A few months ago, I was invited to be involved in the Small Hands Creating Hope project. It is a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. The resulting product is an ebook, compiled by MaryAnne at Mama Smiles, which celebrates crafts or ideas that could be made by or for someone facing cancer. The projects in this book are stunning, and several include tutorials so that you can recreate the crafts at home with your own children or students!
So, why did we participate in this project?
This is why…
This is my mom, with 3 of her grandkids, including Aikman.
She is an avid gardener, and in the summertime, she can often be found on her back porch admiring the flock of hummingbirds that buzz around the feeders all day.
She’s a fun-loving and giving mother and grandmother.
She was diagnosed with breast cancer in February.
Fortunately, the doctors find her cancer very, very early.
Just 2 weeks ago, she finished her radiation treatments, and is celebrating being cancer-free!
To celebrate her fight with breast cancer, Aikman and I made a hummingbird and flower craft for this project.
How we create it:
- Marble painted a piece of cardstock with green and red paint.
- Sponge paint a piece of cardstock with shades of pink paint.
- Print off this hummingbird. Enlarge and printed this flower. Cut out each. These will be your templates.
- Trace the hummingbird onto your green and red cardstock paper and the flower onto your pink paper.
- To add dimension, I cut out the front petals on the flower template, traced and cut it out, and then adhered it to the flower with a scrap piece of paper.
Interested in more projects?
All of the projects from the contributing bloggers have been compiled into an ebook, which we are sending out to anyone who donates at least $15 to the American Cancer society. An email with the download link, as well as a second link that allows you to purchase a hard copy of the book at production cost will be sent once we receive your donation. This button will take you directly to the American Cancer Society’s donation page:
If you donate but do not receive a confirmation email with the link to where you can purchase a printed version of the book, or if you have trouble with the download, email smallhandsproject at gmail dot com.
MaryAnne at Mama Smiles compiled this book as a way of celebrating thirty years of cancer survivorship! We are hoping to raise $3000 by July 4th, and we are running a blog hop from May 14th until July 4th to celebrate and raise funds so that, in the future, thirty years of cancer survivorship will be the norm, not the exception!
You can win this beautiful sterling silver bracelet with Swarovski crystals in this giveaway…
Learn about each of the bloggers who participated in the book by visiting each blog on their assigned dates – a few bloggers will be running celebratory giveaways, too!
15 May Artsy Craftsy Mom
Rainbows Within Reach
16 May B. Inspired, Mama!
17 May Rainy Day Mum
18 May Inspiration Laboratories
19 May Experimenting Mom
20 May Mama Mia’s Heart2Heart
21 May NurtureStore
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