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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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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.

Head over to AIGA Chicago and check out the Design Beyond the Grid: A T-Shirt Competition.
tshirtThe winning design will be printed and sold throughout Chicago. Second and third place designs will win custom buttons by Busy Beaver Button Co. All participants will score a Busy Beaver discount code. The contest only runs June 2- July 8 so hurry and get designing!

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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.

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New Trend: Baby Buttons!

Forget cigars—the newest trend in baby announcements is custom buttons! A recent article, “My New Kentucky Baby“, featured a toddler who proudly wore an “I’m a big sister” button and Busy Beaver marketing guru, Denise Gibson, recently made these 2.25-inch announcement buttons for her niece, Reagan:

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…Something Buttoned, Something Blue

Are those buttons in her bouquet? Why, yes, they are! Busy Beaver teamed up with designer Love Lulu Mae to create some custom button couture wedding accessories. Maypole Studios provided the amazing photography. Stay tuned for more pics from the bridal button shoot.

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Button Up?

Our favorite banjo playing paper salesman, Andy Bernard, was spotted wearing a custom 2.25-inch button on the season finale of The Office. Miss the episode? Click here to see the button in action. “Andy for Manager?” buttons are on sale now at
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Have you buttoned up against fur? These monsters, courtesy of Peta, have!

custom buttonsBe sure to check out the PINNACLE: Reinvent The Icon Pin Contest sponsored by Busy Beaver Button Co. Design a button with an anti-fur message for a chance to win prizes. Click here for details and to enter.

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Check out these vintage Cinco De Mayo buttons from Dos Equis and Sol beer:

Custom ButtonsWe love the use of the 2-inch diamond format for the top Dos Equis button and the bottom Sol button is a great example of a 2.25-inch lenticular button. And the third button— who can beat a dolphin illustration? It brings out the Lisa Frank lover in all of us!

Fourth of July is right around the corner! Order your celebratory buttons now at

Looking for a great, low-cost art activity for your kids’ next school event or birthday party? Hire the Busy Beaver Buttoneers! Check out the kiddos from The Green Bean (an eco friendly nursery) creating their own buttons at a recent Buttoneer event:

custom button makingChristen Carter (pictured here) pre-cut enough paper for about 50 2.5-inch buttons and let the kids go to town with the markers. Once their marker masterpieces were complete, Christen used a portable button machine to hand crank the paper into custom buttons. The kids create the art and the Buttoneers take care of all the moving pieces. Then, ta-da! Custom artwork the whole family can wear!

Not just for birthday parties, the Buttoneers have also made appearances at the Chicago Public Library and Pitchfork. If you’re interested in hiring the Busy Beaver Buttoneers for your next event please email

Busy Beaver has done it’s fair share of design buttons, but we especially like these custom 1-inch buttons from Cincinnati digital design firm, Intrinzic:

Custom ButtonsHere’s the story behind the buttons according to art director Kristine Hess:

“When we rebranded Intrinzic in 2009, we gave each designer the challenge of creating an expression of the letter “z”. We felt these designs would get people talking at the upcoming Addy’s (the Cincinnati Advertising Awards) show. And what better way to create a little buzz than to get some awesome buttons made? So hence the “z” buttons were born. Busy Beaver Button Co.printed them up and wah-lah, they look great and we had people asking “what does the Z stand for?” at the show.”

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What do you get when you combine drunk beavers, thinly disguised references to illegal drug use, and dancing bacon? The Poor Taste magazine and Busy Beaver Button Co. limited edition button pack! Check it out:

Custom ButtonsSpecially designed by Busy Beaver for the release of Poor Taste’s ranking of the 100 Best Brunch Spots in America, the button pack is the brainchild of the magazine’s Editor-in-Chief, K. Tighe. Busy Beaver recently sat down with Ms. Tighe, a notorious lover of all things bacon, to get her thoughts on Bloody Marys, beavers, and, of course, buttons.

How do you like your eggs?

I’m a sucker for a good Benedict, but I’ll pretty much throw a fried egg on top of anything.

Mimosa or Bloody Mary?

Yes, please.

Chicago had the number one cult restaurant but we fell to number five for the brunch list. What gives?

I know, it’s a tough blow for Chicago but you guys will get through this okay. It was a tough pancake-to-pancake battle between Clinton St. Baking (the NYC spot that took the number one place) and The Bongo Room (the Chicago spot that placed number 5), but at the end of the day — literally — you can get incredible pancakes at Clinton St. Baking. They serve them for dinner. Now that’s a brunch commitment.

Any thoughts on the current Top Chef Masters? They recently had an insect challenge — we’re waiting for the bark and log challenge.

Actually, I could really get behind a Bûche de Noël Top Chef Challenge — Bravo would be smart to bring cake into primetime. Look at what that’s done for the Food Network. The insect thing doesn’t bother me — it was clearly done to pull a bigger audience for that night but it actually makes some sense. Insects can be tasty, and they’re chock full of protein. Plus we all drink them in our wine anyway, so why not be up front about it? I’d eat insects, the only thing I draw the line on is tortoise.

What button are you wearing right now?

I’m proudly sporting an “In Farmers We Trust” button I nabbed at a GOOD magazine party in Chicago a few years ago.

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