Wednesday, March 31, 2010

State of Mind

I believe that a life of integrity is the most fundamental source of personal worth. I do not agree with the popular success literature that says that self-esteem is primarily a matter of mind set, of attitude - that you can psych yourself into peace of mind. Peace of mind comes when your life is in harmony with true principles and values and in no other way.

~Stephen Covey

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Etsyveg On The Front Page!

Of ! Yippee! Thanks to the treasury talent of Megan from RueRenee!

Such a lovely springy treasury! You can see the larger version over on

XOXO --Heather :)
My shop is here.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Yummy For Dogs!

There are few I can think of more appreciative of home cooking than a dog. I love watching my dogs dance in front of the oven, somehow knowing from the moment I start baking that the results are for them.

This, and the desire to give my dogs healthy, wholesome treats without mystery ingredients, is why I wrote Yummy for Dogs, a Cookbook for Canines, available at my etsy shop, Scrappy Rat Designs. It was my years of experience working in animal rescue that made me decide to donate all my profits from the sale of the book to charities that protect animals.

But, who doesn’t like to have a sample before they buy, right? Here’s one, endorsed by my dogs. Give it a try and let me know what your dogs think:
Carrot Maple Cranberry Crunchers.

2 ½ cups whole wheat flour
½ cup nutritional yeast
½ cup bran (Your choice of type. I prefer oat for texture and flavor, but wheat is less expensive.)
½ cup oil (Again, your choice. Olive is my typical go-to oil.)
¾ cup shredded carrots
¼ cup dried cranberries
½ cup maple syrup
¾ cup rice milk
¼ cup water

Combine flour, yeast, and brain in a large bowl. Stir in oil until crumbs form. Add carrots and cranberries and stir to mix. In a smaller bowl, whisk together syrup, rice milk, and water. Add to the dry ingredient mix and stir thoroughly. When a soft dough is formed, turn out onto a floured surface. If the dough is too sticky, knead in flour a little at a time until the dough is smooth and workable. Roll dough out with a rolling pin until the dough is about ½ inch thick. Cut into shapes with a metal cookie cutter. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 375 for 40 minutes or until firm to the touch.

Scrappy Rat Designs
Your Animal Friendly Stationer

Visit my etsy shop and pick up your copy of Yummy for Dogs: A Cookbook for Canines. This month all proceeds go to Best Friends Animal Society!

Curiouser and Curiouser......for Alice fans from EtsyVeg

brought to you by Veganessa

 Having just seen the new Alice film by Tim Burton, I decided to look through EtsyVeg Team Members Shops for Alice related items. I found a delightful selection, and here are a few of my favuorites:
Follow the white rabbit down the rabbit hole, while wearing this adorable White Rabbit Silver and Concrete Necklace, brought to you by LuluBugJewelry, who sells the most wonderful jewlery in silver and concrete, an unusual mix, but it works very well. Check out LuluBugJewelry's shop for many enchanting items.

This darling necklace is brought to you by JewelryByTara.
"The late Rabbit dos the Queen's bidding", cute and funky.
JewelryByTara has a whole section dedicated to Alice with so many wonderful images, you are just bound to find something that delights you.

This interesting necklace will appeal to Steampunk fans as well as Alice fans. It's a curious pendant made of resin, with black and gold clock faces set against a deep red background. Intriguing.
You can find this item plus lots more interesting, innovative pieces of jewelery, accessories and more at VivaceCrafts.

And finally, something to make you smile as you turn off the light and go to bed, sweet drreams of Alice and the White Rabbit.
This delightful Light Switch Cover is by Dandee, it's very pretty and would look fasbulous in a funky, uniquely decorated room.
Dandee has an extensive assortment of light switch covers and cards, there's something for everyone and every occassion, a real treat.

So as we tumble doen the rabbit hole into slumberland,may we have sweet dreams of Alice and the White Rabbit, and fill our shopping trolleys full of fabulous Alice inspired goods from wonderful EtsyVeg makers.

Friday, March 26, 2010

See us GROW!

Here at Etsyveg, we just got the numbers in. Are you ready for this? We are One Hundred and Ninety Five Vegetarians and Vegans STRONG! That means that there are 195 of us in the Street Team pounding the pavement passing along the Etsyveg word! Word.


The means so much for the animals, and the earth as well.

Please, go spread the message of Etsyveg & Eating Green!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Interview: Pet of the Week!

This week's interview is with Julie from

Etsyveg: Welcome Julie, please tell us all about your pet(s).

Julie: Lyndsay is a female dove who was born on April 27, 2008. As to breed, her father, Bailey, is a white dove and her mother, Ashton, is a ringneck dove. But she looks more like her father.

Etsyveg: Where/how did you come up with their name?

Julie: With doves it's hard to sex them so I give them unisex names.

Etsyveg: How did you meet your pet? Was she adopted, rescued or?

Julie: Lyndsay was a complete surprise. I've had doves for years. I was told with my first pair, Max and Miriya, that they couldn't have children being that one was a white dove and one was a ringneck dove. When they passed away, my parents got me another pair whom I named Jin and Bailey. Jin died after two years and I found a friend for Bailey, Ashton. Well, after 2 weeks together. Ashton laid eggs. One was cracked and Lyndsay came from the other. I let them have one more child, Riley, as a companion for Lyndsay, but it didn't work out. I found out she was a she when she started laying eggs.

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

Julie: I have been holding Lyndsay since she was in her egg so she has bonded on me. Doves mate for life and even in absence of a mate they will bond on whoever is around. She loves to be held and kissed. Her favorite toy is a bell attached to mirror which she loves to rub her head on. Her favorite snack is peanut butter.

Etsyveg: What are some things you enjoy doing with your pet?

Julie: She sometimes like to sit on my shoulder (and sometimes my hands) and watch me knit. And she will snuggle up and watch TV with me.

Etsyveg: Do you take them to parks or to see people?

Julie: I am to afraid she'll get hurt to take her outside, but she does go out on my enclosed porch a few hours a day when the weather is nice. She is very nosey, so when new people come over she wants to see who they are.

Etsyveg: Does your pet have any special tricks or unique habits?

Julie: Just being spoiled.

Etsyveg: Awwww!!

Etsyveg: How does your pet like going to the vet?

Etsyveg: Do s/he *know* when it's time to see the vet & hide, or do they enjoy the extra attention?

Julie: She's only been to the vet once, but she didn't seem to mind.

Etsyveg: How do your family members get along with the pet?

Julie: Lyndsay gets along with everyone, but my niece. They are jealous of each other. My niece teases her and she chases my niece around the house and won't let her hold her.

Etsyveg: Maybe they will grow to love each other. :)

Julie: She loves attention but is cautious with people she doesn't know.

Etsyveg: Do you spoil your pet?

Julie: Definitely, but I am the boss.

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

Julie: Love. When I walk into the room she jumps up and begs me to talk to her and demands to be let out. If I am eating she tries to take the food right out of my mouth, which I don't let happen! If I talk to any other animals, even the fish she gets jealous. But I wouldn't have it any other way.

Etsyveg: Julie, she sounds like a lovely Dove. Thanks so much for introducing us to her!


Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Veggie Burgers!

"The assumption that a veggie burger should be an approximation of a hamburger is ridiculous.  Veggie burgers are so much more than an idea of a meat patty."

--Brooklyn Chef Lukas Volger

This quote came in a newsletter which I cannot find now but I did do a search for Chef Lukas and found he has a twitter account so if you'd like to follow him click here. And he has a blog that I'm headed back to now ...... 

posted by a veggie burger fan, claynfiber

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Who remembers Richard Of York Gave Battle In Vain?

Thinking of the previous RAINBOW post, got me thinking about how we learned the colours of the RAINBOW when we were young. I learned by Richard Of York Gave Battle In Vain.
A fun way to search through EtsyVeg team members shops, and pick an item from each colour of the RAINBOW. Here are some on my favoutires:

From the FairTradeFamily
is this delightful Cotton play food - Apple.
The FairTradeFamily has a fabulous assortment of play foods, for children to have fun, and play, with natural toys, encouraging their imagination and learning at the same time. Will they be a grocer or a farmer or a deli shop assistant - see what inspires them!

A gorgeous Orange Tulip Adjustable Glass marble Ring from Steel
 This is so eye catching, it would look good with anything, and would certainly be admired.

This cute little Clay Cyclops is by Veganosaurus.
Whose shop has a wonderful assortment of very colourful monsters, critters and animals. Perfect for that geeky friend or collector of unusual objects. Each minature clay model is unique, cute and interesting.

This wondeful Bear Hug is by ZukZuk.
Don't you just want to join in this Bear Hug and feel the love.
Lovely green hues, and huggable, adorable bears. Wonderful!


I love these stylish bowls by KarenLorenc. (OK, turqouise not blue, but a shade of blue!)
KarenLorenc makes the most appealing, modish pottery. Cups, bowls, jars and more.  Some are stylishly coloured, other have funky sayings on them. A delightful shop.

Not so much Indigo out there, but I did find this very sweet Leaping Bunny Pin by Vegancraftastic
I adore it. Bunnies are wonderful, and it reminds me of Spring. Made with the cutest japanese fabric, it would look adorable anywhere!

Lastly from the rainbow is this luscious Violet Lip balm from Bohemianrose.
A delightful shop selling lip balms and bath products in the most inviting flavours and scents. Treat yourself, you know you're worth it.

And there we have a RA INBOW from the EtsyVeg team.


Thursday, March 18, 2010

Beet, Mung and Coconut Milk Stew

Since beets have been the hot topic vegetable of discussion lately in the group, it was only natural that my first recipe post on the EtsyVeg blog featured beets! :)

It's a very simple recipe and I avoided using any extra spices because the slightly sweet flavors of the beets and coconut milk are delicious as they are.

Beet, Mung and Coconut Milk Stew

1/2 C Whole Mung Beans
2 Beets (cubed)
1 Package (200 ml) Coconut Milk (I like the Dabur Hommade brand)
1 t Oil
a pinch of Turmeric
Chilli Powder
1/4 t Tamarind Paste (optional)

Heat 2 C of water with the oil and turmeric added in. Bring it to a boil and add the mung beans, beets and a pinch of salt. Cook till the mung beans are soft (pressure cooking them together works best).

Mix in salt and chilli powder to taste and boil for a minute or so. Empty the whole pack of coconut milk in and stir, bring to boil and turn off flame. Stir in the tamarind paste if using and mix well.

This tastes delicious eaten by itself or with Chapathis or Tortillas.

Enjoy! :)

Oh, I almost forgot the most important part...

WARNING: This might turn your pee (and the other stuff) into any of a number of shades of red. Don't be alarmed. (hehe)

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Being Vegan

For me, being vegan is also a way of giving back to Earth by living as impact-free as possible, and about maintaining a healthy mind, body, spirit, and soul.

~another thoughtful and caring quote from Kylie

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Wonderful Rainbows from the EtsyVeg Team

Spring is just starting, flowers are just blooming. In my garden I have some wonderful bright coloured crocuses. With the sun making an appearance, it's beautiful. Bright light, bold colours. Reminds me of a rainbow. Here is a selection of Rainbow colourd items from some of the very talented EtsyVeg Team. Of course there are many more, which you can easily browse through by searching 'Etsyveg and rainbow' in Etsy's search tags.
Follow the rainbow.........for some delightful treasures...........

CricketsCreations has a vast assortment of scarves, throws and more, in every colour and colour combination imaginable. there's something for everyone, and they  make deligthful gifts.

This Rainbow Heart Ring by She'sBattyDesigns is adorable. I love the bold colours and it's really funky.

This wonderful Psychedelic Spiral Photographic Print is by Amefaust. Using creative techniques and tools, this aloe vera plant has become a rainbow festival of colour.

This Polymer Clay Focal Bead is truly stunning, and would look good as part of a piece of jewellery or anywhere your imagination takes it. Made by ContinuumDesigns, the shop has a beautiful selection of handmade polymer beads, all made in the most gorgeous colours and patterns.

Not forgetting baby, there is this delightful retro bib made by Kunklebaby. The shops sells the sweetest, cutest baby and child items, with lots of colours and patterns galore.

This superb necklace was created by Palafoxstudio23 . It's a colourful mix stained glass, copper and a wonderful assortment of beads. A truly stunning piece.

 And look at these cute Origami Crane Ornaments by PandaWithCookie.They're fun and funky, you could hang them anywhere, why wait for the christmas tree!

The last rainbow item in my selection, make me go "mmmmm, I want some!". It's a heavenly scented Patchouli soap from Krugsecologic. if you love patchouli (I do!), this soap is perfect. Run a hot bath, lather up and indulge your senses, perfect!

Friday, March 12, 2010

February's "All About Red" Challenge WinnerS!

February's "All About Red" Challenge voting results are in, and IT'S A TIE!... Kristen of SweetVConfections and Tara of graphicdesignbytara got top props in this past week's voting. Kristen's heart-shaped vegan shortbread sandwiches and Tara's red flower, ribbons, and bird graphic set garnered equal votes for first place, making for our very first tie!

Kristen's and Tara's shops will be advertised on the EtsyVeg blog for the next month (coming soon- see top of sidebar).

Congratulations to the winners! And thanks to everyone who entered!

Check out the details on
March's "Spring Has Sprung" challenge. 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! :)

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Interview with GlueandGlitter

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

Meet Becky of Etsy's Glue and Glitter

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

I'm very passionate about environmental issues and try to reflect that in my business. All of my products are made using recycled, revamped, repurposed, and organic materials wherever that's possible.

Q. What do you sell in your Etsy shop?

My shop is focused on helping folks waste less and save money without sacrificing style. I'm a strong believer in small changes adding up to a big impact! I hope my Lunch Kits encourage folks to pack their lunches for work or school, the cupcake aprons make it fun to get in the kitchen and cook a meal, and that the Cup Gloves help them waste less paper in their day to day. I've also started selling Scrap Packs - fabric pieces that are too small for what I'm making but too nice to toss in the bin!

Q. What are your creative inspirations?

I'm inspired so much by cooking and by food. I spend quite a bit of time in the kitchen and do a lot of good thinking over the cutting board or mixing bowl. You can probably see that when you look at what I make.

Nature is also a really strong influence on everything I make. I love any color combination that reminds me of the woods, the garden, or walking outside on a sunny, spring day.

Q. How did you get started creating?

Creating has been in my blood since I was wee. My mom's a preschool teacher, and we used to do craft projects and whatnot basically all the time. My business name, "Glue and Glitter", is a nod to those crafty roots. I used to love making those glitter paintings where you draw with white glue, pour on copious amounts of glitter, then pour off the excess. The results always felt magical to me.

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 sort of think of cooking as a craft, and I do it as often as I can. There's something so fun and challenging about staring at the pantry and turning what we've got into a meal. We also belong to a local
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) that delivers a surprise box of veggies each week, and I just love sorting through the basket and coming up with ways to cook up ingredients that I might not have chosen at the store on my own. So often, the results are delicious!

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

I really want to learn how to screen print! There are a few idea that I've had for printed projects, and I've even got an old Gocco that just needs some parts and some love to get going!

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

I'd say it was a split between Etsy and local shops here in Atlanta. Craft markets are also a pretty big part of my business. There are a number here in town, and I'm looking into a few out of town shows this year, too!

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

I'd love to expand to more shops, especially out of town! I'm planning to work hard on this in 2010.

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

I've been vegetarian on and off for almost 15 years and finally made the leap to veganism about 4 or 5 years ago.

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

The last thing I made was probably a veggie roast. The CSA has been rich with tasty root veggies lately, and I've been making a roast once a week. I love it, because once you've got a pan of roasted veggies in the fridge, there are basically infinite meals you can whip up quickly from there.

Oh, vices! I love vegan jerky, as gross as that sounds. I also use way too much Veganaise, but it's just so good!! Oh, and of course cupcakes! No vegan cupcake is safe in my house.

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

Cosmo's Vegan Shoppe here in Atlanta totally rocks my socks! They carry all of the vegan junk food a girl could want, and the owners are some of the nicest folks I've met. Full disclosure: they also carry my Lunch Kits and Cupcaprons, but I'd love them even if they didn't. Before they came to town, it had literally been years since I'd had a doughnut. It's so much easier to eat vegan with a resource like that around.

Restaurant-wise, I love the Soul Vegetarian Kitchen. It's a fully vegan restaurant in the Poncy-Highland neighborhood, and every once in a while I like to treat myself to their killer mac and cheese.

It would be so hard to narrow my vegan website love down to just one! I actually posted a
Vegan Blogger Reading List on my site not too long ago with some of my favorite food blogs. Since then, of course, I've stumbled on a ton of other ones that are now in my regular reading rotation!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

EtsyVeg Coupon Book for Charity- $115 in Savings!

Introducing... our EtsyVeg Coupon Book!!!! *applause*

Our first team
coupon book (available as a pdf file) is filled with savings vouchers for team shops (see list below). Help out a great cause, as well save BIG with many different fabulous shops selling everything from vegan recipes to handcrafted jewelry, art, and paper goods. All proceeds from the sale of the coupon books (minus a small percentage for the graphics designer,, who put so much effort into the making of them) will be donated to Food Not Bombs, a completely grass roots organization helping to feed people around the world.

Total potential savings - over $115!

But will only be sold throughout the month of March in the
team shop and select member shops, so get yours now for just $3.50!

Featuring coupons for these Etsy shops:

Holistically Heather - organic hand knits
Vegan No Whey - vegan and raw vegan recipes
Move The Needle - journals, greeting cards and other paper crafts
Ooooh Shiny - sweet / simple / shiny jewelry
SilentLotus Creations - cruelty-free jewelry & original brush paintings
Lunique Jewellery - earrings • bracelets • necklaces
Cards & Jewelry by Michele - animal friendly creations, 10% to animal causes
Art by Susmitha - vegan handmade metal, clay & crystal pearl jewelry
Veganosaurus - cute sculptures cyclops monsters animals
Veggiecrocker’s This ‘n' That - hand-painted original works
Aunt Flo’s Pads - reusable menstrual pads • for the earth, for your body

Honor and Respect

This week's quote comes from  Kylie. This came from a longer post either from Kylie's blog or a post in EtsyVeg. (sorry I didn't record the original post; just the inspiring words) Thanks Kylie!

"I am vegan to honor and respect all beings as equally deserving of compassion, love, and freedom. Animals, human beings, and the planet- all are one, and in essence, of the same energy and spirit."

Monday, March 8, 2010

March's Monthly Creative Challenge- "Spring Has Sprung!"

You are cordially invited to play, get more involved with the team, get inspired, share your talent, take advantage of some free promotion... get ready for March's team creative challenge!

March's Challenge

Spreading a little spring fever with this month's challenge theme, "Spring Has Sprung!" You may enter any one item that reminds you of the Spring, the season of renewal, reawakening, new beginnings, new life, and stirrings of fresh energy and brightness. The challenge theme is very subjective, so enter whatever handmade creation, vintage item, or supply, new or already listed in your shop, that fits the theme for you! ;)

Each month's challenge entries will be listed on the blog and put up for public vote, the winner receiving an ad for their shop on the team for the entire month following. :) Every 6 months, all 6 winners from the last series of challenges will be put up for a vote together, the top vote getter winning a grand prize! Yay!

Please join in our creative celebration for this month! Here's how to enter...


*Challenge Guidelines*

~Participation is open to any EtsyVeg team member.

~Each member may enter one item. Entry involves simply posting the link to an applicable item in your Etsy shop in March's monthly challenge forum thread and tagging that item with the tag "springhassprung" (all one word, without the quotations). You must also have your entry tagged with the official team tag, "etsyveg team."

~If an item entered in the challenge sells before the end of the month, please send a convo to the EtsyVeg Etsy shop, including the link to the sold item, so that it can still be included.

~Deadline for entry is March 31st.

~All entries will be featured in a treasury on the EtsyVeg blog at the beginning of next month, to be voted on by the public (EtsyVeg members can vote, too). The top vote-getter will be awarded with an ad for their Etsy shop on the top of the blog sidebar for the entire month until the next winner is chosen. At the end of six months (this month!), all winners from the past six months will be up for vote on the blog again, this time eligible to win a grand prize gift!

~All EtsyVeg members (not just participants) are encouraged throughout the month to initiate forum threads about the challenge, make treasuries by doing a tag search for "etsyveg team" with "springhassprung" 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!)

~Please direct concerns or questions to silentlotus or aktie9, or send an email to


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 living consciously; and to raise awareness about the ease of eco-friendly living and the rights of animals to live free of exploitation.

~*Happy creating!*~

Go Vote for your favorite entry from February's "All About Red" Challenge now!

Friday, March 5, 2010

Our Monthly Challenge Finals- We've Got a Winner!

Well, all of the entries are winners, of course! But the top vote getter in our first EtsyVeg Monthly Creative Challenge Finals is... PANDAWITHCOOKIE! The winner of January's "Fresh Start" Challenge, Lisa's sweet Monster Dog Plush got her top props in the finals vote.

Lisa has won a fabulous collection of prizes from
aktie9, CricketsCreations, luniquejewellery, Ssheilah, SweetVConfections, and veggiecrocker. (I sound like Bob Barker- lol.)

Congratulations on being our first Challenge Finals winner, Lisa! :D Yay!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

February's "All About Red" Challenge Entries- Vote!

February's "All About Red" challenge entries are in! This may be my favorite challenge yet (besides Halloween)- so many fabulous, vibrant entries! Between now and Wednesday, March 10th, vote here for your favorite creation. The winning veg artisan will receive be featured in a prominent ad on the EtsyVeg blog for the next month. Yay!

A big congrats to last month's challenge winner, Roni of DaisyWares
, who won for her Hope Hand Stamped Sterling Silver Necklace !

See the poll below to vote!

not included in vote:

Stay tuned until Friday, March 12th for the voting results! Good luck challenge participants, and thanks to everyone for voting!

Look for details on March
's monthly challenge on the blog. And please join in the creative fun! :)