Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Tuesday's Quote

Humanity’s true moral test, its fundamental test…consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals. And in this respect humankind has suffered a fundamental debacle, a debacle so fundamental that all others stem from it.
—Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, 1984

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Spotlight Seller

This week out Spotlight Seller is Jennifer of Naked Eye Beauty! Let's find out how beautiful she is!!

Tell us a bit about yourself?
My name is Jennifer Ziliotto and I live in Los Angeles, California. I have been a freelance make-up artist and hair stylist for 8 years, doing everything from weddings to photoshoots to music videos. I started getting into natural skin care about 3 years ago trying to make some of my own products for my kit that I could not find in stores. It eventually snowballed into making things for my friends and family for fun and then taking it a bit more seriously by opening an etsy shop.

Vegan or Vegetarian? How long? 
I have been vegetarian for 14 years, vegan for 3, although I have been back and forth between being vegetarian and vegan for the past year or so.

When did you open your shop on Etsy? 
I opened my shop just shy of 2 months. Still a newbie!

Coral Tinted Lip Balm

Tell us about what you sell on Etsy? 
I sell handmade all natural vegan skin care and cosmetics. I am really into using as little ingredients as possible, the freshest herbs and not overpowering things with fragrance. It's all about keeping it simple and respecting nature!

When you are not working on your shop, what do you do? 
When I'm not working I'm usually hanging out with my boyfriend, friends and family. Also, I am a huge music lover (I play guitar and occasionally play in bands for fun) so I go to a lot of shows and try to take up the amazing local music scene here in LA.

Your Vegan Pumpkin Masque looks fantastic!! Where do you get your inspiration? 
I used to use Mychelle's Pumpkin Peel and loved it so much I figured there must be a way to make my own version. It took awhile but I absolutely looove the scent, pumpkin spice is my favorite!

Vegan Pumpkin Masque

What's your favorite veggie meal?
I love a simple bowl of short grain brown rice, fried tofu or tempeh, adzuki beans, some kale, a yummy tahini or miso dressing, sesame seeds and dulse flakes. Very simple but SOOO GOOD!

Where else can we find you? 
I have a website for my make-up and hair services,www.jenniferziliotto.com, and a green beauty blog, blog.jenniferziliotto.com. My website for my products is www.nakedeyebeauty.com. I am also on Twitter (@nakedeyebeauty) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/neyebeauty)

Thank you Jennifer for being part of the team and for making us all look beautiful without cruelty.  Make sure to check out all of her fabulous products at Naked Eye Beauty!!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Tuesday's Quote

Life is life – whether in a cat, or dog or man. There is no difference there between a cat or a man. The idea of difference is a human conception for man’s own advantage.
—Sri Aurobindo (1872–1950)

Bean Burritos!

A while back I got a crazy craving for a burrito. I thought, well I could go to a restaurant and get one, but it won't be vegan friendly. So, I went out and got some beams and all this other great stuff from the store and made my own. Even though the recipe is simple and you could easily make up your own, I wanted to share what I made with you in case you'd like to try it yourself!

You'll need:
Black beans
Pinto beans
Lettuce (I used iceberg, romaine and green leaf)
Toffuti Better than Sour cream
Salsa (I used the HOT kind... Be warned, it is very hot)
Burrito shells

Warm up the beans and corn. Add some lettuce to your burrito shell. Top that with the warmed up beans and corn. Put some Better than Sour Cream and Salsa on top. Roll up and enjoy! Tastes so good, you'll think you did get it at a restaurant :)

Monday, December 19, 2011

"Veggie Harvest" Challenge Winner- Yay!

Hey all! November's "Veggie Harvest" Challenge is officially over, and our winner is Karin Lorenc Colorful Stoneware Pottery! A huge congratulations to Karin and her beautiful autumn nesting bowls! :D HOORAY!

It's not too late to enter your own item in December's "Shimmering Ice" Challenge! All EtsyVeg members are invited!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Spotlight Seller

This week's Spotlight Seller is Emma-Jayne of Urbanimal! Let's learn more about our fellow animal lover!

Tell us a bit about yourself? 
I'm Emma-Jayne Saanen, and I'm based near Glasgow in the UK. I'm dangerously close to my 30th birthday and my passion is animals, their biology, their welfare, and their mythology.

Vegan or Vegetarian? How long?
I have been a lacto-ovo vegetarian since around 1995. My mum has been a vegetarian since prior to my birth, and when I was old enough to understand why she was vegetarian I decided to become one too. 

Earlier in 2011 I became an ovo-vegetarian. I had been burying my head in the sand about the cruelty of dairy and when I was diagnosed as lactose intolerant I took that as a sign. I personally find the dairy industry far more abusive than the meat industry. 

When did you open your shop on Etsy?
I opened my Etsy store in July 2009, encouraged by a few of my friends who were already selling there. 

Original Art Custom Animal Portrait
Tell us about what you sell on Etsy?
My art is inspired by the lives and tales of animals, and my store is where I sell original artworks looking for good homes. I also take animal portrait commissions. 

When you are not working on your shop, what do you do?
What don't I do? I already have a BA(Hons) in Fine Art, but I am a student again. This time I am studying towards a BA/BSc(Hons) in Environmental Studies. 

I am a volunteer with my local park ranger service. The work is varied: sometimes we take kids out to teach them the wonders of the woodland, sometimes we go out on surveys for rare species, and sometimes we do something as simple as a litter pick. 

Through my volunteer work I have developed a passion for lepidoptery (the study of butterflies and moths) and I can regularly be seen running around my community with a butterfly net, recording species and releasing them. 

My spirituality takes up the rest of my time. I am an animist, totemist and aspiring shamanist. This, alongside my volunteer work, inspires my animal art. 

Original Art Grey Heron as Totem

Your Grey Heron as Totem is beautiful! Where do you get your inspiration?
Grey Heron in particular was inspired by the herons that live nearby. There is a nesting pair in one of the parks, but very few people know they are there. There is something magical about having such a beautiful bird living so secretively in an urban town. I just had to capture that vibe in my art.

What's your favorite veggie meal?
It would have to be ramen. There is an amazing noodle bar in Glasgow that sells the most delicious yasai ramen soup. Oh and the yasi gyoza are fantabulous!

Where else can we find you?
My main website is www.urbanimal.co.uk , and I can be found attwitter.com/#!/urbanimal , plus.google.com/104317087709825007890/posts?hl=enwww.facebook.com/Ms.Saanen and wagyu.deviantart.com/

Thanks for being part of the team Emma-Jayne!! Make sure to check out her wonderful work at Urbanimal! 

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Tuesday's Quote

Poor animals! How jealously they guard their pathetic bodies…that which to us is merely an evening’s meal, but to them is life itself.
—T. Casey Brennan

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Spotlight Seller

This week our Spotlight Seller is Jennifer of Gilding Lilies! Let's find out more about our EtsyVeg Teammate!!

Tell us a bit about yourself?
My name is Jennifer Lorton aka Gilding Lilies. I live in Northern California right on the coast. It's a really quaint area. It has been used as a location for many movies, TV shows, etc. because it's just so darn cute. I really love living here. I live, with a few animal companions, in a rustic cabin surrounded by redwood trees. My daughter Nichole (21 years old) lives in the cabin next door. There is a third cabin on the property that serves as my art studio and packaging headquarters. It's a perfect arrangement. 

Vegan or Vegetarian? How long?
I've been a vegetarian since I was 12 (I'll soon be 50), and a couple years ago I made the shift to being vegan. It has been an interesting adventure switching to a vegan diet, I felt like I had to learn to cook all over again, but I've really enjoyed the process. I like to share my food successes on my blog where I often feature a Meatless Monday post. 

When did you open your shop on Etsy?I've had my Etsy store for almost a year now. 

The Collection Number XII Signed Fine Art Photograph

Tell us about what you sell on Etsy?
I'm a mixed media artist, graphic artist, and photographer. My shop has my original artwork, photographic prints, my greeting cards, etc. Etsy has been a nice way for me to get my work out there, in the world, to be seen by lots of people.

When you are not working on your shop...what do you do?
When I'm not working on my shop I like to enjoy doing all the activities that the coast has to offer. I love taking my camera out and photographing the local area. I also love to travel and see new things.

Your Enlightenment Photo is stunning! Where do you get your inspiration?
Thank you, I'm so glad you like my Enlightenment photo. Sometimes the beauty of nature can just take your breath away, and that photo is a perfect example. I feel blessed to be able to capture and enjoy those sorts of moments. 

Enlightenment Signed Fine Art Photograph

What's your favorite veggie meal?
Hmm, my favorite veggie meal? It's hard for me to pick a favorite meal, that I cook, I love to try new things. My favorite veggie restaurants are the Chicago Diner, Millennium (in San Francisco), and locally The Ravens (in Mendocino CA).

Where else can we find you?
My work can also be seen in galleries across the country, in print through Bentley Publishing, and on my blog ( gildingliliesjourney.blogspot.com ).

Thank you Jennifer for being part of team! I must say I am a little jealous, a log cabin has always been my dream home!! Make sure to check out Jennifer's wonderful work at Gilding Lilies!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Vote for Your Favorite Entry in November's "Veggie Harvest" Challenge!

November's "Veggie Harvest" challenge entries are in! Between now and November 19th, vote here for your favorite creation. The winning veg artisan will be featured in a prominent ad on the EtsyVeg blog for January. Yay!

Another big congratulations to last month's challenge winner, Stasya of The Stitch and Fold!

See the poll below to vote for this month's winner!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

December's Creative Challenge- "Shimmering Ice!"

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 December's team creative challenge!

December's Challenge

This month's theme of "Shimmering Ice!" Think glistening snow, sparkling ice crystals, ice skating in brightly-colored clothes on a frozen lake bed, scarlet red cardinals resting on a snowy pine, bundling up to venture into a haze of snowflakes! :) 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 (get creative with it)!

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 December's monthly challenge forum thread and tagging that item with the tag "
shimmeringice" (all one word, without the quotations). You must also have your entry tagged with the official team tag, "etsyveg team" (both words must be used).

~If an item entered in the challenge sells before the end of the month, please send a convo to Heather at http://thebluewindmill.etsy.com, including the link to the sold item, so that it can still be included.

~Deadline for entry is Saturday, December 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 "shimmeringice" 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! :)

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Spotlight Seller

This week our Spotlight Seller is Alanna of PaperDame! Let's find out more about our EtsyVeg Teammate and wish her a Happy Etsy Anniversary!!

Tell us a bit about yourself?
My name is Alanna Lowe and I was born and raised in southern Orange County, California. I currently live in Dana Point. I love all things vintage, collect books and have a sidekick named Dottie (miniature Dachshund). 

Vegan or Vegetarian? How long?
I am vegetarian but choose to eat alot of vegan cuisine. I grew up in a household that went through phases of not eating meat and decided about 4 years ago to become a committed vegetarian.

When did you open your shop on Etsy?
I opened my shop on Etsy in December 2010. 

Hand Sewn Holiday Card

Tell us about what you sell on Etsy?
I sell upcycled pendant lamps that are made out of vintage books that I have collected. Each page is hand folded to create a unique shape out of each book and the cords are hand wrapped with natural fibers. (Also, with perfect timing for the holidays handmade holiday cards!!)

When you are not working on your shop...what do you do?
When I'm not working on my Etsy shop, I work as a sales rep for a vintage furniture rental company. I work with clients to design their event and select vintage pieces (couches, chandeliers, bicycles, etc.) to enhance their theme. It's lots of fun!

Where do you get your inspiration?
I get my inspiration for my Book Lamps from the books themselves. All of my lamps have a theme, meaning that the books being used for each lamp are all a specific genre (children's books or love stories or adventure stories - get the idea?). I also do custom orders, in which case, my inspiration comes from the client - their favorite book, which room they want to put it in, etc.

Upcycled Books Pendant Light

What's your favorite veggie meal?
My favorite veggie meal would have to be Pad Thai from Wheel of Life - a Vegan Thai restaurant in Irvine, CA. 

Where else can we find you?
Aside from Etsy, I can be found at local art shows. Patchwork - Indie Arts and Crafts Festival is one of my favorites. I am also going to be featured at a boutique in Long Beach called Twig & Willow.

Thank you Alanna for being part of team! Make sure to check out all of her beautiful and illuminating works at PaperDame!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Friday Finds - Winter Wonderland

The weather is getting chillier, and in many places the snow is flying. So, for this (long overdue) Friday Finds, I've chosen some awesome wintery finds from the EtsyVeg team! Enjoy.

White Flower Wedding Plugs 7/16 Inch 11mm by arksendeavors

Winter Love A Signed Fine Art Photograph by GildingLilies

Tiny snowflake necklace silver by lulubugjewelry

Snow Rabbit - small amigurumi bunny by TheStitchandFold

Ice - natural white crystal clear moonstone and sterling silver earrings by RavensCraving

Snowscape Photography Blank Notecards for Holiday or Any Time by kneedeeporiginals