Sunday, November 2, 2014

Introducing Ginger Mint and 30% off

Introducing Ginger Mint!  Buttons by Benji's sister.

Head on over to buy Buttons by Benji via a swanky shopping card (payment by PayPal) and claim your 30% off at the checkout using coupon ZESTY until Friday 7th November.  You might find some other lovelies over there too ;)

Or you can choose your buttons here, and email me and I'll apply the same discount and you can pay your normal way.

So many choices :)


Friday, October 10, 2014

Inspiring knit

Abigail sent me pictures of this gorgeous cardigan she knitted with my flower stem buttons on it.  It looks so snuggly and utterly gorgeous!

If you're here to purchase buttons, head on over to my Ready Right Now page.

Saturday, August 2, 2014



Inspired by some of my experiences living 50m from the residential redzone in Christchurch New Zealand.

Home - 'How's your house?' The question that has been asked endless times since the Christchurch earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 and continues for many residents today. No matter how varied residents experiences of the earthquake everyone shared a focus on home. A redzone trio would not be complete without recognizing the importance of home in Christchurch residents' experiences.

Pīwakawaka (fantail) - An unexpected bonus of living near the redzone is the proliferation of birdlife. As people moved out the birds (and rodents) moved in. We have seen more pīwakawaka in the past few years than ever before, and we have had other avian visitors, such as spur-wing plovers, as well. A nearby cricket ground is reverting to swamp land and the geese love to visit.

Californian poppy - Around Christchurch people have scattered wildflower seeds. If you live here, or have visited, you will understand how confronting an empty section or scar on the land after demolition can be. Sometimes the demolition and clear-up is completed quickly, but more often most of the job is completed but piles of 'building mince' remain for a long time reminding everyone of how things have changed. Even where wildflower seeds have not been scattered, many flowers pop up and californian poppies have shown themselves to be hardy and prolific in the redzone nearby. They are little flashes of brilliant colour in a muted landscape and we love to spot them, and other wee gems of flowery colour.

Also available in sets of single design, round buttons, and pendants.

For these and more buttons please check out the Ready Right Now section.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

To the moon Captain Albie!

There is a very special little boy, named Albie, who has a special heart.  

When I dreamed up this button, Albie jumped into my mind.  He's inspirational like that!

So, for the month of July 75% of all sales of my new button, To the moon Captain Albie! will be donated to Heart Kids NZ.

To buy buttons, head over to my Ready Right Now page.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

4th Birthday Celebrations at Buttons by Benji

Buttons by Benji Birthday Celebrations.

It's four years since Buttons by Benji starting fulfilling your button dreams, and that's a great reason to celebrate!

I have a special offer for all, and a prize pack for one lucky winner.

Prize pack includes:
- Daisy buttons - a set of five in colours of your choice
- $20 voucher to spend on current Buttons by Benji collection
- A tasty treat for you to eat

To enter to win the prize pack, simply like the 4th birthday celebration post on my Facebook page or drop me an email with '4th Birthday Celebrations' in the title before 8pm (NZ time) on Saturday 14th June 2014. Winner will be drawn soon after.  One entry per person please.

Special offer - for all orders received before 8pm (NZ time) 14th June 2014.

Buy one set and save 10%*
Buy two or more sets and save 15%*

Click here to view current collection.

I'm now on Facebook!

*T&Cs. Discount applies to entire order. Standard postage applies.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Toucan Latte Prize

It's May!  Yippee - rosy cheeks, bright crisp mornings and hot chocolate to wrap your freezing fingers around after a bike ride.  If you're shopping for buttons now, check out the Ready Right Now section.

To celebrate Buttons by Benji joining Facebook I have a Toucan Latte prize pack to give away.  Head on over to Facebook to enter during the month of May.  

**Scrumptious yarn from Red Riding Hood Yarns, coffee to relax with, and a set of Toucan Latte buttons.**  

If you are not on Facebook, then email your entry (with 'Toucan Latte promotion' in the title) to  I will combine all entries before selecting winner.

Prize will be selected using a random number generator at 8pm (NZ time) on 31st May.

Road cone winners!

Congratulations Alex from Christchurch and Helen from Levin.  You have each won a set of road cone buttons.  Thanks to all those who entered.  

Check out my latest competition here, or on Facebook.

Current designs can be viewed the Ready Right Now section.

The draw was made using a random number generator.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Little Yellow Duck Project.

Little Yellow Duck Project.

This project sounds like one for me - Yellow ducks, random acts of kindness and giving the gift of life - wonderful! My crochet skills are fairly fledgling, but I'm going to give it a whirl and see if I can make a little yellow duck to 'hide' in a public place. I will use the pattern provided on the website. I also have a set of five little yellow duck buttons to give away this week.

"What is the Little Yellow Duck Project?

The Little Yellow Duck Project involves people around the world handcrafting little yellow duck gifts as random acts of kindness that are left in public places for others to find. A special tag on each one invites the finder to take their gift home to brighten their day and to visit this website to register where they found their gift. We hope that the stories and information found here will encourage them to pledge their own random act of kindness by registering to donate blood, bone marrow, organs tissues."

Send me an email titled 'Little Yellow Duck Project' before 8pm on Friday 2nd May and you are in with a chance to win a set of five Buttons by Benji yellow duck buttons (background colour of your choice).  One entry per person please.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Buttons by Benji is now on Facebook

Buttons by Benji is now on Facebook. If you're a Facebook user you can catch up on what's happening over there, or you can continue to use this website for updates and to order buttons.  The choice is yours.

Check out the post below for details on my current competition and you could be in with a chance to win a set of road cone buttons.

Check out current designs in the Ready Right Now section, including my latest design - Toucan Latte.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Welcome to Christchurch

It's competition time.  Once again I was inspired by the view outside my window... and on my walks... and whenever I drive anywhere...  It's pretty hard not to see a road cone in Christchurch at the moment, unless you have your eyes closed!

So, for all the road cone lovers out there, you can win a set of eight road cone buttons.  Details below.

If you're not a winner, you can still buy these buttons or any of my dozens of other designs.  Check out all current designs on the Ready Right Now page.

How to enter.

Entries close on the 30th April at 8pm (New Zealand time).  I will notify winners shortly after that.
Simply email me on with the first name of the entrant and the city or town that they live in.  If you would like to enter for more than one person (for example for two children or several grandchildren), please email me individually with each name, and then it's easier for me to use random number generator to draw the winners.

There will two sets of 8 road cone buttons to be won.  The first will be especially for entrants living in Christchurch - because they have to deal with more road cones than you can possibly imagine if you don't live here!  The second is for everyone else.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Puk Party time

Yesterday I saw a Puk Party!  17 gorgeous pukekos on the side of the road finding tasty things to eat in the grass.  Pop a puk party on your next garment.

Or perhaps some blue choo choos for your little train lover.

To order and for current designs please visit my Ready Right Now page.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

I went to Paris and I saw...

I went to Paris and I saw...

... pretty things...

...and bicycles, lots of bicycles. 

Tour Eiffel and the Mona Lisa.  Christmas markets, tubs of lollipops as tall as a five year old and more sparkly lights than you can possibly imagine. 

It was wonderful. 

Happy New Year!  Buttons for sale are over in the Ready Right Now section.