ThoraThinks


win things, color things, and Happy Thanksgiving
November 24, 2010, 9:43 am
Filed under: coloring pages, dolls, free stuff!

Hello!

The Vegan MoFo headquarters are hosting a Garlic-Onion-Beet-Spinach-Mango-Carrot-Grapefruit Juice giveaway. Tell us your favorite fruit/veggie juice combo here to enter! (The winner will be selected later today, so act fast if you’re interested).

Want to win an adorable pair of tweeters? Send in a photo of your own Ingvar with your veg Thanksgiving meal! Email JPEG images to nathalie@thorathinks.com by midnight this Sunday. This is fun and easy… no need for fancy cameras or “photography skills.” One lucky winner will be selected randomly (names-out-of-a-hat-style) to receive these little guys in the mail:

(Hint: Tweeters are very well-received as holiday gifts).

Lastly, a friendly reminder to central Ohians: Storytime/book signing at Pattycake Bakery this Saturday!

Happy Thanksgiving, friends! I hope you’re able to somehow deal with all of the disturbing “historical and cultural stuff” surrounding this holiday, in order to enjoy a delicious Fall feast with your loved ones.  : )


print coloring page

All the best-
Nathalie



cutest
November 14, 2010, 10:13 pm
Filed under: dolls, kids, Thora

What’s the cutest thing ever?

Enio, a 2.5-month-old fan from Austria, posing with his Thora doll. Thanks to Enio’s dad Chris for sending in this sweet photo!

New turkey coloring page coming tomorrow!



Hello, September!
September 7, 2010, 9:35 pm
Filed under: book reviews, dolls, making!, Veg Fest, vikings

Hello all! I’m sewing, button-making, and drawing away, so I’ll keep this post brief.

I finished making vikings for VegFest, and now I’m working on Thoras and tweeters.  If you’re in Portland on the 18th or 19th of this month, I hope you’ll stop by my table and give these little cuties a squeeze!

Thanks again to The Wild Cow Vegetarian Restaurant for hosting storytime this weekend!

And a big thanks to Bonzai Aphrodite, The Vegan Mom, and Fertile Ground Zine for their lovely book reviews! The support and encouragement I’ve been receiving from readers is totally, TOTALLY, TOTALLY appreciated. I’m just trying to help animals (and humans!) in my own small way, and I am always thrilled to hear that people are enjoying the book. It just makes me want to make more books! (:

Do you have a Netflix account? Have you seen “The Future of Food” (2004)? If you answered “yes” followed by “no,” please do yourself a HUGE favor and check out this super-important film. It’s currently on the ‘watch instantly’ list, so I’m encouraging all of my friends to check it out!

I hope everyone is doing well. Keep your eyes open (or better yet, subscribe to ThoraThinks) for another post later in the week. Please feel free to leave a comment or email me to let me know what you’d like to see on this blog! New coloring pages? New recipes? Some questions for discussion? Your wish is my command…

-Nathalie

p.s.  Click here to read my guest blog “Five Tips for Talking about Veganism with Kids” at CrazySexyLife.com.  (:



vikings and pickles
August 25, 2010, 3:08 am
Filed under: book reviews, diy business, dolls, food, vikings

I’m doing an experiment. I usually make one doll at a time, but since I need to make lots of them for VegFest next month, I’m trying to maximize efficiency without sacrificing the handmade-ness or attention to detail. This week I’m sewing Vikings, and today I drew lots of eyes. Tomorrow I’ll finish faces. Thursday I’ll make arms and legs. Doing things this way kind of makes me feel like a little factory.

A new review of Garlic-Onion-Beet-Spinach-Mango-Carrot-Grapefruit Juice was posted on VegBooks.org today. This site is a great resource, offering children’s book and movie reviews from a veg point of view.

In other news, over the weekend I made pickles for the first time! Cucumbers are in full force here, and we grew lots of dill in our backyard. My grandfather gave me some delicious pickling spice, and I’ve been quite excited to try it out. When I was a kid, my Papa called me a pickle fresser. I think fresser is Yiddish for “gluttonous foodie,” or something like that… so it was an appropriate name. He has always made incredible, garlicky dill pickles (they’re much better than any others I’ve tried) and I can never get enough!  My maternal family is of European Jewish descent, and we have a rich food history. I respect and value the role that food has in my family, but of course most of the dishes call for animal flesh and bi-products. I’m so glad my Papa shared his pickle recipe with me, so I can enjoy them for years to come and pass it along to my kids.

I also made a small jar of bread and butter pickles that are just sweet enough, and already so delicious.

(:



Making Thora
August 15, 2010, 11:30 pm
Filed under: dolls, making!, Thora


I want a Thora doll!



what I do and where I do it
August 12, 2010, 4:46 am
Filed under: diy business, dolls, making!, studio

Hi!

I’ve been receiving questions about where I work, how I work, and what I actually do…

Tonight seemed like a good night to start explaining.

I’m 23 and I graduated from Denison University with a BFA in studio art about a year ago. In addition to being a bookmaker, I am also a maker of paintings, videos, sounds, installations, performances, and more. I’m still getting acquainted with the world outside of school, and am trying to develop some kind of consistent artistic practice. I’ve been a little distracted though. Without deadlines, papers, exams, and critiques floating over my head, I’m spending more time cooking, walking, squeezing Ki (my boy), and trying to manage a small publishing company. I’ve fallen hard for vegetables, fruit, and chocolate. I’ve become friends with lots of young farmers. I’ve talked and thought and listened and thought and thought and thought and thought. Once my whole body is full of life and thoughts and sparks of light- (my whole body! every finger and every toe!)- once my whole body is full of ideas… then, POP! I’ll make some stuff.

I made the original version of Garlic-Onion-Beet-Spinach-Mango-Carrot-Grapefruit Juice when I was still in school. I didn’t intend to make more than one copy, or to sell it. I love children’s books and wanted to make my own. I wanted to raise questions about eating animals. I wanted to make something free and funny and a little wild. When I finally finished the book, people seemed to like it, so I thought that maybe I’d make more someday.

After I graduated, I moved to Nashville. I had an interview for a job that I didn’t really want. At all. So instead of going to the interview, I cried and then decided I’d make books instead! I would edit the book. I would decide what to call my publishing company. I would find someone to print and bind the books. I would find out how to pay that someone. I would order proofs. I would wait for proofs. I would try CMYK and RGB color. I would make a website. A blog. A facebook page. A twitter? (I don’t really like twitter, but I’ll at least try). I would sew more dolls. I would make buttons. Magnets. I would order business cards, mailers, packaging. I would calculate shipping. Things would go right. Things would go wrong. I would be excited, doubtful, motivated, passionate, frustrated, overwhelmed, proud. Ki would help me out when I needed it.

Now that things are in place, I’m having so much fun sharing the book with you!  I hope people laugh when they read it. I hope they think about the questions in the book- raise more questions- and talk about them. I have been hurting for animals for a long time, so it feels good to make something fun and to celebrate non-violence. It’s fresh and interesting learning new things about business, and meeting others who are working for non-violence in their own creative/mindful ways.

These days I am processing orders, sewing dolls, making buttons and magnets, and spending lots of time spreading the word! If you like what you see on the ThoraThinks website, please tell your friends. I am so thankful for all the word-of-mouth help I can get!

I do all of these things from this little studio in our house:
(notice the book-filled boxes that line my walls)


…that’s the gist. Questions and comments welcome. More to come soon!

Enjoy your day,
Nathalie




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