December 2009 Hot Button Winners

Congrats to our
December 2009 Hot Button of the Month Winner!

December's Hot Button of the Month Contest Winner is…Ginny Murphy from Talk-To-Me Tees in Carmi, IL. Ginny's "It's a White County Christmas" buttons were used to promote the community's holiday festival and to encourage people to holiday shop at hometown retailers. "The original black-and-white logo was designed by a Carmi High School student - and I was asked to make it into a commemorative button to be sold at the festival," said Ginny. "Going one step further, I came up with a comparable 'sponsor' button for contributing business owners to wear all week to promote the event, plus a matching 'sponsor' window cling for dispay in their shop windows and on their vehicles."

Ginny notes that the festival was a great success this year, and the Chamber has already asked her to work on a new design for next year's buttons.

As the Hot Button of the Month winner, Kim received a $100 Badge-A-Minit gift certificate. So she can get a head start on all those buttons!
This month's entries highlighted the holidays and all the ways you can use buttons to help celebrate, along with buttons used for having fun! Congratulations to all of our Hot Button designers! And if you entered, but didn't win, please - try, try again!

Looking ahead to the new year (can you believe it's 2010? It seems like only yesterday we were worried about what would happen when the clock struck 2000!), there are all sorts of opportunities for making money and expressing your creativity with buttons. Photos, hand-drawn art, pieces of fabric - all make great buttons! As always, button possibilities are endless!

As you make those unique buttons, don't forget to share! Keep those entries coming in! You could be one of our next winners! Remember, the more unusual, the better! Each Hot Button winner receives a coupon for 10% off their next purchase at
Pam Burke, a high school math teacher in Potosi, MO submitted this cute interpretation of Santa's "Ho, ho, ho!" "I wanted to bring a bit of fun to my math classes," said Pam. This button certainly helped students see the humor in math!
Bah Humbug
Joe Liotta from Joe Liotta Art & Design in Bayside, NY, made this button for an acquaintance who sold holiday ornaments and wanted a humorous button to wear while doing so. "The client was pleased," said Joe. "And others found the button hilarious!" We want to note that Joe isn't totally a "bah humbug" guy - he also produced a variety of other buttons with a more traditional, happy holiday feel!
Home in San Francisco
Marilyn Lavins from Philadephia, PA submitted this button that she made from a photo of her daughter Jennifer's home while visiting her in San Francisco during the holidays. Jennifer, an electrical engineer, renovated the home by herself. "The button is a portrait of a very dynamic woman who ventured out to seek her fortune...and found more than she had ever dreamed of," said Marilyn.
Geo Caching Signature Items
The popularity of Geo Caching is growing - and so is the use of a button to commemorate the find. Dean French from Denton, TX, produces a signature button to put into his cache for people to find. He generally makes about 100 of a design - and changes the design when those are gone. People collect the buttons or used them to trade with others.