Tuesday 3 April 2018

Tiddly Inks challenge #212.....Let's Go Around...

Image-  Narly Birthday.
Morning all!!

It's time for a super fun new challenge over on the Tiddly Inks challenge blog and this month it's...
'Let's Go Around'

So let's have some fun and get some circular makes done!
Think paper lollipops, circle cards, hanging decorations etc and
circular makes only please, no corners, squares or rectangle matting allowed!

 (**remember...We love to see any new creation, a card, 3D project, journal page etc 
but you must use a Tiddly Inks stamp or image **)

I knew exactly what I wanted to do. You see April is Autism Awareness Month and I wanted to make something special for my Little Mo. He is such a unique and funny little guy so I wanted to pop that in in a super fun way!

I decided to go with a decorated bauble and the gorgeous Narly Birthday I adore this set so much!! just look at the cute variations you get in there...
A little bit of colouring, fussy cutting and splodging stuff in a bauble later, I had this super cute gift for my little man!! I love how the little bubbles worked!! too cute!!

ASD Awareness is so important for all people to understand. This little guy has a whole lot to contend with every single day before we even get onto the 'normal' things that people do every day. Scott and I have worked tirelessly over the 13 years to pootle our lives along in a way that makes things so much easier for Mo to cope and pootle along in his Little Mo way. There are a few people who know and understand how we work for that. It's not easy to miss out on things we would love to be a part of or plan them quite meticulously making sure we account for every little thing that could set him off balance but we do it with great gusto hoping that we will make it easier for him. It gets hard and we get tired...a lot!! but it's also worth it because lots of people often look at Mo and forget everything he is going through because of the work mummy and daddy put in. We are happy to do it because he is our little guy, we are ALWAYS learning and ALWAYS looking for the best way.So my plea to you all today is just so simple...just be aware and remember.

As parents, Scott and I help his school in the best ways we can, they don't always get it but then, how could they when it's a world for Mo that changes constantly and he's constantly working to work it all out? it's a struggle most weeks. We help them by helping Mo with meds for his ADHD which complicates his Autism and his rare gene gain is still proving to be extremely rare as the gene organisation he is registered with try to find others with the same large gain (...nothing yet peeps, he is still the only one in the world on their records with it, but we keep hopeful!!).

Don't write off the struggles of parents whose children look 'just fine'....you all know the saying 'Never judge a book by it's cover' right?!!! Now I am lucky. I have the best friends around me who ALL understand Mo, but a lot of that is because I am happy to be completely transparent and open about how Mo and our life is. I do not believe in hiding it, or sugar coating it or making it out to be more than it is. Our life is just what it is and we are living with Autism.

I am entering this little bauble into the Stamping for Autism Awareness Blog Hop. I cannot tell you how beautiful a thing it is when you are a crafter and you see stamps/images you can really identify with and there is a whole tonne of amazing sponsors who have produced them.

I also wanted to share a link to the Awareness images Christy from Tiddly Inks made for me last year. I cannot tell you how much they touched my heart and I wanted to share them again in case anyone new to my blog hasn't seen them.

Phewsh!! I've waffled on a lot!! but y'all know it's something very close to my heart so I know you'll forgive me!! and...
Be aware and show you care!
Thank you for popping in, huge hugs Lou xxx