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Free Clubfoot Clipart!

In September of 2017, our son, Reed, was born with bilateral clubfoot, a common birth defect in which his feet were turned in. We learned about Reed’s clubfoot at our 18 week anatomy scan. The doctor told us a little about what the diagnosis would mean for Reed. We pretended to be calm. We were devastated.

Most of what we learned about clubfoot came in the coming days from our frantic Google searches. We quickly found an online community of parents and caregivers who helped us understand the treatment process and what to expect.

Clubfoot is usually treated using the Ponsietti Method, a treatment that involves a few months of casts applied by an expertly trained orthopedist that gently stretch the baby’s feet into the correct position. Most children with clubfoot need a small surgery towards the end of casting, followed by years of bracing (boots and bar) to help feet maintain the correct position as the child grows. It’s a vast improvement over previous approaches to treating clubfoot, but it’s also a marathon that presents many challenges for families: medical, financial and emotional.

The online communities we discovered were a lifeline for us. Within days of Reed’s diagnosis, we connected to a local mom who helped us find Reed’s treatment team, and later brought us a whole tote of boots, bars, bar covers and socks. We’ve benefitted from having a community of parents who have been willing to answer weird foot questions at all hours, and offer an empathetic ear during tough times.

Reed’s treatment has gone very well so far. He’s a happy, healthy baby who has no idea his feet are different. When Reed got his last cast, we designed a set of buttons to thank his orthopedist, Dr. Dale Jarka, and our main orthopedic technician, Leland (aka The Singing Cast Tech), from Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri.

We’re now making a few of those graphics available here in JPEG and PNG for anyone who would like to use them for any purpose—just click them for full resolution. Let us know if you want EPS or AI.

Download them, reprint them, put them on whatever you would like. We hope they help raise awareness about clubfoot and empower families. Our graphics are the least we can offer to the community of online parents who have done so much for us.

We also have a few of these on buttons available in our Etsy shop for those who have no desire to DIY their own awareness products (we get that!).

We’ll also take this opportunity to recommend a few of our favorite books: Hip Hop Hooray for Brooklyn and One in 1000, both wonderful children’s books that helped our older daughter (and her parents!) learn about clubfoot.

Keep calm and brace on! – Laura and Matt

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Pro-family. Pro-breastfeeding.

Pro-Breastfeeding-Anywhere-Anytime-Meadowlark-Button-MockupWhen we say we’re a family business, we don’t mean we’re the kind of “family business” where three generations get stock options. We mean we’re pressing buttons while little kids run around the kitchen table. We run with the professionalism of a bigger shop because we have lots of support to help us keep family and customers happy.

That’s why when we heard one of our favorite businesses here in Kansas shamed a mom for breastfeeding her baby, telling her she had to wear a cover on a 90 degree day, in violation of Kansas law, we just couldn’t let it slide.

We whipped up a big batch of these to give away at a local nurse-in and they were a huge hit! Check out the newspaper article about the event, featuring a photo of yours truly dishing out the goods. We have had a ton of requests for them so we’re now offering them in our Etsy shop.

Pro-union. Pro-family. Pro-breastfeeding.

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Bread and Roses!

Check out our pinback button honoring the “Bread and Roses” textile strike in Lawrence, Massachusetts in 1912. The strike was led by the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), and involved more than twenty thousand workers from more than forty nationalities. The slogan has become a symbol of worker demands for necessities and quality of life.

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You can buy one of these in our Etsy store. For large quantities, contact us for pricing.

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Happy Made in the USA Day!

July 2 is Made the the USA Day, what an awesome holiday! We have a brand new pin to help you celebrate. Of course, this button, and all our buttons, are printed and pressed in Topeka, Kansas with parts and presses exclusively made right here in the states. Enjoy a hot dog and slice of apple pie today!

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You can buy one of these in our Etsy store. For large quantities, contact us for pricing.

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Meadowlark Flies to Etsy

Have you ever seen us post a new button and wondered how to get your hands on it?  Have you stopped by our booth at an event but didn’t have your wallet?  Have you been awake at night thinking about how you need to expand your button collection but don’t know where to look?  We are ready to solve those problems by opening an Etsy shop!  We are excited to be able to offer our most popular union-made button designs for sale year round!

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Simply follow this link to our hip, new, online store Meadowlark Graphics Etsy Store!

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From Our Collection: “The Pedestal is the Pits” Vintage Button

“The men are able to run the government and take care of the women. Do women have to vote in order to receive the protection of man? Why, men have gone to war, endured every privation and death itself in defense of woman. To man, woman is the dearest creature on earth, and there is no extreme to which he would not go for his mother or sister. By keeping woman in her exalted position man can be induced to do more for her than he could by having her mix up in affairs that will cause him to lose respect and regard for her. Woman does not have to vote to secure her rights. Man will go to any extreme to protect and elevate her now. As long as woman is woman and keeps her place she will get more protection and more consideration than man gets. When she abdicates her throne she throws down the scepter of her power and loses her influence.” – Senator J. B. Sanford, Argument Against Women’s Suffrage, 1911

Enter second wave feminism:

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“The Pedestal Is The Pits” vintage button from our personal collection

 

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Huge Announcement: We’re Union!

Meadowlark Graphics is proud to announce that we are now members of Communication Workers of America (CWA), Printing, Publishing and Media Workers Sector (PPMWS), local 6401. This means that we now produce union-label products, including buttons featuring the union bug. This makes us the only union button-producer in the state of Kansas.

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We’re union members because we believe in unions and have benefited from their advocacy. Matt is fourth generation union and third generation CWA. His great-grandfather was a union railroad worker and his grandfather was American Postal Workers Union (APWU). Both his grandmother and father are CWA retirees. Matt and Laura’s mothers were both KNEA members.

Each generation has an obligation to improve working conditions for their sons and daughters. We are proud to continue the tradition.

“We are extremely excited to have Meadowlark Graphics join CWA Local 6401. It is imperative in this economy that we have small businesses that put out quality Union made products in this country.” said Jason Burns, President, CWA Local 6401

A little more about Communication Workers of America (CWA), Printing, Publishing and Media Workers Sector (PPMWS) from http://www.cwa-union.org:

“CWA was founded in 1938 at meetings in Chicago and New Orleans. First known as the National Federation of Telephone Workers, the union became the Communications Workers of America in 1947. CWA got its start in the telephone industry, but today it represents workers in all areas of communications, as well as in health care and public service, customer service and many other fields.”

“PPMWS represents over 8,000 workers in a diverse range of occupations in daily newspapers, commercial printing and mailing operations, graphic design, specialty manufacturing, publishing and distribution as well as the U. S. Government Printing Office. Our union combines the proud heritage of the International Typographical Union-the oldest continuously operating union in America-with the dynamic vision of the Communications Workers of America.”

Many thanks to our local 6401 CWA leadership, especially Anita Vawter, for working with us on this process and welcoming us to CWA!

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