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IN HOUSE ART DEPARTMENT A BIG PLUS

One of the biggest assets of our company is our in-house art department which is available from 7:30 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday. Our artists prepare digital proofs throughout the day for all the orders that come in on a continuous basis. Even if your order comes in the same day that it needs to ship we will provide you a digital proof which is included in the setup. Our art dept is available to answer any questions you may have or can consult with you on your project. They can advise you on how to utilize our templates that are posted on our website if you are using one of the graphic programs such as in design, adobe illustrator or photoshop to name a few.

STRATEGIC SHIPPING DURING THE HOLIDAYS

I wanted to mention a few things about shipping during the holiday season. Please avoid waiting until the last minute to place your order. The normal transit times for UPS and USPS are a bit off this time of year, especially with UPS ground and even 3 day select. It seems that both carriers may tack on an extra day to deliver a package. Due to the Black friday and Cyber Monday shopping “spree”, carriers are trying to do a bit of catch up on all the packages that are in transit.

I had a package stuck on a trailer amidst a number of other trailers in VA and it was simply impossible to deliver these buttons before one of the college football games held this weekend. Not to worry.  I simply did a little research on another carrier who could deliver the goods, redid the order and shipped it via Fedex next day air Saturday delivery. Lo and behold, it made it on time. Keep in mind that it may be necessary to switch carriers depending on a number of situational factors.

Apparantly UPS air and intl air packages are guaranteed throughout the holiday season. UPS refers to this concept as the peak season service guarantee. All that means is that they will refund your money on shipping if they don’t honor their intended commitment. With that being said, this means that ONLY next day air and 2nd day air packages are affected. That leaves 3 day select (expedited ground) and ground packages out of the running for being guaranteed this time of year. So no refunds for these latter two methods of shipping.

In conclusion, please be patient with these carriers do to the package surge before the holidays. Even the UPS sales force must work at the hub this time of year. Everyone Loves Buttons is intimately familiar with transit times and is working hard to make sure you get your orders on time. We are spending extra time tracking packages after they leave our facility for added assurance that your buttons arrive promptly.

Happy Holidays from Everyone Loves Buttons

December is finally here which means it is the season of giving and getting. While it can be a hectic time of the year, it gives us the opportunity to spend time with  family and spread cheer. One of the ways of spreading cheer during the holidays is giving and wearing happy holidays buttons. It helps keep clothing festive while wishing everyone  a Happy Holiday. These buttons can also be placed on presents and in stockings very conveniently. You can even do a button exchange with your friends.

Christmas is nearly three weeks away and people are happily shopping and spending money a little more freely this time of year.  If you are a retail business owner, you may consider creating additional buzz about your holiday-themed products. It’s common to see employees wearing  buttons this time of year for advertising purposes. Buttons are often referred to as a good value walking billboard.

Everyone Loves Buttons has a lot of different products to choose from. We even have custom bottle openers for your holiday parts and magnets to accessorize your fridge. You can also get wearable button magnets for those who would prefer to avoid pinning a button on.  All of these products come in a variety of sizes and designs. It is all up to you and how creative you would like to be.

 

 

 

Congratulations Coach Mike Candrea on reaching 1,500 career wins at University of Arizona

The Arizona Wildcats softball coach had himself quite a successful weekend. Coach Mike Candrea not only became the fastest coach in NCAA softball history to reach 1,500 career wins, he became the fastest NCAA coach in any sport or division to accomplish that feat. It took just 1,882 games to get there.

As if that wasn’t good enough, the Wildcats swept the top ranked Washington Huskies in the process. Arizona is in the midst of a 32-1 season and is currently ranked in the top 4 in all major national polls.

We are especially excited about Arizona’s success this season, as our owner’s daughter, Tamara Statman, is one of the Wildcats’ starters as a sophomore.

Candrea is just six wins behind University of Michigan coach Carol Hutchins for the most wins in NCAA softball history. At the pace that the ‘Cats are on this season, it would be quite surprising if he wasn’t able to take the top spot in that category as well.

In honor of this incredible accomplishment, Everyone Loves Buttons decided to create some special Zipper Pulls for Coach Candrea and the Wildcat faithful.

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Entering 2017, the Wildcats had won eight national championships, reached the College World Series 21 times and produced 54 All-Americans including four National Players of the Year in 24 seasons under Coach Candrea.

Candrea’s accolades stretch beyond the NCAA, as he coached the USA Olympic team to a gold medal in 2004. That team is widely regarded as one of the most dominant Olympic teams of all time… in any sport. They were able to finish 9-0, while outscoring their opponents 51-1 in the process.

It is remarkable that the Arizona program has been able to sustain such success for decades. Since 1988, the Arizona Wildcats have won at least 33 games in every season, eclipsing the 50-win mark 17 times. It looks like they are well on their way to continuing that unprecedented run of success.

We can only hope that he will add another title to his amazing resume this season.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Order your holiday-themed buttons with us!

For one reason or another, everyone loves the holidays. Whether it’s the Christmas music, Easter brunch, dressing up for Halloween or going out for St. Patty’s Day; most people find a reason to celebrate all year long. So why not celebrate in style with your own custom buttons?

Do you own your own business? Are you and a group of friends going out together? Are you hosting a party?

No matter what the occasion is, Everyone Loves Buttons can create the perfect button for you.

Check out some of the St. Patrick’s Day buttons we made for our client Fox’s Orland Park Restaurant & Pub:

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Customer Spotlight: Ame Dyckman, Children’s Book Author

Everyone Loves Buttons is happy to be a part of the increasing success of children’s book author, Ame Dyckman. Just as everyone loves buttons, everyone also loves a good story, and who better to tell one than the upbeat, outgoing and colorful character that is Ame.

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From her vibrant hair color to her big-eared cat, Dyckman is quite the follow on Twitter as she spreads the word about her books and gives you a glimpse inside the adventure that is her life.

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Dyckman authored the New York Times BestsellerWolfie the Bunny.” Along with illustrator Zachariah OHora, Ame gives us a fun and fresh perspective on some very real life scenarios including adoption, stereotypes and sibling rivalry. This book is perfect for children and parents alike, and it displays a great message…that despite our differences, we are all one in the same.

“Wolfie the Bunny” racked up plenty of accolades including:

  • Parents Magazine Best Fictional Picture Book 2015
  • The Huffington Post Best Picture Books 2015
  • ASLC Notable Book for Children
  • School Library Journal Best of the Year
  • NYPL 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing
  • Wilde Award Best Picture Books Ages 4-8
  • A Bank Street College Best Children’s Book of 2016

 

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Dyckman and OHora followed up with “Horrible BEAR!” This book is a terrific display of friendship, something that will often test your patience, but through understanding and forgiveness, can be the most rewarding battle of your life.

The New York Times had some wonderful things to say about Dyckman and OHora’s follow up to “Wolfie the Bunny”:

“As fun as a theme park ride… Dyckman and OHora specialize in full-spectrum emotion and offbeat charm.”

 

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Ame’s latest book entitled “You DON’T Want a UNICORN!” is set to release on Valentine’s Day 2017. This time, she teamed up with the hilarious Liz Climo to inform all the younglings to be careful what you wish for. Unicorns may look pretty and majestic, but they are a whole lot to handle as a pet in this sure-to-be new hit.

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We look forward to continuing our professional relationship with Ame as she continues to produce tremendous stories for the youth of America. Everyone Loves Buttons is proud to support such a wonderful cause… child literacy and imagination!

If you are interested in purchasing buttons of your own, check out our website at custombuttons.com!

We were honored to produce the official buttons for the 58th Presidential Inauguration

After a wild presidential election, Donald J. Trump is ready to be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. The West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol will once again play host to the Inaugural Swearing-In Ceremony on January 20, 2017, but did you know that the National Mall is property of the National Park Service?

The National Mall, also known as “America’s Front Yard,” is the most visited national park in the United States. With the U.S. Capitol Building at one end and the Lincoln Memorial at the other, the National Mall is the National Park Service’s prized gem. The Washington Monument towers above some of the most iconic monuments and museums that America has to offer, creating a majestic surrounding for one of the most important ceremonies in the world.

Custombuttons.com by Everyone Loves Buttons® had the incredible honor of being asked to produce 75,000 buttons on behalf of the National Park Service for the Inauguration on Friday. As a small business and a member of American Made Matters, we are excited to help usher in the new Made-in-USA movement with our top-of-the-line pinback buttons that were manufactured at our production facility in Phoenix, Arizona.

Some of you may be wondering why it is the 58th Presidential Inauguration if Trump is being sworn in as the 45th President. The easy answer would be to say that even if a president is reelected, each time a president is voted into office, he is inaugurated for the upcoming term. Now, there have been 21 presidents that have served more than one term in office, which may make you wonder why the numbers don’t add up. That is because on nine different occasions, a president was inaugurated for a special circumstance including the passing or impeachment of their predecessor. Those kinds of situations are classified as “Extraordinary Inaugurations” and are not categorized with the others because the people did not vote the individual being inaugurated into office.

Remember, we are in this business because Everyone Loves Buttons!

5 ways buttons can help you bring in the New Year

As 2016 comes to an end, most of us are beginning to set our sights on 2017 and all that it entails. As we start to mark our new calendars with upcoming events, birthdays and other important dates, most of us keep thinking about how we can make this year better than the last. Whether it’s for personal or professional reasons, we all continuously look for the best way to bring in the New Year.

Well… look no further. Everyone Loves Buttons is here to help.

Here are five ways we might be able to help you bring in the New Year:

1) Promote a cause

Are you an individual that is trying to influence change? Is your business attempting to raise money for cancer research?

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No matter the cause, our variety of promotional products can help you spread the message.

2) Promote your business or organization

Maybe you’re a small business trying to get your name out there or maybe you’re a part of an organization that is unveiling a new logo.

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Whatever it is, we provide the perfect medium for you and your team to gain some extra exposure in 2017. You can create a fun, new design to spice up your buttons, or our in-house art department can help create one for you. Either way, we can help you take the next step to becoming a household name.

3) Celebrate or recognize someone

Do you have a fellow coworker retiring this year? Maybe you have a special birthday or work accomplishment in the office.

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We can put their face on a button! Everyone loves to gain recognition, and what better way to show your appreciation for someone than to show them off to everyone at work.

4) Promote an event

Do you have an annual golf outing coming up? Are you attending an important conference in 2017?

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Sure, you can hang up flyers throughout the office or in the windows of local businesses. Or you can give everyone a stylish button or zipper pull that can be attached to clothing, backpacks, purses, and more allowing the memories of your wonderful event to carry on long after it’s done.

5) Strengthen office comradery

Maybe you want to rally the troops at the office or lighten the mood in the break room.

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Our mylar-covered buttons allow for an interactive experience. You can take a stroll through time and vote for office superlatives (minus the lettermen’s jackets) to get some laughs at work. You might also want to celebrate the turning of the page by having everyone write their New Year’s resolutions on a button in an effort to help each other reach their goals.

Our fast track services allow us to meet any deadline, so no matter if you need them in a month or a day, we are the right company for the job. Whatever your plans are for 2017, Everyone Loves Buttons has a way to help you get there.

Go to custombuttons.com to see our variety of different products including pinback buttons, wearable magnetic buttons, zipper pulls, fridge magnets and more.

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Everyone Loves Buttons is a nationally certified woman-owned business that provides only American-made products manufactured at our production facility in Phoenix, Arizona.

Customer Spotlight: MTSU Alumni Association

Murfreesboro, a small city 40 miles southeast of Nashville, is home to the second largest university in Tennessee. Middle Tennessee State University was established in 1911 and has become one of the most prestigious higher education institutions in the southeast.

We wanted to shed some light on one our many valued customers, the MTSU Alumni Association. This organization has been doing some terrific things to connect the university’s rich history of alumni with its current crop of young college students.

The MTSU Alumni Association holds a number of events for Blue Raiders of all ages to attend. Some of these events include their alumni summer colleges and spring weekends, where alumni can attend workshop activities to further their education in a fun and friendly environment. There are also watching events hosted by the Alumni Association for MTSU sporting events.

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There is also a Young Alumni Group comprised of former Blue Raiders ages 35 or younger. Their goal is to help the new age of MTSU graduates find careers, connect with other alumni and become an important part of the MTSU community.

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Feel free to visit the Middle Tennessee State Alumni website to find out how you can become a part of the Blue Raider family. While you’re there, check out the many services they provide including career services, finding fellow classmates and opportunities to donate to the university itself.

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You can also order MTSU gear and commencement DVDs, get a replacement diploma, look through their virtual yearbooks, check out all the alumni discounts that are available and much more.

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You can find them on Twitter at @MTAlumni and Facebook at @mtsualumni.

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For all alumni and parents of alumni, you can snap a picture of yourself wearing your MTSU button and tweet it at @LuvMyButtons with #LuvMyButtons for a discount on your next button order.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month is right around the corner!

As a nationally certified woman-owned business, Everyone Loves Buttons would like to share some statistics about breast cancer in preparation for Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October.

According to breastcancer.org, about 1 in every 8 (12%) women develop breast cancer at some point throughout their lifetime. It is not limited to women, but it is a much more common occurrence among the female gender. In America, breast cancer ranks second behind only a couple forms of skin cancer as the most commonly diagnosed cancer among women. Aside from lung cancer, breast cancer death rates are higher than any other cancer among women in the United States.

Needless to say, breast cancer is a big deal in the U.S. and across the world. The problem is that most people aren’t educated enough on the matter, which prevents those individuals from detecting the disease early on causing the cancer to spread prior to diagnosis. This is why October is so important in terms of spreading the word about breast cancer.

In today’s day and age, it is much easier to spread awareness with the likes of the Internet and more specifically social media. As for breast cancer awareness, the pink movement has been expanding over the last few decades. All of your favorite NFL players sport their hot pink cleats, gloves, socks, and towels throughout the month of October to help raise awareness about the disease. DeAngelo Williams, running back for the Pittsburgh Steelers, even dies some of his braids pink for the entirety of the NFL season in support of his mother’s battle with breast cancer.

There is always more that we can do to combat an illness like cancer, but the little things like wearing pink and supporting the fight can help build the foundation for a better tomorrow.

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Did you or a loved one beat cancer? Customize your own button to celebrate the triumphant victory. Is a coach or player going through the fight? Create your own custom Zipper Pull® to clip to your team jackets, backpacks or gym bags. Our Zipper Pulls® now include the option of a custom hot pink Versa Back®, which is the back of the Zipper Pull®, to help tie the Breast Cancer Awareness theme together. We also create custom car magnets, fridge magnets, bumper stickers, and more.

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So whether you have family that has been through the fight, friends battling the disease or you yourself have been affected by breast cancer, there is always something we can do to spread awareness.