Thursday, December 31, 2009

January 2010 Mailing

A quick note to let you know that we're getting things ready for the January 2010 mailing and hope to have your addresses off to you soon, but there is a possibility that they might be a bit late getting out as we're in the middle of family holiday plans right now. Thanks for your understanding — rest assured we're doing what we can to get these out to you ASAP!

(lovely photo by Susana via beauty in everything)

Friday, December 25, 2009

Happy Holidays!

Wishing you and yours a very merry Christmas season — hope you find lots of good things in the mail as well as under the tree (and in your stocking)!


(vintage photo from the George Eastman collection on flickr, via creative inspiration)

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Postcards to Ornaments

Aren't these amazing? They're wooden postcards that become ornaments, and are so pretty that they'd be lovely to receive at any time of year, let alone Christmas. Designed by Anne Paso of Finland, they're available in black stain, white stain and natural and in bird, pig, ball, and egg shapes. Via Apartment Therapy LA.

Thanks so much to BPS member Jesse Lu for the link — one of the sweetest people I've never met! :-)

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Why Wear Anything Else?

Interested in helping out a fellow BPS member? Samantha in Istanbul, Turkey is a finalist in a design competition and needs your votes! Last year she designed a shoe for Fluevog that was eventually made into a real shoe named the Zaza (after her). This time around, she's in the running for a competition to design the ad for the Zaza. The winner is determined by the number of votes their design receives, so Samantha needs as many votes as she can get to win. Help her win by voting for her beautifully illustrated ad, called Why Wear Anything Else?, here. You can vote once a day until December 22.

Good luck Samantha!!!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

A Little Recognition

I'm stunned but happy to announce that my automatism blog has made The Times list of 50 of the world's best design blogs! I'm in some amazing company, too — have a look here.

Monday, December 14, 2009

RCA Secret 2009

RCA Secret is an annual exhibition and sale of original postcard-sized art at the Royal College of Art in London, made by professional artists, designers and illustrators plus the Royal College of Art’s current postgraduate students. This year’s exhibition contained 2,000 pieces donated by over 800 artists — have a look at the postcards here. Shown here is a postcard by Jane Gifford. Inspiring and wonderfully diverse, too.

Note: some of these images are NSFW and/or not suitable for the kiddies.

Thanks so much to BPS member Clare for forwarding the link!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Looking Ahead

One of the interesting discoveries that I've made about the BPS project is that, besides being about generosity, it's also about commitment — being able to make time to find or create a postcard and mail it off at a certain date. Not everyone is able to do this, for various reasons — and sometimes it's only when you're involved that you realize it's not for you. We've had a few people drop out of the BPS so far — one due to a serious illness (we're sending our good wishes for a speedy recovery to Edward in Tennessee), many due to moves and needing time to deal with the upheavals a move brings. It's life, and, while I'm sorry to see people go, is understandable.

Lately, though, I've found myself doing a lot of follow up emails for members who are waiting on postcards that were mailed in October and November. And though many were simply mailed late (such as those delayed due to the database issues in November) or went missing in the mail, I fear that some were just forgotten about altogether. With this in mind, please let me know if you feel you can no longer commit yourself to the monthly BPS mailings. I'm totally fine with that — after all, it's supposed to be fun and not a chore! — and you will still be a cherished member whether you contribute to two months or to all twelve. I also have a growing waiting list of people who'd love to become a member, so if you can't continue don't worry — there's someone who's ready and willing to become one in your place!

I hope this doesn't sound too grumpy, but it's disheartening to hear about the lack of postcards for so many members. Here's hoping that we can get this sorted out so that the lack of postcards is minimized. In the meantime, I continue to be amazed at the generosity, creativity and big hearted spirit of the BPS members. You are all so wonderful and it's truly a privilege to know you.


(photo via perfect bound on flickr)

BPS Café — December 2009

If you've received a December postcard from a sender who prefers to remain tantalizingly mysterious, you can still say thank you! Members can leave a comment here to let other members know how much they appreciate the postcard they've received.

Note: If you've just received your November postcard and would like to thank the sender, you can still leave a comment in the November BPS Café post! For earlier postcards that have finally arrived, please check out the quick links to the appropriate BPS Café in the Related Links section on the right.

(photograph via nom nom nom)

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Mailing Day

It's mailing day today! Have fun. And if you haven't received your December mailing address yet, please check your spam folder. If it's not there, let me know right away so I can re-send it to you!

(photo from snap & tumble, via we heart it)