Tuesday, December 30, 2008
To start off this month long challenge, Michelle of My Zoetrope created this very colorful one.
I also was able to get two of them. You can find them here and here. Please show all three lots of love by leaving a comment and clicking on the featured items! Let's get veganism noticed!
Monday, December 29, 2008
Thanks to Melanie of The Coma Girl Designs and the soon to open Doolang Doolang Boutique for creating the fan page. Melanie has been a huge help to the team by creating several of our lovely graphics (the four with fruit in it and the one below), Facebook group and blog ring. You rock, Melanie!
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Friday, December 26, 2008
The screenshot cut off the bottom three store names on this one. From left to right, they are from For The Love of Vegan, Lemon St. Photography and Cards & Jewelry by Michele.
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
But wait, there's more! It's also made out of recycled paper and is printed with vegetable ink. Pretty neat-o, right? Just go here to preorder your copy today!
Monday, December 22, 2008
All profits from the sales of these sampler packs go to helping our team pay for promoting our team and veganism. We donated $200 to two different sanctuaries from the money we raised with the last round of sampler packs!
Saturday, December 20, 2008
It's winter time and my skin is dry and itchy. Yuck. Nothing worse than being stuck in an office where everyone has their space heaters cranked up and there is nothing I can do about all the hot air blowing around just drying out my skin further.
So I was on a search for something to quench my thirst so to speak. I turned to my good friend Silvana's shop, Forest Nymphs & Brisil Bath & Body and found the perfect solution, Yerba Mate' Botancial HYDROSOL Facial Mist. This is the miracle of all miracle cures. You just spray and a comforting mist comes out to moisten that dry skin. To quote from her ad, "This facial mist is an all natural botanical hydrosol (by-product of esential oil production) made with yerba mate'for its antioxdants;chamomile and rosemary,orange, rose and our essential oil blend to calm, heal and hydrate parched dehydrated skin."
You can't get closer to earth or more natural than this. Why would you want all that alcohol and other crap on your skin when you can have a little bit of heaven to gently sink into your skin and make you feel so good. This product is highly recommended for the dry and itchy!
Friday, December 19, 2008
For The Animals is run by one of our members, Debbie of For The Animals, who uses the profits from her shop for her sanctuary. They currently have two cows, Herbie and Kevinah, and 8 goats. If you're in the New Jersey area, please consider volunteering some of your time to them. They're a small sanctuary that just got started, so they could certainly use all the help they can get!
Animal Place is located in California and not only are they a farmed animal sanctuary, but they also work with Compassion Without Borders to rescue dogs from Mexico. With the money we donated to them, we sponsored four animals- Cecilia the chicken, Sophie the sheep, Peggy Sue the pig and Howie the cow. They recently were able to expand to 590 acres, so they're a great sanctuary that is steadily growing. Definitely what the animals need!
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup of olive oil or 1/4 cup butter substitute at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1 banana or 1/3 cup of applesauce
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup finely chopped almonds
-Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease 1 large baking sheet. Better yet use parchment paper
-Combine the dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl.
-In a large bowl, cream together the oil or butter substitute and sugar until fluffy.
-Add the banana or applesauce, mix well. Add the dry ingredients, and then add the vanilla extract and mix well.
-Fold in the chopped almonds.
-Scoop the batter from mixing bowl on to lightly greased baking sheet or parchment paper, into two mounds. Flour your hands and shape the batter/dough into two loave, shaped kinda like a football.
-Place in the top rack in the oven. Bake at 350 degrees until golden brown, about 40 minutes. Use a toothpick to test for doneness. Insert a toothpick in the center of one of the loaves, when you remove the toothpick, it should be dry. If it isn’t, return the loaves to the oven for about another 7 or 8 minutes.
-Remove the loaves from the oven ( they’ll look like two giant cookies) and let them cool completely on the sheet.
-Transfer the cookie loaves to a large cutting board and with a serrated knife cut/saw into 3/4-inch thick slices. Spread the cookies, laying them flat, on the baking sheet.
-Bake in the oven on the center rack for 20 minutes, turn the Biscotti over and return them to the oven for ten minutes, turn them over again and return them to the oven for five more minutes.
-Then remove from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool. (For Chocolate Biscotti add 1/3 cup of Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa Powder and reduce the amount of flour by 1/3 cup.)
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Art by Funk is also participating in this sale. Buy any ceramic piece and get a second one at 50% off.
Discounts will be refunded once your order is received.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Our team has received quite a bit of publicity since it first formed in February of this year. Check it all out!
Friday, December 12, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
December Team Challenge- "Down On The Farm". Your entry must be farm animal themed. Along with your entry post a short story about the farm animal you chose and why. The deadline to enter is December 24 and after that, a poll will be posted to determine the winner. The winner gets to choose a prize and their entry will be featured here!
Vegan Etsy Giveaway- Melanie of The Coma Girl Designs (and the one who made many of our awesome graphics, including the one that's in the current VegNews issue!) is going to be having a vegan handmade giveaway on her blog. If all goes well, she will be making it a monthly event to help promote our team and the shops that donate to the giveaway. If you would like to contribute something to this, please contact her.
Holidays With Compassion Campaign- This is going on all month and is an effort between us and the Cruelty Free Etsy team. Please encourage people to celebrate these holidays compassionately whenever and wherever you can! Post about it on your blog, twitter about it, create a treasury, bump threads on the etsy forums or anything else you have time for. If you have any more ideas on how to promote this, we'd love to hear them. Just contact me or you can post about it on the message board .
Holiday Gift Exchange- For those of you that are participating, this is just a reminder to mail out your packages to your recipient soon. When you receive your package, please post about it and share pictures!
The Little Black Box- Just a reminder that if you're doing this, Kim needs to receive your promo items by January 21. Want to know what The Little Black Box is? Visit the website to learn all about it! If you want to be in this, please contact Kim as soon as possible. Her email can be found here.
Team Sampler Packs- More will be listed soon! I'm waiting for a few more people to send their items in. If you want to participate in this next round of sampler packs, please let me know as soon as possible.
Business Card Exchange- This is a great way to help promote each other's shops! We are exchanging business cards to send out in our sales packages, hand out at craft fairs and use wherever else we get a chance.
The List Goes On!- For more ways to become active with the team, please see the Handy Dandy Member Guide. It's packed full of things you can do to help this team succeed.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Friday, December 5, 2008
Cook 1 Cup of dry Penne in salted boiling water according to the instructions on the pack.
To be blended into a paste/sauce without using any extra water (the liquid from the tomatoes will be enough).
1 C spearmint
1 C cilantro
2 Green chillies
Handful of Almonds
1 T nutritional yeast
1 T flax seed
2 T Extra Virgin Olive Oil
4-5 Ripe Tomatoes
Sea Salt to taste
How to proceed:
Cut 1 large capsicum (green pepper) into cubes. Put in a microwave safe glass dish, cover and cook on high for 3 minutes. Mix in the blended sauce, cover and cook on high for 3 more minutes. Let it sit for a few minutes.
For the microwave haters, this can also be made easily on stovetop. Just stir fry the green pepper in a dash of olive oil very briefly (about a minute), add the pesto sauce and bring it to a boil and immediately switch off the flame.
Mix in the cooked Penne.
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Carla's entry is listed here in her shop. This is what she has to say about them-
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Michelle of Bees Knees Jewelleries has opened Sticks In Stones.
Silvana and Brian of Forest Nymphs and Brisil Handmade Bath & Body have opened Art By Funk.
Please give them all a warm welcome by checking out their shops and hearting them!
Saturday, November 29, 2008
The best part about purchasing from For The Animals is that all proceeds go to their sanctuary, For The Animals Sanctuary and the anti-fur group that Debbie runs, Caring Activists Against Fur. Here is some information about the sanctuary that Debbie wrote-
My dream was to save a cow and her baby (son) from being exploited and murdered. I met my Vegan husband who also felt the same desires. We saved our $$ bought a house and built a barn and waited. Then we saw Herbie on the news (one week before Xmas) running for his life in Brooklyn. I cried. I called all the sanctuaries to see if he was being saved. Thankfully WFAS was rescuing him but they didn't have the room so we stepped in. At the same time Kevina was born in a dairy farm. The farmers thought she was a boy and they were drowning all the boys. Lucky for Kevina a girl that worked there brought her to WFAS. I named her Kevin (thinking she was a boy) now she is Kevina. Herbie and Kevina just got married on May 31 2008. We had about 65 guests and tons of Vegan food.
Our sanctuary is 8 acres. We are small guys but we do a lot for the Animals!! We just rescued 8 goats. 3 of the goats were really sick needing critical care treatment i.e. blood transfusions, injections and forced oral meds and were separated for 4 weeks from the rest of the goat sisters. They were scouring (massive diarrhea). They are all better now YUPPIE. Our goal for 2009 is to rescue some chickens and focus on Vegan outreach. We have an abolitionist approach to Veganism.
FTA has no volunteers. My husband and I do all the work around the farm. We both work full time in order to keep it running. I am a critical care nurse and my husband works in NYC (5 hour commute every day). We also rescue 11th hour dogs and cats. We lost 6 dogs and one cat over the past year due to health reasons (all old dogs that were going to be euthanized in a shelter). We currently have a 5 dogs one of which is blind. We recently had to put my old boy Corki (blind and had massive cardiac issues) down. That was and still is devastating I miss him so much. We have 8 cats 4 of which live out in the barn. I also run an anti fur group called Caring Activists Against Fur (caaf) www.caafgroup.com . We protest fur in NYC/NJ.
We received our 5013c in July 2008. This will make it much easier to fundraise. Our focus for 2009 will be on fundraising and finding volunteers to help us out on the farm. Its very very hard to find reliable animal loving people. Its also hard to compete with the larger sanctuaries. We try and make it fun to come over i.e. Vegan potlucks with themes like the wedding we had a baby shower when they arrived.....If anyone has ides please share. The more donations we get the more we can do out here in NJ farm land. The awesome thing is i am a nurse in the local hospital. I do Vegan outreach every day I am at work. I wear my jewelry and it get the conversation started. Its awesome.
As you can see, Debbie and her husband are wonderful, compassionate people! If you'd like to make a donation to their sanctuary, please do so through their site. You can also watch some videos of Herbie & Kevina here.
I have now purchased three beautiful necklaces from her shop and will proudly wear each one every chance that I get. The first one that I purchased was a sterling silver drop pendant with a heart-
I'll be wearing both of these a lot! She also has bracelets, buttons and rings in her shop, all in a variety of designs. There's something for every compassionate vegan out there!
Friday, November 28, 2008
Have you ever seen anything so beautiful? And I'm not just talking about the cranberries.
One of my most favorite vegans made this for me. Jeanette of Vegan Dish! It actually came from her other shop, Vessels and Wares and she modified it for me by adding, "vegan" and adding the stars. Not that it wasn't perfect without it, it just added that extra umpf!
It's called the Aqua-licious berry bowl. Here is Jeanettes stock picture so you can see the drain holes under it.
This bowl is going to get a lot of use in my house. It is so well made, very professional and will even stand the dishwasher. Jeanette is so very talented. She packs it so well too. You never have to worry about it breaking in the mail.
Now I'm off to boil up these cranberries to add to my Vegan Thanksliving dinner! For Thanksliving I am very thankful that Jeanette has come up with this wonderful idea of vegan dishes so all of our food can taste just that much better.
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Tonight we are having breakfast for dinner, I used to love those nights when I was a kid. Cereal for dinner was the best as a little kid, you feel like you are breaking some sort of rules, but in reality its mandated by your parents...its the best! We are having tofu scramble and rye toast!
Tofu scramble is sooo easy
chop half a medium onion and about 4 cloves of garlic ( i use more, use what you want!)
put a little bit of oil or margarine in your cast iron, and heat it up a bit
Throw the onions and garlic in there to saute
while that is happening chop up a bunch of kale leaves, about 8 button mushrooms and squeeze the water out of your tofu
After the onions and garlic are sauted add the tofu and mash and scramble it
add some tumeric to give it a nice orange glow and a little flava....this is when I add some Braggs and nutritional yeast for the cheesey flavor.
Let it simmer a while then add the kale and shrooms, add some pepper, garlic powder, onion powder...more tumeric, more nutritional yeast...you name it you can add it just make it how you like
Monday, November 24, 2008
Also, congratulations to Silvana of Forest Nymphs & Brisil Bath and Body! Her products were featured on VegNews blog, This Just In!
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
For those of you participating in the holiday exchange, there is now a "secret santa" thread where you can log into the board using the Secret Santa username to ask your recipient questions. Make sure to check out the thread every now and then to see if you have any questions to answer!
If you haven't already, please vote in the poll to determine what we will spend our team money on first. We have some items for sale in the team shop right now and sampler packs should be listed again sometime in the next few weeks, so we should end up having enough money to do at least a few of the things on the poll.
The deadline to enter the November Challenge is fast approaching! If you'd like to enter an item in the challenge, you will need to do so by this Monday, November 24. The winner will get to pick a prize from several member's shops and their entry will be posted about on our blog!
Roni of Daisy Wares and Daisy's Destash has started a business card exchange. This is a great way to help fellow members get more exposure as well as receive exposure for your shop.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Load your shop. Having a large number of items in your shop will be your #1 traffic driver.
Keep your shop announcement short and sweet, people want to see photos load as soon as they click your site
Having sections in your shop, keeps it neat and easy to navigate. No one wants to go through 392 pair of earrings to find the necklace they want etc.
In your profile make the shoppers feel at home, make them feel like they are getting to know you. But don't get too personal, there is a happy medium..
List store policies payments accepted, shipping methods, return policies. The more detailed your policies are the better. Have them outlined in an easy to read forum and give enough information that buyers will be comfortable with purchasing from you.
Make sure your photos are crisp and clear, do your best anyway
Don't take photos on the floor, some people have allergies and that will turn them away immediately
No clutter in the background, keep it neat and clean looking!
Show the texture of hand knit items and get really close using macro setting for jewelry too
Most people don't like to see earrings in real ears before they buy them
Mention in your shop if you have critters in your house, some shoppers have pet allergies.
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE mention if you smoke, or there are smokers in your house, it is really upsetting to get something that smells like an ashtray
Make sure to list measurements in the listing if there are measurements
Make a nice little description, give some background, maybe a fun story of a small and sweet poem in each description
Use all 14 of your tags!
describe your items as well as possible. Mention all aspects of it correctly, colors, content and even size. The more the merrier, but be sure they are all accurate as misleading tags can really turn off some buyers. Here is an Etsy tutorial on using tags:
If you ship internationally mention that in your shop announcement, tag international or worldwide shipping, and make sure you have your shipping options set up so people don't have to wait for an email in order to buy if they are from a different country
Make sure you list your state and country, this gives people an idea of shipping times
Send a thank you email when someone orders, that little courtesy goes a long way and makes people feel appreciated
Include business cards in your packaging, and maybe small gifts
Email people to check to see they liked the item if they still haven't left feedback after a while, it usually gets them to remember to leave feedback
Start a blog, do giveaways, twitter, myspace, check out and participate in forums and chat
If you do trades, customization and reserves, mention that!
Create Social network profiles that are established *just* for your etsy shop. Pick or create a layout for these sites that is very elegant and stylish. You want the profiles to represent in reflection your style. Add people to your friends list that are like minded in crafting and style.
Create a flickr account to upload your product pictures to. Find picture groups that are like minded with work and love.
An attractive avatar. When you heart another shop your avatar is visible to anyone that looks into "who hearts this shop". An attractive and eye catching avatar will provide more trace-backs to your shop for exploration.
Renew items. This brings your shop name to the top of the list in seller searches, your items to the top of ALL item searches.
A list of places you can advertise:
http://www.vegancraftsamples.com - run by VeganEtsy Team Member holisticallyheather
http://www.mommysamplebox.com - Mother & Child Related Items Only
http://www.lemmingcentral.com/sampler_boxes.html - Bath and body and Candles Only
Advertising Tips Sites
Monday, November 17, 2008
Members- if you would like to donate an item to the shop or contribute to the team sampler packs, please contact me for details.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
Dear friend of Peaceful Prairie Sanctuary,
We're so close...but we still need more help to make it to the finish line!
We've been working feverishly behind the scenes on acquiring this property for several months now.
Thanks to your overwhelming response and generosity, we were able to make another cash offer for $97,000.00. Having consulted with, and been working, with Realtors and financial professionals, we had every reason to expect that offer to be accepted.
However, the property is owned by Fannie May and we are dealing with a hugely dysfunctional bureaucracy. They have countered our offer with an asking price of $115,000.00.
Although donations are still coming in, we need to raise another $15,000.00 ASAP.
If you use JustGive, as soon as your donation is recorded, we can show Fannie May that PPS has the funds. We won't need to pay the sale price until the closing date of Dec. 17th, at which time, JustGive will have dispersed the funds.
Credit card donations can also be made through PayPal from our home page. http://www.peacefulprairie.org/help.html#donateButton
Thanks to so many of you, we've come amazingly close to making this sanctuary expansion and new education center a reality for generations to come!
Please spread the word and we'll get there TOGETHER!
Peaceful Prairie Sanctuary
P.S. This property was originally listed at $255,000.00. Due to the market crash, the price has gradually been dropped to the final asking price of $119,000.00. If PPS can purchase it for $115,000.00 (even though we had hoped to get it for 100k), it will still be an unbeatable bargain and once in a lifetime opportunity!
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Dear Friend of Peaceful Prairie Sanctuary,
We have an incredible opportunity to expand the sanctuary by 35 acres and to acquire a 4000 square foot home that will be converted into an Education Center and volunteer / intern housing and B&B for sanctuary visitors.
This kind of capital improvement to the sanctuary is 10 years overdue -- but we now have the opportunity to purchase the property for $100,000.00.
Thanks to one VERY generous benefactor, we've already raised $70,000.00!!!
We need to raise the other $30,000.00 before the end of the week in order to make a cash offer on the property.
Another family has placed an offer and, due to the Agricultural zoning, they will have to use the land to enslave and exploit animals.
Please help us stop it before it starts, while simultaneously expanding the sanctuary and our ability to care for and advocate for countless more victims of the egg, dairy, flesh producers and consumers.
Time is of the essence - if you are able to contribute to this, please let me know right away.
Peaceful Prairie Sanctuary
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Thursday, November 6, 2008
****** HOLIDAYS SHIPPING SPECIAL!!! ******ALL SHIPPING IS $5.00! - United States & Canada Only (November 1st 2008 thru December 31st 2008)
Check out her shop for some lovely gift items!
Members- if anyone else is having a sale, please let me know & I'll post it here!
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Yeah thats right, its not too good to be true. Homemade raw vegan organic chocolate pudding!
Since Jessi cant eat solid food for 2 weeks after her surgery, I decided I would make her very favorite sweet treat....raw pudding!
All you need
1/4 c. organic fair trade cocoa powder
Blend it up, and viola, its a delicious snack, and its healthy!
If you like your pudding a bit sweeter, add some organic agave nectar! Get creative, and enjoy!
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Monday, November 3, 2008
Trade cookies for jewels hah
I hadnt done a trade in a while so when Starrlight Jewelry contacted me about one I was stoked. We decided to trade 2 different batches of my cookies, for 3 of her beautiful necklaces. As always the photos on the internet never do artsy items justice. The necklaces I received are gorgeous, and were nicely shipped in a little jewelry box and tied with a ribbon.
The first necklace is called "Amber and Honey" and as soon as I opened it my grandmothers eyes lit up...she simply loved it. Her birthday is in November and I guess it is her birth stone color, so I tried to play it off like I knew that, and she is a happy little old lady with a beautiful necklace now.
"Moonlight" When I saw this necklace I knew that I had to have it,and I knew exactly who it was meant for! My sister that just had her first child is a very classic beauty, really into old actresses and movies. She even named my niece after Audrey Hepurn. Her birthday is also in November, its crazy how these things all fall into place!
"Purple Passion Heart" Last but definately not least is this gorgeous somewhat gothic looking necklace that I knew would be perfect for Jessi, my model, best friend, and closest companion. Jessi wears a lot of meaningful jewelry, and I thought I could add a beautiful piece like this to the collection for her! These are some really beautiful pieces handcrafted by a fellow vegan etsian!
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Michelle of My Zoetrope made us a SUPERMEGAAWESOME team treasury! Check it out here!
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
If you are a member of the etsy forums, then you know that there is much conjecture and trepidation about buying food online. A large number of buyers and sellers alike speculate what is in the food that shouldn't be. I think that through their own fears and insecurities they attempt to sway others from making purchases they themselves would not.
Having a strong will and a mind of my own I am very rarely if ever swayed by the thoughts and feelings of these types of expressions. As to that I breached a gap so many are unwilling to and purchased some cookies for my family.
I looked about the Vegan Etsy team food sellers for a number of days, after the decision had been made to buy some cookies, deciding which ones to pick as there are a great number of treats to choose from. My eyes lingered over ForTheLOVEofVEGAN for a period of time and then found myself returning to her shop repeatedly, thus my decision was made.
I selected 2 types of cookies, Spicy Oatmeal Raisin Vegan Cookies Organic and
Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Vegan Organic Cookies for my purchase. I was very pleased by the quality customer service when Heather, the shop keeper pm'd quite shortly after to ask me about any changes or customizations I may like for the cookies. I thanked her for the options, already eager to receive my prizes, and said to keep the order as is.
The cookies arrived 5 days later, via Priority mail, not a single one smashed up, broken or falling apart. She had done a marvelous job to ensure the wrath of the post office would not befall my treats.
The cookies themselves were fantastic. These delectable treats were large, soft and chewy! My little one, always excited to see new packages coming to the home, was standing beside me in the kitchen hooting a happy "cookies mommy! COOKIES!" in her excitement. I selected a Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie for myself and handed her one as well.
The sensation of that first bite was indescribable. Melt in your mouth seems to be such a flat and unimaginative statement compared to the total oral ecstasy of these cookies. The look on my daughters face can sum it up a bit though.
I've always been partial to oatmeal and peanut butter cookies, and in my 27 years of sampling I can honestly say that these are the best ones that I have ever had. If you are ever in the mood for a tasty tid-bit of pleasure I strongly suggest a snack sampling from TheLoveOfVegan, as I can assure you, you won't be disappointed.
Friday, October 24, 2008
The following members are participating in this event. Please see their shop announcements for information on their individual promotions.
For those of you that helped out Gracie (formerly Bonnie), there's great news! 90% of her coat has grown back and she is doing so well. You can see a video of her progress here. Now she just needs to find her forever home, so please get in contact with Nicole of Late July if you're interested in adopting her!
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Vegan Etsy has had quite a bit of publicity since it first formed in February 2008! If you know of anything that isn’t on this list, please send it to Melissa Bastian.
Vegan Etsy Blog Ring- our members blog about the team a lot!
Cruelty Free Etsy
Etsy for Animals
Vegan Radio, Show #58
Veg News Magazine, July/August 2008 and November/December 2008 issues
Vegan Freak Radio, Show #97
Post Punk Kitchen
Vegetarian Times- January 2009 issue
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Any shop that caters to companion animals has a special place in my heart, but Uber Duper Creations pulls on my heart strings even more because they give a percentage of their sales to Peaceful Prairie Sanctuary, (my favorite charity) and are located in Colorado, one of my very favorite places in the world. Plus, Pippi is just a wonderful person all around!
If you’re looking for something special for your companion animal, this is the place to check out. You will not be disappointed!
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Also, Heather is having a 15% off sale in all three of her shops- Holistically Heather, For The Love Of Vegan and Recycled Cycle. She has a large variety of great stuff, including treats, organic scarves, jams, wallets, cloth pads and much more. Make sure to check it all out!
Members! Today is the last day to enter in the October Team Challenge. Don't miss out on the fun & chance to win a prize!
Monday, October 20, 2008
863 animals die every second
pigs are smarter than dogs and three year old children
more than half of the water consumed in the U.S.is used to raise livestock
vegetarians and vegans live an average 6-10 years longer than a meat eater
In every package of chickens there's a little bit of poop
cattle ranching is the number one cause of amazonian deforestation
a meat eater's risk of developing heart disease is 50% higher than a vegetarian
they flavor McDonalds french fries with meat juice
vegans save an average of 100 animals a year
animals like cows are kept in dark, filthy rooms, then they are taken in a metal truck which usually makes the cows sick and then they are killed in the slaughter house consciously
birds and chickens are kept in small cages, they are also debeaked with a hot blade so they don't peck the other animals to death
male chickens are either gassed, or suffocated in a bag because they don't lay eggs when they grow up
when cows are done making milk they are killed
pig farmers cut off a pigs tail so the other pigs tail don't bite it off due to the fact of the small space
when chickens are done laying eggs they are also suffocated in plastic bags
Animals are fed drugs so they can grow bigger
eating one hamburger uses enough energy to drive a small car 20 miles and take 17 showers
cows are excellent mothers
sheep can recognize other sheep's faces and human faces as well
goats are very curious and playful, have individual personalities and capable of great affection and loyalty
goats intelligence is comparable to that of pigs and dogs
if you give an apple or a small ball to a group of turkeys they'll play with it
hens and their babies communicate even while the chick is still in the egg
cows must be pregnant in order to give milk, they are artificially inseminated and confined in one stall where they have to stand in their own urine and feces
fish grow underwater algae gardens
to get milk out of cows farmers use electrical machines and usually the cows bleed and pus comes out so that's usually what you're drinking
mad cow disease is in the united states
fishing hurts. imagine a hook is stuck through your lips and you are being pulled up rapidly.... Pain right?
baby cows are separated from their moms within 24 hours of birth
raising animals for food needs more than a third of fossil fuels and raw materials in the U.S.
Going vegan does more to stop Global Warming than switching to a hybrid car
the U.S has the highest upper limit of milk pus concentration in the world
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Saturday, October 18, 2008
First of all, our Team Shop is now open for business! Sampler packs are available for purchase and will be listed until we sell out of items that were submitted for the packs. Hurry and get yours before they're gone! All profits from the sales of the packs will be used for promoting our team and veganism, based on what the majority of the team decides on. There is also the option of donating some or all of the profits to an animal charity.
Second, the issue of VegNews that is arriving to subscribers now (and will be on newstands November 1) has our ad in the gift guide on page 54. Look on page 22 to see a letter to the editor about Vegan Etsy from Michele of Cards & Jewelry by Michele, page 42 to see Sarah Kramer holding a mug from Vegan Dish and a lovely ad in the marketplace for Vegan Dish on page 100!
Thanks so much to all members who contributed to the ad and team sampler packs!
Friday, October 17, 2008
A little about Dirty Loves Clean-
Do you like your bath with a touch of sweetness? Rich organic brown sugar and creamy shea butter will tickle your sweet tooth. Resist the urge to eat it.
This soap contains 40% olive oil & a whopping 10% shea butter. Superfatted 5% for extra moisturizing qualities.You will receive a bar approx. 4 oz
Handmade in a little kitchen in Brooklyn-- Dirty Loves Clean bath and beauty products are made using natural ingredients, are free of things commonly found in store bought products like petrochemicals, parabens, and phthalates, and are 100% vegan, which means no animal testing or animal products! Dirty Loves Clean is an eco-friendly operation-- products are packaged in handmade labels made from recycled paper, biodegradable bags are used for packaging, and recyclable materials and locally-sourced ingredients are used whenever possible. If you can't stand not winning this great soap, or want to pick some up for gifts you can get some right now.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
Gift bags for local food not bombs are filling up nicely with vegan etsian items. Anyone else who would like to donate items to a good cause and promote their shop, please get ahold of me!
What is food not bombs?if you want more info check out http://www.foodnotbombs.net/
We share a vegan hot meal with local folks who need it. Food not bombs is a worldwide organization that is always one of the first to show up at a natural disaster. Our local chapter just started and we are still struggling to get on our feet. We rely solely on donation and reclamation of food.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Eat Your Greens
Please give them a warm welcome and don't forget to heart their shops!
I also got two team treasuries today that can be found
here and here. Please show them some love by leaving a comment and clicking on each featured item!
Saturday, October 11, 2008
The profits from the packs will go into a treasury for the team and will be used for whatever the team decides on- ads, promo items, vegan advocacy, etc.. So, by shopping at our team shop you'll be helping to support our team, which means we can promote veganism even more! Plus, you'll have some super cool stuff in return.
Friday, October 10, 2008
Pumpkin Whoopie Pies
3 cups flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. ginger
1/2 tsp. ground cloves
2 1/2 cups brown sugar
1 cup canola oil
2 egg replacers (I use Ener-G brand)
2 cups pumpkin
1 tsp. vanilla
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and spices in large mixing bowl. In a seperate bowl, cream together sugar, oil, egg replacers, pumpkin and vanilla. Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix together. Drop by rounded tablespoons onto greased cookie sheets and bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until the center of the cookies springs back when lightly pressed. Cool thoroughly on wire racks or towels before spreading with filling.
Make the frosting of your choice and "sandwich" two cookies together.