I've noticed since having Cora that I've changed. A lot. Chemically. Not that I was emotionally devoid BC (before Cora), but I'm now much more emotional whenever something child-related pops up in my news feed. The little girl who loves a broken water heater? I cried. The sassy kids who interrupt their dad's BBC interview? Cried. Different types of tears, but I think they prove I'm doomed to look like crying Dawson Leery at anything involving children going forward.
Last week when TK Maxx approached me to help promote their new homeware range with a difference, they hit a chord with my new-found parental emotions. From today, an incredible range of hand woven and hand crafted pieces will be available that are not only perfect to brighten your home for spring, but they also support a strong cause. Each piece that's sold supports the disadvantaged Ugandan parents who crafted them by increasing their income so they can afford to keep their children in school.
1. Multi-coloured hand woven platter, €16.99, TK Maxx
2. Hand woven patterned vase, €16.99, TK Maxx
3. Rice spoons, €8.99, TK Maxx
4. Horn bowls, €22.99 each, TK Maxx
5. Lidded hand woven basket, €19.99, TK Maxx
Since TK Maxx began working with parents in Uganda in 2008, school attendance has risen from 53% to 94%. This isn't something that in the past would have hit home so hard, but since having Cora I can't begin to imagine how difficult that struggle is and I'm only starting to realise how much we take for granted.
The sale of these bespoke pieces helps to achieve long-term improvement in the everyday lives of the people who make them; an excuse to go shopping if I ever needed one. Let's also not forget the durability factor. Now that Cora has reached pre-toddler mode, these woven bowls and vases won't shatter should your adorable bundle of grabby-hands hone in on them. They're uniquely crafted statement pieces that are doing good for those less fortunate.
Please note that the new Ugandan stock is limited and will vary per TK Maxx store nationwide.
DISCLOSURE - this is a sponsored blog post by TK Maxx to help promote their new range of Ugandan handmade products. As always, all words and opinions are my own. I only work with companies I like and of course, think that you will too. Thank you for supporting the companies that support The Interior DIYer.