My grandmother, a tiny 5' woman, took care of him, without outside help, for the remaining 10 years of his life. Growing up it was normal to me to only be able to see him in his room at home or in the hospital. Leg braces, wheelchairs and other medical equipment were part of daily life. Back then there really weren't any treatments available for cases like his and zero support for dealing with the effects of strokes. It means a lot to see an organization providing emotional and practical support and funding stroke research so other families don't have to experience the same difficulties ours did.
Here's a sneak peek at the Sew Can Do contribution to the book:
Since I live in the US I won't be able to go the launch party tonight, but for anyone who lives in the Nottingham area of the UK, it will be hosted at The Orange Tree and there will be live music, craft stalls & demos and of course the book itself:
They'll also be raffling off some fantastic prizes including completed projects from the book! I created this special version of my project as a prize contribution:
The book is available for purchase on Folksy for just £5 ($8), as well as via email request if you're in the USA (at firstname.lastname@example.org). An eBook version will be coming out soon. You can also follow the latest 20 Crafty Makes news on Twitter and Facebook. Take the opportunity to add a fun new craft book to your collection and support a valuable cause at the same time.