The Curiosity Box Swap
It was a simple and ingenious idea. Each participant entered their details into Tiffany’s database and she matched everyone with a name and address of a complete stranger. We then each had to take a box and with a maximum budget of £20, fill it with gifts and curiosities (even better if they were home crafted) and then send it to the address of the person we were given. Eventually you received a parcel.
There was a theme attached to the event.
“Your home in 2013.”
I, and I, gather 900 others, joined in this fun idea of filling a box with random goodies and sending them to a stranger. We had to write a little about ourselves for the person who was going to send out a box to us . My box was the best present ever, as it contained some Kitschy items that I love and also some beautifully designed and made items by Amy Holmes. The whole thing was so beautifully presented and colour coordinated in soft pink tones with a few striking flashes of reds and black to prevent it looking washed out and boring. It included amongst other things a cushion with a French bulldog wearing a crown and necklaces. Other goodies were an embroidery hoop with the words ‘The Curiosity Project’ with a button, pair of scissors and a needle and thread embroidered on it, a jar with a pin cushion lid full of threads needles and notions.
Because there isn’t one thing I would change in the box I am in danger of , no I admit it, I am gushing. But it is all meant sincerely.
I was lucky that the person sending me my box is a designer and works in textiles, my own background. Amy is definitely one to watch, and so as I finish this posting I would like to say a public thanks you to Amy for creating such a lovely present and to Tiffany for the great idea.