Wednesday, April 2, 2014

May Arts Autism Awareness Blog Hop

  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."

The May Arts Autism Awareness Blog Hop is featuring the Puzzle Piece as our inspiration this year You might know, that this is a cause very dear to the heart of the Ribbon Lady.

I traced my cookie cutter onto a piece of lightweight cardboard, covered it with Tombow MonoMulti, then pressed strips of ribbon in the Autism colors onto the shape.  When the glue was dry, I trimmed the ribbons around the puzzle shape.

I made some puzzle piece cookies to go with the theme.

You can see how I made the cookie dough here.  I used my old standby Lemon Sugar Cookie recipe, although any good sugar cookie recipe will work.

Here are the rest of the Ribbonistas on the hop.  Oh and there's a prize for commenting...3 chances to win a roll of your choice of May Arts Ribbon from the blue line!

Charlene Driggs (that's me!)
Valerie Gee 

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Virginia said...

wonderful outside the box project!

~Tammy~ said...

A lot of love and thought went into this project! Thank you for sharing!

Sue D said...

Very creative puzzle tag and cookies!

stamping sue said...

terrific! a treat along with your puzzle tag.
stamping sue

Janine said...

Fun and colourful cookies and tag

Unknown said...

Oh my gosh - a super cute project AND cookies to boot??? I *adore* how you made your cookies multi-colored, and I will have to give that a try! I've NEVER done that, and I make cutout cookies a lot! Thanks for your inspiration and for sharing!!!

Anonymous said...

Cookies look delicious. So does the project. Thanks for helping with the autism project.

Lucy E. said...

What a perfect project for this hop! I love the multi colored cookies!

by belle said...

Fantastic project...cookie and tags!!

Lindy said...

Those cookies are awesome! I love this bright, fun project!

Janis said...

Super bright and colorful cookies. Great use of the puzzle piece shape!!
<3 J

jwoolbright at gmail dot com

TracyM #6773 said...

CUTE and TASTY treat Charlene!!!

LOVE your project, it is thoughtful and perfect for the theme - THANK YOU for sharing your creative inspiration :)
... I really need to try your ribbon layering technique!

Unknown said...

Great looking cookies. I love that autism is getting more recognition through autism awareness month. My son, who is 11, is autistic. He is one the kindest, sweetest and most innocent children I know. Understanding is so important...I am so tired of hearing people say, "but he looks normal".

Denise Bryant said...

Fun project! I love the bright colors and pretty ribbons! The cookies look great! said...

You are so clever to come up with a bold puzzle cookie! Perfect!

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