book review

Good Mail Day: Book Review and a Giveaway!

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I am so excited to finally get to tell you about Good Mail Day: A Primer for Making Eye-Popping Postal Art. It’s been sitting on my shelf for over a month now with the blog book tour date scheduled. Finally! Hooray! This is such a great book. A book I would have loved to contribute to, but I’ll settle on reading it and being inspired to start my own mail art project. It’s so in line with everything I feel about mail. Ah, good day mail. Even a great name. This book is the project of Jennie Hinchcliff and Carolee Gilligan Wheeler, two wonderful artists who have done such a great job at imparting their knowledge and making this book happen. 

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You can make a on the mail art kit – what a great idea! Find something interesting while you are out and about? Make it into some postal art while you are waiting for your coffee date to show up. 

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I really like the idea of making a mailing log. I have a mailing program that logs and tracks all my packages, but there is nothing for the hand addressed special letters. This is a great way to keep track of it.

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The book is so visual, many examples of mail art from around the world, how to’s, templates, and ideas on making your own mail art too. It’s completely packed with ideas for making your own mail art. 

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These are my two favorite pieces. 

You can check out the Good Mail Day website and tour through their flickr photostream to see quite a few featured mail art pieces. And the book is available now on Amazon.com  for an amazingly low price.

And, this doesn’t always happen, but Quarry sent me two copies! So I’m going to keep one for me, sorry I just can’t part with it yet, and give one away!

Here’s what you have to do:

Send 1 piece of mail art to Craft Leftovers – whatever format you choose – from postcards to full on random found objects. Make it from whatever you want, just be creative. Include your name, email, website/blog (if applicable) and physical address – it might take me a year to send you something back, but I will :) Promise. Oh and I’ll take pictures of everything and post them here, so if you are shy, let me know.  You will receive the Quarry craft newsletter “Craftside” and be entered in the drawing to win a free copy of the book. Your mail art needs to be postmarked by a week from today, October 30th. 

Please send entries to:
Craft Leftovers
PO Box 1304
Ames, IA 50014

Have a great weekend and happy crafting!
Kristin

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