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:: Giveaway : Snail Mail by Michelle Mackintosh

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Michelle Mackintosh.

See that name there? That’s the name of Australian book designing royalty! Not only that, she’s book writing royalty too! Okay, YES. I have worked with Michelle on a couple of my own books, so I might be a tiny bit biased… but the thing is, I’m actually NOT and it’s the gosh-darned truth. I know this because not only do I LOVE Michelle and her work, so do publishers and authors ranging from Hardie Grant, Penguin and Plum to Beci Orpin, Louise Fulton Keats/Margaret Fulton, The Little Veggie Patch Co, Kate Ulman of Foxs Lane and more. Phew!

Michelle’s released quite a few of her own books (and a stationery range) over the years, but she’s totally pulled out all the stops recently and released a book with her fella Steve Wide (it’s called Tokyo Precincts) AND the super gorgeous ‘Snail Mail’.

I can tell you that Michelle is not only a sweet, gentle, thoughtful person – she’s whip-smart and full-to-the-brim with clever, creative hunches and delightful ideas. Her famous eye for detail has the perfect canvas in this wonderful homage to the handwritten (beautifully decorated) letter.

Betwixt ‘Snail Mail’s’ lovely airmail-stripe-edged pages you’ll find details on how to write a great letter, special kinds of letters you might like to consider, pretty typography and hand lettering, snail mail themed craft projects, advice on how to make your envelopes or packages even cuter and ideas on growing your penpal contingent. There are also templates to help you make your own stationery and heaps of beautiful photos by the ever-clever Chris Middleton (who worked on my books Sew La Tea Do and Make Hey! While The Sun Shines – with photographer John Laurie – too!)

It’s just a lovely, inspirational book and I think you should run and get it OR put it on your wish list right this minute!

how to enter

I am lucky enough to have three copies of ‘Snail Mail’ to give away this week.
Just tell me what you most like about writing/receiving letters in the comments below.

Entries close at midnight Melbourne time on the 11th April.
Winners will be chosen by me and then contacted via email by Hardie Grant.
Will post within Australia only.

A huge thanks to Michelle and Hardie Grant for this special giveaway!

x Pip


more reading
Take a peek into Michelle’s life here – it’s pretty lovely – here
See Michelle and I at the shoot for my new book Craft For The Soul (formerly referred to as The Friendly Society!) – here
Michelle in ‘Some Fave Ladies’ – here



  • Reply
    April 5, 2015 at 6:12 AM

    I miss having letters come in the mail. I really do.
    I love that moment when I open the mail box and discover something other than a bill or a flier. Every day when I check the mail there is that moment of anticipation right before the lid is lifted, and I think ‘this could be the day’.
    When a special letter or package does finally arrive, I take it into the house, but I don’t open it right away. I wait until my chores are done and the hour is quiet. Then I sit down, carefully open the letter, and enjoy reading what has been written.

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    Janelle Jay
    April 5, 2015 at 4:09 AM

    There is such a truth and intimacy shared when a letter is written. An essence of your soul that whispers secrets without editing or planning. You communicate from an AS IS place, where emotions are real and the world stops for your story to be made. Since becoming a Mum four years ago, I notice this form of self expression has diluted for me into more casual postcard offerings to friends, or mini scribblings on seasonal note cards of key words alive. How decadent a hand written letter would feel to write once more if that took priority over day to day life rhythms necessary. Oh the thrill of reconnecting to that part of who I am, and taking the time to be slow with life, and expansive in energies. Just Glorious.

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    April 5, 2015 at 12:34 AM

    I love the excitement of seeing a letter in the mailbox and the anticipation of finding out what it contains; the feel of paper in my hands and the individuality of everyone’s writing from the shape of their letters to the words they use.

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    Sharon Izzard
    April 5, 2015 at 12:24 AM

    It’s has to be the feel of a letter, the other person has touched it and taken the time to hand write to you. I have a few precious letters tucked into my Bible, one that was really special to me when I was in hospital and had just been diagnosed with Lupus, it was such a help to me at the time and I still re-read it now when I feel the Lupus getting me down. I have only met this old lady once, she is one of my mother’s cousins but that time she took has meant so much to me many times since, we still write to each other from time to time. Sharon x

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    April 5, 2015 at 12:03 AM

    Letters are like a window into the soul of the writer, whether they are romantic love letters, recipes with a note from your gran or a letter to yourself , the joy of writing and receiving letters is like no other. I remember introducing my girls to letter writing and the postal system when they were young by sending themselves a Christmas card with their Christmas wishes, it was much anticipated to see whose letter arrived first. My almost 17yo love of snail mail continues and she almost always sends herself a postcard when we go on holidays. That box of postcards is so special to her and something she will hold dear forever. I love the notion that “snail mail” is coming back into vogue and I love stationary too.

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    Kate @ One Small Life
    April 4, 2015 at 10:59 PM

    For me mail is a touchstone. A reminder. A memento of who I was, and who I am. Nothing speaks to me quite like getting something in the mail. And similarly there is a unique piece of me in every letter I send out. A fragment, a moment captured, something that has never been said and will never be said again, not in quite the same way anyway.

    Letters are lovely.

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    Natalie Wilkes
    April 4, 2015 at 10:52 PM

    I love the excitement that comes with finding a letter in the mailbox. I rarely get them, so when I do, it’s the most amazing feeling! One of my New Years resolutions was to write a letter to someone different every month. It’s been really nice to try and decorate each one differently and prettily. Loving the challenge!

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    shelley Dyett
    April 4, 2015 at 10:20 PM

    You cannot touch, smell or find in an old box after keeping it for 25 an email, like you can a snail mail letter. I adore letters for these and many other reasons. I found letters my best friend sent me after she moved away when we were teenagers. I took them with me when I went to visit her 25 or so years latter and we nearly peed ourselves laughing at some of the stuff in them, unfortunately she had not kept my replies. Michelle’s book looks fabulous. One of my New Year resolutions was to send a letter/card/mini artwork etc by snail mail to my daughter every month this year to surprise her at random times when they arrive.

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    April 4, 2015 at 10:04 PM

    Every time I receive a letter from my mum it feels like receiving some part of her. I feel as though she has poured herself onto a piece of paper…revealing, exposing, giving herself away totally. It often makes my heart ache reading her words so full of love and longing for her only daughter who chose to live on the other side of the world…so far away and yet feeling her so close suddenly. There is no other experience like it. Until I pick up my pen and with its ink start pouring myself onto a piece of paper.

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    April 4, 2015 at 10:00 PM

    The thing I most like about receiving letters, is that you can read them over and over, at anytime you like, and it feels like the person who wrote the letter is right there chatting to you in person.

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    April 4, 2015 at 9:47 PM

    I just love the moment I check the mail box and see something inside, anything.. It reminds me of checking the mail when I was a little kid. I had some pen friends from overseas and some overseas cousins that I use to write to constantly, to find out how my grandpa was.

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    April 4, 2015 at 9:39 PM

    My love of snail mail began over 30 years ago with a book about hand lettering and a penpal from Girl Guides in the USA.

    Hello bubble writing, exotic stamps, scratch and sniff stickers (pepper & gherkin flavoured of course), the joy of holding something created just for me, handmade envelopes from old magazines, twirling words, coffee spills, wafts of scent and genuine heart outpourings.

    What a fabulous idea for a book! Can’t wait to check it out.

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    Deb Baker
    April 4, 2015 at 9:13 PM

    Oh my goodness. I just love Michelle and her work and everything she does. I’ve been following the progress of her book and waiting for it to finally be published and YAY here it is! And.. I can see one of my envelopes and letters within the pages of the book. I am so flippin excited. I am the biggest fan of snail mail. I started my own mini snail mail group on my blog and it has been one of the best things I’ve ever done – EVER. Corresponding with lovely, like minded folk has not only inspired me to write more letters but also my children. I love to see them getting out their stationery and write letters and send little bits and pieces off to their friends. So really I think the greatest thing I’ve ever done was to create a love for snail mail in my own kids and to keep this wonderful tradition going.

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    April 4, 2015 at 8:34 PM

    I actually love it the most when someone takes the time to write a letter to my 6 year old daughter! We love to check the letterbox together, to see if we have received any letters, and she is mostly disappointed by the stacks of “letters” that I get (er, they are mostly bills). When there is a letter in there for her, the genuine delight is a treasure for me. I have even pretended to be someone else (Giggle and Hoot), and written her letters to her so that she could get that wonderment feeling! Seeing that through the eyes of a 6 year old reminds me of what I had quite often when I was a kid, and what I kind of miss as an adult.

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    April 4, 2015 at 8:26 PM

    This book looks beautiful! The thing I love most about writing letters is that it forces me to slow down. It really feels like I have spent ‘quality time’ with that person, and had a proper conversation.

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    April 4, 2015 at 8:12 PM

    As much as I love receiving snail mail (that flutter of excitement to see a pretty envelope, the thrill of reading real handwriting, the joy of sharing someone else’s life…) I absolutely adore the process of sending snail mail. I carefully choose the paper, the pen, the little bits to enclose and then I get to share something of my life and through the writing of my story I get to live it again too). And then that glorious anticipation waiting for them to receive it

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    Emily Kenny
    April 4, 2015 at 7:41 PM

    There is something magical about snail mail… I suppose it reminds me a little of Harry Potter. I love the excitement of finding letters in the mailbox, with my name handwritten on the front. Each letter is unique and personal-someone special has taken the time to write it just for me! I love thinking about the journey the letter has made- from one side of the earth to the other.
    Best of all, I love writing letters to others and enclosing treasures within, knowing that they will experience joy and excitement too!
    It is such an wonderful process, writing and receiving snail mail. ????

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    April 4, 2015 at 7:12 PM

    What’s not to love about opening the letterbox to see something pretty? It can brighten a dull day, restore hope, and is like receiving a hug from someone far away.
    This book looks awesome!

    cheers Kate

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    April 4, 2015 at 6:22 PM

    I write letters by hand to my children who are currently babies. I don’t plan for them to be sent until I am gone. I hope they will provide comfort, wisdom (a little) and laughter. They are my truths, hopes and dreams.There is something so special about the written word, I know I would love to have something written by my Dad who died when I was little!

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      April 4, 2015 at 8:15 PM

      Helen, I write a letter to my children every year on their birthday… I plan to give them their book of letters myself one day. I treasure the letters/ cards I have from my parents and grandparents

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    Jess Davis
    April 4, 2015 at 6:15 PM

    oh this book looks fab! I absolutely adore snail mail! My fav thing about snail mail is receiving a little bit of love from all corners of the world.. Like sunbeams shining from my mail box ????

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