Summertime Surprise Project 2015 {What I sent}

Earlier this year, I took part in something called ‘The Springtime Surprise Project‘ organised by the lovely Lucy who blogs over at Capture By Lucy.

It was a little initiative to spread some cheer and happiness between the folk who’d come together online. Bloggers, readers of blogs, tweeters and Instagrammers all joined forces and put together little packages of loveliness for strangers.

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 ‘swap partner’.

Needless to say, when I received another message from Lucy, asking if I wanted to take part in the Summertime Surprise Project 2015, I jumped at the chance!

This time round my partner was called Steph. The brief I received was fairly simple but offered LOTS of scope to source some lovely items to send to her. She said:

I love flowers and vintage items and anything pretty.

so, this is what I sent:


A little box full of goodies wrapped in purple paper and pretty tape


A lovely surprise for a stranger


All the treats laid out :)


Summertime surprise project 2015


To my swap partner Steph


Tea inspired, floral covered objects


With some obligatory sweet treats thrown in for good measure :)


Floral infused tea and a little teabag saucer decorated with vintage blooms :)


I loved the fact that the box was covered in flowers! :)


Jellybeans in a tiny weeny Kilner jar


4 floral postcards


All the gifts tying in with the vintage or floral theme


A packet of sweetpeas




A beautiful teacup and saucer that I found in our local charity shop :)


All Steph’s presents laid out to send.

Once again, I’ve SO enjoyed being involved in this project!

It’s lovely to spend a little bit of time thinking about the theme of the gifts — what would appeal to your swap partner — and even though I haven’t met Steph, I’m pretty sure that my floral inspired box of homely treats would have raised a smile when she opened them all.

And just to end with the quote by Amelia Earhart from the Surprise Project homepage:

“No kind action ever stops with itself. One kind action leads
to another. Good example is followed. A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees.”

Lovely. I think that says it all.

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. Luca
    4th Aug 2015 / 4:42 pm

    What a gorgeous selection of things! I really like the floral teacups.

    • 4th Aug 2015 / 5:16 pm

      Thanks so much! The floral teacup was my favourite buy — just £2.60 from a charity shop!! :)

    • 5th Aug 2015 / 5:30 pm

      Thanks lovely! I hope she was!! She sent me a beautiful parcel of gifts in return so I hope she liked her surprise! :)

  2. Potty Mouthed Mummy
    5th Aug 2015 / 9:16 am

    What a lovely parcel you put together! Absolutely gorgeous. Such a lovely idea xx

    • 5th Aug 2015 / 5:32 pm

      It’s such a great project to be involved in! Nice to create something lovely for someone — and so nice to receive something in return too! :)

  3. 5th Aug 2015 / 12:44 pm

    Oh that’s just lovely! What a beautiful box and gifts. So thoughtful and pretty. What a lovely idea this is, and I bet it’s so nice when you receive your parcel too! Jess x #HomeEtc

    • 5th Aug 2015 / 5:34 pm

      Thanks lovely! My box of treats was REALLY lovely!! I need to take some pics and do another post :)

  4. 5th Aug 2015 / 12:51 pm

    This is such a lovely choice of items, you did so well to fit that all in to the budget and what a super charity shop find too. Need to give my creative vibes a good kick! X #HomeEtc

    • 5th Aug 2015 / 5:36 pm

      SO happy with the charity shop cup and saucer!! SUCH a bargain — it looked as though it had never been used! One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, as they say! ;)

  5. 5th Aug 2015 / 3:10 pm

    I love this idea. I’m sure I couldn’t have come up with anything half as beautiful and exciting for £5! I always wish I was better at gift buying – I think the key is in the planning. If I buy ahead of time, I always manage to get something nicer and much more reasonably priced than if I leave it to the last minute – often times, I finish up spending a fortune on something I really don’t like that much! Must do better. Your gift looks really cute. I wonder what you will receive? (I’m assuming someone is sending something to you too?) xx

    • 5th Aug 2015 / 5:41 pm

      I tend to buy bits and pieces as and when I see them — although it definitely helps that I can make things too, like the postcards etc!! I’ve received a gorgeous parcel of treats in return! I’ll blog about it next week! :)

  6. Mummaknows
    5th Aug 2015 / 3:15 pm

    I love this gift! So pretty and so fun to get in the mail! Love snail mail :) #homeetc

    • 5th Aug 2015 / 5:27 pm

      Thanks Ashley! It’s a lovely project to be involved in! So nice to get things through the post :)

  7. 5th Aug 2015 / 7:17 pm

    This is a lovely idea – looks so pretty! #homeetc

    • 5th Aug 2015 / 7:27 pm

      Aah thanks so much lovely! It was such a fun project to be part of :)

  8. 5th Aug 2015 / 9:15 pm

    How lovely! You obviously put so much thought into the package, such a sweet parcel to receive in the post #HomeEtc xx

    • 6th Aug 2015 / 11:52 am

      It’s such a nice thing to do! Especially as you don’t really know the person you’re sending it to!! :)

  9. 5th Aug 2015 / 9:26 pm

    Beautiful. I’d have been thrilled to receive that x #HomeEtc

  10. 5th Aug 2015 / 9:44 pm

    Such a gorgeous selection of goodies, and what a lovely idea to surprise a stranger. #homeetc x

    • 6th Aug 2015 / 3:54 pm

      So nice to do something a little different — I love the thought of spreading a little cheer and happiness :) Such a nice project to get involved in :)

  11. 5th Aug 2015 / 11:32 pm

    I love this kind of thing! You’ve made it all so pretty. I’m sure Steph was thrilled to receive her parcel.
    Last year I took part in a project like this, a pay-it-forward one. I sent my parcel but never received one : (
    I’d do it again though. I adore making up parcels and care packages for friends – one of the benefits of living in a different country is sending and receiving parcels.
    Fionnuala from

    • 6th Aug 2015 / 3:53 pm

      Aaah no!!! I can’t believe you didn’t receive one in return?! That’s SUCH a shame :( These things only work when everything is generous with their time and creativity. It’s really sad when it’s one sided x

  12. Ellie Mulligan
    6th Aug 2015 / 9:29 am

    Gorgeous! So creative!x

    • 6th Aug 2015 / 3:51 pm

      Thanks pet — it’s such a nice thing to get involved in :)

  13. 6th Aug 2015 / 11:30 am

    I wanted to take part in this but didn’t get round to filling in the firm – silly me. I hope Lucy does an ‘Autumn surprise project’.

    Love your charity shop cup and saucer! Beautiful! Xxx

    • 6th Aug 2015 / 11:51 am

      Aah what a shame you missed out! It’s SUCH a lovely project to be involved in! Fingers crossed she runs an Autumn swap! :)

  14. 6th Aug 2015 / 1:13 pm

    Oh wow, this is like Secret Santa but for bloggers – a great idea! I love having a budget of £5, means you have to get really creative. And I can see you really have, it looks great. A floral theme, it’s so pretty :) #HomeEtc
    Sabrina xx

    • 6th Aug 2015 / 3:51 pm

      Thanks lovely — this would be right up your street, I would have thought :) You should join in with the next one! x

  15. 7th Aug 2015 / 10:05 am

    What a beautiful package – and those postcards are fab :) thanks for hosting #homeetc x

    • 7th Aug 2015 / 12:51 pm

      Thanks lovely — I really enjoy taking part in things like this! Such a nice thing to blog about! :)

  16. 8th Aug 2015 / 7:03 am

    What a lovely idea and such a thoughtful gift! LOVE the vintage floral theme and that mini kiln jar is just darling – I need some of those in my life! Well done you for carrying the theme all the way through too, I’m sure she loved it. #HomeEtc

    • 8th Aug 2015 / 10:11 pm

      Thanks so much Michelle. The Kilner jar is SO sweet isn’t it?! Not sure what else you could use it for, as it’s so small!! Paperclips maybe?! Pins? I’m sure I’d think of something ;) xx

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