Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Pretty 1950's Vintage Tie Apron

I have posted in the past about the vintage aprons from my grandmother. Since that posting I have acquired additional aprons from her. Like before, the aprons from the 1950's are homemade. I was so excited when I saw the aprons because I knew they they would be a great addition to my Etsy store.

Since my original posting one of the aprons has sold, so I felt it was time to add another. I am amazed that the aprons are over 50 years old and still in excellent condition. Most of the aprons are perfect, but some have small stains. The fabric in general looks new and has not faded.

This is the most recent apron that I have listed. It has a white background with a blue and green diamond pattern on the pocket, waist tie, and bottom border. The top of the pocket and bottom border is highlighted with a baby blue zig zag ribbon. The fabric is cotton and the stitching has held up beautifully. Whoever made this apron was very good at the art of sewing.

When I started my store, I did not expect to also sell vintage pieces. I am glad that in addition to remade and recycled products that I am also selling vintage pieces. Purchasing a vintage piece, instead of something new is a GREAT way to recycle and remember the past!

Happy recycle-shopping!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Vegan Thanksgiving Feast, 2008

I was cleaning things up in my blogger dashboard and I found a blog that I never posted from November of 2008. I am not sure why I never posted the blog. (And yes, I think there are others that never got posted.) Maybe I had reservations, maybe I just forgot. I still want to share this blog posting. I feel so fortunate to live in a place with so many others like myself. Vegetarians are rare and vegans are even more rare, yet I live in a place where I am surrounded by those people like me. I am not sure why, I am not sure how, but I love it! I originally meant to be posted sometime in early December of 2008 and I have been to the vegan Thanksgiving twice now. If you want more info, you can check out the site from last year.

Animals are my friends... and I don't eat my friends. ~George Bernard Shaw

John and I have been a part of the Triangle Vegetarian Society for fours years and this is the first year that have been able to attend the Thanksgiving celebration. The Triangle Vegetarian Society hosts the largest vegan Thanksgiving celebration in the country at Cafe' Parizade in Durham, NC. We live less than five minutes from the restaurant and were happy to be able to attend, finally. Every other year, we have had a family gathering to attend. This year we enjoyed the celebration and then met up with my parents afterward.

The day was a lovely way to celebrate Thanksgiving and participate in a cruelty-free meal. We sat at a table full of friends and dined on wonderful food. The food and the selections were just amazing. It was the best Thanksgiving meal I have ever had! It was a wonderful blend of traditional thanksgiving foods and some not so traditional foods. The menu included:
  • Quinoa salad
  • Breads, crustinis, and pita with hummus and other spreads
  • Raspberry-relish
  • Lime-marinated seitan with peppercorn and fig glaze
  • Roasted garlic mashed potatoes with chives and mushroom gravy
  • Apple-pecan stuffing
  • Braised sweet potatoes with leeks and vegan maple butter chutney
  • Squash and corn with tempeh
  • Oyster mushroom croquettes
  • Turnip greens with pearl onions
  • Carpaccio vegetable- thinly sliced vegetables as a raw "pasta"
  • Porcini-lentil cannelloni
  • Orecchiette pasta with marinara sauce
  • Chunky mixed vegetable and barley stew
  • Cookies
  • Pumpkin pie
  • Cherry crisp
  • Truffles
  • Ginger cookies
  • Chocolate cake
  • and MORE
The meal was very fulfilling and I left with a full stomach and a joyous heart. This was the first year since I became a vegetarian where I did not want to leave the table in tears over the dead turkey that was being feasted upon. I did not feel helpless this year. I made sure not forget about the slaughtering of millions of turkeys around the nation and prayed for the ones that suffered and lost their lives. I felt proud to be a part of the largest cruelty-free Thanksgiving in the nation. There were 578 attendees from 40 cities and states, with an additional 50 person waiting list.

John and I hope to be part of the vegan Thanksgiving next year. Just thinking about the delicious food is making me hungry!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Purple Indian Inspired Recycled Pillow

In my mission to bring joy to my life, I made a goal to update my Etsy shop. It has been a while since I have updated my merchandise or created anything new. The inactivity has been weighing on me. I have several vintage pieces that I wanted to add and have many ideas for other products, but I have not gotten around to it.

I decided to start slowly again. So, on a rainy day I put on my glasses and got to work. I pulled out the pillow that I had recycled from an old shirt along with vintage pieces and added several listings to my store.

I started by adding a listing for a purple Indian inspired pillow. Every time I look at this pillow, I smile. It reminds me of my freshman year of college. Every so often, there were vendors that would set up shop on campus and I loved looking at their items. My favorite shops were the ones that had the hippie clothing and accessories. There was something about them that drew me in. I dreamed of having an all bohemian wardrobe, but did not have the money to support that look. I broke down one day and spent my hard earned college money on a purple Indian inspired shirt. I loved this shirt! It was different than most other shirts that I owned. After owning and wearing this shirt for over 10 years, I felt it was time to retire it and make it into something that others could enjoy. The only thing that would highlight its lovely silver designs was a pillow.

I hope someone else will enjoy this pillow as much as I enjoyed my shirt!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

EtsyVeg Artisans

In my quest to do things that I love, I became one of the authors of another blog. The ladies of EtsyVeg were so kind to welcome me to their team as an author. I have shared this site with you before, but I wanted to remind you of it again. :-)

EtsyVeg is a blog for artists working with all sorts of mediums, who sell their products on Etsy. All of the members of EtsyVeg are vegetarian or vegan. The point of the blog it to share "crafty, earth-friendly, and veg-related information, tips, tidbits, and resources shared by EtsyVeg members."

I love being a member of the EtsyVeg team both in blogging and as a vegan Etsy seller. I hope you will consider going to this blog and checking out the plethora of artisans for your next Etsy purchase. If you want to know how to find an EtsyVeg artisan, please visit this site. You can also visit my store. I hope to post more products soon!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Loving Life

I recently posted a blog about on my page about loving life and on the EtsyVeg blog (they were different posts, same topic). I am blogging about it again because I need to remind myself to try and love life when I feel stuck, especially when I feel stuck.

The question still looms- why don't I love my life as much as I love dessert?
I am not sure I know the answer or that I am willing to delve into it through a public blog.

I just have to stick to my pledge to do things that bring me joy. I have been trying. John and I rallied our families together and we went to the mountains to spend a long weekend. John and I are planning a week long vacation in the Caribbean. We went to a winery festival for the day with my parents about a month ago. I spontaneously made up a dessert one night when in the mood for chocolate (John loved the dessert and I hated it.).

And most recently, John and I went on a tubing adventure on the Dan river with friends and then headed to a vegetarian restaurant. My friend Stephanie organized an awesome tubing event and we decided to go.
We both love nature and we have never tried tubing before. Not only did we get to spend time in nature, we got to spend the day with awesome people.

We floated down the Dan river for about three hours in individual tubes. At times we had what we called the "floatzilla" where we all traveled in a clump of tubes together. Other times we tubed away from others or in small groups. It was all a blast! The conversations and the people were so much fun.

When tubing was complete we headed to Boba House, a delicious vegetarian restaurant in Greensboro. John and I used to frequent this restaurant when we were both in graduate school and I would visit him on the weekends. It was our favorite date spot. It was exciting to enjoy the restaurant with a large group of people.

The day concluded with a hilarious drive home with Stephanie, James, and John. I loved every minute of this day. From the second I got up and got ready for the farmer's market to the time we all said good night. This most certainly sticks to my pledge to do things that bring me joy. Now if only I would have brought my camera to post pictures of our tubing fun.

What have you done lately to bring yourself joy?