Tuesday, February 22, 2011

From George Bernard Shaw

"Atrocities are no less atrocities when they occur in laboratories and are called research."

Monday, February 21, 2011

EtsyVeg Member Monday: Karina from Maple Ash & Oak

Meet Karina from Maple Ash and Oak.
This is what she had to tell us...

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

I pretty much always have a hundred ideas floating around in my brain at all times. When an idea comes I try to write it down or sketch it, wherever Im at. This probably isnt the most organized approach as I have several papers, scaps, napkins, whatever scattered around my house! The hard part is focusing my efforts on a few designs or ideas that I wont lose interest in. I whittle down the designs or projects that are cohesive with my shop and keep me motivated.

What do you sell in your Etsy shop?

I sell hand printed and dyed goods in my shop. I am mainly focusing on apparel at this time but plan to expand in the coming months.

What are your creative inspirations?

I get inspired by many different things, sometimes very strange and random. Nature and naturally occurring patterns are my main interest, I love patterns! Adorable little quails have been running around my mom’s backyard, so that has started some ideas flowing recently. I love animals so they are the source of most of my inspiration.

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

I would like to become a better seamstress and sew all of the pretty designs I’ve had in my head. I’d say Im proficient but not extraordinary and wish to improve my skills. My dream project is to sew a women's line of organic apparel.

Do you have any other hobbies/interests/passions?

When Im not constantly obsessing over future projects and checking my Etsy, I love to play my guitar, spend time with my boyfriend and chihuahuas, play poker and hike around Arizona.
(I will be hiking the Grand Canyon this September for the 1st time! Woohoo!)

What are your future plans for your shop/business?

I plan on focusing more on my artwork and adding pieces to my Etsy shop. My specialty lies in screen printing patterns into large format prints on fabric. Some are even 4’ by 8’. I use multiple screens and a special measurement method to print to create layered patterned art pieces.

Here are some examples:

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

The last recipe I made is my version of the spicy McChicken. I get spicy buffalo soy nuggets and layer on a sandwich with vegenaise, lettuce and spicy mustard. Sandwiches are my thing.... as in I cant make much else!

My food vice is bean burritos. Living in Phoenix, you are always surrounded by the best Mexican restaurants and food. Im actually doing a bean burrito count this year and several of my co workers have bet on how many I would eat this year. So far im at 17! Yikes! Its a whole food group for me!

My favorite restaurant is Green New American Vegetarian. Its a totally vegan restaurant. It’s sooooo super duper good! http://www.greenvegetarian.com/

Friday, February 18, 2011

Follow up, the Cress bed worked!

Just a quick follow up from my blog in January re my bed of Cress, the lettuce hasn´t taken but the cress, as you can see, is great! Once I am well fed up with eating it I will turn it into the soil, makes for a great new bed for something more substantial

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

January's "Fresh Start" Challenge Winner Is...

January's "Fresh Start" Creative Challenge entries were voted on over the past week, and the entry that received the most votes is Emily of Mothra Sue & Co. and her gorgeous handknit scarf! Congratulations, Emily! Yay! :D

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

From Carl Sagan

"How smart does a chimp have to be before killing him constitutes murder?"

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Pet of the Week: Revco's Howling Moment

Sometimes EtsyVeggers find their companion animals doing something funny, cute, or silly...
What better place to share it than here!

 This weeks cute moment belongs to Revco, companion howler to
Veronica from Scrappy Rat.

"Revco is always doing something goofy. I often post my pets' silliness
on my blog, and this week I caught this picture of him
throwing his head back in an enthusiastic howl, clearly feeling the
call of the wild while clad in his cuddly little Christmas sweater
with the wee little pom pom on the hood. Such a wild thing. As I
mentioned on my blog, I recently discovered that he will start howling
if you say "Woot woot" or "Peep boop boop", which leads me to believe
that he has a great distrust for robots and feels he must rally his
fellow canines against the coming invasion. What a nut.
(Howling actually is used by dogs to send the message, "Hey I'm over
here! Where are you?" It's a long, sustained noise that carries well
so dogs can find each other if they are lost or have become separated
from the group. They will also howl as a communal cry of unity when
waking up or heading out together. In this particular photo, Revco was
howling to my husband who had just left the pack to go outside to get
something out of the car. Revco, as best I can tell, can't believe
anyone would ever leave him behind on purpose, so he has to howl to
say, "Oh no! You must be lost! I'll help you find your way back."

Learn more about Revco, HERE.
Posted by JFillustrations

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

From Shel Silverstein

Somehow I missed out on Shel Silverstein earlier in my life. I just discovered his work in the past few months!  I found this poem in "Where the Sidewalk Ends", thought I'd save it for one of the occasions mentioned in the poem but it is appropriate at any time, so enjoy ...... oh, I've found his poems are best read out loud!

Point of View

Thanksgiving dinner's sad and thankless
Christmas dinner's dark and blue
When you stop and try to see it
From the turkey's point of view.

Sunday dinner isn't sunny
Easter feasts are just bad luck
When you see it from the viewpoint
Of a chicken or a duck.

Oh how I once loved tuna salad
Pork and lobsters, lamb chops too
Till I stopped and looked at dinner
From the dinner's point of view.

January's Creative Challenge Entries- Vote for Your Fave!

January's "Fresh Start" challenge entries are in! Between now and Monday, February 11th 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, Indira of Dharma Karma Arts, who was chosen as the top entry by voters!

See the poll below to vote!

Stay tuned until Tuesday, February 15th for the voting results! Good luck challenge participants, and thanks to everyone for voting!

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

Monty's Musings - Part Five

Hello loyal human followers!

I hope you are all enjoying 2011 so far. The year of the rabbit apparently- when is the next year of the cat? That really would be something to celebrate.

Anyway, I had a good holiday season with my family, although that smelly dog came back again. I just can't seem to get rid of her! The humans even bought her a Christmas present! My presents (plural) were much better though and I can really pull off the blanket-look. See for yourselves:

Now, since my last visit to the vets I seem to have been feeling hungrier than usual and I had been wondering if there was a link with the new word they used at my appointment- DIET. After further investigation I was dismayed to find that this means I am being fed less! Why would they do this to me? Food is my one true passion and the humans, who are supposed to give me everything I want, are trying to deprive me of it! Don't ask me why, because I am sure I have never looked better:

I am simply big-boned. Well I'm sure they will see the error of their ways soon, particularly if I give them my best 'I'm soooo hungry' look, and most sorrowful meow.

Until next time, you stay classy EtsyVeg Team,

- Monty

Monday, February 7, 2011

February's "Red Hot" Creative Challenge

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 February's team creative challenge!

February's Challenge

This month's "Red Hot" challenge is inspired by fiery crimsons and deep cherries, the beauty of the color red! ;) February exudes red all month to inspire you, whether part of the love and hearts of Valentine's Day or important social issues like the American Heart Association's Go Red for Women Campaign to spread awareness about heart disease in women and V-Day's efforts to raise consciousness about stopping violence against women and girls around the globe. Any or all of these things can be your muse, but you can enter just one RED item!

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 February's monthly challenge forum thread and tagging that item with the tag "redhotveggie" (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 Monday, February 28th.

~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 "redhotveggie" 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://thebluewindmill.etsy.com/.

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

EtsyVeg Member Monday: Maggie from Magglepie!

Stitch Scarf by Magglepie
Meet Maggie from magglepie on Etsy!
This is what she had to tell us...

What do you sell in your Etsy shop?
 I sell handknit scarves and blankets mostly.  Occasionally I’ll whip up a hat or some washcloths, but blankets and scarves are really what I love to make.

How did you get started creating? 
Well, when I was 11, my grandma taught me to crochet, but I didn’t really take to it very well.  I don’t think I really had the patience or desire to learn how at that time.  Then about 9 years ago, I asked her if she would teach me how to knit, and she did.  I was hooked from the first second I made that first stitch.  I absolutely fell in love with knitting.  And now, while I will crochet on occasion, I can honestly say that knitting is my passion!

What other artistic tendencies do you have?  Do you have other crafty/artsy skills that you already do or would like to try? I’ve always admired the work of good photographers.  There are some photogs on the etsyveg team whose work I see and I am just floored because it is so astounding.  Being able to take a camera and create a picture that is so breathtaking you just want to step in has always been an admiration.  Anyway, long story short, I would love to become a really good photographer, and try my hand at that a bit.  I also think painting would be fun.  My grandpa Arvid was a painter, and I remember spending so much time admiring all the work he did.

How long have you been on Etsy, and are you an Etsy addict?
I’ve been on Etsy for two years already, and I am totally addicted!  I love it. 

How long have you been vegan/vegetarian?  How does being veg play into the rest of your life? I’ve been a vegetarian for almost 15 years.  I remember thinking to myself, this tastes really bad, every time I ate a piece of meat.  So, I just stopped.  I’ve been vegan for I think about a year.  That transition has been a little more challenging, as I sometimes still get cravings for cheese.  But I found that mixing avocadoes in with my smoothies really helps fight that.  It’s important to me to stick to my feelings and beliefs about being vegan because I don’t think that there is any reason for humans to kill or otherwise hurt other animals simply for the sake of our taste buds.  I find it ironic on so many levels that humans are the only species who not only cook the heck out of their meat, but also consume milk products from entirely different species of animals.  I guess there’s just always been this deep seated respect I’ve got not just for other humans but for other animals.  I strongly believe that everything on this planet has the right to live out the natural course of its life without cruelty or premature death.

Maggie at her Brother's Wedding
What is the last recipe you made?  What are your food vices or cravings?
 The last thing I made was a fruit smoothie, which isn’t so much a really complex recipe.  I mean, you can throw pretty much anything you want in a smoothie and it tastes good.  The one I made this morning had bananas, strawberries, blackberries, an avocado and an orange.  I would say that something I really crave a lot is hummus on soft shell taco wraps or spicy vegetable stir fry.  I make my stir fry with potatoes, carrots and broccoli a lot and mix it with this awesome spicy sauce and some rice.  It is so good! 

What is your favorite vegan/vegetarian store/restaurant/blog/website?
I’m not sure if I’ve really got a favorite website or blog, BUT there’s this local restaurant in Moorhead called the Thai Orchid that I love.  It’s not exclusively vegan or vegetarian, but it is by far the most vegan friendly restaurant in town.  They will make anything on their menu vegan for you if you ask, and the food is so good!  Some of my vegan friends in the local veg group I’m in got me hooked on it at my last birthday. 

Posted by JFillustrations.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Pet of the Week: Ms. kitty face

Meet kitty face.
She is a companion kitty to Kelly Beth of Twigs & Leaf Botanicals
What is your pet's name, birthday, sex, breed? Her name is kitty face (all lowercase) and she is about 11 years old. We have no idea what her birthday is, or what "kind" of cat, except for a beautiful one.

Where/how did you come up with their name?
When we got her, her name was "spice" on her paperwork, and the girl who left her called her "spooky boots". she never answered to any of these. We eventually gave up trying to find a name she answered to, and realized that she always answered if kelly called out to her "kitty face" so it just stuck. but look at that cute kitty face!

How did you meet your pet?  Were they Adopted, rescued or other?
Kitty face is a rescue cat, that was saved by a girl who was moving out of a house that we ended up taking. She couldn't take kitty face with her, because she already had 4 cats where she was going. So i came over a few times to get to know a then scared & hissy cat that was terrified of everything, before i moved in and became just some stranger she had to deal with again. I agreed to take her, so she wasn't uprooted from yet another home or put in a shelter. She was abused her entire life, and was an entirely different cat when we got her.  She wouldn't come anywhere near anyone without a lot of yelling and hissing, and hid in the bedroom 24/7. She slowly realized that we understood and were letting her take her time with us. She started crawling into bed with us and sleeping in our laps, to now following us around and is all purrs if we hold her--which was unheard of 2 years ago. she's our little furry baby.

I don't know who the girl got her from; but it was a kill shelter and she was going to be put down and that broke her heart.

What are your pet’s favorite toys, foods, snacks, activities?
Kitty face loves anything that resembles a string and can be dragged along the floor. Currently, she loves the really long twist tie from the romaine lettuce. Her favorite activity is sunning herself and sleeping in scott's lap when he's studying.

What are some things you enjoy doing with your pet?
 Cuddling and pushing her over on her side when she protests & making her purr. She loves being pushed over onto her side and being stroked from ear to tail. Very vigorous purring ensues. : )

Do you take them to parks or to see people? 

 Kitty face does not like other cats, but doesn't mind dogs. She just stares at them, perplexed. and she talks too much to really take her in public. "Talking" for her means yelling and carrying on like a crazy lady, which she is, but it's entertaining. She loves to talk to us.

Do you take your pet on vacations with you?
She doesn't like carriers. confined spaces don't sit well with her, which makes me believe she's had some bad experiences. we don't want to recreate that fear in any way.

Does your pet have any special tricks or unique habits?
 If you ask her a question, she'll answer you! If you call her name, she'll come running & talking. She can also sing jingle bells if we sing a duet. She also wakes mom up every morning around 6am by stepping directly on her bladder, no matter where she's laying or what position she's in-kitty will put that paw directly on the bladder. She's figured out that in the morning, if she does this, mom goes downstairs to the bathroom & will see that her food bowl is empty, which means she will fill it. sneaky, sneaky.

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?

Oh man, pet carriers=the devil.

How do your family members get along with the pet?
Everyone loves her! She's crazy, she talks a lot and will try to trick some people into petting her just so she can yell at them for touching her, but she's all meow, and if you pick her up and hold her like a baby, she just protests (unless she's in the mood to be held, of course). She's a gentle little lamb.

Do you spoil your pet?
Not really, we just treat her like a mix between a baby & grandma. She eats organic, wheat-free foods (she has a grain allergy), and uses feline pine, which is her favorite litter because she can make a whole bunch of noise... yes. Yes, we do spoil her.

What's the most important/special thing your pet adds to your life? 
 Love. We have so much love for her, and she fills each day with so much more importance. The way that she waits for Scott to get back from work by waiting & staring at the door each saturday & sunday at noon, or the way we miss her and feel so guilty for just leaving her alone for one night... she's the child that we cannot have.

Posted by JFillustrations

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Animal Experiments

George Bernard Shaw once said, "You do not settle whether an experiment is justified or not by merely showing that it is of some use. The distinction is not between useful and useless experiments, but between barbarous and civilized behavior." There are some medical problems that can probably only be cured by testing on unwilling people, but we don’t do it because we recognize that it would be wrong. We need to extend this same concern to other living, feeling beings, regardless of what species they may be.