Sunday, June 24, 2012

Spotlight Seller

It's Sunday so that means it is time to Spotlight one of our awesome EtsyVeg Sellers!!! This week we have Kelly Beth of Twig and Leaf Botanicals!!!

Tell us a bit about yourself? 
hi! my name is kelly beth. i'm a certified clinical herbalist and foodie, wanderer and constant photographer. amongst other things.

Vegan or Vegetarian? How long?
i have been happily vegan for many years!

When did you open your shop on Etsy?
october of 2009.

Organic Vanilla Bean Bath Therapy
What do you sell on Etsy? 
i cultivate and harvest small-batch organic alternative health herbs, organic kitchen herbs and spices, as well as delicious spice blends. i also make organic & vegan skin care, with a healing focus.

When you are not working on your shop, what do you do? 
i spend a lot of time with my plants, and i also do landscaping to make other people's yards come to life. i tend to space out and watch the sky and mountains, because i live in such a beautiful place in the Roosevelt national forest. i also write for an online vegan/vegetarian website, and have a lot of hobbies.

Organic Vegan Cheese Seasoning
Where do you get your inspiration? 
from plants and all of the amazing healing properties that they hold for us, from beautiful vegan food and from the needs of those i love.

Favorite veggie meal?
too many to list a single one! i'm a huge fan of israeli pearl couscous fruit salad, lentil burgers, vegan scrambles; and anything with beets; i just love nutritious beautiful food!

Where else can we find you?

Thanks for being part of the team Kelly Beth!! Make sure to check out everything at her shop Twig and Leaf Botanicals!!!

*Hey EtsyVeg-gies!! If you want to be featured in an upcoming Spotlight Seller please convo BunnysBakedGoods on etsy for more information!* 

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Quotable Quotes - The "Poison Pill"

Vicente Wolf Couch at Ralph Pucci
Since we are a collective of compassionate creatives (how's that for alliteration?!) I thought this week addressing the constant design conundrum "when to say when" would be fun.  In art school you spend countless hours discussing the skill of knowing when to quit, back away from the piece and allow it to be finished.  Is this ever easy? NO!

Thus the quote of the day...

"The designer Andree Putman taught me about what she called the 'Poison Pill,'" says Ralph Pucci.  "That's when you add that one extra detail that isn't necessary - like the added spice that ruins the dish..." (Elle Decor, July/August 2012, pg.98) 

Don't you love that?

I know I've been known to overdose on the Poison Pill from time to time:-/

{Back story - Andree Putnam and Ralph Pucci are fantastic, modern minimalist designers of interior objects and furniture.  They are both disciplined masters at knowing when to stop}

Have a great and PRODUCTIVE week!

Andree Putman chairs

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Quotable Quotes - - they're BACK!

Greetings EtsyVeg community!  We've decided to resurrect the habit of posting inspirational quotes every week to our happy little blog. 

 My dear college friend from  Chasing Lightning Bugs on Etsy made a lovely, original calligraphy piece with the following quote on it.  It's hanging in my entry hall.

"I wish that every human life might be pure transparent freedom."  Simone de Beauvoir

Feel free to pass on anything you would like to see posted. 


June "Summerfun" 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 June's team creative challenge!

June's Challenge

Our theme is Summer Fun! With this being June, it is the perfect
time to share some fun items that are cool and summery! You
are welcome to join in with any item you feel
represents "summerfun" The theme is very subjective. It can be
ANY item that you feel fits that theme! Any color, style, shape or
any other thing that fits that theme is welcome to be entered!

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


*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 June's monthly
challenge forum thread and tagging that item with the tag
"summerfun" (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 June 30th.

~All entries will be featured in a treasury on the EtsyVeg blog at the
beginning of next month, to be voted on by the public (EtsyVeg members
can vote, too). The top vote-getter will be awarded with an ad for
their Etsy shop on the top of the blog sidebar for the entire month
until the next winner is chosen. At the end of six months, 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
"summerfun" 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 magglepie, or send an email to


The EtsyVeg Monthly Challenge is meant to inspire, recognize, and
promote team members and our shops; to spread the word about vegan/
vegetarian lifestyles and living consciously; and to raise awareness
about the ease of eco-friendly living and the rights of animals to
live free of exploitation.

~*Happy creating!*~

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Spotlight Seller

The Spotlight Seller is back and excited to share another awesome member of our EtsyVeg Team!!! This week we have Christine of DesignSpecimen!!

Tell us a bit about yourself? 
My name is Christine. I have lived in Michigan my whole life but love to travel.

Vegan or Vegetarian? How long?
I have been vegan for about 15 years now.

When did you open your shop on Etsy?
I joined Etsy in 2007 but just last month really opened up my shop.

Copper Etched Vegan Necklace

What do you sell on Etsy?
I sell vegan and animal-inspired etched copper pendants and soon other earrings, bracelets, etc.

When you are not working on your shop, what do you do?
When I am not making jewelry I am a freelance graphic designer and nanny.

Copper Etched Chicken Necklace

Where do you get your inspiration?
I volunteer once a week at a local animal sanctuary and spending time with the animals and their unique personalities gives me inspiration.

Favorite veggie meal?
My favorite meal would have to be vegan pizza rolls with lots of green olives and Daiya cheese.

Where else can we find you?
My website is I am also on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest. 

Thanks for being part of the team Christine!! Make sure to stop by and check out her fantastic work at  DesignSpecimen!!!

*Hey EtsyVeg-gies!! If you want to be featured in an upcoming Spotlight Seller please convo BunnysBakedGoods on etsy for more information!* 

Friday, June 8, 2012

Friday Finds - Summer Fun

I don't know about where you live, but it's baking hot here in Minnesota this week, and as we roll into June, I thought it would be fun to do a Summer Fun post for Friday Finds. Enjoy these great summer style items from our EtsyVeg Team!

Summer Fruits Soup or Cereal Bowls - Set of 4 Pottery Bowls by KarinLorenc

Summer Greens - Green & White Beach Necklace by BlissWorksStudio

Hazy Summer Flowers ACEO - fine art print - nature photography - limited edition by maybesparrowsplace

Lavender Love - Recycled Single Switch Plate Cover, Bumble Bee, Insect, Purple, Blue, Flower, Spring, Summer, Garden, Seattle by Aguavino

JUNE ONLY Vegan Organic Local Strawberry Caramels (limited edition) by feedyourface

Toddler T-Shirt: Pink with Batik Hearts, Short Sleeves (18 months) READY TO SHIP by PeaceBabyBatiks

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Strawberry Crumb Bars

By Cori of Peace, Baby! Batiks

Our strawberry patch produced mightily this year, and I have the berries for at least three batches of jam in my freezer. We still had plenty to eat, though, which was good because my son decided this summer that he liked fresh berries again.

Some of the berries went into a batch of these delicious strawberry bars. The only deviation I made from the recipe was to add a few frozen raspberries to make a full quart of berries. It made plenty to share!

Strawberry Crumb Bars
From “Smells Like Home

1½ c sugar, divided
1 t baking powder
3 c flour
¼ t salt
Zest of 1 lemon
2 sticks (½ lb) cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
1 large egg
4 c fresh strawberries, hulled and quartered
4 t cornstarch
Juice of 1 lemon

Preheat the oven to 375° F.  Grease a 13×9-inch pan and set aside.

In a medium bowl, combine 1 cup of the sugar, baking powder, and flour. Mix in the salt and the lemon zest, and stir together with a fork. Cut in the butter and egg with a pastry blender (or two knives) until the largest chunks are about pea-sized. Spread about half of the dough mixture in an even layer over the bottom of the prepared pan and press down firmly to form the bottom crust.

In another bowl, stir together the remaining sugar, cornstarch, and lemon juice. Gently mix in the strawberries until combined.

Spread the berry mixture evenly over the bottom crust. Crumble the remaining dough over the top of the berries. 

Bake 45 minutes or until the top is slightly golden brown. Cool completely before cutting into squares and serving.