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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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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:

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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 or

Summer camp isn’t just for the kids anymore! Check out Busy Beaver‘s top three choices for adult summer camps (and the appropriate custom camp button).

Champ Camp

Forget Nessie! The States has its own lake monster and the folks at Believe It Tour have developed a whole camp around its legend. Nicknamed “Champ,” the elusive cryptid allegedly resides in Lake Champlain, a freshwater lake on the border of New York, Vermont, and Canada. Campers use high tech underwater audio and video equipment to search for evidence of Champ’s existence. Non monster related activities include water ecology workshops, nature hikes, and the standard campfire cookout.
When: August 12-14
Where: Button Bay State Park (love the name!), Vermont
Attending: Cryptozoologists, mystery solving teens, talking Great Danes
Unofficial Camp Button:

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artwork courtesy of OhNo!Doom

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Spy Camp

Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to become the true weekend warrior. Spend your hard earned vacation time learning 21st-century espionage techniques in the Arizona desert. From evasive driving skills to how to plan and execute a full scale hostage rescue mission, you’ll learn it all from former Green Berets and ex-CIA operatives. This message will self-destruct in five seconds. Good luck.
When: weekends throughout the year
Where: Tucson, Arizona
Attending: Fans of True Lies, owners of “Federal Body Inspector” t-shirts
Unofficial Camp Button:

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currently available for sale on ebay

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Sierra Nevada Beer Camp

Imagine Willy Wonka with pale ale instead of chocolate and you’ve got the gist of the drool-inducing weekend that is the Sierra Nevada Beer Camp. The camp is only open to a select few— the “golden ticket” holders who gain entrance by winning a video essay contest. But once in, campers get the run of the facilities— activities include an in-depth tour of the bottling line and hop rooms, a meeting with the brew masters, and, of course, brewing.

When: August – September, by invitation only
Where: Chico, CA
Attending: Everyone (it’s beer)
Unofficial Camp Button:

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artwork courtesy of Revolution Brewing

More info: Go to

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You’ve probably seen these funky little graphics showing up in magazines, billboards, and even on custom buttons over the last couple of years. But what the heck are they?
custom buttonThose are QR codes (quick response codes) and they’ve become one of the newest marketing trends in the United States. Like barcodes, QR codes are encoded with information. Scan the graphic with your smartphone and you’ll immediately be linked to a website or data like a virtual business card pops up. Being a relatively low cost marketing tool, many companies have recently been adding QR codes to their advertising.

Want to take advantage of this new marketing tactic but don’t know how? Contact and we’ll customize a QR code for you to use on 1-inch square, 1.5-inch square, or 2-inch square buttons.

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Seth Godin, the title of your new business manifesto is just downright naughty. Poke the Box? Oh my! You make a southern gal blush!
Poke the Box is the first title from Seth Grodin’s new publishing venture, The Domino Project. Powered by Amazon, The Domino Project will “simultaneously publish in Kindle, audiobook and hardcover format in every country where Amazon has a presence.” Grodin’s fresh approach to production and distribution might just be what saves the struggling industry book publishing industrythat, and of course, creative marketing with 1-inch square buttons.

Poke the Box is now available on To get your own creative marketing campaign going, shop now at