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New Holiday Postcards + Giveaway


New Holiday Postcards + Giveaway

Did you know that I have a postcard company? It’s called Late Night Cake and today I am launching my third full season! Here is the very condensed version of why I started this business. I had been making postcards for my own family for many years. I loved that they were quirky and completely original, I loved that I didn’t have to stuff them into envelopes, and I loved the concept of receiving a postcard in the mail…instant excitement and immediately gratifying. Then one night (late at night, eating that cake…ha ha) it hit me! I should start a company selling my cards so that everyone could send this experience through the mail. I thought this idea was not only brilliant, but completely necessary. I was going to bring back the art of writing a letter; spearhead the movement of spreading happiness. And not just for holidays, but all year round. I started Late Night Cake in October 2011, offering original holiday postcards and personal stationary for kids. (I am keeping this post to my holiday cards, but I LOVE my kids cards equally…I swear they keep my kids happily writing their thank you notes, and that truly is a feat!)

Today I have more than 40 original prints and patterns that I have painted, stamped, collaged or illustrated. I have found a print company that has stayed true to my vision of green printing. They use post-consumer paper and soy based inks, and their heavy matte postcard stock is just heavenly. I have grown my customer base from local friends and family, to families all across the country (soon to be the world). I love that my postcards are unlike anything you can find. They are beautiful (even the backs are pretty), fun and above all…happy. Unlike other companies out there where you just drop in a photo and order, Late Night Cake is a boutique shop so you can correspond directly with the designer (moi) and each card is completely customizable. I even fix photos so that they are looking their very best!

Oh, I almost forgot the giveaway! In one week I will be giving away a set of free holiday postcards. The lucky winner will receive a set of either 100 or 250 cards, depending on their need. All you have to do is leave a comment here or on my Facebook or Twitter. You can also follow me on Instagram and comment on my Late Night Cake postcard image. Enter to win up to four times if you leave a comment at each place! Contest ends October 18th, 2013 at midnight (so you have one week). The winner will be chosen at random and I will contact the winner directly.

It’s a bit awkward promoting myself on my blog, but I really love these postcards and I know you would, too, so I had to share. Sorry if I rambled on for too long…I’m a bit bonkers over postcards. Hopefully you’ve enjoyed the pretty pictures and have at least been motivated to take your family photo!

xo Bar

ps: As an additional bonus, you can get 25% off of any postcard order through the end of October. Go to my Late Night Cake Facebook page to get the code. You don’t have to become a fan, but it would be lovely if you did!

 

Kid Postcards {from their art}


Kid Postcards {from their art}

My son loves to draw. He has sketchbooks by his bed and draws at night. Whatever pops into his head, he puts it down on paper: a clock, the sun, a pencil, a hockey puck, sports logos, lots of penguins. I love this about him. But the sad part is, he thinks he’s bad at drawing. He often will rip out pages (garbage full of crumpled paper in the morning), and he is super sensitive about comments. Please don’t ever say anything constructive (his art teachers have learned this over the years). He will cry. It breaks my heart!

So I had this revelation last month. He was about to embark on some heavy thank-you note writing after his birthday bash so he needed some notes. I have a postcard business so all three kids have tons of thank-you notes. But this time, I surprised him by taking his little drawings and creating a postcard with them. I was worried to show him, but guess what…he smiled very big!

We even framed one of his drawings. He felt proud and was happy with his work. Yippee!!

If you want to make some for your own kids, you can go to Late Night Cake and get started. If you don’t have a scanner, you can photograph your child’s art (which is what I did) and email them to me.

My son has been so excited to share his postcards that he is writing to everyone he knows…. how great is that?

xo Bar

 

Valentines // Newspaper Heart Postcards


Valentines // Newspaper Heart Postcards

We used the newspaper from my son’s monster-ninja painting to make these hearts. I love painting over newspaper, it’s such a cool look. And also an excellent way to catch up on local news. (I didn’t know my friend became a real estate broker, for example.) Today, I am so happy to be sharing this post on Melanie’s killer blog, You Are My Fave. I hope you will click over and take a look!

C’mon, try it!

xo