Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Pocket Journal Giveaway!

Contest is now closed, thanks everyone for entering!

Today's Etsy shop feature and giveaway comes to us from Studio827 KC! Laura's shop is super cute and filled with cool modern handmade journals and stationery. Let's get to know Laura and her shop:

1. How long has your Etsy shop been open and what inpired you to start selling on Etsy?

I opened my shop in April of this year. I have been a fan of Etsy for a long time as a customer and have always wanted to be a part of it on the other side. Once I finally was able to focus on what I wanted to create and a vision for my shop, I decided it was finally time to take the plunge!

2. How do you fit creative time into your day?

Well I always wish there was more time in my day to create new work or try new techniques! I work 9-5 as a graphic designer, so my days are usually pretty full of creative times! I really have to use my evening and weekend time create new items for my shop. And on occasion I get so into the project I am working on I lose track of time and forget to sleep :) But being a part of a creative industry it is great to see new art all of the time and really get inspired to create new work myself.

3. Do you have any hobbies outside of your shop?

I really love photography, music, and being outside by the water - if only I lived closer to the ocean! I also absolutely love to travel and scuba dive.

4. What's your favorite thing about Etsy?

I think Etsy is a really great way to bring together a community of artisans. I love being able to go to one place to see such a wide variety of really incredible art. It is also wonderful to be able to meet other artists, not only from this country, but from all over the world, to discuss and share each others work.

Keep in touch with Laura on her blog, twitter, and Facebook.

Ok, ready to win this gorgeous Teal and Brown Pocket Journal? There are seven possible entries, none of them are mandatory, please leave a separate comment for each entry :) Also, make sure I have a way to contact you if you win!

1. Visit Laura's shop and then comment here telling me your favorite item.

2. Follow this blog.

3. Follow Laura's blog.

4. Follow Laura on twitter.

5. Follow Vegancraftastic on twitter.

6. "Like" Vegancraftastic on Facebook.

7. Blog, tweet, or post on Facebook about this giveaway.

Contest is now closed, thanks everyone for entering!


Monday, June 28, 2010

Winner and Another Giveaway!

The winner of the uber cute owl necklace is The Gourmet Groupie! Thanks everyone for entering!

If you're still in the giveaway mood, I'm having a giveaway over on the Tree Wool blog, you can enter to win any one item of your choice from my shop!


Sunday, June 27, 2010

Knitscene: Fall 2010

Fall, already? But I'm still waiting for a good stretch of summer weather! Well, in the fashion world, eyes are always looking to the future and knitting magazines are no exception. Because really, you want to have your fall knits ready to go for September, right? Well, it might not always happen that way, but wouldn't it be nice to have your Fall knitting wardrobe all done and ready to wear? Yeah, I'm living in a dream world! Anyway, the new issue of Knitscene will be out soon and here are some of my faves:

Lapis Yoke by Hannah Fettig - this is so simple and cute, it would make a great Fall and Winter staple!

Quantoid Hat by Ann Weaver:

Brise-Soleil Cardigan by Debbie O'Neill:

So what are your faves from this issue?


Thursday, June 24, 2010

Finished: Hedera Socks!

It only took three years...but my Hederas are finally done! I can't believe these have been ufos for so long, when I first started them in 2007 I hadn't been knitting for very long so the lace kind of made my brain explode. Over the past three years I would pick up the second sock once a year or maybe every six months and knit a round or two - gee, I wonder why they took so long to finish! A few days ago, I pulled them out of my knitting bag and decided they had to be done NOW. I got a good chunk done during knit night and finished them up last night. I'm so relieved to have one less unfinished project to mock me!

The pattern is Hedera by Cookie A. and it's from the Spring 2006 issue of Knitty. The yarn is two skeins of Crystal Palace's Maizy in the Hot Feet colorway. I really love the color, but the red bits in the yarn dyed my fingers when I worked on these, kind of annoying! I'll definitely won't be washing these with white clothes :)

So do you guys have any projects that just never seem to get finished?


p.s. thanks for all the sweet comments on my last post, guys!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Kala Gets Lost....in 1984

Ok, it's time to share something really embarrassing! You see, my dad is evil and thought it would be hilarious if he posted home videos of me as a kid on YouTube - thanks dad! Well, that was three years ago, and I think I'm ready to share now :) I don't know how many of you will find this interesting, but maybe some knit night ladies will get a kick out of this video. This was made when I was two and my dad was a professor at PCC teaching television engineering. It was Thanksgiving so the campus was pretty empty and my parents were bored so they thought I should star in my own awesome movie. Mostly it was an excuse to get away from the cramped apartment in Hollywood that we lived in at the time. My dad only posted a small clip (thank goodness!) and here it is:


Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Owl Necklace Giveaway!

Contest is now closed, thank you!

It's giveaway time again! This week's Etsy shop sponsor is Expressions by Cheree, a cute shop loaded with fun and affordable accessories. She's offering one lucky winner a super cute owl necklace! Let's get to know Amber and her shop:

1. How long has your Etsy shop been open and what inspired you to start selling on Etsy?

My shop has been open since October 2009. One day I was browsing through the internet and came across Etsy. Seeing all of the beautiful creations inspired me to start selling on Etsy. I thought how awesome it would be to have so many people all over the world see my creations and about two weeks later have been doing so ever since.

2. How do you fit time to create into your day?

Since I work full time and also go to school full time, I'm usually creating some of the hours I should be sleeping. There just aren't enough hours in a day for me. I wish instead of 24 hours it was more like 48 hour days. Late night and weekends is when I do most of my creating.

3. Do you have any hobbies outside of your shop?

I love shopping, traveling, reading, going to the movies and bowling. I haven't really been enjoying too many of my hobbies since opening my shop because I'd rather create new items, but my shop is totally worth it.

4. What's your favorite thing about Etsy?

My favorite thing about Etsy is being able to communicate with such talented people and being able to create whatever you want to. I enjoy having my creations shown with other wonderful and unique ones.

You can keep in touch with Amber's shop on Twitter, Flickr, and on her blog!

Ok, ready to win this cute owl necklace? There are six possible entries, none of them are mandatory - please be sure to leave a way for me to contact you if you win (email written as youATwhereverDOTcom, etsy shop name, or Ravelry name are all fine) just being signed into blogger is not enough info for me to contact you :) Contest is open to both US and International folks and runs until Monday morning, June 28th. Here's how to enter, remember, none of these are mandatory, so do as many as you'd like but leave a separate comment for each entry - multiple entries in one comment won't be counted, thanks!

1. Visit Expressions by Cheree and then leave a comment here letting me know your favorite piece in her shop.

2. Follow this blog.

3. Follow Amber's blog.

4. Follow Amber on Twitter.

5. "Like" Vegancraftastic on Facebook.

6. Tweet, blog, or post on Facebook about this contest.

Good luck!

Contest is now closed, thanks!

Monday, June 21, 2010

An Organic Cotton Forest

Today I wanted to share a couple of new goodies I have in my Etsy shop, pins made from 100% organic cotton fabric! It's starting to get a bit easier to find organic cotton in local shops which is of course awesome!

Since it's still a pretty new consumer item though, organic cotton fabric usually costs at least twice as much as conventional cotton fabric, but hopefully that will change with time. Soon I'll have some organic cotton project bags and zippered pouches in the shop too! What are your thoughts on organic cotton, do you seek out organic when it's possible?


and the winner is....

...Hannah, by the power of the random number generator! Thanks so much for entering everyone, be sure to check back tomorrow for another awesome giveaway!

Extra thanks to Kate and Oli on Etsy for sponsoring this great giveaway!


Sunday, June 20, 2010

Summer in a Bowl

Sometimes the simplest things make the best snack:

I'm not one to dress up fruit, I know some people like to sprinkle sugar on top or some sort of whipped topping, but I'm all about simplicity when it comes to fresh delicious fruit. Where I come from, fruit salad is just a bowl of cut fruit, but here in the Midwest people add all sorts of madness and still call it fruit salad even though it looks like a bowl of white goo (or encased in a scary gelatinous tomb), I think it's totally bizarre :) I was at a party last month and there was a fruit salad that had bits of cookies in it, so hilarious! I suppose that thing became popular here since it's not always easy to get amazing produce all year long like you can in California, but still, it's just so odd! It's one of those things that makes living in Minnesota like living on Mars sometimes ;)


Saturday, June 19, 2010

Yard Sales - made of awesome!

One of my absolute favorite things about Summer are yard sales, ever since I was a wee girl I enjoyed sifting through junk looking for treasures. Of course, many days I'll come away empty handed but every once in a while I find something awesome. Or awesomely creepy as my husband calls today's find:

He came from a sale in Roseville, a couple was moving and getting rid of lots of stuff they picked up on their travels to Peru and Mexico. There were tons of handmade paper mache shrines and dolls, but this guy was my favorite. And at $2 I really couldn't resist :) I also snagged a Fire King bowl for 50 cents that I'm going to enjoy eating homemade ice cream out of! Lucky for me, my husband enjoys yard sales too, but then so did my dad so maybe I shouldn't assume that most men hate that kind of thing, hmmmm.

Anyone had any good yard sale finds lately?


Friday, June 18, 2010

Cupcakes, Cozies, and Cast Ons

First, and of course most importantly, cupcakes:

Vampire cupcakes! I made these cuties to celebrate the new season of True Blood, I looove that show and really, it doesn't take much for me to make cupcakes anyway :) I made some Gluten Free Chocolate Zucchini Bread and decorated them to look like they were attacked by a vampire with a sweet tooth. They were delicious!

In crafty news, I finished another tissue sweater:

This one is going to be for me, I used two colors of sock leftovers - Sable and Cinnamon Panda Cotton. This really is a great pattern and the perfect project for working on at knit night since it doesn't require much brain power :)

And now for the cast on:

I cast on for a Monster Chunk - a free pattern from Rebecca Danger - for husband's birthday. I'm using some random leftovers for this little guy, I hope he comes out cute!


p.s. Don't forget to enter my giveaway if you haven't already!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Giveaway: Kate and Oli Notecards

Winner has been chosen and contest in now closed, thanks!

It's giveaway time again! This time I'm proud to feature Kate and Oli on Etsy, a cute shop that's full of fun handmade paper goods. Kate is generously offering a set of Paper Airplane Cards to one lucky winner, yay! Let's get to know Kate and her shop:

1. How did you choose the name of your shop?

Well, Kate and Oli came about organically after I thought of a bunch of other, artsy, totally random names. Then, I thought, wait, who's doing this? Me. Me and Oliver (my cat). So, Kate and Oli was born!

2. What made you decide to open your shop?

I discovered etsy in early 2009 and lurked around on there as a buyer for a few months. One day, I saw a card I liked but wished I could tweak slightly. I went to Michaels that very day and purchased a huge bag of card-making supplies and I just churned them out. I opened up my etsy shop about a week later!

3. How do you fit time to create into your day?

Gosh, I wish I could say I did! I always feel like my crafting time comes at the expense of something else, be it my boyfriend or my house-cleaning or maybe even dinner on some nights. I wish I could find a way to say "Tuesdays at 7:30 is crafting time," but right now it's more like "Go away, I'm making cards."

4. What's your favorite thing about having an Etsy shop?

I LOVE seeing all of the fabulous handmade items that other people create. I could troll Etsy for hours. Well, I DO troll Etsy for hours. I love the forums and the chat rooms and jumping from shop to shop finding what amazing items come from people's imaginations. It's so inspiring to me!

Be sure to check out Kate on Facebook, Twitter and her blog.

Ok, ready to win a set of Paper Airplane Cards? There are six possible entries, none of them are mandatory, please leave a separate comment for each entry - multiple entries in one comment won't be counted, thanks! Also, make sure I have a way to reach you if you win, an email address (youATwhereverDOTcom), etsy shop, or Ravelry name are all fine. Contest is open to both US and international folks - contest ends Monday morning, June 21st. Good luck!

1. Check out Kate and Oli on Etsy and then comment here letting me know your favorite item.

2. Follow this blog.

3. Follow Vegancraftastic on Twitter.

4. Follow Kate and Oli's blog.
5. "Like" Vegancraftastic on Facebook.

6. Blog, tweet, or post on Facebook about this giveaway


Winer has been choses and contest is now closed, thanks!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

FO: Tissue Sweater

From the name "Tissue Sweater" don't you imagine a lovely handknit tissue weight sweater with lots of drape? Well, think again! I wanted a quick and cute little project to work on this weekend so I looked through my Ravely queue and decided on the Sweater for Purse Sized Tissue Packets by kmkat.

Yes, it's a little silly to knit a cozy for tissues, but if you have allergies then you know that tissues are a constant companion and it's nice to have something pretty! This first one will probably go to my mom as a birthday or Christmas gift and I'll likely make more since they're a great way to use up sock yarn leftovers. And I have a few leftovers that need using up:

So what are your go-to quick gift giving knits/crochets?


And the Winner is....

....StaceyKnitsIt! Thanks so much to everyone who entered to win a bibdana from White Rabbit!!! And special thanks to White Rabbit for making this giveaway possible :0) Check back here tomorrow for another giveaway!


Sunday, June 13, 2010

Gluten Free Vegan Chocolate Zucchini Bread

I've been wanting to post about these little yummies for a while now, I wasn't smart enough to take pictures of the first batch I made and shared at knit night (and no, there were no leftovers and I didn't even get one so you know they're good!) so I made another batch last night to make sure my recipe was good and so I'd have some to take pictures of. We don't eat a gluten free diet in this house, but one of my knitting friends is transitioning to gluten free so I thought I'd try to make something that she could eat too.

Gluten free baking is actually kind of a fun challenge, and while I was monkeying around with the recipe I had the same thoughts that non-vegans must have when making stuff for me, for example I wasn't sure that the egg replacer I used was gluten free, but I looked it up and luckily it was. I also wanted to come up with a recipe that was simple, I see so many gluten free recipes that call for 3 or 4 types of "flour" and other expensive ingredients so I really tried to keep it simple. Luckily, the recipe that I started out with uses very little flour anyway so it really wasn't much of a challenge. And they really did come out awesome, you'd never guess they were gluten free!

Here's the recipe, try it out, it's easy and yummy! And I even made a printer friendly pdf of the recipe for you guys! Recipe:

Gluten Free Vegan Chocolate Zucchini Bread

makes 15 cupcake sized breads (I used a cupcake tin that holds 12 and poured the extra batter into a mini loaf pan)


1 1/2 cups zucchini, washed and finely grated

1 cup Bob's Red Mill all purpose gluten free baking flour

1/2 cup cocoa powder

1 tsp. baking soda

1/4 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 cup apple sauce or canola oil (I prefer them with apple sauce but they're a bit more moist with the oil)

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed

3 tsp. Ener-G egg replacer mixed with 4 Tbs. cold water

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1/2 cup chocolate chips (I prefer Enjoy Life's chips)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line your cupcake tin with papers.

In a large bowl, combine "flour," cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.

In a medium bowl, combine all other ingredients except the chocolate chips.

Combine both bowl's worth of ingredients and then add in the chocolate chips.

Fill the cupcake papers almost full with batter - leave about 1/2" of space from the top.

Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Note: if you use apple sauce instead of oil, your baking time will be much shorter, be sure to keep an eye on the breads.

Cool on a rack and enjoy!


Saturday, June 12, 2010

Tea Biscuits

How have I never had tea biscuits before? While browsing the Kosher section at Lunds, (great place to find vegan chocolate by the way!) I came across packages of yummy looking tea biscuits. At 77 cents a package, you know I couldn't resist! And I'm glad I gave in because these little biscuits are awesome:

These are my new favorite snack, they're nowhere near as sweet as cookies and are actually pretty low on calories and fat, love it! Anyone discovered any fun new snacks lately? Can you tell I'm hungry? ;)


Thursday, June 10, 2010

Giveaway Time!

Giveaway is now closed, thanks everyone for entering!

It's giveaway time again, yay! I really do enjoy giveaways here on the blog and I've decided to do something a little different for this one. Today I'll be featuring a great shop on Etsy, White Rabbit, and the owner - Chelsea is offering up one of her adorable bibdanas for one luck winner. I absolutely love the word "bibdana" so cute! So let's get to know Chelsea and her shop!

1. How did you choose the name of your shop?

When I was a young girl there was a time where I wanted to be called White Rabbit and nothing else. I made everyone call me that. I named my shop White Rabbit as a tribute to my child hood, I added the 7 for good luck.

2. What made you decide to open your shop?
I first opened a physical store in my hometown in FL called Introspection Boutique a few years ago. I was introduced to Etsy from a vendor and decided I would try my hand at it as well. I have degree in design and have always love to make things. Last summer my son was born and I began to realize how hard it is to find cool bibs for boys. He’s been an amazing inspiration for all my baby goodies.

3. How do you fit time to create into your day?

I also work as a dress designer in downtown Los Angeles, so I am always designing. I always carry a notebook to sketch and write notes in. My job keeps me in tune with current and new trends in fashion, I draw on that for inspiration when I’m creating new things for my shop.

4. What's your favorite thing about having an Etsy shop?

I absolutely love having the freedom to create whatever I want. I can just make what I love, and hope other people feel the same way.

Be sure to visit White Rabbit on Facebook too!

Ready to win one of these cute little baby bibdanas? To win your choice of ANY bibdanas from White Rabbit, here's how to enter, please leave a separate comment for each entry, multiple entries in one comment won't be counted, thanks! Up to six chances to win :

1. Hop on over to Chelsea's shop and then leave a comment here letting me know your favorite item. Also, please make sure I can contact you if you win (e-mail address, etsy shop, or ravelry name works fine):

2. Become a follower of this blog or let me know if you are already a follower.

6. Tweet, Facebook, or blog about this contest.

Giveaway is now closed, thanks everyone for entering!

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

FO: Red Hot Scarf

My red hot scarf is done! This was a really quick knit when I actually worked on it, it's great tv knitting and it grows pretty quickly because of the dropped stitches. The scarf is going to my mom, either for her birthday or Christmas, haven't decided yet, I hope she likes it! The pattern is free and designed by me, it's the Panda Cotton Drop Stitch Scarf that I designed for Crystal Palace. I dug into my stash for this project and found some lovely Eden yarn, it's a 100% bamboo yarn that I got in the last vegan swap on Ravelry. Speaking of Ravelry, here's the Ravelry link for the pattern. Ready for some dorky pics of me and the scarf? Here we go:

The last pic is especially awesome, it totally belongs in the Sears catalog, I missed my calling! ;)


Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Knit 1, Run 5

I know I haven't talked much about running lately, but the husband and I are still at it, although it still kind of blows my mind that I really enjoy running. After starting up again after the evil that is Winter, we had just enough time to get ready for the Grand Old Day 5K in Saint Paul. And this was a very special run because a bunch of my friends from my knitting group were running (and walking) too! And of course, we had to have team shirts, right? Aren't they cute:

I almost didn't get one, but thanks to my friend (even if she flings shoes at me) - the tall blond that has a talent for losing blog contests- I got to proudly wear my Knit (1) Run (5) shirt, thanks Jen! The run itself wasn't too bad, it was a little hot and the food stall smells were really gross to have to run through, but Shane and I managed to run the whole way so I'm happy :) Of course, we were the most awesome team out there, we even had the fabulous La Crumpet drop spindling while she walked the 5K, what other team can say that, huh? I wish I had more pictures to share, but I didn't bring my camera, although I know pictures were taken and it's only a matter of time before they start showing up.

The day was capped off by a celebratory bbq at the home of Kathy and her magic running shorts (they really are magic, she was the first girl in our group to finish the race). Shane and I had grilled veggie burgers and we brought some blood orange soda and ice pops (there were a fair amount of kids there so I thought ice pops might be fun). By the way, do you guys call them popsicles, ice pops or something else? My husband and I were talking about this the other day and I'm curious :)


Thursday, June 03, 2010

New Pattern: BBQ Ribs!

Yay, I just released my new sock pattern, BBQ Ribs!

These socks were inspired by the name of the colorway I used - BBQ Sauce. Yes, it's dorky but that's why I love them! And I knit not one, but TWO complete pairs of them ;) See, I really can finish socks, ha ha!

I'm so thankful and appreciative to all of my awesome test knitters on Ravelry who made this pattern possible, yay for testers! These top down socks are super easy to knit, several of my testers were very new to socks and were able to knit lovely socks using my pattern. The yarn used is Crystal Palace's Panda Cotton - 2 skeins. Let me know what you think! Also, for those not on Ravelry, the pattern is also available in my Etsy shop.


Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Red Hot Progress

While I was working on my last two pairs of socks, I was about as monogamous with my projects as I've ever been. And after all of that, I needed to break out and start a side project! I did a quick stash dive and came out with some gorgeous red bamboo that I got in a swap and decided to cast on for an easy drop stitch scarf. The pattern is my own and it's free on Crystal Palace's site, it's called the Panda Cotton Drop Stitch Scarf. In my mind though, it will always be called the Seascape Scarf, which was my original title for it, but of course yarn companies can change titles at will so it got switched to what it is now, ah well :) Oh and here's the Ravelry link for the pattern. I'm just going to keep knitting until both balls of yarn are gone, so I'm about halfway done right now. I think this will be a gift for mom, maybe for Christmas :) So what do you guys cast on for when you need to cheat on your main project a bit?
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