Tuesday, April 2, 2013

May Arts Light It Up Blue Blog Hop - Autism Awareness Day

The May Arts Design Team has a very special reason to Light It Up Blue for autism research today.  

   
Research and education have erased many of the misconceptions about autism but it's important to keep the research going and to learn the signs of autism.  For more information, I encourage you to visit  The Autism Research Foundation and Austim Speaks.



The puzzle piece is often used as a symbol for Autism.  I wondered why, so I did a little searching and found this explanation:

"The puzzle represents the ambiguity and mystery around the causes and understanding of Autism. The puzzle piece is often used in graphics for Autism and Autism Treatment.

Many early Autism Awareness campaigns used the slogan

Help Solve the Puzzle (of Autism)”

You also now see the puzzle pieces on the autism ribbons, as a multi-colored puzzle."
 
I have a couple of projects that I hope will inspire you to bless the life of someone you may know or the parents of someone you may know who is living with autism.
I found a puzzle cookie cutter and some gel paste food coloring at Sweet Baking Supply. (Excellent prices and fair shipping!) so I dug out my favorite Lemon Sugar Cookie recipe and created a "sweet" gift.   I found the free printable labels here



After mixing the sugar cookie dough, I divided it into 4 equal pieces, added food color to each piece, then rolled and stacked the colored logs.  Chill the dough, press any open areas together ;-) 


Cut with the puzzle cutter and bake.


If baking isn't your thing, I created this quick and easy flower seed envelope.  I chose Forget Me Not Seeds because I thought the name was most appropriate and they're a beautiful blue.



I hand dyed some beautiful May Arts eyelet ribbon blue then stitched and gathered it into a spiral flower.  Some beautiful sparkly blue embossing powder highlights the sentiment.  I attached all my elements to a pretty paper doily then just clipped them to the bag with a hand dyed mini clothespin.  

If you'd like the Lemon Sugar cookie recipe let me know.  It's a delicious recipe I've used for years.  

Be sure to visit the rest of the team on the hop for more Light It Up Blue inspiration and comment to win these beautiful blue ribbons of your very own.


Charlene Driggs (that's me!)
DeeDee Catron
Emily Lanham
 
Erin Thiem
Gini Williams Cagle
Jen Shears
Jenifer Cowles
Lalo Ik
Leah Farrar-White
Sandy Allnock
Virginia Fynes

May Arts Ribbons used:
Cookie gift - Mesh - AH04 (paper basket - Papertrey Ink)
Seed packet - Eyelet Ribbon - 447-1-01, Solid/diagonal Stripes 424-18-34, Paper Cord - 420-94 (stamps and label die - Papertrey Ink); Embossing powder - Sparkle n Sprinkle Blueberry
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41 comments:

Maureen Hayes said...

I want to thank each of you for participating in this blog hop to help raise funds and awareness for Autism. I have three nephews who suffer from Autism, so I personally appreciate this hop and know it will benefit so many. I love all of your projects.

Janet Dachuk said...

Love your projects !

Virginia said...

Beautiful post, so very creative!

Jennifer Scull said...

thank you for sharing so many wonderful projects from the heart! love those fab cookies and the gorgeous seek holder! :)

by belle said...

Absolutely gorgeous projects!!

Krissy said...

Great projects! LOVE the cookies - what a great idea!

Sue D said...

Very sweet and thoughtful gift ideas.

rscholz said...

What wonderful gift ideas. Thank you for sharing and for supporting this worthy cause.

Kyle4143 said...

What great ideas to celebrate a very special day! Thanks for being a part of this day it is very special to me!

Chris said...

Wow fantastic projects!

~Tammy~ said...

Speechless! Amazing projects for such a wonderful and worthy cause!!! Thank you for doing this and reaching others! I know many who are affected by Autisim!

NinaN said...

What a perfect gift you have made! Beautiful!

Jan said...

Thanks for supporting Autism research! What sweet projects! I never would have of thought of making puzzled cookies!

marylouh said...

Great projects. the puzzle pieces turned out so nice. thanks for promoting research in a difficult problem.

Amy#8546(TheTigersHaven) said...

Beautiful projects. The puzzle piece cookies are a great idea. I love it. Thanks for sharing and joining in. HUGS

Becky Dunham said...

I love both of these projects Charlene! Thanks for explaining how the puzzle piece relates to Autism. I have a nephew who was recently diagnosed but I have not researched too much. Forget Me Nots are one of my favorite flowers and I love this little seed envelope! Would love your lemon sugar cookie recipe!

Miriam Prantner said...

What a great theme for a hop! I love those puzzle piece cookies, what a fun idea!

scrapn_momof2 said...

What beautiful and sweet projects Charlene. All for a wonderful cause!!

sharon g said...

The bird adds SO much. It gives it such a happy look. Nice job.

Karen Schroeder said...

I love how you made your cookies! I will have my Special Ed students make these for the Friday Coffee Bar they run!

Natasha G.P. said...

What a pretty gift. I like the puzzle pieces, ribbon, bird, everything.

Denise Bryant said...

Love the puzzle cookies and the pretty Forget-Me-Nots!

Pat Y said...

Love the puzzle cookies. What a beautiful way to give someone a sweet little gift.

sandee said...

wow, you went above the call for this, love the cookies and the seed packet card!! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina ♥

Barbara H said...

Your talent abounds. The puzzle Lemon Sugar cookies look so cute and your seed packet is so pretty. Thanks for the informative information regarding Autism.

Ruth G said...

Both projects are wonderful! I love the spiral flower with the seeds!
I have a son on the autism spectrum and truly appreciate those who take the time to understand the struggles he faces, along with those of our family. Thank you for your thoughtfulness and for sharing information about how others can learn more about autism!

Tiff said...

Your cookie dough project is phenomenal as is your beautiful card! TFS!

Rufus said...

Your puzzle pieces cookies are a really sweet idea and the seed packet is lovely...I like your choice of forget me nots.
R/

sherry varga said...

I absolutely love the puzzle idea.

Aundria B. said...

The colorful puzzle-piece cookies are too cute - what a great idea! And what a great idea to make a flower from the ribbon - so pretty! Thank you for sharing these wonderful projects.

Anita Braddock said...

Beautiful project. i love the details and the colors thanks for sharing.

Ann said...

What fabulous projects! I love those cookies!!

Ann said...

OH, I sent it too soon. I would LOVE the lemon sugar cookie recipe. Thank you. bam7462atgmaildotcom

Debbie Caldwell said...

The cookies are absolutely great...what a cool idea. Very nice projects.

Lucy said...

These are such awesome cookies! I love the puzzle shapes. Love the decorated bag-so delicate.

Ava Gavloski said...

very creative post today, thanks for sharing your talent and kindness

Calinda Goo said...

Sigh, I wish I could bake. Luckily, I am able the seed packet...:)

Darlene Gabriel said...

Wow these two projects are wonderful. Those puzzle cookies are amazing. I love the eyelet flower on the seed packet.

Kristie Maynard said...

What a wonderful project. You are so creative, I just love your cookies. TFS!

Jocelyn Olson said...

Wow! These are some gorgeous projects. I love the basket and the tags. Of course the cookies look good, too. ;) The flower on the bag is stunning!

Tiffany said...

Love these! I'm definitely making these next month. :)