Roasted Brussel Sprouts–Amazing! From Wellsphere

Posted in Uncategorized on May 29, 2011 by birdy27

When I was a kid, i HATED most veggies and brussel sprouts in particular. So it was a shock to me that, after becoming a vegetarian, I actually began to LOVE brussel sprouts. It’s pretty amazing! And so are brussel sprouts. I haven’t had any in a long time because I buy organic produce (except watermelons) and organic brussel sprouts are pretty expensive. But this roasted brussel sprouts recipe from Wellsphere.com is making me salivate! Now I just wish I had a working oven. Check it out! You’ll be running to Whole Foods to buy some of these sprouts before you know it. Chirp, chirp!

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New Design for Mini-Computer Speakers: Plethora of Rainbow Circles, Geometric

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 27, 2011 by birdy27

I love creating clean geometric designs! Sometimes it’s all about pattern, color, and shape. These types of patterns can make a strong statement. They look so good with contemporary decor. And this design on these new mini-computer speakers will make others take notice. There are lots of circles in different colors alternating with rows of circles in shades of gray. Click on the link to learn more about these speakers and to buy. They make great gifts, especially for that new graduate going off to college. Chirp, chirp!

Vegan Rice Bowls–Yummy!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 25, 2011 by birdy27

I’m obsessed right now with vegan rice bowls! These rice bowls are so simple and a great way to eat your greens! Well, yes, I really do like the idea of eating my salad first before eating cooked food, if I’m eating cooked food. But, honestly, it just doesn’t seem to happen. So I was inspired by Chipotle Mexican Grill’s veggie fajita bowl, the only thing I order there since I’m mostly vegan and gluten-intolerant. So here’s my fave rice bowl recipe. It’s quick and easy as long as the rice has been cooked earlier.

– brown rice seasoned with Spike seasoning
– mixed spring greens
– marinated tempeh sauteed in a little EVOO, Bragg’s Amino Acids, and water
– 1/2 avocado
– tomato

That’s basically it! You can add more ingredients if you like. You can add as much rice as you please, just be sure to add enough seasoning if you add a lot of greens. I use a big bowl and just mix it all together. It’s a quick and easy vegan meal that is very satisfying. You don’t need to worry about adding salad dressing either, so it’s a low fat meal. If you want to make it lower in fat, skip the avocado. But for me, this natural fat is a good thing and it really makes it taste even better. Enjoy! Chirp, chirp!

I’m Baaacckkk!!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 23, 2011 by birdy27

Hey, it’s Birdy27! I haven’t posted in FOREVER, but now I’m baaacckkk! I can’t tell you how much work it is to try to build a business, still work, teach yourself guitar, and just live! WHEW! It’s a lot. So I’ve been neglecting my blog. But a blog is essential to having a meaningful online presence, so here I am! I’ve got new designs, more health info, AND I’ve got knitting stuff going on! I’ve got more stuff in my Zazzle shop (including wedding labels,”save the date” cards, bridal invitations, greeting and note cards, and more), in the Spreadshirt marketplace, and I’ve got a new Etsy.com shop! (Zazzle: http://www.zazzle.com/birdy27; Spreadshirt: designs.whoubetees.com; and Etsy: http://www.birdy27designs.etsy.com.) And please join me on Twiitter (www.twitter.com/birdy27) and please “like” me on Facebook and join my fan page (www.facebook.com/birdy27designs). Chirp, chirp!

I Heart Entrepreneurs!

Posted in Birdy's world of entrepreneurship with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 2, 2010 by birdy27

Ecopreneur Design by Birdy27


I heart entrepreneurs! I think I started realizing this after spending probably 50+ Sundays at the flea market with I don’t know how many other vendors. Tweeting regularly on Twitter with bunches of other entrepreneurs also contributed to this feeling. We create, we struggle to get the word out, we put our hopes and dreams on the line, and ride against the tide. I don’t know if it is courageous or crazy, but we believe we can do the different and build a business and a life for ourselves based on our talents and creativity. This “forge ahead despite the odds” often strikes me as, well, strange; however, we do it any way.

So I’m ready to commit to my support of entrepreneurs. Will you join me? Do you know vendors in your area or on Etsy.com or Zazzle.com with really cool stuff? If so, will you at least consider purchasing from them instead of going to Macy’s? Will you tell others about the awesome, unique apparel or designs you copped? Will you promise not to just walk by a booth or quickly navigate away from the web page of a designer or crafter? We, the craziest of crazies or bravest of brave could use your help. For, after all, we really are keeping the American entrepreneurial spirit alive against the big boy corporation mentality. (Not that there”s anything innately wrong with that. But does it uplift the creative heart?)

Creating this cool new design for eco biz owners got me thinking about this. (Available on tees and other items through Birdy27’s Zazzle shop, Who U Be Tees, and on Spreadshirt.com’s marketplace.) And I realized I really do heart entrepreneurs.

If you think about it, you might just find that you heart entrepreneurs, too!

Chirp, chirp.

Birdy27

Luck o’ the non-Irish!

Posted in Birdy27's world of design with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 27, 2010 by birdy27

As I mentioned in an earlier post, one of the most challenging things about creating designs for tees and other imprintables is keeping up with the holidays and special occasions. If you thought these events came around pretty fast for you, try conceptualizing, designing, and creating final products for each of them weeks before they occur. Whew! It’s insane! After exhausting most of my ideas before Christmahanukkwanzaa, I have to start getting ready for MLK day, Black History Month, Valentine’s Day, and St. Patrick’s Day. And this is just within the first 3 months of a calendar year. Fast and furious indeed.

Often I can’t even find inspiration until the holiday or special occasion is just around the corner. Wherever inspiration comes from, it adapts to my “works best under pressure” mentality. This is how I got through college and all of a master’s program. This is how I work best. However, this is not what works best for this type of t-shirt biz.

It would be one thing if my job was limited to designing. But when you’re working online with a couple of PODs–print-on-demand companies–and you are your entire staff, then you’ve got perhaps hundreds of products to “produce.” (This isn’t true for my local sales. I only offer a small percentage of the designs I have for my local sales.) With PODs, there usually isn’t a limit to the number of designs you can offer; I have 500+ in Spreadshirt.com’s marketplace and I create more every week. Hey, that’s a cool thing! You can test designs, do custom orders, do quirky designs, and you don’t have to worry if those designs don’t sell. (For my local sales, if a particular design doesn’t sell, then I’m one unhappy birdy.)

This is mostly a good thing. However, I have to take the designs and put them on products. With Spreadshirt.com, I have to pick which print colors I would like for each design based on the color of the product. With Zazzle.com, if I want to change the print color, then I have to go back to the design and create a brand new file with the new colors and this is true for every print color change. Then, for both companies, I have to write descriptions for the designs and figure out tags or keywords for the designs. Next, I have to upload the designs and products into the marketplaces. Double whew! And then it’s time for marketing. But hold on! By this time the next holiday is fast approaching.

I’m not complaining really; I actually love what I do. But could I live without some of it? Yeppers. Do I feel horribly depressed when a holiday passes and I’m so late getting all this done that I miss some sales. Uh huh.

So here I am again. St. Patrick’s Day sales have already begun. Now I’m feeling inspired. And I’m feeling the pressure. Luckily I have quite a few Irish-themed designs already in Spreadshirt’s marketplace. To be clear, I’m not someone who solely focuses on current events and the latest popular topic. Now THAT would drive me to drink. A good portion of the designs I do are non-event specific designs. As Zazzle’s holiday list demonstrates, there are more of these that I could ever keep up with. But I do try to hit as many of the major days as I can. And no matter how many concepts I conjure up, I never feel like I’ve done enough.

Here are a few of my new Irish-themed designs. Most are available on tees/other apparel, bags, and aprons on Spreadshirt.com’s marketplace. (Click on this Birdy27designs link to all all available designs.) A few are offered on tees, doggy tees, magnets, mugs, mousepads, hats, bags, aprons, stickers, buttons, key chains, postcards, greeting and note cards, and more through Zazzle.com. (Click on this link for my Birdy27 designs on Zazzle.) I also have some in my Who U Be Tees shop with Spreadshirt. (Click on this WUBT link.)

And please, by all means, send some inspiration my way for Easter! Chirp, chirp!

Note: For all online products except Zazzle items, get 15% off all orders of $35 or more until March 12th! Use MARCHSALE2 in coupon code.

Birdy27

Vegan Black-Eyed Peas–Totally Delicious!

Posted in Birdy's world of veg*nism with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on February 21, 2010 by birdy27

When I was growing up, I didn’t like southern-style black-eyed peas. Well, that was the only way my mom cooked them, so that’s all I knew. I also didn’t like collard greens or any veggies besides corn on the cob, green peas, raw carrots, cole slaw, and salad. (What a surprise to everyone when I became a vegetarian!) I don’t know why I wasn’t feeling all these things. Was the problem in the preparation?

Well, that certainly was the case with broccoli and cauliflower. If you cook any veggie too much, it is guaranteed to be nasty. But BEPs? You have to cook them well, but maybe my problem was with the big fat hamhock in the pan.

But back to BEPs. My first attempt at vegan BEPs was fantastic! I found fresh peas and I remember adding I tomatoes, onions, and garlic, but I was never able to recapture the magic. So I bid BEPs “adieu” for a while.

A few years ago, I decided I wanted to continue with the southern-theme of our annual veggie Thanksgiving feast. So I decided to give BEPs another try. I was inspired by my mom’s meatless version she was kind enough to fix for me when I visited. But I did something different: I added poultry seasoning. Yep, that’s right, poultry seasoning! That was the answer for me. Just organic BEPs, salt, pepper, EVOO, water, and poultry seasoning. Wow! One of my omni friends said they were the best BEPs she ever had, with meat or meat-free.

Since then I’ve tweaked the recipe a bit. And I tell you, the peas this past Thanksgiving were phenomenal, if I do say so myself. Here is the tweaked version minus exact amounts for the seasoning.

  • 1 bag organic black-eyed peas (don’t need to soak them, but you can if you want)
  • poultry seasoning (a good amount. the water and peas should darken)
  • garlic powder, fresh garlic or Garlic Gold (see note below)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • cumin (not a lot. it should enhance the flavor the poultry seasoning imparts, not take over)
  • EVOO (probably about 2 Ts, but skip if you’re going to use Garlic Gold)
  • water

Cook in covered pan until peas are nice and soft.

Note: for special occasions, I use a product called Garlic Gold. If you’re not raw, this is a fantastic product! It’s hard to find, though, even in NYC, so now I have four bottles delivered to me before Thanksgiving. It is toasted garlic nuggets in EVOO. Amazing!

I fixed some the other day and eat with brown rice. I had some left over and ate the rest without the rice. Um, um, um, um, um. Chirp, chirp.

Birdy27