Monday, July 20, 2009

More free stuff for you to try and win!

Vegancraftastic is having a give-away for a free copy of The Vegan Scoop by Wheeler del Torro. All you have to do is leave a comment here saying your favorite ice cream flavor! Yum!

Saturday, July 04, 2009

Veganetsy give away!

The fifth Veganetsy team give away has started! All you need to do is head over here and follow the directions! This time it's all about food! Hurry you only have until July 23rd!

The winner gets a great prize bag filled with many great Veganetsy team member's goods, including some of my own!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Earth Day Sale!

I'm having a bit of an sale on April 22nd!

Everything in my shop is buy 2, get one free (equal or lesser value). You can mix and match bracelets, keychains, bookmarks - anything! Even applies to everything in the sale section discounted 50% or more! Sale starts at midnight, and goes until the 12:01 on the 23rd. I can refund the difference via paypal, or you can just convo me before hand and I'll make a revised listing for you!

Also, there is always free shipping on orders of $25 and over (after discount and before shipping)! The shipping will be refunded to you after your order is complete, or you can convo me the order, and I'll make a seperate listing for you.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Sample me this

It was like the ultimate countdown for me until the famous vegan sample boxes went on sale. (The only thing that made the wait speed up a bit was taxes being due then also). I was more excited to buy one of these then I am for my birthday. So it is almost unimaginable that this thing could top my expectations.

But it did.

Even the post person realized this box was of great importance, because he rung my bell and made sure it got into my hands; telling me it looked special. Like he could feel the awesome vibes omitting from it.

Like a five year old I ran back inside clutching my box and tore it open without preamble. I was to blinded by my excitement that I didn't even get a picture to put up for everyone. All the hunks of soap and bath soaks released their delicious aromas the second it was opened. I took out a gorgeous hand painted and sewn bag by
Holistically Heather and couldn't decide what to look at first! So many awesome creative artists exceeded my expectations that it is almost impossible to pick a favorite. There was magnets, cloth pads, washcloths, temporary 'vegan' tattoos, jewelry, bath teas, wrist bands, soap and LOTS of coupons. I can get dozens of discounts on so much more craft goodies in the weeks to come. Also in a twist of fate, one of my rings that I had sent into for this, that I had missed and ran out of the same beads for; came back to me!

Plus a portion of proceeds go to charity, so all this AND I'm helping others. Get one while they are still there!

Saturday, March 07, 2009

The second Veganetsy giveaway!

The second Veganetsy team giveaway is under way right now!

This time around you pick one item using the 'veganetsy team' search word to find an item starring an animal commonly associated as a food. You can click here to find all the details and enter; all you need is a blogger account.

The prize is a sample pack of veganetsy goods which includes many awesome crafters.

Friday, March 06, 2009

Bike ridding for Farm Sanctuary

Josh Hooten of Herbivore Clothing, is planning a bike ride of about 600 miles to raise money for Farm Sanctuary. The ride will be taking place the first week in May, and you can support him and Farm Sanctuary by going to first giving. Also from that page, you can link to his blog and find out more, and also find out more about Farm Sanctuary as well.

Sunday, March 01, 2009

Peppermint hot cocoa

This year I once again, majorly failed at stocking up Vitasoy Peppermint Chocolate soymilk, which has arguably the best workings for a hot cup of cocoa. So with one lonely soymilk sitting on my shelf, I decided I would try and recreate my own recipe. The result was awesome, and I think I like it even more then the packaged stuff (gasp). What makes it even better though, is that you can make sure your chocolate is fair trade and ethical. If you don't have coconut milk, you could probably sub out something else creamy like a soy creamer, if you buy those things? Or good old H2O if you get really desperate. I just had some opened in the fridge that I needed to use up.

Peppermint hot chocolate

1/2 cup sugar (I use raw stuff that needs to dissolve, so the instructions are geared towards that)

1/4 cup fair trade baking cocoa (I like equal exchange)

1/8 cup coconut milk

1/3 cup water

1 teaspoon of peppermint flavor extract

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon

4 cups soy or almond milk (not the sweetened stuff)

Heat up coconut milk, water, and sugar over medium heat in a saucepan until hot. Add in cocoa and cinnamon, and stir until mixed and boiling. Reduce heat, and add in soy or almond milk and extracts making sure to heat, but not boil again.

Serve with optional soy whip and sprinkles and extra cinnamon.

Makes about 3 big mugs. The extra stores really well in an empty tomato sauce jar. Just shake and re-heat.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Vegan Etsy team give away

The first of the Vegan Etsy Team give away has started! You can go here to find out all the details, and how to play this round. Winner gets a dog treat cookbook by Emma's K9 Kitchen, and a collar charm from Starrlight Jewelry.

Good luck!

Friday, February 13, 2009

13 scary numbers about Climate Change for the 13th

Posted from the Environmental Defence Action Fund:

Increase in the global carbon dioxide emissions from the burning of fossil fuels since the Kyoto Protocol was signed in 1992.

388.57 ppm
Average concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere in May 2008, a record high.

541 – 970 ppm
The projected concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere by 2100 under a business as usual scenario where we don't dramatically reduce global warming emissions.

260 – 280 ppm
Average concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere before industrial emissions.

50 – 200 years
Length of time carbon dioxide stays in the earth's atmosphere before it is absorbed into carbon sinks.

1000 years
Length of time changes in the earth's surface temperature, rainfall, and sea level will remain even after carbon dioxide emissions are completely stopped.

Percentage that 2008's Arctic seasonal sea ice melt outpaced normal levels.

Increase in the rate of Greenland's ice melt over the last five years.

1.7 days
Number of days earlier seasons are coming than 50 years ago.

1.5 million
Number of acres of forests in Colorado destroyed by the pine beetle, which is better able to survive warmer winters and is wrecking havoc in America's western forests.

$427 million
Amount spent by the oil and coal industries in the first six months of 2008 in political contributions, lobbying expenditures and advertising to oppose climate action.

Number of global warming bills passed by the Senate.

Number of global warming bills passed by the House.

here for the full article and sources.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Positive Activism

As the welfarist movement becomes more sexist and racist with each stunt they pull, perhaps a brief discussion of some positive forms of activism might be worthwhile. Because at the end of the day it's not about how much publicity you can achieve, but how many folks you can get to understand that other beings aren't ours to use, consume, torture, and abuse.

Yourself first, so you can better help educate others in the future. If you're new to abolition animal rights; I would suggest starting out with Making A Killing: The Political Economy of Animal Rights, by Bob Torres; followed closely with Animals as Persons: Essays on the Abolition of Animal Exploitation by Gary L. Francione.

Engage in a dialog
With your neighbor, best friend, the person ringing up the vegetable that asked you what it was and how you "use" it. Places NOT for this however, is at a table full of flesh and the like. And have literature on hand to give away for that unplanned conversation you got into because of your 'Animal Liberation' tee-shirt.

Bake and share
Seems silly and easy, but a few dozen cookies and brownies brought into work or a late night study group can work wonders. So many people think that veganism is about "giving up" all these things, and constantly give me this as reasons why they could never be vegan. Showing folks that there's nothing to give up is a great way to positively advocate for veganism.

Even if you just find time to do it an hour every other week, you can reach so much people. And if you bring friends and cookies, it's really not that hard at all.
Vegan Outreach has some great ones, or just make your own.

Display info in public areas
The eco-savvy route of leafleting. Any place there is a public board--the library, coffee shop, co-op; put up an eye-catching little flier with information.

Focus on your strengths, and be creative
You know that thing that they teach us in kindergarten; everyone is good at something? Well, it's true, and you can use that to achieve the best form of advocacy. Whether it's painting, writing, baking, talking-- whatever you are good at; think of ways you can convert that into activism.

Monday, February 09, 2009

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists

Monday's music of the moment: Ted Leo and the Pharmacists

Currently I seem to be lost in the punk/alternative style of them. They guitar is awesome, and the lyrics are politically charged perfect lines that could double as poetry. This is one of the few cases where some of the older stuff is just as good as the new. I haven't heard a song I didn't like yet, which is also rare.

Also, if you are into buying it; while I'm usually a big fan of the instant iTunes set-up, if you purchase it from the
Touch and Go Records website they donate a portion of the profits to Food not Bombs and Democracy Now!.

The Angel's Share:

Down again-it seems a losing fight
Yet, down again, I sit, to try to write
An open letter to a President
Or melodies to help a girl pay rent
(We saved and saved, only to find them spent).

Sunday, February 08, 2009

Vegan Samples

For any vegan crafters out there, Holistically Heather is putting together a little sample pack full of vegan crafting goodness. It is a great way to promote your work! Check it out :

Friday, February 06, 2009

The Little Black box

This month The Little Black box went vegan this month and was sponsored by the great Vegan Etsy Team that I'm happy and proud to be a part of. Everything in the box is vegan and eco-friendly and is a fun way to get a bunch of samples of a little bit of everything, which I always love.

Holistically Heather, who is also part of the team wrote a great review that can be found here.

Some of the things I sent in:

^peach and lime aventurine gemstone earrings

^green glass gumdrop bracelet

Support independent vegan crafters! And, broke students who hate waiting tables, in my case.