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:

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A little box full of goodies wrapped in purple paper and pretty tape
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A lovely surprise for a stranger
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All the treats laid out :)
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To my swap partner Steph
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Tea inspired, floral covered objects
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With some obligatory sweet treats thrown in for good measure :)
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Floral infused tea and a little teabag saucer decorated with vintage blooms :)
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I loved the fact that the box was covered in flowers! :)
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Jellybeans in a tiny weeny Kilner jar
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4 floral postcards
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All the gifts tying in with the vintage or floral theme
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A packet of sweetpeas
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Jellybeans!
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A beautiful teacup and saucer that I found in our local charity shop :)
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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.

Springtime Surprise Project 2015 {What I received}

A couple of weeks ago I spoke about the Springtime Surprise project, that was organised by the lovely Lucy from the blog Capture By Lucy.

The premise of the project was to spread a little happiness. The rules, very simply, were to buy, make or donate a gift — to the value of around £5 (although most people spent more, I’m sure) — and it send to your allocated ‘swap partner’ before the first day of spring.

I was partnered with a lady called Caroline — who I’ve since found out is one of Lucy’s ‘real life’ friends — and I set about creating a parcel full of bits and pieces that suited the pointers she’d given me.

I posted my parcel the day that we went to Bluestone in Wales, for our little family holiday, and when we got home there was a card from the post office, to say that I’d missed a delivery. Exciting! My parcel from Caroline!

After hot-footing it down there to collect my package, I opened the box — with mucho excitement — and this is what I found!

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5 little parcels, beautifully wrapped in starry paper and ribbon
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What’s not to love about receiving something like this through the post?!
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Just like Christmas!
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And when I opened them I found: a  sweet little pack of cat highlighter pens!
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A little cat shaped eraser!
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Cat shaped paperclips (I’ll give you three guesses what I’d put on my ‘like’ list)!! ;)
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Such a sweet little collection of objects.
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An amazingly scented package…
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…which contained this odd looking little fellow! He certainly smelled better than he looked! ;)
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All my Springtime Surprise Project gifts, from my generous benefactor!

I can’t tell you how much fun it was to be involved in the Springtime Surprise Project 2015. It was absolutely lovely choosing and making the gifts I sent but equally lovely to have a surprise package arriving in the post, full of items that  someone had carefully chosen for me!

Sending a surprise box of gifts  — to 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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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…

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A quirky little flower ring
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A miniature pack of nailfiles
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A little pot of crayons
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A tiny tin of spring fresh mints
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Some lovely hand and nail cream
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Four personalised postcards
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OK — I cheated slightly with the ‘odd socks’ ;)
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All the gifts together
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Packaged up with a little sticker
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Wrapped up with brown paper and string and put in a cardboard box
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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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105 weeks and 1 day | Technology {captured moments 6.02.2015}

These captured moments are only from last month.

As my dad had been in hospital over Christmas, I hadn’t given the boys their presents from my parents as I thought it would be nice to wait — until both my mum and dad could see their grandsons open the gifts they’d chosen for them.

So in February, we had a mini second Christmas! Sadly my daddy was still too ill to  come over and see us in person, so I set up a Facetime on the iPad and the boys unwrapped their presents with my mum and  dad watching!

It’s times like this I’m so grateful that we have this kind of amazing technology at our fingertips!

To be able to chat to my parents and have them in the room — virtually — when their little grandsons were opening the gifts they’d bought, was magical.

If you’d have gone back in time — even 10 years — this kind of technology in the home would have been considered space-age.

We’re so incredibly lucky to live in an era — and a country — where this kind of innovation is almost considered commonplace.

Technology is a beautiful thing, that’s for sure.

Captured Moments

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