Monday, June 29, 2009

Vegan Bake Sale in Downtown Guelph

Last Saturday our Veg*n Social Group in Guelph raised almost $700 for Ruby Ranch Pig Sanctuary! It was a pretty fantastic day. We had a ton of great looking baked goods for sale, tons of interested passers-by, some of which signed up to be a part of veg events in the future. Some people grabbed literature on veganism. I think it was a huge success. By far the highlight of the day though was a visit from Stormy, one of the piglets from Ruby Ranch. He's just as sweet as a puppy, nobody could resist him. I think he definitely turned A LOT of heads just by being downtown, but my hope is that a few visitors to our bake sale got to connect with him a little bit, rub his belly, see his joyful expression, and maybe make the connection that it is wrong to eat animals.

I was pretty much expecting some rude comments by people that don't understand, can't make the connection or are just unwilling to open their eyes, and we did get a few. By far the most incomprehensible though was the girl that saw Stormy, proclaimed "Ohhh! I love pigs!!" and literally 3 minutes later was seen buying two hot dogs at the vendor right across from us... sigh... some people will just never get it.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

To-Go Ware - New Styles, New Colours

We use too much plastic. I do it too. We can do better. The grocery store that I go to finally started charging people 5 cents for each plastic bag... I wish we didn't need that sort of incentive, but if it works, then that's what we need to do. Do you guys ever eat out? Do you sometimes go to the food court? Do you order Chinese & find yourself collecting those disposable chopsticks?

All the little things add up. To-Go Ware is the solution to putting an end to plastic cutlery & take out containers. Take yours with you wherever you go! Buy one for your purse, your car, your lunch box...

The utensils are made from sustainably grown bamboo. Bamboo is not a tree, it's a grass, and it grows like grass. It's renewable, sustainable, extremely versatile, strong & feels so wonderful in your mouth that you'll want to replace all your cutlery at home with To-Go Ware utensils.

Conserve Utensil holders are made from discarded plastic bags in India. Watch the video here:

Weave cotton Utensil holders are crafted by WEAVE, a Burmese refugee women's project on the Thai-Burma border. All materials are sourced from Thailand & are fair-trade. Watch the video here:

RePEat Utensil holders are made from recycled PET plastic - giving plastic bottles a 2nd life & keeping them out of the landfills.

Tiffin 2 tier or 3 tier containers are perfect for transporting your lunch, going camping, taking on a picnic, or bring it with you next time you get take out & ask them to put your order into your Tiffin! These are made from Stainless Steel - 200 grade. They do not leach any chemicals (like plastic), they don't hold smells or stain & they are strong & durable.

Let's not wait until we have to pay 5 cents for plastic cutlery when we get food on the go... we can make a simple step now to ban plastic cutlery from our lives, just like we've done with plastic bags.

Check out all the styles & beautiful colours at!

x Kelly

PS - To-Go Ware has told me that they have to raise their prices in July, which means that we'll have to raise our prices too, so the prices you see are only good for a limited time! Grab them for the lower prices while you can!

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Envelope Art

I know it looks like a 4 year old drew these, but they still make me happy. I guess part of me has never gotten over that feeling of joy when something fantastic arrives in the mail... and if there's something fantastic on the envelope, well then that feeling is practically doubled. I hope the recipients of these two packages are as happy to receive these as I am to make them. I'm trying to fine tune my "artistic" skills to some day move beyond flowers & clouds, but I'm not there yet.

Treasure Hunting with Oma

Saturday I spent hanging out with Oma. Oma likes shopping, smoking & doing crossword puzzles... so I opted to spend Saturday shopping! We went to the Inglewood Antique Market, then on to the Old School House on Hwy 10 & finally to the huge antique market in Glen Williams. I'm definitely going to have to do this circuit more often, because all 3 places had such amazing stuff! Inglewood had some great furniture that we are definitely putting on our wish list. I picked up some things at the Glen Williams market that I just could not bare to part with...

I just love this pig! He has a huge smile on his face & a bird is hitching a ride on his head. He's just adorable & he is meant to hold a tealight. So this piggy & I can light a candle together for all the poor pigs that spend their short sad lives being raised for food.

These guys make me happy every time I look at them. I almost left them behind but I just couldn't. They look like they're laughing. I am so in love with them!

I think I had to get these because the green goes so well in my kitchen. The apple salt shaker doesn't do much for me, but I love the pear pepper mill, and I couldn't leave the apple all alone. They belong together. Plus they were a dollar each, so for that could anyone NOT buy these cuties!

This might be my favourite item. We almost didn't get it because it ran us over the amount of money we had in our wallets (they don't take debit or credit card at the Glen Williams market). I'm so glad we talked the guy down though, because this platter is just PERFECT! It is beautiful enough to hang on the wall, & then I'll use it to serve veggies & talk about how much more satisfying veggies are compared to dead animal carcass when I have guests over! Ok, maybe not, but it's an interesting conversation piece none the less!