Friday, April 29, 2011

Friday Finds - The Quirky

I admit it: I love items that are a little funky, quirky or offbeat. This week I am doing sort of a mini team treasury featuring just a few Friday Finds items that I think are a little quirky or funky from our Etsy Veggers! Hope you enjoy!



Drusilla the Zombie Queen by Dark Faerie




Black Sheep Pin by Vegancraftastic




Sally from Nightmare Before Christmas' Favorite Colors - Handknit Patchwork Scarf in Grey, Yellow, Orange-Red, Purple and Green by CricketsCreations

A Royal Wedding.

Posted by Veganessa
Congratulations to Kate and Prince William for their Royal Wedding.
To celebrate their union, here are some Red White and Blue items from some EtsyVeg shops.




JackAndJillsMom




FairTradeFamily


HoneyBeeSoapShop




Wilsons





VeganGurl









PandawithCookie

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Thanks Kylie!

As I'm checking out blogs through my blog reader I clicked on Kylie's to have a look at her latest posts. While at her blog I found a quote that I don't believe we've shared here. So head on over to Lotus Out Loud for this week's quote. Oh and have a look around while you're there.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Sunday Spotlight Seller

I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter.  I apologize for being late on the Sunday Spotlight Seller, being that most of you will read this Monday morning (since it's already Monday morning..).  This week we are sharing the love with Jenn from Baubles 4 Knitwits.  Jenn makes some great accessories for the witty knitter and those that like a little whimsy in their life.  Creations range from knitting needles and stitch markers to clutches and knitted bracelets.  Stop by and remember to add something you love to your favorites.  I've got a few!

Spring Stripes Canvas Clutch

You can also visit Jenn over at her vegan foodie website, Cookin' Vegan for great recipes and to read all about her Etsy adventures.  While you're at it, follow Jenn on Twitter @cookinvegan and keep up to date on all of her adventures!
Green With Envy Knitted Bracelet

Be sure to share your favorite items with everyone you know and maybe a few strangers, too.  Treasuries, Facebook posts, Tweets and blog posts are always welcome and when you're done, come back and leave a comment after posting your own info to get a little love back.   Then go veg out on some holiday leftovers and smile because you've done your good deed for the day.  :)

Friday, April 22, 2011

Wow, Mother Nature!

 For the many vegetarians who are going native in their gardens and yards, and for everyone in our celebration of the wonders of Nature .....

“Like a great poet, Nature knows how
to produce the greatest effects
with the most limited means.”
~ Heinrich Hein, German poet (1797-1856)

Mother Earth- EtsyVeg Sales for Earth Day and Mother's Day

Earth Day is this Friday, April 22nd and Mother's Day is in just a few weeks, Sunday, May 8th! These two events are definitely worth celebrating, and offer a great opportunity to shop handmade and support veg artisans AND to have great sales in EtsyVeg shops. :)



Check out these Etsy shops for a fantastic array of handmade made by vegans and vegetarians:


Baubles4knitwits
The deal:
20% off with a free gift(a set of stitch markers). Use code LOVEYOURMAMA.
Where to redeem: http://baubles4knitwits.etsy.com/
Sale Dates: April 22nd - May 8th

Desiderio Chocolates
The deal: 25% off in my shop. Use code YUMEARTHDAY.
Where to redeem: http://desideriochocolates.etsy.com/
Sale Dates: April 22nd - May 8th

Katkin Studios
The deal: 50% discount with the coupon code PROMO1.
Where to redeem: http://katkinstudios.etsy.com/
Expires on: April 25th

Lean Dog Pottery
The deal:
15% off with coupon code EARTHDAY15. PLUS FREE shipping on all US orders with coupon code ILOVEMYMOM. Since you can only use ONE coupon code at a time on Etsy, I'll refund buyers through PayPal the one they can't enter.
Where to redeem: http://leandogpottery.etsy.com/
Sale Dates: May 2nd

Mumbot
The deal:
10% off sale starting with the Coupon Code EARTHDAYLOVE! PLUS an extra extra surprise with the extra surprise I already give with each purchase! =)
Where to redeem:
http://mumbot.etsy.com/
Sale Dates: April 21st - April 24th

OooohShiny
The deal:
15% off with the code EARTHDAY2011.
Where to redeem: http://OooohShiny.etsy.com/
Sale Dates: April 22 - 24th

Sage Tea Social
The deal: 15% off all reusable coffee cup sleeves. Use code EARTHLOVE11
Where to redeem: http://sageteasocial.etsy.com/
Expires on: April 23rd
Plus! Enter the
Earth Day Giveaway for a chance to win a reusable sleeve, for free!

SilentLotus Creations
The deal: 20% off all items, PLUS a free upcycled brooch with every purchase. 10% of all sales on Earth Day, April 22nd, will be donated to EarthSave. Use code EARTHLOVE.
Where to redeem: http://silentlotus.etsy.com/
Expires on: April 24th

Sinister Soaps
The deal:
25% off all handcrafted vegan soaps. Use code EARTHLOVE
Where to redeem: http://sinistersoaps.etsy.com/
Expires on: April 24th

The Little Schremlin
The deal:
20% off all orders that include at least one item from the “Earth Day Sale” section. Use code EARTHDAY.
Where to redeem: http://thelittleschremlin.etsy.com/
Expires on: April 22nd

Twig and Leaf Botanicals
The deal:
25% off all items: spices, teas, and vegan body care. Use code LOVEOUREARTH.
Where to redeem: http://twigandleafbotanical.etsy.com/
Expires on: Unknown

Veganville
The deal: 15% off all vegan baked goods. Use code MOMMYEARTH.
Where to redeem: http://veganville.etsy.com/
Sale Dates: April 21st - May 8th

Xmittens
The deal: Free shipping. Use code SPRING2011
Where to redeem: http://xmittens.etsy.com/
Expires on: May 15th

Eco-Fabulous Handmade!

Happy Earth Day! Reducing, reusing, and recycling is a great way to help preserve our Mother Earth. These can even be implemented in crafting, and some of EtsyVeg's members do just that in unique, inspired ways. Check out some fabulous examples of handmade goods created using vintage, upcycled, reclaimed, repurposed and recycled materials. Eco-friendly and veg artisans at their best!

Shop handmade! Buy recycled! Love the planet! :)


All Mixed Up- a OOAK skirt made from knit fabric remnants, by Rachel of Ravissant.



The Minimalists Rainstorm- original art created using cement board scraps and recycled newspaper, by Kathleen of Kathleen Marie Kelly.



Upcycled Flower Clay Magnet- a cute little magnet made with a baby food jar lid as its base, by Julie of Vegan Gurl.



The Small Royal Writer - a nifty journal handmade with recycled packaging from Crown Royal Whiskey, by Lynn of Hair of the Dog (Eco-Imbiber).



Recycled Fabric Drawstring Yoga Bag- a lovely bag for carrying a yoga mat, made by hand by Adrienne of Au Clair de la Lune.



Stamp Lamp Tealight Candle Holder- a one-of-a-kind illuminating vessel crafted from a recycled glass jar and used postage stamps, by Lucy of Lunique Jewellery.



cordelia. wall hanging.- a super sweet patchwork wall hanging handsewn using upcycled fabric from the 60s, by Jill of BeanLennon.



Don't Leaf Me- a OOAK tie clip crafted from repurposed steel picture hardware, a vintage brass stamping and blank clip, and an antique glass jewel, by Kylie of SilentLotus Creations.



Orange-Red and White Ring- a fiery ring made from ceramic and recycled glass, by Kelly of Lean Dog Pottery.



Glass Magnets and Decorated Wood Trinket Box - a unique gift set made from an upcycled vintage box and a vintage map, by Jody of ShabbyNChic.



Brown Bushy Tail Squirrel- an adorable handmade plush created from an upcyled fleece blanket, by Laura of Wilsons.



Wine Bag- a memorable gift bag for wine bottles created from repurposed t-shirts, by Cherie of Jag & Nevie.

Friday Finds - Earth Day Fun

Happy Earth Day! Today I thought it would be fun to do an Earth Day Blog treasury all about the Earth. These are items from our lovely Etsy Veggers that are either green, blue or have some earth type theme to them. Enjoy!



Bluegrass and Lime Leaf Veins - Ready to Ship - Upcycled Earrings by Kathleen Marie Kelly





Lil Bunny Amongst The Carrots, 5 x 7 Fine Art Print by The Blue Windmill





Summer Swirls Necklace by Bella Tu Jewelry




Malcolm - 12-24 month hat with stripes by the Anecdotes





Nispero Seeds Loquat by Pixie Pod





Custom spiral plugs by Sweet Obsolete

HAPPY EARTH DAY!!

This year Earth Day is themed A Billion Acts of Green. A billion acts of green.....

WOW, sounds like a lot doesn’t it?!

A billion acts of green......

But what does “green” really mean?


I know that for me, personally, it means many things. Cutting down on plastic usage, reusing, recycling and reducing (the emphasis being on “reduce”) and choosing a Vegan lifestyle are just a few.


I’m naturally not a materialistic person and in fact I get quite twitchy when I have too much “stuff” in my life. Only last year I had another wobbly and sold/gave away all of my possessions so that I could be free to travel as light as the wind and the freedom I felt was (as always) awesome!


I actively tell people not to buy me things for birthdays/Christmas because it will lead to an eventual mental meltdown and I will end up taking everything to the charity shops!


This wonderful planet that we inhabit is being suffocated by our ignorance. We have lost our connection with nature and no longer feel part of this world. Therefore we feel nothing about destroying it; mostly in the name of small sheets of printed paper that we call money. If this is not collective madness then I’m sure I don’t know what is!


But let’s not get too freaked out by things we cannot change alone.


Only this morning I said to my partner;


“I’m not sure how much longer I can continue to buy food that has plastic wrapping....I feel terrible....there is a huge floating island of plastic in the sea and the animals are dying and.....and...” (Here, I momentarily became speechless with dismay!)


My partner, my wonderful partner, turned to me and calmly said:


“We don’t need to do everything alone. We were born into a society where this kind of consumerism is normal. We can do as much as we can with the options that we have and we can do no more. Don’t stress yourself about things that you cannot change. Plastic is how most of the food here is packaged, just let’s do our part and avoid, as much as we can, the food with plastic on it.”


He is much more present than me sometimes!


But he is right. What can I, alone, do about the floating plastic island in the sea? What can I, alone, do about the people who still have no compassion for the animals that are being slaughtered to feed them?


Alone.....not much.....but, together, my friends......we can start a revolution! We can make the choice to honour our home and our feathered, scaly, furry and horned brothers.


Things are changing. WE are changing things! There are huge groups of likeminded people who have awoken to the fact that we are one.....we are all made up of the same 92 chemical compounds, and all of us were born from the same star.


We are the same as the cows in the meadow and the fish in the ocean. We are the same as the trees in the forest and the towering mountains.


As a group of Vegetarians and Vegans we have taken the first choices towards becoming a more enlightened race. A race that holds the Earth and all who dwell upon her in the highest regard. We are the catalyst for a change that is coming to the world!


We can show others by our lifestyle choices that we are perfectly healthy, happy and lovely individuals. We should never push our beliefs onto others, but we can lead by example!


For me, we are all “acts of green” and we will be the deep breath before the plunge into the new way of thinking.


So this day, let’s recognise our beautiful planet and sing praise for the life that she gives us and all the wonderful natural abundance that sustains our every need.


Let’s celebrate this wonderful Earth, not only for today...but every day of the year from now on.


One billion acts of green.....doesn’t seem so much after all!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

In the Trenches: Lab Animal Rescue

In honor of World Week for Animals in Laboratories Week (WWAIL), EtsyVeg member Veronica of Scrappy Rat Designs shares her experience rescuing animals from death in a testing lab. Visit Veronica's blog and Etsy shop, where she sells animal themed stationery items (cruelty-free).

Though most people think of guinea pigs and rats when they picture animals in labs, my first lab rescues were Syrian hamsters (if they were in a pet store instead of a laboratory, they'd be called "teddy bear hamsters") and several Mongolian gerbils. We were careful to tread carefully at the pickup, not wanting to offend the facility that was turning the animals over to us. If they were to stop allowing us to take their surplus animals, it would sentence these small creatures to certain death. Any surplus animals who didn't go home with a rescue or as the pet of an employee of the facility were slated to be killed. By "surplus", I mean the animals the lab purchased and didn't end up using for experiments. For various reasons, it was a rarity to be able to rescue any who had been experimented on, so in general, they were killed regardless.

Of course, labs don't just use rodents, though that's what our rescue specialized in. The facility used many rabbits and beagles and cats as well. Luckily, there were some cat and dog rescues who were doing the same thing we were--taking in as many as we could care for humanely and adopt out, but just like us, there were simply far more animals than they could take in. That was the toughest part of the "job" (we were volunteers, hence the quotes), having to decide who lives and who dies.

Once there, I'd go into the room they'd put the animals to be released in. I didn't ask questions, talk much, or try to see anything else, because honestly, if they were cooperative enough to let us take in whichever animals we could, I didn't want to jinx it. After all, not every lab is so kind, and I appreciated every animal we were allowed to carry out.

I remember being surprised at how tiny the cages were, with nothing inside but a little bit of wood litter. There was a sloped part in the lid for plain lab block and a water bottle, so even less of the space inside was actually usable for the animal inside. I tried not to actually look at any of the animals in particular. It was too hard to look into those deep, marble-like eyes and know that I had to leave some of them behind. I just gave the number of hamsters I could take and was relieved to discover that they had only a small number of gerbils at that pickup and I could take them all. Still, I knew there was a room full of rabbits we didn't have spaces for, and that definitely made my heart squeeze.

The mood changed dramatically when we got them home and started setting up our new fosters into their new cages, filled with toys to climb on, dens to hide in, plenty of litter to burrow deep into, special bedding that could be shredded and expanded into soft nests, and more. Their first feeding time was a huge event--their first experience with "real" food. Squeaks of excitement announced the discovery of fresh veggies and bits of real fruit along with carefully blended mixed food diets formulated to be species specific, instead of the "rodent block" they were used to eating--think large bland blocks made to avoid interfering with experiments and to be convenient to researchers. Much gleeful hoarding, of food, re-arranging those stashes, and nibbling went on long into the night.

The happiest of the new arrivals had to be the gerbils, who had formerly lived alone. While hamsters are solitary creatures who should not be kept in groups, gerbils are highly social creatures and these guys couldn't have been happier to form a family. They would play together, build complex tunnels, and even sing happily (it sounds like birds chirping and is the cutest thing *ever*) Despite a lonely start, these boys lived together for nearly 5 years, which I can attest to, because I was the one who adopted them. I am grateful for the lab that allowed me to take them in, along with the others I picked up that day who all found fabulous homes. If they hadn't opted to allow rescues to take in their unwanted animals, these guys wouldn't have had the happy experiences they enjoyed together.

Meanwhile, I will do all I can to work toward a day when animals are no longer used in testing. I will always avoid purchasing products tested on animals, and I will encourage the implication of the three R's wherever animal testing continues:

*Reduce the numbers of animals used to the absolute minimum needed
*Refine tests to ensure that duplicate unnecessary animal tests are not performed
*Replace animals with non-animal testing.

If all labs follow these rules, animal testing will come to an end.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Imagination

"Logic will take you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere."

~ Albert Einstein

Another quote from Heather, thank you!

The truth Behind the Labs

I first got involved in the vegetarian movement when I was 15. I was the first, and only, person in my family to become a vegetarian. As I was getting to know myself as a veggie, I did a little reading about the treatment of animals. I learned that some of the products I used sometimes on a daily basis were tested on animals. Sometimes those animals even included cats and dogs. It wasn't until I got to college that I really got into animal rights/welfare. I joined an online community called Care2, through which I learned even more about how horrible labs are and just how severely mistreated lab animals are. I decided then that I was going to become a vegan and do even small things I could to help. Anyway, to make a long story short, I want to share with you a little bit about what I've learned about animals in labs and just how they are treated.

In case you don't know, this week is World Week for Animals in Laboratories. There is a great website called WWAIL that is working this week to share as much information as they can about what goes on behind the closed doors of labs. A couple of things I've learned from their site and from Vivisection Info is that there is really no way to know how many animals are used world wide for animal testing because federal law does not require companies to state how many rats, mice and cold blooded animals they use. The estimate lies somewhere between 20 and 70 million. Some of the statics they do know are:

* In the US, 28 million warm-blooded vertebrate animals are used every year in labs for testing. 18 million of those animals are killed every year. To compare that to a few other countries, in England the number is 2.51 million, in Canada it's 1.66 million and in the Netherlands it's 0.73 million.

* Some of the animals used for testing include dogs, cats, primates (usually monkeys), hamsters, gerbils and rabbits.

* Even though an act exists called the Animal Welfare Act, it does nothing to control how animals are treated while in the lab. All it controls is how animals are cared for before and after testing.

Some of the tests that are done on animals include:

* Eye irritancy test: This is when a liquid, granule or flake is place in the eyes of an animal, usually a rabbit. The animal is kept in a cage with extremely limited mobility and usually receives no anesthesia.

* Acute Toxicity Test: These are also commonly referred to as poisoning tests, where scientists test a product to see how much it takes to kill up to 100% of a group of test animals.

You can learn more about both of these types of tests here.

There are many companies that test on animals, either at the beginning, end of, or throughout the entire process of making their products. These companies include but are not limited to:

* Proctor and Gamble
* 3M (The makers of Post It's)
* Aveeno (By Johnson and Johnson)
* Arm and Hammer
* Unilever (The makers of Suave products)

A full list of companies that do test on animals can be found here.

Luckily, there are also many companies that don't test on animals. They include:

* Abercrombie and Fitch
* Afterglow Cosmetics
* Arbonne International
* Bonne Bell
* Candles with a Cause

A good bet is to look for the Leaping Bunny. They have strict standards that companies must adhere to in order to get a leaping bunny on there product. There is also a full list here of companies that don't test on animals.

I hope you find all the information here useful to live a cruelty free lifestyle. Remember to do your research and check all the labels before you buy!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Sunday Spotlight Seller


It's that time again and we have a great Spotlight Seller for this week.  Coco + Me is filled with one of a kind, handmade jewelry inspired by her two adopted golden retrievers.  Eva's love for animals (and people) shows in many of her pieces and she takes her compassion one step further by donating a percentage of her profits to animal (or sometimes human) non-profit organizations.  Currently, Eva is donating 25% of every jewelry sale to Etsy For Animals' Charity of the Month (EFA COTM).


Tribal Bone Dog Lover's Necklace
You can follow Eva's blog where she often posts info on animal welfare, yummy veggie food and fellow EtsyVeg Sellers.  Don't forget to stop in at Coco + Me to find your favorite item to share and post to your plethora of social media sites to get the word out.  Come back and partake in a little self-love by leaving your internet calling card to your shop, blog, Facebook, etc.

Passion Poppy Lampwork Necklace


Thursday, April 14, 2011

Let's Continue to Work On Making This a Less Dangerous World ....



"The world is a dangerous place. Not because of the people who are evil; but because of the people who don't do anything about it."      

~ Albert Einstein

Thank you Heather! I discovered this quote on Heather's email.  ( EtsyVeg, photographer Heather)

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

March's "Spring Into Life" Challenge Winner Is...

March's "Spring Into Life" Creative Challenge entries were voted on over the past week, and the entry that received the most votes is "Bionecklace- No. 2" from Abigail Lyn (abbielyn)! Congratulations to Abigail and her inspiring terrarium necklace! Yay! :D Thanks so much to everyone who entered and voted! :)

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Sunday Spotlight Seller

This week's Spotlight Seller is undiscovered shop, Katkin Studios!


Commission:  Digital painting.
Kat's art is mostly inspired by nature with calming colors and aesthetic forms. She loves to use flowing sweeps and has been known to use impasto or plaster in her pieces to give a unique texture to the canvas. Each piece comes from the heart and it shows!

Birth: 3-Dimensional acrylic, gouache, and polystyrene on canvas.

Kat could use a little pounce and that's just what we're going to give her.  So stop by her shop and add the piece that inspires you most to your favorites.  Then you can head over to her Facebook page and give her some love.

Give a shout out on Twitter, link the item on Facebook or even blog about Kat's unique style of art.  Come back here and link up, then leave a comment telling us what you did to help share Kat with the rest of the online community.


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Friday, April 8, 2011

Friday Finds - Spring has Sprung

Hi gang! For those who may not know, I love to make treasuries, both on Etsy and on my personal blog. So, I decided to add a little treasury love to the etsyveg blog by doing a Friday Finds segment! This week, it's all about Spring. I'm celebrating the fact that spring is finally arrived where I live, and I'm guessing where you live as well! Enjoy these great items from our etysveg team members!



Yellow Peep Earrings by The Little Schremlin





Small Yellow Flower Plate / Spoon Rest by Karin Lorenc






Fleeting Blossoms- 5x7 Print of Original Brush Painting (medium) by Silent Lotus




BrisStyle Handmade Ark Flood Appeal - Cherry Blossom Hand Embroidered Pendant Necklace by Edward and Lilly





Little White Quail Pin by Vegancraftastic




Spring Romance watercolor by Knee Deep Originals





Switch to Spring 2 -- Recycled Double Light Switch Plate by Aguavino

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

VEGAN GREEN CHILI ENCHILA'ZAGNA*! Yum....

"Rowwrrrgurgggg"  Was that your stomach?  Hungry for some Green Chili Enchila'zagna*? Good, because here comes the recipe. 'Just so happens it's VEGAN too:-)  Try it on your non-veg compatriots - it's so rich and satisfying they won't notice the absence of cheese or meat, promise!

I'm Cherie of Jag & Nevie here on (the MARVELOUS) EtsyVeg Marketplace, and I'm a "use-whatcha-got" cook, so you'll notice the vegetable selection is open to whatever you have in the fridge...  Go for it, kids!

* "Enchila'zagna" because it is made from enchilada ingredients and layered like a lasagna.  Corny, I know, and yes the pun's intended;->

VEGAN GREEN CHILI ENCHILA'ZAGNA


Ingred:
2 - 12 oz. cans Green Enchilada Sauce (you may not use all of 2nd can – save it to pour on re-fried beans!)
1 sm. Can (6 oz) Green Chilies diced*
1 Block Firm Tofu
1-2 Onions, chopped
3-5 Cloves Garlic, minced
1t. Cumin, ground
1t.  Oregano, dried
I c. White Cabbage, Bok Choy (incl. leaves), or Yellow Squash, chopped fine
Nutritional Yeast
(optional) Vegan Cheese – any flavor you like (shredded, sliced)
10-12 Yellow Corn Tortillas

Saute pan:
Heat 1T. coconut or canola oil and sauté the onions, garlic and chopped vegetable(s) until soft.  Crumble in the tofu; add green chilies and seasonings and heat through.

In a 8x10” or 9x13” pan:
Spread thin layer of Enchilada sauce.  Place a layer of tortillas, tearing some roughly in half to fill most of the gaps (don’t worry about spaces too much). 
Lightly cover with layer of tofu/veg mix.  Sprinkle with Nutritional yeast and vegan cheese if using (you can even use slices).  Cover with tortillas again. Add a thin layer of enchilada sauce and repeat layers until all of your filling is used up.  This is usually 2-3 layers. 
The top layer should be tortillas with plenty of Enchilada sauce to cover them; spread it around w/ a spatula so they have plenty to absorb otherwise they will be too crunchy or crispy.  Sprinkle Nutritional yeast lightly on top and BAKE.

Bake: approximately 34-45 min. on 350*.  Check at 35 min. and see if the tortillas look saturated and the top is starting to turn golden.
If it looks a little bit soupy, leave it 5 min. longer.  It does “thicken up” after it sits awhile.  Try the recipe before you serve to guests and get your liquid/tortilla ratio perfected;-)  Even better made the day before you serve it.

*Depending on how generous your Hispanic foods section is – you may find a tomato/green chili canned combo and that is delicious too.  You may want to double this quantity if you really like the chilies!
 
Hope you like it.  I have dreams about it:-)  Cheers!  eat GREEN, buy GREEN, be WELL, Cherie

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

March's Creative Challenge Entries- Vote for Your Favorite!

March's "Spring Into Life" challenge entries are in! Between now and Monday, April 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, Jade of Mumbot, who was chosen as the top entry by voters!





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Stay tuned until Tuesday, April 12th for the voting results! Good luck challenge participants, and thanks to everyone for voting! Look for details on April's "Spirit of the Earth" monthly challenge on the blog. And please join in the creative fun! :)