Sunday, October 31, 2010

Pet of the Week: Baby Bunny, the Funniest Bunny on the Irish Country-side!

Meet Baby Bunny, fellow bunny companion animal to EtsyVeg Member, JFIllustrations.


 Pet's name, birthday, sex, breed(s)?
Baby Bunny ("Argos"), April 2007, Female, Mix

Where/how did you come up with their name? 
Her original name is Argos - it's the name of a local store where you can shop out of a catalog. When we first moved out to the Irish country-side we thought this store was the best thing since sliced bread, hehe,but since then, she has become just our Baby Bunny :)

 What's the most important/special thing your pet adds to your life?She makes life more joyful. She gives us so much happiness. One look at her and our hearts melt!

 What are his/her favorite toys, foods, snacks, activities?
Bunny loves to chew our walls, hah! Other than that she enjoys apple and pear. She loves to nibble on toilet rolls too. She enjoys laying on our couch and tries to sneak onto our bed any chance she gets!

 What are some things you enjoy doing with your pet?
Sharing our afternoon fruit snack with her and snuggle when she jumps on our laps and lays on our chest.

 Do you take them to parks and/or for visits with other people? How does your family like him/her?
Although she is trained to walk on a leash, it's actually really unsafe to take her out because all our beighbors leave their dogs and cats out all day. However, she melts the heart of everyone that comes over for a visit and she even has a bunny-sitter for those days we have to be out of town. She really loves her sitter.

  Any special tricks or habits?
Standing on her hind legs to beg us for apple...

 Do you spoil your pet?
YES! She's the most spoiled house rabbit you will ever meet :)

 Go on vacations with your pet?
We would if we could, but we're not allowed to take her out of the country due to rabies (there isn't any in Ireland and they are trying to keep it that way!)

 How does your pet like going to the vet?
Hates, hates, hates it. 

 Do they *know* when it's time to see the vet & hide?
She knows...as soon as we take her carry crate out, she bolts..haha

Anything else you would like to add?
Rabbits are extremely intelligent, social, and loving animals. Each bunny is an individual. They are not a good companion for kids as they can get very nervous just from a loud noise or if you make a sudden move. They don't do well at being chased either since in nature, they are prey animals. Rabbits are, after cats and dogs, the most abandoned and in need of a home, so please adopt but know what you are getting yourself into before you do. Rabbits should not be kept in cages or outdoors in small hutches. They need room to run around and express themselves. Baby bunny would not be who she is if she had been kept confined.We have an incredible bond with her and it's because she really is part of our family. We tell everyone she is our first child :)


Saturday, October 30, 2010

Etsyveg Spooktacular - Day 4

Welcome to another fun day in the EtsyVeg Spooktacular! We've got a lot of great things going on in all of our shops- great savings, free shipping, free gifts, and more! Check out these and more great items from our talented artisans participating in the EtsyVeg Halloween promotion through November 2nd:




You can find this and other great shirts in Maple Ash and Oak's shop, where you can get 15% off your purchase during the Spooktacular.



This and other fun paintings can be found in Mumbot's shop, where you can find 10% off anything labeled Halloween throughout the Spooktacular event!



You can find this and other great clothing and reusable lunch bags at auclairdelalune.

Stay tuned throughout the promotion for other great Etsyveg items! And check out the list of all participating Spooktacular shops and savings you can find there!

And of course, don't forget about the great prize you can enter to win all week:

GHOULISH GIVEAWAY

As part of our ghostly event, EtsyVeg is hosting a giveaway in which lucky shoppers will receive scarily fabulous handmade prizes from our ghostly talented artisans! All shoppers who make purchases from EtsyVeg member shops participating in the Spooktacular (see list here) are invited to comment on this post. Include the link to the item(s) you purchased and your Etsy shop name or email address so we can contact you if you're name is drawn, and you will be entered to win an incredible prizes ( a random number generator will be used to choose winners). Winners will be announced on November 3rd!

Extra Entries: Earn one entry for every shop from the list above that you purchase from (please comment separately for each shop)!

Throughout the Spooktacular, check the blog daily for updates, featured artisans and their screamingly awesome handmade creations, and more! Please email us with questions at etsyveg@gmail.com. And Happy Halloween!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Etsyveg Spooktacular - Day 3

Welcome to another fun day in the EtsyVeg Spooktacular! We've got a lot of great things going on in all of our shops- great savings, free shipping, free gifts, and more! Check out these and more great items from our talented artisans participating in the EtsyVeg Halloween promotion through November 2nd:



This and other great images can be found in 3amartprod, who is offering BOGO on all art prints/photography!




Kimbascritters shop has this and other beautiful critter art.




You can find these Carnelian and sterling silver and other unique jewelry and brush paintings in silentlotus's shop. She is offering 15% off all purchases during the Spooktacular, free shipping on all purchases $25 and over, and a free gift on all orders $40 and over!

Stay tuned throughout the promotion for other great Etsyveg items! And check out the list of all participating Spooktacular shops and savings you can find there!

And of course, don't forget about the great prize you can enter to win all week:

GHOULISH GIVEAWAY

As part of our ghostly event, EtsyVeg is hosting a giveaway in which lucky shoppers will receive scarily fabulous handmade prizes from our ghostly talented artisans! All shoppers who make purchases from EtsyVeg member shops participating in the Spooktacular (see list here) are invited to comment on this post. Include the link to the item(s) you purchased and your Etsy shop name or email address so we can contact you if you're name is drawn, and you will be entered to win an incredible prizes ( a random number generator will be used to choose winners). Winners will be announced on November 3rd!

Extra Entries: Earn one entry for every shop from the list above that you purchase from (please comment separately for each shop)!

Throughout the Spooktacular, check the blog daily for updates, featured artisans and their screamingly awesome handmade creations, and more! Please email us with questions at etsyveg@gmail.com. And Happy Halloween!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Vegan MoFo 2010


I heard about an awesome concept from the
Post Punk Kitchen called Vegan MoFo. That stands for "Vegan Month of Food." The main idea is for bloggers to blog about vegan food for the month of November. The blogs can be anything related to food. There are not a lot of guidelines, but the deal is that those participating will write about 20 times in the month or more. Here are some ideas of what to write about. There is also a website devoted to the Vegan MoFo challenge. All you have to do is to sign up.


So, what is the point you ask? To get the word out about veganism and to show people how easy, awesome, and beneficial it is to our health, the animals, and the planet. You don't even have to be vegan to do it, you just need to write about vegan food.


I'll be participating on my blog during the month of November. What about you? Please respond and let us know if your participating so we can all support this awesome idea!

Etsyveg Spooktacular - Day 2

Come Haunting with the Etsyveg Team October 27th-November 2nd, 2010! EtsyVeg continues the EtsyVeg Spooktacular today, with creepy savings and a frightfully fantastic shopper giveaway!

Below are just a few of the great items you can buy from participating shops throughout the event!



You can find this and other great scarves in cricketscreations shop! Save $5 off anything in her shop tagged "Halloween" through 11/2!




This and other awesome clothing and accessory items can be found in the shop of Gardenia's Garb, where you can save 10% off any item tagged "Halloween"!




These and other awesome earrings can be found in starfirewire's shop! Receive Free Shipping and a Free gift with every purchase in her shop throughout the Spooktacular!


Stay tuned throughout the promotion for other great Etsyveg items! And check out the list of all participating Spooktacular shops and savings you can find there!

And of course, don't forget about the great prize you can enter to win all week:

GHOULISH GIVEAWAY

As part of our ghostly event, EtsyVeg is hosting a giveaway in which lucky shoppers will receive scarily fabulous handmade prizes from our ghostly talented artisans! All shoppers who make purchases from EtsyVeg member shops participating in the Spooktacular (see list here) are invited to comment on this post. Include the link to the item(s) you purchased and your Etsy shop name or email address so we can contact you if you're name is drawn, and you will be entered to win an incredible prizes ( a random number generator will be used to choose winners). Winners will be announced on November 3rd!

Extra Entries: Earn one entry for every shop from the list above that you purchase from (please comment separately for each shop)!

Throughout the Spooktacular, check the blog daily for updates, featured artisans and their screamingly awesome handmade creations, and more! Please email us with questions at etsyveg@gmail.com. And Happy Halloween!

Plastic makes it possible?

Last night I went to buy some organic produce. As I'm tying to be a good citizen, I brought along my recycled, reusable bags. I handed them to the cashier, who smirked and handed them off to the bagger. He then said under his breath to the bagger:

"I'm all for saving the planet, but seriously can we do it in another way?"

Something also was said about the bags being a pain to work with. I get that. I do. I have offered help many times, to other baggers, so they aren't doing it alone. Cause it's new, it's different and those little white plastic ones are SO much easier to use. After hearing the cashier's comments, I just kept mum. I didn't have my handy dandy You Tube movie upon my person at that moment, laptop was in repose here at the house, having a minute or several to itself.

Here for your viewing is the movie:



So, in response to that cashier, no, we cannot do it another way. Saving the only planet we have should be of utmost importance. I don't drive my car if I don't need to anymore. I don't take long, winding roads home so I can enjoy the scenery anymore. I get out and walk for miles instead & enjoy it that way. I'm changing my life & trying to get it more in tune with nature, with the planet & the way the planet was designed to be used.

I've changed my diet, my life. I don't buy brand new all the time anymore. I used to have a mantra of "I only buy brand new shoes, because it will upset your feet to wear shoes that other folks have worn before." This is just not true, the shoes will conform to the wearer. Instead of buying a new purse last winter, I bought an old sweater & made a bag in the colour I was looking for.


Change might be hard or unpleasant at first, but there are ways of changing that are indeed fun. We have to at least try. If it was up to me, we'd do a lot more changes faster & folks would have to do it all overnight. So do the little baby steps, and be happy that you don't have to work within my plan.

My plan would be:

1. No more driving, at all that is unnecessary.
2. Work from home, telecommute.
3. No more new car purchasing, only used.
4. Vegan diet for everyone.
5. Organic Product only for all
6. All Aeroplanes grounded
7. Installation of solar & fans all over the world, coal plants shut down.
8. No more sales of ANY plastic items ever again.
9. No more brand new anything made from plastic, used only.
10. Farm flax, linen, cotton organically & make all clothes from this.
11. Compost ALL table scraps.
12. No more steel cans. (unless BPA free)
13. Eco Engines created to put into cars already on the roads.
14. Solar Power all homes, laptops & other "power using machines."

--I'll stop my list now. This is enough to get started on, I think.


--Heather :)
re-posted from my blog.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

The EtsyVeg Spooktacular Starts Today!

Come Haunting with the Etsyveg Team October 27th-November 2nd, 2010! EtsyVeg kicks off the EtsyVeg Spooktacular today, with creepy savings and a frightfully fantastic shopper giveaway!





SPOOKTACULAR SAVINGS
EtsyVeg's vegan and vegetarian artisans are celebrating Halloween with special treats abound, from discounts to free shipping to free gifts! Shop the participating shops listed below to save big!


* 3 AM Art Productions- BOGO on all art prints/photography

* Au clair de la lune

* Blackbird and Peacock

* Crickets Creations Handknit Scarves- $5 off anything tagged "Halloween"

* Gardenia's Garb- 10% off any item tagged "Halloween"

* Jen O'Connell Paintings and Original Artwork- free shipping

* JFIllustrations- free shipping

* Kimbas Critters

* Lalu Jewelry- 15% off

* Maple Ash and Oak- 15% off

* M's Knits and Things- 15% off all scarves

* Mumbot Shop- 10% off anything tagged "Halloween"

* Palafox Studio 23- free shipping

* SilentLotus Creations- 15% off entire shop, plus free shipping over $25 and free gift over $40

* Starfirewire- Free Shipping and Free gift


GHOULISH GIVEAWAY

As part of our ghostly event, EtsyVeg is hosting a giveaway in which lucky shoppers will receive scarily fabulous handmade prizes from our ghostly talented artisans! All shoppers who make purchases from EtsyVeg member shops participating in the Spooktacular (see list above) are invited to comment on this post below. Include the link to the item(s) you purchased and your Etsy shop name or email address so we can contact you if you're name is drawn, and you will be entered to win an
incredible prizes ( a random number generator will be used to choose winners). Winners will be announced on November 3rd!



Extra Entries: Earn one entry for every shop from the list above that you purchase from (please comment separately for each shop)!

Throughout the Spooktacular, check the blog daily for updates, featured artisans and their screamingly awesome handmade creations, and more! Please email us with questions at etsyveg@gmail.com. And Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Customer Appreciation Giveaway!!

You all mean the world to us, and we want to thank you by giving away 2 gift certificates to our Etsy store just in time for the holidays!

THE PRIZES:

1 $50 Gift Certificate

All you have to do is become a Facebook fan, tell us your favorite product from our Etsy shop, and answer one of the following questions from our Journaling Within notebook:
* If you had to describe yourself to someone, what words would you use?

* What do you love about your life right now?
* What’s the nicest thing you have ever done for someone?

We’ll choose our favorite response!

1 $25 Gift Certificate
The person who refers the most people to our fan page wins!
(Please make sure they become a fan and then leave a comment letting us know that you referred them.)

The giveaway ends on October 31st, and we’ll post the winners here on November 1st!

Be sure to comment below and tell all of your friends!

Good luck, everyone! :)
Jodi and Dan

Our Responsibility


I don’t hold animals superior or even equal to humans. The whole case for behaving decently to animals rests on the fact that we are the superior species. We are the species uniquely capable of imagination, rationality, and moral choice – and that is precisely why we are under an obligation to recognize and respect the rights of animals.

—Brigid Brophy

Monday, October 25, 2010

Rice Pilaf




Hi, I'm Jennifer from Gilding Lilies. Here is one of my Meatless Monday non recipes. I'm assuming everybody can cook white rice. If not, please follow the directions on the rice package, with this variation.

When I was little, I loved that "San Francisco Treat". You know what I talking about, right? Well, it's tasty, but not vegan. To create this yummy variation, I break up angel hair pasta into little bits. I then saute the bits in olive oil until they are golden brown. Add the rice, water, a little minced garlic, dill, and vegan chic-like broth powder and cook it just as you would regular white rice.

Do you know the knuckle trick for cooking rice? You put the rice in a saute pan, touch your finger to the top of the rice, and add water up too your first knuckle. Those proportions seem to work every time. No more measuring cups Folks.


Gilding Lilies
http://www.etsy.com/shop/gildinglilies
http://gildingliliesjournal.blogspot.com

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Come Haunting with the Etsyveg Team!



The EtsyVeg Spooktacular promotion is coming up soon! Starting on October 27th, EtsyVeg will kick off our Halloween celebration with frightfully good savings in participating artisan shops!

Celeste from CricketsCreations is joining us with $5 off anything tagged "Halloween" in her shop.
Palafoxstudio23 will offer free shipping in her shop, while Karina will be offering 15% off in both of her shops, lalujewelry and mapleashandoak.

Patti of gardeniasgarb would like you to stop by her shop to receive 10% Off anything tagged "Halloween"!

blackbirdandpeacock, KimbasCritters, Starfirewire, magglepie, and jenoconnell are also joining our promo.

Please check these shops starting on 10/27, and stay tuned to the blog for details on who else will be participating in our creepy savings event!


Not only the EtsyVeg Spooktacular off incredibly ghoulish savings opportunities, but a fabulous giveaway for shoppers, as well! These are just some of the haunted handmade items you could win from our vegan and vegetarian artisans!


A pendant from JFIllustrations.


etsyfp
hotpinkkissesetsy
VeganLogo_3Ds
Three cards from blackbirdandpeacock.


palafoxstudi023
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Handcrafted jewels of recycled glass, metal and beads from palafoxstudio23.


Red
Jellyfish Swimming.
Photos & magnets & stickers from aktie9 (winners can choose their own magnet, stickers, or photos).



Your choice of any 5x7 fine art print of an original brush painting from silentlotus.


Please join us for our fun, fabulous, and frightful event, the EtsyVeg Spooktacular! More details as the week progesses!

--Heather :)

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Arriving at Truth

“We arrive at truth, not by reason only, but also by the heart.”

~ Pascal

Monday, October 18, 2010

October is Non-GMO month

GMO... GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organisms. GMOs are created "when DNA from one species is injected into another species, creating combinations of plants, animals, and bacteria that don't occur in nature or through traditional cross-breeding methods...More than 75 percent of the corn and soybeans grown in the United States are genetically modified. Canola, sugar beets, cotton, papaya, zucchini, and yellow summer squash carry the risk of being genetically modified as well. Milk, meat, and eggs have a high risk of GMO contamination due to genetically modified feed".(1)

The you tube video that I have linked below gives easy to understand examples of GMOs. One example that is used in the video is how scientists genetically modified a tomato with an Arctic flounder to create a tomato that is frost resistant.

GMOs are in 70% of processed foods and in tons of other foods that are in your grocery store. The scary thing is by law companies do not have to label their products as containing GMOs. When you purchase meat, that animal was most likely given a feed diet which is very high in corn. That corn is 75% likely to be genetically modified. The same thing with milk, genetically modified feed plus the dairy cows get extra doses of genetically modified hormones.

Soybeans are a big staple in some people's lives who choose not to eat animal products and they are one of the most genetically modified plants. This is were checking your labels becomes important. If a product contains no genetically modified ingredients it will say so on the label: NO GMOs. Also if the product is organic it will not contain any GMOs.

The non-GMO project puts out a shopping guide that lists ingredients in our foods that are genetically modified. This is what the guide says about sugar: If a non-organic product made in North America lists "sugar" as an ingredient (and NOT pure cane sugar), then it is almost certainly a combination of sugar from both sugar cane and GM sugar beets.
Some other GM ingredients from their long list:
baking powder, condensed milk, corn syrup, gluten, soy milk. tempeh, starch, vitamins B12 & E

"The American Academy of Environmental Medicine reported that "Several animal studies indicate serious health risks associated with GM food", including infertility, immune problems, accelerated aging, faulty insulin regulation, and changes in major organs and the gastrointestinal system."(2)

What we can do as consumers is check our labels, buy organic when possible and let the people in charge know that as a consumer you want GMOs labeled on foods. Another important thing as a consumer is to educate yourself and others on these matters.

Some great articles that I highly recommend checking out are:
*Organic Valleys article "GMO? Just say no: A precautionary tale
http://www.organicvalley.coop/community/beyond-the-plate/no-gmo/page1/
*The non-GMO shopping guide
http://www.nongmoshoppingguide.com/
*You tube video mentioned above
*Food Inc. - Great Documentary that I highly recommend









(1) "Taste for life Balanced Health" Oct. 2010 pg. 7
(2) non-gmo shopping tips from the non-gmo shopping guide

from heydesigns blog post- http://heyavocado.blogspot.com/

Fall Forest Fashion- What's Hot and What's Not?

Fall Forest Fashion: In a Word? Leafy!



We're fresh from the Nature Fashion Scene! What's new and fresh in woodland style? Plump berry and tall and twiggy are the season's most envied shapes. The hottest looks are trampled-grunge and earthy-crunchy, and a glimpse of nude branch is oh-so-sexy! Hats are all the rage in accessories as acorn caps make their debut. Brown is the new green- last season's greens look old and whithered next to the colors du jour, vibrant golds, oranges, and rusts. An occasional crimson or plum is daring and avant garde, and reveals itself to hushed oohs, ahs, chirps, and squeaks. A hint of what's to come? Perhaps...


Stay tuned for reviews of the latest in swamp-marshland couture!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Blog Action Day 2010: Water

Today is October 15th and Blog Action Day 2010! Powered by change.org, this year's Blog Action Day will bring together thousands of bloggers from all over the world to help shed more light on water issues around the globe.

Here are some facts that illustrate the severity of the global water problem, and why Blog Action Day 2010 is such an important opportunity to raise awareness about the issue:

* Unsafe drinking water and lack of sanitation kills more people every year than all forms of violence, including war. Unclean drinking water can incubate some pretty scary diseases, like E. coli, salmonella, cholera and hepatitis A. Given that bouquet of bacteria, it's no surprise that water, or rather lack thereof, causes 42,000 deaths each week.

* More people have access to a cell phone than to a toilet. Today, 2.5 billion people lack access to toilets. This means that sewage spills into rivers and streams, contaminating drinking water and causing disease.

* Every day, women and children in Africa walk a combined total of 109 million hours to get water. They do this while carrying cisterns weighing around 40 pounds when filled in order to gather water that, in many cases, is still polluted. Aside from putting a great deal of strain on their bodies, walking such long distances keeps children out of school and women away from other endeavors that can help improve the quality of life in their communities.

* The average American uses 159 gallons of water every day – more than 15 times the average person in the developing world. From showering and washing our hands to watering our lawns and washing our cars, Americans use a lot of water. To put things into perspective, the average five-minute shower will use about 10 gallons of water. Now imagine using that same amount to bathe, wash your clothes, cook your meals and quench your thirst.



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One of the most negative impacts upon the global state of water is animal agriculture and the consumption of meat and other animal-derived foods. Subsequently, transitioning to a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle is one of the most critical actions you can take to help shift ongoing degradation of the world's water supply (and the environment as a whole). Here are some important reasons to go vegan or vegetarian for water, for the planet, and for and all of its inhabitants:

* It takes 6.3 gallons of water to produce just one hamburger. That 6.3 gallons covers everything from watering the wheat for the bun and providing water for the cow to cooking the patty and baking the bun. And that's just one meal! It would take over 184 billion gallons of water to make just one hamburger for every person in the United States. (
Blog Action Day 2010)

* The livestock sector is probably the largest contributor of water pollution, the major sources being animal waste, antibiotics and hormones, chemicals from tanneries, fertilizers and pesticides used for animal feed crops, and sediments from eroded pastures. (
EcoHearth)

* The largest amount of water the agriculture sector uses for livestock is to provide them with food. The feed production industry uses huge amounts of water to irrigate the land on which food is grown for all these animals, which have been bred to provide people products like meat, dairy and eggs. It has been estimated that the livestock sector may account for about 45 percent of the global budget of water used in food production (source Zimmer and Renault 2003).
Vegan Peace

* Plant-based diets only require around one-third of the land and water needed to produce a typical Western diet. Farmed animals consume much more protein, water and calories than they produce, so far greater quantities of crops and water are needed to produce animal ‘products’ to feed humans than are needed to feed people direct on a plant-based diet. With water and land becoming scarcer globally, world hunger increasing and the planet’s population rising, it is much more sustainable to eat plant foods direct than use up precious resources feeding farmed animals. (
Vegan Society)

* In most of the developing world, untreated manure enters water used by people for drinking, washing and bathing. Along with the manure flow lots of other undesirables including pesticides, antibiotics, hormones, and their breakdown products, not to mention the surplus of nitrogen and phosphorus coming from fertilizers placed on the feed crops. All of this livestock-related influx upsets balance in nature. It can lead to fish kills and algal blooms which can deaden lakes. (
Vegetarian Resource Group)

* It takes 5,000 gallons (18,900 Litres)of water to produce 1 pound of meat, while growing 1 pound of wheat only requires 25 gallons (94.5 Litres).A totally vegetarian diet requires only 300 gallons (1134 Litres) of water per day, while a meat-eating diet requires more than 4,000 gallons(15,120 Litres) of water per day. You save more water by not eating a pound of beef than you do by not showering for an entire year. (
useecofriendlyproducts.com)

While these facts may be grim, there is hope for real solutions as more and more people around the world are waking up to the clean water crisis. It's not too late to join the efforts of Blog Action Day 2010! By registering your blog, sharing something you've written or come across about water, embedding an action widget, signing the petition, fundraising for clean water and spreading the word, you're helping shed light on an often over-looked, yet incredibly important issue.

Be a part of this amazing day of blog activism!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

And September's "Autumn Leaves" Challenge Winner Is...

September's "Autumn Leaves" Creative Challenge entries were voted on over the past week, and it was a very tight race between loads of fabulous and inspired handmade goods crafted by our veggie artisans! The results are now in, and the top vote getter is Celeste of Crickets Creations Handknit Scarves. Congratulations, Celeste! Hooray! :D




Thanks so much to everyone who entered and voted! :)

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Ommmmmm

From the blog of Kylie of SilentLotus Creations, Lotus Out Loud.



An extraordinary finding in my blueberry bush- the symbol for enlightenment or "Om", which signifies the One-ness of all creation and is the essence of all the universe and the sacred sound to which everything that *is* vibrates! I have the tattoo on my foot, inspired from my yoga and Buddhist studies! This mysterious and inspiring leaf message was left by an enlightened little foliage-munching caterpillar! I am amazed every time I see it!

I've left this majestical, mysterious leaf growing for weeks now, wanting to prolong the wonder of it. I think it's time I pick and press it before it disappears! :)

Monday, October 11, 2010

Beautiful Bracelet from an EtsyVeg Teamie!

An excerpt from a post on my blog, Lotus Out Loud.

I recently ordered an amazing handcrafted bracelet from EtsyVeg pal Debbie of Dkany on Etsy and For the Animals Sanctuary- I snagged it as soon as I saw it on her Facebook page! Debbie makes incredible vegan jewelry with passionate messages about compassion, and 100% of the profits from her Etsy shop go to her wonderful non-profit animal sanctuary!

I got my package from Debbie in the mail yesterday, and immediately feel in love with the bracelet, which reads "ahimsa", or "non-violence" in Sanskrit. Ahimsa is a way of living that involves passionate avoidance of injury to any living being through thought, spirit, intention, word, or action. I am very familiar with the concept from my yoga and Buddhism studies, and hold it close to my heart. The bracelet is sooo pretty, wonderfully made, and I love the chain and adorable heart clasp. I feel happy just having it on! Thanks so much, Debbie! Check out Debbie's shop to see her love-inspired work. :)



My beautiful bracelet! I love it! :D

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Join us for October's Spooky Creative Challenge- "October Ghouls"

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 August's team creative challenge!

October's Challenge

This month's "October Ghouls" challenge is inspired by the spooky excitement, traditional colors, creepy costumes, tricks and treats, screams and moans, and scary creatures of the October and Halloween season! Last year's Hallow's Eve challenge was our biggest and best! The challenge theme is very subjective, so enter whatever handmade creation, vintage item, or supply, new or already listed in your shop, that you think fits the theme! ;)

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 October's monthly challenge forum thread and tagging that item with the tag "spookyveggies" (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 Sunday, October 31st.

~All entries will be featured in a treasury on the EtsyVeg blog 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, 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 "spookyveggies" 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 http://silentlotus.etsy.com or http://aktie9.etsy.com/.

Looking forward to seeing what amazing creations you enter! :)




Thursday, October 7, 2010

A Curry for the American Palate: Peanut Butter and Green Pepper

This is an improvised version of the Goan curry that is made with homemade ground peanut and coconut paste. One day, feeling lazy, I decided to substitute  peanut butter. I have not looked back since then :)

Ingredients

medium sized green, red bell peppers (capsicum)-- 2 or 3
medium sized red onion-- one
fresh ginger to taste
Chunky or creamy peanut butter--1-2 tablespoon
Olive oil-- 1-2 tablespoon
salt to taste
red chili powder (optional)
turmeric-- 1/2 teaspoon (optional)




Instructions 



1. After removing the core and the seeds chop the pepper into small chunks. Cut the onion and the ginger also into small pieces.




2. Heat olive oil in a skillet; add the onions and the ginger. (Note: I have also added black mustard seeds. That is the way I cook but you do not have to.)

3. Cook till the onions turn translucent.


4. Add the chopped bell peppers, spices and the salt.




5. Cook till the peppers turn soft.



6. Add the peanut butter.



7. Mix it thoroughly into the cooked vegetables with a spatula till it is all melted and gooey.






You can eat this with nacho chips, pita bread, naan or roti. Any which way, it is finger lickin' good!


Vote for your Favorite September Challenge Entry!

September's "Autumn Leaves" challenge entries are in! Between now and Wednesday, October 13th vote here for your favorite creation. The winning veg artisan will be featured in a prominent ad on the EtsyVeg blog for the next month. Yay!

A big congrats to last month's challenge winner, Heather of Hey! Designs, whose "Bohemian Garden Necklace" was chosen as the top entry by voters!


See the poll below to vote!











































Stay tuned until Thursday, October 14th for the voting results! Good luck challenge participants, and thanks to everyone for voting!

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