Button making parties!

We’ve got a lot of places and people that need buttons and we need help making them! We’ll be having weekly button making parties for at least the next month. The first one is tonight at the Georgetown Liquor Company. It was planned on short notice, but we hope some folks show up to help us get a big bunch of buttons made. The details are up at MYBO. If the event says it’s full, we may still be able to accommodate a few more people. Contact Jody to see about it. Bring scissors.

We’ll also be making buttons at the GLC on 10/2.

These two parties and all future ones at the Georgetown Liquor Company are 21 and over. However, we know some young people want to make buttons too. Therefore, we’re in the final stages of planning some all ages parties next door from the GLC at Stellar’s Pizza. Keep checking back here for info about those parties.

This Sunday we’ll be taking part in Buttonpalooza! This will be an all day button making extravaganza with our fellow Seattle button makers. You can sign up to make buttons for a shift, or if the slots are all full you can drop by to say hello and pick up a button or two for a $1 donation each.

In supplies news, thanks to all the donations coming in we’re now stocked with button parts for 10,000 buttons! Our printer has been buzzing almost non-stop printing out button artwork. We experimented this week with getting copies of the artwork made at Kinkos. Let’s just say it was an exercise in frustration and we’ll be sticking with our good old Epson Stylus Photo 820 printer, even though it’s a hungry ink beast.

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Hockey Moms For Obama & Yes We Can

Two new button templates posted tonight! As requested by actual hockey parents: Hockey Moms For Obama. You saw that coming didn’t you? Hockey moms across this country will love this.

The other new button template is a variation of our popular Washington State-based design series YES WA CAN which of course was a play on the YES WE CAN phrase. When we brought buttons to give out in Denver we had an assortment of the YES WA CAN buttons with us. People continually asked for them, not noticing that they said WA instead of WE. The people have spoken, they clearly wanted a selection of multicolored YES WE CAN buttons. We were asked last month to turn the YES WA CAN into a YES PA CAN design for Pennsylvania. We don’t plan on making many state-specific designs but it was somewhat easy to do and we all know how important Pennsylvania is so we were glad to help out!


Supplies purchase and Beth’s templates

We recently discovered Illinois button maker Beth McLennon now has a template download page on her website, Buttons For Barack! She makes 2.25 inch buttons and we’ve been honored to host some of her designs on our templates page. There’s a whole new bunch of her 2.25 inch designs on her site. Check it out!

Today we made our first purchases with the donations raised at the DNC in Denver. A hundred dollars of your button money bought two color and one black printer ink cartridges, and a 100 page pack of the Kodak glossy photo paper we use. That 100 page pack of paper will print out artwork for 3000 1.25inch buttons! Next week we’ll be purchasing button part supplies with the donations.

Jody has a lead on a used printer, the same model as we’re currently using for printing button artwork, an Epson Stylus Photo 820. Ours started acting a little “eccentric” before we left for Denver. It seems fine now, but we’re worried it’s maybe thinking about throwing in the towel right when we need it most. If this used one checks out fine we’ll be bringing it home for back up.

In other equipment malfunction news, we lost a crucial part to our graphics circle cutter–also right before we left for Denver. It fell out while the cutter was being moved from one room to another. Inexplicably, we can not find the part anywhere. We moved the cutter only 15 feet! We’re starting to think we may have to look into a replacement part. For now, we’ve rigged the cutter to work without the part, but it’s much, much slower. Ugh!


The DNC and Donations

Denver 2008

We must apologize for not announcing our recent trip to Denver and the DNC here before we left. We found out the Wednesday before the start of the convention that we had passes into the stadium event and had to scramble to make travel arrangements and get as many buttons as possible made to take with us. We were making buttons right up until we had to leave for the airport.

We had a fantastic time passing out buttons, attending various convention related events and of course getting to be there for Obama’s acceptance speech! Wow, what a special night that was, eh?! It’s taken us a week to recover and we’re slowly working on uploading tons of photos from the trip to flickr.

The other thing we didn’t get to announce before leaving was our new donate page. Buttons4Obama is now taking donations to fund our button making for the Fall campaign. We’ve tried funding it mostly out of pocket up until now, but our extra funds are quickly running out. If our efforts are something you’d like to contribute to, we invite you to check out the donate page. There’s several ways to contribute.

Jody passing out buttons outside the DNCTo that end, we decided to take a $1 suggested donation for our buttons while in Denver. We didn’t turn anyone away that wanted a button but didn’t have the cash, however, thanks to everyone that did donate we were able to raise $395! Thank you all so much!! We’ll update here about the specific supplies we end up spending your donations on. Above, that’s Jody in yellow passing out buttons outside one of the gates into the convention.

We took an estimated 1200 buttons to Denver. The few hundred we had left after the convention we took Colorado Springs Campaign Office Signdown to the Colorado Springs Obama campaign office while we were still in Colorado. We had a great visit with the folks there. They were hard at work late on a Saturday night preparing for the next day’s phone banking and voter registration activities. They explained to us they have a huge veteran population in Colorado Springs. The majority of their volunteers are vets and just that day they had 30 NEW vets come in wanting to volunteer!

They told us they could really use Veterans for Obama buttons. If you’re making or buying Veterans for Obama buttons send some their way care of their field organizer Nate Hundt. You can get their address here. I know they’d be very grateful for it. Keep up the great work Colorado Springs!


Obama Biden

You’ve received the text message, you’ve seen the joint speech, you’ve read the analysis of the choice,  and now what everyone has been waiting for… the button! We wasted no time and the 1.25 inch button design is available on the Templates page.


Forward

When I was in San Francisco a couple of months ago I got a chance to attend a big Obama event/party and met some cool artists doing Obama posters, stickers and shirts under the name of january20th2009. They make their artwork free to download via their flickr page. With their blessing I have worked on turning one of their designs [Forward] into a 1.25 inch button design which is available now on the templates page. I love the simplicity of this message: Forward!


Fellow Button Makers On MTV Think Video

Christy On MTV Think

Our fellow Seattle button makers Christy Cusick and Orion Anderson are featured in a video segment at MTV’s Think! Think is MTV’s Web 2.0 site that focuses on social issues and politics and somehow ties into their ongoing Choose Or Loose campaign. If you haven’t checked out Christy’s fund raising button sales on BarackObama.com do so now!