The Tartan Carrot fundraiser event for Lotus Animal Sanctuary

Hope everyone had a great weekend! I’ve had a pretty busy week eating lots and exploring new (and visiting old) vegan eateries and enjoying every morsel, so expect lots more restaurant reviews appearing on here soon! In the meantime, you may remember I wrote about the intentions to build an animal sanctuary for all animals, including those who are rescued from slaughter (see my previous post here). It seems like so long ago the amazing people at The Tartan Carrot set this date for the big fundraiser to build Lotus Animal sanctuary in central Scotland – and here it is just over 2 weeks away! Continue reading “The Tartan Carrot fundraiser event for Lotus Animal Sanctuary”

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A vegan cinema experience: watching ‘IT’ at the Odeon, Fort Kinnaird

There are a lot of times when we don’t think about how much animal products feature in our daily lives until we come across it. I remember the first time after going vegan when my OH and I decided to go and watch a film at the cinema…and I realised most of their chocolates and sweets would probably not be suitable for vegans. I ended up bringing a bag of my own sweets as back up. Turns out most of the chocolates and sweets weren’t suitable for vegans, but don’t let that put you down. I was invited to the Odeon at Fort Kinnaird last week for the launch of the remake of Stephen King’s ‘IT’ and I was very pleased to find that there are snacks that vegans can eat!


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Vegan afternoon tea for 5: review of Casa Angelina

Every day it becomes easier and easier to eat out as a vegan as more cafes and restaurants are recognising the need for vegan options. Even non-vegan establishments are experimenting the local scene and offering options to cater to the rising vegan population worldwide. I even heard that Brew Lab was offering vegan chocolate cake! One of the things I wasn’t sure of was whether it was possible for vegans to still enjoy afternoon tea. I read in a Facebook group I participate in that there are cafes that offer vegan afternoon tea in other towns/cities, say Bristol.

I didn’t have to look any further when Vegan Edinburgh suggested going to Casa Angelina (you can read their own review of their experience here), to say I was ecstatic I didn’t have to give up this luxury is an understatement.


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Giveaway competition: win tickets to Glasgow SEC Crafts for Christmas Show!

We all dread that time when friends or colleagues start talking about the C-word within the first 6 months of the year, but before we know it, we’re already in September! We start thinking about putting money aside for gifts, what we are going to buy and where we’re going to buy it and how to find that perfect gift! Finding something personal, unique that you can say is handmade can be a bit of a muddle, but luckily for us, the Crafts for Christmas show held between 26th and 29th October at the SEC in Glasgow is your one stop shop to pick up beautiful, finished craft and gifts for friends, family and the home.

To help you along with your gift shopping, I can offer you the chance to win not one, but two tickets to the show! Continue reading “Giveaway competition: win tickets to Glasgow SEC Crafts for Christmas Show!”

The Craft Scotland Summer Show 2017 is here!

If you’re like me and like to support local businesses and like unique pieces of jewellery and crafts, hearing the story behind the designs and how the makers created the piece, you’re in the right place. The Craft Scotland Summer Show is back for the 70th Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Designed as a calming escape from the hustle and bustle of the Edinburgh Festival, 33 of Scotland’s most talented makers and designers have been given the opportunity to contribute to the Craft Scotland Summer Show. Continue reading “The Craft Scotland Summer Show 2017 is here!”

Introduction to the vegan and cruelty free Deciem: The Abnormal Beauty Company

Before I becoame vegan, I thought buying cruelty free was the way to go. When you’re not sure what to look for, finding skincare, beauty and household products can be a bit of a minefield, but luckily there are plenty of vegans out there who are more than happy to help fellow vegans look for suitable brands. The best way to go about it is to join a local vegan group who will be able to advise you where you can find products that are available in your local area. Sometimes having a friend who has similar interests to you can also give you the same information.

It was a friend of mine who lives in the US that recommended Deciem’s range of products. I was told that the Ordinary range is very affordable and effective, but I imagined it would be a brand based in the US that would cost a fortune in taxes and postage to get to the UK, but luckily it is so accessible you can purchase it from their UK online shop or go in their store in person in Covent Garden or Old Spitalfields Market. Continue reading “Introduction to the vegan and cruelty free Deciem: The Abnormal Beauty Company”

Dinner and a movie: review of Filmhouse Cafe

There is an impression of Edinburgh as a vegan-unfriendly city, but a recent article (here) will attest to the fact that this is entirely untrue. As a the capital city of Scotland, there are a lot of hidden gems that are yet to be discovered. Restaurants and cafes that aren’t vegan can be seen to offer (and clearly mark) vegan friendly options on their menus. The Filmhouse is no exception.


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Leith Vegan Quarter: monthly vegan farmer’s market

There are plenty of farmers markets held all over Edinburgh: there is the farmer’s market held every Saturday on Castle Terrace, and you’ve also got markets held by the same organisers in Fountainbridge on Friday, Grassmarket and Leith on Saturdays, and Stockbridge on Sundays (see here for further information and stalls who will be there).

I had heard about the monthly Leith Vegan Quarter, where the first Saturday market of every month is dedicated to hosting a majority of vegan stalls, but seem to always remember it when it’s finished. The OH and I had made plans to meet friends and finally made it to the one in July and I wasn’t disappointed.


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Restaurant review: Vegan Night at Bread Street Brasserie

As of today, I’ve been vegan for 6 months and 13 days, and it’s been one interesting and eye-opening journey. There are so many more companies catching on to the vegan wave and starting to offer more cruelty free and vegan options in all aspects of our lives, the most important one being food, but the hidden ones like makeup, skincare and household products are also things we need to think about. I’ll come onto those soon enough, but first I want to share my experience of dining at Bread Street Brasserie at one of their Vegan Nights. Continue reading “Restaurant review: Vegan Night at Bread Street Brasserie”

Welcome to my new blog!

A quick message to say thanks for stopping by my blog! If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know that for the last 3 and a half years, I was blogging under the name Life of a DIY Shopaholic.

For the last few years, I was (and still am) interested in crafts and sewing and that will never change. I will still continue to feature tutorials and post about craft and sewing projects I’m working on. Since becoming vegan though over 6 months ago, I’ve realised the lifestyle opened up a whole new world for me.

I know how daunting it can be for non-vegans (and new vegans) to navigate around what it means to be vegan, what to buy and what to avoid. Sewing/crafting and veganism are now both really big parts of my life that I feel are important to share, hence why I felt the need to re-brand my blog to become Oh Sew Vegan.

Obviously being vegan, this means that I will be featuring more eco-friendly sewing and craft projects that do not involve use of any animal-derived materials (such as silk, leather or suede).

If you are still interested in reading about my other shenanigans, thoughts on mindfulness and fitness, I will be blogging under A Blogger’s Musings although Oh Sew Vegan will, of course, be my primary focus.

I hope you will continue to support me on my journey through sewing and veganism and thank all of you for your continued support!