Small Hands Creating Hope – The Purple Girl

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Small Hands Creating Hope

Last week I introduced you to MaryAnne from and the Small Hands Creating Hope project on Kitchen Counter Confidential. Small Hands Creating Hope is a celebration of MaryAnne’s 30 years of cancer survivorship…how awesome is that?! An ebook, and a soft cover book, has been created that is packed full of wonderful ideas from bloggers all around the world. Today, I am thrilled to be sharing our contribution to the Small Hands Creating Hope project…The Purple Girl book. 
We have a fairly intimate relationship with cancer, my mother passed away 3 years ago from Colon Cancer. I loved the idea of switching our perspective and celebrating survivorship. We have a neverending love of books, so making a book seemed like a logical place to start. Using only the colour purple, the colour of survivorship, my daughter jumped in an created an amazing story book. Here is what my daughter did (you have to get the book to see all the pictures!)
child with handmade book

1. Gather up your supplies; paper, purple markers, purple crayons, purple pencil crayons, purple images from magazines, purple fabric scraps, purple anything and everything!

2. Let your child create their story on the paper, using whatever supplies they choose
3. Once the story is completed, bind the book together. We decided to sew our binding, however you could simply staple the book together.
4. Create a label for inside the front cover. On your computer, or by hand, create a label that identifies the Author & Illustrator, Publishing Date and Publisher Location. This step makes the book more “official” for your child.
5. The book is now complete and can be presented to a friend or family member who is living with cancer. Or, in our case we will be keeping this books as a reminder of Grandma Gail and her love of books. 
We were so excited when our copy of the book arrived in the mail last week. It truly is a wonderful book. We have already picked out a few projects to try this summer!
small hands creating hope book
a sampling of the projects inside

So, are you wondering how you can get your own copy? Here are all the details. Simply make a donation to the American Cancer Society for a minimum of $15 and you will receive a link to the ebook and information on how to purchase the soft cover book, for an additional cost. If you do not recieve the follow up email please contact smallhandsproject(at)gmail(dot)com.  

Donate to the American Cancer Society
Take a look at some of the other contributing bloggers posts. There are some very heartfelt and beautiful projects in the Small Hands Creating Hope book.
14 May Mama Smiles

15 May Artsy Craftsy Mom
           Rainbows Within Reach
16 May
B. Inspired, Mama!
17 May
Rainy Day Mum
           Imagination Soup
18 May
Inspiration Laboratories
19 May
Experimenting Mom
20 May Mama Mia’s Heart2Heart 

21 May NurtureStore   
           Mama Smiles
22 May
Living Montessori Now
23 May
Mess for Less
24 May
Having Fun at Home and CraftoArt
25 May 
Outlaw Mom
26 May
Angelique Felix and Sense of Wonder
27 May
Sun Hats and Wellie Boots
28 May
Duck Duck Octopus
29 May
Smiling like Sunshine
30 May
Mommy with Selective Memory
31 May
One Perfect Day
1 June
The Educators’ Spin On It
2 June
Kids Stuff World
3 June
Rainy Day Mum
4 June
Teach Preschool
5 June
Dirt and Boogers
6 June
Creative Connections for Kids and The Golden Gleam
7 June
Montessori Tidbits
8 June
Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas
9 June
The Iowa Farmer’s Wife
10 June
Scribble Doodle and Draw
11 June
Learn with Play
12 June
Kitchen Counter Chronicles
13 June
CRAYON Freckles
14 June Glittering Muffins
15 June
Wise Owl Factory
16 June
Crafty Maa
18 June
Lessons Learnt Journal
20 June Growing a Jeweled Rose
21 June Growing Play
23 June JDaniel4′s Mom

Carolyn Wilhelm June 13, 2012 at 5:04 pm

I like the idea of publishing a child made book with official information. Thank you for sharing and participating in the Small Hands Creating Hope project! Carolyn

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