you're reaching the most amount of people.


-Make sure you set up your twitter profile completely. Have an avatar! I usually wont follow anyone that doesn't have an avatar (that icon that shows up when you tweet). 9 times out of 10 if the person doesn't have an avatar (and just has the twitter bird as their picture) they are a spammer and/or questionable. Be sure to add your Etsy or blog link to your profile and write a little bit about yourself. It's also helpful to include your location (State/Province and Country is usually sufficient) and "Etsy" in the "name" section of your profile. For example "She's Batty on Etsy". This will help people find you when they are making groups or lists (especially if they are using TweetDeck - the app I use to make using twitter WAY easier).


-Twitter Etiquette:
  • Don't spam with auto DM's (direct messages)! This is one of the fastest ways to get yourself unfollowed.
  • Don't just post links to your "stuff". If you're only going to take about yourself, soon you'll only BE talking to yourself!
  • Retweet interesting and helpful posts from other people.
  • Interact with other tweeters - reply to their messages, ask them questions, congratulate them on sales, etc.
  • Aim to tweet at least every few hours (but NOT every few minutes - don't overwhelm the system with a million tweets per minute!).
  • Keep your tweets interesting. Vary from links, to questions, to observations, to "regular" stuff. Share all your fav finds on the web and try to be as helpful as possible. But try to keep links to a minimum so you don't get reported for spamming (you can do this easily but offsetting link tweets with another non-link tweet).
  • It's ok to block "questionable" followers. This will mean different things to different people, just go with your gut.




I hope these help! Best of luck with twitter in 2010 everyone!


P.S. I've also posted these tips in the Etsy forums so head over thereto see what other people have added to this list of tips!

Friday, January 15, 2010

'Pet of the Week' Interview with Peachykeenpets

Today Etsyveg interviews Niki of www.peachykeenpets.com one of our newest Etsyveg members. Welcome to the Etsyveg family, Niki. Please introduce your pet to us.


Etsyveg: What is your pet's name, birthday, sex, breed?

Niki: Hummus was born November 24, 2002 and he is a male black pug

Where/how did you come up with their name?

His name through the foster family was Gus, but we wanted him to have a food name like our other pug, Miso. We though Hummus had the same sounding ending so it would be easy for him to learn :)

How did you meet your pet? Were they Adopted, rescued or other?

Hummus was a puppymill survivor from Kansas who was rescued through Pugalug Pug Rescue. We attend their monthly events with our other pug and I check their webpage regularly. When I saw his face I knew he had to be a part of our family, and we worked really hard to get him home with us! After meeting him in person, extensive questions, referrals and a home visit, we were lucky and he came to us!
Visit www.pugalug.com for this amazing charity's website and you can see for yourself what great work they do!


What are your pet’s favorite toys, foods, snacks, activities?

Hummus isn't much for toys, but he loves baby carrots and blueberries, and sitting on your lap, facing outward. For some reason, this pug never will look at you when sitting on your lap! Snuggling with us or our other pug is his greatest accomplishments throughout the day!

What are some things you enjoy doing with your pet?

Hummus loves to be tickled at bedtime. Once we tell him he's time for bed, he runs as fast as he can to get on our bed, he flips himself upside down, and waits for his belly tickles!

Do you take them to parks or to see people?

Yes, he loves our private courtyard in our building the best, as there are shrubs and trees to explore and he can run far and still see where I am. Hummus doesn't go too far from his people or pug brother Miso. He loves visiting friends apartments, like Flannery, Zevi, Birdie, Zowie, or Moka! He also loves going to his grandma's house where she gives him constant carrots when she's in the kitchen!

Do you take your pet on vacations with you?

When we take a car, yes. Pugs don't do very well with flying so we get their favourite doggie-sitter, Anna, to come stay at our place with them.

Does your pet have any special tricks or unique habits?

Hummus grew up for 5.5 years in a puppymill and was showed no love or affection, never learned a trick, and didn't even know how to walk on a lead. His most special trick is showing more love than you can imagine without fear or reservation, despite his terrible upbringing. He has learned after being with us for 1.5 years to sit, shake a paw, and give another paw, he comes when called knows what tickles means. He's a very sweet boy.

How does your pet like going to the vet? Do s/he *know* when it's
time to see the vet & hide, or do they enjoy the extra attention?

Hummus has dealt with terrible things in his life, so going to the vet is a breeze. He likes the cookies and attention and doesn't fret.

How do your family members get along with the pet?

Everyone loves Hummus, it is impossible not to! His attitude is so friendly and happy all the time, you'd never know what he went through before he came to us. Even if you aren't a dog person, you still fall in love with him :)

Do you spoil your pet?

Oh yes!! Lots of fruits and veg, weekly bone, lots of walks and tickles! He loves to just be close enough to touch you, so I put his bed under my desk often when I'm sewing so he can be near me.




What's the most important/special thing your pet adds to your life?

The unconditional love this dog gives is beyond what I've seen any other animal give. We have another amazing and wonderful pug Miso, who loves me and I've had for 7 years, but he's choosy with who he shows affection towards and can seem more aloof. Hummus unabashedly and hopelessly gives every ounce of love he can muster towards anyone around whether than want it or not!!
His ability to release his old life and embrace his new one is incredible.

Anything else you would like to add?

Adopt a rescue animal, because giving them new and wonderful lives will be fulfilling for both of you!


Thank you so much Niki! We've enjoyed meeting Hummus. I'm looking forward to hearing more about Miso! ---XOXO Heather :)

My own artwork on etsy can be viewed here: www.aktie9.etsy.com

Thursday, January 14, 2010

EtsyVeg Treasuries!

Treasuries curated by and featuring our talented team friends, over the holidays and into the New Year. What a great selection, they're all amazing! I love the variety of things we all do on Etsy, it's truly inspiring. And we're all veggies, that's inspiring too! Go EtsyVeg! :)

Made by: krugsecologic






This one I'm showing twice as Susmitha kindly switched in new entries as they were listed for this month's team challenge. Pssst... there's still time to enter, go here



Thanks Veggies! :)
Treasury collecting by JulieWebb