As a child I remember being envious of my mum who was ALWAYS getting mail. No matter how many times she tried to explain to me that it wasn't "good mail"; I was never convinced. Opening up the letterbox, taking a peek inside, and then seeing an envelope or parcel with MY name on it was one of childhood's greatest treasures. Now I'm an adult. Now I get it. Most mail is not "good mail". Most mail makes my stomach turn. And as is always the way, it is now my turn to try and convince my kids that they are not missing out every time I pull a giant bill from the magic box at the bottom of our driveway.
SO...this brings me to Makers Mailer ;) Allow yourself to imagine, just for a moment, what it would be like to open that mailbox and see a little surprise gift in there each month. Not something you "need", or something you bought on ebay because it was cheap. Not a final notice. Not some political propaganda. A SURPRISE GIFT JUST FOR YOU!
Sounds like a crazy cool idea right? Right. It was Joanne Tighe's crazy cool idea. Joanne is the Creative Director of Makers Mailer. She's passionate about supporting independent Australian designers, artists and makers, and loves promoting them to a wider audience through The Makers Mailer monthly subscription boxes.
Here's how it works. Each month, Joanne sources an amazing, handcrafted product by an Australian designer, artist or maker, and delivers it to the mailbox of Makers Mailer subscribers. Subscribers have no idea what will be coming each month, other than it will be something unique and beautiful from an Australian independent artist or maker.
There are a range of subscription options, starting at just $33 per month. Your subscription is your way of supporting independent Australian businesses as well as giving yourself a well deserved treat once a month for less than you'd spend on coffee each week!
This month I got to receive one of their special boxes in the mail, and it was just as exciting as I imagined it would be. There is something really magical about not knowing what's inside. Most birthdays and Christmases nowadays involve gifts that I have actually requested, and though still lovely...they miss the anticipation and excitement that comes with trying to guess what's lies beneath the wrapping! I opened my box with a smile of my face and fumbling hands :). Inside I found six adorably nostalgic wine glass charms, crafted by Domum Vindemia. Melbourne based creator Deborah Davey makes beautiful decor for the vintage inspired home or celebration. These wine charms, containing text from Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre, are gorgeous. As soon as I saw them I thought of one of my best friends who I know would just love these for her next dinner party!