#SavouringHappiness Friday 22.05.15

If you’re on Instagram come join in our #savouringhappiness challenge! On Fridays post a photo on Instagram of something that made you smile during the week with #savouringhappiness and tag @hollyphotobooth and @thegreengable so that we’ll be sure to see your pic. Every Friday morning Holly and I each post a few of the photos from the previous Friday, and here’s a selection from last week:

Savouring-happiness-pics-29May15@draptm  @bykirsty  @wearepaperplane
@refresheddes  @alexiaclaires
@michelleg452  @amyannerose  @janeymakejewels

Holly’s celebrating her birthday in Paris at the moment, so I think she’ll be doing a whole of of #savouringhappiness! Check out #savouringhappiness on Instagram to see all the pics posted and I look forward to seeing yours there too!

Inside May’s Happy Paper Club box

The third Happy Paper Club box has now reached everyone so wouldn’t you like to know what’s inside?

First of all, let me show you the contents of the first three boxes all together, this is what you would have received so far if you signed up from the first Happy Paper Club box in March…


The March, April and May box contents

That’s a whole lot of happy papery goodness! Notebooks, a letter writing set, postcards, stickers, note pads, cards, inspiring quote mini prints, Make Me cards, wildflower seeds, paper chain strips, a pencil and a discount card for members!

So now let’s take a closer look at what’s in the May Happy Paper Club box…


Inside each May box is:
:: a letter writing set
:: a greeting card with envelope
:: an A6 notebook
:: a set of patterned paper strips to make more than 1.5m of paper chain, exclusive to Happy Paper Club
:: an uplifting quotation mini print
:: a cheery letter from me!

Subscribers with their birthday in the month of May also found an extra little treat in their box. Plus, those who subscribed for six months or took out a monthly subscription also received their membership card with discount code.

Don’t forget, you could win the cost of your box back if you post pics of your box contents, or what you do with them, on Twitter and Instagram with #happypaperclub before 1 June. You can find me at @thegreengable on Twitter and Instagram.

If you’d like to receive Happy Post every month you can find out all about Happy Paper Club here. You can also see what was in the March and April boxes here.

The next boxes will become available on Friday 1 June, there’s a limited number available so once they’re gone, they’re gone! Sign up to the newsletter at the bottom of this post to be the first to know when the boxes are available. In the meantime, here are some more pics of the May box contents…


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Announcing the Snail Mail winner


How’s your bank holiday weekend going? Very well, I hope.

So, time I announced the winner of my Snail Mail by Michelle Mackintosh giveaway. Thank you to everyone who entered, if only you could all win a book!

However, there can only be one winner. In traditional style I asked the hubbie to think of a number, he said 17, which means Bethan is the winner, congratulations!

Thanks again to everyone who entered, keep sending that happy post!

#SavouringHappiness Friday 15.05.15

Looking at everyone’s #savouringhappiness shots on Instagram is rapidly becoming my favourite thing to do on a Friday. It’s just so lovely to see what brings a smile to your faces! It’s v easy to join in #savouringhappiness – each Friday post a photo on Instagram of something that brought a smile to your face during the week with #savouringhappiness and tag @hollyphotobooth and @thegreengable so that we will be sure to see your pic. On Friday mornings Holly and I each post a few of the photos from the previous Friday, and here’s the latest selection:

Savouring-happiness-pics-22May15@littlemaldod  @korymae  @ellieelliecouk @angelcakedesigns  @willowtreemegs @ceramicmagpie  @foodandfrocks_  @lifes_a_sneeze

Go to #savouringhappiness on Instagram to see all the photos posted. Looking forward to seeing your #savouringhappiness photos today!

Snail Mail – a review and giveaway

Stationery lovers and letter writers, do I have a treat for you?! Absolutely I do! Let me present to you a book that focuses entirely and wholeheartedly on the happy subject of snail mail.


When the publishers asked me (by email, would have been even better if they sent me a letter) if I’d like to review a copy of Snail Mail by Michelle Mackintosh and start off the Blog Tour celebrating the publication of Snail Mail, I jumped at the chance.

It’s no secret that I think all our lives are cheered with a piece of real post, actual hand written mail, popping through the letterbox of a morning. If you would like to leave email alone on occasion, and pen a note, card or letter to someone instead, this is the book for you.


It is packed with ideas for why to write a letter, prompts for what to write, ways to embellish envelopes, projects to try, ideas for making up care packages and creating postable art, and what to do with the gorgeous post that you create and receive. I particularly like how Michelle suggests what to write in difficult letters, to give you the confidence to get in touch with a friend in need, rather than shy away from it. There are even make your own envelope templates and sheets of stickers at the back of the book.


As well as being packed with information, ideas and tips, Snail Mail is a visual feast for the eyes, as you can see by the shots I’m showing here. If a flick through the pages doesn’t make you want to raid your stationery stash I don’t know what will!


The message that comes through loud and clear to me from Michelle Mackintosh’s book, is not the importance of a pretty envelope or the length of your letter, it’s to just put pen to paper and get in touch by post. A letter written from you to another has great value and meaning to that person. It doesn’t matter how fancy your penmanship is, what matters is that you took the time to write a message on paper, address it, fix on a stamp and post it in a letterbox. The recipient of your post, whether it’s a short note on a postcard or a lengthy letter, appreciates the effort you went to, and will be thrilled to see a piece of proper snail mail among the usual bills and junk mail.


Because I know you’re going to be super keen to get your hands on Snail Mail I have one copy to give away to you! For your chance to win simply comment below telling me your favourite way to send mail – by postcard, letter paper, a greeting card – whatever you use! When my eldest brother was travelling around Australia many years ago he made postcards out of beer mats and posted them to me, I received them all!


The giveaway ends midnight GMT Friday 22 May so be sure to leave your comment before then! I’m sorry the competition is only open to UK readers.

Tomorrow the Snail Mail blog tour goes to Wild Olive

Snail Mail was sent to me by the publishers for review, and they have donated a copy for the giveaway, but all opinions are my own. All photographs featured in this post are my own.
Snail Mail by Michelle Mackintosh (Hardie Grant, £14.99) Photography: Chris Middleton 
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