Panda Cookie came up with the idea for Vegans on the Move, but she herself has long been a model vegan moving. Maybe you’ve noticed our plush vegan stir-fry monster ambassadors on the blog’s background? Those are Panda creations.
The history of my friendship with Panda Cookie goes like this: We meet on the PPK, and she amuses me with her wonderful humour (with a U) and raps. Then I hear about her Panda With Cookie Etsy shop, and my life is never the same. Suddenly, I own multiple monsters, several hilarious zines, an Asparagarr, and Panda sends Buhbah his very own (first) catnip carrot. The catnip carrot, now named The Buhbah, is probably one of the best things to enter my life. I’m not even kidding. You can hear Buhbah talk about it (among a great many other things) here.
My little sister now has a giant tofu monster pillow to snuggle with. A wonderful friend ordered some Rocky Road brownies (from Panda’s bake shop) and more Panda Cookie plushes for my birthday. When I see a package from Asheville in the mail, I know my days is about to rule. We have a duck (Quackers), a horse (Figgles), a wizard (CaDaBra), two wee monsters (It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue; and Hot Chocolate), a little green monster (Mossy), and more.
Panda brought her business to Vida Vegan Con this past summer (where I won a bid on Peter the Pig, who Panda donated for a silent auction benefiting Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary), and after that, she drove up with me to Salt Spring Island where she presented Buhbah with his second, freshly catnipped carrot.
I can’t guarantee you’ll get that kind of unrivaled customer service, but I can easily say that Panda With Cookie products are lovingly sewed and uniquely designed plushies, delicious baked goods, humourous zines, and whatever new creations Panda has up her black and white furry sleeves. My sister and one of my closest friends are pregnant, and I’m impatiently waiting for them to pop so I can order up some PWC onesies and t-shirts.
Halloween is around the corner and all of those other holidays soon to follow, so this is the best time to order some mellowcreme candy pumpkins, pirate ghosts, aprons, onesies and maybe a giant pirate tofu block of your own. I can’t even begin to tell you how passionate I am about supporting wonderful, creative, independent, talented artists, and fortunately, all PWC products are Buhbah-approved.
I asked Panda if she wanted to include any brilliant quotes for my write-up, and she provided two cracker quotes (Masterchef Australia has me calling everything a cracker): 1) ”chops cabbage thinly, yes I do” (Panda is an expert cabbage chopper. I went out to pick up my boyfriend while we were making dinner together and when I came back the cabbage was shredded perfectly and uniformly. It was magnificent.) and 2) “5 out of 5 cats like panda with cookie best! They know she’s a sucker who will pet them for hours on end.” (It’s true!).