Hi, it's Veronika here... I'm sooo late with this article I've been preparing for since November and it is... wait for it... late January! Oh no!

I have met Aubrey from Virginia, US, a businesswoman who makes repurposed vegan leather bags. And not only bags. And I must say, although I'm not a bag lady (backpack would do the job most of the time for me), I understand, that bags are a big deal for many women and men, so I wanted to present a range of bags that my untrained eye finds as well-made, eco-friendly, and above all, vegan.

Therefore, here is Gennhaio. Read as [Jen-nay-o] as Aubrey noted =)

Aubrey, please, tell us a bit about yourself and your shop:

Hello, I’m Aubrey a dreamer, a thinker, and a doer. But most importantly, I’m a seeker, constantly searching for new ways to live my personal mantra, which is to “Live the life I love!" As a business owner my feet are firmly planted on earth, from where I do all my creating, designing, and exploring.

A blend of art, love for all things environmental, casual conversations with interesting people, an entrepreneurial spirit, and global explorations led me to create Gennhaio. This is where my ideas, designs, and creative products are conceived, designed, and ‘released.’ ‘New Beginnings’ are part of each Gennhaio creation.  I take an item that may have started out as one thing, then by a process of assimilation and creative symbiosis pair or repurpose it, giving birth to a third or unique product.

Hi, it's Veronika here. Guess who I met during this year's Christmas shopping?

Ready...?

Oh, before you read further, please read my Honest Language Disclaimer (no, it's not about profanity)

...ok - it was a group of people with the real Christmas spirit - I met Anonymous for the Voiceless.

You know, I do very little Christmas shopping in the town, but my partner does, so I support him through the difficult task of finding gifts our beloved ones would love and find useful. I prefer to avoid crowds, especially during busy festive seasons and especially when it comes to Christmas, well-known for the time of the year everyone should be kind, yet somehow most of the people forget being kind to animals - because dead animal used for meat, skin and more didn't really find a lot of kindness in this world, right? And meeting all the meaty street food and other non-vegan festivities just makes me especially sad during the Christmas period - btw, that's why I designed the Vegan Christmas Is Merry For Everyone T-shirts =) To point out about the fact.

Back to the story - how I met the only group in the busy Christmas streets that made my heart happy.

Veronika Honestly raw vegan fruit cakeHi there, it's Veronika!

As you know, I'm not a cook, nor a photographer. So by no means, I'm attempting here any posh recipe show off. I'm just not-good-at-that. I'm better in maths.

And not really good at English, so please note my Honest Language Disclaimer (no, it's not about profanity) before we can continue. I warned you.

So... I couldn't stay away from this topic too long. What did I expect? Running a vegan blog without recipes? Such a thing doesn't exist... I guess.

And as promised in my summer(!) article where I challenged myself to be sugar-free, while also being a vegan (ok, that second part is not really a challenge for me =), here is FINALLY (lot's of applause!) my recipe for vegan cake, which happens to be raw (cool, that's extra portion of healthiness - what a weird word!) and also happens to have no added sugar. What? Yeah, sweet dessert without added sugar. That's the kind of magic I like.

Hi, it's Veronika here!

And just on time - this article has been sitting unfinished for a good couple of months, so I'll keep it short today, as Christmas is coming and that's the best time to check out some zero-waste gift wrapping. At least I'll try to keep it short. Luckily, what I have for you today is simple and not much explanation is needed.

But before we start, please note my Language Disclaimer (no, it's not about profanity) =)

I'm a maths tutor and when I worked in school, I just couldn't stand the neverending amount of paper waste. Hundreds of one-side printed worksheets and many of them didn't end in workbooks, or were done wrong and needed to be replaced or simply were just left unfinished or printed in bigger amounts than needed.

Hi, it's Veronika here!
I'm going to talk about the work behind a running a shop today.

But before we start, please note my Language Disclaimer (no, it's not about profanity) =)

As you may know, I'm running charity-oriented shop Magicful Home which sells certified cruelty-free vegan eco-friendly beach home decor (at this moment that means rainbow pillow line and soon also a wall art, yay!) under Veronika Honestly.
And I wanted to share with you how this works.

Hi, it's Veronika, your vegan friend and content creator of Veronika Honestly (no, not my surname).
I'm mathemagician (making money as maths tutor! 😁), a bit of an artist (well, trying to get back to art) and also animal and adventure lover.
Get to know me on my About page and make sure you sign up for my newsletter to get my free printable greeting cards for vegans I made for everyone to use and spread the vegan word!

See you around and on my social media - stay in touch!

Thank you for reading this whole article =) I have a few things to mention here:

Firstly, if not already mentioned in the article, I would like you to know about my Honest Language Disclaimer (no, it's not about profanity) - in case you were wondering why my English is so weird and not Oxford-dictionary perfect (whose English is, anyway...)

Secondly, my post may contain affiliate links. Namely Etsy and Amazon links. If you click through and buy anything there, I will get a small commission, so you are basically helping me to reach the goals, to raise funds for animals sanctuaries. All of that at no extra cost to you or the seller. It's a win-win =)

Now, in the end, I have a tiny request: If you liked this post, could you please share this?
Sharing helps to keep my costs down so more can go towards animal charities and perhaps you'll make one's day by showing them something from this blog they will like to read! A share from you would seriously help a lot with the growth of this blog that focuses on spreading the vegan word and kindness - just the things you also care about =)

You may like to pin some graphics from here, you may want to share it to your blog (do you have a vegan-themed blog? Let me know, let's collaborate!) or to your favourite Facebook group... there are plenty of choices!

Thank you for your support!

And... what now?

If you read all of the above, then, by all means, you're awesome for reading it all! And I believe you are interested at least a bit in my work here - I'd say we may have a thing or two in common! =)

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