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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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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!

custom buttonsOrder now and get $10 off your order of 500 Speckletone buttons or more. Just use coupon code CAMPBUSYBEAVER at checkout.

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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

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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Giant Robot and Busy Beaver Button Co. are proud to present “Make a Button Evening” with button maker and head Busy Beaver, Christen Carter.

giant robot eventCarter will be hand cranking 2.25-inch buttons free for the public this Thursday, June 9, 6-8 pm, at the Giant Robot Los Angeles location. Stop by, say hello, and bring home your own custom button!

Interested in hiring Busy Beaver for a button making event? Email

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.

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

More info: Go to

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

More info: Go to

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

Need buttons for your camp? Shop now at

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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Did you know every button made by Busy Beaver Button Co. automatically gains entry into the Busy Beaver Button Museum? Check out all of the camps that have buttoned up with Busy Beaver over the past 15 years:

Custom ButtonsBecome part of history! Place your button order now with Busy Beaver Button Co.

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