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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

 

A New Postcard Movie


As you may know, I have a postcard business called Late Night Cake. I just finished my second season of holiday postcards and it was crazy good. I love making cards for people. I also love making movies, but rarely have the time anymore. This movie is the second in a three part series on the art of writing notes. I started it almost one year ago. I probably would never have finished it if it wasn’t for last Friday when my 6-yr old was home sick and sat on my lap the entire day. I couldn’t get any actual design work done, but he could help with a little editing (which can be done with one arm…sort of). Anyway, you get the gist…things happen for a reason.

It’s thank-you note writing season, so what better way to get inspired than watching a little movie!

xo Bar

 

Holiday Postcards // New Designs


Holiday Postcards // New Designs

I have added three new designs to the website. Visit Late Night Cake to order your postcards for the holidays (and make your friends jealous because sending a postcard is way easier than stuffing envelopes).

And while you’re busy getting Christmassy and fixing up your house this weekend, listen to these Holiday Playlists from me to you.

Thanks, friends!

 

Museums with Kids


Museums with Kids

We live about an hour from New York City, which is very lucky. One train ride and we are in the Big Apple! We try to take advantage of this perk whenever possible, although I’ve found that it was actually easier when they were little and didn’t have homework and activities. One of my favorite trips is to the MoMA. I just love this place! If you’ve never had the chance to visit the Museum of Modern Art, I would suggest planning a trip to NYC, pronto.

My kids didn’t used to jump up and down for joy when I mentioned going to a museum, but now they do because I have a museum trick! Well, it’s not really my trick, it’s one that was told to me by a wise friend. You probably already know this trick, but it’s so good that I just had to share.

Here is what you do:

When you get to the museum, go directly to the gift shop. Let your kids chose a handful of postcards that excite them. You can use this time to talk about when the piece was made, the artist’s style and color choice, and anything else that stands out. Then it’s time to go on a search! My kids love this part…finding the real art that matches the postcard. I love it, too!

These pictures are from a few years ago but I remember this day like it was yesterday. After we did our museum search, we went out for lunch at Rockefeller Plaza. They had their backpacks full of little surprises, and we had the day to ourselves…just the girls. When we got home, hot and tired, they taped their postcards to their doors. A little trick they like to do to let everyone who enters know what they have been up to. We still have the postcards, I used them this summer to decorate my studio. Have I mentioned how much I love postcards?

Right now at the MoMA (through 11/5/12) there is a wonderful exhibit called Century of the Child, a survey of 20th century design for children. With over 500 items to look at, this curated show examines the intersection of Modernist design and modern thinking about children. I can’t wait to take all three of them!

Here are some more exciting ways to use museum postcards.

Have fun!

 

 

Summer Studio // Looking Back


Summer Studio // Looking Back

The end of summer is always bittersweet. Memories of sleepy afternoons and warm ocean breezes still linger in my head, yet the crisp morning of today is letting me know that it’s time to move on. Fall is in the air! I love the seasons, I do. But for me, letting go of summer is the hardest.

This year, for June and July, we rented out our home, packed our bags and went on an adventure. Although it was a ton of work preparing the house for renters, it felt incredible to clean out and purge. How much stuff does one really need? The kids were all allowed to pack one bag and one box of special things (the bits and pieces they couldn’t live without). After taking one trip to Disney, we set up camp in an old modern house owned by friends (very kind friends). The house was empty which made it even more enticing. My dreams of spending the summer making art instead of doing chores was coming true!

My biggest thrill was setting up a new studio space. I have collected postcards since I was a little girl (I still have some of the ones from back then!), and I’ve always wanted to put them up on a wall. I don’t have the space in my “real” house, but here….I had nothing but space!

Now that our summer adventure is over and we are home again, my postcards are back in a box on my shelf. But ever since their debut, they are dying to put on another show. We shall see!

 

Recycled Postcard Banner


Recycled Postcard Banner

My sweet neighbor, Georgy, turned 103 last week. Yep! She was born in 1909. We visited her in her house that she built with her husband in 1939. She lives alone, but is loved and taken care of by many. She still cleans her own house and takes walks up the street on nice days. She goes to bed at 5pm and reads, listens to the news and does crossword puzzles until 9 o’clock. She is not only wise and beautiful and inspiring…she is a legend.

We wanted to bring her something homemade. She didn’t want a fancy party or any “fuss”. The kids made her a pumpkin bread, and I thought I’d make her a colorful, happy banner. I decided to use my old holiday postcards. The idea was to use the colorful backside of the postcards for the front of the banner with the letters. And then, as a bonus, the back of the banner (which would have been the front of the postcards) would have the kids’ faces. A reversible banner!

Because I am an awful planner, I usually think of an idea the day of the event. I am then forced to use what I have, as I don’t have time to shop for any supplies. The upside to my disorganization is that most things that I make use materials that I have lying around. I do love the recycled aspect of crafts! Here’s how I made this banner:

Recycled Postcard Banner:

Supplies:
Recycled cards
Paper of some sort to cut out letters
Scissors
Exacto knife
Tape or glue
Hole punch
String

Start by cutting out triangles for the flags. Make one triangle, then use that as a template.

Next, cut out letters. I drew mine freehand, but you can use stencils. You’ll have to use an exacto knife to cut out the insides of the letters.

Arrange the flags in a nice, colorful pattern. Tape or glue on the letters. Punch holes in the corners.

When stringing the flags, I went back through the holes twice. This is not necessary, but it does give it extra stability.

Voila! Not hard to make, it took me about 90 minutes.

New Postcard: Dots


New Postcard: Dots

I did a little painting with my son today and came up with a new postcard: Polka Dots! I am obsessed with dots, who isn’t? The color scheme is soothing, but playful. It’s hard to choose just one color way, though, so I’ll have to paint more!

Late Night Cake Postcard Delivery


Late Night Cake Postcard Delivery

I am so excited to be able to hand deliver this postcard order! It allows me to try out some new packaging ideas. This time I wrapped the postcards (six sets) with a piece of patterned paper, slipped them into brown bags and zig-zagged them shut with the sewing machine. Dropped them off at the doorstep!