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Look & Win! ‘Care Packages’ by Michelle Mackintosh

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Hardie Grant sent me a review copy of this lovely book… and Obus sent me the cute socks-up-top!

Once upon a time I got very, very sick while I was away from home. It was a horrible experience and when I was finally back in my own bed, safe and sound, someone delivered me a little package of yummy and cute things to help me to get on the mend.

It was so nice to get some special things, but what was even nicer was that someone had thought enough of me and taken the time to bundle up some love with a handwritten note and send it my way.

Honestly, they could have sent me 4 cow pats and a hand-penned poke in the eye voucher and I would have cried happy tears at being considered.

Luckily, my package was not cow pats and was much more restorative. I will never forget the gesture, or how it made me feel. Do you know who packed and delivered that cute and kind bundle?

Michelle Mackintosh, that is who.


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In just a couple of days, Michelle Mackintosh’s brand new book Care Packages will be OFFICIALLY hitting the shops! (Some early bird retailers may already have theirs, even…!)

This book is not just a cute gimmick, but rather a sincere and lovely way of life for its writer (and some of her lovely friends!)

I personally LOVE to make care packages – especially for new mothers and peaky types. – but I am not a patch on Michelle. In ‘Care Packages’ she shows us how to honour this traditional gesture and take it to a whole new level of thank-you-very-much. So thank you very much for that, MM.

Hardie Grant, the publisher of this book (and Michelle’s other beautiful book Snail Mail) has two copies tucked away in their office with two Meet Me At Mike’s readers names on them. Well. Their names are NEARLY on them. First of all, you have to leave me a comment below and we will pick two winners to get their own copy of ‘Care Packages’ (which is pretty much a bookish KIND of care package, truth be told!)

Head to your favourite independent bookstore or online retailer to grab yourself a copy (in case you don’t win… and if you do win then you’ve got one to put in a care package for a pal! Win win!) If your local bookseller don’t have this book, order one because this helps authors like Mich-Mack (my secret gangster name for Michelle) to gain wider distribution and exposes more people to her/their work. I know you will want to help do that! Order up!


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To (possibly) win one of the two copies up for grabs, leave a comment below and tell me why you fancy this book. Our favourite two responses will win.

Deadline for entry is Wednesday 4th May 2016 at 10pm.
Winners contacted via email on Friday 6th May.
Books sent out by Hardie Grant the following week!
We can send to Australian addresses only.

Thank you to Hardie Grant and Mich-Mack for this ace opportunity to snaffle a beautiful book full of lovely craft projects, ideas and sentiments! (It features some other nice people including Beci Orpin, Kate from Foxs Lane and Magdalena from Unleash Creative – and that’s just for starters!)

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    April 27, 2016 at 9:02 PM

    I’d like to win a copy for my friend Rosa. She is a creative, thoughtful friend. I believe in the hands of a creative, thoughtful person the power of this kind of book would be properly realised. If I win, it’s hers. Thanks for the chance!!

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    April 27, 2016 at 8:59 PM

    When I was working at a summer camp in the USA I was given a care package from one of the parents. It was a really sweet gesture and I would like to return the favour.

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    April 27, 2016 at 8:48 PM

    With most of my favorite friends and family living in a different town to me, the ability to up my present giving and care package game would be a godsend. Plus, May 6 is my birthday 🙂

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    April 27, 2016 at 8:44 PM

    I’m a sucker for a cute inspirational book and this looks just perfect. I need a bit of creative energy in my life right now and where better to start than reading a beautiful book. I also like the idea of including this in a care package as a future re-gifting once I’ve finished reading it

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    April 27, 2016 at 8:35 PM

    Just because I need to find my crafty/creative mojo again, after months of different random (but mild) illnesses whilst trying to keep the house together with 2 young kids I’ve been too pooped to care for my creative side but that is indeed what I need to get out of a funk!

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    April 27, 2016 at 8:20 PM

    Hi Pip!
    I would love to win this lovely book for my lovely Mum – as we currently live six hours apart this would be the perfect care package to give her for Mother’s Day!

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    April 27, 2016 at 8:13 PM

    When I was 17 I got diagnosed with chronic Guillaume-Barre Syndrome, an auto-immune disease where my immune system constantly attacked my peripheral nervous system leaving me with no feeling or movement in all four limbs, and at its worst, unable to breathe or swallow on my own. I was in hospital for about 2 years, fully paralysed most of that time. Doctors told my parents to prepare in case I didn’t make it. But I’m a fighter! And I received so many care packages, cards, prayers and positive thoughts, visitors and people believing in my recovery. It took 10 years for me to reach full remission, but I felt at the time, and still know it is because of all of the amazing support, love and healing energy sent to me through care packages from family, friends and strangers that gave me the strength to keep going, and the will to live. I am forever indebted to those people, and I try to ‘pass it on’ or ‘pay it forward’ by making and sending care packages for others when I can. I would dearly LOVE a copy of this beautiful book to inspire me to keep giving care packages. But most of all, I want to say thank you Michelle for sharing this powerful creative action with the world. I know care packages can save lives. x

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    April 27, 2016 at 7:29 PM

    Oh Pip I NEED this book. I often WANT to send care packages to those that NEED them but i’m too scared of putting in the WRONG things. I need some helpful directions and reassurance of what the RIGHT things are that a care package could contain.

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    April 27, 2016 at 7:18 PM

    I love leaving little care packages about. When friends have babies, when they’re poorly, when I stumble across a picture book with their child’s name in the title, just because…
    Winning this book would give me a sneaky peek into the sorts of things other people do. Showing people they’re cared for makes everyone feel good. Feeling good makes people smile. Smiling is the best x

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    April 27, 2016 at 7:08 PM

    because I’m sexy?

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    Tina short
    April 27, 2016 at 5:58 PM

    I’d love this book, it sounds right up my street…………however……..after reading the other comments I think that a copy should go to Edie for her friend Katie, if I win, please send it to her.

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    April 27, 2016 at 5:30 PM

    What a gorge book. I actually want to win it for someone else.
    A great friend of ours at work, a midwife, has had a really sad couple of years. She lost her baby after birth just over a year ago. She knew the baby would not survive during pregnancy and we were blown away by how this amazing woman travelled this journey. Maggie survived for a very short time and we all sobbed. Cheryl who is Maggies mum then moved to NZ with her family and we all kept in touch via Facebook. I said she should write a blog. The pictures made me swoon.
    Then in February we found out her other daughter has a childhood cancer. So we chatted and sobbed and came up with the idea of sending over a quilt with pockets in it and lots of vouchers and little gifts. For the other kids too. Cinema visits, coffee shops and all kinds of things. It’s nearly all ready. It’s like a big surprise.
    So the person who has coordinated this and has been fab and amazing and got it all together is Katie. She is nice. And she runs. And she started at the line of the half marathon with me recently while we whipped ourselves into hysteria!
    I think Katie would like this book. She is all the best kinds of nice. She did an extra long 16 hour shift the other day and hadn’t brought any dinner. So she went to the Mexican outside work. As I was leaving I realised I still had my lunch which was spinach and all sorts of fancy heirloom tomatoes. So I tipped them on her take away box and she was so pleased. She is totally the person you would give your heirloom tomatoes to!!
    She’s a bit crafty. She’d love it.
    So anyway I’d like to win it for her ??

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    Jenny Joy
    April 27, 2016 at 5:23 PM

    I would love to win this book because I love making things for people, and a bit of inspo is always appreciated!

    I think doing things for other people is the best way to not dwell on our own worries or aches and pains. Sending love out is the greatest and very much a way of life that I love being a part of.

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    Heather Snodgrass-Brine
    April 27, 2016 at 4:23 PM

    Gifts are my love language. I used to be so good at curating care packages and birthday presents; the process was inspired and enjoyable and more often than not the recipient would comment on how “them” it was…

    Then I had two kids in a fifteen month gap and somewhere in there, my inspiration went into dormancy, along with my ability to get anything done ahead of time so I end up spending too much money on not-quite-there gifts.

    I have put it on my list of intentions to get back to writing letters and sending care packages again this year – one a week for the rest of 2016! Starting small, a tradition which will hopefully imprint on the girls as they grow up too.

    Plus books. Books are my happy place. Especially beautiful, crafty, delicious ones like this! ????

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    Pam Athanasakis
    April 27, 2016 at 4:22 PM

    Whenever someone is unwell or even on the road to recovery at our place, we put together “therapeutic show bags”!
    A bit similar to these gorgeous care packages, our therapeutic show bags are filled with stuff that will help enhance the recovery and overall therapy of what ever is troubling the unwell-ed person. We put in chockies, chips, an activity like some colouring in, a lip balm in a new flavour, a magazine etc. Basically any of their faves they can get on with and do in bed.
    However, your care packages, are at an all time new level of awesomeness and have definitely surpassed all levels of “care” ….who wouldn’t want to win one of those books? They look like bundles of pure love?
    I would certainly put them to very good use!
    Yours in excitement and anticipation,

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    April 27, 2016 at 4:19 PM

    I am so entering this….I always want to make care packages for others, always (over) think about what to put in it, stress that it won’t be good enough, special enough, heck it just won’t be enough. Let fear take over, end up doing nothing, feel terrible and wish I had of done something. Rinse and repeat.
    Sounds like this could be just what I need to help me move past that self doubt and become the person I want to be.
    Thanks for the chance.

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    Melissa Gaggiano
    April 27, 2016 at 4:04 PM

    I love making presents for people. Very proud moment watching people opening DIY gifts. I have also developed a care for the wrapping of said gifts. Just as proud of a DIY wrapping as I am of the DIY present within.

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    Pia Nock
    April 27, 2016 at 4:02 PM

    This book is pretty much the answer to most of the problems! When people feel cared for they care for others. Nekminnit – world peace!

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    April 27, 2016 at 4:01 PM

    I recently delivered a care package of some chicken soup (your Sophie Dahl-inspired recipe, Pip!) to my sister who was sick with a horrible, evil cold, and it CURED her. That soup is magical, but especially when it is delivered to your door with love and well-wishes. I fancy this book because I am learning just how powerful care packages can be!

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    April 27, 2016 at 3:47 PM

    Hi Pip. Thanks for the chance to win one of these fabulous books. The best thing about care packages is that you have to think about what the person it is for would really like. Using your imagination makes the package even more special. Some of us might need some help with ideas, thanks Michelle.

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