Christmas In July @ I Like Big Buttons!

It feels like Christmas in July in our I Like Big Buttons! household.

We have been busy helping our small community church prepare goodies for the Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes that our church sends out each year. It is a great way to demonstrate to and with my children what it means to love and reach the unreached.

Given how excited my children, who have much in comparison, are about the little packages we put together, I can only imagine the wonder each girl and boy has when they open the special boxes we have packed for them.

This year we were tasked with making little bead & necklace kits which feels right up our alley.

I think they turned out pretty nice and with my many helpers, the task wasn’t overwhelming. So far, we have put together 225 bead necklace kits. I am sure some more beads will make their way to us.

Next, we were put in charge of cutting in half all the construction paper so that it fits neatly in the shoeboxes. I may have volunteered for this task because I have the largest paper cutter around. 😛

Our task for the upcoming week is sewing kits. I bought some simple hotel sewing kits off of Amazon that we are going to jazz up with some extra goodies.

Like an overabundance of “free” fabric, Grandma dropped on my doorstep when she was cleaning her home.  I think for my sanity and to bless someone else, it should be donated to Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes. Seems like a win, win! 🙂

We are also adding extra thread, bobby pins, buttons, floss, ribbon left over from our bead necklaces, and scissors.

I hope you enjoyed a glimpse into Christmas in July at I Like Big Buttons! I am sure there will be more Operation Christmas Child projects to come as November approaches. My kiddos and I are on our OCC director’s short list. She knows we are cheerful, ready, and willing to make her crazy ideas a reality. 🙂

Last year, our tiny community church made almost 800 boxes which amazes me. God is Good!!!

If you haven’t checked out Operation Christmas Child and Samaritan’s Purse, you should. It is an outstanding program run by Franklin Graham.

© and I Like Big Buttons Blog, 2018.







7 Of My Favorite Craft Quotes – I Like Big Buttons!

I love crafting quotes; they are so clever. Here are seven of my personal favorites. Each one makes me laugh out loud and holds at least for me, more than a grain of truth.

© and I Like Big Buttons Blog, 2017.


Friday Fun Facts – Who is

It has been a while since I have introduced myself. Hi! I am Gena, the CEO and MOM of I Like Big Buttons! 🙂 is a family run, small business located in beautiful Washington State. We have been serving our customers for over a decade via the internet.

When I am not busy growing our craft business, I am a busy momma of many. I grew up as many of you probably did, crafting with anything I could get my hands on, from twigs to the pansies in my momma’s borders. Now I am raising my own children and watching them create little figurines out of twigs and weeds, and turn paper into shreds. If you walked through my house on any given day, you might mistake it for a confetti factory. Bits of paper and imagination are everywhere!!! Since I am up to my elbows in kiddos and crafts, I thought, why not sell crafty things?

Plastic snaps caught my eye first. My husband is the creator of the GotLux Professional Photographic Lighting Accessories, and he used these very snaps in his Pro and ProX models. The colors and usefulness of them drew me in. I discovered the many varied ways they can be used; I was hooked.

So here I am selling KAM plastic snaps and many other craft items that I love with the help of my amazing children and husband. I am sure you will find as much joy in crafting with them as I am. It is a privilege to get to help support my family, teach my children to have a solid work ethic, and be a full-time mom all because of I Like Big Buttons! and your support.

Thank you,

Gena (CEO of

© and I Like Big Buttons Blog, 2017.






Water Bottle Marker/Charm Tutorial using MAM and O-Ring Pacifier Adapters

These adapter rings also can be used as water bottle markers or so you can easily attach your bottle to a clip.  Simply stretch the ring over the neck of a standard sized water bottle (~1”) to easily recognize your drink.  We carry 13 great ring colors to choose from.

*Take 10% our MAM and O-Ring Adapters with coupon code (thru Monday 8/29): RINGLOVE


O-Ring Adapter water bottle marker

1.  Stretch Colored Ring Adapter of your choosing over the mouth of the bottle, just past the lip.

MAM Ring Adapter water bottle marker

2.  So many uses.  Simply:

  • Leave as a water bottle marker.
  • Attach a carabiner clip and hang from your backpack, bag, belt loop or other.
  • Hang from your lanyard for hands free carrying.

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3.  Super easy and useful!  To see our Pacifier Clip Tutorials using MAM or O-Rings check them out here.

© and I Like Big Buttons Blog, 2016.


30 Days of KAM Snaps and Beyond!!! How to make a “No Sew” or Sewable Pajama Zipper Cover with KAM Snaps

Day #34

Today I am making a Pajama Zipper Cover with KAM Snaps.  This is a definite “KAM Snaps to the Rescue!” moment if ever there was one!  My toddler has just discovered the sweet freedom that nakedness provides :P.  No less than 3-5 times a day, I find her streaking through the house in her birthday suit.  While, let’s be honest, it is the sweetest thing a mom can see with all her beautiful chubbiness exposed.  It leads to BIG messes!!!  During the day time I can catch her pretty fast and re-dress her but during naptime and bedtime I am blissfully unaware of her adventures until I go to get her up and find her naked dancing in her bed.  So sweet, so naughty :)!

Carter fleece pajamas are a must-have in my house because my children like to sleep on top of their blankets instead of under them.  They are comfy and warm but I have found that at Size 2T they stop adding the zipper cover.  I assume for those kids who are potty trained but my kids are tall so we head into most clothing sizes ahead of schedule.

KAM Snaps to the rescue!  I decided to do something about it.  With a few minutes, some fabric scraps, and a couple snaps I solved a major problem.


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Collect your pajamas in need of a Zipper Cover.

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Here is the “No Sew” version:

1.  Add a KAM Snap to the Left and Right Side of pajama, they are spaced a little over 1″ apart.  I did one side with a Socket and one side with a Stud but upon reflection I would have done them both Studs.

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2.  Cut the shape above in Fleece or some other non-fraying material.  It is approximately 2″ by 1″ when folded in half.

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3.  Put Fabric Tac to one side, fold in half and press firmly.  Let dry.

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4.  Add a KAM Snap on the left and right with the same spacing and you used on the pajama.

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5.  Snap into place, tada!  The “No Sew” version is so easy!

Now on to the sewable version:

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1.  Cut the shape above in 2 pieces of material, I had some scraps of Minky that were a nice color match to the pajamas.  Put right sides together and sew a 1/4″ seam allowance from one long side, round the tip carefully lifting and turning the foot ever couple stitches, and to the end of the second long side making a “U” shape.  Leave the narrow end open.  Then turn the Tab piece right side out.  It is approximately 2 1/2″ by 1″ when finished.

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2.  Add a KAM Snap in the end of the Tab.

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3.  Pin the Tab in place on the left side of the pajama.

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4.  Zig-Zag stitch the Tab in place back and forth until it is secure.

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5.  Lay the Tab over and find the placement for the other half of the KAM Snap and install it.

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6.  Snap into place, tada!  I hope this helps out other mamas with busy babes :).

© and I Like Big Buttons Blog, 2014.



Happy Customers Make Our Day!!!

Today, I was reading through our feedback and just wanted to share what a few of our happy customers had to say:

Have looked around as the number of snaps I need increases and still haven’t found anyone else that can match you guys in value, ease of ordering a variety of colors in one bulk order, and speed of shipping.

Great shop with exactly what I was looking for…at a great price. I have already made a second purchase with this shop and I’m sure I will be a long time customer.

I big BUTTons and I can not lie; Fast shipping of just what I asked for. Thank you!

Love, love, love this product!!! If only I could find more things to put snaps on!

I’m so glad I found this supply shop for Kam Snaps & Matching Pacifier Clips. I’ve been using this combo for my pacifier clips in my etsy shop & my customers love them! They are of great quality & they won’t rust from baby’s slobber. Also this shop has the best prices & discounts for greater quantities. The shop also ships your order out the same day! Where can you buy supplies online & get them within 3 business days!?

Have bought from several times now because of great service and product

Great items, great prices and will be back for more, thanks for fast shipping

Great seller. Fabulous product. Fast shipping. Very satisfied. Thank-U. A+++++++

Thanks so much for offering these button making items. I’m extremely pleased with my purchase in that the items are quality and even more so I’m thrilled with how quickly I received my purchases. I’ll be back again! Thanks so much!

Perfectly smooth transaction! My order arrived well before I expected it, which was a pleasant surprise and I am very pleased with the product. I will definitely reorder from them!

Thank you to all of you who take the time to post your positive experience, it makes our day to see how all our hard work is appreciated!!!

Thank you, I Like Big Buttons! and all our Little Buttons!

My Family’s Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

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My Family’s Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe – for 40 years and counting 🙂


1 1/2 Cups of Sugar

2 Cups of Brown Sugar

1 pound of Butter

3 Eggs

2 Tablespoons of Vanilla

5 Cups of Flour

1 Teaspoon of Salt

1 1/2 Teaspoons of Soda

2-3 Cups of Chocolate Chips

2 Cups of Oatmeal

2 Cups of Nuts or Raisins (Optional)


  1. Cream the sugars, butter and eggs.
  2. Add vanilla, soda, salt, and flour; ease the flour in this will be a very stiff batter.  Beat of 3 minutes.
  3. Add oatmeal, chocolate chips and optional nuts or raisins and mix until blended.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes.  Don’t over bake.

* Option 1, this will make a very large batch of cookies (estimate 6 dozen???).  I have never measured to see how many dozen cookies it will make but lets just say all the neighbors and my husbands co-workers get a treat the next day :).

** Option 2, what I did this last time was cook a couple dozen and shaped the rest of the cookie dough in logs, wrapped them in wax paper, then plastic wrap, and threw them in the freezer.  (The cookies didn’t last long, which is why the picture is of cookie dough :P, cooked picture to come shortly.)

***Also, this recipe must be frozen or refrigerated if not cooked immediately.

© and I Like Big Buttons Blog, 2014.

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