Springtime Surprise Project 2015 {What I sent}

At the beginning of the year, I signed up with one of my favourite bloggers — Lucy from Capture By Lucy— to take part in a lovely project she was organising.

Entitled ‘The Springtime Surprise Project’, it was a little venture to spread a little cheer and happiness. For generous, creative folk who’d come together online — bloggers, readers of blogs, tweeters and Instagrammers — to collaborate and do something lovely for a stranger.

The rules of the project

1. Sign up — fill in a little form (outlining your likes and dislikes) — then you’d be allocated a swap partner.
2. Buy, make or create a thoughtful gift — or gifts — to the value of £5 (although most people probably spent a little more).
3. Put together a thoughtful little package of loveliness, and send to your ‘swapee’; to open in time for the first day of Spring on March 20th.

So much fun! It was lovely, receiving the email with my swap partner’s details, then planning the gifts that I could make — or buy — to send to her.

Her name was Caroline  and this was her list of likes and dislikes:

Allergies: citrus

Dislikes: animals dressed as humans (absolute no no!) 

Loves: anything involved with manicures, stationery, odd socks, quirky items.

And this is what I sent her…

Springtime Surprise Project
A quirky little flower ring
Springtime Surprise Project
A miniature pack of nailfiles
Springtime Surprise Project
A little pot of crayons
Springtime Surprise Project
A tiny tin of spring fresh mints
Springtime Surprise Project
Some lovely hand and nail cream
Springtime Surprise Project
Four personalised postcards
Springtime Surprise Project
OK — I cheated slightly with the ‘odd socks’ ;)
Springtime Surprise Project
All the gifts together
Packaged up with a little sticker
Springtime Surprise Project
Wrapped up with brown paper and string and put in a cardboard box
Springtime Surprise Project
And finished off with a label

Springtime Surprise Project

In situations like this, my design skills definitely come into play and for that I’m so grateful! I created the postcards with her likes and dislikes in mind and purposefully chose bright citrussy shades, as she said she was allergic to citrus! Having an allergy to citrus fruits is one thing but it doesn’t mean you have to shy away from the colours! ;)

I produce the mint-tins for my business — usually with personalised labels, for wedding favours — so creating a one-off ‘Spring-Fresh’ label was a fairly simple and tied in with the Springtime theme nicely.

The other items fit the brief perfectly — stationery, manicures and quirky items — all bought from a little shop in the next village.

I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed taking part in this!! I did something similar before, for the Craft Blog Club, where I was allocated a partner and made a gift to send. You can read about that here.

Needless to say, as well as sending gifts I also received some too! Watch this space — I’ll be writing all about them on the blog very soon.

Creating something lovely — for a total stranger — is a really happy experience; I’d highly recommend it! 

Please share, if you like this!

About Caro Davies

Caro Davies art directed fashion and interiors before leaving the world of design to pursue a career in social media. She can now be found chasing the light — and two small twin boys.

59 thoughts on “Springtime Surprise Project 2015 {What I sent}

  1. Ah this is super cute! We did a similar Secret Santa project, which was really good fun. Your selection of items are beautiful, I especially love the cards. Can’t wait to see what you received in return. Thanks for linking up #sundaystars

  2. Such a cute and fun dear! I would have loved your little gifts, especially the hand cream! #twinklytuesday

  3. What lovely little gifts. I’ve signed up for the next one of these and I’m really looking forward to joining in. #twinklytuesdays

  4. Love this post! What are great idea, I love the stickers I’ve been looking for chevron stickers for so long for my sons first birthday. #twinklytuesday

    1. Thanks so much Stacey :) Yes — being a designer/stationer is always handy for things like this! If I need something but can’t find it online, I always end up making it myself! Glad you like them :)

  5. Oh how gorgeous! And considerate too. I love making parcels for people. It is so nice to think of the joy it brings to someone’special day.

  6. What a wonderfully touching and creative idea! I would have been chuffed to bits to have received that little box of goodies like that; everyone should be doing this!

  7. Wow this is such a lovely idea. You chose so well and put so much thought in to it. The packaging just makes it that little more special.
    Popping over from #TwinklyTuesday
    Becky xx

  8. Such a beautiful collection of things! Yay! Looks beautiful and well done you for thinking of some creative and special things. Jess x #twinklytuesday

  9. Oh how beautiful! You sent some gorgeous things and you can tell how much time and care you put into it!! Bet she was thrilled xxx #twinklytuesday

  10. You’re gorgeous, love how you incorporated the citrus colours, very sweet. It all looked fantastic. #Twinkly Tuesday

  11. Ooh such a lovely little parcel of goodies! I did this too and had so much fun putting mine together, love that you were able to add some things in that you made. I think that’s a really nice touch xx

    1. It was such a fun thing to do wasn’t it? I’m looking forward to the summer project already! So exciting when you receive your email with your swap partner’s likes and dislikes! :)

  12. Gosh, you are so wonderful and creative. What gorgeous gifts. Those postcards are amazing. So lovely. I think I am going to sign up for the summertime surprise project right this minute. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

  13. Oh I adore this post!!! And do you know, Caroline is one of my friends in real life, I just knew you would be such a lovely partner for her. Your thought and creativity just blows me away! Roll on the summer project! xxxx

    1. Aaah that’s so lovely that Caroline is your friend! I had such a fun time thinking about what to make and buy for her surprise. Such a great project Lucy — so nice to be spreading a little bit of happy around isn’t it? x

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.