Wednesday, November 28, 2007

She's here!



Born on November 19th at 9:32 am......

Here is Miss Lydia Monroe......

Sunday, October 21, 2007

wow belly!


Lydia will be arriving November 19th....via c-section.....she's a big girl. Woohoo for vegan babies!

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

We're ready!





Lydia's room is all done and we are ready......it won't be long now....our little bundle will be arriving around Thanksgiving! I can't believe how fast this pregnancy has gone......:)

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Last day of summer...

Off to school tomorrow....here is a pic of Liam's first "school" lunch.
Veggie sushi (avocado, carrot and cucumber), organic white grapes, edamame, duck sauce and apple juice. YUM!

BTW...Liam also lost his first top tooth today....it had been hanging on by a thread....his broccoli at lunch finally did it in!

Sunday, September 2, 2007

Preparing for Lydia!





We have finally just about gotten her room ready. My mother in law is busy making the curtains and the bedding and I will be adding some dragonflies and butterflies to the walls this week. Now that she has a place for her things....it seems to much more real to us.....now we just have to wait for her arrival!

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Summer is winding down....


I can't say I am not happy to see it go. I welcome the autumn weather with open arms. We have had a bit of relief from the heat this week and some much needed rain but the heat this summer has been unbearable. Not sure if it's because I'm pregnant or not...either way - bring on the cool air! It doesn't hurt that Halloween is my favorite holiday and it's just around the corner. Not sure what costume I shall choose this year considering I will be 8 months along....any suggestions?

Next week I have to go and take the test for gestational diabetes. This test makes me so nervous...when I was pregnant with Liam the doctors thought I had it and sent me for numerous testing. Turns out I didn't but it left a mental scar. The test was brutal for me as I have a hard time swallowing that glucose stuff. Ick! I am hoping this time things will go smoother....I'm about 20 pounds lighter and have a much healthier diet (I was lacto-ovo with my first pregnancy and ate a ton of cheese!) Wish me luck!

Liam heads back to school in two weeks and this year he will be going a full day which means lunch at school. I have armed myself with The Vegan Lunchbox cookbook http://www.veganlunchbox.com/ and the Laptop Lunchbox that she recommends in her blog http://veganlunchbox.blogspot.com/
I am really excited about them...and so is Liam! I am guessing he will have one of the best lunches in his class!

Well, I hope this note finds everyone well and you all have had a wonderful summer. We are still trying to squeeze in a few more visits to the beach before life gets crazy again.

Much vegan love to you all!

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Vegan Lemon Squares

I just tried this recipe for the first time...and wow....they are yummy! The only alteration I made was I used flax meal for the egg replacer equal to 2 eggs rather than the Ener-G Egg replacer. Quite delish!


Vegan Lemon Squares

Ingredients (use vegan versions):

Crust:
1/4 cup granulated sugar
5 tablespoon margarine
1 cup all purpose flour
Filling:
Prepared equiv. of 3 eggs- substitute (I use Ener-G Egg Replacer)
3/4 cup granulated sugar
zest and juice of two fresh juicy lemons (three if on the dry side)
1 teaspoon real vanilla
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoon all purpose flour
powdered sugar (optional)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350. Combine crust ingredients and press into 8 X 8 inch pan. Bake for 15 minutes. While baking, beat the egg substitute (follow directions of your brand) until foamy. Add the remainder of the ingredients (through flour) and mix together. Pour over the crust, and bake 20 minutes more, or until set. Cool. Sift powdered sugar on top, if you'd like, and enjoy the trip down memory lane!

Fancier version: Add a layer of vegan cream cheese mixed with a little powdered sugar over the baked crust before you pour in the filling. (You may have to cool the crust a bit before spreading the layer out.)

Serves: Makes 16 squares

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Woohoo for ultrasounds!

Wanted to announce....we found out that we are having a GIRL! We are so excited! I have always wanted one of each...a dream come true! Lydia Monroe is on her way!!!!!

Friday, June 29, 2007

a new piece......



Took me a while to get this one finished....let me know what you think. Also, it's for sale if anyone is interested.....:)

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

CafePress..


I finally upgraded my CafePress shoppe......so now I can offer unlimited products and designs. Woohoo! It's still a work in progress....but hopefully this will help spread the vegan message! :)

http://www.cafepress.com/darkfaerieart

Let me know if you have any ideas or suggestions......

Monday, June 18, 2007

I chopped my hair off.....


and it feels soooo good!
I suppose this isn't the most exciting post...but hey...I'm excited about my new do. The best part is that I don't have to do anything with it.....woohoo!

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Happy Saturday!



Well, it's Saturday morning and I just wanted to say a quick hello to all. Also, I thought I would mention the prenatal vitamins that I am taking in case there are any other pregnant vegan mommies that come across my blog. They are chocked full of goodies. You can find them here:
http://www.cosmosveganshoppe.com/

I also wanted to ask about cloth diapers...we used disposable with our first son and that's a mistake I don't want to make again. If anyone has any helpful advice on getting started, where to buy and what style they recommend....I would love to hear it. This is all new to us and we need lots of advice.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Boy or Girl...



We won't know until July 5th....until then here is the little one, Lydia Monroe or Ronan Everett

Monday, June 11, 2007

Recent News!





Well.......

My friend Dino Sarma has just released his first cookbook - Alternative Vegan. I had the pleasure of designing the cover art as well as the illustrations for the inside of the book. It is truly a wonderful book with a completely new take on vegan cooking. Everyone should check it out! www.tofuhoundpress.com

Also, I have just completed 6 illustrations that are going to be used in the upcoming newWitch magazine. This will be the first time my work has been printed in a publication and I am very excited!

My illustrations were also featured in the May edition of Herbivore Magazine. This really put my name out into the vegan and vegetarian world...thank you so much Josh for giving me the opportunity to be featured in your amazing magazine!

And one last thing.....I donated a peice to Woodstock Farm Sanctuary's silent art auction last month. My piece sold and the auction was a great success! Congrats to Woodstock!!!!!

Thursday, May 31, 2007

My long time away......





So much has happened.....dealing with the loss of my dad has been so hard...but some happy news sent me on a emotional roller coaster ride that I never expected. I'm pregnant. Yes, little baby #2 is on the way. The little bundle will be arriving the end of November. Being pregnant again has been a wonderful experience. The first trimester was a little tough with the never ending nausea....but I'm feeling so much better now and full of energy. This is my first vegan pregnancy so if anyone has any helpful advice please let me know.....

The pictures are from our garden....

Saturday, March 24, 2007

My Dad...

It's 1:30 in the morning and I'm sitting in the bedroom from my childhood. I'm still trying to get everything straight in my head. My father passed away suddenly this past Monday and my heart is breaking and I still can't believe it's true. He was such an amazing person...such a good man....such a wonderful father. I had always known I would have to deal with the loss of my parents one day....but you can never prepare yourself for such devistation and sorrow. All of my relatives have gone home now...and it's just me and my mom here in the house that was such a good home to me and it feels so empty. I keep expecting him to walk down the hall or see him in the bathroom combing his hair...or find him on the couch taking a nap. I'm not sure why I am writing all this and most likely it won't make sense to me tomorrow...but I guess I needed to come to the realization that the past week has not been a dream. If only I could have one last hug or I could see him throwing the ball to Liam just one more time. I know it wouldn't make it any easier...I just wish for it. He was such a good dad to me and I am going to miss him so much.

Friday, March 16, 2007

It's been a while since I posted but I do have some eye candy :)


Here are my two latest pieces. Both pieces were ordered by friends.......
I also added t-shirts with the Edward Scissorhands image to my cafe press shop in case anyone is interested :)

http://www.cafepress.com/darkfaerieart

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Here's the latest.....


Just finished this piece for my good friends down in NC.........dropped it in the mail to them today. I do hope it will find a nice spot on their wall :)

Tuesday, February 6, 2007

Back on track!!!



So...trying to get back on my schedule...last week was tough (I won't go into the details!) I just got back from working out (man it's sooooo cold out - 14 degrees F!!!!!) and now I am off to work on current illustration. I have a couple new orders for illustrations so I must get to work! Woohoo! After my slump it feels so good to have work again. One of the toughest parts of being a freelance artist is not knowing what your income is going to be from month to month. Thank goodness for my wonderful and supportive husband, family and friends!!!

Friday, February 2, 2007

To all the witchy ones...


Blessed Imbolc AND Full Moon! What a magickal day it shall be! Off to plan my ritual......

much love and light!

Thursday, February 1, 2007

33 Reasons Why Animal Testing is Pointless:by:Phil Haylock

(1)Less than 2% of human illnesses (1.16%) are ever seen in animals.

(2)According to the former scientific executive of Huntingdon Life Sciences, animal tests and human results agree only '5%-25% of the time'.

(3)95% of drugs passed by animal tests are immediately discarded as useless or dangerous to humans.

(4)At least 50 drugs on the market cause cancer in laboratory animals. They are allowed because it is admitted the animal tests are not relevant.

(5)Procter & Gamble used an artificial musk despite it failing the animal tests, i.e., causing tumours in mice. They said the animal test results were 'of little relevance for humans'.

(6)When asked if they agreed that animal experiments can be misleading 'because of anatomical and physiological differences between animals and humans', 88% of doctors agreed.

(7)Rats are only 37% effective in identifying what causes cancer to humans. Flipping a coin would be more accurate.

(8)Rodents are the animals almost always used in cancer research. They never get carcinomas, the human form of cancer, which affects membranes (e.g lung cancer). Their sarcomas affect bone and connecting tissue: the two cannot be compared.

(9)Up to 90% of animal test results are discarded as they are inapplicable to man.

(10)The results from animal experiments can be altered by factors such as diet and bedding. Bedding has been identified as giving cancer rates of over 90% and almost nil in the same strain of mice at different locations.

(11)Sex differences among laboratory animals can cause contradictory results. This does not correspond with humans.

(12)9% of anaesthetised animals, intended to recover, die.

(13)An estimated 83% of substances are metabolised by rats in a different way to humans.

(14)Attempts to sue the manufacturers of the drug Surgam failed due to the testimony of medical experts that: 'data from animals could not be extrapolated safely to patients'.

(15) Lemon juice is a deadly poison, but arsenic, hemlock and botulin are safe according to animal tests.

(16)Genetically modified animals are not models for human illness. The mdx mouse is supposed to represent muscular dystrophy, but the muscles regenerate without treatment.

(17)88% of stillbirths are caused by drugs which are passed as being safe in animal tests, according to a study in Germany.

(18)61% of birth defects are caused by drugs passed safe in animal tests, according to the same study. Defect rates are 200 times post war levels.

(19)One in six patients in hospital are there because of a treatment they have taken.

(20) In America, 100,000 deaths a year are attributed to medical treatment. In one year 1.5 million people were hospitalised by medical treatment.

(21)A World Health Organisation study showed children were 14 times more likely to develop measles if they had been vaccinated.

(22) 40% of patients suffer side effects as a result of prescription treatment.

(23)Over 200,000 medicines have been released, most of which are now withdrawn. According to the World Health Organisation, only 240 are 'essential'.

(24)A German doctors' congress concluded that 6% of fatal illnesses and 25% of organic illness are caused by medicines. All have been animal tested.

(25) layed 40 years due to vivisection.

(26)According to the Royal Commission into vivisection (1912), 'The discovery of anaesthetics owes nothing to experiments on animals'. The great Dr Hadwen noted that 'had animal experiments been relied upon...humanity would have been robbed of this great blessing of anaesthesia'. The vivisector Halsey described the discovery of Fluroxene as 'one of the most dramatic examples of misleading evidence from animal data'.

(27)Aspirin fails animal tests, as does digitalis (a heart drug), cancer treatments, insulin (causes animal birth defects), penicillin and other safe medicines. They would have been banned if vivisection were heeded.

(28)In the court case when the manufacturers of Thalidomide were being tried, they were acquitted after numerous experts agreed that animal tests could not be relied on for human medicine.

(29)Blood transfusions were delayed 200 years by animal studies, corneal transplants were delayed 90 years.

(30)Despite many Nobel prizes being awarded to vivisectors, only 45% agree that animal experiments are crucial.

(31)At least 450 methods exist with which we can replace animal experiments.

(32)At least thirty-three animals die in laboratories each second worldwide; in the UK, one every four seconds.

(33)The Director of Research Defence Society, (which exists to defend vivisection) was asked if medical progress could have been achieved without animal use. His written reply was 'I am sure it could be'.

Monday, January 29, 2007

Vegan Freaks in the City




We ventured into NYC this past Saturday to meet up with some fellow vegans for a yummy dinner at the Vegetarian Dim Sum House in Chinatown. It was a blast...and the food was an adventure. Nothing better than sharing a meal with some like-minded folk!

Meet Jillie...


Here she is....the latest illustration. Her name is Jillie and she is a elvin warrior...spreading the vegan message throughout the land.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Even MORE reasons to go vegan!

The Hunger Argument
Number of people worldwide who will die as a result of malnutrition
this year: 20 million
Number of people who could be adequately fed using land freed if Americans reduced their intake of meat by 10%: 100 million
Percentage of corn grown in the U.S. eaten by people: 20
Percentage of corn grown in the U.S. eaten by livestock: 80
Percentage of oats grown in the U.S. eaten by livestock: 95
Percentage of protein wasted by cycling grain through livestock: 90
How frequently a child dies as a result of malnutrition: every 2.3 seconds
Pounds of potatoes that can be grown on an acre: 40,000
Pounds of beef produced on an acre: 250
Percentage of U.S. farmland devoted to beef production: 56
Pounds of grain and soybeans needed to produce a pound of edible flesh from feedlot beef: 16

The Environmental Argument
Cause of global warming: greenhouse effect
Primary cause of greenhouse effect: carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels
Fossil fuels needed to produce meat-centered diet vs. a meat-free diet: 3 times more
Percentage of U.S. topsoil lost to date: 75
Percentage of U.S. topsoil loss directly related to livestock raising: 85
Number of acres of U.S. forest cleared for cropland to produce meat-centered diet: 260 million
Amount of meat imported to U.S. annually from Central and South America: 300,000,000 pounds
Percentage of Central American children under the age of five who are undernourished: 75
Area of tropical rainforest consumed in every quarter-pound of rainforest beef: 55 square feet
Current rate of species extinction due to destruction of tropical rainforests for meat grazing and other uses: 1,000 per year

The Cancer Argument
Increased risk of breast cancer for women who eat meat daily compared to less than once a week: 3.8 times
For women who eat eggs daily compared to once a week: 2.8 times
For women who eat butter and cheese 2-4 times a week: 3.25 times
Increased risk of fatal ovarian cancer for women who eat eggs 3 or more times a week vs. less than once a week: 3 times
Increased risk of fatal prostate cancer for men who consume meat, cheese, eggs and milk daily vs. sparingly or not at all: 3.6 times.

The Cholesterol Argument
Number of U.S. medical schools: 125
Number requiring a course in nutrition: 30
Nutrition training received by average U.S. physician during four years in medical school: 2.5 hours
Most common cause of death in the U.S.: heart attack
How frequently a heart attack kills in the U.S.: every 45 seconds
Average U.S. man's risk of death from heart attack: 50 percent
Risk of average U.S. man who eats no meat: 15 percent
Risk of average U.S. man who eats no meat, dairy or eggs: 4 percent
Amount you reduce risk of heart attack if you reduce consumption of meat, dairy and eggs by 10 percent: 9 percent
Amount you reduce risk of heart attack if you reduce consumption by 50 percent: 45 percent
Amount you reduce risk if you eliminate meat, dairy and eggs from your diet: 90 percent
Average cholesterol level of people eating meat-centered-diet: 210 mg/dl
Chance of dying from heart disease if you are male and your blood cholesterol level is 210 mg/dl: greater than 50 percent

The Natural Resources Argument

User of more than half of all water used for all purposes in the U.S.: livestock production
Amount of water used in production of the average cow: sufficient to float a destroyer
Gallons of water needed to produce a pound of wheat: 25
Gallons of water needed to produce a pound of California beef: 5,000
Years the world's known oil reserves would last if every human ate a meat-centered diet: 13
Years they would last if human beings no longer ate meat: 260
Calories of fossil fuel expended to get 1 calorie of protein from beef: 78
To get 1 calorie of protein from soybeans: 2
Percentage of all raw materials (base products of farming, forestry and mining, including fossil fuels) consumed by U.S. that is devoted to the production of livestock: 33
Percentage of all raw materials consumed by the U.S. needed to produce a complete vegetarian diet: 2

The Antibiotic Argument
Percentage of U.S. antibiotics fed to livestock: 55
Percentage of staphylococci infections resistant to penicillin in 1960: 13
Percentage resistant in 1988: 91
Response of European Economic Community to routine feeding of antibiotics to livestock: ban
Response of U.S. meat and pharmaceutical industries to routine feeding of antibiotics to livestock: full and complete support

The Pesticide Argument
Common belief: U.S. Department of Agriculture protects our health through meat inspection
Reality: fewer than 1 out of every 250,000 slaughtered animals is tested for toxic chemical residues
Percentage of U.S. mother's milk containing significant levels of DDT: 99
Percentage of U.S. vegetarian mother's milk containing significant levels of DDT: 8
Contamination of breast milk, due to chlorinated hydrocarbon pesticides in animal products, found in meat-eating mothers vs. non-meat eating mothers: 35 times higher
Amount of Dieldrin ingested by the average breast-fed American infant: 9 times the permissible level

The Ethical Argument
Number of animals killed for meat per hour in the U.S.: 660,000
Occupation with highest turnover rate in U.S.: slaughterhouse worker
Occupation with highest rate of on-the-job-injury in U.S.: slaughterhouse worker

The Survival Argument
Athlete to win Ironman Triathlon more than twice: Dave Scott (6 time winner)
Food choice of Dave Scott: Vegetarian
Largest meat eater that ever lived: Tyrannosaurus Rex (Where is he today?)

Source = "Diet For A New America" by John Robbins

Reasons to go vegan....

Those of you who know me know that I am a strict vegan. There are so many reasons to be vegan...but I have added a list, over to the right, of some very important reasons. I think if people were more educated and didn't turn a blind eye, the percentage of vegans would increase everyday. Whether you are an animal lover, health freak or environmentalist...you can't deny the facts. Come on and go vegan...you know you want to! ;) Here are some links to check out. Let me know if you have ANY questions!

http://govegan.net/

http://milksucks.com/
http://www.goveg.com/
http://www.petatv.com/tvpopup/Prefs.asp?video=meet_your_meat
http://www.veganoutreach.org/
http://farmsanctuary.com/
http://veganfreak.com/
http://www.alternativeoutfitters.com/

A little peak...


Here is a sneaky peak at my new illustration.....it is still a work in progress but should be finished and for sale by early next week. I was very inspired after seeing Arthur and the Invisibles .

Monday, January 22, 2007

Why can't I have more hours in the day.....

So many things I want to get done. I never feel as though I have enough time. I'm sure everyone feels this way most of the time but it seems to be getting worse. Today I plan on creating a schedule for myself and my little one so that I can maximize my day. With this I hope to balance my work and play time. Wish me luck! :)

Also...I wanted to pick everyone's brain about my illustration. I tend to do alot of vegan themed pieces...and most of the pieces that I sell are sold to fellow vegans. So I wanted to know if any of you have any great ideas for my next illustration. What would you like to see me do? Send me some comments....

Monday, January 15, 2007

My list...101 things to do in 1001 days

Skipping the New Year's Resolution and going with an idea a friend shared....this seems a bit more realistic...and fun!

Start date is January 15, 2007
Finish date is October 12, 2009

Things posted in green bold are completed.
Things posted in purple bold italic are in progress.

1. Have an art exhibit
2. Become financially independent
3. Create hand-made book of shadows
4. Lose 20 pounds (4/20)
5. Volunteer
6. Learn to drive stick shift
7. Go to Europe (again)
8. Get an illustration published
9. Illustrate a children's book (even if it's my own story)
10. Paint bathroom ceiling
11. Go a week without television
12. Get dragonfly tattoo on wrist
13. Sew a piece of clothing that I can wear
14. Learn to speak French
15. Learn to read tarot cards...better
16. Go without soda for a month
17. Drink only water for a week
18. Read at least one book every month (for 6 months)
19. Create dream garden in back yard
20. Go to a spa
21. Save 1,000 dollars

22. Learn to play chess (again)
23. Donate blood at least every six
24. See Loreena McKennitt in concert
25. Send a random gift to 5 people I care about
26. Go camping with Patrick and Liam
27. Proudly wear a bathing suit on the beach
28. Go canoing
29. Get new business cards printed (placed order on Jan.22, 2007)
30. Get 3 people to go vegan...this will be tough (1 down 2 to go! - Ellie Rocks!)
31. Plant a tree in our yard for each Nan
32. Remove stupid ceiling in bedroom
33. Paint hallway ceiling
34. Get hardwood floors (fingers crossed for this one!)
35. Visit 5 states I've never been to
36. Stain kitchen cabinets and get new knobs for kitchen cabinets
37. Complete Wicca, A Year and a Day
38. Go to Disney World with Pat and Liam
39. Fast for 3 days
40. Learn to ice skate...prepare to be bruised!
41. Have a theme party
42. Have game night once a week for a month
43. Teach Liam to tie his shoes
44. Have a Summer Solstice party
45. Run/Walk a 5k
46. Host a GMO awareness party
47. Take Liam to the Philadelphia Art Museum
48. Create a vegan cookbook to give to family and friends
49. Go to a full moon ritual with Ellie
50. Put a fountain in backyard
51. Put in new track lighting in dining room
52. Create a recipe for excellent tofu omelet
53. Send samples of my work to at least 10 publishers (1/10)
54. Get promo postcards printed and sent out
55. Knit my own scarf...oh boy....
56. Host a vegan wine tasting party
57. Organize my herb garden
58. Have a Monty Python evening
59. Build a snowman with Liam....some snow would be nice!!!
60. Watch the sunrise with Patrick and Liam
61. Take Liam and Patrick on a picnic
62. Take Liam on a picnic after school
63. Buy a Matt and Nat purse....(as soon as I have extra cash...ugh!)
64. Go out to a romantic dinner with Patrick
65. Eat at Candle Cafe...again!
66. Find my coven or create my own
67. Visit AE and Brian
68. Visit Brian and Ruby at least 3 times
69. Have a water balloon fight with Liam
70. Learn to make vegan sushi (Jan. 16, 2007)
71. Make vegan crepes
72. Learn how to change a flat
73. Make hand-made lamp for bedroom
74. Organize book shelf in dining room
75. Watch all of the extended Lord of the Rings movies in one day!
76. Organize all of my business papers
77. Try to sell my work locally...perhaps at Off the Wall
78. Buy a futon for the office (this won't be happening since the office is becoming a nursery!)
79. Scan all of our wedding pictures and make albums
80. Go on a bike ride with Patrick and Liam
81. Send a care package to a soldier
82. Write to SHAC 7
83. Have dinner with Roger and family
84. Scan all old family pics and restore...then make albums
85. Make a new friend
86. Post on Vegan Freaks at least once a day (for a month)
87. Build a birdhouse
88. Send a piece of artwork to Neil Gaiman and one to Tim Burton
89. Do one act of random kindness per week for at least a month
90. Get my xmas shopping done before December 1
91. Take ten new photos every week for a month (Not including self-portraits!)
92. Bake homemade rolls
93. Learn CPR
94. Look into adopting a Greyhound
95. Get a powerwasher...our house is turning green from all the damp weather
96. Make a birdhouse
97. Learn to grill tofu without it falling apart
98. Stay at a vegan bed and breakfast
99. Do an illustration for Liam of boy vegans :)
100. Have a party with close friends.....
101. Start new list