Thursday, October 29, 2009

With apologies to Stephanie Meyer...

sepia twilight


I'll take over for Bella. ;) This website can get addictive tho, better watch it.

XOXO Heather :)

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

The Etsyveg Team World Veg Day Cookbook!





To celebrate World Vegetarian Day and month (October), the EtsyVeg Team has compiled members' recipes into this awesome little ebook for your gustatory delight and to help a worthy cause- Farm Sanctuary!

This illustrated & colorful digital cookzine was created by the fabulous http://nubbycakes.etsy.com, and includes 26 yummy vegan and vegetarian/easily-made-vegan recipes (most are original)! All proceeds from the sale of the ebook will benefit Farm Sanctuary (http://farmsanctuary.org), a rescue for abused and neglected farm animals victimized by factory farming.

You will receive a PDF file of the ebook for your personal use. Feel free to link to this listing on your blog and social media sites! :)

Please convo us with any concerns or questions. Thank you for supporting EtsyVeg and Farm Sanctuary! :)


It's availible for purchase here.


XOXO Heather :)


Sunday, October 25, 2009

Potato Leek Soup..

Potato Leek Soup

I loosely followed this recipe. I skipped the 4 cups of broth, and rosemary. I used vegan margarine to cook the onions in & I added two carrots cut up for the flavour instead of the broth. I used 4 cups of water instead of the broth. No reason in particular. Just using less salt these days & I had tons of leeks to use. After it was all cooked down. (steamed) I sent it through my blender for a few five minutes. Since I used all the leeks, I had extra soup. I froze two containers. Two containers went into the fridge for the week.

I love soup, and my son does too. Hubby & my other son aren't as fond of it. But, hubby will use it like gravy over a garden burger. I will take what I can to get them to eat more veggies. I will try to put some noodles and butter into a little of the soup for my anti soup son. See if he notices. I will try anything. He's a vegetarian but, he would live on fruit, bread, smoothies, and cookies if he could. I try to make sure he is sneaked some veggies too.

Potato Leek Soup


Eat some veggies today! --Heather ;)

Just a thought about cancer, and autism and toxins we ingest..



I believe there are really sensitive folks out there, Folks like me. IE: My Gluten Free and Veganism. Who are like canaries in a coal mine, for lack of a better description. Folks like us pick up on toxins and poisons far easier than other folks. Then we get issues or problems from it, and end up getting sick or in some cases dead.

Folks like us are a beacon, a red light, a warning sign. Something is seriously wrong with our way of life, our planet and the toxins we are using.

Now we have another red light, The bees. My husband read a article in Mother Earth News, recently. There was an update on the CCD of the bees. (ccd= colony colapse disorder) Apparently it's the toxins they are using, spraying on the fields that are killing them off. If they are killing off the bees, and ruining the hives.. what is it going to do to us longterm? Not just in the no food to eat angle. But, the toxin angle. If the bees are sick, what's going on with their HONEY?

How many toxins are in the honey? Good question. We don't eat honey here any longer. But, we do eat veggies that are produced in the same way, as honey, from the planet. We really need far more organic foods for people. Most people it takes years, and years to build up toxins in their bodies to give them cancers... or illnesses like that, that end up eventually killing them. Some folks like little kids and others pick up on it a whole lot sooner.

Ding, ding, ding. It's time for change. I think and have read about anything that your body doesn't recognize as something it needs.. can eventually give you cancer. ANYTHING you ingest that isn't food.. or something your body recognizes or needs can make you ill. Sure, I might sound like poppycock.. but, that's just because they haven't voiced this in mass quantity as of yet.. it's a theory, and a good one considering the longest lived people on the planet, live in the rainforest, out of doors, and don't eat farmed, organic meat, or any meat in any real quantity, and don't ingest the kinds or amounts of toxins like we do. They certainly don't see a doctor, unless someone is studying them. Less equals more.

So I don't believe that MMR vaccine is the cause of Autism. I believe it's part of the problem, though. It's an additive so to speak. One more thing in a long line of crap that we are ingesting that is going to hurt us in the longterm.

One last thought: Our planet was fine, and had everything on it we ever needed before money, or big business decided to turn a profit. Getting back to the basics is the only way forward.


---Heather :/

Friday, October 23, 2009

My new siggy!

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This is my new signature stamp. Made by terbearco. The <3 Heather O'Connor is new. The 3 Am Art Productions one is an earlier one I had her make for me. I was still signing my prints with a pen, and not liking it one bit. I have used several different pens, and had bad luck with them all. No matter what permanent ink I found... they were all smudging. Perhaps I was too impatient. It is one of my lesser qualities. But, when you sign a photograph it should be immediately dry IMHO. I had the Owl Stamp made to I could use it for advertising. Instead of a business card. I use a small photo and stamp the business card information onto it. Lo and behold: The stamping ink dries immediately. Just like the pen should.

So I had terbearco make another stamp. With my signature on it this time. I had her make it up pretty big. This way it works on the really large photos, since the really small photos just get the 3amart stamp anyway. It took me some time to decide. I kept writing my signature in cursive and I didn't like it. So it took several tries and finally I came up with a solution that made me happy. Just sign it regular. Why does it have to be cursive? Ask my 3rd Grade Elementary Teacher for me, will ya? I like it just written out better. Then I had the wild idea of adding the heart. A little <3 from me to you, in the mail.


XOXO <3 Heather :)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Sounds like a Sonnet..

Sounds like a Sonnet..




Taken this morning, while walking my doggies. Looked up through the tree branches and saw this pretty picture being formed..

Enjoy, Heather :)

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Etsyveg's Recycling, Upcycling Challenge..

What does a film canister, an envelope, a brown paper bag, some black plastic netting bag, spiced scented candle bits, and a wine cork all have in common?

Spice candle pieces

What, no ideas? Yeah, me either. ;) It's all a part of Etsyveg's Recycling Challenge, a project that was created by yours truly. Yours truly, has received her items today, and has no idea whatsoever to do with them. I'm stumped. Good and truly well stumped...

wine cork

Actually that's not quite true. I've got ideas. Lots and lots of ideas. One idea is a taking each of the pieces and gluing them to some ring backs that I have kicking around. Like for example, take the fabric and sew it into a pillow and add it to a ring somehow using the scented wax as a sachet inside or something like that. Then use the lunchbag and the envelope and decorate it and draw on it, and laminate it, and then glue it to another ring. Or a pendant even. Or even as the backing for the first ring.. you know for sitting it on if it were to be sold or gifted. Giving it something solid to sit upon. Or maybe a pin..

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I'm not sure yet. The ideas are many. I'm also considering using the fabric, melting the wax. And doing some resist dye thing with it, and the sewing the fabric into a purse or a little change purse or a wallet. Perhaps even framing the fabric once it's done, and using the envelope and the brown paper bag behind the fabric to give it crinkle and depth when framed.

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Then there is the netting. Everyone has a piece of this netting kicking around. You know you do. I happen to have been gifted a black piece. I also have a orange piece and a green piece that I have saved. I always save a piece.. but, never know quite what to do with it. Certainly I could use it behind that resist dyed fabric also.

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The envelope is stumping me a bit.. except hiding it with the other stuff, if I were to frame the fabric. However, if I just used the glassine window....I could make some sort of mosaic underneath it. I think I need to think a little bit more...

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This Challenge is making me think. I do believe this was part and parcel to the whole idea. To think about the things we think of as trash. What if we had to find something to do with our trash type items? What if we didn't have places to send it all. Barring the real stinky garbage of course. What if the reusable stuff had to be saved, because, we couldn't throw it away, simply for a lack of room reason. What then? What would you do it? What would you do with these items? Or items like them?

Paper bag

I keep coming back to the ring idea. Somehow I want to create a ring with each of the items or even some of them added together. But, I want it saleable, as in quality. Not neccesarily will I sell it. But, I might show it somewhere. Certainly will show it online. So I do want things to be nice and wearable. Hmm more rumination is needed.

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If you have ideas, feel free to leave a comment. Wanna to join in with us? Find five items you normally throw away. Try to use them in a art project. Check out the etsyveg blog for our guidelines to get ideas.


Have fun & recycle! XOXO Heather :)

*This Challenge, was inspired by this Contest here.

Red and Orange


Red and Orange, originally uploaded by aktie9.

This is a tree in my neighbor's backyard. I saw it yesterday, and waited for the good sunny light today to grab a good photo of it. It's sooo very pretty. I just had to snap it up to show you. Look at the green pine behind it. Delicious green behind it really pops.

Enjoy the Autumn leaves and crisp air.. we've already had snow here in Massachusetts. Won't be long till the pretty leaves are gone by, and the snow is icing up the works. Of course, I'm looking forward to the views.... But still, enjoy the leaves while they're here.

XOXO Heather :)

Clouds dancing across the skies..


Clouds dancing across the skies.., originally uploaded by aktie9.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Twitter & Computer Backrounds

pink fleur


If you are looking for a twitter or computer backround. Head over to my free site. I have a couple of backrounds there you can use. If you are looking for something for your twitter with your name, or etsy shop on it. Head over to my flick account, or my etsy store and have a look at my photographs there. Anything I have listed is availible, just convo me. I will list whatever photo you'd like, I just put a tiny watermark on it to protect my artwork, and a watermark with your information on it if so desired. This costs a tiny fee of $3.99 for the 8x10 size photo for you to download & then upload to twitter. I email you the document upon payment via paypal.com through etsy.com. I also will do trades for these items.

Enjoy, Heather :)

Friday, October 16, 2009

Something Old Just Became Something New!

Upcycled sweater


I have used every single part of this sweater. Waste not, want not. The sleeves have become wrist warmers for me. Cozies for my ipod, & cell phone. Now the main part of the sweater has become a purse. Finally. I also upcycled the straps. It was from a baby gap ribbon I saved from when my older son was born. It's a white satin strap. I thread it through the entire bag all around the top. It comes out on both sides of the bags giving me the option to have handles or just pull it out from one side.. whatever I feel like. I need to put something inside it still. I'm looking at buying some felt to sew inside it to make it a little more sturdy. Then I can use it as a book bag, if I want to. If I don't add some felt or other sturdy fabric I can just use it for my wallet, cell phone & a couple other things. I might take to carrying it in my back pack. This way I can use it to carry home fruit from the farmer's market.

I have a couple more of these in the works. I'm taking old things I no longer use and making them into new things, rather than throwing them out.


What have YOU upcycled? Leave a comment & let me know. I'm always looking for new ideas. XOXO Heather :)

I Just LOVE the Sky!

Shiny

Can you tell? Enjoy! --Heather :)

I Just LOVE the Sky!

Shiny


Can you tell, that I love the sky? I shoot it so often. It's so pretty & inspiring.

Enjoy! XOXO Heather :)

Monday, October 12, 2009

Blog Interview with: Bearlyart.etsy.com



Name: Dawn Garini
Shop: bearlyart.etsy.com
Demographic: Adults, parents, grandparents
Fav item: The yellow sub is one of my favorites.
Passion: LOVE to paint, having fun developing a successful product line...weeding....creating replacements, adjusting
Sets us apart: Our hand painted clocks are not only hand painted in the USA, but also made from recycled records.

Plans: Keep doing what I'm doing, grow, add another artist or two.
Discount: I'd just advise to check our announcements for the special of the week....always something cool for everybody...sometimes a style, or free shipping...you never know.

Love to listen to music....New Wave 70s mostly...Hall and Oates, The Cure, Pink Floyd, Stones, Robert Plant, Robert Palmer, Also love local favorite, Brooks Williams.

My big causes: Get business back into the USA instead of China by spending locally instead of at Walmart, Keeping tabs on the costly mistakes our government makes (almost a full-time job in itself), composting and recycling everything possible, saving money (almost another full-time job).

I had a girl to help, but she moved to Boston. She was WONNNDERFUL ! She did all the stuff I hate to do with a smile on her face, and we liked the same music. I miss her.

This year, I will hire out to have my house cleaned and shopping done, so I can work like a nut through the holidays. From early November to end of January is straight-out for me. I have been building up stock all year, but it won't be enough. I'm much more exposed this year, with clocks on Amazon, Ebay, Sephari International, and about another dozen smaller sites. I will be very busy very soon.


Thank you Dawn for taking the time to *talk* to us today. I love your items. The Yellow Submarine is my fav too. Very nicely detailed and very pretty. The colourful clocks are just so much fun. Everyone please also check out Dawn's secondary site: bearlyarttreasures

XOXO Heather :)

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Sale in my Etsy Shop for my blog readers!



Five 8x10's for $50 for one week only. Begins tomorrow on Columbus Day 2009. Please use code: 9955 in Notes to seller when making payment. I will refund
through paypal.com. Or convo for a special order.


XOXO Heather :)

Saturday, October 10, 2009

New photos I'm working on..

Trees stormy sky


I'm kinda stuck in this Twilight I'maddictedtothemovie phase. So of course my Photography is reflecting that a bit. Thank you Stephanie Meyer, you are a kindred spirit of mine, now and forever.


Sky stormy trees gnarled..

Just something new and different of mine to look at. Hope you enjoy!

XOXO Heather :)

Friday, October 9, 2009

New Music.. Love it.. I have a new fav!




Not only am I obsessed with the Twilight book series. But, the music used is also incredible. Just found this gem the other day. Yes, I'm playing it a lot. But unlike other music I'm also listening to her other stuff. I love her voice. So soft, so pretty. Fits perfectly with the deep bassy cello, and bass in the backround. Like a light butterfly kiss. If you ever have bad news, have her sing it to me. It will be far easier to take.


XOXO Heather :)

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Boston Veg Festival 2009!

Boston Vegetarian Food Festival, October 31 and November 1, 2009

Are you going?? Let me know. I'd <3 to meet up with my veggy friends!

XOXO Heather :)

What do Mushrooms, Pumpkins and Rice Have in Common?

No worries, I'll show you what they have in common.
Have a look below.

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First I cooked down the onions & mushrooms with sea salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder and enough water to cover the veggies. I boil it for a while till the mushys are soft. Like how they taste when you eat them on mushroom pizza. They're soft but, still have a pleasant snap. When they are at this point, I turn the burner down to low, or simmer. Take some of the hot liquid out & let it cool for a few minutes. Then add in 2 TBS of cornstarch & some rice milk 1/2 C amount, maybe a little less. Mix the cornstarch, milk & cooled soup liquid. Then add it into the mushy soup. Put it back on the burner for another 20 minutes or so, to let it cook some more.


While the mushroom soup is finishing cooking, take some rice and cook it off. When it's done mix the soup & the rice together and let the rice soak up the mushroom soup.

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Slice one small pumpkin on half. Scrape out the seeds & reserve them for later. Oil the pumpkin with canola oil or your preferred oil of choice. Bake in a 375*F Degree oven till soft. If you can take a spoon and scrape our a little bit of the pumpkin, then it's done. Set these aside and let them cool.


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When you scraped out the pumpkins for cooking, I do hope you saved these babies. The seeds. Literally the baby pumpkin beginnings. These are tasty and quite healthful too. I toast these off with sea salt & when toasted take the out of the oven and set aside to cool. Next take walnuts & toast them as well. Just skip the salt. They don't need it. Then I mix the walnuts & the pumpkins together and set them aside.

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Next you wanna put all of the above together. Place the rice mixture inside the pumpkins, and in my case since I had extra I'm placing some of it into two raw green peppers. Red or yellow or even orange peppers are a great idea and make for a very festive holiday setting. Then put it into the oven at 350*F for about 20 minutes just to heat up. You could put all the rice mixture into them & skip the pumpkin altogether. Since this is a test drive dinner for our upcoming Vegan Thanksgiving, I'm using pumpkins & peppers. Wait until you serve the meal to put the nuts and pumpkin seeds on the top, so they have a satisfying crunch when your diner's dig in. You could warm the seeds & nuts first if you wish. Lastly cut the pumpkins into two or four slices and dig in!

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As my Great Grandmother used to say: Voila!

Another idea I had while writing this.. Skip the rice altogether and just have the nuts,seeds and pumpkins & pour maple syrup over the whole shooting match and call it dessert! Hmm... maybe next time.

XOXO Heather :)

Please Sign this Petition!





Thank you! --Heather :)

Saturday, October 3, 2009

FFEST SALE Till Tuesday October 6th!

I'm having a sale for my FFEST teamies & fans!

http://www.aktie9.etsy.com 20% off on all photos. $1 off on any pins, jewlery or other items. Just put FFEST in notes to seller. I wil refund through paypal, unless you convo first. I can then edit the listing for you. I'm very flexible. Sale till Tuesday October 6th. I have photos in my flickr account, not listed in the shop: aktie9 on flickr. Questions please convo aktie9 on etsy.com

Enjoy! --Heather :)


Yellow, how are you?

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Happy World Vegetarian Day!

World Vegetarian Day & the
kickoff of Vegetarian
Month
is today! EtsyVeg is celebrating
with special sales and a collective sharing of vegetarian and vegan
recipes on the web. Check out our blog for a list of team members who will be sharing crafty cooking by posting their fave
original recipes on their blogs or websites. And check out veg
artisans honoring the day with special sales in their shops! Handmade
savings & yummy veg food- don't miss it!




I've got %15 off all Photographic prints in my shop.

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