I’ve been trying to make a video, these are SO amazingly awesome! Thanks to those who submitted phrases and ideas for our button contest, these cracked us up the most. Busy Beaver Buttons did an amazing job making these super-glittery, too!

Now shipping with all orders, you’ll get one at random as long as your order is in a padded mailer. OR, if you can’t stand it, you can purchase a set of all four for your very own!

Button Design Contest!

* I’ve extended the contest dates – see below!

I want to make some fun new holiday buttons to put in outgoing orders this year and I need your design help! The winner will receive one promo code to spend up to $100* on our site for yourself or those on your gift list.

*Prizes will be: ONE $100 promo code for the best artwork submitted; TWO $50 promo codes for my next two favorites. PLUS we’ll put your name in the text on the back rim of the button! You will also receive 10 of your winning, finished buttons when we receive the final order.

Here’s how to win:

- Go to Busy Beaver Buttons and decide which button size and shape you like. Since it would be difficult to provide you with high-resolution images of everything on our site, you may submit your design/s in 72dpi resolution and we’ll make the actual high-res art happen. If you use or create any graphics that aren’t from our site we will need the high-res (300dpi) artwork to complete the final design, so please keep that in mind. If you have no idea what the hell I’m talking about, don’t be discouraged! I’ll accept sketched-out doodles as well, it’s really all about fresh ideas!

- The button must have “” somewhere on the front side. Artwork should use one of our logos or some of our cross stitch, but feel free to use other elements. Button will be printed in full color.

- Button can be holiday themed or for any time of the year — I need good designs all the time, as I almost always send out buttons with orders.

- Submissions should be sent via email to no later than Wednesday, October 30th at 12:00 midnight Pacific Time.

Are you inspired yet? Get to it! I need you!! Let me know if you have any questions. If you win, I will contact you directly by November 5th. Winning buttons will be presented during November once the buttons are produced - here and on social media - see links at right. 

Fine print: By submitting artwork for this contest, you agree to grant use of winning artwork to Subversive Cross Stitch through December 31, 2014 for the purpose of promotional buttons only. Any submitted artwork that does not win the top prizes will not be used by Subversive Cross Stitch.

And The Winners Are…

Okay, after MUCH deliberation and input from a few trusted friends, here are the winners of the caption contest (I could not possibly choose just one). These will all be coming soon!!

In THIRD PLACE, we have a tie between two submitters and four phrases—I’m thinking this will be a series of Great Quotations ($15 gift certificate to each submitter):

“Too fucking busy, too busy fucking.” [Dorothy Parker] from Diane

“An apple a day keeps anyone away if you throw it hard enough.” [Stephen Colbert] from April

“You have delighted us long enough.” [Jane Austen] from April

“The world is a stage, but the play is badly cast.” [Oscar Wilde] from April

In SECOND place, we have a tie between two submitters and two phrases I just have to see realized in cross stitch ($25 gift certificate to each submitter):

“I wish I were a unicorn so I could stab all the useless people with my head.” (from Nysa)

“When work feels overwhelming, remember that you’re going to die.” (from Sarah)

And in FIRST PLACE, the Grand Supreme Full Glitz Queen Champion winner of the $50 gift certificate!):


(you know I mean that in a super positive celebratory way, right?)

Also, a Special Award goes to Eileen, a middle school teacher in a rough part of Chicago who sent several gems from the mouths of her students including “Shut up talking to me!” We all liked this so much that we’re planning to work on a series with her if she’ll have us. Stay tuned!

Honorable mentions:

“You can’t leave early if you don’t come in late.” (Julie)

“”If the world didn’t suck, we’d all fall off.” (Joan)

Thanks so much to ALL of you for taking the time to send in your ideas and for making me laugh all weekend! I’m definitely going to do this again. And let me know if you have any ideas for other contests or things you’d like to see happen around here. You are my fuel!

I will be in touch tomorrow with gift certificate info.


You may have heard by now via enews, FB or Twitter that I’m having a contest for a new phrase. I’ve gotta say this is truly the most fun thing I’ve done in a long time. You guys are REALLY hilarious smart-asses! I have no idea how I’ll decide on one winner, so I’m thinking of a way to have a kind of honor court of winners… more than just a first-place prize. I LOVE it, please keep ‘em comin’! Here’s the low-down on the contest in case you didn’t see it:

I really liked the squirrel phrase that became the PDF pattern. Since that one was suggested by one of you & is something I never would have thought of, how about a little contest to see what else is in your collective genius? Email me your phrase idea and if it’s the best of the bunch, you’ll win a $50 gift certificate!

Deadline is Tuesday, June 5th & I’ll announce the winner on the 6th, then turn the phrase into a PDF available on the site. I hope your thinking cap comes with air conditioning!