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"I thought of that while riding my bicycle." ~ Albert Einstein on the Theory of Relativity

National Bike day is May 26th, 2014.    About 50% of our staff cycles to work daily, some all year round.  We're really into biking here so of course we wanted to celebrate Bike day, Bike month and ride your bike to work day with custom bike buttons as our button of the week.   In our online collection we have additional transportation buttons, or talk to us about making a custom bike button for your event.

Some awesome Toronto Cycling communities have more information on Bike Day 2014 and Cycling in Toronto:

CycleTO is kicking off Bike Month with a bike to work group commute and pancake breakfast at Nathan Philips Square, and other events throughout the GTA can be viewed at bike month.

Our friends at Community Bicycle Network are a registered non-profit organization founded in 1993 on the belief that bicycles are a powerful tool for positive change.  We agree! 

 Custom bike buttons

"The bicycle is the most civilized conveyance known to man. Other forms of transport grow daily more nightmarish. Only the bicycle remains pure in heart."

Iris Murdoch, writer (1919-1999) 

"Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race."
H.G. Wells

"When the spirits are low, when the day appears dark, when work becomes monotonous, when hope seems hardly worth having, just mount a bicycle and go out for a good spin down the road, without thought of anything but the ride you are taking."
Arthur Conan Doyle

HAPPY BIKING!!!

And for more awesome bike buttons, visit our Pinterest board!

Happy Victoria Day!  Or May 2-4 :-) as it's affectionately known. 

We will be closed on the holiday Monday- May 19, 2014, so take the day off from button making, kick back, and celebrate with Queen Victoria and a beer and go see some fireworks!

Queen victoria with a beer magnet 

 Our custom buttons of the week are Queen Victoria buttons and are available for free at the shop this week.

More fireworks button

Victoria Day Buttons

Cherry blossoms have begun to open!  My favorite time of year and just steps from our office.  You can track the progress of the blooms in High Park.   Also, according to the High Park site, the Toronto Islands also have 30 Cherry blossom trees on Centre Island! 

According to updates, they have started to bloom, with full bloom in the next few days.  But be sure to hurry before it rains!

 Cherry Blossoms in High Park, Toronto

To celebrate Sakura- we're giving away cherry blossom buttons as our button of the week!  Come in and get a free sakura button :-)

 

 

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!

 

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