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The Poetry Foundation has been ordering their famous Eric Gill Pegasus buttons from Busy Beaver for almost a decade. Not only are the folks at the Poetry Foundation one of Busy Beaver‘s oldest clients, they are also some of the most innovative. In 2010, they commissioned us to create custom 2.25-inch buttons using salvaged letterpress posters. And this year they are celebrating the launch of their new poetry iPhone app with custom 1.25-inch and 2.25-inch buttons. Take a look:

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Catherine Halley, online editor for the Poetry Foundation, says of the new app and buttons, “I call the app a poetry slot machine—you shake your phone and up comes a random combination of mood and subject (e.g., pessimism and nature, insecurity and love) and a list of poems that fit that combination. Once you click into a poem, you can then share a line or the title or the poem itself via Facebook, Twitter or email. The buttons represent each of the moods or subjects in the app. At the Open House, we’ll go up to random strangers, shake the phone and give people the buttons that correspond to whatever subject/mood combination they got. For example, if someone spins the Poetry app and lands on “Anger” and “Family”, they’ll get one button with the word “Anger” on it and one button with a picture of a two parents and a child.”

Be sure to join the Poetry Foundation on June 25 and 26 to celebrate its new public building dedicated to poetry. For more info go to

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So many buttons, so little time! Our list of the can’t-miss button events for this weekend:

Button Up in Brooklyn

The DIY Business Association Conference hits Brooklyn this Sunday, June 26. Created by Amy Schroeder, founder of Venus Zine magazine, and with guests speakers including Grace Bonney of Design*Sponge and Susan Gregg Koger of, this conference will be the who’s who of creative entrepreneurship. Lucky attendees will receive one of these cool Busy Beaver buttons:

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Wear a square on the square

Summer Sessions on the Square, the monthly outdoor summer concert series in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago, kicks off this Saturday night. With music curated by local cocktail haven, The Whistler, you can expect to see acts like Scotland Yard Gospel Choir, Rabble Rabble, and Girls Rock! Chicago. Be on the look out for the limited edition Summer Sessions Square button— only 200 available!

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Show Your Pride!

Headed to Chicago’s LGBT Pride Parade this Sunday? Be sure to check out the ACLU of Illinois float. They’re celebrating a big year—the recent passage of the civil union bill and their induction into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame— by handing out 10,000 free buttons to parade-goers from their first ever parade float.
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Save-the-date magnets have become quite a trend over the last several years— step into the apartment of any early 30-something and you’re sure to find 4 or 5 posted on the fridge. Check out these save-the-date magnets created by Busy Beaver:
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custom magnetsThat’s right— Busy Beaver Button Co. makes magnets. We can customize any of our button sizes into magnets. So if you’re looking to do a traditional 2-inch square magnet like the examples above, or a more creative 1.75-inch oval in glow-in-the-dark, Busy Beaver can help you out. Just email for pricing and we’ll help get your project started!

For more unique wedding ideas check out the Busy Beaver Button Blog.

GR!C 2011 Summer Camp is officially in session! Check out the buttons the ladies ordered for their summer kick-off party. Featuring the album artwork from the 2010 sessions, these buttons are perfect use of the 2-inch square buttons:

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On the recent episode of 24/7, host Catie Keogh stopped by Busy Beaver to check out the button-o-matic and our collection of naughty buttons. Click here to watch the episode.

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Today is National Eat Your Vegetables Day; make your momma proud and eat your peas! Not really into the green stuff? Ease into the veggie lifestyle with a vegan corn dog or vegan chili mac over at Drew’s Eatery in the North Center neighborhood of Chicago. Drew himself recently stopped by the Busy Beaver office to pick up his custom button order:

Button-O-MaticDrew is now the proud owner of a Button-O-Matic machine filled with 100% recycled paper buttons. So if you have a hankering for some healthier fast food and custom art buttons you should definitely swing by Drew’s Eatery. Be sure to say hello to Drew for us!

Want a custom Button-O-Matic for your upcoming event? Email for pricing.

Have you checked out our limited edition product— 100% recycled Speckletone paper from French Paper Co? Available in all button sizes, Speckletone is an off-white paper with visible flecks of wood— the perfect earthy look for your custom button design!

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