We have been making buttons for the fantastic folks at USC Canada and their I Am A Seed Saver Campaign for a while now and we love food, so we’re excited to tell you about the great work they are doing!
The I Am A Seed Saver Campaign is meant to #CelebrateSeeds, which are the foundation of our food system and are source of the rich and resilient biodiversity of what we eat.
USC Canada is working with family farmers in 11 countries around the world, including Canada, so they can continue saving good seeds and growing good food for their communities.
They have recruited some big name friends to support the campaign and be seed savers. Musicians Feist, Tim Baker of Hey Rosetta!, Jim Cuddy, Amy Millan of Stars, Ian Thornley of Big Wreck, Tim Kingsbury of Arcade Fire, Bruce Cockburn and Sam Roberts are all standing up for seeds. Go to iamaseedsaver.org to see what they have to say.
In addition to this great video, USC Canada’s awesome site is full of great information and resources. So take some time to look around and learn how you too can become a seed saver!
To keep up to date with USC Canada and the great work they are doing, you can also check them out on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
If you would like to nominate the good folks at USC Canada for the 2015 People Power Award, you can fill out the form here.
If you would like us to make custom buttons to support the work you do, give us a shout and we will walk you through the process – we can use your artwork or design something for you from scratch.
While the weather here in Toronto is still trying to make up its mind, we are thinking of all the Teaching Assistants from York University and the University of Toronto who have been outside on the picket lines daily for the past few weeks.
Education is so valuable! And we are pleased that buttons are helping these guys get that message out. :)
If you would like to show your support for TAs, you can find them online:
These buttons and cards were distributed at the convention that took place Feb. 18-19 in Niagara Falls, Ontario.
“We are hosting a market manager’s day and I’m quite certain the managers are going to love these buttons,” said Christine Scheer, a member of Farmers’ Markets Ontario and the farmers' market manager at London's Covent Garden Market. “What a great way to promote our markets.”
If you liked the Farmers’ Markets Ontario buttons and want some for your own market, you can order one of our market-friendly designs here!
Love farmers and the markets that support the great work they do,? You should seek out a market in your area.
Available in two shapes and three different styles to suit your taste, these fun and classy magnetic necklace pendants are a great way to show off your favourite button creations in new and original ways.
Designed to hold a 1" round or square flat back button, the pendants are made with super strong rare earth magnets that won't let go of your button until you want them to.
Infinitely customizable, you now have the greatest excuse to make all of the buttons you could ever want to wear and change up your look weekly, daily, hourly, or as often as you'd like! Without poking holes in your shirt! :)
Like a locket, button pendant necklaces make a meaningful personalized gift, arts and crafts project, or raffle giveaway.
Create and sell a series of interchangeable designs that people can buy together as a set or collect over time.
They can also be used as a unique and creative marketing tool. Above all else, they're a one of a kind accessory that will never get old.
Available individually or by the thousands (volume discounts apply).
The pendants for the necklaces are sold without chains so you can wear your design with a chain you already own or choose exactly the style you want. We have a few necklace chain styles in stock and are adding more. If you are looking for a chain style we don’t have, just let us know and we can likely get what you need!
Be sure to check in often to see what new style options we have. Stay tuned for customizable bracelets and other new items to be introduced in the coming weeks and months!
Are you holding an event and want to make buttons? It’s fun! And easier than you think! :)
We rent button makers in various shapes and sizes and have all the supplies you’ll need. We’ll even show you how the machine works before you leave the store : )
Not mechanically minded? Or maybe you need to focus your attention on other tasks? No problem! We also have an amazing events team who can run the button booth for you. Write them at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
Regardless of what you’re doing for Chinese New Year, we would love to see how you are celebrating!
Workshop West Playwrights' Theatre produces a festival every year called CANOE2015. #CANOE2015 runs from Jan. 28 to Feb. 2 and will be presenting some of the most ground-breaking theatrical events by local, national and international artists.
“Every January, Workshop West turns its word-based mandate upside down to program non-traditional theatre that pushes boundaries and buttons” says newly appointed Artistic Director Vern Thiessen. “It’s our chance to show people what kinds of theatrical experiments people are cooking up from around the world.”
Workshop West Playwrights' Theatre is an Edmonton-based professional theatre company. The company is dedicated to the development, production, promotion, and presentation of new Canadian playwrights and their plays, and to the education of the public in playwriting skills.
If you want to learn more about the CANOE2015 Festival, check out their site: www.canoe2015.com.
To find out more about the folks at Workshop West and all of the other great stuff they are up to, you can check out their website, follow them on Twitter and make friends with them on Facebook
Well, it’s that time of year again everyone! Haggis time!
January 25th is Robbie Burns Day. Burns was a Scottish poet and his birthday is a national holiday in Scotland and is celebrated by Scots and those with Scottish roots around the world. Traditions include reciting some of the bard’s beloved lines, raising a glass or two of whiskey, playing the bagpipes and eating the Scottish delicacy haggis. Haggis used to be made with sheep parts, but modern haggis usually is a variation of lamb, beef, oats, onion and seasonings. Vegan haggis is a thing too!
We might not be eating haggis here, but we did make a haggis button in honour of Burns. We made some with his poetry too. So come in to our Toronto shop, say “Hi”, and pick one up for free! : )