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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 poetryfoundation.org/openhouse.

Looking to make your own innovative button project? Contact Busy Beaver at orders@busybeaver.net.

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:
custom magnets
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 orders@busybeaver.net 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:

custom buttonsFor more information on the camp go to girlsrockchicago.org.

Not just gratuitous shots of the ladies of Busy Beaver, these pics show off how custom 2.25-inch buttons can be used as nifty name tags. Take a look!

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custom buttonThe pre-made buttons can be customized with the use of a simple Sharpie® marker. Just write your name on the face of the button, wait a few seconds for it to dry, then pin on and start mingling!

Knitting community Ravelry uses these style of custom name tags for all of their events. And several recent wedding clients have asked for similar designs for their rehearsal dinners.

So if you’re headed to a business conference, convention, or family reunion this summer, be sure to bring along your own set of custom name tag buttons— it’ll help old Uncle Eddy remember that, yes, you are Cousin Dave’s daughter Denise.

Make  your own custom name tags! Shop now at busybeaver.net.

Return customer Molly Dilworth recently buttoned up for her grandmother’s upcoming 100th birthday. The custom 1.5-inch buttons feature pics of her grandma and the rim text states ‘Let’s just be spontaneous’. Take a look!

customs buttonsMolly says of the buttons, “I used you guys for my wedding buttons last year and my most recent project is for my grandma’s 100th b-day party coming up this July in San Diego. Her name is Eleanor Dilworth and she was born in 1911. She’s lived by her personal mantra, ‘Let’s just be spontaneous’ for a century.”

Molly, your grandma seems like a character! We’d loved to swap stories with Mrs. Dilworth over a sarsaparilla sometime. Eleanor, next time you’re in Chicago, give Busy Beaver a call.

Need buttons for your next birthday? Shop now at busybeaver.net.

Busy Beaver presents the third and final installment of custom button couture wedding accessories by designer Love Lulu Mae. Check out the unique bridal bouquet created with multi-colored 3-inch round and 1-inch square buttons:

custom wedding buttons

photo by Maypole Studios

custom wedding buttons

photo by Maypole Studios

custom wedding buttons

photo by Maypole Studios

Busy Beaver recently sat down with Ms. Lula Mae herself, Agnes B. Miles, to get her take on all things bridal.

You don’t just make button-themed accessories. What other pieces do you design?
I make bridal pieces and always try to incorporate vintage findings to give a classic piece a custom flare. I also take custom orders, which allow my clients to use the materials I have to create a piece that is unique to them. But no matter what I’m making, there are always feathers!

Is it true you made a piece for Oprah? What did Ms. O’s headpiece look like?
It is true! I made Oprah a little cocktail hat along with a bright orange and blue headband with a big cameo on it for the 2010 Oscar gift bag.

What bridal trends are you digging now?
Bridal hats are the trend of this season. I’m also loving the color champagne instead of white. Even though it isn’t white, it gives any wedding an elegant glow in the room!

Say Yes to the Dress or Bridezillas?
Bridezillas, of course! We love the drama!

What button are you wearing right now?
Right now I have on a Marilyn Monroe button on my blazer. It adds a little excitement to any outfit!

Love, Lula Mae accessories can be found at Faire Frou Frou in LA, Sofia in Chicago or online at smashingdarling.com or lovelulumae.com.

Check out part two of the Love Lulu Mae and Maypole Studios wedding button extravaganza! In this series, the groom gets into the action with a custom boutonniere made with 1.5-inch and 2-inch diamond buttons.

custom wedding buttons

photo by Maypole Studios

custom wedding buttons

photo by Maypole Studios

custom wedding buttons

photo by Maypole Studios

custom wedding buttons

photo by Maypole Studios

How darling! Stay tuned for part 3 of the bridal button shoot for a look at a unique bouquet and headpiece.

Need custom buttons for your wedding? Shop now at busybeaver.net.

As promised, we present more custom button couture wedding accessories by designer Love Lulu Mae with Maypole Studios providing the photography. Check out the amazing bridal accessories created with multi-colored 1.5-inch, 2.25-inch, and 3-inch buttons:

custom wedding buttons

photo by Maypole Studios

custom wedding buttons

photo by Maypole Studios

custom wedding buttons

photo by Maypole Studios

custom wedding buttons

photo by Maypole Studios

Stay tuned for parts 2 and 3 of the bridal button shoot with more exciting ways to wear custom buttons at your wedding.

Need custom buttons for your wedding? Shop now at busybeaver.net.

Check out these great wedding favor buttons from customers Nick and Alexia:

custom buttonsNick said of the couples’ custom 1-inch buttons, “I am from Detroit and Alexia is from Chicago. We both live in Logan Square now and wanted to give love to our home towns at the big event. My friend Jana made the illustration of us that are on the buttons.”

We’re digging the hometown love, Nick! Good luck to you and Alexia on your big day.

Need custom buttons for your wedding? Shop now at busybeaver.net.

The Indianapolis 500 turns 100 this Memorial Day Weekend. Will you be there partyin’ in the Snake Pit?
Custom ButtonsLong known for drunken debauchery, streaking, and even impromptu mud wrestling, the Snake Pit is now more of a festive party than the Mardi Gras of the Hoosier State. Located in the turn three infield, party goers need a VIP pass to get in. Check out the Snake Pit’s official Facebook page for event details.

Need custom buttons for your next party? Order now at busybeaver.net.