Wednesday, September 14, 2011

It's Show Time!

Autumn is just around the corner here in the States, which means weekends filled with craft shows and arts festivals. I've always enjoyed them, but this year, I'll be on the other side of the table!

Am I nervous? Heck, I'm too busy to be nervous. Plus a cranky sewing machine has a good way of keeping my mind off of anything.

Except stifling words I really shouldn't be thinking.

Or using.

I'm looking forward to meeting new people as well as getting feedback on my pieces. Most of all, I'm excited to talk about my Hidden Heart Owls to those who've never "met" them. I'm still finding my way, looking for the best way to get their message out, and I may even name a few of them.

Not familiar? These little guys were created to subtly promote autism awareness. (And I've scattered them all over my online shops.) As much as the puzzle piece has taken over, some kids - like mine - aren't too fond of it. She doesn't like how it makes her feel as if something is "missing" that needs to be "found", or that something is "wrong" with her.

Plus, why can't advocacy and awareness ever be "cute" and "whimsical"?

I chose the owls as our personal "spokes-creatures" for many reasons. My Aspie loves animals, plain and simple. She, like almost every other Aspie you'll ever meet are incredibly brilliant people. And they also have lots to give, which is often overshadowed by so many things. If you look closely at the owls, you'll see they have a tiny heart or two, which stands just for that. And, take another moment and you'll notice they will never look directly at you. (Sure, not everyone with Asperger's lacks eye contact, but many, like my K, abhor it!)

Do you have a favorite image you gravitate towards when promoting Autism Asperger Awareness? Have you created your own? Feel free to share, and let us know why it's important to you!



  1. Julie, these owls are brilliant! And so adorable, too. What a shame the puzzle piece makes your daughter feel like something is missing. I think you found the perfect solution. Good luck at the craft fairs! I KNOW you will be in your element and so incredibly well!

  2. Thanks so much, Jo-Ann! It's been so fun watching others respond to the owls. :) I'm wondering how to give them their own space on Etsy, as they are so different than my fiber items.