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!
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!
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