I have had lots of people telling me that what I do is wonderful. Like I am someone special for doing it. I am not. I get more from doing this than anyone else does.
I get to sew. I love sewing. Now I can sew every evening and never feel I am wasting my time.
I get to try out new ideas. All the time. I don't have to sew what someone else would like me to make. Sure, I have certain things I need to repeat (owls!!) But I never make two items exactly the same. So each one is unique. I have failures - but you don't see those! With denim, it's OK to throw those failures away if necessary - though usually I rip the seams out and use the pieces to make something else. Crazy patchwork covers a multitude of sins! When I make something which other people feel is good enough that they will pay good money for it, I feel that I have achieved something.
I get to feel good. Every time I make something I know I am helping a child to eat. How many people can say that they spend two or more hours a day, every day, doing something that they enjoy which also makes them feel good? I now think of items in terms of how many children they feed. The feeding programme currently costs about £1000 each month. With that £1000, 500 children are fed. So a £1 purse feeds a child for two weeks. It feeds a child who, without the feeding programme, would only eat every three or four days.
I get to talk to lots of people about something that matters to me. Usually, they want to hear. (If they don't, I usually work that out and shut up quickly, honest!)
I go to lots of places and events I would not normally visit. I meet people I would not otherwise get to know. I can only do one event a month (well, OK sometimes I do more than that...) but I have met so many interesting people through doing this.
Sometimes I get really nice comments. Like the one from Martin who recently made a regular donation to the feeding programme. He said that he "met a really lovely lady who makes denim bags.at the E2BN conference She inspired me to contribute."
As a result of making bags, I had the chance to go to Kenya. I had never imagined I would do that. It was an incredible experience. One day I will go back.
By making bags from old jeans, I like to think I am helping to reduce landfill. A small thing, in the grand scheme of things. But it matters.
Maybe sewing isn't your thing. But I bet there is something you can do that will give you a similar feeling.
I'm so blessed to be able to do this.
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