In a very ironic turn of events, the mail art "Pass the Book" for which I was selected back in December (or was it November?) has gone missing in the post. It just couldn't find its way from Northern Ireland to Northern California. Never fear - Sian is sorting it out and will be putting it back into circulation. In the meantime, I'm offering this up as a replacement for now: Lady Cottington's Pressed Fairy Book, 10th Anniversary Edition.
It is a lovely volume to hold in your hands - large, but not too heavy. It even has a padded cover (and a DVD nestled in the back). It professes to be the album in which a young Victorian lady caught and pressed fairys (instead of pressing flowers, as she was intended to do), as well as the journaling she does to accompany her hobby. I found it inspiring on many levels, but especially the watercolor artwork and the chirlish writing style. Sian thinks I should mention that it's actually written by Terry Jones, which may either intrigue you further or scare you off.
In any event, if you want to have the opportunity to receive Lady Cottington's Pressed Fairy Book as part of Pass the Book, leave a comment below letting me know you are interested. I'll post the next recipient and the inspiration I received from the book on Tuesday, Jan. 25 (so don't delay). If you are the recipient, your responsibilities are fairly simple: peruse the book, take some inspiration from it, post the inspiration to your blog and then offer the book up to the next subscriber. To learn more about the Pass the Book project, see this post from Sian's blog.