Hello hello! Want to color for your mama?
Cheers to the mamas!
My love of chocolate making has been reignited this year, and I especially enjoy making special treats to share with friends. This week I made a box of chocolates for my friend Mary’s birthday. After witnessing her excitement (who wouldn’t be thrilled to receive a colorful box of rich, sweet, vegan bites?) I decided to share the process here. This project is suitable for kids or adults. It’s fun, and it reuses materials. If you’d like to give a box of chocolates to a friend, all you have to do is:
*Find a small, cardboard box that you don’t need anymore. A tea box works beautifully.
*Recycle scraps of old wrapping paper, pages, photos, etc. by gluing them all over the box. Collage, draw, write. Make it clean, make it messy. Make it beautiful.
*Cut a piece of parchment paper to fit inside the box. You can glue it down as lining, or just stick it in there like tissue paper.
*Make chocolates! The box I made for Mary was all raw– turtle shells, chocolate-lavender bars, cinnamon-cayenne chocolates, and mint chocolates. For some wonderful raw chocolate recipes, check out Ani’s Raw Food Desserts. Or just browse around online and explore the endless recipes! No matter what kind you make, it’s worth researching your cacao provider before purchasing. For organic and fair trade cacao, I recommend Mountain Rose Herbs.
*Keep chocolates in the freezer until ready to gift. Assemble box, and adorn with a bow or flower.
*Give box of chocolates to your friend, and watch as their love for you grows.
On another note, would you like to color something Springy? I drew this for my young friends at the University School of Nashville, and thought you might like it too!
…here’s another Springy coloring sheet from last year.
I can’t believe it’s been over a month since my last post– winter is flying by! I’ve been sleeping a little later, moving a little slower, eating a little heartier, dancing, drawing, reading, and doing some big-time snuggling. Letting winter be winter.
Foodscaping my backyard with my sweet, sweet friend Jeremy:
Can’t wait for the next batch!
And now, what you came for: coloring! Hope you enjoy these little veggie valentines. Color, cut, and share with your dearest.
Happy February, friends! xo
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Since the Happy Thanksliving! coloring zine madness has come to an end, I have been spending my time working on various kitchen projects,
making holiday gifts, catching up on reading, spending time with loved ones, gearing up for another animation camp (remember this?), and working on ideas for new coloring zines! You can count on some fun, veg-themed coloring in 2012. : )
In the meantime I’m taking requests for winter, vegan, holiday, and/or Garlic-Onion-Beet-Spinach-Mango-Carrot-Grapefruit Juice-themed coloring sheets! Wrap yourself in a warm blanket, bust out those colored pencils, and speak up… what do you want to color?
Filed under: book reviews, coloring pages, Happy Thanksliving! coloring zine, TurkeyLove
I’ll start by saying THANK YOU to all who have shown their support for Happy Thanksliving!. It feels wonderful sending copies all over the country, imagining lots of vibrant, compassionate kiddos reading and coloring. Working on this project has surely ignited my excitement about the holiday, and I hope that Happy Thanksliving! brightens your celebration as well.
image borrowed from Bonzai Aphrodite
*If you want your copies of Happy Thanksliving! delivered before Thanksgiving, place your order by THIS FRIDAY!* (If your order also includes a hardcover book or dolls, your shipment will take longer to deliver.
Want to read what other people are saying about the Happy Thanksliving! coloring zine? Check out these sweet reviews by:
Now let us color!
What would you like to say to a turkey friend?
Filed under: book reviews, coloring pages, Happy Thanksliving! coloring zine
I’m sewing up fresh copies of my new coloring zine, Happy Thanksliving! and wanted to give a warm, fuzzy shout-out to all who have voiced their support for this project.
Thanks to Jessica Almy at Vegbooks for her super-supportive review.
Thanks to Microcosm Publishing for naming Happy Thanksliving! as their Featured Awesome Product of the Week.
AND thanks to all who have purchased a copy for a friend, family member, or for themselves. (If you think you’re too old to color, you’re wrong). I’m so thrilled to hear that everyone is enjoying the zine! Wahoo!!!
While we’re on the topic of Thanksgiving, I’d love to re-introduce you to these turkey-honoring coloring sheets from last year. They’re pretty fun!
Feeling the turkey love? Head on over to Farm Sanctuary’s Adopt-A-Turkey Project and donate $30 to help some feathered friends.
More reviews, turkey-love, and recipes coming soon!
Filed under: coloring pages, Happy Thanksliving! coloring zine, making!, VeganMoFo
Hey everyone! Cheers to the final day of Ingvar’s Vegan MoFo! Today I do not have a recipe. I have something so much better.
Today my new coloring zine, Happy Thanksliving! is available at ThoraThinks.com! This veg-friendly zine honors turkeys, thankfulness, and fall fruits & veggies in all of their much-deserved glory. Happy Thanksliving! celebrates the warmth and compassion of the Thanksgiving holiday. It raises questions about turkey eating, the representation of Indigenous tribes, and more. Best of all, it does these things with a fun, rhyming poem and super-sweet drawings that beg to be colored!
Happy Thanksliving! is printed on 100% post-consumer recycled paper. It is bound with thread (rather than staples) for the safety of little ones. Each page was drawn with tons of love. On the back cover you’ll find topics for further discussion and suggested children’s books containing relevant info. Did I mention that this little zine is full of love? Copies cost $5 each with free domestic shipping. So sharpen your coloring devices (vegan crayons, anyone?) and Check it out!
On another note, I couldn’t possibly post today without giving a Happy Halloween shout-out! I hope you all have a fantastic time dressing up, gettin’ spooky, and eating sweet things. I hosted a costume party this weekend and had SO MUCH FUN dancing the night away with a slug, a butterfly, a tree, a tide pool, a vampire squid, a very impressive Edward Scissorhands, monsters, zombies, anarchists, hispsters, cross-dressers, witches, and more! This year I made an angler fish costume because they are ridiculously awesome. I’d love to hear about your costumes, too! Ahhhhh, Halloween is just the best.
Thanks to all who have participated in Vegan MoFo this month! I have had a great time posting, and have really enjoyed seeing all of the gorgeous food my fellow vegans are sharing on the web. More to come soon,