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 were simple.

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’ ;)

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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

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! If you’d like to join in, Lucy is organising a Summer Surprise Project too.

Pop along to the website and sign up.

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Caro Davies
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.

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  1. 11th April 2015 / 9:52 pm

    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

    • 12th April 2015 / 10:41 am

      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

  2. 12th April 2015 / 11:56 am

    What a gorgeous surprise to arrive, I bet she was thrilled xx

    • 12th April 2015 / 1:04 pm

      I think so Aby — I had a lovely email from her when she received it :)

  3. 12th April 2015 / 2:00 pm

    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

    • 12th April 2015 / 9:13 pm

      Thanks Lucy! Yes — do sign up for the Summer project! It was such a lovely thing to be involved in. So nice spreading a little bit of cheer :)

  4. 12th April 2015 / 7:24 pm

    Oh I love this, it is beautiful what lovely gifts. she is so lucky to receive them x

    • 12th April 2015 / 9:13 pm

      Aah thanks Sarah! I was lucky to receive mine too :) Will be writing all about that very soon!

  5. 12th April 2015 / 10:03 pm

    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

    • 13th April 2015 / 8:23 am

      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! :)

  6. 13th April 2015 / 7:15 pm

    Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! Really love the postcards you made. I’ve signed up to do the summer one


    • 13th April 2015 / 7:37 pm

      Thanks so much Jemma :) It was such a lovely thing to get involved in! I’m excited about the summer project already! x

  7. 13th April 2015 / 8:06 pm

    Oh i abs adore those packages and love those crayons in particular.You are so so clever Caro.

    • 14th April 2015 / 9:47 am

      Aaah thanks so much Karen. The crayons were my favourite too… I almost didn’t want to give them away! :) x

  8. 14th April 2015 / 5:25 am

    what a lovely thing to do! My mummy could do with a pick me up! #TwinkleTuesday

    • 14th April 2015 / 9:52 am

      Thanks so much! You should tell your mummy to get involved with the Summer project ;)

  9. Mackenzie Glanville (reflectionsfromme.com)
    14th April 2015 / 7:53 am

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

    • 14th April 2015 / 9:53 am

      Aaah thank you Mac — that’s a lovely thing to say! :)

  10. 14th April 2015 / 8:34 am

    What an absolutely lovely idea. I’m sure that package brightened her day, I know it would brighten mine! :-) xx #twinklytuesday

    • 14th April 2015 / 9:56 am

      Thanks so much Sophie! I really had fun putting it together :) x

  11. Ashley Beolens
    14th April 2015 / 8:36 am

    What a beautiful idea, and you chose some wonderful gifts, I bet she was over the moon!

    • 14th April 2015 / 9:57 am

      Thanks Ashley! It was lovely to be able to make some gifts, as well as buy them. It made the parcel a little more personal x

  12. 14th April 2015 / 9:10 am

    WOW. Just wow! Caro you are just the most beautiful lady!! I bet she absolutely loved this, I know I would! x

    • 14th April 2015 / 9:58 am

      Awww thanks Kate — that’s so lovely of you. It was such a fun thing to do — you should join up to the Summer one? xx

  13. 14th April 2015 / 9:36 am

    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

    • 14th April 2015 / 9:58 am

      Thanks Rachel — that’s lovely of you to say :) It was great fun thinking about what to send in my parcel!

  14. 14th April 2015 / 10:16 am

    Ah this is so lovely, I bet she was so happy to receive this little package :) #TwinklyTuesday

  15. 14th April 2015 / 10:36 am

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

    • 14th April 2015 / 3:41 pm

      It was so much fun to be involved in! Hurry up and put your name down for the summer project :) x

  16. LittleOandMe
    14th April 2015 / 10:59 am

    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

    • 14th April 2015 / 3:42 pm

      Funny isn’t it? I agree, a little bit of brown paper and string makes the world of difference when you’re wrapping a parcel! :)

  17. 14th April 2015 / 11:15 am

    What a lovely idea. I love getting snail mail. This sounds right up my street. I’m pretty sure my box would look quite shambolic and no where near as pretty as yours though,

    • 14th April 2015 / 3:47 pm

      Aaah — don’t say that! I’ll bet you’d put a lovely box of gifts together! Why don’t you sign up for the summer project?! x

  18. Penny Pincher (Dawn)
    14th April 2015 / 3:47 pm

    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!

    • 14th April 2015 / 4:00 pm

      Thanks so much :) It was such a lovely thing to get involved in! You should pop your name down for the summer project! x

  19. 14th April 2015 / 4:05 pm

    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.

    • 15th April 2015 / 9:58 am

      Thanks so much Fionnuala! If you love this kind of thing, you should think about joining in with the summer surprise project! So much fun! :)

  20. Stacey
    14th April 2015 / 4:13 pm

    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

    • 15th April 2015 / 9:59 am

      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 :)

    • 15th April 2015 / 10:01 am

      Yes — there are definitely benefits of being a designer/stationer!! If I want something but can’t find it online to buy, I make it myself! So glad you like them :)

  21. 14th April 2015 / 5:47 pm

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

    • 15th April 2015 / 10:03 am

      That’s brilliant Nicola! It was such a fun project :) I’m so looking forward to the next one! x

  22. 14th April 2015 / 8:25 pm

    How lovely! And ever so creative! Am really impressed it all seems great! And even better to share it with a friend #twinklytuesday

    • 15th April 2015 / 10:12 am

      Thanks so much Martyn. It was a lovely project to do. Nice to be able to make some things, as well as buy some!

  23. 14th April 2015 / 10:04 pm

    What a lovely idea and a gorgeous selection of thoughtful little gifts too :-) #twinklytuesday

  24. 15th April 2015 / 9:29 am

    Oh wow! What a beautiful little package. So thoughtfully put together :) #twinklytuesday

  25. 15th April 2015 / 9:30 am

    Oh wow! What a beautiful little package. So thoughtfully put together :) #twinklytuesday

  26. 15th April 2015 / 2:01 pm

    What a lovely idea and gorgeous gifts.

  27. Carolyn
    16th April 2015 / 11:38 am

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

  28. 16th April 2015 / 9:46 pm

    wht a lovely idea and holy crap your wrapping skills are good – is that a weird thing to say I have wrapping envy haha thanks for linking up to #sundaystars xx

    • 17th April 2015 / 1:24 pm

      Haha! Thanks so much Amy — this comment really did make me laugh! :) x

  29. Emily M Morgan
    17th April 2015 / 8:15 am

    What a sweet idea! I bet she just loved receiving her brown paper parcel too!

    • 17th April 2015 / 1:32 pm

      It’s a lovely idea isn’t it?! A nice way to brighten up someone’s day :)

  30. 17th April 2015 / 6:19 pm

    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

    • 19th April 2015 / 10:43 am

      Thanks Heledd — think I might put the cards on my shop! :) Or design some new ones, especially for it. Do you think they’d sell? xx

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