We were invited to a mummy-and-daughter afternoon tea – to craft! It was actually the launch of Snapsack
In Singapore, and we were all kindly given one Snapsack handbag to decorate.
This was positioned as a mummy-daughter tea because Snapsack supports Room to Read
, an organisation that focuses on literacy and gender equality in education. Specifically, they invest in supporting girls from under-developed economies, so that they can complete secondary school education and be equipped with necessary life skills to eke out a better future for themselves.
Providentially, I came across this amazing story on NY Times last weekend, about this Vietnamese girl with incredible grit
. She only allowed herself such a meagre food budget, so as to afford college in Vietnam, that she fainted 3 times from lack of food. Her friends and teachers found out, and she was subsequently given a much needed helping hand from, Room to Read!
So as we spent time with our privileged daughters who have never known want, we also remembered the many little girls all over the world who don’t have a chance to go to school, or who are treated so much worse than their brothers.
Snapsack announced that it would be donating 5% of sales proceeds to Room to Read
. A little goes a long way, and I think simply increasing awareness of this charity’s work is also most meaningful! Read (pun not intended) the very interesting story of how this charity was founded, here
We soon got down to using the markers, papers, stencils and foam provided to decorate four inserts for our Snapsack.
I liked that it was hardy and water-proof; the large version does make for a good mummy bag in that respect. The snap-on pockets appealed to my love for variety and keenness for craft! The possibilities are endless, really.
A little postcard sized scrap piece with embellishments that would be kept safe by the strong plastic window, a button pin with your favourite slogan, or a little flat fabric doll! Change as you wish to reflect your personality, the event you’re attending, or mood on that day.
It was also fun to have founder Anna herself (who has a very interesting life story!) come round to snap mother-and-child Polaroids that we could use in our inserts!
There were also ‘snap-on gems’ available for purchase so the pockets can be exchanged for another different, more ‘bling’ look. Hop on over to their site to find out more, or check out their FB page for the latest news. The price of the bag includes free shipping to Singapore, Hong Kong and the UK.
It was fun crafting in a lovely setting with other mums.
But most of all, what I appreciated was the many hours of one-on-one time I could spend with K. It’s been too long!
The joy on her face as it totally lit up, when we met at the train station. How very, very little she looked. I was so used to treating her like a mini-adult, and expecting maturity beyond her mere five years of age.
“I like going out with you, Mama.”
So do I, Sweetheart. Thanks for being a wonderful date!
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