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world's best mom button

 

Want to show your mom that she's the greatest?   You can make her a custom mother's day button!  Don't have a button maker?  All buttons are for sale in our store, come on by and pick one up!

Or really go fancy with a rosette.   To make a rosette you need a button maker and prong back button parts: a shell, mylar, a prong back and a plastic back pin-back.  We can also make custom buttons with rosettes in the shop.  

We also have a more gender neutral button that can be appropriate for alternative families.  

 

So, here we go.  The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics are about to start.  Button orders have been rolling in. 

What are your thoughts and beliefs on the 2014 Winter Olympics?  Boycotting the whole thing? 

Sochi Winter Olympics buttons

Supporting our athletes with Team Canada buttons because they have spent a lifetime preparing for this moment, and they deserve our support?

 

Custom Team Canada buttons

  Boycotting the corporate sponsors who have refused to acknowledge the situation in Sochi and showing disregard for human rights? 

 


Or joining celebrated world authors protesting against Putin including Margaret Atwood on her participation on an open letter to Putin

 Margaret Atwood

 

There are so many things to comment on with the Winter Olympics. 

Our button gallery also has a selection of queer and maple leaf buttons available.  You can also take an existing design and add your own message to the button.   

Tell Putin and the world what you think about Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics with a custom button!

 

In the summer of 2012, Blok Design took over Yonge and Dundas square in Toronto. They created a a button installation of 31,000 buttons, over 30 ft long to bring awareness to the Not Myself Today” Campaign  for Partners for Mental Health an organization dedicated to transforming mental health in Canada.

The installation was intended to draw people into a conversation about mental health by encouraging people to select buttons directly off the wall, describing various moods.  Buttons ranged in emotions-'up, moody, wired, edgy' etc. 

 


 

Mental Health Campaign Buttons

 

As well as being brilliant and effective, these mental health campaign buttons looked extremely cool!  What a fantastic idea.


Mental health Button Campaign

Add a festive touch to your celebration with these glittery New Year's buttons! 

2014 New year's magnets and buttons

 

The sparkly buttons are made by printing the text directly on a sheet of mylar, being see-through, you can use any shiny paper you'd like underneath.  Another great option to recycle wrapping paper. 

Don't want to pin on to your clothing?  Use a rare earth magnet back and a flat back on your button, and no holes in your fancy clothes! 

 New Year's buttons

 

Let our New Year's resolution be this: we will be there for one another as fellow members of humanity, in the finest sense of the word Goran Persson

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

 

Have a button maker?  Why not start a new tradition and make some fancy button ornaments over the holidays? A great way to recycle some pretty wrapping paper and easy to make. 

These ornaments pictured are made using a 1.75" button maker with a keychain back, chain tabs (without the chain), some metallic wrapping paper and a light mesh wrapping paper.   The image is printed on Dura-lar (available through our store) instead of paper.  

 

 Christmas button ornament with Duralar

 

Christmas button ornament with Duralar

What you need:

 

Shell and keychain backs

Chain tabs

Your design, or paper

Ornament hook

 

The other way to make Christmas ornaments is covered here

 

Santa Christmas ornament with button maker

This weekend we're super excited to have a booth at Comicon Toronto where we will have a photo booth for portraits, and be creating custom buttons for you, on the spot. 

Comicon is at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (South Building) on Sunday, December 15th, 2013 from 11am to 5pm.  It's a special holiday edition of Toronto Comicon / AnimCon. Admission is only $10 at the door and that gets you into BOTH events! Two Show for the price of one! Kids 12 and under are FREE with paying adult.

Our team will have various sizes of custom buttons for you to make, as large as 6" buttons for photos.  We will also have our gumball vending machines for buttons, and button makers of all sizes.   (If you are behind on your Christmas shopping, pick up a button maker for someone you love!)

Here we were this past summer at Fan Expo, and if that was any indication, this weekend should be a blast.    We'll have a similar set up, and a photo booth! Event photos of Comicon to follow...

Fan Expo

 Button making at Fan Expo

 

 Come by and say hi, get a photo taken, and get your art on!

Our friends at Community Bicycle Network are celebrating their 20th year!   Congratulations on your awesome, award winning service!!! 

Their vision is:

  • bicycles are used to experience everyday life
  • bicycles, parts & accessories can be purchased affordably without sales tax, encouraging sustainable mobility
  • used bicycles can be repaired, resold and re-used or striped for parts and recycled in an environmentally-friendly manner

Come help them celebrate 20 years on Friday, December 6th at 8:00pm at 761 Queen Street West in Toronto!

 

Community Bicycle Network 20th anniversaryPreview blog post

 Or you can support CBN by donating online.

 

Here's to another 20 years!  And if you're at their anniversary party, you can get one these snazzy buttons! 

Community Bicycle Network 20th anniversary

I want to ride my bicycle!

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