Junk journal

I got a sewing machine!

I bought this sewing machine today with the money raised from selling some of my journals.

Thank you so much to everyone who supported me and gave me advice about which sewing machine to get.

For the ten percent of all sales that go to charity, I’ve finally worked out which charity. I’ve actually chosen two: Compassion and Beyond Blue.

I chose Compassion because poverty is something that I feel led to give to as a priority. Living in Australia, I have so much and it’s all by chance. I didn’t get to choose where I grew up, but I have been so privileged living in a country where I have everything I need and more.

So, I see it as a responsibility to give to those who don’t have what I have. That there are people who don’t have enough to eat, access to clean drinking water, clothing, healthcare, education, etc. is something I just need to give towards. Basic survival is where I need to start when I’m giving.

But I want to go beyond that, and quality of life is the next step, for me. So I’m giving to Beyond Blue as well.

Beyond Blue supports those who struggle with depression and anxiety. Since I struggled with both of these in the last few years, I would like to give towards this. I don’t want it to be a taboo topic and I don’t want anyone to struggle in silence or feel shame.

The other reason I want to give to Beyond Blue is because journaling, for me, is connected with mental health. It has always been therapeutic to me, and I love how journals are a tool that can help us. When I struggled with depression and anxiety, journaling and art were a lifeline.

And quite a few people shared with me how they would use a journal to help them through mental health issues, illness, or rough circumstances. So, I’m glad to be able to give back with my journals in this way.

5% of all sales will go to Compassion, and 5% will go to Beyond Blue.

After this, I’d love to give 5% to support a fellow creative in their dreams. That’s the next step where I’d like to give. Survival, quality of life, then dreams.

And creativity is such a big value of mine for the joy it brings, the beauty it brings, the inspiration it brings, and the help it brings. So I would love to give back to other creatives with my journals one day too.

Here’s the ‘thank you giveaway’ video where I announce the winner of one of my journalse and where I chat about these charities:

 

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11 thoughts on “I got a sewing machine!”

          1. I think the first thing I’m going to do is practice making some junk journal ephemera: tags, journaling cards, envelopes, etc. Then the plan is to make a junk journal with sewing.

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