Monday, April 2, 2012

A Unique Way to Show Your Support - April is National Autism Awareness Month

I have always loved puzzles. When I was looking for something new to make with my vintage buttons for The Button Lady shop, I came across a pin someone had made out of puzzle pieces. I loved it! I added my own touch and my own design with vintage buttons. The end result is a very unique, funky kinda brooch to wear on your outwear coat or jacket.

They became quite popular in my shop. I am grateful for the feedback I got from a mother who was buying them in honor of her autistic daughter. The puzzle piece is the symbol of Autism and so she was glad to have found something different and unique to wear. I was even able to make a custom pin for her with puzzle pieces I had found with musical notes on them. Her daughter loves music.

The Autism Awareness Puzzle Ribbon is the most recognized symbol of the autism community in the world. One in every 88 children in America is affected with autism.
The Autism Society has been celebrating National Autism Awareness Month since the 1970's to highlight the need for concern and awareness about autism. The month of April is recognized by the United States as a special opportunity to educate the public about autism and the issues within the autism community.

Although Autism does not affect my family personally, I do have girlfriends who live with it daily through their children. For the month of April I would like to donate a portion of the sales of my puzzle pins to the Austim Society as a small way of helping. If you'd like to know more about the society or how you can help, click here.

Each one of my puzzle pins is one of a kind and I am working on making more of them for this month. They are a great way to show your support or just wear them as a unique accessory. Here are a few examples of pins currently in my shop.....

I am not affiliated with the Autism Society. This is just a small way to show my support for the ongoing research and programs.

Do you know a child with Autism?

Become aware this month....

AnnMarie :)


  1. I've always loved your puzzle/button brooches, AnnMarie, and I think it's wonderful of you to donate from your sales this month! I wasn't aware of the connection between puzzles and Autism.

  2. What a wonderful post! One of my best friends son is autistic...what a great idea:) I love the blue green one: )

  3. What a great idea, AnnMarie! And a really great cause, too!
    I don't personally know anyone with autism, but I am aware of how amazing these folks are, and how difficult everyday life can be for them. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Great post, AnnMarie! I also did not know the connection between puzzle pieces and autism. Many people I know live with autism and they deserve much support, love and prayer.

    I made a delightful trip through your shop, The Button Lady. I remembered admiring your button/puzzle piece pins from a previous visit and found other lovely items: button embellished hair ponys, pictures frames and purses. A darling shop!!

    Wishing you a joy filled, happy Easter!!

  5. I have a friend in my bible study who also has a son with autism. He is considered more high functioning, but it still is a challenge for them. That is a great idea making the puzzle pieces into the brooch.

  6. Great reminder and great cause. Here this week the school children wore blue and some people lit up their houses with blue lights.


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