It’s the most wonderful time of the year. And here at ButtonChops we really do believe that. We love Christmas, in fact we could probably out-Elf Elf when it comes to all things Santa.
Snowman badge available
Rudolph badge available
Angel badge available
As part of our Christmas designs this year, we have introduced a range of personalised Christmas pinback badges. They are a whopping 3” (77mm) in diameter and come in a variety of styles which can be customised with your own short personal message. Each badge comes in it’s own drawstring pouch, so it is completely ready to pop into a Christmas stocking or Christmas Eve Box.
Our last recommended order dates are:
Australia and New Zealand 5th December
USA and Canada 10th December
Europe 11th December
UK 18th December
So why not pop over to our shop on Etsy and have a little peek. We’d love to help spread some Christmas cheer.
Every couple of months we have a little bit of fun with a feature called: ‘Who wears it better?’ – where we compare a couple of examples of how to look stylish in a pinback badge.
First up in this month’s battle of the pins is the late, great George Harrison. Now I have to own up, I loved George – he was my favourite Beatle back in the day, so I may be ever so slightly one-sided here. But I digress – George is looking totally gorgeous and totally on fleek 1970s in this photo (taken in 1974). The badge is a little oversized: big enough to see the illustration, but not too big that you look like you’ve just left a toddler’s birthday party. Personally, I would have stopped with just the 1 badge, but he is George – so he can do no wrong. OK, yep that was a teensy weensy bit bias.
Next up is the Secretary of State for Health, The Right Honourable Jeremy Hunt MP. Here we see Jezza unfortunately looking like he’s sat on an open pinback just as the camera
clicked. (Oops, don’t worry Jez – we’ve all been there). Jeremy is wearing his official NHS pin – although at first glance I thought it said MI5 for a minute (but then I do need new glasses). And therein lies heart of the problem – the size on the badge. Basically it’s just too small. Now I realise it isn’t Jeremy’s fault – after all, this is the official pin and he is obliged to wear it, but it is something to bear in mind.
Whilst a badge which is too large can look childish and attention grabbing, a miniature version can be just as off-putting. No-one wants to get up that close and personal to read a tiny pin (and especially when it’s stuck onto a politician). Not only do you get the message, you may well get to know what they had for lunch into the bargain.
Sorry Jeremy, but George is the runaway winner here. Got it right on all fronts (see what I did there?). Tiny badges are not the way to go: no-one wants to get within 10cm of your heaving chest or smell the pickled egg sandwich you had an hour ago. And personal space is well… such a personal thing. So well done George! (from a totally unbiased panel of 1 judge).
It’s October already (where has this year gone?) and here at ButtonChops we’re definitely feeling the nip in the air. We’ve dug out the jumpers, the logs for the fire
have been delivered and carefully piled up in the log shed (thanks OH) and, after much nagging from teen daughter, the heating has finally been switched ON (double thanks OH)…
We’ve also been preparing for Halloween (and even …. shhh, whispers…. Christmas! Too soon?) Teen daughter loves Halloween. Hmm…whenever did that sweet little girl who used to dance around in fairy wings turn into a zombie, vampirette with attitude? Does this transformation come free with every adolescent gene purchased?
We know a lot of kids love to dress up at this time of the year and Halloween is becoming bigger than ever over here in the UK. So we’ve come up with some cute(ish)Fancy Dress Award badges for different costumes. They can also be customised with your own message or mix and matched at no extra cost – just let us know. At 3” (77mm) diameter they are the biggest badge we do and we think they’ll make a great addition to any Halloween Party.
A lot of people may not know this, but today is National Endangered Species Day (19th May 2017). And as I have watched the goings-on in the world news this week, it got me thinking – if we don’t begin to pull our socks up soon – OUR species will be in danger, just as much as the humpback whale or the grey wolf. So maybe we should send a message to a few world leaders and tell them all to pipe down a bit.
So, put down your mother of all bombs and pick up your mother of all teapots. You know it makes sense…..
** You can find out more about Endangered Species Day and what we can do to help HERE**
Today’s badge has been inspired by the superwoman that is Serena Williams. Her brilliant reply to racist remarks made about her pregnancy was just as formidable as her performance on the tennis courts.
Well, this has been a looooong week. Juggling home stuff and badge stuff – supporting teenager meltdown over school vaccinations, getting orders out to Australia and USA, preparing for fast- approaching teenager birthday (assuming her arm doesn’t fall off from the vaccination – joke), designing, making and photographing new stuff, hospital appointments, 2 school trips to the theatre (luckily teen’s arm is still intact), fulfilling orders to Germany and Belgium….
STOP. I need a coffee. Probably more than one. Tell you what, just line them up, I’ll tell you when…