Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Review and Giveaway: BP Oil Spill Buttons from Creative Clam


Goodness, y'all. I barely even know where to start with this post, so I'll just dive right in!
Today's giveaway is sponsored by the hugely talented artist Tracey Riedel, of the Etsy shop Creative Clam. Please take a peek at her portfolio to see all of her amazing artwork; if you're like me, you'll be glad you spent the time.
Like the proprietesses of other Etsy shops sponsoring giveaways here on Fishing and Wishing (Gymbohannah, Kombuchick, LazyTulip and Zapata Designs, Tracey is local to me, so I had the pleasure of meeting her recently when I went to pick up the buttons she was giving me (above, pic) for review. (No pictures this time; I didn't have my camera with me. Darn!) I was able to learn a lot about her, her work, and her family.

Tracey has a huge heart and a charitable nature. She donates a portion of the sales of each Oil Spill-related item from her shop to the clean-up efforts. (Not only that, but she learned I run my own charity and gave me some yarn for that!)

When she's not busy with life as a mother of four teen-aged girls (!!!) and a grown son with a child of his own, Tracey works full-time as an artist. In addition to her portfolio and her Etsy shop, you can also find her work at Ecrater, eBay, and Cafe Press. She is also starting another Etsy shop for more of her work, Altered Hippie.

Tracey uses only the very highest quality materials in her work. Straight from Tracey: "I use Epson Pigmented 100 year fade resistant ink which is extremely water resistant. I use Epson Premium Matte Paper which is coated and makes the ink even more water proof. It also is acid free and will not yellow. I use a Tecre Button Machines which are top of the line in the industry. My button parts are Made in the USA. I use and Epson Stylus Photo R1800 printer and has an excellent reputation in the print industry for creating top of the line photo and art prints. I use the R1800 for my art prints as well. You can see them in our eBay Shop Wash one of those buttons in with a load of laundry and pin it inside something and dry it. I washed a zipper pull and it still looked new. No fading or running."

And guess what? She's right! I did laundry all day today and finally remembered to wash a button. If it weren't for the tiny paper sticker Tracey had put on the reverse side with her various web addresses, I wouldn't be able to tell which one it was! It absolutely looks brand-new.

Creative Clam carries way more than the hot-selling BP Oil Spill pins; there are page after page of other designs in the shop, as well as medical alert items such as these, jewelry and more. Spend a few minutes and peruse her shop for some really interesting collectibles!


To win your own trio of these BP Oil Spill buttons, including "Life Was a Beach," "Love Me Earth," and "Our Earth is in Our Hands", visit Creative Clam on Etsy and then comment back here with your favorite item(s) in her shop. (Be sure to show some while you're there!) It's that simple! This is required and must be done before any additional entries will count.


You can do any or all of the following for extra entries into this contest.


1. Blog about this contest, linking back to both this post and Creative Clam in your post.

2. For every friend you refer who does the following, you will get another entry: enters this contest AND follows Fishing and Wishing via Google Friend Connect.

3. Follow Fishing and Wishing on Twitter, and tweet about this contest. Be sure to include "@FishingNWishing" in your tweet, so I can verify your entry.

4. Follow this blog via Google Friend Connect (on the right sidebar). If you already follow, just leave a separate comment saying so.

5. "Friend" Fishing and Wishing on Facebook. If you already have, just leave a separate comment saying so.

6. Grab my button (right sidebar) and post it on your blog.

That's it!!

This contest will end at 11:59 PM EST on July 14th, 2010, when a winner will be chosen at random. Please make sure I have some way to contact you: leave your email or Twitter/Ravelry/Etsy ID in your first comment, if your Blogger profile doesn't let me view your email addy. Winner must respond within 36 hours of being notified.

Open to US winners only.

Thank you to Creative Clam for sponsoring this giveaway. I was given a trio of buttons for review purposes for this post. I did not receive any other compensation. All opinions are, and will always be, my own.
Good luck!!



  1. hello, I really like your button "Our Earth is in your hands", what I dont like is you expect people to look and shop and then the contest is not open to canadians. Whats up with that dont you like us?

  2. Everyone,

    Please understand that not all Etsy sellers are able to cover international shipping. Many of them are brand-new, and most are dependent upon this income to make their livings. International shipping from the US has gotten very expensive.

    Marlib7 and others, please feel free to check out our many other international giveaways, and make sure you comment to the correct giveaway. Incorrectly posted comments will be deleted.

    Thank you,
    Fishing and Wishing

  3. I like the allergy warning buttons & zipper pulls! I might have to get those for Luke's diaper bag.

  4. I have your button on my blog!

  5. I love the skull oil spill t-shirt. What a wonderful shop, thank you for sharing!!

    heidimingo at gmail dot com

  6. I sent you a friend request on facebook!! (heidi galbraith milley)

    heidimingo at gmail dot com

  7. I'm in love with the new Moon bella and edward zipper pulls - and of course the oil spill buttons!

  8. I sent you a friend request on facebook - Jennie Weer -

  9. Wow, amazing buttons - the "you can't cure stupid" with the bandaid on it is just perfect - and so true - this will be our problem for the next - what - four, five, six, generations.

  10. I like the Drill Baby Drill button.

  11. I follow on GFC.

  12. I am a FB friend.