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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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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.

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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:

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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.

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Behind a black curtain, in the depths of the Busy Beaver Button Museum basement, lies the “Adults Only” section. There we keep the naughtiest, most distasteful, most insulting, politically incorrect buttons— custom buttons displaying words like s$!%, f@#!, and even p@#@! *gasp*

vintage buttonsFeeling dirty? Click here to see the non-censored version.

Be sure to check back in two weeks for the next installment of Museum Monday.

Have you checked out Chicago Craft Beer Week yet? While Busy Beaver is not officially associated with the week long celebration of suds, we have been enjoying the festivities. Several Busy Beavers have been spotted on the town wearing and sharing these custom 1.5-inch buttons:
Custom ButtonsBe sure to check out the official closing party tomorrow night at Revolution Brewing— you might just spot an intoxicated Busy Beaver.

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With the Japanese earthquake and Pacific tsunami having occurred almost a month ago, national news has turned its coverage away from the devastated country to more pressing topics like Libya, the 2012 election, and, of course, the Bronx Zoo cobra.

But the recovery efforts in Japan are ongoing and the country could still benefit from foreign aid. The Red Cross is still taking donations and a few Busy Beaver customers are using custom buttons to help raise money. Check out this recent order from

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Bryan Flynn of Botto Arts created these stylish 1-inch buttons:

custom buttonsFlynn says, “When I think of U.S.-Japan relations I think of the D.C. cherry blossoms, so I created a stylized blossom atop the red sun that sits centered in Japan’s national flag.” All profits from the sale of Flynn’s buttons goes to the International Medical Corps.

Are you using buttons in an inspiring way? Email with your button story.

Do you like DIY, independent media, and nifty buttons like the 1.5 inch square button featured here? Then be sure to catch this year’s Chicago Zine Fest! The fest, which begins tomorrow, aims to highlight the talents of self-published artists and give independent artists a chance to interact and swap skills. So grab your stapler and head downtown March 25-26!

For times and locations go to

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Of Montreal offers their album download in a button pack

I have seen the future of rock and roll, and it’s merch,” writes Rob Walker in New York Times article “Hearing Things: Band-Branded Merchandise Gains Momentum.”

Albums are taking on new shape from the traditional confines of vinyl and CD mediums— for instance, a featured “multi-object release” is Of Montreal’s “Skeletal Lamping” available via download card with nine 1.5-inch buttons made by possible by Polyvinyl Records and Busy Beaver Button Co.

Read more about band merchovations (new word!) in the article here.

Multilingual Chicago is calling on its students, friends, and you to help choose their next set of 1.5-inch buttons!  Read on for their Button Contest:

Please do us the favor of voting for your favorite button – or better yet, put on your thinking cap and suggest a clever new button for us to print!

By voting, you will be entered in a random drawing for $40 off any language class. If you suggest a new button and yours is printed, you will be the lucky recipient of a $75 Multilingual Chicago gift certificate (not bad for typing less than four words).

Click here to vote, people!  Or, اضغط هنا للتصويت Also, 點擊這裡投票. Register for fall language classes here! Make your own multilingual buttons here.

FugScreens custom 1-inch buttons with transparency on print scrap

FugScreens founder Zissou Tasseff-Elenkoff approached Busy Beaver Button Co. for an innovative way to unite printmaking and buttons.

See the results above— one-of-a-kind one-inch buttons using custom logos, printmaking scraps, and the trademark Busy Beaver Button Co. magic.

Buttons debut at a FugScreens poster event on Friday, June 25 along with artists Johnny Sampson, Ben Lyon, and more at 1735 N. Ashland Ave. in Chicago.

FugScreens Poster Exhibit Friday! Notice the beaver in the water tower in the upper left.

And if great art isn’t enough to get your attention, how about a FREE TEQUILA & WHISKEY TASTING by Koval Distillery Chicago?!

Be sure to get one of the limited edition FugScreen designs on the one-inch, 1.5-inch, and 2.25-inch art buttons, too.  Click here for more info about FugScreens!  As always, click here for Busy Beaver Button Co.