November 2008 Hot Button Winners

Congrats to our
November Hot Button of the Month Winner!

November's Hot Button of the Month Contest Winner is…Nornie Walsh from Syracuse, NY. Nornie's "Adoption ~ Love" button shows how buttons can be used to raise awareness and celebrate at the same time!

Nornie works with the Onondaga County Courthouse and the court system celebrates National Adoption Day in November to raise awareness of children in need of a home and family, especially those children placed in foster care. For the entire month, a "Heart Gallery" of photos of pre-teens and teens who are in foster care and have been freed for adoption is on display at the courthouse.

On National Adoption Day, a ceremony is held with speakers and special guests, and then official adoptions take place (this year 37 adoptions were celebrated). Each person who attends or is part of the ceremony - 250+ people - receives a button to wear to help promote a simple but strong message: Adoption ~ Love.

As the Hot Button of the Month winner, Nornie received a $100 Badge-A-Minit gift certificate.
Five original buttons have been awarded the title of Badge-A-Minit November 2008 Hot Button! This month's entries contained lots of upbeat political buttons heralding the new U.S. president-elect - it was very hard to hard to choose among them! Other button topics ranged from pretty designs to costumed kids to support of good causes. Hope you enjoy viewing the winners! Winners receive a coupon for 10% off their next purchase at

If you're designing buttons, we want to hear from you! Please take a few minutes and enter our December contest. This is the time of year for holiday buttons and holiday causes and holiday gifts - and we have a lot of fun seeing all of the unique ways you're using your buttons!

As always, we LOVE to hear from you and look forward to sharing your masterpieces with the Badge-A-Minit family!

President Obama
Sean Brehmer of Ann Arbor, MI, is one of many who designed a button to celebrate the upcoming inauguration of Senator Barack Obama as the United States' 44th President. Sean made 150 of these buttons to sell - and sold out in just a few hours!
I Voted for Caleb's Sake!
Who can resist this smile?? LaShawn Gray from Chesapeake, VA, submitted this button, noting that its original purpose was to encourage people to vote. We think is also symbolizes the hope for the future!
Great Day!
Michael Baish of Ballston Lake, NY, works in a special education class. When one of the kids in the class has a "great day," they get to either make a button or choose a ready-made button from the class prize box. The submitted button is one of the "ready-made" ones - featuring the kids in their Halloween costumes. "This has been a great thing for our class! The kids really try to be on their best behavior now, because they all want to get a new button," said Michael. "They always seem to want a new button, though!"
Environment Club
Nivea Nicolas from Wellington, New Zealand, submitted this environmentally friendly button design, which is used by the Environmental Club at Wellington Girls College to encourage people to look after the environment in their community. "The students enjoy wearing the buttons to show their interest in the environment," said Nivea.
Bat Baby Art Promo
This pretty button was submitted by Cara Sheppard of Bat Baby Design in Vancouver, Canada. Cara designed several button to promote her design/illustration business - this one features a custom illustration of a stylized chrysanthemum. "I put the buttons on a card with my name and website, and give them to clients," said Cara. "My clients have been wearing them, and it makes it easier for them to give referrals to my business." Not only are the buttons selling online, but Cara now sells the buttons at a local art gallery's gift shop!