Announcement   Replenished my shop in May - lots more colorful cards in the works.

Handmade items prepared for you by me. I love having a schedule. I love routine. I enjoy painting and I am good at counting and packaging so this shop was an invention to have a daily purpose. With the help of my mom, we have launched this shop as a creative alternative for employment. See my ABOUT page for more of my story.

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Last updated on May 30, 2018

Replenished my shop in May - lots more colorful cards in the works.

Handmade items prepared for you by me. I love having a schedule. I love routine. I enjoy painting and I am good at counting and packaging so this shop was an invention to have a daily purpose. With the help of my mom, we have launched this shop as a creative alternative for employment. See my ABOUT page for more of my story.

Sam Ward

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We ALL have special needs.

THANK YOU for stopping by Sam's shop. We are excited to start this new venture together.

SPECIAL NEEDS is a phrase that has a double meaning. Yes, Sam has 'special needs' in the way most people think. He has autism. But don't we all have special needs? Rather than shy away from the term we are embracing it to remind us that sometimes you just need a little something special. We hope you like our offerings and will choose to purchase when you want a card to send a personal message.

PAINTING WITH PURPOSE: Our goal is not to make profit but to cover our costs, and more importantly, give us a daily purpose. Our products may not be perfect, but that's the beauty of being handmade with heart. We will be donating a portion of our income to make a difference in the lives of families who are affected by autism.

CREATING OUR OWN DESTINY: After years of working with agencies trying to find appropriate employment we've decided to create our own destiny with the self-imposed ambition to have a daily routine. Painting with Purpose has become one of our mantras. Sam loves to sit at the easel and paint piles of paper everyday. Painting, cutting, sorting, counting, labeling, packaging and mailing will be a fun way to insert productive activity into our day.

RIPPLE EFFECT: (And the secret behind our logo) We hope that our choice to open this shop will have a ripple effect and inspire others to do something similar. If you know of a family that is also trying to gain employment for their adult child with special needs maybe you could suggest they find an item that could be handmade and sold too. When there isn't a clear path of what to do after graduation, this could be a worthwhile endeavor. I welcome any questions on how to get launched.

Thanks again for visiting.
Michelle Ward
(Sam's proud mom)

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