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Autism Awareness Day Blog Hop {and a giveaway} – winners!

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As you may know, today is World Autism Awareness Day.   Every year on this day, people and organizations all over the world ‘light it up blue’ to help raise awareness for this growing disorder.  With our most recent statistic saying that 1 in 68 children being diagnosed with autism, it is being called a national epidemic.   If you would like to learn more about autism or how you can light it up blue, please go to the Autism Speaks website.

I don’t talk much about myself on this blog.  Because, let’s face it, it’s a ribbon blog not a ribbon lady blog.  😉  But I would like to share that I am a very proud mother of an autistic boy.   That is why every year I like to do a little something to honor Autism Awareness Day.   Last year, we had a “Light it up Blue” theme.  This year I wanted to mix things up a bit, so we did a puzzle piece theme. Each participating Ribbonista was asked to create a project that had a puzzle piece in it.  It didn’t necessarily have to be about Autism, as long as it had that puzzle piece.   And this is what we came up with.  Please take the time to hop along today, as I am very thankful to these wonderful ladies for helping me out!

 

Now, of course, there is a giveaway for you too.  We will have 3 different chances to win a prize of:

1 spool from our “blue” ribbons – winner’s choice! 

What do you have to do to win?  Just post a comment along your way.  I will announce the winners right here on Friday, April 4th. 

 

And for the hop!

Charlene Driggs:

Puzzle Piece Cookies

Puzzle Piece Cookies

The puzzle piece is often used as a symbol for Autism.  I created a puzzle piece tag for my puzzle cookies. 

 

Courtney Lee:

Puzzle Card - You're Just my Type

One of my dear friends has twin girls – both with autism. I just love them to pieces (pun intended!) just the way they are.
 
 
Puzzle Sun Card
 
I’ve made a card bringing together all the pieces that help brand Autism Awareness; blue, puzzles pieces and light bulbs. It’s a great cause and I’m honored to help Bethney and May Arts spread the news. Everyone deserves to shine ♥

 

Emily Lanham

Card - You Are My Sunshine

For my hop project, I wanted to stick with the puzzle piece theme. I had some cute little die cut puzzle pieces and decided to make a card. The sentiments on the puzzle pieces were perfect for this hop!

 

Gini Williams Cagle

Light it up Blue Mini Album

I created a small mini album from die-cut tags and was inspired by a plaque that I saw on Pinterest with words that can describe someone with Autism – Strong, Kind, Smart, Hilarious, Capable, Sweet, Lovable, Amazing, Enough.

 

Jen Shears

Puzzle Piece Card

I’m so happy to be a part of this hop! I’ve put the new tulle ribbon and some other favorites to work with painted puzzle pieces! I love the results!

 

Jenifer Cowles

Card - I Love You To Pieces

 I created this fun card to show my support and to let everyone know that everyone deserves to be loved. Even if some of us are different. My oldest is a special needs kid and I know some days can be difficult, but hang in there it is well worth it 🙂

 

Latrice Murphy

Puzzle Piece Card

Today I’ve created a couple of cards to lift the spirits of any child. The puzzle piece paper was perfect both for Autism Awareness and kids card in general so I mashed to two to created something fun and colorful.

 

Rhea Weigand

Autism Awareness Frame

When asked to participate in this special hop, I didn’t hesitate!  We have a little cousin with Aspergers and family friends child with Autism.  It wasn’t until I started researching and reading about it that I really became AWARE.

 

Shellye McDaniel

Autism Awareness Card

Cut the shape of an awareness ribbon from a piece of felt; glue on strips of red, blue, yellow and green ribbons to the front and then trim away the excess so that it follows the pattern of the felt.

 

Valerie Gee

Layout - A Perfect Fit

Today I created my own custom template to use with embossing paste, and then decorated not only the background of my layout, but some May Arts ribbon too!

 

Virginia Fynes

Puzzle Piece Necklace

Please join me to learn how I made the new May Arts rhinestone chain into a beautiful necklace. I used it to create a clay puzzle piece best friend necklace set in support of Autism Awareness day.

 

Thanks again for hopping today!  This one is very near and dear to my heart, so taking the time to browse through these projects means so much to me.  🙂

TRL


Winners!

 

 We have some winners:

Kelly F.
All of the projects were great, but to me the best part of this hop was the enthusiasm of each and every one of the designers for a cause that is so desperately in need of more attention. I praise all of you for the support you are showing and I am thankful that there are people out there like you – people that care.

Janis in ID
Wonderful and sensitive projects. Bless all those who are impacted by and who impact the lives of these amazing individuals!!!
<3 J

Denise Sullivan
How can those of us who are touched with this in our families. My niece is Autistic she is 26 and will always live at home. All I can say is thank you from the bottom of my heart thank you for bringing awareness to help those who deal with this on a daily basis.

Congratulations, Ladies!  Email me at [email protected] with your shipping address to claim your prize!

**all winners have 2 weeks to claim their prize**

 **when emailing, please note which giveaway/prize you are claiming**

 

  1. TracyM #6773

    CONGRATULATIONS to all the lucky winners!!!
    THANKS again for hosting this awareness hop!!!

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  2. Ruth G

    Thanks so much for posting these wonderful projects and sharing about how Autism has touched your lives! We were away on vacation when this posted and my autistic son was struggling with all the bees and wasps flying around outdoors in Georgia. He still had a wonderful time, but there’s always something that surprises me as to how it effects him. In so many ways he seems to handle most things easily, but out of his routine is always difficult (but hopefully worth it for him!) We love and support him and work to help him feel comfortable and capable!

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  3. Beverly Jordan

    Beautiful works of inspiration!

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  4. Jamie Larsen

    Love all the projects.. the cookies are super cute though!!
    thanks for sharing!

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  5. Sandy

    I love the star puzzle!

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  6. Kelly F.

    All of the projects were great, but to me the best part of this hop was the enthusiasm of each and every one of the designers for a cause that is so desperately in need of more attention. I praise all of you for the support you are showing and I am thankful that there are people out there like you – people that care.

    Reply
  7. Helen G.

    Fabulous projects! They are inspiring and encouraging!

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  8. Leanne S

    Thanks for having this awareness hop. Wonderful projects.

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  9. TracyM #6773

    Thank you for sharing your insight into autism Bethney – sadly it is becoming all the more common and we do need more awareness, as it is something that has touches most of us these days, through family and friends families!!! I have hopped and think that the Ribbonistas have done you proud, all have shared fabulous projects and it is great to see the diverse variety of puzzle piece projects they have created 🙂

    THANK YOU for sharing this hop for Autism Awareness!!!

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  10. Janis in ID

    Wonderful and sensitive projects. Bless all those who are impacted by and who impact the lives of these amazing individuals!!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com
    HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com

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  11. Lindy

    Great projects!

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  12. Michele (by belle)

    Lovely projects, amazing cause and I love seeing all of the support!

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  13. Denise Bryant

    Beautiful projects! I’m looking forward to visiting all the blogs to get a closer look at all of these special creations! Love the puzzle piece theme for Autism Awareness Day!

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  14. Paola Vasquez

    I love puzzles and I love the special children … because you demonstrate that a disease does not make you different but better to others.

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  15. Denise Sullivan

    How can those of us who are touched with this in our families. My niece is Autistic she is 26 and will always live at home. All I can say is thank you from the bottom of my heart thank you for bringing awareness to help those who deal with this on a daily basis.

    Reply
  16. Lorie Martensen

    This subject is very personal for me also. Tomorrow my son will be 18 years old he has Autism. Love the way all your ladies used the puzzle piece. But Rhea is my favorite I think. Love the bright colors. My son loves to spend time with me when I scrapbook. Thanks for making it a point to help raise public awareness!!

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  17. Cathy A

    Incredible pieces from your DT and to raise awareness of this condition, amazing!

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  18. Dawn Miner

    Awesome layouts ladies!!!

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  19. marylouh

    The DT did a great job using jigsaw pieces in their designs. so many different and clever ideas. We need to be reminded that life is not a bed of roses. thanks for bringing an awareness of autism to the paper crafter family.

    Reply
  20. Donna W

    fabulous projects and a great way to highlight
    autism. It is something everyone should understand.
    It is a tough road for the parents but they do it with
    love.

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  21. Georgia Cressman

    So many beautiful uses of ribbon, especially to honor Autism Awareness Day!

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  22. Heather Thompson

    Bethany, thank you for letting us into your personal life with your challenges, struggles and enthusiasm for caring and loving a child with Autism. Life is a roller coaster you can choose to stand and watch or jump on and enjoy the ride. Thank you for jumping on!!!!

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  23. Sue D

    Very creative projects on the blog hop!

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  24. Diane W

    They are all great! Very talented artists.

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  25. Jen Ward

    Wow! Each are so beautiful and creative! Love them all

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  26. Toni Storie

    These are fabulous projects for a great cause!

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  27. Lucy E.

    Bethany, I think it is very appropriate that you put your personal touch here. There are so many parents who deal with this condition or any other disability by themselves, thinking that there is no one else who knows what they are going through. Speaking out truly makes a difference! I’m looking forward to the awesome projects!

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  28. Lisa Hiatt

    Absolutely fabulous!!! I loved them all….

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  29. Lisa Hiatt

    Absolutely fabulous!! I loved them all….

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  30. Lisa Hiatt

    Absolutely fabulous….loved them all….

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  31. vielka cintron

    great samples for a great cause…

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  32. Sue Weir

    Beautiful message <3 My sweet cousin has autism and has come leaps and bounds in her life. She's working (volunteering) full-time in positions she loves – at a different business every workday. She's amazing with her articulate memory, and her love knows no bounds.
    Thanks for the opportunity to win! xoxo

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  33. Vickie Farrow

    These are all great! I enjoyed each and every one!

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  34. Tonya

    Such great projects! For such a special cause! The necklace is adorable!

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  35. alison bergman

    Wonderful samples…I especially love the first one with the puzzle piece cookies. How easy will that be to replicate for a fund raiser for Autism awarenes ! I have already passed it on to a friend who works hard to raise funds for Autism research. Beautiful work for an important cause!

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  36. Janine B

    Some great projects for a good cause. I used to babysit and autistic lad when I was in my teens – his parents did a great job with him even though he was badly affected.

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  37. Yolanda

    Wow these are all so beautiful! I have a great nephew with autism and am wearing blue today for him and for all children like him! Thanks for the support everyone!

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