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…


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

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 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.



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