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I thought i would share some good quotes that I came across today…

“Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not every man’s greed.”  – Mahatma Gandhi

“Take nothing but pictures.  Leave nothing but footprints.  Kill nothing but time.” - Motto of the Baltimore Grotto
“Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realise we cannot eat money.”  – Cree Proverb

“Some day the earth will weep, she will beg for her life, she will cry with tears of blood.
You will make a choice, if you will help her or let her die, and when she dies, you will die too.”  – John Hollow Horn

“But our waste problem is not the fault only of producers. It is the fault of an economy that is wasteful from top to bottom—a symbiosis of an unlimited greed at the top and a lazy, passive, and self-indulgent consumptiveness at the bottom—and all of us are involved in it.”  – Wendell Berry

“Solid wastes are the discarded leftovers of our advanced consumer society. This growing mountain of garbage and trash represents not only an attitude of indifference toward valuable natural resources, but also a serious economic and public health problem.”  – Jimmy Carter

“We are not to throw away those things which can benefit our neighbor. Goods are called good because they can be used for good: they are instruments for good, in the hands of those who use them properly.”  – Clement of Alexandria

“The ever-mounting glut of waste materials is characteristic by-product of modern “consumer society.” It might even be argued that capitalism’s continual need to find and generate markets means that disposability and waste have become the spine of the system. To consume means, literally, “to destroy or expend,” and in the garbage crisis we confront the underlying truth of a society in which enormous productive capacities and market forces have harnessed human needs and desires, without regard to the long or even short-term future of life on the planet.”  – Stuart Ewen

“Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell.”— Edward Abbey

“Live simple, so others can simply live” – Mother Teresa

“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.”  ~ Native American Proverb

They kill good trees to put out bad newspapers.  ~ James G. Watt, quoted inNewsweek, 8 March 1982

Suburbia is where the developer bulldozes out the trees, then names the streets after them.  ~Bill Vaughn

Oh Beautiful for smoggy skies, insecticided grain,
For strip-mined mountain’s majesty above the asphalt plain.
America, America, man sheds his waste on thee,
And hides the pines with billboard signs, from sea to oily sea.
~George Carlin

We say we love flowers, yet we pluck them.  We say we love trees, yet we cut them down.  And people still wonder why some are afraid when told they are loved.  ~ Author Unknown

Why should man expect his prayer for mercy to be heard by What is above him when he shows no mercy to what is under him?  ~Pierre Troubetzkoy

You can’t mine coal without machine guns. –Richard B. Mellon, Congressional testimony quoted in Time, June 14, 1937

“The essence of all slavery consists in taking the product of another’s labor by force. It is immaterial whether this force be founded upon ownership of the slave or ownership of the money that he must get to live” -Leo Tolstoy

Anarchists are opposed to violence; everyone knows that. The main plank of anarchism is the removal of violence from human relations. It is life based on freedom of the individual, without the intervention of the gendarme. For this reason we are the enemies of capitalism which depends on the protection of the gendarme to oblige workers to allow themselves to be exploited–or even to remain idle and go hungry when it is not in the interest of the bosses to exploit them. We are therefore enemies of the State which is the coercive violent organization of society. –Errico Malatesta

Anarchism aims to strip labor of its deadening, dulling aspect, of its gloom and compulsion. It aims to make work an instrument of joy, of strength, of color, of real harmony, so that the poorest sort of a man should find in work both recreation and hope. –Emma Goldman

Workers and their families may starve to death in the New World Order of economic rationality, but diamond necklaces are cheaper in elegant New York shops, thanks to the miracle of the market. –Noam Chomsky
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Autumn Crocus Feature!

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Recycled brass bullet cartridge capping an iridescent labradorite crystalI woke up today and went straight to my computer, as I always do, to see whats transpired overnight.  No sales, however, I did find a message from Mary Mary (one of Etsy’s Administrators), this is what it said…

Hi there,

I’ve got some great news from the Etsy Marketing team. We’ve been working closely with Kaboodle.com on a special feature with your attached item from Etsy. We are happy to let you know this item has been selected and is appearing in a Kaboodle slideshow all about natural jewelry right here… http://www.kaboodle.com/indie/indie-blog/article/etsy-inside-scoop-this-seasons-trendiest-jewelry

…Thanks again for all of your hard work and congrats!



Listing: http://www.etsy.com/listing/56451198/mystic-brass-bullet-casing-with

Needless to say, I am thrilled, ecstatic, overjoyed and gracious beyond words! Since I first opened my store on Etsy, I’ve hopelessly checked every “Etsy Finds” and relentlessly searched “CraftCult” for the chance that, out of a sea of incredibly talented artists, I might be featured. I’d follow every tidbit of advice, every how-to and every tutorial in effort to make my shop standout! Finally some of the hard work has paid off!!!  What’s even better, is that this opportunity is rare, it’s not the odds of 30 different artists per day, it’s 14… One in Fourteen!

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Punk on Sobriety

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I came across this book today, and am dying to read it. Being a recovering addict is hard, and it’s even harder when you feel like getting wasted is a part of your “punk rock” lifestyle. When trying to sober up I felt like I was loosing a big part of myself, I didn’t know who I was anymore, or who I wanted to be… All I did know is that drugs and alcohol were ruining my life. I love the idea of this book, and think that finding friends in the sXe community could fill that empty hole that was once filled with booze and chaos.


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An Amazing Week

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There’s nothing better than sales to boost your morale.  It reassures you that you are on the right track, all the hard work you’ve put in is paying off and most importantly that what your selling doesn’t SUCK!   Having five sales in the past ten days has completely boosted my confidence and is making me want to work with the same (if not more) gusto, as when I began.  Here’s a recap of what was sold….

Studded Vest Sold June 11 to South Carolina

Amethyst Charm Necklace Sold June 19th to the United Kingdom

Kitty and Feather Earrings Sold June 21 to Norway

Feather Hair Charm Sold June 18th to Alberta

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I wanna win!!!

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I need as many friends as possible to help me win this contest!!!

It is on Facebook with Alternative Models and the prize is a gift basket and 7000 suggest to friend invites for people to “like” my Dissident page. The more people who know about Dissident Designs = the more chances that people will see something that they like and buy it…. and if enough people are buying stuff from me the closer I will be to my dream of being able to stay home with Stylie and craft all day long! No more boring day job!!!! (Not that Blank Generation was ever boring… but you get my drift!)
All you have to do is goto this link….


…and press the “like” button. If you don’t see a like button then you will have to goto their main page and like them first. It will only take a minute and would really mean a lot to me!!! If you don’t want to like them you could always just help by spreading the word about dissident designs or this contest!


Thanks! You guys rock!!!

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New Ad photo

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This is the photo (taken by the fabulous Jonathan Bell, http://credittocreation.tumblr.com/) that I am using for our advertisement on Alternative Models!

Check it out here…


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About Alisin

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Alisin 2010
Alisin is originally from the county Glengarry of Eastern Ontario, where her first memories are of walking through the woods and down the farm lane to watch the goats giving birth, and of growing up drawing and painting with her brothers and sisters. Moving to Vancouver, BC in the fall of 2000, she continued to develop her artistic skills in school and out. Alisin enjoys everything from all types of printmaking, to watercolours and inks, to punk rock poster design and custom painting on leather or canvas, to D.I.Y. clothing and accessories. Alisin is also an aspiring tattoo artist.

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About Sharona

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Sharona 2010Sharona grew up in Calgary, Ab.  It was there that she learnt the foundations for what would later be her career of choice.  As a young girl Sharona enjoyed doing anything creative, whether it be learning to sew by watching her grandmother or doing all sorts of various crafts with her mother.  She spent a lot of time back and forth between Vancouver and Calgary in her early 20’s before finally settling down in Victoria where she got married and had a son named Styles.  Although she still loves punk rock, she spends less time at shows; preferring to stay true to her punk rock ethics in the way she lives her life and  creates her clothing, jewelry and accessories.

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Dissident Designs

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Dissident Designs is a collaboration of two friends in east Vancouver, BC.  We believe in DIY lifestyles, non-conformism, anti-capitalism and environmentalism and use this in creating unique and edgy punk rock clothing, jewelry, accessories and art. Everything is made with the individual in mind: Producing creations that are original, one of a kind, and made with love and awareness.  We welcome and encourage all individuals to further educate members in social issues and solutions by writing in our blogs.  Thanks for checking us out!

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