This week, the Vegan Etsy Team blog features the awesome Pippi of Uber Duper Creations. Her shop features the funnest of the fun for your canine companions, as well as some special handmade items for the parents of those furkids and some great reading material!
From Pippi and her partner in crime Phaedra:
Über Duper Creations (Üdc) came about from a desire to have a fun, creative outlet for our dabblings with crafts as well as a way to make an income that can help us contribute to people and places that help animals. We thought we should have a name that is also fun to say! Say it with me... "Über Duper!" See? Wasn't that fun? Our Etsy shop (powered by Pippi & Phaedra) is an outlet for a range of creations.
A mainstay of the shop is Beastie Biscuits, which are organic, vegan, tasty treats for beast friends. Most of the Beastie Biscuits clientele are dogs. However, other frequenters include pot belly pigs, goats, and even some cats!
We also feature the Peace to all Creatures 'zine that Pippi co-edits with Jessi of The Ginger Card Company, a fellow VET member. Other items that can be found in the Üdc Etsy shop are crocheted items, hand painted treat jars and pet dishes, cat nip pillows and toys, greeting cards, photography, post cards, and whatever else we may find inspiring. Because we are animal lovers and share our homes with animals, it is easy to see where we might find our inspiration: in our own homes and from our own beast friends.
Üdc has been a part of Vegan Etsy for nearly as long as we have been on Etsy. We will celebrate our two year anniversary on April 1st. We donate ten percent of sales in addition to other items for auctions, raffles, gift baskets, door prizes, et cetera, to various animal charities. There are so many wonderful people out there helping animals that we cannot choose just one.
The Etsy community is such an eclectic group of creatives. It is so much fun to be a part of this group of people who are creative and sharing their wares with the world. We love the 'hand made with love' factor of gift buying and shopping for ourselves. Especially from fellow Vegan Etsians! What a talented bunch we are! It's so wonderful to have a source for cruelty free items, and to be able to buy from others who "get it"- we do not NEED to support a cruel and violent industry. There are alternatives that are peaceful and just as luscious.
We share a passion for health, fitness, nature and an active lifestyle. Phaedra is a runner and enjoys yoga. Pippi loves the great outdoors of Colorado and also enjoys yoga and hanging out with her family, as well as caring about animals and animal companions, and sharing a voice for those who cannot speak for themselves by educating and being open and honest not only about the benefits of veganism, but also the horrors of the industry that is animal commodity. We also share a love for food & wine, and although we live in separate states, our favorite discussion is always our latest food adventures.
When we get together, we eat, drink and be merry! Pippi has been vegan since 1997 or 1998 (forgets!) and just finished a second vegan pregnancy and uncomplicated home birth! Phaedra has been vegan for around 8 years. Her favorite food items include the chili at Infusion Tea and anything on the menu at Garden Cafe (both in Orlando Florida). A few of our favorite vegan things include cooking and cook books (a major go to book for Phaedra is 'How it all Vegan' by Sarah Kramer & Tanya Barnard), going out to eat at veg restaurants, trying new vegan products (Pippi is a big fan of Daiya & blue Sheese), shoes, traveling, laughing, creating and having fun living life!
The Üdc shop will continue to offer tidly bits of love. After a pregnant hiatus, Beastie Biscuits is coming back this month! We will introduce new flavors and options of Beastie Biscuits as well as a biscuit of the month club.
Thank you - we are so honored to be featured as the Vegan Etsy Team member of the week.