Happy Holiday Weekend from PinMart!

Ah, the obligatory 4th of July blog post! I don’t say that grudgingly, as this is one of my absolute favorite holidays, especially as I get older. It’s an opportunity to celebrate family, friends, and community, as well as our country and all it stands for. When I was a kid it was mostly about the fireworks, and the excitement around the subsequent landscape or siding damage that inevitably occurred. Now the fireworks are still wonderful, but the social aspect with friends and family is just as much fun. Continue reading

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Souvenir Pins Are Great Travel Companions

Road trip season is here! And “road trip” can mean literally putting rubber to the road and exploring our great country the old fashioned way. Or it can mean jumping an airplane to explore parts unknown in the USA or around the world. Summer is a great time to go exploring, no matter how you do it. And one of the best parts of “road trips” is the mementos that you bring back from your journeys. Souvenir pins are proving to be a popular choice this year. Continue reading

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Custom Lapel Pins Are Going Viral

It’s safe to say that lapel pins are taking over the internet. With marketplaces like Etsy out there, and web savvy people who know how to create their own website storefronts, combined with companies like PinMart who will create (just about) any thing your heart desires, the possibilities are endless. And I cannot tell you how cool it feels to go on something like Instagram or Buzzfeed and see content featuring custom lapel pins that I’ve personally had a hand in: it’s seeing a little bit of you stretching out across the world and make it a bit more colorful, unique, and edgy. Continue reading

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Safety is big business

There’s one thing I know is true-well, two if you count always listening to your mother-and that’s that safety matters. Safety first. Safety is job one. There are a thousand slogans about safety and its importance at home, at school, especially in the workplace. ┬áSome are cheesy, others are clever, but all are correct. Our lives are one big spin of the danger roulette wheel without precautions and safety protocols. Continue reading

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How aware are you about allergies?

It’s safe to say that in our connected, content-driven 21st century world that we’re very “aware”. Social media keeps us up on our third cousin twice removed and their upcoming birthday, while 24 hour news makes sure we know every terrible thing a politician says about another politician. We almost can’t avoid this awareness. But something that sometimes gets overlooked, or at least under recognized, are food allergies. This month is designated National Food Allergies Awareness month, and I think it’s probably one of the more informative awareness campaigns out there, and wearing things like awareness ribbon lapel pins is a great way to start important conversations. Continue reading

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Lapel Pins Fit For A King… THE King

I think this story is pretty cool. Not often in my job do I get to claim that what I do is in any way tied to rock and roll royalty, much less the King himself. But this morning an article found its way into my inbox that I thought was really unique.. Continue reading

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Dancing with Autism Lapel Pins

Dancing with the stars is the kind of reality TV I can actually get into. I’m rooting not just for the novice dancers and their journey towards gracefulness, but also for the professional dancers and their ability to take someone with little to no ability into a rough approximation of Ginger Rogers or Fred Astaire. They need to be able to teach anyone, from the body conscious to the overly confident, all while cameras are rolling and capturing their every exasperated sigh and exalted cheer. It’s genuinely inspiring. Continue reading

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National Doctor’s Day is Near

Next Wednesday is National Doctor’s Day. I admit I wouldn’t have known this except for the fact that our stethoscope lapel pins have been backordered since way early in the month and that seemed odd, so I did some digging. Turns out National Doctor’s day has been around for about 80 years but only became a nationally recognized day in 1990. And personally I can’t think of many occupations that deserve more thanks than doctors. Continue reading

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Like Australian Marmite? There are lapel pins for that.

So I ask you, which is better: to be mainstream trendy or hipster/indie cool? Personally I think it’s great to be either, and to just appreciate whoever it is that embraces you. I’ve seen a shift in custom lapel pins towards the quirky, the proud, and the unique, on social media and on websites like Etsy and Ebay. Individuals are coming to me to make lapel pins that speak for them, instead of waiting for someone else to do it for them. There was even an article recently discussing this, and I think it’s spot on. Continue reading

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Jedi Mind Trick? Nope, just your run of the mill glucose-sniffing dog!

I read an amazing article today about a little boy and his dog. Sounds like your typical idyllic childhood, doesn’t it? Unfortunately it isn’t quite that simple. This little boy’s dog is not only his best friend, but he’s also been trained to help monitor his blood glucose. Luke, the little boy, has type 1 diabetes and has since he was about 2 years old. His blood glucose levels fluctuate so wildly that he’s often woken up at regular intervals in the night to take glucose tablets. And then there’s Jedi, his trusty canine companion and living, breathing glucose monitor. Continue reading

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