Monday, March 31, 2014

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Spotlight Seller - Workshop of Oddities

Hi Veggies!  It's time for another round of our Spotlight Seller.  This week, let's meet Vani of Workshop of Oddities.  

First, let's look at one of Vani's adorable creations!





Odd handmade unique stuffed toy with a soul/ key chain - Rocky Sebastian Orangeade - violet/ checkered blue


What a cutie!  Now, I know you're all interested to read about Vani.  Here's what she has to say about herself and her shop: 

I'm Vani (aka Lyla Estrella) from Extraordinary Workshop of Oddities.

Are you a vegan or vegetarian? How long? - I’m vegetarian for 12 years and vegan for 4 months.

When did you open your shop on Etsy? - In April 2013

What types of things do you sell in your shop? - Toys with a soul aka Oddities, they all have different personalities and missions, and they came to this Planet to make it better - for animals, for nature and oh well, for humans ^_^; also we create everything with them – pin buttons, key chains, bags, bracelets, charity bracelets (we help animals in US and Ukraine), and different kinds of trinkets. Planning to do more vegan/ animal rights stuff soon. Stay tuned!

What do you like to do when you are not working on your shop? – Playing/ listening to music, being on nature, drawing, reading, writing books, making collages, jumping around, spend time with friends and live in my fantasy world.

Where do you get the inspiration for what you create? – I get inspiration from music and animals. Also from nature and people I love.

Where else can we find you? (Blog, facebook fan page, twitter, etc.) EWO (Extraordinary Workshop of Oddities) can be found at:
www.facebook.com/workshop.of.oddities

instagram.com/lyla_estrella

www.pinterest.com/odditiez



Tell us some fun information we might not know about you (where you live, pets you might have, etc.) -
 I came from Ukraine to US two years ago, to be with the one I love. So, right now I have two homes - in Ukraine and here. Which is tough, but I'm a vagabond, so it's fine.   We live with three rescued kitties here: Miss Laffy Taffy La Cuteness, Kinky Minky Mouse Queen and Mr. Nanakyu Supercute. All I do is for animals, it’s my mission to make their life better, in any possible way. I love electric guitars and heavy music, but I also like Irish folk and believe in fairies and unicorns. I'm kinda like a mix of light and dark clouds, finding inspiration in both of them.








What is your favorite veggie meal? – Vegan pizza with lots of vegetables and a smoothie (or rum with apple cider), and vegan carrot cake with yerba mate for dessert (:


Here are some more great items from Vani's shop:



Odd unique handmade stuffed toy with a soul/ badge/ pin button/ key chain - Boniface Polka-dot Heart - red, green, blue





Odd artisan knitted bag "Tiny Plush Chuck", red/ green, unique




Bowtie from Chuck"s wardrobe - handmade, red/flowery, unique




Thanks for sharing with us, Vani!  You can find more fabulous items from Vani in her Etsy Shop, Workshop of Oddities.

Etsyveg Fav of the Day!





Available here on etsy!

Posted by Heather!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Friday, March 28, 2014

Friday Funny - Monkey Business?

Stress Management 101:



Some brilliant person posted this in Facebookland and it just begged to be shared:-)  

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Etsyveg Fav of the Day!

Get ready for spring in this little number!



Available here on etsy!

Posted by Heather!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Monday, March 24, 2014

Etsy Veg Fave of the Day!

 OK.  Wait.  YUM!  Holy (not) cow,  Hillary's Superfoods has pretty much everything your little vegan, vegetarian, gluten free taste buds could drool over!  Absolute heaven for those with dietary restrictions whether by choice or not. 

Raw, Organic Chocolate Buttercups.  I fainted.
She writes: "★Healthy goodies that still taste decadent. Handmade and crafted to nourish using only the world's healthiest ingredients. Exclusively organic, raw & fair-trade. My carefully prepared treats are beneficial for vegan, gluten-free, wheat-free, paleo, primal, low-carb, low-sugar, and soy-free eating styles. They are also great for conditions such as diabetes, food allergies, food intolerances, inflammatory conditions, SCD, GAPS, IBS, or simply for becoming and remaining healthy."

Gluten Free Strawberry Banana Muffins?  Perfection.

 I'm pretty sure everything in her shop qualifies as Fave EVERY day.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Etsy Veg Fave of the Day!

blue ombre Swarovski crystal earrings




These gorgeous ombre sparklers come to you from Glam Girl Creations, an EtsyVeg Team member.  Aren't they amazing?  If you have a wedding party to outfit Glam Girl Creations can whip up some custom beauties just for you!

About her lovely creations Gisela writes, " I make all of my jewelry by hand using Sterling Silver, rose & yellow gold-filled components, Swarovski crystals, Swarovski pearls & natural stones & crystals."


Saturday, March 22, 2014

Quotable Quotes - a Flash of... Rejection, Selection, Connection?



“Artists have a vested interest in our believing in the flash of revelation, the so-called inspiration… shining down from heavens as a ray of grace. In reality, the imagination of the good artist or thinker produces continuously good, mediocre or bad things, but his judgment, trained and sharpened to a fine point, rejects, selects, connects… All great artists and thinkers are great workers, indefatigable not only in inventing, but also in rejecting, sifting, transforming, ordering.” 
Nietzsche
Friedrich Nietzsche
 Power to the editing process! 

Do you think Mr. Nietzsche's voluminous mustache could stand a wee transformation? :-) 

Friday, March 21, 2014

Etsy Veg Fave of the Day!

This beautiful night light box from Etsy Veg Team member Custom by Corvis is stunning!  Custom by Corvis does all kinds of amazing custom work, as stated on their Etsy page:

"We specialize in custom designs, from painted shoes and helmets to glass tile mosaics to floral portrait art. Inspired by nature. All items are vegan-friendly and many are made from upcycled or repurposed materials. // www.CustombyCorvis.com // Proud members of EtsyVeg!"

Glass tile mosaic portrait of your favorite Fido anyone?!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Quotable Quotes: Positive Body Image!

Most of our spectacular EtsyVeg vendors are women, so I doubt it's too far off the mark to post something female-centric for the day.  It's a thoughtful lesson for all whether we are parenting or not and are vegan/vegetarian or not.

So, gentlemen - join us as we celebrate positive femininity:-)



“As a child, I never heard one woman say to me: ‘I love my body.’ Not my mother, my elder sister, my best friend. Not one woman has ever said: ‘I am so proud of my body.’ So, I make sure I say it to Mia, because a positive physical outlook has to start from a very early age.” 
- Kate Winslet

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Etsyveg Fav of the Day!





Available here on etsy!

Cute little polymer clay pretzel earrings! Adorable! Thanks for looking! <3 Heather :)

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Etsyveg Fav of the Day!





Available here on etsy!

Meet Becky! So cute! Saw her in my etsy stream today (kind of like FB newsfeed) and I loved her at first look! I knew I had to feature her today in my first blogpost of a new series here, I'm calling it The Etsyveg Fav of the Day! Hard to choose just one! Please come back tomorrow, I'll have another fav to feature!

<3--Heather :)

Friday, March 7, 2014

Veggies On Pinterest

Over the past few years, Pinterest, the online site where you can pin items you like to different boards, has become increasingly popular.  I myself have a personal account and love using it. 


Now, the lovely and talented members of EtsyVeg have their own group board where we can pin items from our shops.  The good thing about this is that you can find all the handmade items you could want made by vegetarian and vegan makers all in one place.


Our board is still growing, and has lots of cool items for you to check out.  Stop on by our EtsyVeg Board and see what we're sharing!  (And if you're a team member who'd like to join us in our pinning adventures, be sure to let me know your username - we'd love to have you pin with us!)